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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 Department Report

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 Department Report

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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Hoopeston Area accelerates technology plan

The Hoopeston Area School District plans to put one-on-one devices into every student’s hands in two years instead of the planned five years.
Superintendent Hank Hornbeck told school board members at Thursday’s meeting, the district looked into “how to make it happen quicker… in two years instead of five.”
The plan discussed was to use a fund abatement from the working cash fund. The district would transfer $300,000 from the working cash fund to purchase the technology. Chrome books will be bought for grades three to eight next year with some type of tablet for the second grade, Hornbeck said. The following year one-on-one devices will be in the hands of high school students.
In other school board business, Mark Eighner, director of transportation and grounds, reported the boiler work would begin Monday, the Chem Lab was meeting expectations and the high school entrance work was in progress. He added the ad for a new bus with wheelchair ramp was recently in the newspapers requesting bids.
Hornbeck noted the problem with parking on East Honeywell in front of Honeywell Grade School was solved by an ordinance approved at Tuesday’s council meeting banning parking on the south side of Honeywell Avenue when school was in session.

Dave McFadden was selected out of three candidates that applied to fill Stewart Coffman’s remaining term on the school board and approved unanimously.
Board members learned the deactivation agreement begun in 2006 between Rossville-Alvin, Bismarck-Hening and Hoopeston Area School Districts would still be in force for 2015-2016 school year while Rossville-Alvin discussed a high school co-op with Bismarck-Henning School District.
The board approved the resignation of Mary Smith as fourth-grade teacher effective May 28 and the retirement of Denise Ried as kindergarten teacher effective the end of the 2015 school year. The board approved the transfer of Amanda Elliott from part-time to full-time high school personal aide and Randall Hofer from fifth grade to sixth grade boys basketball coach.
Also approved was the employment of Keia Powell as fifth-grade teacher; Jordan Hollingsworth and Kristin Bishop as fourth-grade teachers; Donna Spear as middle School secretary; Kelly Annkenbrand as half-time high school yearbook sponsor; Erin Kempen as self-contained Maple classroom aide, Kaaryn Wyss as fifth-grade girls basket ball coach; and Ginger Gonzalez as the sixth-grade girls basketball coach effective Aug. 20.
The Hoopeston Area School Board will meet next at 6:30 p.m. July 16 in the high school library.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Friday, June 19, 2015

Criminal Damage to Property H15-2851
Date & Time: June 19, 2015 1:33am
Location: 500 Block of W. Lincoln
Complainant: 50 year old Hoopeston Man
Details: At above time and date, HPD officers were called to the report
of criminal damage to a garage. Unknown subjects at this time. Investigation is pending.


Theft of Medication H15-2854
Date & Time: June 19, 2015   10:34am
Location: Hoopeston area
Complainant: 68 year old Hoopeston woman
Details: Complainant reported her medication was taken out of her
vehicle by unknown subject without her permission.


Warrant Service H15-2858 V15-6056
Date & Time: June 19, 2015 1531
Location: 500 block of north Tenth Ave.
Arrested: Gail D. Savage, 56, of Hoopeston
Details: HPD officers responded to the above to attempt to take Savage into custody on a Vermilion County warrant, 13CM0233.  Savage was unable to post bond and later transported to the PSB. 


Warrant Service H15-2863
Date & Time: June 19, 2015 1805
Location: 301 W. Main St. Hoopeston Police Department
Arrested: Justin L. Taylor, 32, of Hoopeston
Details: Taylor came to HPD to turn himself in on Vermilion County warrant 14TR7086.  Taylor posted the appropriate bond and was given a new court date. 

 

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Warrant Arrest H15-2791
Date & Time: June 16, 2015   8:36pm
Location: HPD
Arrested: Justin R. Plecker of Hoopeston
Details: Subject turned himself in on outstanding Vermilion warrant 13TR0781
Failure To Appear/Traffic.  He posted bond and was released
with new court date.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Traffic Accident (PD) H15-2748
Time & Date: June 15, 2015   7:19 am
Location: 215 W Washington Shipping Docks of Hoopeston Foods, (Teasdale’s)
Unit 1: 2001 Western Star Tractor, owned Arroyo LTD Byron Center, MI
Driver of Unit 1:  Howard William Christensen of Grand Rapids MI
Unit 2: 1992 Capacity Tractor Truck, (Trailer Jockey Unit) owned by Teasdale’s Foods
Details: Unit 1 was attempting to back his unit into the loading docks of Teasdale Foods on
First Av, he struck Unit 2 that was parked in the dock area.  All units insured and
No report of injuries. 


Fire Call
Time & Date: June 15, 2015   08:34 am
Location:   800 block E Washington St
Details: At the above time and date, the owner of the resident requested HFD to respond
For the detector activation.  No report of sickness or injury at the time of call.

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

June 14, 2015

On June 11th, 2015 Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police investigated a single vehicle accident on 2850 N. Rd. near 1800 E. Rd. According to the Police report, Juanita A. Regnier age 46, of Iroquois was traveling westbound on 2850 N. Rd. when a deer ran into the roadway. Reginer was not able to avoid striking the deer which caused more than $1500 in damages to the vehicle. No injuries were reported an no citations were issued.
On June 12th, 2015 Milford Police arrested Theresa L. Sands age 42, of Milford. Sands was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant for failure to appear on the charge of Retail Theft. Sands was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where she was later released on an Individual Bond.
On June 13th, 2015 Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police investigated a single vehicle accident on Old Rte. 5 near 3000 N. Rd. According to the police report Jessica A. Burgess age 29, of Clifton was traveling southbound on Old Rte. 45 approaching the curve at 3000 N. Rd. Burgess stated that due to the foggy conditions she seen the curve at the last minute and swerve to the east causing her vehicle to skid out of control into the east ditch where it overturned on its roof in he ditch. Both Jessica and her passenger were transported to Riverside Medical Center for treatment of injuries. Jessica was charged with Driving Under the Influence, No valid License, failure to wear seatbelt and operation of uninsured motor vehicle. Damages were estimate at more than $1500. Chebanse TWP. Fire also reported to the Scene.
On June 14th, 2015 Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police arrested Spencer T. Andrews age 44, of Gilman. Andrews was charged with Violation of No contact order and criminal trespass to a residence. Andrews was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains awaiting a court appearance.
On June 14th, 2015 Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police arrested Daniel L. Taylor age 45, of Gilman. Taylor was charged with Domestic Battery after he was involved in an argument with his girlfriend that became physical. Taylor was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains awaiting a court appearance.
Also on June 14th, 2015 Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police arrested Brittany C. Burnside age 26, of Watseka. Burnside was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant for failure to appear on the charge of Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Burnside was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where she was later posted bond and was released.

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

June 12, 2015

On Friday, June 12, 2015, the Iroquois County Sheriff’s Office arrested Jon G. Rogers, age 21, of 700 South St. in Crescent City, IL, and Nathaniel L.A. Perkins, age 20, of 706 N. Colfax in Crescent City, IL, following an investigation in to damage that occurred at Heritage Park in Crescent City during the overnight hours of Wednesday, June 10, 2015. On that date, Mr. Rogers and Mr. Perkins intentionally damaged both the men’s and women’s bathroom, as well as the concession stand located inside the park’s pavilion. Damage in both bathrooms included having fixtures completely removed and shattered in to pieces or thrown against other fixtures. Damage sustained is estimated to be in excess of $8,000.00. Mr. Rogers and Mr. Perkins were taken in to custody without incident at their respective residences and transported to the Iroquois County Jail where they were charged with Criminal Damage To State Supported Property Over $500.00, a Class 3 Felony. Both men remain in custody awaiting a court appearance.

