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Hoopeston Police Blotter 8/28/15

Fire Call
Date & Time: August 26, 2015 1:04am
Location:   Fifth/Main
Details:   HFD was called for brush on fire in the alley behind the apartments at
  Fifth and Main.  Fire was extinguished with no damage to property.


Criminal Damage To Auto H15-4263
Date & Time: August 26, 2015   7:30pm
Location: 600 blk S Eighth Ave
Complainant: 19 year old Hoopeston female
Details: Reported damage to the window of her vehicle while
parked at the above location.

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HOOPESTON POLICE BLOTTER 8/21-8/25/2015

Theft (Under) H15-4162
Date & Time: August 21, 2015 1742
Location: 700 block of east Maple St.
Complainant: 47 year old Hoopeston female
Details: HPD officers responded to the above for the report of a theft of children’s items from her back yard.  A report was taken, investigation is pending.

Wanted on Warrant (Vermilion County) H15-4175
Time & Date:  August 22, 2015   11:50 AM
Location: 301 W Main St Hoopeston Police Department
Arrestee: Stipp, Jessica A (F) (33) of Hoopeston
Details: At the above time and date, the female did surrender herself to the custody of HPD.  Female had a Vermilion County IL warrant, 14TR1653 FTA Arraignment on Charge of Leaving Scene of property damage accident.  The female did posted the required bond $336 plus $ 75 FTA Fee.  New Court date was provided to her for September 30, Vermilion County Courthouse.  Female was processed and released from custody. 


Theft (Under) H15-4179
Date & Time: August 22, 2015 1536
Location: 500 block of west Lincoln St.
Complainant: 48 year old Hoopeston female
Details: HPD officers responded to the above for the report of a stolen lawn mower.  Officers checked the surrounding areas but were unable to locate it.  Investigation is pending.


Purchase/Acceptance of Alcohol by a Minor (City Ordinance)
Date & Time: August 23, 2015 1439
Location: 500 block in the alley between east Main/Penn Streets
Arrested: A male juvenile from Rossville
Details: HPD officers responded to the above for the report of a juvenile male walking eastbound on Penn St. that was possibly intoxicated. HPD officers met with the juvenile and determined he was under the influence of alcohol.  He was processed and later released to an adult
with a NTA.


Burglary To A Residence H15-4203
Date & Time: August 23, 2015 1729
Location: 400 block of south Sixth St.
Complainant: 35 year old Hoopeston female
Details: HPD officers responded to the above after the complainant notified       HPD that someone unknown to her and without her permission  
entered her dwelling and stole an item from the residence.  Investigation is pending.

 

 

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SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans available in Illinois

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced today that federal Economic Injury Disaster Loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and private nonprofit organizations located in Illinois as a result of excessive rain and flooding beginning on May 1, 2015.

The disaster declaration includes the following counties: Clark, Cook, Crawford, Edgar, Iroquois, Kankakee, Lawrence, Wabash, White and Will in Illinois

“These counties are eligible because they are contiguous to one or more primary counties in Indiana.  The Small Business Administration recognizes that disasters do not usually stop at county or state lines. For that reason, counties adjacent to primary counties named in the declaration are included,” said Frank Skaggs, director of SBA’s Field Operations Center East in Atlanta.

Under this declaration, the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program is available to eligible
farm-related and nonfarm-related entities that suffered financial losses as a direct result of this disaster.  With the exception of aquaculture enterprises, SBA cannot provide disaster loans to agricultural producers, farmers, or ranchers. 

The loan amount can be up to $2 million with interest rates of 2.625 percent for private nonprofit organizations and 4 percent for small businesses, with terms up to 30 years.  The SBA determines eligibility based on the size of the applicant, type of activity and its financial resources.  Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.  These working capital loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that could have been paid had the disaster not occurred.  The loans are not intended to replace lost sales or profits.

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Disaster loan information and application forms may also be obtained by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an email to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.  Loan applications can be downloaded from the SBA’s website at www.sba.gov/disaster.  Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155. 

Completed loan applications must be returned to SBA no later than April 12, 2016.

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SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans available in Illinois

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced today that federal Economic Injury Disaster Loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and private nonprofit organizations located in Illinois as a result of excessive rain and flooding beginning on May 1, 2015.

The disaster declaration includes the following counties: Clark, Cook, Crawford, Edgar, Iroquois, Kankakee, Lawrence, Wabash, White and Will in Illinois

“These counties are eligible because they are contiguous to one or more primary counties in Indiana.  The Small Business Administration recognizes that disasters do not usually stop at county or state lines. For that reason, counties adjacent to primary counties named in the declaration are included,” said Frank Skaggs, director of SBA’s Field Operations Center East in Atlanta.

Under this declaration, the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program is available to eligible
farm-related and nonfarm-related entities that suffered financial losses as a direct result of this disaster.  With the exception of aquaculture enterprises, SBA cannot provide disaster loans to agricultural producers, farmers, or ranchers. 

The loan amount can be up to $2 million with interest rates of 2.625 percent for private nonprofit organizations and 4 percent for small businesses, with terms up to 30 years.  The SBA determines eligibility based on the size of the applicant, type of activity and its financial resources.  Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.  These working capital loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that could have been paid had the disaster not occurred.  The loans are not intended to replace lost sales or profits.

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Disaster loan information and application forms may also be obtained by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an email to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.  Loan applications can be downloaded from the SBA’s website at www.sba.gov/disaster.  Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155. 

Completed loan applications must be returned to SBA no later than April 12, 2016.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Blotter 8/20/15

Burglary to Garage H15-4134
Date & Time: August 20, 2015   5:45am
Location: 800 blk E Elm
Complainant: 50 year old Hoopeston man
Details: Complainant reported unknown person(s) entered
his garage without permission and removed a TV.

A wedding or engagement ring was found in the CVS parking lot.  Owner can claim it at HPD.

Battery (City Ordinance) H15-4143
Date & Time: August 20, 2015 1642
Location: 800 block of east Wyman Ave.
Complainant: 31 year old Hoopeston female
Arrested: Jose U. Concepcion Ortiz, 28, of Hoopeston
Details: HPD officers responded to the above after the female called and
reported that she had just been struck by a male subject.  Officers arrived on scene and after interviewing several subjects, Ortiz was arrested and brought to HPD and later released with a NTA.

Theft (Under) H15-4142
Date & Time: August 20, 2015 1648
Location: 900 block of east Wyman
Complainant: 31 year old Hoopeston male
Details: HPD officers responded out to the above for the report of a stolen go-cart.  Investigation is pending. 


A female’s black wallet was found at Casey’s on Penn St.  Melissa Thrower may claim it at HPD.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Blotter 8/20/15

Burglary to Garage H15-4134
Date & Time: August 20, 2015   5:45am
Location: 800 blk E Elm
Complainant: 50 year old Hoopeston man
Details: Complainant reported unknown person(s) entered
his garage without permission and removed a TV.

A wedding or engagement ring was found in the CVS parking lot.  Owner can claim it at HPD.

Battery (City Ordinance) H15-4143
Date & Time: August 20, 2015 1642
Location: 800 block of east Wyman Ave.
Complainant: 31 year old Hoopeston female
Arrested: Jose U. Concepcion Ortiz, 28, of Hoopeston
Details: HPD officers responded to the above after the female called and
reported that she had just been struck by a male subject.  Officers arrived on scene and after interviewing several subjects, Ortiz was arrested and brought to HPD and later released with a NTA.

Theft (Under) H15-4142
Date & Time: August 20, 2015 1648
Location: 900 block of east Wyman
Complainant: 31 year old Hoopeston male
Details: HPD officers responded out to the above for the report of a stolen go-cart.  Investigation is pending. 


A female’s black wallet was found at Casey’s on Penn St.  Melissa Thrower may claim it at HPD.

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

Iroquois County Police Blotter 8/18-8/19/15

Tanaisha E. DeArmond, 19, of Champaign, was transported from the Champaign County Jail to the Iroquois County Jail on Aug. 18. DeArmond was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant for burglary and theft.

— Nathan A. Miller, no age or address listed, was transported to Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka for treatment of minor injuries following a single-vehicle accident on Aug. 18 near Watseka. The accident occurred when Miller was driving west on U.S. 24, near County Road 2420 East, and swerved to miss a deer, causing him to lose control of his vehicle. The vehicle then skidded out of control into the south ditch, where it struck an embankment, causing it to roll over onto its roof before coming to a rest against two trees. No tickets were issued. Damages were estimated at more than $1,500.

—-Returned from Kankakee County Jail with Jerry Carney, 50 of Danforth. Wanted on a warrant for failure to appear on a Domestic Battery charge. Carney was being held at the Iroquois County jail in lieu of bond.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Blotter 8/19/15

Nuisance Dog Citation H15-4123
Date & Time: August 19, 2015   5:22pm
Location: 200 blk W Chestnut
Complainant: 22 year old Hoopeston female
Arrested: Chery L Burkert (32) of Hoopeston
Details: Complainant signed A Notice To Appear in Hoopeston City
Court after she witnessed the suspects dog attack her dog.


Restraint of Dogs by Owner H15-4124
Date & Time: August 19, 2015   6:04pm
Location: 800 blk S Third Street
Complainant: 69 year old Hoopeston woman
Arrested: Susan Zamora (66) of Hoopeston
Details: Complainant signed a Notice To Appear in Hoopeston City
Court after suspect’s dogs ran loose into her yard

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Hoopeston Police Blotter Tuesday 8/18/15

Fire Call
Time & Date: August 18, 2015 06:18 am
Location: 1030 W Chestnut St Hoopeston Plaza Parking Lot
Details: HFD responded to a report of a truck on fire in the parking lot, HFD arrived on scene to determine that the unit just overheated.  All units returned to service, Owner was located and advised.  No damage to the unit or other units around it.

Bicycle Claimed
Time & Date: August 18, 2015   08:45 am
Location; Hoopeston City Hall
Details: The owner of the Blue White Schwinn has claimed her missing bike from HPD.

 
Bicycle Found
Time & Date: August 18, 2015   09:35 am
Location: Alley between Elm & Chestnut off Euclid
Details: At Black & Red Mongoose bike has been turned into the Police Department
Owner may claim it here.


Vehicle Accident H15-4107
Date & Time: August 18, 2015   4:44pm
Location: 400 blk E Honeywell
Unit #1: 2013 Ford Taurus owned by City of Hoopeston
Unit 1 was damaged after driver backed vehicle into a pole.
No damage to pole. No injuries reported.


Stolen Bicycle
Date & Time: August 18, 2015   5:30pm
Location: 300 blk S Market
Details: A blue painted Mongoose 20” bike was reported stolen
sometime within last couple weeks

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Toddler’s apparent drowning under investigation

Champaign County sheriff’s investigators are looking into the death of a Rantoul child who apparently drowned during a family campout at the Middle Fork Forest Preserve in northeastern Champaign County Sunday.

Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup identified the child as Kendra Spanglo-Lindsey. She was pronounced dead at Carle Foundation Hospital at 10:38 p.m.

“They worked on her for hours,” said sheriff’s Lt. Curt Apperson.

Kendra was one of several family members who were present.

“A couple times a year, the grandparents have a camping event where all the family comes together. The campout started Friday and continued through Sunday,” he said.

“They were packing up and planned to have one last cookout and a swim. Some adults were playing volleyball and there was a group of adults whose sole responsibility was to watch the children on the beach,” he said, adding that Kendra’s parents were not among those at the beach.

Apperson said three adults and six children from Kendra’s extended family were at the designated beach area, with about two dozen other people.

“At some point, it was discovered that she was missing. They searched the bathrooms and did a land search,” he said, before notifying Forest Preserve authorities and the sheriff’s office around 5 p.m.

 

“They also had people in the water looking for her. We had canines out there attempting to track her. While we were out there, a family member discovered her in the water and took her to shore where deputies and medical personnel did CPR and other life-saving techniques on her,” he said.

She was taken to Carle, where she was pronounced dead hours later.

Northrup said preliminary results of an autopsy Monday showed the cause of death to be consistent with drowning.

 

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Hoopeston Police Blotter

Traffic Accident H15-4083
Time & Date: August 17, 2015   07:30 am
Location: 700 E Orange St Hoopeston
Unit 1: 2001 GMC Pickup truck driven by Taylor D Kirby (20) (M) of Fairmount
Unit 2: 2010 Chevy Cobalt driven by Josephine A Bullock (F) (44) of Hoopeston
Details: As Unit 2 was travelling Eastbound on Orange St, Unit 2 slowed to a stop to make turn on Seventh St to go North Unit 1 Struck Unit 2 from behind.  Unit 1 at fault for failure to reduce speed causing the accident.  Both insured, no tickets or injuries reported. 

Found Property
Sunglasses were found at the basketball courts at McFerren Park. Owner may identify and
claim at HPD.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

August 17th, 2015

On August 14, 2015 a 37 year old Hoopeston Woman made a complaint that without permission removed a steel tractor from her yard.

Also on August 14, 2015 person(s) unknown and without permission did enter the home of the 80 year old women.

A girls bicycle was found in the alley of the 600 block of east Penn. Owner can claim it at the HPD

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

August 17th, 2015

On August 15th, 2015 Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police arrested James G. LeClair, age 41, of Gilman IL. According to the police reports, Sheriff’s Police were dispatched to an address on the 600 block of S. Crescent St. in Gilman, IL for a domestic disturbance. After a brief investigation, LeClair was found to be wanted on a Livingston County Warrant for failure to appear on a prior driving while license is suspended/revoked charge. LeClair was taken into custody, and transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond and was released.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Blotter Thursday August 13th, 2015

Burglary to Garage H15-4019
Date & Time: August 13, 2015 1428
Location: 300 block of west Elm St.
Complainant: 35 year old Hoopeston male
Details: HPD officers responded to the above when a male subject advised he had just returned home to find his garage burglarized.  Several mechanical items were stolen.  Investigation is pending.

