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Foster says her farewells

According to the Commercial News, Before her 24-year tenure at Vermilion County Clerk, Lynn Foster had managed a small business. Looking back now, she said the business and some aspects of her clerk’s office weren’t all that different.
“It’s just selling a different product,” said Foster, sitting in her office. “We’re selling service here instead of a product. And that’s kind of been our mantra here. We’ve got service, it’s our only product and that’s what were selling And we’re taking care of the people that pay our salaries.”
Business experience, however, didn’t prepare Foster for everything she would encounter as a new county clerk. The office handles a number of responsibilities from the more public elections and voter registration to lesser-known duties ranging from marriage licenses and vital records to computing tax rates.

It made for a difficult transition period at times from the business sector to public service.
“At first, it was a little crazy,” she said. “Everyone knows what a voter is, but no one knows that a equalized assessed valuation is unless you’ve worked with it. So that was a little humbling.”
According to Foster, the public service is an area she has been “addicted” to all of her life.
“That how we were raised to give back and that’s kind of how I thought about it,” she said. “And I was fascinated by the electoral process.”
Foster’s run of almost a quarter century as Vermilion County Clerk is coming to an end this month following her defeat in general election. County board member Kathy Jenkins of Georgetown will be sworn in as the new county clerk on Dec. 1.
Despite running an office with such varied responsibilities, Foster feels her greatest accomplishment came in the most public of areas: elections. She takes pride in the transition the county made from the traditional punch card voting still being used at the turn of the century to the current optical scan voting system used in recent elections.

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Foster says her farewells

According to the Commercial News, Before her 24-year tenure at Vermilion County Clerk, Lynn Foster had managed a small business. Looking back now, she said the business and some aspects of her clerk’s office weren’t all that different.
“It’s just selling a different product,” said Foster, sitting in her office. “We’re selling service here instead of a product. And that’s kind of been our mantra here. We’ve got service, it’s our only product and that’s what were selling And we’re taking care of the people that pay our salaries.”
Business experience, however, didn’t prepare Foster for everything she would encounter as a new county clerk. The office handles a number of responsibilities from the more public elections and voter registration to lesser-known duties ranging from marriage licenses and vital records to computing tax rates.

It made for a difficult transition period at times from the business sector to public service.
“At first, it was a little crazy,” she said. “Everyone knows what a voter is, but no one knows that a equalized assessed valuation is unless you’ve worked with it. So that was a little humbling.”
According to Foster, the public service is an area she has been “addicted” to all of her life.
“That how we were raised to give back and that’s kind of how I thought about it,” she said. “And I was fascinated by the electoral process.”
Foster’s run of almost a quarter century as Vermilion County Clerk is coming to an end this month following her defeat in general election. County board member Kathy Jenkins of Georgetown will be sworn in as the new county clerk on Dec. 1.
Despite running an office with such varied responsibilities, Foster feels her greatest accomplishment came in the most public of areas: elections. She takes pride in the transition the county made from the traditional punch card voting still being used at the turn of the century to the current optical scan voting system used in recent elections.

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County board to see new faces

According to the Commercial News, It’s a major changing of the guard for the Vermilion County Board as several members with a combined seven decades of experience are leaving.
A total of six members will be gone after the board’s reorganization meeting on Monday, beginning with current chairman Gary Weinard.
Weinard, who was first elected in 1994, is the longest-running board member who will not return for another term. Chris Leigh of District 1, 14 years on the board; Richard Knight of District 3, 16 years; Terry Stal of District 4, 14 years; and John Alexander of District 6, 13 years, also are ending their terms.
Overall, the group touts a total 77 years of experience on the county board.
Sixteen years on the board weren’t in the plans for Knight, who remembers running for the county board amid talk and hearings about zoning — an issue he remains staunchly against. Being on the board, however, he learned members sometimes have to bend on some issues.
“You learn that there 26 other opinions on the board,” he said. “You learn to deal with that and accept it. You’re not always going to get your way.”
In the end, Knight admits he’s of two minds about leaving the board.
“I’m glad it’s over, yet I wish it wasn’t,” he said. “I enjoyed it. I met a lot of interesting people in 16 years.”

Despite the loss of experience, the two longest-serving members will remain on the board through the upcoming year: Robert Fox of District 6, who was first elected in 1992, and District 8’s Ivadale Foster who was elected in 1980. After that, the most senior member is District 7’s John Dreher, who was first elected in 2000.
Weinard, who announced his decision not to return at this month’s county board meeting, is leaving in part as a result of health issues. Alexander, Knight and Leigh did not run for re-election while Stal was defeated in the November general election. Mike Dodge of District 7, who served on the board for five years, also was defeated in the election and is not returning.
For Leigh, not returning for another term was rooted in bringing some fresh blood to the board.
“I’ve done it long enough,” he said. “It’s time for someone else to do it.”
Still a precinct committeemen, Leigh said it was his enjoyment of politics that first pushed him to run for the county board. He sat on the board with view true goals in mind, but says he takes pride in the work done in the sale of the former Vermilion Manor Nursing Home last year.
“That was a positive for sure,” he said, noting he won’t miss the constant debate regarding wind turbines in Vermilion County.
“It was fun for the most part,” Leigh said of his time on the board.
This is actually the second time that Alexander has said he was leaving the board.
The first came in 2011 when he moved out of his former district to District 6.
But the death of then-board member Russ Pollitt of District 6 kept Alexander on the board as he was selected and approved to take Pollitt’s seat.
Despite more than a decade as a school board member, Alexander still describes his time on the county board was a learning experience.
“I t’s gives you a better understanding of government,” he said. “You have a better appreciation for the workings and challenges these bodies face.
“When sitting outside the body, you have a different view point,” he added. “It’s not that easy. I wish could snap my fingers and make all problems go away.”
A point of pride for Alexander’s tenure was the board’s work in trying to stimulate the local economy.
“It’s hard for some to believe, but the situation” was not good when I came on the board, he said. “We were less than 10 years out from GM closing. We were also starting with the Hyster situation and General Electric.
“Overall, the economy has rebounded,” he added. “It’s not perfect, but we’re moving in the right direction.”

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Coroner: Danville man died from ‘multiple gunshot wounds’

According to the News-Gazette, An autopsy has revealed that a Danville man found dead in a yard Tuesday morning died from multiple gunshot wounds, according to Vermilion County Coroner Peggy Johnson.

Johnson’s office released the result of Wednesday’s autopsy of William Newbern, 42, of Danville.

Director of Public Safety Larry Thomason said that police, as of Tuesday night, were already conducting their investigation as a potential homicide, because they had been able to determine prior to the autopsy that the victim may have suffered a gunshot wound.

Thomason said Danville detectives continue to interview people who might have information about the case and are still asking anyone with information they believe may be important to call the Danville Police Division at 217-431-2250 or Crimestoppers at 446-TIPS.

Mr. Newburn was found lying in the yard of a residence in the 500 block of North Griffin Street on Tuesday morning and was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to Thomason, at about 6:50 a.m. Tuesday, police responded to reports of a man lying in a yard and not moving. When they arrived, they found him unresponsive.

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

NEWS RELEASE
November 28, 2014

11-25 Sheriff’s Police investigated a car vs. deer accident, which occurred on Co. Rd. 200N near Co. Rd. 070E, rural Loda.  According to police reports, a vehicle driven by Kurt E. Edwards, 53 Paxton was traveling west on Co. Rd. 200n when he struck a deer which ran into the path of his vehicle.  Edwards reported no injuries and no citations were issued.  The collision resulted in damages over $1500.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Wallet Found
Time & Date:    November 27, 2014 07:45
Location: Hoopeston Police Department
Details: Black Wallet belonging to Scott J Howe, was found laying in the street.
The Owner may claim at Hoopeston Police Department


Fire Call
Time & Date:  November 27, 2014 10:44am
Location: Centennial Manor 426 E Honeywell Av
Details: On the first floor, smoke from an oven spill,  smoke spilled out into the hallway
causing the fire alarm to activate.  No injuries or damage.

Theft of Gasoline H14-6111
Date & Time: November 27,2014     10:30pm
Location: 115 E Orange
Complainant: Casey’s General Store
Details: Blue van left without paying for $30 in fuel.

 

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Possession of Stolen Property Over $500 H14-6060 V14-11607
Date & Time: November 26, 2014 11:30am
Location: HPD 301 W. Main St.
Arrested: Jordan K. Finazzi (23) of Hoopeston
Details: Suspect was taken into custody on the above charge in connection with the
ladders and antique water pump that were stolen from 309 N. Market on
November 24, 2014.  He was later transported to the PSB in Danville to await
arraignment in court.


Obstructing Justice & Warrant Arrest H14-6083
Date & Time: November 26, 2014 12:30pm
Location: HPD 301 W. Main St.
Arrested: Jeremy L. Bruens (35) of Donovan, IL
Details: Suspect was taken into custody on two outstanding arrest warrants, 13TR4213
for Failure To Appear out of Iroquois County and 14TR1523 for Failure To Appear
out of Coles County.  Subject was later transported to the PSB in Danville in
lieu of $375 bond for each warrant or a total of $750.  Subject was also charged
with Obstructing Justice from an incident that occurred in Hoopeston on June 9,
2014 with HPD officers.


Domestic Battery, Unlawful Restraint, Interference with Report,  H14-6091     V14-11618
Time & Date: November 26, 2014     6:41pm
Location: 100 block E Lincoln St
Complainant: 50 year old Hoopeston Woman
Arrested: Guajardo, Santos   (M) of Hoopeston (50)
Details: Hoopeston Police received a call of battery in progress. Officers arrested Mr.
Guajardo and he was taken to HPD for processing.  Subject was later transported to PSB in Danville to await arraignment.

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

NEWS RELEASE
November 25, 2014

11-25 Sheriff’s Police returned from Bureau County Jail in Princeton, IL with Keith J. Walesa, 43 of Oak Forest.  Walesa was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant charging him with felony theft and was taken to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond and was released

11-25 Sheriff’s Police arrested Lawrence F. Crawford, 24 Kentland, IN.  Crawford was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant charging him with failure to appear on prior felony Illinois Vehicle Code violations.  He was aware of his outstanding warrant and turned himself into the Iroquois County Sheriff’s Office and posted the required bond and was released

11-25 Sheriff’s Police arrested Terry L. Blair, 20 Gilman.  Blair turned himself in to the Sheriff’s Office to begin his sentence after being convicted for committing the offense of burglary and criminal damage to property over $500.  He will remain at Iroquois County Jail until his sentence is served

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Theft H14-6060
Date & Time: November 24, 2014 1:20pm
Location: 300 block N. Market St.
Victim: 83 year old Hoopeston man
Details: Victim advised officer that unknown subject(s) stole two ladders and an antique
water pump from his property.

 

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Danville man’s death is being treated as suspicious

The Vermilion County Coroner’s Office and the Danville Police Department are investigating the death of a man found outside on the ground in the 500 block of North Griffin Street in Danville.  42 year old William Newbern, of Danville, previously from Decatur, was pronounced dead by the Coroner’s Office at 6:51 am at the scene.  An Autopsy is scheduled for 9 am tomorrow.  This investigation is ongoing and is being treated as suspicious.

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Danville man’s death is being treated as suspicious

The Vermilion County Coroner’s Office and the Danville Police Department are investigating the death of a man found outside on the ground in the 500 block of North Griffin Street in Danville.  42 year old William Newbern, of Danville, previously from Decatur, was pronounced dead by the Coroner’s Office at 6:51 am at the scene.  An Autopsy is scheduled for 9 am tomorrow.  This investigation is ongoing and is being treated as suspicious.

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Official misconduct charge vs. road commissioner dismissed

According to the Paxton Record, WATSEKA — Iroquois County prosecutors have decided not to proceed with the prosecution of a township road commissioner who was charged with official misconduct in February.

State’s Attorney Jim Devine dismissed the case against Daniel L. Bauer, 55, of Cissna Park, during a Nov. 14 hearing in Iroquois County Circuit Court.

A grand jury’s indictment had alleged that Bauer used Pigeon Grove Township’s tax-exempt status to receive a $1,100 discount on a riding lawnmower he bought for his personal use. Bauer serves as a road commissioner for the township.

Devine said he decided to dismiss the case after learning that “material witnesses” planned to testify that the mower was “partly used for township purposes.”

“The mower in question that he bought in his name ... was also used to mow township property,” Devine said. “That was unknown to me at the time this prosecution commenced and we went to the grand jury. So, since the mower was partly used for township purposes, we no longer had a viable case.”

Bauer, who has served as a road commissioner since 1993, bought the mower in April 2011 and saved $1,100 on the purchase price by using the township’s tax identification number. Bauer also was not charged any sales tax.

Watseka attorney Ronald Boyer had filed a motion to dismiss the indictment against Bauer in April. In his written motion, Boyer argued that “the facts alleged in the indictment as to the defendant’s conduct do not demonstrate how the defendant exceeded his lawful authority.”

In August, a grand jury returned an amended indictment, and Bauer pleaded not guilty.

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Iroquois County to fund handwriting expert in murder case

According to the Paxton Record, WATSEKA — Two handwriting experts are working independently to determine whether murder suspect Andrew M. Condon wrote a letter from jail to one of the prosecution’s witnesses, asking him to change his testimony.