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Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Disobeying Police, Battery (city ordinance) H15-2721
Date & Time: June 14, 2015 1:14am
Location: 306 E Main St Uptown Saloon
Arrested: Jennifer Gredy (31) of Hoopeston
Natasha Longest (31) of Hoopeston
Details: After an altercation at the above location, both females were arrested
Transported to HPD.  They were processed and released with city citations
with a date for city court.


Burglary to Business H15-2725
Time & Date: June 14, 2015   11 am
Location: La Casa Del Sol 1010 W Chestnut St
Details: At the above time and date, person(s) unknown had made entry to the
business causing damage.


Burglary H15-2733
Date & Time: June 14, 2015 2:53pm
Location: 400 block of east Seminary
Complainant: 31 year old Hoopeston female
Details: HPD officers responded to the above for the report of a burglary to a storage facility.  Investigation is pendi

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Saturday, June 13, 2015

Burglary to Auto H15-2702
Time & Date: June 13, 2015   09:31 am
Location: 400 block W Maple St
Complainant: 46 year old Hoopeston Male
Details: At the above time and date, the complainant contacted HPD reference to person(s)
Unknown had entered his vehicle causing damage. 


Burglary to Garage H15-2709
Date & Time: June 13, 2015 1:54pm
Location: 500 block of south Fifth St.
Complainant: 46 year old Hoopeston male
Details: HPD officers responded to the above location for the report of a burglary to a garage.  Reported missing was various items used in construction.  Investigation is pending.


Battery (City Ordinance) H15-2711
Date & Time: June 13, 2015 3:32pm
Location: 700 block of east McCracken
Complainant: 28 year old Hoopeston male
Arrested: Brian L. Smith, 39, of Hoopeston
Details: HPD officers responded to the above for the report of a fight in progress.  All subjects involved were separated when the officers arrived. After investigation, Smith was determined to be the assailant.  Smith was not located after the investigation, so he was mailed his city ordinance violation with a city court date.

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Indiana Beach Celebrates 89th Anniversary!

Indiana Beach, Indiana’s largest and most popular amusement resort and vacation playground, will celebrate their 89th Anniversary on Father‘s Day June 21st.

Families can look forward to the traditional “Quarter” Night on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 21, where rides will cost only 25 cents starting at 4 pm. Indiana Beach will also offer 25-cent Hotdogs & Cokes at 6 pm while supplies last in the historic Indiana Beach Ballroom.

Indiana Beach was recently named one of the Top 10 Family Friendly Amusement parks in America by Fodor’s Magazine. John Collins, general manager, invites everyone to come out the park June 21st and help celebrate the anniversary of Indiana Beach. Collins states, “We are proud our past and look forward to the future as we celebrate 89 years of proving family fun at Indiana Beach.”

Indiana Beach & Pronto Pups Present
8th Annual Pronto Pup Eating Contest
An Eisele Family Tradition!

Indiana Beach and The Pronto Pup will be hosting a “Pronto Pup (Corndog) Eating Contest” on both, Saturday and Sunday, June 20 & 21 at 3:00 p.m. “We have many memories of Father’s Day being spent at Indiana Beach and thought this would be a fun way to commemorate our family tradition”, says Tim Eisele.

This year will mark the 8th Annual Foot Long Pronto Pup Eating Contest! Contestants 18 years and older may sign up Saturday and Sunday to participate starting at 11 am at the Pronto Pup Stand. Contest is open to the first 10 participants.

Tim & Carmin Eisele, owners of the Pronto Pup at Indiana Beach look back on the years when their sons were younger. We remember bringing the boys to Indiana Beach every Father’s Day. They loved the rides and we loved the price!” says Carmin Eisele. Tim Eisele adds, “This was back in the day when my mother, Anna Eisele, owned the Pronto Pup stand. Our boys always made it a point to finish the Anniversary Night by eating a Pronto Pup at Grandma & Grandpa’s stand.”

What is a Pronto Pup? It is the Original name for a “corndog”. The Pronto Pup was invented by George & Versa Boyington in the late 1930‘s where they first served the deep-fried hotdog on a stick at a beach in the Portland, Oregon area. This new food novelty caught on fast and most people started calling them “corndogs” at State Fairs. The late Joe Skelton introduced the tasty hot dog on a stick in 1947 to the guests at Indiana Beach. In 1989, Mr. Skelton and his wife, Agnes Skelton, of Logansport, Indiana, sold the original Pronto Pup business and the exclusive franchise rights in White County to Anna Eisele. This year marks the 26th Season that the Eisele Family has operated the Pronto Pup at Indiana Beach.

Tim and Carmin Eisele now run and operate The Pronto Pup every summer. Tim Eisele noted that the Pronto Pup is still made the old-fashioned way, one pup at a time. Visitors at Indiana Beach are entertained by watching their Pronto Pup prepared before their eyes and served to them fresh and hot. Each “hot dog on a stick” is hand dipped in the trademark Pronto Pup batter recipe, then deep-fried to a golden brown. A Foot long Pronto Pup is served for the serious connoisseurs. It’s hard to resist a Pronto Pup!

Come Join us During Indiana Beach’s 89th Anniversary Celebration!

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Celebrate Watseka and Watseka Firefest Saturady Line Up

They are thrilled to have Traveling Wall That Heals, Vietnam War Memorial open 24 hours a day .There will be a short program celebrating the Wall beginning tonight at 5:00 p.m. by the Wall memorial and a 2:00 p.m. program on Sunday, June 14th as we say our goodbye’s to The Wall That Heals.

The Traveling Wall That Heals is positioned directly across from Lakeview Senior Housing on Brianna Drive. It will be located on the NW corner of Brianna Drive and Elm Street (Cemetery Road).

Events at The Traveling Wall That Heals:

Saturday,They will be honoring local Vietnam Soldiers with Roger Bennett of Thawville,  Legion Post Commander speaking. There will be some very moving entertainment and the reading of Iroquois County fallen Vietnam Solders.

Also on Saturday, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. enjoy “Little Daddy”, born on Chicago’s South Side, Little Daddy now resides in Kankakee County. He leaves a memorable impression on audiences with an energetic and exciting performance. He will be at the tent in Lakeview Park.

Sunday, June 14th we will do a Retreat Ceremony at 2:00 p.m. as we say goodbye to this beautiful tribute to all of those that served in the Vietnam War.


During the Fire Fest Events Saturday are:

◾11am: Registration for Nichols Paint & Fab Car Show
Beer Tent Opens

Misc Car show Vendors Open

Food Vendors Open

◾12pm: Registration for Annual “Fun Run”
Traditions Bar (3rd & Walnut in Watseka)
*All Street Legal Vehicles Welcome*

◾1pm:“Fun Run” Begins

Nichols Paint & Fab Car Show and Events (TBD) ◾PinUp Girl Contest
◾DJ
◾50/50’s
◾Vendors

◾5pm: Nichols Paint & Fab Car Show Awards :: Main Stage

◾5:30pm: Live Auction Begins
Fun Run Returns


Saturday Night Music in the Beer Tent:

◾6:30pm: Triple ‘OT Buck
◾9pm: Nick Lynch

*50/50 raffles all night!