 

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

August 13th, 2015

On August 12th, 2015 Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police arrested Travis H. Creveling age 23 of buckley. Creveling was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant for failure to appear on a driving while license suspended/revoked charged. Creveling was transported to Iroquois County jail where he later posted the required bond and was released.

On August 12th, 2015 Joshua Grant age 31 of Beaverville turned himself in at Iroquois County Jail. Grant was on an Iroquois County warrant for failure to appear on a contempt of court charge. Grant posted the required bond and was released.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Blotter Wednesday August 12th, 2015

Traffic Accident H15-3995
Date & Time: August 12, 2015   8:54am
Location: 600 S First Avenue
Unit #1: 2013 Volvo Semi driven by Georgi Vodenov of Elk Grove IL
Unit #2: 2010 Dodge Avenger driven by Amy Coffey-Bogard/Hoopeston
Details: Driver of Unit 2 advised she was driving Northbound on 1st Ave
behind Unit 1.  Unit 1 began to back up and struck her causing
damage.  Driver of Unit 1 advised that Driver of Unit 2 drove
in the back of him.  No injuries reported


Unlawful Use of Debit Card CASE SOLVED H15-3822
Date & Time: August 12, 2015   8:03am
Location: Hoopeston Police Department
Arrested: Kristy D Williams (30) of Hoopesotn
Details: Investigations reported the arrest of the above on a report
that was made on August 3, 2015 for unknown person(s)
withdrawing money from an account without permission

Fire Call
Date & Time: August 12, 2015 2229
Location: 300 block of south Third St.
Details: HFD responded to the above for the report of heavy smoke coming
from the oven in the house.  HFD arrived on scene and determined
the cause of smoke to be burnt food.

Warrant Service H15-4013
Date & Time: August 12, 2015 2256
Location: Market St / Penn St
Arrested: Flores Jr., Efrain, 20, of Hoopeston
Details: HPD officers, while on routine patrol observed Flores who they knew had an outstanding Vermilion County warrant,
14CM835. Flores was arrested and brought to HPD for
processing and later posted bond and released with a new court date.

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Governor’s Request for Agricultural Disaster Declaration Approved

Federal assistance available for farmers impacted by heavy rainfall and flooding

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has granted the request of Governor Rauner for disaster designation in 87 Illinois counties and 14 contiguous counties that suffered losses due to rain and flooding this year. 

“Illinois has suffered a lot of storm and rain damage throughout this Spring and Summer,” Rauner said. “I am pleased our request for federal assistance was granted and encourage farmers throughout these counties to contact their local Farm Service Agency for questions.”

The governor issued an official letter to USDA Secretary Vilsack on July 23, 2015. The 19 members of the Illinois Congressional Delegation also signed a letter to President Obama to endorse the governor’s request for this designation. Counties eligible for assistance were determined through the Loss Assessment Reports reviewed by the USDA.

“I am grateful to all the members of our Illinois Congressional delegation for their strong and united support for securing this assistance for farmers throughout the state,” Rauner added.

Farmers who believe they may be eligible for assistance should contact their county Farm Service Agency office.  Loan applications are considered on a case-by-case basis, taking into account the extent of losses, security available and applicant’s repayment ability.  Farmers who have questions should contact the state FSA office at (217) 241-6600.

Counties eligible for assistance include: Adams, Alexander, Bond, Brown, Calhoun, Carroll, Cass, Champaign, Clark, Clay, Clinton, Crawford, Cumberland, DeKalb, DeWitt, Douglas, DuPage, Edwards, Effingham, Fayette, Ford, Franklin, Fulton, Gallatin, Greene, Grundy, Hamilton, Hancock, Hardin, Henderson, Henry, Iroquois, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Jersey, Johnson, Kane, Kankakee, Knox, La Salle, Lawrence, Lee, Livingston, Logan, McDonough, McLean, Macon, Macoupin, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Mason, Massac, Menard, Mercer, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Peoria, Perry, Piatt, Pike, Pope, Pulaski, Putnam, Randolph, Richland, Rock Island, St. Clair, Saline, Sangamon, Schuyler, Scott, Stark, Tazewell, Union, Vermilion, Wabash, Warren, Washington, Wayne, White, Whiteside, Will, Williamson, Woodford

Counties named as contiguous disaster counties eligible for assistance: Boone, Bureau, Christian, Coles, Cook, Edgar, Jo Daviess, Kendall, McHenry, Moultrie, Ogle, Shelby, Stephenson, Winnebago

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

August 12, 2015

On August 11, 2015 Milford police arrested Shannon B. sterling, age 39, of Danville. Sterling was wanted on a vermillion county warrant for obstructing identification. Sterling was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he later posted bond and was released.

On August 12, 2015 Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police arrested Tammy L. Carroll age 51, of Watseka. Carrroll was charged with domestic battery after becoming involved in a physical altercation with a subject that had been staying with her. Carroll was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where she remains awaiting a court appearance.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

August 11, 2015

On August 11, 2015 officers were on a traffic stop Mr. Landram was taken into custody for aggravated battery to a peace officer, resisting arrest, failure to yield private road or drive, illegal transportation of alcohol. and was transported to HPD where he was processed and later taken to the PSB to await arraignment.

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

The Iroquois County Sheriff’s Blotter

Cody J. Lehmkuhl, 22, of Ashkum, was killed in a single-vehicle accident near Chebanse on Aug. 9. The accident occurred when Lehmkuhl was driving west on County Road 3000 North, just west of County Road 1500 East, and his vehicle left the road on the south side. His vehicle then proceeded west while still in a roadside ditch, striking a ditch embankment connected to a field entrance. The force of impact caused the vehicle to slide sideways while facing south. The vehicle then overturned an estimated three times while still proceeding westbound. While the vehicle was overturning, Lehmkuhl was thrown from the vehicle and into a field. The vehicle landed in the south ditch on County Road 3000 North, facing to the south, and sustained heavy damage. Lehmkuhl was pronounced dead at the scene by Iroquois County Coroner Bill Cheatum. The accident remains under investigation by the coroner’s office and sheriff’s office.

— No injuries were reported and no tickets were issued following a two-vehicle accident on Aug. 9 in Ashkum. The accident occurred on East Main Street near North Front Street. A vehicle driven by Sheila A. Blasey, 66, of Ashkum, was parked legally inside a parking space on the north side of Main Street while a vehicle driven by Mary M. Peters, 19, of Ashkum, was parked legally on the south side of Main Street. Both drivers began to travel simultaneously in reverse, and as Peters was trying to cross the eastbound lane of traffic into the westbound lane, Peters’ vehicle struck the rear of Blasey’s vehicle.

— Jose M. Medina, 25, of Gilman, was arrested Aug. 8 for criminal damage to property, criminal trespass to a residence and on a Livingston County warrant. The arrest occurred after sheriff’s deputies were called to a residence in Gilman after receiving reports of a man entering a residence without permission while the home’s occupants were sleeping. The homeowner, awakened to the sound of her bedroom door opening, spotted the man inside her home and confronted him while chasing him outside. The man fled on foot prior to deputies arriving. Police collected evidence left behind by the man, whom they later identified as Medina.

— Khristopher B. Miller, 23, of Sheldon, was arrested Aug. 7 for possession of cannabis (2.5-10 grams) and possession of drug paraphernalia after sheriff’s deputies conducted a traffic stop for an equipment violation. After Miller was given a written warning for the violation, Miller consented to a search of his vehicle, and police then found a plastic bag containing suspected marijuana and a glass pipe.

— Darryl Terrell, 53, of Beaverville, was arrested Aug. 7 for theft (under $500) and criminal trespass to property. The arrest occurred after sheriff’s deputies were called to a residence in rural Beaverville to investigate a burglary and the theft of two campers. After a brief investigation, one of the stolen campers was found at Terrell’s residence.

— No injuries were reported and no tickets were issued after a deer ran into the side of a Buckley man’s vehicle on Aug. 7 near Milford. The accident occurred when James P. Winder, 53, was driving west on County Road 1000 North, near County Road 2200 East, and a deer ran into the passenger side of his vehicle, causing more than $1,500 in damage.

— Bradley A. Williams, 27, of East Lynn, was transported from the Vermilion County Jail to the Iroquois County Jail on Aug. 6. Williams was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant for failure to appear in court for driving 15-20 mph above the speed limit.

— Melinda L. Mathys, 34, of Milford, was arrested Aug. 6 on a Champaign County warrant for possession/acquisition of a controlled substance and on an Iroquois County warrant for two counts of possession/acquisition of a controlled substance.

— Khalil N. Blalock, 22, of Lansing, was transported from the Cook County Jail to the Iroquois County Jail on Aug. 5. Blalock was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant for failure to appear in court for manufacture/delivery of cannabis (500-2,000 grams).

— Joshua M. Abrassart, 26, of Martinton, was ticketed for failure to stop/yield at an intersection on Aug. 4, after being involved in a two-vehicle accident near Chebanse. The accident occurred when Abrassart was driving south on County Road 1500 East and failed to stop at the stop sign at the intersection with County Road 3300 North, where Abrassart’s vehicle struck a westbound vehicle driven by Corey S. Rose, 25, of Belle Chasse, La. No injuries were reported, and both vehicles sustained more than $1,500 in damage.

— Ronnie O’Grentz, 59, of Watseka, was ticketed for failure to stop/yield at an intersection on Aug. 4, after being involved in a two-vehicle accident near Martinton. The accident occurred when O’Grentz was driving north on County Road 2200 East and failed to stop for the stop sign at the intersection with County Road 2800 North, where his vehicle struck a westbound vehicle driven by Dennis L. Skelly, 60, of Martinton. Upon impact, Skelly’s vehicle veered into the northwest corner of the intersection, where it struck a utility pole. No injuries were reported, and both vehicles sustained more than $1,500 in damage.

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Circus is coming to Watseka

Kelly Circus coming to Watseka – Contest for free family pass

The Kelly Circus will be coming to Watseka Wednesday, Aug. 26 and will be set up on the grounds of the old Roff House. The circus is being brought by the Modern Woodmen of America/Bernie Markley, local agent. The Iroquois County Historical Society and the Old Courthouse Museum will be the recipients of the matching grant this year.
  Before the circus arrives, the clown will visit various nursing homes, assisted living homes and independent living homes in the area. These stops will be open to the public and everyone is invited to stop by during one of his visits to witness his silly antics.
  Prior to the circus arriving, there is a peanut guessing contest, a coloring contest and other circus activities. The peanut guessing contest will award a family pass for four to the circus. In order the win, a person has to guess the closest to the number of “whole” peanuts in a gallon pitcher at the Big R store in Watseka. It is noted the pitcher includes pieces, halves and whole peanuts and it only the whole peanuts you are to guess. The deadline to enter this contest is Friday, Aug. 21. More information on the coloring contest will be available at a later time.
  There will be two performances on Aug. 26 – one at 4:30 and the other at 7:30. Tickets can be purchased before the day of the circus at a discounted price at: BA Markley and Associates, First Trust and Savings Bank, Big R and Prospect Bank, all in Watseka; Citizen’s State Bank branch in Crescent City, Citizen’s State Bank in Milford, Cissna Park Bank; Prospect Bank, The Gathering and Inside-Out in Gilman; and First Trust and Savings Bank in Clifton.
  The proceeds given to the ICHS/OCM from Modern Woodmen and the circus proceeds will help continue with updating, repairing and maintaining the museum, located at 103 W. Cherry, Watseka. For information about the ICHS or museum activities, call 815-432-2215, Monday through Friday, during the business hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Blotter Sunday August 9th -Tuesday August 11th, 2015

Criminal Damage to City Property H15-3919
Time & Date: August 8, 2015   5:15am
Location: Main/S Market St
Arrested: Sage, Zacaria C (M) (28) of Hoopeston
Details:        HPD was called to the corner of Main and Market for a criminal
damage report.  Mr. Sage tore down a flower pot and destroyed
it.  He was taken to HPD to be processed.  He was later released
with a notice to appear in city court.


Criminal Damage To Vehicle H15-3959
Date & Time: August 10, 2015   4:07pm
Location: South McKinley Street
Complainant: 26 year old Hoopeston man
Details: Complainant reported damage to the windshield and body
of his vehicle which occurred sometime during evening.

Aggravated Battery to a Peace Officer, Resisting Arrest,          H15-3978       V15-8108
Failure to Yield-Private Road or Drive, Illegal Transport of Alcohol.
Date & Time: August 11, 2015 6:06pm
Location: 700 Block of E Chestnut
Arrested: Lawrence Landram Jr (32) of Hoopeston
Details: At the above time and date, while officers were on a traffic stop
Mr. Landram was taken into custody on the above charges and transported to HPD where he was processed and later taken to the
PSB to await arraignment. 

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Dans Win, Make Prospect League Playoffs

Danville Dans held onto their second-place overall position thanks to a 4-1 win over the Terre Haute Rex. They will now take on the Rex in a best-of-three West Division playoff series.

Game 1 will be played at Danville Stadium on Friday, August 7. Game time is 6:30 pm. Tickets will be just $3

Games 2 & 3 (if necessary) will be played in Terre Haute on Saturday and Sunday, August 8-9.

This is the third year in a row the Dans have made the Prospect League playoffs.