Judge Gordon Lustfeldt entered an order in Iroquois County Circuit Court last week, appointing Warren Spencer to analyze the letter on behalf of the defense. Spencer will be paid a fee of up to $1,125, to be paid for by Iroquois County. Lustfeldt ordered that Spencer deliver his findings to the court in “a timely fashion.”

Meanwhile, State’s Attorney Jim Devine said Monday that he and Assistant State’s Attorney Alex O’Brien have hired their own independent handwriting expert.

“We’ve contacted the FBI to do an analysis of the handwriting on our behalf,” Devine said. “We’re still waiting on the results of that analysis.”

Condon, 35, of rural Ashkum, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in connection with the October 2012 fatal shooting of Jonathan D. Rubin, 27, of Danforth, at the Shell gas station in Gilman where Mr. Rubin worked.

Devine said in court last month that Condon wrote a letter from jail to one of the state’s witnesses, trying to persuade the witness to change his story. Condon has denied writing the letter.

Iroquois County will pay for the defense’s handwriting expert because Condon cannot afford to pay for one himself, according to court records. The county also will pay up to $5,000 for the defense to hire a video expert, who will compare the suspect seen on surveillance footage at the gas station to Condon.

Condon’s trial is set to begin on Feb. 2.

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Judge declines to issue no-contact orders vs. Loda trustee

According to the Paxton Record, WATSEKA — An Iroquois County judge declined Monday to issue no-contact orders against a Loda village trustee.

Loda residents Richard and Sandy Coffey and J.R. and Regina Ptacek filed petitions on Nov. 14 seeking no-contact orders against Loda Trustee John Zalaker.

Judge James Kinzer dismissed the petitions Monday in Iroquois County Circuit Court after hearing arguments and witness statements.

The Coffeys and Ptaceks, who regularly attend the village board’s monthly meetings, claimed in their petitions that Zalaker threatened them in recent weeks, including during the Nov. 12 village board meeting.

Zalaker was charged with disorderly conduct for his involvement in a melee at the end of the meeting and has publicly apologized for losing his temper. Zalaker has been issued a Dec. 15 court date.

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Frerichs replacement could be decided by next week

According to the News-Gazette, We may know by next week who will replace Mike Frerichs in the Illinois Senate.

The Champaign Democrat was recently elected state treasurer, and the Democratic party chairmen in Champaign and Vermilion Counties have been working to appoint his replacement.

Vermilion County Democratic Party Chairman Frank Wright said around a dozen people have approached him about the job, and he’s since narrowed that list down to six.  He said Champaign County Democratic Party chairman Al Klein has a list of his own.

Wright said he may have some news about finalists or the selection itself on Dec. 2.  He declined to mention names of people who are being considered.

Frerichs continues transition from senator to treasurer

Democratic State Senator Mike Frerichs of Champaign said he has met with the Governor-elect as he gears up for his new duties as state Treasurer.     

Frerichs described the meeting with Republican Bruce Rauner as cordial. Frerichs said he doesn’t know what to expect from Rauner once he is sworn in as governor.  He said Rauner was highly critical of the way the state was run during his campaign.  And Frerichs added that now, Rauner said he wants to work together and hear from all sides to solve the state’s problems.

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Kearney resigns after fives seasons as Cornjerker head coach

According to Just the Facts,  at Thursday’s school board meeting they accepted the resignation of head coach Michl Kearney effective, November 7th.  Kearney has been with the district for six years and head coach for five.  The program has seen major changes since he has been head coach including no Varsity team in 2012.  In 2013, they finished 0-7 and after co-op with Schlarman Academy in 2014 finished 1-7 overall.  Kearney put a lot of work into building the program.  At the time of print, Kearney nor administrators would comment on the resignation.

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Hoopeston Area board approves levy, 2014 audit was clean

According to Just the Facts, Finances were a major topic of discussion at Thursday evening’s Hoopeston Area Board meeting.  The board unanimously approved a $3.1 million tax levy, up from $2.8 million last year, after a short public hearing on the issue.  Whether HA will actually receive that much will depend on the equalized assessed value (EAV) of the district, which, after dropping from $66 million to $61 million a couple years ago, has held steady, said Supt. Hank Hornbeck.  Next year’s EAV may give the levy a boost, Hornbeck said, since area wind farms will be included for the first time.  “Maybe we’ll have a different story then,” Hornbeck said.

In other financial business, Russ Leigh, of Russ Leigh and Associates, presented the districts’s annual audit which showed no problems.  While no problems were found in the district’s finances, Leigh told the board that the state likes districts to have enough money on hand for six months of expenses, which HA does not.  The key is cutting expenses and in that area Hoopeston Area shines.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Monday, November 24, 2014

Bicycle Found
Date & Time: November 24, 2014
Location: 200 block N. Third St.
Details: A purple and chrome Next Shimano mountain bike was found abandoned.  Owner
may identify and claim at HPD.


Theft & Criminal Damage To Property H14-6056
Date & Time: November 24, 2014 9:15am
Location: 700 block E. Elm
Victim: 70 year old Hoopeston man
Details: Victim advised officer that unknown subject(s) cut the battery cables and removed
a battery from his camper.


Warrant Arrest
Date & Time: November 24, 2014 12:30pm
Location: HPD 301 W. Main St
Arrested: Kelley R. Vogel (34) of Hoopeston
Details: Suspect turned himself in on an outstanding Vermilion County warrant (14TR6186)
for Failure To Appear.  He was later released after posting $275 cash bond.

 

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Grand Jury didn’t indict Police Office Darren Wilson

According to the News-Gazette, — A grand jury declined Monday to indict white police officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed, black 18-year-old whose fatal shooting sparked weeks of sometimes-violent protests and inflamed deep racial tensions between many African-Americans and police.
Moments after the announcement by St. Louis County’s top prosecutor, crowds began pouring into Ferguson streets to protest the decision. Some taunted police, broke windows and vandalized cars. Within a few hours, several buildings were ablaze, and frequent gunfire was heard. Officers used tear gas to try to disperse some of the gatherings.
Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch said the jury of nine whites and three blacks met on 25 separate days, hearing more than 70 hours of testimony from about 60 witnesses, including three medical examiners and experts on blood, toxicology and firearms.

“They are the only people that have heard and examined every witness and every piece of evidence,” he said, adding that the jurors “poured their hearts and soul into this process.”
As McCulloch read his statement, Michael Brown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden, was sitting atop a vehicle listening to a broadcast of the announcement. When she heard the decision, she burst into tears and began screaming before being whisked away by supporters.
The crowd with her erupted in anger, converging on the barricade where police in riot gear were standing. They pushed down the barricade and began pelting police with objects, including a bullhorn. Officers stood their ground.
At least nine votes would have been required to indict Wilson. The grand jury met in secret, a standard practice for such proceedings.

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Ford County Board to discuss ‘personnel issues’ Tuesday

According to the Paxton Record, The Ford County Board has called a special meeting for 4 p.m. Tuesday, November 25th, to discuss “personnel issues.”

The includes an executive session that will not be open to the public.
The meeting will be held in the board room in the basement of the Ford County Jail in Paxton.

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

News Release
November 21, 2014

On Friday morning, November 21st, the Iroquois County Sheriff’s Office and the Gilman Police Department responded to a robbery at the Wasmer’s 66 gas station in Gilman, at approximately 5:00 a.m. an unidentified white male, described as approximately 5’4” tall and weighing 130 pounds, entered the station and demanded money from the clerk.  The subject subsequently fled the station on foot with an undisclosed amount of U.S. Currency.  No weapon was displayed and the clerk was unharmed.  Anyone having information regarding this incident is asked to call the Iroquois County Sheriff’s Office at 815-432-4918 or Gilman Police Department at 815-265-4213.

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ISP TRAFFIC CRASH ALERT

The Following Preliminary Information is Being Released by Illinois State Police District 10:

WHAT: Traffic Crash (Personal injury) with lane blockage

WHERE: I-57 Northbound 605 feet south milepost 231

WHEN: 11/23/2014 at 6:17 pm

VEHICLES: Black 2002 Chevrolet Monte Carlo

DRIVERS: Barnette, Jamon, S., age 20 from Chicago
                         

PASSENGERS: Female 20 years old from Rockford
                          Female 19 years old from Chicago

PRELIMINARY: The Chevrolet Monte Carlo was traveling on I-57 northbound in the left lane at milepost 231.  At the time, the Monte Carlo was passing a truck tractor semitrailer and the roads were wet from rain.  The driver lost control of the Monte Carlo. The Monte Carlo traveled off the roadway in the right ditch, overturned, and came to rest on the roof (wheels up).

TRANSPORTS: Driver and one passenger were transported to an area hospital with what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries.

SEATBELTS: Seatbelts were worn

CHARGES: Barnette - Too Fast for Conditions

All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Hoopeston Police Department Weekend Report

Friday, November 21st - Sunday, November 23rd

Friday, November 21, 2014

 

Fire Call
Date & Time: November 21, 2014     6:18pm
Location: 1130 East rd & Route 9
Details: Hoopeston Fire Department was dispatched to a field fire at the above location

Saturday, November 22, 2014

 

Warrant Arrest H14-6031
Date & Time: November 22, 2014   4:11pm
Location: 800 blk S Third Street
Arrested: Dale E Simpson (26) of Hoopeston
Details: Subject was located at above and taken into custody on 2 outstanding
Vermilion County warrants 1) 13TR8040 FTA/Traffic
2) 14CM0067 FTA/Domestic Battery.  He was unable to post bond and
was transported to PSB to see a judge

Sunday, November 23, 2014


Theft Over H14-6042
Date & Time: November 23, 2014 10:40am
Location: 400 block W. Lincoln
Victim: 54 year old Hoopeston woman
Detail: Victim advised that unknown subject(s) stole a motorized medical scooter from
the residence.


Criminal Damage To Property H14-6043
Date & Time: November 23, 2014 11:04am
Location: 300 block S. Second Ave
Victim: 62 year old Hoopeston man
Details: Victim advised that unknown subject(s) damaged her property by shattering a
window and damaging a door.

 

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

NEWS RELEASE
November 21, 2014

11-19 Sheriff’s Police returned from Kankakee County Jail with Lucas J. Zimmerman, 26 Kankakee.  He was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant charging him with knowingly damaging property.  He posted the required bond and was released.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Fire Call
Date & Time: November 19, 2014 7:15am
Location: Birkey’s Farm Store 1037 S Dixie Highway
Details: HFD was dispatched to a furnace fire at the business.  No reported injuries.


Attempted Burglary to Garage & Criminal Damage H14-5980
Date & Time: November 19, 2014 7:42am
Location: 600 block E. Honeywell Ave
Victim: 65 year old Hoopeston woman
Details: Victim advised unknown subject(s) attempted to gain entry to her garage and
failed, but damaged the door in the process.


Elevator Malfunction
Date & Time: November 19, 2014 11:58am
Location: Centennial Manor 426 E. Honeywell Ave
Details: HFD was dispatched to the above location for people trapped on a malfunctioning
elevator.  Subjects rescued and elevator taken out of service for repairs.

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Winners Women Making a Difference

November
50/50 Winners

Cory Chestnut $50
EMA Nicholls $30
Yvonne Layden $20

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Hoopeston Public Library has new Director

According to Just the Facts, Tricia Freeland is excited to be the new Director of the Hoopeston Public Library taking over for Linda Mitchell, who retired.  Freeland says she doesn’t want to change anything until she has a chance to get her feet wet.  One thing on her list is to get local youth more involved, but the book sales will continue on.

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Tom Kacich: Dem leaders ponder successor for Frerichs in Senate

According to the News-Gazette,The “race” nobody wants to talk about — who might replace state Sen. Mike Frerichs in the Illinois Senate — is taking on new urgency.

With the tabulating of thousands of provisional and absentee ballots this week by election authorities all over Illinois, the state treasurer’s race between Champaign Democrat Frerichs and Republican Tom Cross of Oswego really is too close to call. And it may be a while before the race — in which Cross on Tuesday gave up the lead he had held since election night two weeks ago — is officially decided.

In the meantime, though, two local Democratic officials — party chairmen Frank Wright in Vermilion County and Al Klein in Champaign County — at least have to think about the possibility of appointing someone to serve the remaining two years of Frerichs’ term in the state Senate.

Wright said Tuesday that “about a dozen Democrats are interested” in completing Frerichs’ Senate term. He declined to mention any names.

“We’ve met with Al Klein three or four times over the course of the summer and we’re looking forward to a Frerichs win and then we’ll make an announcement as to who we’ve chosen,” Wright said Tuesday. “We knew that Frerichs was a likely candidate to win and we knew it would be close, but who ever knew it would be this close?”

Wright said “we’ve got a handful of great candidates, it’s going to be a hard choice. We’ve got to see who’s the best fit to do the job that Mike did.”

“Those are big shoes to fill, in two different senses,” Wright joked about the 6 foot 8 inch Frerichs. “That’s a tall order, we’ll say.”

Wright said he and Klein have 30 days to fill the position after the election results are certified, although there’s the possibility that the timeline could be affected by a recount, if that becomes necessary.