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House property-tax freeze fails; Rauner says it’s not enough

Democrats in the Illinois General Assembly and Gov. Bruce Rauner spent Tuesday talking about the same issue — relief from increasing local property taxes — but they talked past each other in a continuing deadlock over a state spending plan due by June 30.

The Legislature returned for a second day of overtime work and teed up proposals to freeze the amount of property taxes local governments can collect, suggesting they’re identical to what the Republican governor wants, but Rauner denounced the plan as falling short of reform he says is necessary to change the business and political environments in Illinois.

It didn’t matter anyway. The House voted down both proposals, with the closest fell 30 votes short of the 71 needed.

The first-term governor wants changes ranging from reducing business costs on insurance to cover injured workers to term limits to curtail politicians’ power before he’ll negotiate on a state budget. Entrenched legislative Democrats resisted those proposals all spring but adopted a budget they say covers vital services but which falls short of revenue by as much as $4 billion.

The Democrats see their property tax offering — and one last week on workers’ compensation — as efforts at compromise. Rauner says he’s compromised too, reducing his “turnaround agenda” to five points, with fair legislative remapping and restrictions on civil-liability lawsuits rounding out the plan.

“They’ve refused to have real negotiations on specific issues in those five bills,” Rauner told reporters outside the Executive Mansion as the House debated the tax measure.

Marengo Democratic Rep. Jack Franks’ plan would freeze at 2015 levels the amount of property taxes that a local government can collect. If City Hall or a park board wants more, they have to ask voters.

That’s Rauner’s premise. But his initiative would allow governments to prohibit discussion of certain issues in union negotiations over contracts, such as health insurance benefits or setting staffing levels for certain positions. He also wants to exempt local governments from having to pay laborers on construction projects the “prevailing wage,” set by state law, which he says is often a union scale and most workers aren’t union members.

Asked why he won’t accept the stand-alone tax freeze, take credit, and continue working on the tangential issues, the governor rejected the idea as an ultimately hurtful victory.

“That’s how we get in the mess we’re in,” Rauner said. “We can’t afford to nibble around the edges with very, very, minor, short-term things that don’t change the long-term trajectory of the state and then declare victory. That would be a failure of the people of Illinois.”

House Speaker Michael Madigan, the Chicago Democrat whom Rauner again Tuesday labeled an insider profiting through private legal work from government, reiterated his response to the Rauner agenda: “The solution to that lies in moderation.”

“Both Democrats and Republicans in the Legislature view these issues as reducing the wage levels of workers in the state and reducing the standard of living for people in the state,” Madigan said.

In response to the governor, Madigan said his law firm works on correcting errors in property-value assessments and that he enforces strict ethical conduct.

Franks, a long-term Democrat from conservative suburbs northwest of Chicago keen on stemming the pinch of rising taxes despite a recent history of falling home values, was flummoxed by the lack of support.

“We can’t put everything on one bill,” Franks said. “It’s not the whole thing, but it’s a very critical portion of how we help our taxpayers.”

Republicans jeered during floor debate, lamenting “wasted time” on legislation that won’t make the grade.

“This isn’t the monster. The monster is the budget you passed last month,” said House Republican Leader Jim Durkin of Western Springs, urging a return to the bargaining table.

The Senate met as a committee-of-the-whole Tuesday hearing testimony on the impact of property taxes on local governments and school districts. Both chambers plan to be in session the last three Tuesdays in June.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

No Valid Drivers License, Possession of Cannabis, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Date & Time: June 10, 2015 12:12am
Location: Intersection of 8th Ave and Thompson Ave
Arrested: Austin Williams (19) of Milford
Details: HPD received a complaint of a dirt bike with no headlight. After conducting a traffic stop a computer check revealed that Mr. Williams did not have a valid driver’s license.  He was transported to HPD where he was searched.  Cannabis and drug
Paraphernalia were found on his person.  He was released with a
Notice To Appear in Vermilion County Court and Hoopeston City Court.

Criminal Damage to Auto (Over) H15-2644
Date & Time: June 10, 2015 1946
Location: 800 block of east Seminary
Complainant: 38 year old Hoopeston female
Details: HPD officers responded to the above location for the report of criminal damage to a vehicle that occurred.  Investigation is pending.

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Traffic Accident H15-2613
Date & Time: June 9, 2015   6:08am
Location: Euclid & Route 9
Unit #1: 2001 Chevy f1500 driven by Angela J Strawser of Hoopeston
Unit #2: 2015 Honda Motorcycle driven by Carl Ramsey of Indiana
Details: Unit 1 was attempting to turn onto Euclid from Route 9 when it struck
Unit 2 which was stopped and waiting to make a turn.  One
Subject transported to hospital for treatment.  No citations issued.

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Hoopeston Police Department
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Monday, June 8, 2015


Sound Amplification System H15-2597
Date & Time: June 8, 2015   2:12pm
Location: 600 blk E Main
Arrested: Angelo M Zamora ((29) of Hoopeston
Details: Police responded to a call for a loud stereo coming from a vehicle
occupied by the above subject.  Complaint was signed by the
caller and issued to Zamora with a court date in Vermilion County


Retail Theft H15-2602
Date & Time: June 8, 2015   5:36pm
Location: 415 s Dixie hwy
Complainant: Dollar General Store
Arrested: Angel K Bane (35) of Hoopeston
Details: Subject was taken into custody at her residence after an employee
witnessed her removing a bag of ice and leaving the store without
paying for it.  She was given a Personal Recognizance Bond with
a mandatory court date at Vermilion County courthouse.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

6-7-15

Arrested the Following on June 6, 2015
Smock, Tori L (F) of Alvin (19)
Shields, Chloe N (F) of Hoopeston (19)
Hofer, Sadie A (F) of Hoopeston (18)
Dixon, Haley S (F) of Hoopeston (18)
Minor Juvenile of Hoopeston (17)
Zamarripa, Deono X (M) of Hoopeston (19)
Minor Juvenile of Bismarck (16)  (Also Charged Disobeying Police)
Details: At the above date, HPD was called in reference to suspicious gathering at
The residence.  Upon arrival the subjects inside the residence refused to open the
Door, when a person bolted from the scene.  All subjects listed above have and or
Will be provided a Notice to Appear in Hoopeston City Court on the above charge. 


Domestic Battery
Complainant: 54 year old Hoopeston female
Arrested: Torrey W Robinson (48) of Hoopeston
Details: Officers responded to the above for the report of a domestic dispute.
The altercation became physical and Robinson was taken into custody,
transported to HPD where he was processed and later taken to PSB
for arraignment.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

6-7-15

Arrested: Daniel Rodriguez Allen (34) from Texas
Subject was taken into custody on 3 outstanding warrants from Texas
Burglary Habitation – Forced
Theft
Assault, bodily injury
He was processed at HPD and later taken to PSB to await extradition from Texas.

Fire Department responded for an activated Fire alarm.