Information about the Dans can be found online at www.danvilledans.com

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Rauner signs ‘Perry’s Law’

According to the Daily Journal, It became more difficult to prey on the elderly Wednesday morning, as Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed House Bill 1588, informally known as “Perry’s Law.”
Perry Bitzel, an 82-year-old resident at the Gilman Healthcare Center, who suffers from dementia, was a victim of fraud last year when one of his grandsons allegedly wiped out all his bank accounts and sold two of his houses after obtaining legal guardianship.
No charges have been filed against the grandson, yet, but the new law now will enable victims and their families to proceed directly to civil court without charges being filed.
The law results from Shawn Bitzel, Perry’s grandson and current legal guardian, who recognized his family member’s alleged wrongdoing. Rep. Tom Bennett, R-Gibson City, and Sen. Jason Barickman, R-Bloomington, met with Shawn and his family, and wrote the new law.
“I feel very, very relieved,” Shawn said. “It’s great to have a law like this in place. It embraces karma and gives people who take advantage of the elderly what they deserve.”
Perry’s family still is figuring out if they can take their case to civil court. They may not qualify because the law was signed after the fact. Nonetheless, they’re happy to see the elderly will be protected in Perry’s name.
“We know it may not do a lot to help Uncle Perry at this point, but it may prevent other families from going through what we had to,” said Perry’s niece, Susan Wynn Bence, who works for Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti.
Perry and his family watched Rauner sign the law in Springfield, along with staff members from the Gilman Healthcare Center. They also met several state officials. Bennett and Barickman also were present.
“Uncle Perry had a great day,” Wynn Bence said. “He was smiling, looking at the capital and had a chance to meet the governor and Lt. Gov. Sanguinetti.”

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Police describe events leading to fatal shooting at Rantoul standoff

According to the News Gazette, Authorities say a review of the fatal shooting of an armed robbery suspect at a Rantoul motel Tuesday reveals that the officer who fired was following orders and protecting the lives of fellow officers.

“Sgt. (Colby) Oleson’s actions were part of an organized, managed response to Graves’ actions, and at this time ... I am comfortable giving a preliminary opinion that Sgt. Oleson’s use of deadly force was legally appropriate,” said Champaign County State’s Attorney’s Julia Rietz.

Rietz was one of several speakers at a news conference Thursday morning at the Champaign Police Department orchestrated to bring a quick resolution in the court of public opinion to the appropriateness of what happened to Darius Graves, 31, at the Days Inn Motel in Rantoul.

“We offer condolences to the family of Darius Graves as the loss of any life is tragic,” Champaign Police Chief Anthony Cobb said in his opening remarks to a room filled with reporters, police administrators, Champaign city administrators and curious police department employees.

Cobb, Rietz and Rantoul Police Chief Paul Farber made prepared remarks, showing still photos of the holdup at a Rantoul restaurant that precipitated the ordeal and video of the end of the standoff.

Also present, but not invited to speak during the news conference, was Urbana attorney Steve Beckett, representing Oleson, who fired the shot that ended an almost seven-hour standoff between a robbery suspect and police.

However, after the others were finished, Beckett said his client, a 17-year member of the police department and a SWAT team leader, was part of a group of officers who were told to respond to the standoff, had been thoroughly briefed by supervisors, and was following the plan that had been laid out by leaders of the METRO team and the Champaign SWAT team.

“As negotiations continued, Sgt. Oleson and his team moved into a position which allowed them to carry out the instructions they had been given. Within a short period, the suspect made the decision to disregard the directions officers had been giving him for the past six hours.”

“Unfortunately, the suspect chose to leave the room in a manner which led officers to believe that he was armed. Recognizing the suspect had eliminated the opportunity to resolve the incident through nonlethal options, Sgt. Oleson was forced to use deadly force, based on his recognition that the suspect presented an immediate threat to the public, as well as officers positioned in the immediate vicinity,” Beckett said.

The veteran attorney said Oleson has been “actively assisting” investigators from the multi-jurisdictional team looking into the shooting as he remains on administrative leave until the team completes its review and the Champaign police do an internal review. Beckett said he had no idea how long that would be.

Champaign police Deputy Chief Joe Gallo said the internal review probably won’t get done until the department has all the information from the multi-jurisdictional team investigation. “That timeline varies with each incident,” he said.

How it began

Farber said the event that sparked the standoff started more than 48 hours earlier.

Narrating as video surveillance of that holdup was shown, Farber said about 10:30 p.m. Sunday, a man entered the Hardees, 326 S. Century Blvd., showed a handgun to the manager and two employees and announced he was robbing the business.

Two employees were locked in a walk-in cooler as a third was led at gunpoint to the register. The robber took cash from the business and cellphones and cash belonging to employees. None of that has been recovered.

The robber was later identified as Mr. Graves by comparing surveillance photos from Hardees with mug shots from the Jackson, Tenn., police department of Mr. Graves.

Farber said Mr. Graves had lived in Tennessee for “quite some time” and had criminal convictions from that state for burglary and domestic battery. Farber said Jackson police also identified Mr. Graves as a suspect in a recent gas station holdup in that city. The chief said he had also lived previously in Rantoul and was believed to have been in the village for a couple of months.

“He had a teardrop tattoo on his face,” Farber said of the mark that convinced Rantoul police that’s who they were looking for.

Farber said after the holdup, investigators from his department received “credible, anonymous tips about who he was” and that he was at the Days Inn.

Initial contact

Using the information they had, police went to the Days Inn about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday and contacted a woman that Farber said had rented the room where Mr. Graves was.

Authorities said he was in Rantoul with a girlfriend, a female cousin and that woman’s boyfriend. Farber said they got a key to the second-floor room with permission from the woman who had rented it. Their first contact with him was at 2:55 a.m.

“The door came open with the chain on. They identified themselves as police. They received challenging words of profanity,” said Farber, including threats of “I’ll shoot you. I’ll kill you. I’ve got a 9 mm.”

That prompted the officers and the woman to back off.

“At one point, he came to the window and pulled the curtain back. They illuminated him and could see the teardrop tattoo visible and were definitely sure this was Darius,” Farber said.

“He became very defiant, threatening to shoot officers and cars,” Farber said.

Consulting with Rantoul police supervisors, the decision was made to call out the METRO team, made up of specially trained officers from several departments. Responding Tuesday morning were officers from Rantoul, Urbana and the University of Illinois police departments and the Champaign County sheriff’s office. The convened between 4:30 and 5:30 a.m.

While Parkland College and Mahomet police also are team members, none of their officers was available, Farber said.

Watching, waiting, negotiating

Farber said a Rantoul officer and later a METRO negotiator were talking with Mr. Graves for a long time when the decision was made to ask for help from Champaign’s SWAT team.

“By 7 a.m., it was time to get our guys relief. That’s a long time for officers in full gear to be set there and waiting,” he said of the METRO effort.

“The negotiations started to fail. We had to elevate our strategy,” Farber said.

Cobb said officers from his department arrived about 9 a.m. and conferred with the Rantoul incident commander.

Negotiations continued to no avail.

After about 90 minutes of Champaign being present, Cobb said, the “joint decision” was made to shoot tear gas canisters into the room in hopes of forcing Mr. Graves out.

Cobb then narrated video that showed Mr. Graves in the window of his room, the curtain pulled back slightly, and his hands on the window.

“He was thirsty and we were trying to get him water. Before we could get it up to him, things started to change,” said Cobb.

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

News Release
June 7, 2015

8-6 Sheriff’s Police returned from Vermilion County Jail with Bradley A. Williams, 27 East Lynn.  He was wanted on an outstanding Iroquois County warrant for Failure to Appear for speeding 15-20 MPH over the posted limit.  He was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond

8-6 Sheriff’s Police arrested Melinda L. Mathys, 34 Milford.  She was wanted on an outstanding Champaign County warrant for possession of a controlled substance and in Iroquois County for 2 counts of possession of a controlled substance.  She was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where she later posted the required bond and was released

8-7 Sheriff’s Police arrested Kristopher B. Miller, 23 Sheldon.  According to the police report, Miller was stopped for an equipment violation on his vehicle.  After he was given a written warning for the violation Miller consented to a vehicle search.  Upon searching of the vehicle a clear plastic baggy containing a green leafy substance was found in the vehicle along with a glass pipe.  Miller was charged with Possession of more than 2.5g of Cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia.  He was arrested and transported to Iroquois County Jail where he later posted the required bond and was released

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Warrant Arrest H15-3885
Time & Date: August 6, 2015   11:55 am
Location: 200 E Main St Downtown Motel
Arrested: Irvin, Robin N (F) (35) of Hoopeston
Details: While officers where on the scene of a call, Officer observed the female known to him as Robin N Irvin, whom was wanted on a
Vermilion County Warrant 2013CM380 bond $171 plus $75 FTA Fee on Criminal Trespass to Land.

Traffic Accident H15-3888
Date & Time: August 6, 2015 1246
Location: IGA, 1030 W. Chestnut St.
Unit #1: Dodge Caravan driven by Deborah Clayburn
Details: Unit #1 was backing out of a parking space at the above when her
vehicle struck a male subject walking into the store.  The male subject
later went to the hospital to check for injuries. 

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Hoopeston council discusses drainage issues

According to the Commercial News, City council members discussed at length the continual flooding issue along Thompson and McCracken avenues at Tuesday’s meeting and a $19,000 proposed engineering survey to find a solution.
Mayor Bill Crusinberry suggested a Danville engineering firm with connections to Hoopeston to see what could be done. The firm, he said, would offer “fresh eyes to approach the problem.”
“We’ve lived with flooding for 50 years and the city has done nothing,” said Alderman Randy Carter, adding the city has done engineering surveys twice before and nothing has been done. “Is there a commitment from the city council to fix it?”
Alderman Alex Houmes added it would be a waste of money to do a survey and then wait until the city has the money to fix the problem and have to do another survey. Houmes asked whether it would be better to get a loan and do the work.
Maybe “get a tile guy to solve the solution,” Alderman Bill Goodwine suggested, instead of expensive engineers.
The problem, according to Crusinberry, is to get the the infrastructure identified, which an engineering survey would do. With the $7 increase in the water bill recently approved, one part would go under water and one part to the sewer, said Crusinberry, which would bring in an extra $16,000 a month into the budget to cover the expenses of a solution to the flooding issue.
The ideal solution, Crusinberry added, would be to catch the water before it came into town from the farmlands and Schumacher’s with retention ponds.
The discussion reached an impasse and was tabled for a recommendation from the sewer committee.
In other council business, council members approved 5-2 to remove the bell from the water tower and make it a point of interest for visitors at ground level. Aldermen Carl Ankenbrad and Brandon Hamilton voted no.

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Iroquois County Jail gets “good” report

According to the Times Republic, The Iroquois County Jail is in compliance with Illinois County Jail Standards.
Sheriff Derek Hagen reported to the county board’s judicial committee yesterday that the annual inspection showed no non-compliances.
“That’s the big thing,” he said. “No non-compliances with jail standards, which is good.”

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

News Release
August 6, 2015

On August 5th the Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police returned from the Cook County Jail with Khalil N. Blalock, 22 of Lansing, IL.  Blalock was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant for failure to appear on the charge of Manufacture/Delivery of Cannabis 500-2000 grams.  He remains in jail in lieu of bond.

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Police search for bank robber

According to the Commercial News, A suspect remained at large Wednesday afternoon following a bank robbery along North Gilbert Street.
Danville police and Vermilion County deputies responded to the robbery report just after 3 p.m. Wednesday at Iroquois Federal Savings and Loan, 619 N. Gilbert St.
According to Danville Director of Public Safety Larry Thomason, the bank personnel called 911 to report a man had entered with a weapon and taken an unknown amount of money from the savings and loan.
The suspect was described as a white male in his early 30s standing either 5 feet 9 inches or 5 feet 10 inches tall. He was wearing an orange shirt with an unknown design and blue jeans at the time of the robbery.
He used a handgun during the robbery.
The suspect fled southwest on foot across North Gilbert Street through the Village Garden parking lot.
Thomason indicated no one was injured during the incident.
Anyone with information in connection with the case is asked to call Danville police or Vermilion County Crime Stoppers at 446-TIPS (8477).

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

August 5, 2015

Found
Time & Date: August 5, 2015
Details:        A black Samsung S 3 was found in the street and turned in, Owner may to claim


Prescription glasses were found by the girls’ softball field on McNeil.  Owner can claim at HPD


Fire Call
Date & Time: August 5, 2015 1850
Location: Gibson Health Care Clinic, 705 S. Dixie Hwy
Details: HFD responded to the above after they received an automated
fire alarm.  HFD arrived on scene and deemed it to be a false alarm.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Blotter for Monday & Tuesday August 3rd & 4th

Traffic Accident H15-3861
Date & Time: August 4, 2015 1657
Location: 800 block of west Main St.
Unit #1: Black Chevy 2012 Parked owned by Lealoni Gress of Hoopeston
Unit #2: Blue Ford sedan driven by Misty Johnston of Hoopeston
Details: Unit 1 was parked and unoccupied at the time of the crash on main when the driver of unit 2 reportedly lost consciousness and veered into the oncoming traffic lane striking unit 1. Johnston was transported to Hoopeston Hospital and cited for Operating Uninsured Vehicle and Improper Lane Usage.

Theft of Medication     H15-3846
Date & Time: August 4, 2015   10:22am
Location: 700 blk W Main
Complainant: 60 year old Hoopeston man
Details: Complaint made reference unknown person(s) removed
medication from the complainants residence without
his permission.