“It won’t take us near that time,” Wright said of the 30-day deadline. “We’ve got it narrowed down and Mike is definitely a part of the decision-making. We know that we need someone who will work well with Mike in the transition. We’re definitely looking for input from Mike. He’s done such a good job that we would hate to put someone in there who wouldn’t do the job up to par.”

Champaign County has more votes in the appointment process, Wright acknowledged, “but Al and I have had a good discussion about that and he pretty well wants it to be someone who we both agree on. We both have such a big stake in the game. What we do should be best for both counties. Al is a very reasonable man. He’s being very much a gentleman about it and looking at what’s best for Champaign County and Vermilion County.”

Wright said he didn’t want to mention any of the names under consideration “because there’s still the possibility that Mike won’t win and we don’t want to give somebody false hope.

“It’s a life-changing decision for someone. Someone’s going to have to totally change the way that they live, to be able to do the job as Mike’s done,” he said.

A few local Democrats — Urbana Mayor Laurel Prussing, Champaign Mayor Don Gerard and former congressional candidate George Gollin of Champaign — have ruled themselves out of the running. But several other Democrats never returned phone calls about their interest.

Frerichs, who was elected to the Senate in 2006 and reelected in 2010 and 2012, could become the first Democrat from Champaign County to be elected to a statewide constitutional office, and the first Champaign County resident of either party to win a statewide office since Vernon L. Nickell of Champaign was state superintendent of public instruction (formerly an elective office) from 1943 to 1959.

Champaign filings

So far three people have filed statements of candidacy for mayor of Champaign — Joe Petry, Deborah Frank Feinen and Karen Foster — and three have filed for the three available at-large council seats — incumbent Tom Bruno and newcomers Sam Shore and Matt Gladney.

Feinen and Foster are the other two current at-large council members.

Mayor Gerard says he will be filing to run again.

The filing period for the April general election ends next Monday.

The mayor’s position pays $35,000 annually. The four-year at-large council member positions each pay $5,000 a year.

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Order of Protection Sought

According to the News-Gazette, LODA — Trustee John Zalaker said he is talking with his attorney to see if he legally will be able to participate in upcoming Loda village board meetings if no-contact orders are granted against him.

Loda residents Richard and Sandy Coffey and J.R. and Regina Ptacek filed petitions for orders of protection against Zalaker in Iroquois County Circuit Court on Friday. Their cases were set for a hearing before Judge James Kinzer at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 24.

The Coffeys and Ptaceks, who regularly attend the village board’s monthly meetings, claimed Zalaker threatened them in recent weeks, including during last week’s board meeting. Zalaker was charged with disorderly conduct for his involvement in a melee at the end of last week’s meeting and has publicly apologized for losing his temper.

In their petition for a no-contact order, the Ptaceks alleged that Zalaker came onto their property about three weeks ago and threatened to do bodily harm to J.R. Ptacek. They said the incident was witnessed by Darrell Templeton, a former Loda trustee.

Then, at the board meeting last week, Zalaker “went off with personal threats” against J.R. Ptacek, as well as his employer, John McBride. McBride owns ERH Enterprises Inc., a Westville-based company that operates Loda’s water-treatment plant.

In their petition, the Ptaceks requested that Zalaker be barred from having contact with them and their children, as well as that Zalaker not be allowed at their home or the water-treatment plant where J.R. Ptacek works.

The Coffeys, meanwhile, alleged in their petition that Zalaker has “threatened to bring (their business) down” within the past six months. The Coffeys, who manage a mobile-home park in Loda, said Zalaker has driven by the trailer park and spoken with some of its tenants. At last week’s board meeting, the Coffeys said that Richard Coffey stepped between Zalaker and McBride after Zalaker threatened McBride and “went after him.” They said Zalaker then called Richard Coffey names and threatened him, as well.

“After the meeting, we were standing outside, and Zalaker came out, walked by us, and then he got in Richard’s face and told him, ‘You do that again, I will kick your (expletive),’” Sandy Coffey wrote in the petition. “I moved toward Zalaker and told him to just leave. He shoved me away. I already have a work-related injury, which this has aggravated. Then, (Trustee) Rhonda Breeden stepped up to him, and he shoved her. Richard came toward him, and he shoved him and threatened to shove a pipe up his (expletive). He left still hollering at us.”

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Eisenhauer, McMahon file for Danville mayor’s race

According to the News-Gazette, so far a rematch of the 2011 race for mayor is shaping up in Danville.

Mayor Scott Eisenhauer and former Vermilion County board Chairman Jim McMahon both filed paperwork Monday in the Danville Election Commission office to run for mayor next year.

It was a four-way race in April 2011, but Eisenhauer and McMahon were the front-runners with Eisenhauer winning by 490 votes over second-place McMahon.

On Monday, they were the only two to file for the mayor’s office, but candidates have until Nov. 24 to turn in their petitions for city offices up for election in April 2015. A primary would be in February.,

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Illinois Treasurer Race Could Lead to Recount

According to the News-Gazette, the race for Illinois treasurer could be decided by fewer than 400 votes and lead to the first recount request in three decades.

The contest between Republican Tom Cross and Democrat Mike Frerichs has tightened as officials count mail-in and provisional ballots.

Frerichs spokesman Dave Clarkin says the state senator is within 312 votes of Cross. Cross spokesman Kevin Artl said the former House Minority Leader leads by 381 votes.

An Associated Press analysis of election results since 1900 found no other race that close.

The next closest was the 1982 contest for governor.

A recount isn’t automatic. The Illinois Supreme Court must OK a request from a candidate or voter.

Election authorities have until Tuesday to report results. The state Board of Elections plans to certify results Nov. 30.

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

NEWS RELEASE
November 18, 2014

11-15 Milford Police arrested Joshua J. Ferguson, 24 Milford.  He was wanted on a Vermilion County warrant for failure to appear on charges of Arson and was transferred to the Vermilion County Jail

11-15 Sheriff’s Police investigated a single vehicle accident at the intersection of Co. Rd. 2000 E and 1400 N Rd.  According to the report Matthew Hernandez, 26 Onarga was traveling south bond on Co. Rd. 2000 E when he failed to stop at the stop sign.  His vehicle left the roadway entering the road ditch, striking an electric fence and coming to rest in a field.  No injuries were reported and his vehicle sustained over $1,500 in damage.  Hernandez received a citation for disobeying a stop sign

11-16 Sheriff’s Police investigated a single vehicle accident on 2200 N Co. Rd near 1920 N.  According to police report Ashley R. Wells, 29 of Danville was traveling south on 2200 E when her vehicle hit a patch of ice on a bridge.  She lost control of her vehicle and struck a guardrail and came to rest in a ditch.  No injuries were reported and her vehicle sustained over $1,500 in damage.  No citations were issued.

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Weekly Crop Report

Corn and soybean harvest is nearing completion in Illinois.  With nearly six days suitable for fieldwork this past week farming is winding up for the season, according to State Crop Statistician Todd Ballard.

95% of soybeans have been harvested, which compares to 97% for the five year average and 92% of sorghum has been harvested and 90% of the winter wheat crop has been planted.  Average statewide topsoil moisture now stands at 8% short, 78% adequate and 14% surplus.

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

NEWS RELEASE
November 16, 2014

11-15 Sheriff’s Police investigated an attempted armed robbery that occurred Saturday, November 15th at the Loda Big Mart located in Loda Illinois.  Deputies were called to the business after a male subject dressed in a black jacket, black pants and wearing a ski mask came into the store, armed with a screw driver, and told the clerk he was robbing the store.  The clerk and suspect had a brief altercation which ended when the suspect ran from the store.  The clerk was not injured and the suspect did not take anything from the store.

A similar incident occurred in Roberts, Illinois (Ford County) last week.  Iroquois County Sheriff Derek Hagen has been in contact with the Ford County Sheriff’s Office as the investigation continues.

Anyone with information about the incidents should call the Iroquois County Sheriff’s Office at 815-432-4918 or 815-432-6992

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Hoopeston Police Department Weekend Report

Saturday, November 15th & Sunday, November 16th, 2014

Saturday, November 15, 2014


Warrant Arrest H14-5942
Date & Time: November 15, 2014   8:30pm
Location: HPD
Arrested: Thomas J Slaughter (34) of Hoopeston
Details: Subject turned himself in on outstanding Vermilion county Warrant
# 13TR6506   FTA/Traffic case.  He posted bond and was released with
a new court date.

Domestic Battery H14-5943 V14-11291 DeWitt
Date & Time: November 15, 2015     9:25pm
Location: 700 blk S Fourth St
Complainant: 36 Hoopeston female
Arrested: Kip Menschel (29) of Hoopeston
Details: After an incident at the above location, Mr. Menschel was arrested and charged
with domestic battery.  He was taken to HPD, processed and then later
transported to the PSB to await arraignment.

Sunday, November 16, 2014


3 Cts Possession Controlled Substance, Possession
Hypodermic Needle & Syringe. H14-5954     V14-11308
Time & Date:    November 16, 2014     1:21 pm
Location:    800 E Young Ave Hoopeston
Arrested: Sanford, Sonya L (45) of Tucson AZ (F)
Details: Officers responded to a call of a Female not responding,  discovered that it
was possible Overdosed on a controlled Substance,  Female was taken to the hospital for treatment.  Female was later transported to HPD processed on the above
charges, and later taken to Danville PSB to await arraignment. 

No Valid Driver’s License H14-5960 Welch
Date & Time: November 16, 2014     8:42pm
Location: 600 blk W Main
Arrested: Ramirez, Roberto (43) Hoopeston male
Details: During a traffic stop, a computer check revealed that Mr. Ramirez had No Valid
Driver’s License.  Subject was arrested and brought to HPD.  He was processed
and then later released with a notice to appear in traffic court.

 

 

 

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County board chairman to exit

According to the Commercial News,After two years as chairman of the Vermilion County Board, longtime member Gary Weinard is stepping down.
Weinard, who spoke about his pride during the meeting, confirmed following Wednesday night’s meeting that he will not return to the county board following the reorganizational meeting on Dec. 1.

For Weinard, it brings to a close two decades of service on the board that culminated with his two-year term as chairman. He took the post after Republicans gained a majority of the board after the 2012 election.
Health problems, which forced Weinard to leave the office for a few weeks last month, are the reason behind the decision. He called considering the move an “emotional roller coaster” following surgery he had six weeks ago. But has time has passed, he indicated the decision was clear.
“It’s obvious in my mind that this is not a job that I would feel comfortable in doing because of the time it takes and the energy it takes,” he said following the meeting. “Once you realize that, it’s a pretty easy decision.
Weinard said he is proud of the transition the board has made in his time both as a board member and most recently as chairman. He told members that “several significant achievements have been accomplished” by the board in the last two years.
Since his start as a new board member beginning in 1994, Weinard said the members are “courteous and humble” and credited cooperation for the accomplishments.
“We don’t see Republicans and Democrats up here,” he said. “When they come through that door we see county board members.
“We still have some partisan issues but their very few and their usually small,” Weinard added.

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ISP TRAFFIC CRASH ALERT

The Following Preliminary Information is Being Released by Illinois State Police District 10:

WHAT: Traffic Crash (Personal injury) with lane blockage

WHERE: I-74 W/B at M. P. 199 (Vermilion)

WHEN: Thursday, 11/13/14, at approximately 6:11 pm

VEHICLES: Black 1999 Chevrolet Silverado pick-up truck

DRIVERS: 1) Male, 64, Fithian
                           

PASSENGERS: Male, 11, Fithian

PRELIMINARY: The Chevrolet Silverado was westbound on I-74 at milepost 199.  The driver lost control of the vehicle on a patch of ice on the roadway. Chevrolet Silverado traveled off the roadway and into the median.  The front fender of the vehicle struck the median wires and came to rest partially in the left lane. Recent snow flurries created icy conditions on the roadway.

TRANSPORTS: The driver and passenger were transported to an area hospital with minor injuries.

SEATBELTS: Seatbelts were worn

CHARGES: None

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Meet the Cornjerkers

Come meet the Cornjerkers on Saturday, November 15th starting at 6:00 p.m. at the Middle School Gym.  Including, wrestling, girls basketball, cheerleading and boys basketball teams.

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Hoopeston Music Programs host Benefit Auction

Join the Hoopeston Music programs at a Benefit Auction on Saturday, November 15th at 1:00 p.m. at the McFerren Park Civic Center in Hoopeston.

Featuring performances from the Hoopeston Area Bands and Choirs, Activities for kids, including a cake walk and photo booth.  Come hungry because there will be a bake sale and concession stand.
Several items to be auctioned off including music shopped guitar, voice lessons, country workshop season passes, gift baskets, handmade items, cee lee photography package, hair salon certificates, lee cox engraved rock, terminix, mystery boxes, lorraine theater, pink poodle, thirty-one, scentsy and much much more!!!

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Iroquois County former employees used work computers for personal use

According to the Paxton Record, Three former top-ranking officials in the Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department used their work computers for “personal use and personal gain” at least 70 percent of the time they were on them, a computer forensic expert revealed Wednesday, adding to the list of questionable conduct by ex-employees of the recently dissolved agency.

“These computers were rarely used, less than 30 percent of the time, for county business. They were used for personal business,” said Andrew R. Garrett of Decatur-based Garrett Discovery Inc.