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

6-7-15

On June 4th, 2015 Milford Police Department arrested Donald E. Henry age 55 of Milford. Henry was wanted on a Vermillion County Warrant for Driving while license was Suspended. Henry was transported to Iroquois County Jail where he later posted the required bond and was released.
On June 4th, 2015 Milford Police Department arrested Maxim M. Kasey 19 of Watseka. Kasey was arrested for Violation of Order of Protection. Kasey was transported to Iroquois County Jail where he was later released on a recognizance bond.
On June 5th, 2015 Gilman Police Department arrested Jose A. Diaz age 26 of Onarga. Diaz was wanted on an Iroquois County Warrant for Violation of Order of Protection and criminal damage to property. Diaz was transported to Iroquois County Jail where he remains in Lieu of bond.
On June 5th, 2015 Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police returned from Ford County Jail with Ashton Luhrsen 19. Luhrsen was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant for failure to register as a sexual offender and 2 outstanding Champaign County warrants for violation of probation. Luhrsen remains at Iroquois County Jail in lieu of bond.
On June 6th, 2015 Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police investigated a single vehicle accident near St. Rt. 45 and 45 N.
According to the police report Austin M. Flessner age 17, of Loda was travelling North bound on a gravel road north of the residence located at St. Rt. 45 and 45 N. when Flessner drifted off the roadway. Flessner then over corrected causing his truck to slide off the roadway and enter the road ditch. Flessner’s truck rolled several times into a corn field until finally coming to rest on the cab in the corn field. Flenner and his passenger received minor injuries and were treated and released. Flessner was issued a citation for too fast for conditions. Flessner’s vehicle sustained over $1,500 in damage.
On June 7th, 2015 Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police arrested David W. Areseneau age 56 of Martinton. Arseneau was wanted on an outstanding Kankakee County Warrant for Contempt of Court. Arseneau was transported to Iroquois County Jail where he remains in Lieu of bond.

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Hoopeston Area Community Unit School District #11 Special Board Notice

6-8-15

Due to recent resignation, the Hoopeston Area School District has an opening on the school board. The open seat is due to the resignation of Stewart Coffman for personal reasons. The replacement must live in the old Hoopeston School District also known as “in-town” Hoopeston.
Anyone interested should submit a letter of interest to Superintendent Hank Hornbeck by Wednesday.

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House advances workers’ comp bill, hosts heated debate

According to the Commercial News,  Illinois Democrats touted Thursday what they called a compromise over the budget impasse with Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner. But the plan they pushed through the House had no GOP support, and debate devolved into a heated exchange over a completely separate issue.
Lawmakers, who left town Sunday after approving a budget as much as $4 billion short on funds, returned to take up changes in workers’ compensation, one of the issues the first-term executive says is a must before he’ll discuss a tax increase to close the deficit. Rauner, however, had already dismissed the proposed changes as not as comprehensive as necessary. House Speaker Michael Madigan’s Democrats adopted the plan on a party-line vote.
But it wasn’t workers’ compensation that sparked a scorching verbal volley at day’s end. It was a Rauner aide’s comments to lawmakers who earlier in the day questioned him about how Rauner is paying his $250,000-a-year education secretary.

Deputy Chief of Staff Richard Goldberg labeled the appropriations committee’s proceedings as a “sham” when asked why school czar Beth Purvis is on the payroll of the Department of Human Services — an agency Rauner has targeted for spending cuts to deal with the deficit. The Chicago Sun-Times reported the arrangement last week.
Goldberg said previous governors had done the same thing and said, “There’s no reason to subject a great leader like Beth Purvis to a sham hearing.”
After the workers’ compensation debate, Lou Lang, a deputy majority leader from Skokie who had attended the hearing, took issue with Goldberg’s attitude.
“What I heard was somebody who insulted the members of the committee who asked straight questions,” Lang said. “What I heard was a person who changed the subject and refused to address the purpose of the subject matter hearing.”
And Lang was rankled that Rauner’s press office issued a statement decrying lawmakers’ “sexist smear campaign,” saying no one had mentioned Purvis’ gender.
Lang’s declamation raised the ire of Republican Rep. Ron Sandack of Downers Grove, who echoed claims that the committee’s proceedings were a “charade” and “kangaroo court.”
When someone interrupted him, Sandack said, “I’m sorry we’re wasting people’s time. I’m sorry I was just subjected to a harangue, a political speech on the floor of the House.”
A statement from Rauner spokeswoman Catherine Kelly claimed the Purvis questions were a distraction from Democrats’ unbalanced budget and refusal to take a look at high salaries of their staff members.
Madigan was unimpressed with the administration’s response on Purvis.
“It’s pretty limp,” Madigan told reporters. “They ought to spend a little bit more time strategizing and thinking about things.”
Republicans said the workers’ compensation changes, intended to make the insurance less costly for businesses by making rules on what constitutes a workplace injury tighter, don’t go far enough and the proceedings were a waste of time because Rauner won’t go along.
Rauner wants tougher rules on workers’ comp, civil liability lawsuits, and political makeovers such as term limits and fairer legislative district drawing, before he’ll discuss more revenue for the budget, such as through a tax increase.
The House and Senate will be in session Tuesday.

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Illinois Senate to hold hearing on freezing property taxes

According to the Commercial News, The Illinois Senate will consider a proposed property tax freeze when the chamber reconvenes for the first time since the regular legislative session ended May 31.
Democratic Senate President John Cullerton announced Friday the entire Senate will hear testimony on the issue Tuesday.
Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner says he won’t approve a 2016 budget Democrats passed last month until legislators pass some of his pro-business agenda. That includes a property tax freeze.
Senate Democrats already have rejected Rauner-backed legislation that would permanently freeze property taxes and require voter approval to increase them. Democrats say the plan would hurt schools that rely on property taxes.
Majority Democrats also have scheduled a hearing on Rauner’s proposed cuts to a program that helps senior citizens and low-income residents pay their utility bills.

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Happy hour bill awaits Gov. Rauner’s approval

According to the Commercial News, Happy hour drink specials have been banned in Illinois since the late 1980s, but they could make a comeback under a measure that’s awaiting the governor’s signature.
The bill would restrict specials to four hours a day and no happy hour deals after 10 p.m. The measure has passed the state House and Senate and now needs the approval of Gov. Bruce Rauner for it to become law.
A representative with Rauner’s office told the News-Gazette and The Associated Press that he’ll “carefully consider” any legislation that’s sent to him.
Supporters say the change will produce more tax revenue for state and local governments through increased alcohol sales.
The happy hour specials were outlawed in 1989 over concerns about excessive drinking and drunk driving.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Friday, June 5, 2015

Criminal Damage to Auto (Over) H15-2528
Time & Date: June 5, 2015   1:20pm
Location: Silgan Parking Rear Lot, 324 W Main St
Complainant: 39 year old Rossville Woman
Details: The complainant came to HPD and reported that person(s) unknown without
Permission had done damage to the roof of her car down to the trunk. 

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Burglary Solved H15-2485 V15-2488
Time & Date: June 4, 2015   10:25am
Location: 700 block E McCracken
Arrested: Young, Ryan D (M) of Hoopeston (37)
Details: At the above time and date, officer located the suspect in the fore mentioned case.  Subject was transported to HPD were he was charged and transported to PSB to be arraigned.


Warrant Arrest H15-2511   V15-5487
Time & Date: June 4, 2015   10:25am
Location: Hoopeston Police Department 301 W Main St
Arrested: Young, Ryan D (M) of Hoopeston (37)
Details: It was determined after the above listed subject came to HPD that he was wanted on the following warrants:  Vermilion County: 2014CM0616 FTA Criminal Damage to Property, 2014CM007 Criminal Damage to Property, $595 plus $150 fees.  Champaign County:  2015CF91 FTA DUI, $5,000 bond.  Transferred to PSB Danville.