Domestic Battery H15-3849     V15-7785
Date & Time: August 4, 2015     11:03am
Location: 200 blk W Maple
Complainant: 23 year old Hoopeston male
Arrested: Elbert W Cannon (49) of Hoopeston
Details: Subject was arrested after a physical altercation at the above location
He was transported to PSB to see a judge.

 

Found Bicycle
Gold (looks like spray paint) 10 speed Huffy was abandoned at Caseys on Penn Street.  Owner can claim at HPD


Traffic Accident
Date & Time: August 2, 2015     12:23
Location: Railroad Crossing & Maple Street
Unit #1: CSX Railroad Crossing Gate
Unit #2: 2015 Toyota driven by Tammy Coon of Hoopeston
Details: After train cleared the crossing, Unit 2 proceeded to cross
the tracks when the arm on the crossing gate came down
upon her vehicle causing damage.  No damage reported
to the gate.


Theft / Unauthorized Use of Debit Card H15-3822
Date & Time: August 3, 2015 1146
Location: 500 block of Chicago St.
Complainant: 50 year old Hoopeston female
Details: HPD officers spoke with the female about unauthorized use of a debit card to withdraw money.  Investigation is pending.


Burglary: H15-3830
Date & Time: August 3, 2015 1732
Location: 300 block of east McCracken
Complainant: 35 year old Hoopeston male
Details: HPD officers responded to the above for the report of a burglary.  Complainant reported several tools were stolen from his shed.  Investigation is pending.

 

 

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Rantoul Standoff ends in death

An armed robbery suspect who holed up in a Rantoul motel room for about seven hours early Tuesday, threatening to harm himself and police, was shot and killed by a Champaign police officer.

A release from Champaign police said the man, whose identity has not been released, was pronounced dead at 12:43 p.m. Tuesday at Carle Foundation Hospital from a single gunshot wound.

The shot was fired around 10:30 a.m. after continued negotiations to coax him out of a second-floor room at the Days Inn, 801 W. Champaign Ave., failed.

“This is an unfortunate incident that we all hope never faces our community,” said Rantoul Police Chief Paul Farber. “We strive to preserve the lives of all people and are deeply affected at the loss of any life.”

Rantoul Police Sgt. Justin Bouse said the armed robbery the man was suspected in occurred at the Hardee’s, 326 S. Century Blvd. on about 10:35 p.m. Sunday.

“He entered the store and after patrons left, confronted employees, displayed a handgun and ordered employees to the back of the store. He led one employee to the register where he took cash and cellphones from the employees. Nobody was hurt,” Bouse said.

Bouse said police received information Monday night that the suspect — they had seen him on video surveillance from the Hardee’s — was at the Days Inn. He declined to identify the man, but said he is not from Rantoul.

“Between 3 and 4 a.m., they tried to make contact with a man in one of the rooms. He made threatening statements to them and they could see what they believed to be a handgun in his waistband,” Bouse said of the face-to-face encounter between officers and the man.

Bouse said after seeing the gun and hearing the threats, the officers backed off and the METRO team was summoned.

That team is made up of officers from the Rantoul, Urbana, Parkland College, University of Illinois police departments and the Champaign County sheriff’s office. They were joined about 9 a.m. by members of the Champaign police SWAT team, the release said.

After spending a total of about six hours negotiating with the man without any cooperations, they threw tear gas into the room. While negotiating, he had made threats to harm himself, others in the area, and police, the release said.

“During the course of the resolution of the incident, a Champaign police officer fired one shot, striking the subject,” the release said.

Officers and paramedics provided first aid at the scene before transporting the man to Carle.

The incident is under investigation by the Champaign County multi-jurisdictional use of force team. This investigation is being led by Illinois State Police.

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Two Bodies found in a Danville Yard

The Vermilion County sheriff’s office is investigating the death of a man and woman, whose bodies were found lying near a tree line along the northern edge of a property at 322 Western Ave.

Around 8 a.m., the 911 communications center received a call from a man who was renovating a house on the property, Sheriff Pat Hartshorn said.

“He reported when he arrived ... he saw two dead bodies lying on the property,” he said.

Hartshorn said sheriff’s investigators interviewed neighbors and potential witnesses, while the Illinois State Police Crime Scene Investigation unit processed the scene.

“It’s too early to have any idea as to a cause of death or the identification of the bodies,” he said.

Western Avenue gets a little more traffic from people who cut through from Hungry Hollow Road to the north to go to Oakwood Avenue and then on to U.S. 150 to the south.

 

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Paxton police arrest Vermilion residents in drug case

Two Vermilion County residents were charged Tuesday with Class X felonies after Paxton police say they found them in possession of suspected methamphetamine and ingredients used to make the illegal drug one day earlier.

Paxton Police Chief Bob Bane said his department arrested David Lee Zarate, 30, of Hoopeston, and Tierra L. Kelly, 19, of Rankin, following a traffic stop on Paxton’s east edge.

The stop occurred at 1:01 a.m. Monday at the intersection of Illinois 9 and Ford County Road 2050 East, after Paxton police saw a 2006 Chevrolet Impala, driven by Kelly, allegedly going 44 mph in a 30-mph speed zone.

Zarate, the passenger, immediately ran from the car and into a nearby corn field, Bane said.

The Paxton Police Department’s drug-sniffing German shepherd, Tago, tracked Zarate through the corn field and into a bean field east of Paxton, where he was found hiding on the ground, Bane said.

In Zarate’s path of flight, police found 99 pseudoephedrine tablets totaling 76.5 grams, Bane said.

“He was dropping them like a bread trail in the corn field,” Bane said.

Meanwhile, in the car, police found two vodka bottles containing a liquid suspected to be methamphetamine, Bane said. The liquid is being sent to a state crime lab for analysis, Bane said.

Police also seized $500 in cash and tools that police believe may have been used to tamper with anhydrous ammonia tanks, Bane said.

After meeting with investigators Tuesday, Ford County State’s Attorney Randy Yedinak charged Zarate and Kelly with one count each of unlawful possession of methamphetamine precursors, a Class X felony, and unlawful possession of methamphetamine, a Class 3 felony. The two charges carry potential sentences ranging from six to 30 years in prison and two to five years in prison, respectively.

Kelly also was charged with driving without a valid license.

Both remained Tuesday at the Ford County Jail. Neither had seen a judge yet, so their bond had not been set.

 

 

Bane said both Zarate and Kelly have a criminal history in Vermilion County. Bane said Paxton police officer Stewart Stafford, who also works part-time as an officer in Rankin, recently arrested Kelly for possession of the illegal drug acid.

According to Vermilion County Circuit Court records, Kelly was charged in 2014 with meth manufacturing, disposal of meth-manufacturing waste and possession of meth precursors. In January, Kelly pleaded guilty to possession of meth precursors, and the other charges were dismissed. She was then sentenced in March to 30 months of probation.

Zarate was charged on July 24 in Vermilion County with two counts of domestic battery. He has pleaded not guilty and is due back in court in that case on Sept. 16.

Bane said this was the second time that Tago, the Paxton Police Department’s patrol dog, has been involved in a drug bust in just one month on the job.

 

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

August 4th, 2015

On august 3, 2015 Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police investigated a two vehicle accident on Co. Rd. 1900 N at the intersection of Co. Rd. 1600 E. According to the police reports, a vehicle driven by Timothy R. Kollman age 30, of Cresent City, IL was traveling east on Co. Rd. 19000 N approaching the Co. RD. 1600 E intersection. A vehicle driven by James F. Koch, age 48, of Watseka, IL. was traveling south on Co. Rd. 1600 E. approaching the same intersection. Koch failed to yield at the intersection and proceeded into the southeast ditch where it overturned one time before coming to a rest. Cresent fire and EMS assisted the scene. Koch reported no injuries, and Kollmann was transported to riverside hospital for non-life threatening injuries. Koch was issued a citation for failure to yield-stop at the intersection.
On august 3, 2015 Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police arrested Allison M. Habied, age 30, of Paxton, IL. Habied was wanted on a ford county warrant for failure to appear on a prior intimidation charge. She was taken into custody and transported to the Iroquois County Jail where she posted the required bond and was released.
On August 3, 2015 Iroquois County Sheriff;s Police arrested Jason A. Vanier, age 41, of Hoopeston, IL. Vanier was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant charging him with failure to appear on a prior driving under the influence charge. Vanier was aware of his outstanding warrant and turned himself into the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond and was released.

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

August 4, 2015

On August 3rd, 2015 Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police arrested Raymond F. Schoride, age 53, of St. Anne, IL. According to the police reports, Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a domestic battery call in rural St. Anne, IL residence. After a brief investigation, Sheriff’s Police placed Schoride into custody after his fiance alleged he choked and battered her during an altercation. Schoride was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he was charged with aggravated domestic battery. He remains at the Iroquois County Jail awaiting a court appearance.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

August 2, 2015

Officers were called to 500 blk E Penn in reference to a domestic situation. Mr. Duckworth was arrested on domestic battery charges and taken HPD for processing. He was later transported to the PSB in Danville to await arraignment.

HPD and HFD went to the scene of a suspicious fire to a shed. No injuries were reported.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

July 31, 2015

Officers responded to 1020 W chestnut after an employee witnessed suspect take a pair of shoes and leave without paying. Officers caught up with suspect who was in her vehicle. She returned to Shopko with the officer and was issued a Notice to appear in hoopeston city court.

Juana Espino of Hoopeston was traveling westbound on Main St. when she hit a parked and unoccupied Michael Haggan of Hoopeston. Hoopeston Ambulance was called for Juana however she was not transported. Both vehicles were insured and no tickets were issued.

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

August 2nd, 2015

On August 1st, 2015 Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police arrested James L. Price, age 31, of Loda, IL. According to the police reports, Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a residence in Loda, IL in reference to a violation of an order of protection. After speaking to witnesses, it was determined that Price violated the order of protection by entering a residence in which he was court ordered to stay away from. Price was located approximately one block away from the residence and placed into custody. He was transported to the Iroquois County Jail and charged with violation of an order of protection. Price remains at the Iroquois County Jail awaiting a court appearance.

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

August 2, 2015

On August 1, 2015 Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police investigated a fatal, single vehicle, rollover accident, on Co. Rd. 1200 E. near Co. Rd. 900 N in rural Cissna Park, IL. According to police reports, a vehicle driven by Thomas A. McClintock, age 47, of Cissna Park, IL was traveling south bound on Co. Rd. 1200 E just north of Co. Rd. 900 N, when he lost control of his 2003 Chevrolet Silverado. McClintock’s vehicle left the roadway on the west side of Co. Rd. 1200 E, as he attempted to overcorrect to regain control. His vehicle began to slide sideways, out of control, as it entered the east ditch on an angle. The silverado began to roll multiple times, ejecting McClintock from the vehicle, before it came to a rest on it’s passenger side, facing west. Cissna Park fire and EMS arrived on scene with the assistance of IMH EMS. McClintock was transported to Iroquois Memorial Hospital where he was later pronounced dead. The investigation by the Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Department and the Iroquois County Coroner’s Office is ongoing.

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

July 31st, 2015.

Iroquois County residents are being cautioned about mail scams in which they are sent a letter stating that they have won a cash prize, lottery or sweepstakes. The letter is usually accompanied by a check which the resident is asked to deposit into their personal account. The resident is told to send a portion of the money from the deposited check, either by mail or western union or similar money transfer, to cover the “taxes” on their “winnings”. The checks have proven to be fraudulent. Once the money is sent by the resident, the bank normally receives the notice that the check was found to be fraudulent, within a few days. It would then be the resident’s responsibility to repay the bank for the money that was withdrawn from the account. Residents are urged NOT to deposit checks into their accounts that they receive from sweepstakes or other types of cash prize winnings received by mail. Residents are also urged NOT to send any money via USPS, western union or other money transfer company to anyone that they do not know. Contact your bank or local police department if you have any questions.

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

Iroquois County Police Blotter from Thursday July 30th, 2015

Police arrested Airon L. Hartlep 23 of Watseka. Hartlep was charged with Operating in violation of restricted driving permit, driving while license revoked and speeding. Hartlep was taken to the Iroquois county jail where he posted bond and was released.

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TOURISM IN VERMILION COUNTY ON RECORD PACE

Visitors to Vermilion County spent $79.61 million at area businesses in 2014, the largest amount on record.  That level of spending represents a 3.2% increase over the prior year and a 12.9% increase over the previous 4 years.  Results of the annual U.S. Travel Association were released by the Illinois Office of Tourism during their statewide “Road Show” this week.

The dollars spent here by visitors’ generated local tax receipts of $1.78 million, funds that help our local government pay for services residents rely on,  a 4.7% increase.
“We are extremely happy with these numbers.  As our product continues to grow and evolve, our marketing and advertising efforts reach an ever expanding number of niche market travelers,” said Jeanie Cooke, Executive Director of the Danville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, the counties destination marketing and management organization.
Cooke added, “We are seeing the result of countywide efforts to grow and improve our tourism products. From the upcoming Kickapoo Rail Trail, to the beautification of downtown Danville, to our new retail, and our full yearly calendar of events and activities throughout the county, we are capitalizing on the Bureau’s ‘Everything but Ordinary” branding.”