Garrett delivered a report to the Iroquois County Board on Wednesday morning, detailing the findings of his examination of five computers used by former health department managers who, according to Chairman Rod Copas, resigned “under suspicious circumstances.”

Garrett said he was asked by Copas to examine copies of each computer’s hard drive for Internet usage, emails and deleted and overwritten files that showed “evidence of waste, fraud and abuse.”

Garrett said the computers he examined were those used by Doug Corbett, the agency’s administrator; Julie Clark, the health department’s public information/Freedom of Information Act officer; Cary Hagen, the agency’s financial coordinator; and Mary Cahoe, the home-health care program coordinator.

“Based on the evidence we reviewed, it appears as if Clark, Hagen and Corbett were using the government-owned computers for personal use and gain and possibly illegal and unethical activities,” Garrett wrote in a four-page report he prepared for the board.

Forensic audit’s findings
Garrett said Corbett used his government-owned computer for, among other activities: “inappropriate” Web searches; downloading hundreds of pornography files;  paying personal bills and managing his personal life; and “excessive” visits to sports-related sites.

Garrett said that Clark used her computer to, among other activities: organize church functions; recruit staff for a church; manage a Kiwanis Club (there were more than 1,000 emails and Web hits related to this type of work); fundraise and campaign for the re-election campaign of the mayor of Maryville, where she lived; plan wedding and baby showers for multiple people in the St. Louis area, including booking hotels, sending invitations, and shopping for dresses and photography services; and to send emails to change the health department’s procurement policies to enable her and her husband to bid on a health department contract.

Both Clark and Corbett also used their computers to create a nonprofit foundation using health department funds, Garrett said, and to loan money to a private business, with a promissory note to the county, without communicating that to the board of health.

Garrett said Hagen used her computer to do 3,011 searches for classified ads on websites such as eBay, Amazon and Craigslist; 1,465 searches on dating sites; 7,688 Facebook posts and comments; and more than 10,000 Web searches for keywords such as “cars,” “makeup,” “apartments,” “sports,” “Disney” and “clothes.” Hagen also used a county credit card to buy gifts for others immediately prior to the Christmas holiday, Garrett said.

Meanwhile, Garrett said that Cahoe used her computer to establish a home-health business in Indiana using health department funds. In one email, Cahoe noted that the proposed home-health branch in Indiana “can stay independent of (the) health department,” Garrett said. The home-health branch proposal was later nixed after the legality of spending local tax dollars to offer services in another state was questioned by Copas and Iroquois County State’s Attorney Jim Devine.

More questionable actions
Garrett’s forensic audit, which he said was completed at no cost to the county, was the second forensic audit done on the health department in the past year.

The board of health last year paid $50,000 to have a forensic audit done of the agency’s finances for fiscal year 2012, and among the findings were the violation of bid procurement rules, the misuse of grant money, inaccurate budgeting and the revision of policies by management without the board’s approval.

In reviewing some of the information uncovered, Copas read a list of “confirmed transactions” made on health department computers that showed purchases were made at places like Dick’s Sporting Goods, J.C. Penney, Dress Barn, Victoria’s Secret, Finishline, Pampered Chef, Liquor Mania, and Bath & Bodyworks. The transactions were not made using health department credit cards, but they were made on health department time and equipment, Copas noted.

Copas then read an email that Julie Clark sent to her husband, Stan, prior to Stan’s company being awarded a $124,000 contract to install solar panels on the health department’s offices in Paxton and Watseka. In the email, Julie Clark tells her husband that she is working to get the health department’s bid procurement policy changed so that his company could get the contract without having to bid on it.

According to Copas, Julie Clark’s email said: “Yes, Cary (Hagen) and I discussed this earlier this morning. We are going to change the policy to read so we do not have to get sealed bids.”

‘Overwhelming’ evidence
Copas said he feels the actions uncovered constitute a charge of official misconduct, a Class 3 felony. Copas urged Devine to prosecute those employees who “robbed” taxpayers by using public assets for private gain.

The evidence of wrongdoing, Copas said, is “overwhelming,” yet no one has been held accountable.

“If you think this is acceptable, OK. I don’t,” Copas said. “I wish I could put into words my disgust of what I have seen in the lack of prosecution for blatant criminal acts that have cost the taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars. It seems, justice is for some, but not for others. It depends on who you are, what you have and who you know.”

Barb Offill of Gilman, the coordinator of the Iroquois County tea party, joined Copas in asking Devine to take action.

“We don’t want it just forgotten. We want something done,” Offill said.

Kirk Allen of Kansas, Ill., who co-owns the Edgar County Watchdogs website, said that if Devine declines to prosecute, the county board should stand united in asking him to.

“This county board needs to stand up for justice and bring this matter to a vote ... to bring these criminal acts to the state’s attorney for him to prosecute,” Allen said. “Staying silent on this matter indicates to the people you support these criminals and confirms there is no justice for all. We, the people, deserve justice when people steal from us — whether in the public sector or the private sector. Set a positive example for others to follow and hold these criminals accountable.”
Devine said after the meeting that he would be willing to review the latest forensic audit report to determine whether criminal charges are warranted. Devine said, however, that he had yet to receive it.

Strict policies urged
To avoid these issues in the future, Garrett recommended that the Iroquois County Board — which now oversees a public health department independent of Ford County — immediately adopt a policy for Internet, computer and equipment usage by employees, with violations of such a policy warranting immediate termination.

Garrett also suggested that a forensic auditor be assigned to conduct a forensic examination of employees’ computers two or more times a year to ensure the policy is being adhered to.

Copas called adopting such a policy a “no-brainer” to “ensure that this conduct never happens again.”

Calls not returned
Julie Clark did not immediately return messages left on her cell phone seeking comment Wednesday, while Cary Hagen did not immediately return a message left with her brother, Iroquois County Sheriff Derek Hagen. Meanwhile, attempts to reach Cahoe at her workplace were unsuccessful, and Corbett had no listed telephone number and could not be reached.

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

NEWS RELEASE
November 13, 2014

11-12 Sheriff’s Police arrested John Zalaker, 54 Loda.  According to the police reports, police were called to the Loda town board meeting after an altercation broke out during a discussion.  After an investigation conducted on scene and witness statements collected, Zalaker was placed into custody for disorderly conduct.  He was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond and was released

11-12 Sheriff’s Police arrested Antonio J. Martinez, 23 Chicago.  He was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant charging him with failure to appear on a prior speeding charge.  Martinez was aware of his active warrant and turned himself into the Sheriff’s Department.  He remains in custody awaiting a court appearance

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Traffic Accident (PD) H14-5899
Time & Date:    November 12, 2014   3:07pm
Location:   Third Street & E Maple St Hoopeston
Unit 1: 2005 Ford driven by Kenneth D Dale II (M) of Hoopeston (34)
Unit 2: 2005 Pontiac driven by Ashley M Linares (F) of Hoopeston (29)
Details: At the above time and date, officers called out with an accident that occurred
on the above location.  No Injuries reported at the time of report Unit 2 insured.
  No Proof of Insurance citation issued to Kenneth D Dale II

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PUSMC Foundation Proudly Presents Merry & Bright 2014 Festival of Trees

The 2014 Merry & Bright Festival kicks off on Saturday, November 15th with a Children’s Day Extravaganza 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. and Night of Lights Parade from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. with a non-perishable food donation.
For more details go to www.presencehealth.org/festivaloftrees.

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Community Health Fair

Hoopeston Multi Agency will host a Community Health Fair from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on Thursday.  The event will feature Carle’s Mills Breast Cancer Institute and Stroke and Spine Center, Myers Pharmacy for flu vaccines, Crosspoint Human Services, Aunt Martha, Vermilion County Rape Crisis Center, Hoopeston Breast Cancer Group, along with support groups for grief and loss, addictions and military families, University of Illinois Extension, DACC, and East Central Illinois Food Bank.

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Gifford Village Board should have new home by middle of next year

Almost one year after a tornado ripped through Gifford, the village board has made formal plans for a new home.  If all goes to plan, Gifford should have a new village hall and maintenance building by the middle of next year.  The board approved an agreement to purchase the Spreader building off U.S. 136 for $175,000, with a plan to renovate the building to house administration.

Resident and contractor Eldon Hesterberg is selling the building and running the renovation effort.  A preliminary estimate for the job is $149,000.  If everything gets lined up, Hesterburg said he hopes to start on the construction in the first week of January and complete it by the end of April.
The former village hall was badly damaged by the tornado last Nov. 17th.  The village has been using the Hicksgas building for its office and maintenance building and holding meetings at Gifford State Bank

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Copas:  Public will be ‘astounded’ by results of forensic audit of health department

According to the Paxton Record,  Iroquois County Board Chairman Rod Copas told board members last week that they will be “astounded” by the results of a recent forensic audit of the now-dissolved Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department, which will be revealed at Wednesday’s regular monthly meeting.

“A forensic expert will be here at the full board meeting, and he will give you the rest of what you need to know,” Copas told the board’s policy and procedure committee Thursday. “Certainly, you will be astounded at what’s on your government computers, and you’re going to be astounded at where your money went, who did what with it, and how it worked.

“There needs to be some people held accountable.”

Copas, who in October said he believes the forensic audit will show evidence of a felony crime by former employees of the dissolved health department, said the forensic audit results will be announced in open session at Wednesday’s meeting. The meeting begins at 9 a.m. at the Administrative Center in Watseka.

“It will be up for review by the general public, to let them understand what they’re paying for government service,” Copas said.

This latest forensic audit was requested by Copas as a follow-up to the one done last year, which confirmed the agency’s management had committed several illegal acts using taxpayers’ money.

“For those who have said, ‘You know, there’s nothing wrong; there never was nothing wrong,’ yeah, we’re going to show you what does go on in your government, so the community understands,” Copas said.

Iroquois County’s recent denial of a Freedom of Information Act request from the Paxton Record indicates there may be an ongoing federal investigation into the health department, which was dissolved July 1 after more than a year of turmoil.

The newspaper sought the disclosure of any federal subpoenas for records that Iroquois County had received relating to the bi-county health department. In denying the request, Iroquois County’s FOIA officer, Amanda Longfellow, said that providing the information requested would “interfere with pending or actually and reasonably contemplated law enforcement proceedings ...”

Copas alleged a number of illegal actions last year by public health officials, including its administrator at the time, Doug Corbett.  After the county board asked the board of health to remove Corbett from his position “in the most expedient way possible,” the board of health voted to buy out the remainder of his contract last summer.

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Iroquois County dispatchers file intent to unionize

According to the Paxton Record, roquois County’s dispatchers have filed their intent to unionize, but they did so without notifying the county board.

County Board Chairman Rod Copas said that Naperville attorney John H. Kelly, who purports to represent the county’s 911 board, also known as the Emergency Telephone System Board, did send the state a letter saying that both the 911 board and the county’s dispatch board, or ICOM board, had no objections to the dispatchers’ plans to form a labor union.

“But they did not notify the county board in any way, shape or form,” Copas said during Thursday’s meeting of the county board’s policy and procedure committee. “So we have filed an objection to that with the state. We’re waiting on a response.”

This is just the latest issue in the ongoing saga surrounding the county board, 911 board and ICOM board.

Last month, the county board voted 14-5 in favor of downsizing the 911 board from 12 members to six. The measure was prompted by the 911 board’s lack of willingness to work with the county board in recent months, county board members said, as well as what Copas termed “mismanagement” by the 911 board.

Earlier, the county board voted to withdraw from its participation in ICOM, a combined dispatch service that was formed 12 years ago through an intergovernmental agreement between the city of Watseka and Iroquois County.

With the dissolution of ICOM — and its six-member board — the county board is planning to take over the oversight of dispatchers starting Dec. 1. Earlier, the board had considered instead having the dispatch center’s operations under the oversight of the 911 board, but that option was nixed.

Last week, Copas told his board that the plan should remain the same.

“The largest issue that we have in putting dispatch under 911 would be that you’d have two boards (the county board and 911 board) that would have to try to negotiate a contract with a union,” Copas said. “But we struggle doing it with one board. I talked to our labor attorney, who said it is a very murky, muddy mess. He would not suggest we do that in any way, shape or form.”

Dispatch coordinator sought
The county board also made plans last week to hire a dispatch coordinator before Dec. 1 to oversee the day-to-day operations of the dispatch center in Watseka.

Applications were due Nov. 10. A committee comprising county board members Kyle Anderson, Marvin Stichnoth and Kevin Hansen will review applications and interview candidates.

Copas said the dispatch coordinator would be employed by the county. Nita Dubble, the county’s 911 coordinator, meanwhile, would remain employed by the 911 board, and her salary would continue to be funded through the 911 board. But Dubble would no longer manage dispatchers after ICOM is dissolved.

Sheriff Derek Hagen urged the county board last week to not hire a separate dispatch coordinator.

“The best thing to do is use one person for both spots,” Hagen said. “I’ve had fire chiefs, police chiefs talk to me, wondering what’s going to happen. And they’re concerned about it, rightfully so, because the people who are answering the phone and doing the dispatching from the center have those first responders’ best interests at hand. They have to be reliable, feel confident using the system. They have to know that whoever’s going to supervise it is going to be competent and be able to get that job done.