Reckless Conduct, Aggravated Battery of Police Officer, H15-2516   V15-5490
Time & Date: June 4, 2015   11:37 am
Location: 400 block E Young Av
Arrested: Burke, Skyler T (M) of Hoopeston (26)
Details: At the above time and date, while Officers were involved with a stand by,
the above listed male was taken into custody on the above charges and
transported to HPD where he was processed.  Later subject was in need
of medical attention and was taken to the Carle Hoopeston ER.  Charges
are currently pending.

 

 

Fraud H15-2518
Date & Time: June 4, 2015 1324
Location: 101 W. Main St., Tedd’s Home Beverage
Complainant: 33 year old Hoopeston female
Details: HPD officers spoke with a Hoopeston female who came on station to report someone has been cashing checks under her account at the above.  Investigation is pending. 

 

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Watseka Farmers Market will start June 6th

June 3, 2015

The Watseka Farmers Market will start Saturday June 6th, 2015 at the First Trust and saving Bank parking lot Walnut St. and will continue thru Sept. 26th from 7am to 12 noon.
June 13, 2015 a acoustic duo known as The McGuire’s will perform from 10am till 12 noon, they are from Columbia Ind, there web site is www.reverbnation.com/themcguires

Check out our new web site www.watsekafamersmarket.com where we will feature some of our vendors and the produce they will have at the market.

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

June 4th, 2015

On 6-2, 2015 Sheriff’s Police investigated a single vehicle accident on Co. Rd. 1920N near Co. Rd. 2230E in rural Watseka IL. According to police reports, a vehicle drive by Shea D. Cobb, age 24, of Gilmanm IL was traveling southwest on Co. Rd. 1920N when she became distracted inside the vehicle. Cobb’s vehicle left the roadway on the west side of the road, striking a ditch embankment. No injuries were reported and no citations were issued.
On 6-3, 2015 Sheriff’s Police arrested Alexander Steel Jr. age 28, of Bradley, IL. Steel was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant charging him with felony theft. He was transported to the Iroquois County jail where he posted the required bond and was released.
On 6-3, 2015 Sheriff’s Police arrested Jamey W. Hamilton, age 41, of Beaverville, IL. Hamilton was charged with possession of a credit card of another and use of forged credit card after an investigation was launched on the pending case. Hamilton was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains awaiting a court appearance.
On 6-3, 2015 Kevin M. Harrison, age 27, of Crescent City, IL turned himself into the Iroquois County Jail to begin a 90 day sentence for a conviction for delivery of cannabis between 10-30 grams. Harrsion will remain at the Iroquois County Jail through his sentence.
On 6-3, 2015 Sherrif’s Police arrested Earvin Adams, age 73, of Chicago IL. Adams was wanted on an Effingham County warrant charging him with failure to appear on a prior driving while his license is revoked charged. Adams was aware of his active warrant and turned himself into the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond and was released.
Sheldon Police:
On 6-3, 2015 Sheldon police arrested Joseph E. Tykol, age 21, of Sheldon IL. According to police reports, police were called to the scene after witnesses observed Tykol damaging vehicle tires with a knife. Tykol was charged with felony criminal damage to property $500. Tykol was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains awaiting a court appearance.

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Development director seeks $300,000 for Prairie Meadows II according to www.justthefacts.net

As a show of community support, Hoopeston is being
asked to contribute $300,000 of tax increment financing
(TIF) funds towards the second phase of Prairie Meadows.
Niccole Clements, director of community and economic
development for Illinois Association of Community
Action Agencies in Springfield, talked about Prairie
Meadows II at Tuesday’s Hoopeston City Council meeting.
IACCAA hopes to pull partners together to build 30
more houses on land near the existing Prairie Meadows.
The estimated cost of the entire project is $7.6 million.
Of the total, “a ton of money” is paid for soft costs, suchas market and environmental studies, engineering fees
and other expenses.
The project would increase the property tax collected on the land.

Part of which is currently owned by New
Beginnings Church and the rest by Allen Decker,
Clements said.
The $300,000 would “show community support,” said
Clements, adding that would still leave a funding gap
that would need to be filled.
Most funding would come from groups that would get
tax credits on their investment on the subsidized housing.
Plans are to use the same general contractor, engineer
and architect, and use local labor where available, she
said.
Like Prairie Meadows I, the second phase would have
covenants guiding tenant responsibilities and would be
overseen by a property manager. After a set period of
time - 20 years for the original Prairie Meadows - tenants
would be able to purchase their homes, if they
chose to do so, Clements said.
Aldermen had few questions on the project. Bill
Goodwine wondered why build new houses when so
many empty houses are available, or would cause more
empty houses as people moved into the new project.
Clement answered that people usually move from
current rentals because the property is substandard. She
said a one-year waiting list for Prairie Meadows I shows
a need for the project.
Alderman Chad Yaden said Prairie Meadows I was
supposed to be built with crawl spaces, but was not and
that local contractors complained about their experiences
with how construction on Prairie Meadows I was
handled.
Clements said the city signed off on the change from
crawl spaces to slabs and that while she did not have
details about his specific complaints, of 10 packets sent
to local contractors, only one responded. One contractor
only wanted to be involved with two or three of the
houses, she said.
Mayor Bill Crusinberry said the project would “impact
a lot of lives.| This would be a long-term investment for
30 families.”
In the public comment part of the meeting, resident
Jeff Wise questioned Clements about Section 8 vouchers
for the development and interest by Danville Housing
Authority in having vouchers for the Prairie Meadows
expansion, which was reported in the Danville
Commercial News. Wise said he was “disappointed”
that no alderman brought up the article during their discussion.
Clements said that in order to get funding for the project,
they are required to provide subsidies and stressed
that property management is key to getting good tenants.
In the article, DHA director Greg Hilleary said
Clements approached DHA about being involved with
Prairie Meadows II. DHA was not involved in the original
Prairie Meadows.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Found Item
Time & Date:  June 3, 2015 07:30 am
Location: McFerren Park Pony League Field
Details: Found one Saber Mattingly ball bat, owners may claim at Hoopeston
Police Department. 


Criminal Damage to Auto H15-2485
Time & Date: June 3, 2015 06:45 am
Location: 700 block E Wyman Ave
Complainant:   20 year old Hoopeston Woman
Details: The complainant reports that this morning she found her car had been damaged
By person(s) unknown at this time. 


Burglary H15-2486
Time & Date: June 3, 2015 08:15am
Location: 700 block E McCracken Av
Complainant: 80 year old Hoopeston Man
Details: The complainant contacted Hoopeston Police Department, reference to person(s) unknown had done damage to his garage and removed several items from the property and truck inside the garage. 


Traffic Accident, Hit & Run H15-2490
Date & Time: June 3, 2015 1439
Location: 912 S. Dixie Hwy., Subway
Complainant: 26 year old male from Alvin
Unit #1: Unknown
Unit #2: Parked:  White 2007 Dodge van
Details: HPD officers responded to the above location for a hit and run accident that had occurred.  Investigation is pending.

Warrant Arrest H15-2499 V15-5464
Date & Time: June 3, 2015 1701
Location: 300 block of Front St.
Arrested: Michael A. Osborn, 30, of Rossville
Details: While HPD officers were out speaking with other subjects regarding a different situation, Osborn was found to have two warrants, 15CF660 and 12TR2520 through Champaign
County.  Osborn was transported to HPD and later transported to the PSB. 