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Blotter for Thursday July 30th, 2015

Warrant Arrest H15-3745 V15-7587
Date & Time: July 30, 2015 10:15pm
Location: 200 E Main St   Downtown Motel
Arrested: Timothy Rendon (38) of Hoopeston
Details: HPD officers were called to the above location in reference to a battery report.  Upon
arrival, officers made contact with Mr. Rendon.  A computer check revealed that he
was wanted on an outstanding Pulaski County MO warrant.  He was arrested and taken
to HPD to be processed.  He was later transported to the PSB to await extradition.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

HOOPESTON POLICE BLOTTER FROM WEDNESDAY JULY 30TH, 2015

Traffic Accident (PD) H15-3716
Time & Date: July 29, 2015   2:14 pm
Location: Third St & E Penn St
Unit 1: 2013 Buick Lacrosse driven by Elnora F Norton (F) (78) of Williamsport Indiana
Unit 2: 2010 KIA Rio driven by Allie M Smith (F) (17) of Hoopeston
Details: At the above time and date, Unit 1 struck Unit 2 because of Failure to Yield at a
Intersection.  Unit 1 is cited for at fault driver.  Driver of Unit 2 transported to Carle Hoopeston
Regional Hospital by private car.  Both Units Insured. No others seek medical attention.

Disobeying Police (City Ordinance) H15-3721
Date & Time: July 29, 2015 1756
Location: 700 block of south Sixth Ave.
Arrested: Mark A. Hewitt, 44, of Hoopeston
Details: HPD officers responded to the above for the report of a male subject out in the parking lot screaming obscenities to subjects in the area.  Officers arrived on scene and met with Hewitt who failed to listen to officers commands.  Hewitt was then arrested and brought to HPD for processing and later released with a NTA. 

Possession of Methamphetamine, Delivery of a Controlled Substance H15-3725   V15-7540
Date & Time: July 29 2015 10:25pm
Location: 415 S Dixie Hwy Dollar General
Arrested: Tisha Lawson (37) of Hoopeston
Details: HPD officers were called to the above location for a welfare check on a female who had
passed out in a vehicle.  Upon speaking with Ms. Lawson, methamphetamines were found in
her vehicle.  She was arrested and taken to HPD for processing.  She was later transported to
the PSB in Danville to await arraignment.

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local news & information

July 28th, 2015

pick up dates this week will be Wednesday, the 29th, and Friday the 31st. Removal of damaged household goods will continue beyond this week and a closing date will be announced later. Residents in some areas of town not affected by the flood your items will not be picked up. For information on items that are prohibited and will not be picked up please refer to the links below.

The city will begin damage assessment in the next few days. This will be house by house and we will be asking specific questions. All residence damaged in the 2008 flood as well as those damaged by the 2015 flood will be assessed for damage. Rules pertaining to the City’s participation in the National Flood Insurance Program and FEMA guidelines require the city to have a 50% rule. This rule says that property being damaged 50% or more of the equalized assessed value of the property will require certain action be taken. This action will be discussed with the home owners.

If homeowners have flood insurance and not contacted their insurance company they should do so immediately.

Renters should contact their landlord if they have not down so. Landlords are ultimately responsible for maintenance upkeep, and repair of their property.

For official information concerning this event please refer to www.watsekacity.org

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

July 28, 2015

On July 27th, 2015 Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police arrested Craig A. Hartman, age 41, of Sheldon, IL. Hartman was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant charging him with writ of attachment for a prior operating a vehicle with no insurance card. Hartman was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond and was released.

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

July 26th, 2015

On July 25th, 2015 Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police arrested Keith A. Layhew, age 34, of Earl Park IN. Layhew was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant charging him with a writ of attachment on a civil case. Layhew was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond and was released.
On July 26th, 2015 Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police investigated a single vehicle accident on Co. Rd. 1980 E at the intersection of Co. Rd. 1400 N. According to the police reports, a vehicle driven by Kaleb A. McKinney, age 22, of Watseka IL was traveling north bound on Co. Rd. 1980 E when he become distracted by a light on his cell phone. McKinney failed to stop at the stop sign at the T- intersection of Co. Rd. 1400 N and proceeded through. His vehicle colliding with the north ditch, resulting in damages greater tham $1,500. McKinney was issued a citation for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and disobeying a stop sign. NO injuries were reported.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Blotter July 24-26, 2015

Warrant Service H15-3632
Date & Time: July 24, 2015 1:46PM
Location: Market St/Maple St
Arrested: Jacqualyn D. Rife, 34, of Hoopeston
Details: HPD officers while on routine patrol observed the above driving south
bound on Market St.  HPD officers knew the above to have an outstanding warrant through Iroquois County.  HPD officers conducted a traffic stop and a computer check confirmed the warrant.  Rife was brought to HPD and processed, posted bond and released with a new court date in Iroquois County. 

 

Possession of Cannabis City Ordinance H15-3642
Date & Time: July 24, 2015 10:06pm
Location: 600 Blk of E Wyman Ave
Arrested: Brandon R Irvin (20) of Hoopeston
Arrested: Hannah E Patterson (22) of Hoopeston
Details: Officers responded to the above address for a possible fight. After speaking to the subjects they were found to be in possession of cannabis. Both were transported to HPD for processing, given a NTA and released with a city court date. 


Warrant Service H15-3649 V15-7362
Date & Time: July 25, 2015 1715
Location: 300 block of north Eighth Ave
Arrested: Thomas J Wray, 25, of Hoopeston
Details: While on routine patrol, HPD officers observed Wray outside at his residence. A computer check revealed Wray to have an outstanding Vermilion County warrant, 13CF079.  Wray was taken into custody and brought to HPD to be processed.  He was unable to post bond and was later transported to the PSB. 

 

Traffic Accident H15-3660
Date & Time: July 25, 2015 9:47pm
Location: East Main
Unit #1 2002 Chrysler driven by Angel Bane of Hoopeston
Unit #2 2008 GMC driven by Anthony Stevens of Hoopeston
Details: Unit #1 and Unit #2 were both driving E bound on Main when Unit #1 struck
Unit #2 in the rear. Bane was issued a citation and released from the scene.

Residential Burglary H15-3659
Date & Time: July 25, 2015   9:47pm
Location: 600 blk E Wyman
Complainant: 41 year old female
Arrested: 15 year old male juvenile
Details: At above date and time complainant advised that unknown person(s)
removed several items without her permission.  Upon investigation
and a search of suspects residence, the items were located and
returned to owner.  Juvenile was transported to Vermilion County
Juvenile Detention Center.

Cruelty to Animals; Owners Duties H15-3674
Date & Time: July 26, 2015 1802
Location: 400 block of east Maple
Complainant: 32 year old Hoopeston male
Arrested: Raul I. Acosta, 27, of Hoopeston
Details: HPD officers and Animal control responded to the above for the report of Cruelty to Animals.  After an investigation, Animal Control seized the dogs and Acosta was mailed 2 city NTAs. 

 


Operating Uninsured Vehicle; Driving While License Suspended H15-3679
Date & Time: July 26, 2015 8:58pm
Location: 100 Blk Of S. Market
Arrested: Stacy Watson of Hoopeston
Details: While on a routine traffic stop a computer check revealed that the above
subject’s license was suspended and the vehicle was uninsured. Watson was released at the scene with a NTA and a court date.

 

Operating Motor Vehicle When Registration Suspended for no Insurance H15-3683
Date & Time: July 26, 2015 11:47pm
Location: 6th and Main
Arrested: Deono Zamarripa (19) Of Hoopeston
Details: Upon records check it showed that the vehicle plate was suspended for mandatory insurance violation. Zamarripa was cited for the above violation and was released on a notice to appear in court. 

 

 

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police blotter

Containers Prohibited in Public Place (city ordinance) H15-3601
Date & Time: July 23, 2015 12:47am
Location: 200 E. Main St   Downtown Motel
Arrested: Elijah Hunt (29) of Hoopeston
Details: HPD received call of a disturbance at the above location.  Upon arrival Mr. Hunt was trying
to leave the area but was carrying an open container.  He was arrested for city ordinance
violation and taken to HPD.  He was processed and later released with an NTA and city court
date.

Domestic Battery H15-3603 V15-7277
Date & Time: July 23, 2015 6:33am
Location: 400 blk E Thompson Av
Arrested: David Zarate (30) of Hoopeston Arrested Time:  6:14pm
Details: HPD officers were called to the above location on a domestic disturbance.  Suspect in incident
left the area before officers could get there.  Later HPD was called out again for another
domestic disturbance.  Upon arrival, Mr. Zarate was arrested and charged with domestic
battery.  He was taken to HPD, processed and later transported to the PSB to await arraignment.

Criminal Sexual Abuse, Violation of Bond H15-3622 V15-7298
Date & Time: July 24, 2015 11:27pm
Location: 400 blk E Honeywell
Complainant: 42 year old Rossville female
Arrested: Kevin Robbins (20) of Hoopeston
Details: At above time and date, the complainant spoke to HPD officers in the police lobby about
helping her find her missing daughter.  Officers went to an address and located the female.
HPD then arrested Mr. Robbins for Criminal Sexual Abuse and Violation of Bond.  He was
taken to the station, processed and later transported to the PSB to await arraignment.

 

 

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

July 22, 2015

HPD officers responded to 500 block of south second Ave. of a domestic in progress. Officers spoke with all parties involved who stated the juvenile assaulted two different people at the scene. Juvenile was arrested and brought to HPD for processing.

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

July 22, 2015

On July 22nd, 2015, Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police investigated a two vehicle accident on 1800 E. Co, Rd. 1/4 of a mile north of 3150 N. Co. Rd.
According to the Police report Danny L. Dobbs age 52 of Greenwood In. was traveling north bound on 1800 E. approximately a 1/4 mile north of 3150 N. when he stopped the tractor trailer he was driving in the roadway. Dobbs then began backing up and struck a vehicle that was behind him that was driven by Lori S. Fiscus age 55 of Watseka. Fiscus’ vehicles sustained over $1,500 in damage. No injuries were reported.

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local news & information

July 23, 2015

FEMA is not in town. If anyone represents themselves as a representative of FEMA, they work for FEMA, or they are a contractor for FEMA do not allow them entry to your residence and call 911 and request the police.
Information material at City Hall, during normal business hours, that will assist you with debris cleanup, how to spot predatory contractors, clean up and mold issues. The City will not recommend any contractors, however, we suggest you use contractors you know. Beware of contractors that just show up at your door. If in doubt call 911.
The next pickup day will be Friday, July 24, 2015. Pickup dates next week will be Monday the 27th, Wednesday the 29th, and Friday the 31st. Removal of damaged household goods will continue beyond next week and a closing date will be announced later.

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local new & information

July 22, 2015

At a special called meeting of the city Council on Monday July 21, 2015 the city council voted to extend the local disaster emergency proclamation until September 30, 2015.
Debris removal began Tuesday. the City has received assistance from Illinois Department of Transportation, Iroquois County Highway Department, and Belmont Township.
Debris removal will continue thru Wednesday, July 22. The next pickup day will be Friday, July 24, 2015. Pickup dates next week will be Monday the 27th, Wednesday the 29th, and Friday the 31st. Removal of damaged household goods will continue beyond next week and a closing date will be announced later. For information on items that are prohibited and will not be picked up please refer to the links below.
For official information concerning this event please refer to www.watsekacity.org or the Watseka Area Firefighters Association or Watseka Police Department facebook pages.

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Debris removal started Yesterday in Watseka

An end date will be announced later. The City will allow ample time for everyone to set flood damaged household goods at the curb for pickup. Please do not set out or mix prohibited items with damaged household goods. A list of prohibited items may be picked up at City Hall or found on the official sites listed below.

FEMA is not in town. If anyone represents themselves as a representative of FEMA, they work for FEMA, or they are a contractor for FEMA do not allow them entry to your residence and call 911 and request the police.
Information material is available at City Hall, during normal business hours, that will assist you with debris cleanup, how to spot predatory contractors, clean up and mold issues. The City will not recommend any contractors, however, we suggest you use contractors you know. Beware of contractors that just show up at your door. If in doubt please call 911.
For official information concerning this event please refer to www.watsekacity.org, or the Watseka Area Firefighters Association or Watseka Police Department facebook pages

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Rauner criticizes lawmaker pay hike during budget mess

Gov. Bruce Rauner has stepped up the pressure on House Speaker Michael Madigan over the lack of a budget deal.

The Republican criticized the Chicago Democrat Tuesday for accepting what he says is a $1,300 pay raise but refusing to negotiate with him over a spending plan.

Rauner and Democrats in the Legislature have tussled for weeks over a budget for the fiscal year that began July 1.

State law automatically grants legislators a 2 percent salary increase this year. That six-year-old provision replaced other contentious means of deciding how to compensate lawmakers.

Madigan has refused to defend or even discuss the pay hike when asked about it by reporters.

The House is in session Tuesday but officials don’t expect concrete action.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Blotter

Driving While License Suspended H15-3572
Date & Time: July 21, 2015 1:57pm
Location: 100 Blk of E Orange
Arrested: Justin Plecker 32 of Hoopeston
Details: While on a traffic stop, a computer check revealed that the subject’s license
has been suspended.  Plecker was released on scene with a NTA and a court date.


Domestic Battery H15-3575 V15-7184
Date & Time: July 21, 2015 3:35pm
Location: 600 blk of E Wyman
Complainant: (38) year old Hoopeston Man
Arrested: (17) year old juvenile
Details: HPD was dispatched to an unknown problem. Upon talking to the 2 parties,
officers charged the 17 year old juvenile with domestic battery. Subject was
brought to HPD where subject was processed and transported to JDC to     await arraignment. 

Domestic Battery H15-3577 V15-7193
Date & Time: July 21, 2015 6:23pm
Location: 200 blk E Lincoln
Complainant: 17 year old male juvenile
Arrested: 17 year old male juvenile
Details: HPD was called to the above location on a domestic disturbance.  Juvenile
was arrested and taken to HPD for processing.  Subject was later transported
to JDC to await arraignment.