“I’ve been thinking a lot about this, and it’s almost like (the county board is) trying to reinvent the wheel when the wheel is already there. Let’s take a step back, and let’s look at what we have going.

“Allow the supervisor of dispatch to also be the supervisor of 911. We’ve got a 911 coordinator who does a fantastic job. She received statewide recognition because of it. She’s got 30-plus years in the dispatch service, and my opinion as sheriff is we need to keep the same course on who’s supervising both 911 and the dispatch center.”

Fees approved for 2 years
The county board’s policy and procedure committee last week approved entering into intergovernmental agreements with first-responder agencies in the county, requiring the county to provide dispatch services to those agencies for the next two years in return for the payment of the same fees those agencies had been paying under ICOM.

Watseka is the only municipality that has not finalized its agreement with the county, Copas said. Copas has said that Watseka is expected to contribute the same amount as Iroquois County to support the dispatch center’s operations.

Both the county and Watseka are expected to pay $30,000 more per year than they had been. Whatever ICOM funds are left when ICOM is dissolved on Dec. 1 will be used to offset those costs for Iroquois County and Watseka over the next two years, Copas said.

Once that ICOM money is spent, however, the fee structure may need to be changed, Copas warned.

“Starting the third year, if there’s no changes, Iroquois County general fund taxpayers are going to be charged additional money,” Copas said. “Our costs will go up substantially from where we were a year ago. We’re looking at somewhere between a $100,000 and $170,000 increase in costs in that third year if the county does nothing.

“Going forward, we’ve got two years to get this right. We need to look at the longterm effects and work with the state to figure out what they may do or may not do (to help fund 911).”

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

NEWS RELEASE
November 12, 2014

Sheriff’s Police arrested Cathy S. Smith, 41 Crescent City.  According to the police reports, Sheriff’s Police observed Smith’s vehicle disobey a stop sign near Crescent City and pursued the vehicle for a traffic stop.  The Deputy witnessed Smith’s vehicle cross the center line of the road several times and initiated a stop.  Upon contact with Smith, the Deputy observed open containers of alcohol and detected an odor of alcohol coming from Smith’s person.  She was offered to perform the standard field sobriety testing but refused twice.  She was then arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, driving under the influence of alcohol with blood alcohol content over .08, disobeying a stop sign, improper lane usage, and illegal transportation of alcohol by a driver.  Smith was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where she remains in lieu of bond

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Monday, November 10, 2014

Theft H14-5868
Date & Time: November 10, 2014 12:38pm
Location: Dollar General 415 S. Dixie Hwy
Arrested: Michael Scott Winland (28) of Hoopeston
Details: Suspect was taken into custody after attempting to take merchandise from the
store without paying for it.  Subject was given a Notice To Appear in city court.

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ILLINOIS STATE POLICE & DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES ANNOUNCE NOVEMBER 15 OPEN RANGE PROGRAM

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois State Police (ISP), in cooperation with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), announced the date for the annual Open Range Program. Hunters and observers can visit ISP Ranges beginning on November 15, 2014, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

The Open Range Program is offered in an effort to promote hunting safety by giving hunters access to ISP ranges for the purpose of sighting in their shotguns.  Shotguns will be checked in a controlled environment with firearms experts present to ensure the safe and appropriate use of the shotgun.

“Hunting is a longstanding tradition shared throughout Illinois and we want to ensure hunters take every safety precaution and are prepared during this hunting season,” said Director Hiram Grau. “Hunting accidents are preventable which is why it’s important to take advantage of this opportunity to practice safe marksmanship,” he stressed.

The Open Range Program is a collaborative effort organized annually by the Illinois State Police and the Department of Natural Resources.

“This is an invaluable opportunity for hunters to be sure their firearms are accurately sighted-in prior to opening day,” said IDNR Director Marc Miller. “I encourage sportsmen and women to practice their skills and test their equipment on a range to ensure they can take clean, ethical shots during our firearm deer seasons.”

Anyone interested in visiting a range is advised to make reservations in advance of November 15.  Targets will be provided, and there is no charge for use of the range.  Participants must possess a valid Firearm Owner’s Identification (FOID) card, provide their own ammunition and transport the firearm legally by having it unloaded and enclosed in a case. 


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The Open Range Program is not part of the Concealed Carry License program.  Handguns will not be permitted at the ISP Ranges.

Advanced reservations will be accepted at the following ISP Ranges which will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on November 15, in Effingham, Joliet, Macomb, Pawnee, and Pittsfield:

District 5
Joliet
(815) 726-6377, ext. 255
Trooper Keith Malek District 9
Academy
(217) 625-2131
Pawnee Staff District 12
Effingham
(217) 342-7814
M/Sgt. Shad Payne

District 14
Macomb
(309) 833-4046, ext. 242
Trooper Neal Merry District 20
Pittsfield
(217) 285-2034, ext. 225
Trooper Andrew Stambaugh

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Rossville American Legion conduct Veteran’s Day Services

Rossville American Legion Veteran’s Day Services will take place at 11:00 a.m. at the Memorial on Route 1 at the corner of Chicago and Dale Streets.

If it is raining the service will be at the post home.  A Luncheon will follow at the Legion with meat and cheese trays provided.  Carry in of side dishes are welcome.

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Hoopeston American Legion and VFW conduct Veteran’s Day Program

The Hoopeston American Legion and VFW will be conducting their annual Veteran’s Day Program on Tuesday, November 11th at the Hoopeston Area Middle School gymnasium.  The public is encouraged to attend these services, which will begin at 9:30 a.m.

The Hoopeston Area Band and Chorus will provide entertainment.  Fred Tabor will be providing the keynote presentation.  After the services everyone is invited to the Hoopeston American Legion for complementary chili and potato soup.

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

NEWS RELEASE
November 9, 2014

11-7 Dakota T. Papineau, 18 Bourbonnais turned himself in at the Iroquois County Jail.  He was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant charging him with Reckless Homicide.  Papineau posted the required bond and was released

11-7 Sheriff’s Police arrested a 15 year-old juvenile from Beaverville.  The juvenile was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant charging him with Arson.  The juvenile was transported to the Iroquois County Jail and later transferred to the Danville Juvenile Dentention Center where he remains awaiting a court appearance

11-7 Sheriff’s Police investigated a car vs deer accident on County Rd. 9 near 1900 E Rd.  According to the report, William R. Decker, 66 of rural Milford was traveling eastbound on County Rd. 9 when a deer entered the roadway and he was unable to avoid striking the deer, which caused more than $1500 in damages to his vehicle.  No injuries were reported and no citations were issued.

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Hoopeston Police Department Weekend Report

Friday, November 7th - Sunday, November 9th

Friday, November 7, 2014


Residential Burglary H14-5836
Date & Time: November 7, 2014 9:55am
Location: 300 block N. Market St.
Victim: 83 year old Hoopeston man
Details: Victim advised officer that unknown subject(s) broke into a residence he owns
and stole several items.

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Cannabis, Possession of Cannabis
  with Intent to Deliver H14-5855 V14-11084   Linares
Date & Time: November 8, 2014 10:48pm
Location: Fifth Av/Washington
Arrested: Christopher Billingsley (19) of Hoopeston
Macalie Martinez (20) of Hoopeston
Details: While on a traffic stop, both subjects were arrested after a search revealed that
they were in possession of drugs.  Subjects were brought to HPD, processed and
then later transported to the PSB in Danville.  Ms. Martinez was charged with
Poss of Meth and poss of cannabis.  Mr. Billingsley was charged with poss of
cannabis with intent to deliver.  Subject will stay in the PSB to await arraignment.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

NOTHING TO REPORT

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Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are still needed for Christmas display installation.  Meet at McFerren Park Civic Center at 8 a.m. on Saturday for job requirements.  Dress warmly and bring 9/16 or 1/2” ratchets and mallets.  Lunch will be served.  Park will be closed on Saturday and volunteers should use Elm St. gate to enter and exit.

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Iroquois County settles federal lawsuit filed by ex-inmate

According to the Paxton Record, Iroquois County’s insurance carrier will pay $2,000 to an Onarga man to settle his lawsuit against the county sheriff and jail administrator.

Nicholas L. Hollingsworth, 27, filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Urbana after he was sent to state prison for a burglary conviction he received in Iroquois County in 2012.

In his lawsuit, Hollingsworth alleged that while he was awaiting trial at the Iroquois County Jail in Watseka in 2012, his religious freedoms were inhibited by not being permitted to worship as he wanted, according to State’s Attorney Jim Devine.

Also, Devine said, Hollingsworth claimed he was denied appropriate psychotropic medications for which he had a prescription.

Hollingworth’s lawsuit sought in excess of $50,000 in damages against Sheriff Derek Hagen and the jail administrator, Devine said.

Iroquois County’s insurance carrier — Bloomington-based Governmental Interinsurance Exchange, or GIE — recently settled the lawsuit for $2,000 — a settlement that, Devine presumed, was only agreed to in order to “save time, costs and attorneys fees and to make this nuisance go away.”

Hollingsworth has been incarcerated at the Graham Correctional Center in Hillsboro since November 2012, when he was sentenced to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to burglary and four other felony charges. He will be eligible for parole as early as August 2017.

Hollingsworth, who moved from Las Vegas to Onarga an estimated three or four years ago, received the sentence for stealing a safe that contained cash, jewelry and car titles from an Onarga residence in 2012, Devine said. Hollingsworth was arrested after he tried to pawn some of the items at a jewelry store in Kankakee. The safe, along with most of the items, were recovered by police, Devine said.

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Rankin board moving forward with repainting of water tower

According to the Paxton Record, The village board is moving forward with an expensive project involving its water tower — one that could cost as much as $165,000.

The project would involve repainting the tower’s interior to address surface rust discovered during a recent inspection, according to Board President Aaron Warren. It also would involve repainting the letters that spell out “Rankin” on the exterior of the tower’s elevated tank, Warren said.

The board Thursday night discussed plans for an upcoming bid opening for the project.  Greg Gustafson, an engineer for Urbana-based Berns, Clancy & Associates, was scheduled to hold a pre-bid meeting with interested contractors on Nov. 18.

The village has budgeted $165,000 for the project, to be paid out of the water fund, Warren said. Whether the village will need to raise water rates to cover the cost has not been determined, but that likely will be considered, Warren said.

Also at Thursday’s board meeting:

— Justin Grabow of Clarence, who serves as president of the Illinois Miniature Horse Club, requested the use of the village park for an event his club is planning. The board had no objection but asked that he provide proof of his club’s insurance coverage.

— The board made plans to pay a one-time $400 Breathalyzer certification fee to the Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System (ILEAS), of which Rankin’s police department is a member. The fee will cover the initial certification of a portable Breathalyzer machine that was donated to the village by the ILEAS. The police department’s budget for supplies contained enough money to cover the certification cost.

— The board authorized Warren, who works as a real estate agent, to acquire an appraisal for a property at 215 S. Dixon St. that was recently donated to the village by Wells Fargo, which had acquired it through foreclosure. Warren will draft a resolution for the board to vote on in December that will allow the village to sell the property. The board will then publish notices in local newspapers seeking bids for its purchase.

— The board agreed to not increase any figures in the village’s property tax levy for 2014 — keeping the levy unchanged from 2013. The board plans to approve the levy in December.

— Trustee Lynn Ingold suggested that the board make a decision in December about which road projects the board wishes to pursue using motor fuel tax (MFT) revenue. Ingold said she believes the village must submit paperwork in January to the Illinois Department of Transportation if it plans to pursue any MFT work in fiscal year 2015. The village has a $9,700 balance in its MFT fund.

— It was announced that four trustees’ seats are up for election in April 2015 — those held by Alyssa Duncan, Roxanne Hasting, Joey Mason and Ingold. All new terms will be for four years, expect for Mason’s seat, which will be for a two-year, unexpired term.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Deceptive Practice H14-5813
Date & Time: November 5, 2014   1:36pm
Location: 1002 W Chestnut
Complainant: Pizza Hut Restaurant
Arrested: Kelly J Barnard (35) of Hoopeston
Details: Subject was taken into custody and charged when a complaint was made
after she wrote a check on a closed account.  She was transported to HPD
where she was booked and released after posting bond.

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Hoopeston City Council receive water update

The Hoopeston City Council met on Monday, November 3rd and learned in the meeting from Mike Streff, of Farnsworth Group, that a second sand filter is now online, helping clean Hoopeston water, while a third is set to be updated and returned to service.

The second filter returned to service Friday, after it had been cleaned, refilled, backwashed and tested.  The third filter, which is currently out of service for repairs, was opened Monday.  Streff asked Steve Baker, water superintendent, if it was bad and Baker responded with “It was real bad”.  Testing on iron in the water, which causes the rust that residents have complained about for years showed iron levels around .1 milligrams/liter when they had tested as high as 1.5 milligrams/liter.  Despite the much lower readings, Baker said rust is still in the system and will probably remain there until the city’s hydrant flushing program starts in the spring.
Streff also reported that about 75% of the sandblastings and priming done on both the interior and exterior was completed.

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Challenger unseats longtime county clerk

According to the Commercial News,  Longtime Vermilion County Clerk Lynn Foster turned in her final election results on Tuesday, falling to newcomer Cathy Jenkins in the General Election.