 

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Wednesday, June 2, 2015

A Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Warrant Arrest H15-2470 V15-5408
Date & Time: June 2, 2015   9:05am
Location: 500 blk N Third Street
Arrested: 13 year old Hoopeston juvenile
Details: Subject was taken into custody on an outstanding juvenile warrant
15JD100. He was transported to PSB to await transportation to
Juvenile Detention Center to see a judge.

 

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Hoopeston Area Community Unit School District #11 Special Board Notice

The Hoopeston Area Community Unit School District #11 Board of Education will meet on Monday, June 15, 2015 beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the District Office Conference Room.  The board will immediately convene into executive session to interview board member candidates.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Monday, June 1, 2015

Softball Mitt was found at Soccer Field ball diamond and turned into HPD where
owner can identify and claim.

Battery (City Ord) H15-2453
Time & Date: June 1, 2015 9am
Location: Farmers First Bank & Trust 901 S. Dixie Hwy Lot.
Complainant: 52 year old Rossville Male
Arrested: Crews, Carl A (M) of Rossville (61)
Details: At the above time and date, HPD was summoned to the parking lot reference to a disturbance that was occurring.  Upon arrival Officer met with the complainant.  Suspect was still on scene, he was arrested and charged with the above offense. Mr. Crews was transported to HPD processed, and released from custody with NTA for Hoopeston City Court. 


Traffic Accident (PD) H15-2456
Time & Date: June 1, 2015   9:15am
Location: Primrose Lane & Cornjerker Way Hoopeston
Unit 1: 1999 Pontiac GA driven: Amber L Compton (F) of Hoopeston (30)
Details: At the above time and date, the driver was involved in a dispute became upset
Leaving the area at high rate of speed, went through a yard into the ditch causing
Damage to her unit and coming back up on the roadway losing control. 
Driver was located, report filed, and citations issued were No Valid Driver
License, and Failure to report an Accident.  Court date set for Danville. 

 

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department
Weekend Police Blotter

Vermilion County Warrant(15TR01448) H15-2415
Time & Date: May 30, 2015   11:20am
Location: 301 W Main St Hoopeston
Arrested: Woods, Jason A (M) of Hoopeston (40)
Details: At the above time and date, Mr. Woods came to HPD and surrendered to
the custody of HPD.  He was processed on the FTA Pretrial Warrant and
posted $3,000 10% plus $75 FTA fee.  Given new court date for Danville
released from custody. 

Traffic Accident H15-2425
Date & Time: May 30, 2015   5:30pm
Location: Elm & Route 9
Unit #1: 2000 GMC pick up driven by Scott L Strawser of Hoopeston
Unit #2: 1997 Ford driven by Mary Ann Good of Hoopeston
Details: Unit 1 failed to yield while pulling onto Route 9 from Elm
then striking Unit 2.  No injuries reported.
Criminal Damage to Auto H15-2436
Date & Time: May 31, 2015   12:03pm
Location: Parkview Court
Complainant: 19 year old Hoopeston man
Details: Complainant advised unknown person(s) keyed his vehicle.

Disorderly Conduct H15-2438
Date & Time: May 31, 2015 1416
Location: West Lincoln St. / Fifth Ave.
Complainant: 30 year old Hoopeston female
Arrested: Randy S. Dillon, 32, of Hoopeston
Details: Female subject came onto station and reported that Dillon had
Struck her vehicle with his fist without causing damage to the vehicle.
Female signed a formal complaint against Dillon.  He was found a short time later, brought to HPD and released on a NTA for a city court date. 

 

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Friday, May 29, 2015

Burglary to Auto, H15-2351
Time & Date: May 27, 2015 10pm
Location: 500 block of N. Third St
Complainant:   50 year old Hoopeston Male
Arrested: 13 year old Male Juvenile
Details: On May 28, 2015 at about 1pm the male juvenile was located and taken
Into custody for the above listed charge.  Male was being looked for after
He was listed missing.  The juvenile was transported to HPD processed
Later released to the custody of his guardian. 

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Chicago Tribune Confirms: Speaker Madigan Refuses Compromise and Reform

Breaking news from the Chicago Tribune:

“…The rookie Republican governor said he was ‘encouraged’ by comments from Senate President John Cullerton, who said after the meeting with Rauner that Democrats were open to compromising on points of the governor’s agenda. But Rauner said earlier promises by Democrats to work together have been hollow so far, noting a series of votes in recent weeks in which they soundly rejected most of his plans.

‘There has never been true effort at compromise coming the other way. There are now statements today that they’re willing to talk about compromise. But we’ll know by Sunday night. We’ll either have a deal Sunday night or we won’t,’ Rauner said during his first news conference in more than two weeks. ‘And anybody who says, well, we didn’t have enough time, that’s baloney. That’s wrong. We’ve had plenty of time. And every issue we’re discussing now has been vetted in detail for a long time.’

Cullerton said he was willing to work toward a deal, but not within the governor’s timeline.

“That would be very difficult to get an agreement on the language on a number of those proposals in that short period of time and we’ve kind of acknowledged that,” Cullerton said after meeting with Rauner.

Rauner would not specify what has to happen by Sunday night to satisfy his demands, but did point to two key issues he’s pushed: a freeze on local property taxes and a specific change to the workers compensation system that would put in place tougher standards for employees to prove they were injured on the job.

House Speaker Michael Madigan remains opposed to Rauner’s agenda. Madigan repeatedly has criticized Rauner for trying to leverage the annual budget making process to push through his agenda. Rauner has said he would not talk about a tax increase to plug a multi-billion deficit unless lawmakers first signed off on his ideas.

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Iroquois County Treasurer News Release

County Treasurer, Mindy Kuntz Hagan, announced that the deadline to pay the first installment of real estate taxes without penalty is Wednesday, June 3, 2015.  After that date, 1 ½ percent interest on all property must be added to the first installment each month it remains unpaid, according to the Illinois State Statutes.

The Treasurer’s Office is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.  To avoid waiting in line you may also pay by mail or at any bank in the county.  There is also a drop box on the south side of the Administrative Center near the 911 Center.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Aggravated Battery
HPD was called to the 400 blk of E Honeywell for an altercation.  Upon arrival, 41 year old Hoopeston male told officers that he had been cut by a knife by Mr. Turner.  Officers located Mr. Turner and arrested him for aggravated battery.  He was taken to HPD, processed and later transported to the PSB in Danville after having some of his injuries tended to by Carle Hoopeston

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

The Iroquois County Sheriff’s Office released the following list of recent activity

A 14-year-old boy from Onarga was arrested May 26 for residential burglary, theft and criminal damage to property. The juvenile allegedly was found burglarizing a home in Onarga after the homeowners reported he was inside their home without their permission. The juvenile was taken to the Iroquois County Jail, then later transported to the Danville Juvenile Detention Center.

No injuries were reported and no tickets were issued after a car struck a deer in Watseka on May 26. The accident occurred when Martha L. Howe, 74, of Watseka, was driving west on County Highway 43 and was unable to avoid striking a deer that had run into her vehicle’s path near Second Street. Damage to the vehicle was estimated at more than $1,500.

Joseph A. Phillips, 32, of Watseka, was arrested May 26 on an Illinois Department of Corrections warrant.

Blake L. Burnside, 26, of Watseka, turned himself in at the county jail on May 25. Burnside was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant for failure to appear in court for speeding.