 


 

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

July 21, 2015

On July 20th, 2015 Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police arrested Robert L. Shrimplin, age 46, of Sheldon, IL. Shrimplin is to begin his 60 day sentence at Iroquois County Jail for contempt of court. He will remain at the Iroquois County Jail until his sentence is served.
On July 20th, 2015 Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police arrested Tarrence Munson. age 37, of Watseka, IL. According to police reports, Sheriff’s Police were dispatched to a residence in Goodwine, IL. in reference to a domestic disturbance involving damage to property. After a brief investigation, Munson was taken into custody. while being searched incident to arrest, Sheriff’s Police located drug paraphernalia on Muson’s person. Muson was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he was charged with criminal damage to property over $500, the possession of drug paraphernalia. Munson remains at the Iroquois County Jail awaiting a court appearance.

On July 20th, 2015 Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police returned from the Kakakee County Jail with Phillip L. Johnson, age 28, of Kankakee, Il. Johnson was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant on failure to appear on a prior driving while licence is suspended charge. Johnson was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond. 

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

July 20, 2015

On July 17, 2015 The driver of a 2015 Dodge Van owned by Franklin, Linda L. of Danville Illinois reported that her vehicle had been hit while attending a soft ball game. The suspect is blue or dark blue SUV type vehicle.

A key fob was found at Marathon and brought to HPD. Owner can claim it at HPD

HPD officers responded to 800 block of east Seminary Ave. for the report of a burglary that had occurred sometime over the weekend. Several items were taken out of the house. investigation is pending.

A 25 year old male of Hoopeston came to HPD and reported that he had just been battered by Longest. HPD officers responded to the scene and spoke with a witness, however Longest had left prior to officers arrival. Longest was later located at his home and was taken into custody and brought to HPD. After being processed, Longest was issued a NTA and released.

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Press Release Robert Harwood, Mayor City of Watseka

Until further notice, due to the severe flooding emergency within the City of Watseka, no contractor shall perform any work on any structure within the City of Watseka that was affected by flooding without first registering at City Hall.  Each such contractor must be licensed, bonded, and insured to perform the proposed work and must provide a written estimate for the cost of the work to be performed.

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Update on Iroquois County Disaster Situation

News Release
July 17, 2015

Flood waters have significantly receded in Watseka. Assuming the absence of more severe weather, the community at large will now enter the recovery stage. There are a few things to keep in mind.

• As families return to homes, they will need to contact their insurance companies, qualified inspectors/contractors, and/or their landlords.
o Landlords are responsible for their property, including its maintenance and repair.
o Ameren and Nicor will not reconnect electricity or gas until the homeowner has a qualified electrician and/or plumber inspect your home and provide a receipt.
o If you have insurance, call your insurance agent!
o Be wary of mold in homes. Further information on mold in homes can be found at the IDPH website at www.dph.illinois.gov.
o Beware of predatory contractors. Contact Watseka City Hall for approved contractors and a fact sheet on how to spot predatory contractors.
o Make sure your home is ready for your pet.
• The Red Cross along with other charity organizations will be passing out clean-up supplies at the Napa distribution Center parking lot tomorrow at 210 East Oak in Watseka. Hours are 10 AM to 3 PM.
• Different entities are set up to receive donations.
o Food can be donated to your local food pantry.
o Clothes can be donated to the Angel Tree in Milford. Summer clothes only.
o Furniture can be donated to either the Harbor House or Salvation Army.
o Money can be donated to your preferred charity.
• Damage assessment teams will be in Watseka tomorrow and possibly on Sunday. Team members will be assessing damage to homes, and will have proper identification. If you’re not home, a flyer with information will be left on your door.
• If you have a private well that needs to be tested, test kits can be acquired at the Iroquois County Public Health Department office.
• Debris removal in the City of Watseka will begin Tuesday July 21st. Damaged household goods are the only items that will be picked-up. For more detailed information, see the Facebook pages and websites listed below.
• The remaining areas still under curfew will be lifted at 6:00 AM tomorrow morning, July 18th.
• Be safe while working on your home.
o Where appropriate personal protective equipment.
o Where bug spray and sun screen.
• FEMA IS NOT IN THE AREA. Local officials are following all appropriate pathways in an effort to acquire federal assistance.
• City and County officials would like to remind the general public to use trusted news sources. Press releases can be found on the Iroquois County website at www.co.iroquois.il.us, the City of Watseka website at www.watsekacity.org, and the Watseka Police Department and Watseka Fire Department Facebook pages.

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

News Release
July 17, 2015

The Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police investigated a fatal crash in rural Artesia/Ash Grove Township on the evening of Thursday, July 16.  Steven Montez, 24 Cissna Park was eastbound on 700N at the intersection of 1100E when his 2005 Subaru utility was struck by a southbound 2005 Ford F250 which was pulling a trailer and lawn mower.  The southbound vehicle was driven by Jeremy Chandler, 36 of rural Loda and also was occupied by a 3 year old boy.  The vehicles collided in the center of the intersection and continued into the south east ditch where they both rolled multiple times.
Chandler and his 3 year old passenger were ejected from the vehicle before it came to a rest.  Chandler’s vehicle came to rest on its top facing west while Montez vehicle came to rest on it’s wheel’s facing west.  Montez was extricated from his vehicle by Cissna Park and Buckley fire before being air lifted from the scene.  Chandler was transported from the scene to Carle Hospital and his 3 year old passenger was transported to Iroquois Memorial Hospital.
Montez was pronounced dead at Carle Hospital from injuries sustained in the traffic crash.
Chandler and his 3 year old passenger were listed in stable condition at this time.
The investigation by the Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police and the Champaign County Coroner’s Office is ongoing.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Friday, July 17, 2015

Credit/Debit Card Fraud H15-3447 V15-7034
Date of Fraud: July 14, 2015   2:00pm
Location: Casey’s on Orange
Complainant: 17 year old Hoopeston female
Arrested #1: 17 year old Hoopeston female
Arrested #2: Tisha A. Lawson, 37, of Hoopeston
Details: Subjects above were arrested after the investigation of a Credit Card Fraud at an earlier date. 

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UPDATE ON THE IROQUOIS COUNTY DISASTER

Police and Fire Department Operations have continued as normal throughout the day. Starting this evening the Watseka Fire Department will be operating on an on-call basis. The Watseka Police and Public Works departments will still be working on a 24 hour schedule.

UPDATE ON THE IROQUOIS COUNTY DISASTER


Police and Fire Department Operations have continued as normal throughout the day. Starting this evening the Watseka Fire Department will be operating on an on-call basis. The Watseka Police and Public Works departments will still be working on a 24 hour schedule.

In recovery news, the City of Watseka and Iroquois County officials continued work on a recovery plan to ensure quick restoration.

The American Red Cross is still operating a shelter at the Trinity Church in Watseka. If you have been affected by the flood, you can get a meal from the Red Cross at 8 AM, 12:30 PM, and 5:30 PM at the shelter. You do not have to be staying at the shelter to get a meal.

City and County officials would like to remind the general public to use trusted news sources. Press releases can be found on the Iroquois County website at www.co.iroquois.il.us, the City of Watseka website at www.watsekacity.org, and the Watseka Police Department and Watseka Fire Department Facebook pages.

City, County, Township, and State officials are working closely together to maintain a united approach during this response phase and the future recovery phase.

Thank you to all community partners that have been assisting with the relief so far.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Warrant Service H15-3448
Date & Time: July 15, 2015 11:21pm
Location: 301 W. Main St. Hoopeston Police Department
Arrested: Angela D Miller, 31 of Hoopeston
Details: Miller came into HPD to turn herself in on Vermilion County warrant 15CM522.  Appropriate bond was posted and she was released with a new court date.

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UPDATE ON IROQUOIS COUNTY DISASTER

Iroquois County EMA
July 15th, 2015
17:00

PRESS RELEASE

UPDATE ON IROQUOIS COUNTY DISASTER

As of this time, there have been no evacuations needed today. All City of Watseka departments are continuing to operate on 24 hour schedules. Between self-evacuations and fire department extractions, over 130 people have evacuated. The curfew for the City of Watseka is still in effect.

In the early afternoon, a truck driver drove around the traffic barriers and then proceeded to crash while in the flooded waters at the US 24 / Rt 1 junction on the west side of Watseka. Minimal amounts of diesel fuel were leaked into the flood waters. City officials and the responsible party are coordinating together for clean-up.

The Red Cross shelter at Trinity Church continues to assist flood victims in Watseka. More than 65 people are currently staying in the shelter. Red Cross shelter volunteers are welcoming residents and providing kindness and care to make everyone as comfortable as possible. More information about Red Cross can be found at www.redcross.org/prepare.

The pet shelter at Jefferson Plaza is running smoothly. Iroquois County Animal Control is taking excellent care of the animals, with 13 dogs and 8 cats.

City and County officials would like to remind the general public to use trusted news sources. Press releases can be found on the Iroquois County website at www.co.iroquois.il.us, the City of Watseka website at www.watsekacity.org, and the Watseka Police Department and Watseka Fire Department Facebook pages.

City, County, Township, and State officials are working closely together to maintain a united approach during this response phase and the future recovery phase.

Please remember to be safe, and thank you to everybody that has pitched-in with this large community effort to help our fellow neighbors.

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Iroquois County Disaster Declaration

Iroquois County has declared a local disaster. “County-wide flooding is affecting homes, businesses, infrastructure, roads, culverts, and drainage systems.”

Watseka Fire Department, Police Department, and Public Works are working around the clock. In the city of Watseka, the Fire Department has extracted 47 homes, and 57 other families have voluntarily evacuated. At this time, approximately 60 square blocks in Watseka have been affected.

Local agencies, departments, and township supervisors and road commissioners are working together to provide a unified response effort to flooding across Iroquois County.

The Iroquois River at Iroquois is currently just above 24 feet and is expected to continue to fall. The Sugar Creek at Milford is currently at 20 ¼ feet and is also expected to continue to fall. Local officials are paying close attention to weather predictions to be prepared for any situation.

The American Red Cross shelter at Trinity Church currently has 59 residents. They are not taking any clothing donations at this time, if anyone wants to donate they contact Peoria Regional Red Cross.

An animal shelter will be opening up later tonight at Jefferson Plaza, which is at the southwest corner of the US 24 and Rt 1 intersection on the east side of Watseka. Iroquois County Animal Control will be taking care of pets that have been displaced at this location.

Watseka, Iroquois County, Illinois Emergency Management Agency, and other local officials are working closely with each other in response to the flooding across Iroquois County. The media will be informed of updates as the situation develops. In the meantime, residents are reminded not to drive through water over roads, and to be safe at all times.

 

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Blotter

Criminal Damage to Property H15-3394
Time & Date: July 14, 2015   8 am
Location: 1200 block Clover Lane
Complainant: 64 year old Hoopeston Woman
Details: At the above time and date, it appeared that the complainant’s door has been pried upon by
Person(s) unknown and without permission. 


Domestic Battery H15-3410   V15-6947
Date & Time: July 14, 2015   5:10pm
Location: Parkview Court
Arrested #1) Shauna K Whitlow (25) of Hoopeston
Arrested #2) Michael S Winland (29) of Hoopeston
Details: Police responded to Parkview Court for a male and female in a physical
Altercation.  Officers arrested both parties, charges both with Domestic Battery,
And transported to PSB for arraignment

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UPDATE ON THE FLOODING SITUATION IN IROQUOIS COUNTY

Some areas in Iroquois County are moderate to severe flooding. Agricultural flooding is severe, and residential flooding is minor to moderate.

The Iroquois River at Iroquois is currently at 25 feet, and is continuing to rise. The Sugar Creek at Milford is currently at 22 feet and is also continuing to rise. Do not drive through flooded roads. If you come across an unmarked flooded roadway, call the non-emergency number at 815-432-4918.

Now is the time to make preparations. If you live in a flood-prone area, move valuables to a higher level of your home. Make a plan with your family in case you need to leave your home. If possible, determine where you, your family, and your pets can go. There is no evacuation order at this time, but the City of Watseka is prepared to extract people from their homes. The American Red Cross has opened up a shelter for displaced flood victims at Trinity Church, located at 1658 East Walnut Street, Watseka, IL 60970.


There is a potential for more storms tonight and tomorrow.

Local officials are monitoring the flooding situation closely, and will update the public through the local media.

Be safe, and remember your neighbors

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Weekend Police Blotter

Assault (City Ordinance) H15-3315
Date & Time: July 10, 2015 7:28pm
Location: 400 block of east Young Ave.
Complainant: 34 year old Hoopeston female
Arrested: Skyler Burke, 26, of Hoopeston
Details: HPD officers responded to the above for the report of a domestic in progress. Upon arrival, officers met with both the complainant and Burke.  After investigation, Burke was taken into custody, brought to HPD and later released with a city court date. 
Residential Burglary H15-3353
Date & Time: July 12, 2015   5:29pm
Location: 500 blk E Main
Complainant: 79 year old Hoopeston mal
Details: Complainant advised unknown person(s) gained entrance and
removed a TV and other items from his residents without his permission.

Recovered TV H15-3353
Date & Time: July 12, 2013 11:46pm
Details: HPD officers were sent out because the television in case had been recovered.
The complainant refused to press charges and TV was returned to owner.

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The Iroquois County Sheriff’s News

The Iroquois County Sheriff’s Blotter

Jeremy L. Bruens, 56, of Milford, was arrested July 6 on a Coles County warrant for driving with a suspended license and improper registration, as well as on a Newton County (Ind.) warrant for failure to appear in court for identity deception.