The defeat ends a run of almost a quarter century in the office for Foster, who was elected to her first term as county clerk in 1990.
“I honestly have appreciated the opportunity I’ve had for the last 24 years to serve the people in this county,” she said late Tuesday night. “I have enjoyed it. I’m very proud of the job we’ve done.”
Voters actually turned out in favor of Foster in Danville city limits, a total of 3,538 votes, 54 percent, cast in her favor. That’s compared to 3,009 votes, 45 percent, for Jenkins.
Ballots cast by county residents told a different story, however, as Jenkins racked up a 7,121 votes, 53 percent, compared to Foster’s 6,241 votes, 46 percent.
For Jenkins, a member of the Vermilion County Board from District 4, the electoral win is a first. Jenkins could not be reached for comment Tuesday evening.
Foster, after adding up the figures, said she didn’t think the vote totals would be that far apart.
“I’m disappointed about the results tonight,” she said.
Foster noted that voter turnouts in the city of Danville — usually a strong area for her — were lower than expected while other county areas that have not showed large support in the past had higher turnout totals. 
“That’s the way it worked out,” she said.
Overall, a total of 6,672 votes were cast in Danville — or 39 percent of the 16,933 registered voters. In the county, the turnout was higher with 13,600 ballots cast, or 45 percent of the 30,115 registered voters.
Tuesday’s defeat comes after Foster won a new term as county clerk in 2010 by the slimmest of margins over another county board challenger, District 6’s Dennis Miller.
In the end, however, Foster said she is happy for the quarter-century of work she has put in to the county clerk’s office.
“I’m grateful,” she said, “grateful to the people of this county for letting me serve them all of these years.”
Also on Tuesday night, Vermilion County lost its current Recorder of Deeds but is gaining a new circuit judge.
Thomas O’Shaughnessy, elected county recorder in 2012, successfully defeated current Associate Judge Karen Wall for a seat on the bench in Vermilion County.
Support inside Danville city limits made the race close with O’Shaughnessy receiving 3,338 votes, 50 percent — just edging the 3,242 votes, 49 percent, cast for Wall.
It was among voters in the county that O’Shaughnessy, a resident of Catlin, widened the margin. There, Wall received 5,541 votes, or 41 percent, while O’Shaughnessy earned 7,877 votes, or 58 percent of the ballots cast.
O’Shaughnessy, speaking soon after the polls closed, said there was definitely a different level of intensity for the circuit judge’s race compared to his campaign for recorder two years ago.
That race, he said, was a learning experience as he tried to combine more social media to reach voters, combining it with the more traditional strategies.
“A key component in the campaign was to make sure we extended a hand and talked to people in a comfortable setting,” O’Shaughnessy said, adding he finished going door to door in Rabbittown on Monday.
Wall said she was “definitely disappointed” by the election outcome. But she congratulated O’Shaughnessy on the election race, saying he ran a good campaign.
“I would like to thank all of my supporters, voters, friends and family who believed in me and stuck with me throughout this process,” Wall said. “I’m happy for the experience.”
Wall said she learned a lot and “looks forward to moving forward after this evening.”

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Election 2014 Results

As residents of the state of Illinois you are waking up to a newly elected Governor, Bruce Rauner, it was a close race but, Rauner has ended the Democrat’s 12 year grip on the office in President Barack Obama’s home state and handing the GOP one of the Midwest last remaining Democratic strongholds.

In Other Statewide races:
D- Lisa Madigan keeps the Attorney General seat defeating R-Paul Shimpf
Illinois voters keep D-Jesse White in office as Secretary of State
R-Judy Baar Topinka pulled out a Win as Comptroller in a tight race against D-Sheila Simon
And another tight race for Treasurer put R-Tom Cross in office over D-Michael Frerichs
Republicans ride wave of discontent with Obama to flip 7 seats and take control of Senate for first time in 8 years
In Congress
In the Senate Race, D-Dick Durban held onto his seat
In the House, R-Rodney Davis defeated D-Ann Callis in District 13, R-John Shimkus defeated D-Eric Thorsland in District 15, R-Adam Kinzinger defeated D-Randall Olsen in District 16 and R-Aaron Shock defeated D-Darrel Miller in District 18
In the General Assembly in 4 uncontested races
Senate District 51 R-Chapin Rose, House District 101 R-Bill Mitchell, House District 104 R-Chad Hays & House District 110 R-Reginald Phillips
In contested races, R-Adam Brown defeated D-Matt Forcum in District 102, in 103 D-Carol Ammons defeated R-Kristin Williamson, making Ammons the first African-American to represent C-U in the state House & R-Tom Bennett defeated D-William Nutter in District 106
Referendums for the City of Hoopeston to increase sales tax by 1% loss with 550-No votes versus 521-yes votes

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

News Release
November 4, 2014

11-3 Sheriff’s Police arrested Richard K. Williams, 61 Crescent City was arrested on an Iroquois County warrant for failure to appear on Driving while under the influence.  Williams was transported to Iroquois County Jail where he later posted the required bond and was released

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Monday, November 3, 2014

Aggravated DUI, DUI, Driving While License Suspended, Improper Lane Usage, No Taillights & Disobeying Traffic Control Device H14-5774   V14-10919
Date & Time: November 3, 2014     1:44am
Location: 800 block W. Main
Arrested: Lance Wayne Rogers (44) of Hoopeston
Details: Following a traffic stop at the above location, the named suspect was taken into
custody on the above charges.  He was later transported to the PSB in Danville
in lieu of bond.

Traffic Accident H14-5781
Time & Date: November 3, 2014   2:38pm
Location: 700 block S Market West Alley way
Unit 1:   2010 Chevy Traverse driven by Becky M Puetz (F) of Sheldon
Property Damaged:   Telephone owned by Frontier Communications
Details: At the above time and date, HPD was called to the scene of single vehicle
accident in the North South alley.  Driver of Unit 1 was transported to Carle Hoopeston Regional Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.  Frontier was on the scene
to re-establish the pole.  Unit 1 is insured. 

 

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Forgot to Register to Vote - NO PROBLEM!!

For the first time, Illinois voters can register to vote on Election Day, however, not all polling places offer this option according to Jim Tenuto with the State Board of Elections.

The change is a part of an ongoing effort to increase voter turnout in Illinois.  To find your local election authority, visit the website:  elections.il.gov.

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October was wetter than normal in Illinois

According to State Climatologist, Jim Angel the statewide average rainfall for October was 4.5 inches.  That’s 1.2 inches above the average.  He said some areas received a lot more rain than others in Illinois.

The totals make this the 15th wettest October on record in Illinois.  The statewide average temperature was a little above normal as well at 54.2 degrees.

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

NEWS RELEASE
November 3, 2014

10-31 Gilman Police arrested Alexander J. Ogle, 18 Piper City.  Ogle was arrested for possession of cannabis under 2.5 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia.  He was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he later posted the required bond and was released

10-31 Gilman Police arrested Collin W. Boughton, 21 Urbana.  Boughton was wanted on an outstanding Iroquois County warrant for Failure to Appear on charges for Illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor and transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he later posted the required bond and was released

11-1 Adrian S. Quijano, 25 of Chicago turned himself in at Iroquois County Jail and was sentenced to serve 30 days at Iroquois County Jail for driving while license was revoked

11-1 Brittany A. Flatt, 19 Watseka turned herself in at Iroquois County Jail and was sentenced to serve 180 days at Iroquois County Jail for possession of Methamphetamine manufacturing materials

11-2 Jordan A. Langston, 18 Watseka turned himself in at Iroquois County Jail and was sentenced to serve 10 days at Iroquois County Jail for possession of cannabis

Accidents
11-2 Sheriff’s Police investigated a single vehicle accident on State Line Road near Deer Lane.  According to police report Brodie A. Johnson, 29 Kentland, IN was traveling South bound on State Line Rd near Deer Lane when a deer entered the roadway and he was unable to avoid the deer and struck it with his vehicle in the roadway.  Johnson’s vehicle sustained over $1,500 in damage.  No injuries were reported and no citations were issued.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Friday, October 31, 2014

Criminal Trespass (City Ord) H14-5737
Time & Date: October 31, 2014   6:54pm
Location: 824 E Wyman Ave Palen Real Estate Property
Complainant: Palen Real Estate Management
Arrested: Simpson, Kurtis J (M) of Hoopeston (29)
Details: Officers responded to a complaint that the arrestee was on the property
after he had been served warning not to returned to the property.
Officers found the subject and took him into custody on the above
charge, transported to HPD, processed, booked, and released on
Notice to Appear. 

 

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Gordyville USA presents the Rodeo Finals and Trade Show

Friday, October 31st, Saturday, November 1st and Sunday, November 2nd.  Friday & Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

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Women Making a Difference will host their 3rd annual Craft Fair this Saturday in Hoopeston

The Women Making a Difference will host their 3rd annual Craft Fair this Saturday in Hoopeston at McFerren Park Civic Center from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Two $100 gift cards and one $50 gift card will be raffled off at the close of the Craft Fair.

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Vermilion County searching for additional Democrat election judges

The Vermilion County Clerk’s office is searching for additional Democrat election judges.  “We have lost a number of Democrat judges over the past few days,” County Clerk Lynn Foster said.  “It is crucial that we find additional Democrats who are willing to serve November 4th.  Judges will complete our on-line training program before Election Day, and will be paid $120 for their service.  Judges will begin work at 5:15 a.m. and finish up approximately 7:30 p.m. that day.”

Please call Judges Coordinator Ann Sykes at 554-1908 or County Clerk Lynn Foster at 554-1901 or email ccvoterreg@vercounty.org.

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Local Communities Trick or Treat Hours

Friday, October 31, 2014
Happy Hallowen & Be Safe Trick or Treating!!!

Hoopeston 5-7 p.m.

Rossville 5-8 p.m.

Henning 6-8 p.m.

Potomac 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Milford 5-8 p.m.

Cissna Park 4-7 p.m.

Bismarck 5-7 p.m.

Paxton 5-8 p.m.

Watseka 4-7 p.m.

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Trial set for February in Iroquois County pot-growing case

According to the Paxton Record, An Iroquois County man is scheduled to stand trial next February on charges alleging he grew 44 cannabis plants in his garden.

Samuel Vires III, 47, of Claytonville, pleaded not guilty in September in Iroquois County Circuit Court to one count of unlawful production of 20-50 cannabis sativa plants, a Class 3 felony; one count of unlawful possession of cannabis (2.5-10 grams), a Class B misdemeanor; and two counts of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor.

During an Oct. 28 pretrial hearing, Judge Gordon Lustfeldt scheduled a final pretrial hearing for 1:30 p.m. Jan. 13 and a jury trial for 1:30 p.m. Feb. 17.

If convicted of the most serious charge, Vires faces a sentence ranging from 30 months of probation to up to five years in prison.

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

News Release
October 30, 2014

10-27 Sheriff’s Police arrested Jose R. Gomez, 33 Onarga.  According to police reports, police were called to a residence in Onarga for a theft of $1,200 in cash.  After an investigation, Gomez was arrested and charged with theft over $500 and was found to have two outstanding warrants charging him with driving while license suspended and driving while license is revoked.  He was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond

10-28 Sheriff’s Police returned from the Vermilion County Jail with Tyrone Wilson, 55 Danville.  Wilson was wanted on an Iroquois County Warrant charging him with driving while his license was suspended.  Wilson was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond the following day and was released

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Warrant Arrest H14-5696 Morgan
Date & Time: October 29, 2014   1:46am
Location: 500 blk N Market
Arrested: Skyler Cannon (22) of Hoopeston
Details: HPD officers checked out with the subject at the above location.  A computer
check revealed that he had an outstanding warrant through the Vermilion Co
Sheriff’s Dept.  He was taken to HPD, processed and then later transported to
the PSB in Danville in lieu of bond.

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Vermilion health department flu clinics to resume

According to the News-Gazette, Flu shot clinics at the Vermilion County Health Department will start again Wednesday, now that more flu vaccine has arrived.

The health department was forced to postpone some of its clinics earlier this month after it used up its vaccine supply and more vaccine on back-order hadn’t yet arrived.

Flu shots for adults will be available at the health department at 200 S. College St., Danville on the following dates.

— 8:30-3:30 p.m. Oct. 29, Oct. 31, Nov. 3 and Nov. 5.


— 1-4 p.m. Nov. 12.

— 3-6:30 p.m. Nov. 13.

Appointments can be made for those ages 6 months through 18 years to get a flu shot through the health department’s immunization department by calling 431-2662, extension 249. A parent or guardian must be present.

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ISP District 10 Traffic Crash Alert

WHAT:        Truck Tractor Rollover

WHERE:      I-74 W/B Milepost 216

WHEN:        10/29/2014 4:44 AM

VEHICLE 1:          2015 Kenworth Truck Tractor
DRIVER:      Michael D. Brock, Male, 29, Calhoun, GA
                Seatbelt? Yes Extricated? No Ejected? No
Injured?  No

PASSENGER(S):  Male, 39, of Winston Salem, NC

PRELIMINARY:  Vehicle 1 was traveling Westbound on I-74 near milepost
216 when the driver fell asleep. Vehicle 1 left the roadway to the right.
The driver awoke and overcorrected to the left, losing control. Vehicle 1
re-entered the roadway, exited the roadway to the left, struck the median
barrier cables and overturned. Both westbound lanes were blocked due to
the crash.  The passenger received minor injuries and was transported to
the hospital in Danville.
               