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Governor Bruce Rauner has appointed Alice Marie Jacobs to the Illinois Board of Higher Education

Governor Bruce Rauner has appointed Alice Marie Jacobs to the Illinois Board of Higher Education. Jacobs’ experience as an administrator in higher education makes her well suited for the board.

Jacobs has 45 years of experience in higher education and is currently the president of the Danville Area Community College (DACC). She oversees 60 full-time faculty, 100 part-time faculty and more than 120 other staff members, who serve approximately 9,000 students annually. In this position, Jacobs added academic programs and doubled enrollment while state funding was reduced for community colleges.

Prior to her work at DACC, she was the president of Kaskaskia College in Centralia for five years. She also served students at Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington, NC as the Vice President of Instruction and Student Development. She also worked at Rochester Community College in Rochester, Minn. and at Kellogg Community College in Battle Creek, Mich.

Jacobs holds a Ph.D. in college and university administration from Michigan State University and a master’s degree in business education from Western Michigan University. She also earned her bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University, and an associate’s degree in business from Louisburg College.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter

Aggravated Battery, I.D.O.C. Warrant H15-2337, V15-5164
Time & Date: May 27, 2015   02:12 am
Location: Fifth Street/McCracken Ave
Complainant: 34 year old Hoopeston Male
Arrested: Chase R. Miles (23) of Hoopeston (M)
Details: After a disturbance call to the area, Hoopeston Police located the suspect
whom was taken into custody, and transported to HPD to be processed. 
Subject was then transported to the PSB Danville to await I.D.O.C. and
Hearing on the above charge.

 

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Fire Call
Time & Date:  May 26, 2015 08:35am
Location: 205 Ann St Rossville
Details: RFD and HFD were both sent to the scene of a re-kindling of a structure
Fire at the above location.  RFD came to the scene and returned HFD to Service.

Battery (City Ordinance 9.08.020) H15-2319
Date & Time: May 26, 2015 1626
Location: 200 E. Main St., Downtown Motel
Complainant: 27 year old Hoopeston male
Arrested: Jodi L. Tyszko, 43, of Hoopeston
Details: HPD officers responded to the above location for the report that a battery had just occurred between a female and a male.  Officers met with the complainant at the scene and were able to locate Tyszko shortly after.  Tyzsko was taken into custody, transported to HPD and later released on a NTA at City Court.

Criminal Sexual Assault H15-2209 V15-5149
Date & Time of report: May 20, 2015 6:19pm
Date & Time of arrest: May 26, 2015 8:35pm
Location of incident: 900 blk W Main
Location of Arrest: Maple/Second Av
Complainant: 14 year old female
Arrested: Kendall Stewart (20) of Danville
Details: Mr. Stewart was arrested after an investigation of criminal
sexual assault. He was taken to HPD, processed and transported
to the PSB to await arraignment.

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

Memorial Day Weekend

No injuries were reported and no tickets were issued after an Indiana woman struck a deer with her vehicle on May 24 in eastern Iroquois County. The accident occurred when Brittnee N. Grayling, 24, of Fowler, Ind., was driving west on Township Road 151, near County Road 2230 East, and a deer ran into the roadway and she was unable to avoid striking it. The accident caused more than $1,500 in damage.

— Zachary T. Garman, 23, of Hoopeston, was arrested May 23 for driving under the influence of alcohol and was ticketed for disobeying a stop sign.

— Idalia Salinas, 43, of Riverdale, was arrested May 23 on an Iroquois County warrant for failure to appear in court for speeding.

— Robert B. Patrick, 21, of Kankakee, was transported from the Kankakee County Jail to the Iroquois County Jail on May 23. Patrick was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant for theft.

— Daniel A. Muller, 46, of Goodwine, was arrested May 22 on an Iroquois County warrant for no valid driver’s license.

— Brandon J. Wood, 31, of Sheldon, was arrested by Sheldon police on May 22 for driving with a revoked license.

— Donald L. Langston, 34, of Chicago, was transported from the Kankakee County Jail to the Iroquois County Jail on May 22. Langston was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant for failure to appear in court for possession of cannabis.

— Eric E. Burgess, 32, of Clifton, was arrested May 21 for driving with a revoked license, no valid registration and no proof of insurance.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department Police Blotter from Memorial Day Weekend.

A pair of prescription eye glasses was found in the 400 block of west Penn St.  Owner may claim them at HPD.

Traffic Accident H15-2273
Date & Time: May 24, 2015   2:11 am
Location: Lincoln & Sixth Ave
Unit #1: 2006 Pontica Grand Prix driven by Bradley J Schrock of Crescent City
Unit #2: 2001 Ford F150 driven by Ashley Tincher of Watseka
Details: Unit 2 was traveling eastbound in the 700 blk W Lincoln.
Unit 1 came up from behind and side swiped Unit 2, then stopped
blocking Unit 2 from moving.  Before leaving the scene Unit 1
began backing up ramming into Unit 2 multiple times.  No injuries
report.


Warrant Arrest H15-2275
Date & Time: May 24, 2015   10:00am
Location: HPD
Arrested: Miranda K Harms (27) of Hoopeston
Details: Subject was arrested at HPD for an outstanding warrant
from Fountain County Indiana.  She posted bond and
was released with a new court date


Stolen/Cell Phone H15-2281
Date & Time: May 24, 2015   1:00pm
Location: VFW 426 W Orange
Complainant: 51 year old Hoopeston man
Details: Complainant reported his pink Iphone missing


Monday, May 25, 2015

Aggravated Battery / Criminal Trespass to Property H15-2299 V15-5094
Date & Time: May 25, 2015 1356
Location: 300 block of Front St.
Complainant: 26 year old Hoopeston male
Arrested: Efrain Flores Jr, 21, of Hoopeston
Details: HPD officers responded to the above location for the report of a battery that had just taken place.  HPD officers were able to locate Flores at a different location and take him into custody without incident.  Flores was later transported to the PSB. 


Assault (City Ordinance) / Disorderly Conduct (City Ordinance) H15-2303
Date & Time: May 25, 2015 1643
Location: Parkview Ct.
Complainant: 34 year old Hoopeston male
Arrested: Kyle B. Ponton, 24, of Hoopeston
Details: HPD officers responded to a complaint of a fight in progress between
three males.  Upon arrival, the parties were separated.  After speaking
with all parties involved, Ponton was arrested and transported to HPD
where he was later released with two city ordinance violations and a city court date.

 


 

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Friday, May 22, 2015

Burglary to Business H15-2232
Date & Time: May 22, 2015   7:24pm
Location: Hoopeston Star Chrysler 900 blk W Orange
Details: Report was taken after employees arrived at
work and found a broken door and items and money removed without permission by unknown person(s).

Criminal Damage to Auto (Over) H15-2234
Date & Time: May 22, 2015 1420
Location: 300 block of west Main St.
Complainant: 55 year old Bismarck female
Details: Subject came on station to report that while she was at work, had
Damaged her vehicle.  Investigation is pending.


Burglary H15-2239
Date & Time: May 22, 2015 1705
Location: 400 block of east Honeywell
Complainant: 67 year old Hoopeston female
Details: HPD officers responded to the above location for the report that
someone unknown to her stole personal belongings.  Investigation is pending. 