— A passenger was taken to Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka for treatment following a two-vehicle accident July 6 at the intersection of Chicago and Jones streets in Milford. The accident occurred when Justin Lee DeLong, 21, of DeMotte, Ind., was driving a tractor-trailer south on Chicago Street and struck the back of a vehicle at the four-way stop being driven by Peggy A. Wilken, 59, of Murphysboro. Vehicle damage was estimated at less than $1,500.

— No injuries were reported and no tickets were issued when a Milford man struck a deer with his vehicle on July 6 on Illinois 1 near County Road 1170 North, near Milford. The accident occurred when Christopher L. Simpson, 51, was driving north on Illinois 1 and was unable to avoid striking the deer, causing more than $1,500 in damage.

— Michael L. Widmer, 49, of Wellington, was ticketed for driving with a revoked license, operating an uninsured vehicle and disobeying a stop sign following a two-vehicle accident near Wellington on July 5. The accident occurred when Widmer was driving north on County Road 2500 East and disobeyed the stop sign at the intersection with County Road 500 North, striking a vehicle driven by Theodore A. Herron, 40, of Milford. Herron’s vehicle was towing a trailer with a mower on it at the time. The impact of the collision caused the trailer to unhitch, sending Herron’s truck and trailer off the roadway. The truck Herron was driving rolled at least two times before landing on its cab in a corn field. A passenger in Widmer’s vehicle was taken to a hospital in Hoopeston, where the person was treated for non-life-threatening injuries and released. Both vehicles sustained more than $1,500 in damage.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Blotter

Vehicle Accident, Recovered Stolen Vehicle H15-3268
Date & Time: July 8, 2015   4:16 am
Location: 200 blk N Market
Unit #1: 2002 Harley Davidson Motorcycle owned by William Picket of Hoopeston
Details: Unit 1 was traveling southbound on Market when it lost control at
the intersection of Honeywell and Market.  The driver of Unit 1 had
just stolen the motorcycle and fled the scene.
 
Burglary To Residence H15-3247
Date & Time: July 7, 2015   11:05am   (Delayed blotter entry)
Location: 400 blk E Honeywell
Complainant: 70   year old Hoopeston woman
Details: At the above date and time, complainant advised unknown person(s)
made entry to her residence and removed a flat screen tv without her
permission

Theft H15-3276
Date & Time: July 8, 2015   10:13am
Location: 600 blk S Third St
Complainant: 66 year old Hoopeston woman
Details: Complainant advised a Dinner Bell and pole were removed from outside
her residence without her permission

Violation of Court Order H15-3107   V15-6725
Date & Time: July 8, 2015   1:45pm
Location: 800 blk E Young
Complainant: 39 year old Hoopeston woman
Arrested: Gerardo Torres (34) of Hoopeston
Details: Officers responded to the above location for a disturbance.  Upon arrival Torres
Was taken into custody on charges stemming from a prior incident.
He was charged with Violation of a Court Order, court order being an Order of Protection.  He was processed at HPD and later transported to PSB for arraignment.

Burglary To Residence H15-3283
Date & Time: July 8, 2015 1513
Location: 700 block of west Main St.
Complainant: 30 year old Hoopeston male
Details: HPD officers responded to the above location for the report that someone had entered his residence and removed some electronic items from his home without his permission. Investigation is pending.

Theft (City Ordinance)
Date & Time: July 8, 2015 11:07pm
Location: IGA
Arrested: 17 year old Hoopeston Female
Details: HPD responded to IGA in reference to a theft. Female was arrested and taken to HPD for processing.  She was later released with a notice to appear in court.

 

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

July 8th, 2015

On July 7th, 2015 Hoopeston Police arrested Jeffrey W Rardin of Milford. Officers responded to Jeffrey for a disturbance. Computer check revealed an outstanding Vermilion warrant FTA/traffic. he was taken into custody and later transported to PSB for arraignment with judge.

On July 7th, 2015 A 18 year old Hoopeston male made a complaint. The hoopeston Police arrested Matthew J. Avalos, 32, of Hoopeston. HPD officers responded to the above for the report of a battery that had just occurred. Upon arrival, officers met with both the suspect and complainant. After on scene investigation, Avalos was issued a city NTA and released from scene.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

July 8th, 2015

On July 7th, 2015 the Hoopeston Police arrested Megan Syfert age 27, of Hoopeston. HPD officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle that had failed to stop at a stop sign Computer check revealed that Syfert did not have a valid driver’s license. She was released with multiple citations and a notice to appear in court.

Wallet found and turned into HPD. Wallet located at The Casey’s on Orange. Owner can claim the wallet at HPD.

On July 7th, 2015 a 38 year old Hoopeston man made a complaint and reported unknown person(s) removed items from his vehicle, And fishing items from his boat while they were parked at 800 blk E Honeywell.

On July 7th, 2015 Hoopeston Police arrested Lisa L. Roberts of Milford. Officers responded to the above for a disturbance. Computer check revealed 2 outstanding warrants in her name Vermilion County FTA/ Retail theft and Iroquois County FTA/ attempt to foil screen test. Subject was taken into custody and later transported to PSB for Arraignment with a judge for Vermilion County warrant and to wait extradition from Iroquois County on their warrant.

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

July 7, 2015

On July 6th, 2015 Milford Police arrested Jeremy L. Bruens age 36, of Milford. Bruens was wanted on a Coles County Warrant for Driving While License Suspended and Improper Registration. Bruens also had a warrant out of Newton County IN. for failure to Appear on charges of Identity Deception. Bruens was transported to Iroquois County Jail where he remains awaiting extradition.

On July 5th, 2015 Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police investigated a two vehicle accident at the intersection of 500 N. and 2500 E. Rd. According to the Police report Michael L. Widmer age 49 of Wellington was traveling North bound on 2500 E. Rd. when Widmer disobeyed the stop sign at the intersection at 500 E. Rd. striking a vehicle in the intersection driven by Theodore A. Herron age 40 of Milford. Herrons vehicle was towing a trailer with a mower on it at the time. The impact of Widmer’s vehicle caused the trailer being towed by the truck driven by Herron to unhitch and sending Herron’s truck and trailer off the roadway. The truck Herron was driving rolled at least two times before coming to rest on its cab in a corn field. The passenger in Widmers vehicle was transported to Hoopeston Hospital where they treated for nonlife threatening injuries and released. Both vehicles sustained over $1,500 in damgae. Widmer issued citations for Disobeying a Stop Sign, driving while license revoked and operating an uninsured motor vehicle.

On July 6th, 2015 Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police investigated a two vehicle accident at the intersection of Chicago St. and Jones St. in Milford. According to the Police report Justin Lee Delong age 21 of DeMotte IN. was driving a tractor trailer South bond on Chicago St. when he struck the back of a vehicle at the 4 way stop being driven by Peggy A. Wilken age 59 of Murphysboro. A passenger in Wilken’s vehicle was transported to Iroquois Memorial Hospital. Vehicle damage was valued under $1,000.

On July 6th, 2015 Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Investigated a Car Deer accident om Rt. 1 near 1170 N. According to the Police report Christopher L. Simpson was unable to avoid the deer and struck the deer with his vehicle in the roadway. Simpon’s vehicle sustained over $1,500 in damage.

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Hoopeston Public Library has new Director

July 7, 2015

Hoopeston Public Library is in the process of completing a remodeling and renovation of its Teen Room to make the are area more inviting and user-friendly for local youth.
Thanks to the generous support of Do Something-Vermilion county, several improvements have already been completed, but the library is seeking donations from local residents who might want to contribute to the project.
Specific requests include a Playstation 3, flat screen TV, decks of playing cards, dry erase markers and erasers, along with the following board games: Monopoly, Apple to Apples, Battleship, Mastermind, Simon, Risk, Clue, Scrabble, Uno, chess and checkers.
If anyone has these items in new or good working condition, or would like to donate cash toward their purchase, please contact Tricia Freeland, library director, at 217-283-6711, or stop by the library.

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

July 6, 2015

On July 3rd, 2015 Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police returned from the Peoria County Jail with Nathanial Jenkins age 62, of Peoria. Jenkins was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant for failure to appear on the charge of Criminal Damage to Property.Jenkins remains in jail in lieu of bond.
On July 4th, 2015 Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police arrested Tamika Pettis age 38, of Watseka. Pettis was charged on Assault. Pettis was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where she posted bond and was released.
On July 4th, 2015 Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police arrested Blake L. Burnside age 27, of Watseka. Burnside was wanted on an Iroquois County Writ of Body Attachment for failure to appear on the charge of speeding. Burnside was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted bond and was released.
On July 2nd, 2015 Gilman police arrested Kebin D. Anderson age 28, of Chicago. Anderson was charged with driving while license revoked after he was stopped for speeding. Anderson was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he later posted bond and was released.
On July 3rd, 2015 Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police returned from Vermilion County Jail with Jeffery M. Reed Jr. age 21, of Benton IL. Reed was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant for Petition to revoke probation on a theft charge. Reed later posted bond and was released.
On July 4th, 2015 Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police investigated a hit and run accident at the intersection of Elm St. and W. Grant St. in Onarga. According to the police report, an unknown vehicle backed in to a legally parked vehicle owned by Kylee N. Crist age 28, of Alexis, IL. then fled the scene. Crist’s vehicle sustained more than $1500 in damages. The accident remains under investigation.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

July 6, 2015

50 year old Hoopeston man reported a crack in his windshield and it occurred sometime during the prior evening unknown person(s).

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Blotter

Criminal Damage to Vehicle   H15-3201
Date & Time: July 5, 2015   6:28pm
Location: 700 blk E Penn
Complainant: 50 year old Hoopeston man
Details: Complainant reported a crack in his windshield and it occurred sometime
during the prior evening by unknown person(s).

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Milford man’s murder trial postponed

According to the Paxton Record, A Milford man will not stand trial this week in connection with the beating death of another man.

Danny R. Murphy, 52, who remains at the county jail in Watseka on a $1 million bond, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder on April 9 and was indicted by an Iroquois County grand jury on May 6.

Murphy’s trial was scheduled to be held in Iroquois County Circuit Court starting June 29 and running through July 10.

During a June 25 pretrial hearing, however, Judge Gordon Lustfeldt granted defense attorney Dale Strough’s request to remove Murphy’s case from that jury trial calendar. Strough asked for the trial to be postponed to allow the defense to appoint an expert. The prosecution did not object.

A status hearing was set for 9:30 a.m. July 14.

Murphy, who pleaded not guilty on May 11, allegedly caused fatal injuries to 48-year-old Milford resident David C. Garrett during an altercation at a Milford home on the evening of April 7. Court documents said Murphy allegedly beat Mr. Garrett in the head and face, causing his death. At the time, Murphy was on parole for robbery and false impersonation of a police officer.

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Miner Charitable Foundation of rural Watseka complete 2015 college scholarship distribution

The officers and directors of Miner Charitable Foundation of rural Watseka are pleased to announce the completion of it’s 2015 college scholarship distribution.  This year the Miner Foundation awarded 37 scholarships.  The Miner Charitable Foundation was founded by the late Harold and Jean Miner who were life long farmers and residents of Iroquois County.  The Miner Charitable Foundation also extends it’s philanthropic giving to many other area organizations involved in worthwhile community endeavors.

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KAMEG PRESS RELEASE

On Thursday, July 2, 2015 at approximately 6:08 p.m., KAMEG agents arrested Starla L. Chambers, age 51, of 1425 N. Arthur Burch Drive, lot U3, Bourbonnais, IL for two counts of delivery of a controlled substance and for possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.  During an investigation in the 1300 block of Armour Road, Chambers delivered prescription drugs on two separate occasions.  At the time of her arrest, Chambers was in possession of additional prescription drugs.  Chambers was transported to and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

KAMEG reminds the public to call KAMEG at (815) 933-1710 or visit www.kameg.org to report non-emergency information about drug dealing and gang problems.  We recognize our partnership with the public is important for quality of life issues for our citizens and children. 

KAMEG is comprised of personnel from the Bourbonnais and Kankakee Police Departments, as well as the Illinois State Police and the Kankakee County State’s Attorney’s Office.
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The listed charges are merely an accusation, and the defendants are
presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Blotter Thursday July 2, 2015

Warrant Service H15-3111
Date & Time: July 2, 2015 4:08pm
Location: 301 W. Main St. Hoopeston Police Department
Arrested: Jose L. Cabrales, 38, of Hoopeston
Details: Cabrales came into HPD to turn himself in on Vermilion County warrant 12SC1098.  Appropriate bond was posted and he was released with a new court date.

A wallet was found near Fifth St/Main St.  Owner can claim it and its contents at HPD.


Breach of Peace Constituting Disorderly Conduct (City Ordinance) H15-3116
Date & Time: July 2, 2015 7:52pm
Location: 600 block of South Market
Arrested: Dustin M. Goin, 31, of Hoopeston
Details: HPD officers were called to the area above.  When officers were in the area, music could be heard coming from a residence approximately two blocks away.
Officers met and spoke with the above and he was advised to turn his music down . Subject was issued a citation with a city court date.

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Illinois State Police Urges Safe Travel this Holiday Weekend

Driving Responsibly Can Keep You from Becoming a Statistic

Ashkum, IL –Illinois State Police (ISP) District 21 Commander, Captain Darryl Bogard, would like to remind motorists to drive sober or designate a driver while celebrating over the 4th of July. DUI remains the number one cause of fatal crashes during Independence Day celebrations. Troopers will be doing their part to keep the roadway safe by watching for and arresting intoxicated drivers.
The ISP encourages those at celebrations involving alcohol to avoid drunk driving altogether.  The following tips will help you from becoming a statistic.
⦁ Plan a safe way home before the fun begins.
⦁ Designate a sober driver before the drinking begins.
⦁ If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation so you are sure to get home safely.
⦁ If you see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to call 911.
⦁ If you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to safely get to where they are going.