CHARGES:          Improper Lane Usage

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ISP District 10 Traffic Crash Alert

Male, 39, Normal was traveling east on 1-74 approaching milepost 211.  A deer entered the roadway in front of him, he braked abruptly to avoid the deer and that forced the semi and trailer it was hauling off the roadway to the left.  It continued to slide off to the left striking the median wire and wire posts.  The trailer then continued to spin clockwise as it traveled through the median striking crash barrels and eventually the bridge support.  The impact split the trailer in two spilling the empty bin containers into the roadway.  The tractor sustained only minor damage.

Due to the damage to the trailer and the extensive clean needed, I-74 eastbound was partially blocked for approximately 7.5 hours. No parties were injured.

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Sheriff wins Rotary ‘Person of the Year’

According to the Commercial News, The Danville Noon Rotary has chosen Vermilion County Sheriff Pat Hartshorn to receive its 2014 Vocational Service Person of the Year Award.

The award is presented to an individual in the community for fulfillment of the Rotary Ideal of Service, who has shown outstanding achievement in his or her vocation by encouraging high ethical standards and by dignifying that vocation as an opportunity to serve society.
Hartshorn said he was surprised to receive the award, and didn’t know he was being considered.
“I appreciate the recognition,” he said. “I think when citizens in your own community recognize you for your career, it has more meaning than other awards.”
The award will be presented Monday at the Danville Noon Rotary lunch meeting in the Old National Bank Community Room. The event is open to the public.
Amy Marchant, chairman of the nine-member award committee, said the board had many “amazing” nominations to sift through.
“The committee was very confident in its choice,” she said, “but it was a struggle because we had some amazing nominations.”
Hartshorn has been Vermilion County sheriff since 1990.
In nominations, people noted his 24 years’ service as sheriff and 41 years in law enforcement.

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Fatal Motorcycle Crash

The Illinois State Police District 21 responded to a fatal motorcycle crash on Sunday, October 26th at 2:34 p.m. on US 45 at 550 North in Ford County.

A 1997 Black Harley Davidson was traveling southbound on US 45 at Ford County 550 North Road.  The driver, Jeffrey R. Wilson, 58 Paxton drove onto the right shoulder of the roadway and into the ditch.  The driver was unable to maintain control of the motorcycle.  The motorcycle rolled over several times and the driver was ejected into the ditch.  The driver was transported to a local hospital for treatment and was pronounced deceased at 3:34 p.m.  The Illinois State Police CRO Unit and Ford County Coroners office is investigating.

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Weekly Farm Report

A break in the rain gave farmers a chance to catch up on harvest progress this past week.

63% of soybeans have been harvested, 83% of corn and 80% of soybeans are rated in good to excellent condition, 41% of winter wheat has been planted with 18% emerged.
Corn harvest jumped 16% with 59% of the crop now out of the ground according to the state crop statistician, Mark Schleusener.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Monday, October 27, 2014

Burglary to Auto H14-5666
Time & Date:  October 27, 2014 10:00 am
Location: 200 block N. Third St
Complainant: 23 year old Hoopeston Woman
Details: At the above time and date, HPD was requested by the complainant after
discovering that person(s) unknown and without permission had gained
entry into her vehicle.  Items were removed. 


Disobeying Police Officer H14-5671 Welch
Date & Time: October 27, 2014   4:54pm
Location: HPD
Arrested: Robert A Ferrell (54) of Hoopeston
Details: Subject was taken into custody and charged after he was told numerous
times to stop arguing with the officer and to leave the premises.
He was walked to the booking area, processed and later release with a
Notice To Appear in Hoopeston Court

 

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Hoopeston Police Department Weekend Report

Friday, October 24th - Sunday, October 26th

Friday, October 24, 2014

Burglary To Garage H14-5609
Date & Time: October 24, 2014 6:45am
Location: 800 block E. Lincoln
Victim: 74 year old Hoopeston man
Details: Victim advised officer that unknown subject(s) entered his garage and took a
toolbox and several tools.


Burglary To Motor Vehicle H14-5611
Date & Time: October 24, 2014 8:16am
Location: 900 block Sprague Rd
Victim: 49 year old Wisconsin man
Details: Victim advised officer that while his vehicle was parked at a private residence,
unknown subject(s) entered his vehicle and stole some change and a bottle of
prescription medication.


Saturday, October 25, 2014


Disobeying Police (City Ordinance) H14-5635 Kelnhofer
Date & Time: October 25, 2014 1:29am
Location: 306 E Main St   Uptown Saloon
Arrested: Resa Bane (25) of Hoopeston
Details: Ms. Bane was arrested after being told by HPD officers to leave the bar several
times.  She refused and was taken to HPD to be processed.  She was later
released with a city citation and court date.

 

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Press Release from Lynn Foster, Vermilion County Clerk

Voters in Vermilion County’s 59 precincts outside the city of Danville should be absolutely secure in the knowledge that absentee ballots are being handled exactly as required by law in our office.

Absentee ballots received by mail or personal delivery remain in their certification envelopes until after 7 p.m. on Election Day.  The certification envelopes are then opened by 2-party teams of election workers and the enclosed ballots set aside.  The folded ballots are taken by a different team and unfolded , smoothed out and readied for counting.  The ballots are then inserted into the tabulators.  This process is outlined in Illinois Statutes, 10ILCS 5/19-7 and 19-8.
“Regardless of what procedures are being used in other locations, the Vermilion County Clerk’s office assures our voters that their absentee ballots are being counted in accordance with state law,” County Clerk Lynn Foster said.  “Please feel free to call me with any questions you may have about the process.”
Lynn Foster - 217.554.1901

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Nita Dubble Wins Award and is a True asset to Iroquois County

The Illinois Public Safety Telecommunications Association annual conference was held from October 19th to 22nd in Springfield.  This conference is a joint conference between the Illinois National Emergency Number Association (NENA) and the Illinois Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO).

During this conference the Illinois NENA presents the INENA Thank You Awards.  These awards are given to INENA members through a nomination process by their peers.
The award committee then selects the recipients.  The awards are then presented on the evening of the banquet while at the conference.

This year, Nita Dubble from Iroquois County was selected as one of the recipients.

Nita was selected for all of her work she did this year educating her legislators about the issues with 9-1-1 in Illinois, especially the financial and funding issues.  Nita worked diligently with her representatives.  Nita’s work encouraged Senator Jason Barickman testified on behalf of the legislation that was sponsored for 9-1-1.

Nita also can be found working the dispatch console with her employees during a busy or stressful situation. 

Over the last 9 years, Nita has ran a 9-1-1 Camp for Kids.  This camp provides learning experiences for grade school children in different aspects of safety.  They have done bicycle safety, agricultural safety, 9-1-1 safety and others.

Nita was recently appointed to the INENA/ILAPCO legislative committee.  This appointment is made by presidents of the associations.  Nita has always been involved on the legislative front in her own community.  She has participated on the annual “9-1-1 Goes to Springfield”, in which the 9-1-1 entities converge on Springfield and have appointments with their legislators to talk to them about the 9-1-1 issues. 

Nita is a true asset for Iroquois County.

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Danville Election Commission unlawful processing of absentee ballots

Press Release from The Vermilion County Republican Party Mike Marron, Chair
The integrity of the election process is a basic tenant of democracy.  It is the responsibility of government, the political parties and candidates seeking office to ensure for the public that every vote counts and is handled with profound care.  Faith in the process begins with the right of every American to know the election process is fair and above the reproach.

With grave disappointment The Vermilion County Republican Party learned that more than 400 absentee ballots have been opened by the Director of the Danville Election Commission and tabulated prematurely, all in violation of Illinois law, which mandates that all absentee ballots be opened and counted only after 7:00 p.m. on Election night.  The law is clear that all absentee ballots remain unopened and securely stored until the polls have closed.  To do otherwise exposes ballots to manipulation and is an affront to the fairness of the process.
The Danville Election Commission must immediately stop the unlawful processing of absentee ballots, have the questioned ballots segregated and protected by the courts, and the Commissioners must remove the director and appoint someone who will instill renewed confidence that integrity of the electoral process has not been compromised.
This incident also provides a basis for starting the conversation of whether there is a need for two election authorities in Vermilion County.
The Vermilion County Republican Party asks the Vermilion County Democratic Party to join us expending whatever necessary to ensure that the election process is fair and accurate.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Traffic Accident (PD) H14-5600
Time & Date: October 23, 2014   4:31 pm
Location: Entrance to Carle Hospital & Carle Clinic at 701 E. Orange St.
Unit 1: 1999 Silver Cadillac driven by Amber L. Wood of Stockland
Unit 2: 2011 Red Jeep driven by Lori J. Cornell of Rossville
Details: At the above time and date, HPD respond to a report of a Motor Vehicle Accident,
Unit 1 was turning into the entrance of the grounds striking Unit 2 causing damage.
No injuries reported at the time of report,  both units insured, no tickets


Traffic Accident (Hit & Run) H14-5605
Time & Date: October 23, 2014   8:40pm
Location: E. Washington & S. Seventh Street
Unit 1: 2000 Mitsubishi driven by Mathew M. Minard (18) of Papineau
Unit 2: 2000 Dodge driven by Nathaniel P. Allison of Hoopeston
Details: Driver of Unit 1 was northbound on S. Seventh St and failed to yield to traffic and
struck Unit 2 who was west bound on E. Washington.  Driver of Unit 1 then fled the
scene in his vehicle.  Driver of Unit 2 was transported to Hoopeston Hospital for
treatment of injuries.  Driver of Unit 1 was later located southeast of Hoopeston
near the scene where his vehicle had caught fire near a grain bin.  He too was
transported to Hoopeston Hospital for treatment of injuries and then later released
to authorities who processed him for Obstructing Justice, Leaving The Scene of an Accident with Property Damage, Leaving The Scene of an Accident with Personal Injury, Operation of an Uninsured Motor Vehicle, Failure To Reduce Speed to Avoid An Accident and Disobeying a Yield Sign and transported him to the PSB in Danville to await arraignment in court.


Fire Call
Time & Date: October 23, 2014   8:51pm
Location: 1900 East Rd & 3850 North Rd
Details: Reported car fire at the location HFD responded to the scene in which the
vehicle burning turned out to be the suspect car from the Hit & Run accident
that occurred at Washington & Seventh St. 


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Hoopeston water project makes progress

Mike Streff with Foth Infrastructure & Environment LLC, updated the city council members Tuesday on the water storage tanks. The second tank filter will go online by Halloween, he said, with a tentative date for the water tower to be back online around Thanksgiving.

“The city will see a more significant improvement on the water quality,” Streff said.
Streff also noted vandals had attempted to cause a problem with one of the hydromatic tanks on the northeast side recently. This tank is one of three that keeps the water pressure up while the water tower is offline.
“This is a serious offense,” said Streff. “Anytime someone messes with the city water, it is considered a federal offense and involves Homeland Security.”
Streff added that the handles had been removed to prevent further problems.
In other council business, the antennas moved to the WHPO tower were receiving better reception than on the water tower. Mayor Bill Crusinberry said EMA commented their reception was much better with the move.
• Scott Hudson, Hoopeston Jaycee, requested that Bank Street to Third Street on East Main be blocked for the Annual Spooktacular trick or treating in downtown Hoopeston 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28. About 12 barracades will be needed to block traffic during that time.
• Anyone wanting to volunteer to help install new Christmas lights at McFerren Park at 8 a.m. Nov. 8 should call 283-5833. Coffee and doughnuts will be served in the morning and chili for lunch for the volunteers, according to Crusinberry.
• Election packets are still available for alderpersons. One alderperson position is up for election in each ward. Deadline to return them is Dec. 15-22.

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

NEWS RELEASE
October 23, 2014

10-21 Sheriff’s Police arrested Robert L. Shrimplin, 45 Sheldon.  He was wanted on an Iroquois County Warrant charging him with contempt of court.  Shrimplin was taken into custody and transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted his required bond and was released

10-22 Sheriff’s Police arrested Westin T. Freehill, 18 Watseka.  Freehill turned himself into the Sheriff’s Department after being sentenced for a probation violation on prior charges.  Freehill remains at the Iroquois County Jail to serve the remainder of his sentence before being released at a later date

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Manhunt leads to one arrest

According to the Commercial News, one man was arrested Tuesday on felony charges following a manhunt in the rural area north of Potomac.
The situation began around 9:40 a.m. Tuesday when a deputy on duty ran the license plate of a vehicle, which came back stolen.
The driver was described only as a black male wearing a stocking cap, Woods confirmed. It was unknown whether he was armed at the time.

Late Tuesday afternoon, the suspect, Jose Tate, 32, of Chicago, was arrested by deputies on charges of possession of stolen property (the vehicle) and fleeing/eluding police.
Charges were filed by the state’s attorney’s office on Wednesday charging him with three felony counts: possession of a stolen vehicle, theft and aggravated fleeing/eluding police.
Court documents listed his address as the 1000 block of Campbell Lane.
Sheriff’s department Capt. Dennis Wood said the vehicle — stolen out of northern Illinois — then fled from the deputy in a chase through the rural sections of the county. The vehicle, which was on U.S. Route 136, fled onto County Road 420E.
The case ensued through the county north and east until the vehicle was found abandoned in an machine shed near the intersection of County Road 3250N and 850E. Wood said the sheriff’s department — with the help of Illinois State Police, Danville police and the Conservation officers — set up a perimeter in that vicinity and began searching the area.
A K9 officer was brought to the scene by Danville police to assist in the search, Wood said. A plane also flew overhead to help officers search for the suspect.