Driving While License Suspended H15-2247
Date & Time: May 22, 2015 10:30pm
Location: Intersection of Rt 1 and Rt 9
Arrested: Delvon Moorer 19 year old Bloomington male
Details: The above subject was stopped on a routine traffic stop. Upon a
records check it showed that he had a suspended license.
The subject was transported to HPD where he posted bond and was
released with a court date.

 

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Hoopeston Area board hears students

According to the Commercial News, Chris Catron and Marisa Rush, John Greer Grade School students who participated in the Chrome Books pilot program, presented research projects on teen activism to Hoopeston Area school board members during Thursday’s meeting.
The presentations were part of Rachel Zick’s sixth-grade class writing curriculum. The students had to find the motivation, research and create a web page about activism in a field that interested them using the Chrome books. Each student will be able to continue with the web pages indefinitely at home, Zick said.
Catron picked the medical field, he said, because his mom, Connie Catron, a nurse practitioner, went to Madagascar in Africa last October to help people medically.
Rush picked anorexia for her web page and the effects of anorexia on a person’s body.
The students also set up blogs with several questions for people to add comments about the subjects of their research.
Catron issued a word of advice to other students,”Don’t work yourself into the ground or you won’t have success.”
In other school board business, FFA student Olivia Huls presented a check to the school board for payment on the greenhouse. Emily McCray, FFA instructor, reported that all the corn crops has been planted, including an additional 4.5 acres behind the bowling alley, and all was sold.

School board members unanimously approved the high school student policy manual for 2015-2016 year and the new teacher evaluation instrument with an effective date of Aug. 21.
Informational items included a later date of school start next year. School will start a week later on Aug. 24. Also student policy manuals 2015-2016 for Maple, Honeywell, John Greer and the Middle School will be presented at the next school board meeting.
Superintendent Hank Hornbeck said he attended the Hoopeston City Council meeting Tuesday regarding an issue at Honeywell School. He previously requested the city have no parking on the south side of East Honeywell Avenue from Fifth to Sixth Streets during specific times “to help protect our students.”
Mark Eighner, director of transportation and buildings and grounds reported that three spare buses would be traded for the new gas-powered bus with a lift. He added that the boiler replacement would be the biggest project this summer beginning with asbestos removal around the boiler.
The school board accepted letters of intent to retire at the end of the 2016-2017 school years from Richard Stipp and Annette Lockhart, approved non-certified at-will employee list for 2015-2016 year and an increase in wages of 40 cents an hour them.
Also approved was Kyle Ramos as a volunteer for the high school football team for 2015, Stephanie Pratt as Honeywell special education teacher starting Aug. 20, Kari Rayls as Maple secretary starting May 18, Diane Swartz as part-time speech language aide at Maple, Stacy Pierott, kindergarten aide, and Angela Layden, classroom aide, all starting Aug. 21.
Board members approved the resignations of Crystal English, Honeywell special education teacher, and Meghan McCannon, fourth-grade teacher at Honeywell, effective at the end of school year.
Board members learned John Greer Grade School students raised $1,180 in their fund raising this year, which was donated to the United Fund of Grant Township.
They also learned that Rossville-Alvin had started talks with Hoopeston and Bismarck-Henning about a co-op high school.
The next Hoopeston School Board will start at 6:30 p.m. June 18 in Hoopeston Area HIgh School’s library.

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

News Release
May 21st, 2015

On May 21st, 2015 Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police arrested Eric E. Burgess, age 32, of Clifton, IL.  According to police reports, Sheriff’s Police received a tip that Burgess was operating a vehicle with no valid registration and driving on a revoked driver’s license.  Sheriff’s Police located Burgess while he was operating a vehicle, and conducted a traffic stop.  It was confirmed that Burgess had a revoked driver’s license and no valid registration on his vehicle.  Burgess was placed into custody and charged with driving while his license revoked, no valid registration, and no proof of insurance.  He was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains awaiting a court appearance.

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County Highway 10 (Oakwood-Newtown Road) to be Reduced to One Lane for Bridge Repairs starting May 2

Please slow down and use extreme caution while driving through all work zones

The Illinois Department of Transportation announces that work will begin on the structure carrying County Highway 10 (Oakwood-Newtown Road) over Interstate 74, north of Oakwood on May 27, 2015. The work will include bridge deck patching, waterproofing and miscellaneous repairs to the structure. This work is part of the larger 9.53 mile Interstate 74 resurfacing project from the Fithian exit to the Martin Luther King exit. During the repairs to the County Highway 10 structure, one lane of traffic will be maintained utilizing temporary traffic signals. Motorists should expect delays.
The overall project has an anticipated completion date of November 1, 2015 weather permitting. The contractor for the $13,138,522 project is Open Road Paving.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Stolen Purse H15-2206
Date & Time: May 20, 2015   3:55pm
Location: 700 blk E Penn
Complainant: 31 year old Hoopeston woman
Details: Reported her purse and jacket were stolen.

Possession of Controlled Substance, No Valid Driver’s License H15-2212 V15-4913
Date & Time: May 20, 2015 11:17pm
Location: 900 blk S Dixie Hwy
Arrested: Kinzi Calloway (24) of Danville
Floyd Shanks (27) of Danville
Details: While on patrol, HPD officers noticed a vehicle with no tail lights.  After conducting
a traffic stop, a computer checked revealed that Ms. Calloway didn’t have a valid
driver’s license. Both subjects were arrested after a controlled substance was found
inside the vehicle.  They were taken to HPD, processed and later transported to
the PSB in Danville to await arraignment. Female was also issued a traffic citation
for no valid driver’s license and given a court date for traffic court.

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17-year-old to be tried as adult in Rantoul beating

According to the News-Gazette, A Rantoul teen will be tried as an adult on an aggravated battery charge filed Monday alleging he stomped a man’s head in December.

At a hearing Monday, Judge Heidi Ladd ruled that Darryl Haynes, 17, formerly of Kankakee, should be tried as an adult after hearing evidence about an attack in December that left a Rantoul man so severely brain injured that he will need care for the rest of his life.

Her decision to transfer Haynes to adult court was discretionary. There are certain crimes committed by juveniles for which a transfer to adult court is mandatory. Haynes will turn 18 in four months.

The charge stemmed from a Dec. 8 attack in Rantoul on a 35-year-old man that happened about 9:40 that night.

Rantoul police Sgt. Justin Bouse said the victim was driving west on Cheryl Drive near Keystone when another man who was with Haynes, Maurice Tucker, 20, of Rantoul, allegedly flashed a gang sign at the man’s car. That prompted the man and an unidentified companion to get out of the car they were in and get into an argument with Haynes and Tucker.

Tucker apparently got in the first hit or two on the 35-year-old man before Haynes took over and allegedly stomped on his head repeatedly as he was on the ground, Bouse said.

Tucker had also been charged with aggravated battery but the state dismissed that charge against him on April 22 after Haynes reportedly told police that Tucker had nothing to do with the beating.

At Monday’s hearing, Rantoul police investigator Tim Rivest testified that the man who was stomped is still in a rehabilitation center. He’s unable to feed or dress himself and can only walk with assistance. He can say only a few words and will need care with the basics of daily living for the rest of his life, Rivest said.

Ladd also heard evidence that Haynes, a foster child, had previous juvenile adjudications in Kankakee.

Although he’s being tried as an adult, Haynes will remain in the Juvenile Detention Center until his case is resolved. Ladd set his bond at $150,000 and continued his case to her June 9 pretrial call.

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