The National Safety Council (NSC) estimates that there will be 409 traffic deaths over the three-day holiday weekend. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, from 2009-2013 alcohol related traffic crashes during the July 4th holiday accounted for over one-third (39%) of all traffic-related deaths in the United States.

Drunk driving is just one of the “fatal four” violations.  Speeding, driving distracted, and not wearing your seatbelt are also contributing factors to traffic crash related fatalities. 

Speeding increases your chances of losing control of a vehicle and reduces the reaction time to respond to potential hazards.  Drive the speed limit and pass only when it’s safe to do so.

Keep your eyes on the road and off the cell phone.  Illinois law prohibits the use of any electronic devices while operating a motor vehicle.  Hands-free or Blue Tooth Technology is allowed for person over the age of 18. 
Buckle up.  It’s the law and it may save your life if you’re in a crash. Statistics show that 43 percent of crash victims found not wearing their seatbelt resulted in serious injury or death.
Remember to drive courteously and other drivers will follow your lead. This holiday weekend will be safer and more enjoyable time if everyone does their part.
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Hoopeston Police Department Report

July 1, 2015

A 17 year old juvenile was arrested. While HPD officers were on routine patrol, they were flagged down by the victim advising that a battery had just occurred. They juvenile was arrested for city ordinance violation of battery and was taken to HPD for processing. Juvenile was later released after being given a city citation and notice to appear in court.

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Rauner personnel agency says full payroll could be met

In a letter obtained by The Associated Press shows that Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner’s personnel agency has concluded that he should continue paying state employees full wages during a budget impasse.

The letter from attorney Michael Basil of the Department of Central Management Services says that the same complex federal rule that allowed the state to make full payroll during a 2007 standoff creates the same situation today.

Rauner has pledged to meet payroll even if his stalemate with legislative Democrats continues through July. Democratic Attorney General Lisa Madigan said Monday that the 2007 court ruling did not set a precedent.

Basil’s letter to a top Rauner lawyer indicates the same scenario applies. It would take so long to determine federally required base payments that officials should pay the full bill.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Blotter Tuesday June 30th, 2015

Battery (City Ordinance) H15-3088
Date & Time: June 30, 2015
Location: 100 blk E Main St
Complainant: 34 year old Hoopeston female
Arrested: 17 year old juvenile
Details: While HPD officers were on routine patrol, they were flagged down by the victim advising
that a battery had just occurred.  The juvenile was arrested for city ordinance violation of
battery and was taken to HPD for processing.  Juvenile was later released after being given
a city citation and notice to appear in court.

 

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Blotter June 29th, 2015

Theft (over) H15-3054
Date & Time: June 29, 2015 1521
Complainant: 70 year old Hoopeston female
Location: 600 block of west Lincoln
Details: HPD officers responded to the above for the report of a generator theft. Investigation is pending

 

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Hot off the Press a book called “Hoopeston”

June 29, 2015

A new book offering a photographic walk down memory lane will be featured at a book signing from 4-6 p.m., Wednesday, July 8th, at Hoopeston Public Library.
“images of America: Hoopeston” was complied and edited by local residents Carol Hicks, Jean Minick, and Nora Gholson. The three ladies will be available to share about their new venture and copies will be available for sale at $20 each. For more information, call the library at 217-283-6711.

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

June 29th, 2015

On June 26, 2015 Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police returned from the Peoria County Jail with Ontario L. Alexander age 23, of Peoria, IL. Alexander was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant charging him with failure to appear on the charge of Unlawful Possession of a Stolen Vehicle. Ontario remains in jail in lieu of bond.
On June 26, 2015 Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police arrested Jamie A. Taylor age 36, of Beaverville. Taylor was charged of Possession of Another’s credit card and receipt of goods or services after an investigation revealed that she used a credit to purchase more than $500 in goods and services that did not belong to her and did not have permission to use. Taylor transported to the Iroquois County Jail where she later posted bond after a bond hearing.
On June 27, 2015 Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police investigated a single vehicle accident at the intersection of 2300 E. Rd. and 2000 N. Rd. According to the Police report, Thomas D. Forbes age 30, of Sheldon was traveling south on 2300 E. Rd. approaching the “T” intersection with 2000 N. Rd. Forbes advised that he became distracted from within the unit and drove through the intersection into the south ditch where he struck a utility pole causing over $1500 in damages. No injuries were reported and no citations were issued.
On June 26, 2015 Iroquois County Sheriff’s police investigated a fatal accident at the intersection of 700 E. Rd. and 2900 N. Rd. approaching 700 E. Rd. when he failed to stop for the stop sign. Peters’ vehicle was struck in the passenger side in the middle of the intersection by a southbond truck driven by Douglas H. Buschman age 65, of Reynolds, IN. Peter was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital for treatment of injuries and his passenger, Brian K. Denault age 18, of Chebanse was transported to Riverside Medical Center where he was later pronounced deceased. Buschman was transported to Riverside Medical Center as well for treatment of injuries. Peters’ was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and for disobeying a traffic control device. also responding the scene was the Chebanse Twp. Fire Dept. and Riverside EMS. The accident remains under investigation.

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

June 29, 2015

On June 28th, 2015 Gilman Police arrested Daniel F. Martinez age 24 of Piper City. Gilman Police responded to an initial report of motor vehicle taken without permission. After a short investigation it was learned that the original reported vehicle taken was left at another residence in Gilman and a vehicle from that location was taken. Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police and State Police assisted Gilman in a search of the area for the suspect and attempted to make contact however Martinez fled on foot. Matinez had taken and abandoned another vehicle with the keys in the ignition before he took the final vehicle that he was driving when a County Deputy initiated a traffic stop on that vehicle. Martinez fled leading the Deputy on a short chase thru town until Martinez jumped out of the vehicle white it was in motion allowing the vehicle to continue rolling down the street unoccupied. The unoccupied vehicle then struck a parked vehicle before the Deputy pursuing him could get in the car and stop the vehicle from striking the home. Shortly after the Officers engaged Martinez in a foot pursuit which ended in his apprehension. Martinez was charged with 5 counts of Unlawful Possession/ driver of stolen vehicle, Fleeing and eluding, leaving the scene of accident with vehicle damage and criminal trespass to property. Martinez also had outstanding Iroquois and Ford County warrants. Martinez was transported to Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Weekend Police Blotter

Fire Call
Time & Date: June 26, 2015   12:33 pm
Location: Parkview Court Apartment Complex
Details: At the above time and date, a resident contact HFD to respond to check their apartment
For possible Natural Gas leak.  There was no report of injuries or illness at the time of the
Call.  Pilot light blew out and was re-ignited. 


Vehicle Burglary, Criminal Damager over $300 H15-3003
Date & Time: June 26, 2015   3:30pm
Location: 600 blk E Washington
Complainant: 53 year old Hoopeston man
Details: Report was taken after owner of the vehicle found items missing from his
Vehicle.  Also reported damage due to someone lighting a smoke bomb
Inside vehicle.

Driving While License Revoked H15-3006
Date & Time: June 26, 2015 9:35pm
Location: Main/Market
Arrested: Amber Morgeson (34) of Hoopeston
Details: While on a traffic stop, a computer checked revealed that Ms. Morgeson’s license was
revoked.  She was arrested and taken to HPD for processing.  She was later released with
a traffic citation and notice to appear in traffic court.

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (city ordinance) H13-3011
Date & Time: June 27, 2015 1:58am
Location: 500 blk E Lincoln
Arrested: 17 year old juvenile
Details: HPD and Hoopeston Ambulance were called to the above location for an unresponsive
patient.  Upon arrival, subject started waking up and advising that he didn’t feel well.
Subject was transported to Carle Hospital Hoopeston.  He was later released, arrested and
taken to HPD for processing.  Subject was given a city citation for the drug paraphernalia
that was located on him.


Traffic Accident H15-2998
Date & Time: June 27, 2015   1:30pm (Delayed blotter entry)
Location: 800 blk W Penn
Unit #1: 1999 Ford Ranger driven by Sawyer Neal of Hoopeston
Unit #2: 2000 Chevy Silverado owned by Donald Obergfel of Hoopeston
Details: Driver of Unit 1 was looking down and playing with his radio when he
struck the rear of Unit 2 which was parked and unoccupied.  After
being struck, unit 2 rolled a block and a quarter before coming to a rest at Penn and 6th ave.  Unit 1 rolled into the yard just east of 7th Ave.  No injuries reported.


No Valid Driver’s License H15-3019
Date & Time: June 27, 2015 1443
Location: Market St/Orange St
Arrested: Male juvenile of Hoopeston
Details: HPD officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle driving erratically east bound on Orange St.  A records check of the driver advised he did not have a valid Illinois license.  He was taken into custody and later released to the custody of his mother with

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Hoopeston Police Blotter Thursday June 25th, 2015

Criminal Damage to Auto, Criminal Trespass to Auto   H15-2984
Date & Time: June 25, 2015   2:21pm
Location: 200 blk W Lincoln
Complainant: 60 year old Hoopeston man
Details: Complainant reported an unknown subject burned the floor mats inside his
vehicle after placing a smoke bomb inside the unlocked vehicle while parked
at the above location


Burglary to Garage H15-2990
Date & Time: June 25, 2015  
Location: 800 blk E Main
Complainant: 66 year old Hoopeston woman
Details: Complainant advised unknown person(s) entered her garage and removed
several fishing poles and fishing tackle without her permission.

 

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Hoopeston Police Blotter

Criminal Damage to Property H15-2920
Time & Date: June 23, 2015   06:10 am
Location: 800 E Seminary St Hoopeston
Complainant: 50 year old Hoopeston Man
Details: At the above time and date, the complainant contacted HPD and reported
That person(s) had done damage to his swimming pool.


Criminal Damage to Property H15-2923
Time & Date: June 23, 2015   9:05am
Location: 500 block E Main St Hoopeston
Complainant: 44 year old Hoopeston Woman
Details: At the above time and date, the complainant contacted HPD and reported
That person (s) unknown had damaged her vehicle sometime during the
night.

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American Red Cross has opened a shelter in Iroquois County

American Red Cross has opened a shelter for displaced individuals and families

The American Red Cross has opened a shelter for displaced individuals and families at Trinity Church in Watseka. The address is:


1658 East Route 24

Watseka, IL 60970.

 

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Fire Call
Date & Time: June 20, 2015   9:40am
Location: 700 blk W Main
Details: HFD responded to the above for an activated Carbon Monoxide
detector.  HFD received no reading and determined batteries
were low


Battery H15-2881
Date & Time: June 20, 2015 1947
Location: 400 block of west Maple St.
Complainant: 55 year old Hoopeston female
Arrested: Chase R. Hensley, 19, of Hoopeston
Details: HPD officers responded to the above location for a report of a battery that had just occurred.  HPD officers were able to find the suspect at a different location and apprehend him without incident.
Hensley posted bond and was given a court date. 

Traffic Accident H15-2883
Date & Time: June 20, 2015 8:57pm
Location: South Fifth Ave
Unit #1: 12 Year old Hoopeston Juvenile, driving a 2000 Honda ATV
Unit #2: Ricardo Acosta of Hoopeston, driving a 2002 Ford Focus
Details: Unit #1 was traveling in the alley south of the 500 block of W.     
Washington and as it crossed S. 5th Ave pulled out in front of and was struck by Unit #2. No injuries were reported. Unit #2 was issued a citation for Operating Uninsured Vehicle.

 

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Update on the flooding situation in Iroquois County.

Iroquois County has and will continue to experience flooding conditions in the coming days. The soil is still saturated and ditches and small creeks are still at higher-than-average levels. The Iroquois River is now at moderate flood stage with a measurement of 24 feet, and is expected to start falling slowly tomorrow morning. Throughout the weekend there are continual chances for rain, especially Saturday night. If you have flooding in your home or on your road, report it to the non-emergency number at 815-432-4918. If you are trapped in your home, call 911. Do not attempt to drive through a flooded roadway. Now is the time to make preparations in case you need to leave your home.

Iroquois County officials are monitoring the flooding situation, and will issue a an evacuation through the media if it becomes necessary.

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If the media has any additional questions, utilize the contact information below.

Best regards, and stay safe.

Eric Ceci
EMA Coordinator
Iroquois County
Office: (815) 432-6997
Cell: (815) 351-8021

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Meth lab bust nets two arrests

Two people were arrested Wednesday after Vermilion County drug agents and Indiana law enforcement discovered a methamphetamine lab in the garage of a residence near the Illinois-Indiana state line.
Vermilion Metropolitan Enforcement Group officers along with members of the Vermillion County, Ind., Drug Task Force served a search warrant at a home along County Road 1650N, west of State Route 63 and just across the state line.

Vermillion County, Ind., Sheriff Mike Phelps said the warrant was part of an investigation into meth manufacturing occurring in both Illinois and Indiana.
Phelps, in a press release, indicated a search of the property found an active meth lab in the garage of the residence. Items commonly used in meth manufacturing were plainly visible to officers as they approached the garage.
Other manufacturing items were discovered in the residence and in vehicles on the property, according to Phelps.
Two people — Samuel Houston, 27, and Melisa Houston, 32 — were arrested on the scene on preliminary charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine and possession of precursors.
The Indiana State Police Meth Suppression Team was called to the scene to remove the lab. The Indiana Department of Child Services was called to the scene due to children being present at the residence.

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