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Scare will be in the air at Kennekuk park this weekend

According to the News-Gazette,  Locals should be prepared to walk carefully through the woods at Kennekuk Cove County Park. Who knows what could be lurking?

Vermilion County Conservation District’s Haunted Happenings event this year is expected to bring out the scariest just in time for Halloween with its annual haunted trail. The event, which is entering its 18th year, is scheduled for Saturday evening at the park along Henning Road.
The Haunted Trail is the best known part of the event. The trail, located at the Hideaway on the north end of the event area, includes six scary scenes set up along the route.
Rains and muddy conditions this fall pushed back start up work on the spooky scenes for the trail. Conservation district crews started initial construction for each site on the trail late last week.
Maintenance Supervisor Charlie Rhoden was out on the trail working on the early set up for the soon-to-be-scary scenes. He said the workers involved in it take pride in making sure the scenes work out as expected.
Conservation district executive director Ken Konsis, who has been in charge of his own scenes in past years, said it takes work each year to come up with new and scary stops along the popular haunted trail. This year was no different.
“The guys sound like they have charged some scenes they’ve had in previous years and made something new,” Konsis said.
Groups of 20 to as many as 30 people are taken down the trail, encountering the frights as they go. The treks will continue as long as people are there, usually winding down by around 11:30 p.m.
In addition getting a fright along the haunted trail, visitors to Haunted Happenings get to enjoy a cook-your-own weiner roast that comes with chips and a soft drink as well as a hayride.

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Danville mainstay closed doors

According to the News-Gazette, Like many of the regulars at Schroeder’s Drive In, Leon “Bud” Miller was surprised and disappointed to find out Tuesday that one of Danville’s fast-food mainstays had suddenly closed its doors that morning.

“It’s been a long-standing place, and they always had good hamburgers down there,” said Miller, who met about a dozen other veterans for coffee at 423 N. Gilbert St. almost every morning for more than a dozen years — even though it wasn’t officially open until late morning for the lunch crowd.

“They opened it, and let us in ... and they would have coffee made, and have it all laid out there. We would talk about what was going on in the city. And have our opinions and our world opinions.”

The coffee group dwindled through the years to just a handful of vets, and about six months ago, Miller quit showing up daily. But he’d still pop in every few weeks for a hamburger.

Customers pulling into the parking lot at lunchtime Tuesday spotted hand-written “Closed” signs on the drive-up window menu and the two entrances to the dining area.

There was no sign of activity — and no warning, either.

Employees were told Tuesday morning that the business was closing. There was no answer at the restaurant’s phone on Tuesday, and no message. Owner Dan DuBois was not answering phone calls, either.

DuBois bought the restaurant — which originally opened as a Burger Chef — from Butch Schroeder in 2007.

This Halloween would have marked seven years since Schroeder had sold the business that his dad, Henry J. Schroeder II, started in 1960, the son remembered Tuesday.

The Burger Chef fast-food chain was founded in 1954 in Indianapolis, and expanded throughout the country, peaking in the 1970s. Second only to McDonald’s in locations nationally, Burger Chef restaurants were known for their burgers, especially the doubles and quarter-pound patties, and for the “Works Bar,” an island salad bar full of condiments and vegetables where customers could also dress burgers their way. The Danville store always kept the “Works Bar,” even after it became Schroeder’s.

In television commercials, animated mascots Burger Chef and his sidekick Jeff said, “There’s more to like at Burger Chef. It’s incrediburgibly better.”


General Foods bought the chain in 1968, and in 1982, it was bought out by Hardee’s.

But the North Gilbert restaurant never became a Hardee’s. Butch Schroeder, who started working there when he was 15, said they continued operating as a Burger Chef until the end of their franchise agreement, and then went independent, calling the restaurant Schroeder’s Drive In.

His dad, who died in 1998, continued working until he physically couldn’t any more, said Butch Schroeder, who continued running it until the sale seven years ago.

DuBois was a manager at Schroeder’s when Butch Schroeder decided to retire and sell to him.

Schroeder said he likes retirement, and he does not know if the business will re-open.

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

NEWS RELEASE
October 22, 2014

10-20 Sheriff’s Police arrested Jonathan Bob0, 27 Ashkum.  According to the reports, police were called to a residence in Ashkum for a domestic dispute between Bobo and his girlfriend.  Bobo was taken into custody after a brief investigation on the matter.  He was charged with Aggravated Battery, Aggravated Assault, Interfering with the report of a domestic battery incident and possession of cannabis between 2.5-10g.  He was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond and was released the following day

10-20 Sheriff’s Police investigated a single vehicle accident on Co. Rd. 3400N at the intersection of Co. Rd. 150e.  According to the reports, a vehicle driven by Pamela S. Brav, 60 Chebanse was traveling eastbound on Co. Rd. 3400N approaching the stop sign at the intersection of Co. Rd. 1500E.  Brav failed to observe the stop sign and was unable to halt her vehicle before proceeding into the east ditch.  Brav was treated by Riverside EMS and taken to Riverside Hospital for minor injuries.  The accident resulted in damages over $1500 and Brav was issued a citation for disobeying a traffic control device

10-22 Sheriff’s Police arrested Anthony F. Billquist, 52 Watseka.  According to the police reports, police were called to a residence in rural Watseka in reference to a domestic dispute between Billquist and his girlfriend.  After an investigation on scene, police placed Billquist into custody for aggravated domestic battery to his girlfriend.  Billquist was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains awaiting a court appearance.  IMH EMS assisted on scene to treat the victim for injuries

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Vermilion County & other authorities hunt for man over stolen vehicle

According to the News-Gazette in rural Potomac, County and state authorities late Tuesday afternoon continue to scour a rural area near Potomac for a man who was driving a stolen vehicle.

The search begin around 9:40 a.m. at Illinois 136 and 420 East Road, west of Potomac, when a Vermilion County sheriff’s deputy, while on patrol in a squad car, saw a green Jeep Cherokee that had been reported stolen, said sheriff’s Capt. Dennis Wood.

According to Wood, the deputy tried to stop the vehicle, but the Jeep took off down a gravel road. The deputy took off after him and found the vehicle several miles away at 3250 North Road and 850 East Road, northeast of the village.


“It was abandoned,” Wood said, adding that deputies set up a perimeter and brought in a dog to search for the man. The Illinois State Police brought in a plane to assist.

“It’s a very rural area — all gravel roads and farm fields and with only a couple of houses,” Wood said.

“It’s a difficult task,” he continued, adding the corn and bean fields are only partially harvested. “We’ve checked the fields and nearby farmhouses, and have been unable to locate anyone.”

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Criminal Damage (Auto) H14-5548 Kruse
Date & Time: October 21, 2014 1:32am
Location: 300 Blk E Penn
Complainant: (39) Hoopeston female
Details: Complainant contacted HPD and advised that unknown person(s) broke out
a window to her vehicle.

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Heartland Spa & Fitness Resort closing Nov. 30

GILMAN — The Heartland Spa & Fitness Resort near Gilman has been sold and will be closing Nov. 30 after more than 30 years in business.

The new owner is a family-owned corporation in the nursing home, senior healthcare and rehab industries, a news release from the Heartland Spa said.

“They are planning major renovations which will start immediately upon our closing,” the news release said.

The Heartland Spa, located at 1237 E. Iroquois County Road 1600 North, is encouraging people to use their gift certificates before Nov. 30.

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Asta Care nursing homes in Paxton, Pontiac under new ownership

According to the Paxton Record,The Asta Care Center nursing homes in Paxton and Pontiac are under new ownership.

Bradley Alter, owner of Skokie-based Certified Health Management, said he recently formed two consulting companies — Paxton Healthcare and Rehab LLC and Pontiac Healthcare and Rehab LLC — that purchased the Paxton and Pontiac long-term care facilities, respectively.

Certified Health Management, meanwhile, will provide a “supportive role” in their operations, Alter said.  Certified Health Management — which provides bookkeeping and consulting services — already operates nursing facilities in Danville, Canton, Lewistown and Glenwood.

Paxton Healthcare and Rehab’s acquisition of ASTA Care Center of Ford County means the nursing home’s pending foreclosure case has been resolved, Alter said. The Paxton nursing home, which failed to repay $1.87 million in loans to a Chicago bank, was to be sold at a public auction in August, but the auction was postponed repeatedly as the facility’s purchase was pending.

Alter clarified that Paxton Healthcare and Rehab did not buy the Asta Care property, just the business. Alter said “another entity with another name” that he does not own bought the property, located at 1240 N. Market St. in Paxton, and that he has a “legal arrangement with them to operate the facility while they own it.”

“We didn’t purchase the real estate, but I understand that the real estate is purchased, that all those debts have been satisfied and that the foreclosure action has been resolved,” Alter said.

The property’s deed had yet to be transferred into a new owner’s name as of Monday, according to the Ford County Clerk’s Office.

Management staff visited the Paxton facility on Oct. 15 — the official date of transition — to introduce themselves to staff and residents. The nursing home’s name was also changed that day to Paxton Healthcare and Rehab Center.

Deborah Vege has been hired as the facility’s new administrator, but no other significant changes to services or staffing are planned, both Vege and Alter said.

“At the moment, we’re not changing anything,” Vege said. “But we’re looking at what is being done here, and we’re always looking to improve.”

According to Alter, management will determine what changes, if any, need to be made after first “getting established in our new community.”

“Me and my team of consultants will get involved and assess which priorities need attention first — whether it’s staff development, whether it’s facility improvements, whether it’s creating more local relationships. Whatever it is, we want to make our facility a top choice for short-term rehabilitation and long-term healthcare in our community.”

Alter said Certified Health Management has been in existence since 1991, serving as a “back office” bookkeeping and consulting company for the facilities he owns. The Paxton and Pontiac nursing homes represent Alter’s fifth and sixth nursing facilities.

The Paxton nursing home once was owned by Ford County. When ASTA Care bought the nursing home from Ford County for $1.25 million in July 2008 — after first leasing it from the county — the nursing home had 69 beds. It later added seven more with the completion of a new therapy wing.

Craig Frank, vice president of finance for ASTA Healthcare Company Inc., did not immediately return messages seeking comment on the acquisition of the Paxton facility. Also unavailable for comment was David Chroust, the attorney representing the Cole Taylor Bank, the plaintiff in the Asta Care foreclosure case.

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Weekly Farm Report

Not much harvest progress was made in the wet farm fields of Illinois this past week.

Three weeks of wet conditions have put average statewide topsoil moisture at 1% very short, 4% short, 67% adequate and 28% surplus.  Just two days were suitable for fieldwork according to state crop statistician Mark Schleusener.  Just 37% of soybeans have been havested and 79% of the soybean crop is rated in good to excellent condition.  Corn harvest is at 43%.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Monday, October 20, 2014

Criminal Damage to Property H14-5545
Date & Time: October 20, 2014 9:26pm
Location: 400 blk W Chestnut
Complainant: (22) Hoopeston male
Details: Complainant contacted HPD and advised that unknown person(s) cut 3 tires
on his vehicle.

Vehicle and Guns Stolen H14-5542
Date & Time: October 20, 2014 4:35pm
Location: 600 blk E McCracken
Complainant: (60) Hoopeston male
Details: Complainant contacted HPD and advised that his 2008 Chevy truck had been
stolen from his yard.  At the time of call, there was only suspicion of suspect
information.  Inside the vehicle, there were also 2 guns and other property that
was stolen.


Recovered H14-5542
Date & Time: October 21, 2014 3:15am
Location: I-55 Rest Area at MP65 near Waggoner, IL
Arrested: Daryl Perkins (50) Hoopeston male
Details: Illinois State Police later contacted HPD advising that they had recovered the
vehicle and stolen guns.  Mr. Perkins was being held by ISP for vehicle theft and
drugs charges.

 

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Health Department suspends flu clinics

According to the Commercial News in Danville,

The Vermilion County Health Department has temporarily suspended its flu vaccinations.
The department made the announcement on Friday, just three weeks into this year’s round of vaccinations.
Public Health Administrator Jenny Trimmell, in a press release, indicated the initial vaccination clinics had been scheduled through the month of October with the belief that the county would receive both orders of the vaccine.
After providing 680 doses of vaccine to people in the first three weeks of the month, the health department, she said, was notified it would not receive its second 670-dose order until later in October or perhaps earlier November.
“This is frustrating for us, because providing immunizations is one of the core functions of public health, and because we had such good turnout for our early flu clinics,” Trimmell said in the release. “All we can do is to ask the public’s patience, and assure people that we will resume having flu clinics again as soon as we can.”
Announcements about flu clinics will be posted on the website and communicated to the public. For more information, call the health department at 431-2662, ext. 242, or visit their website at www.vchd.org.
The health department is giving quadrivalent vaccine, which offers protections against four strains of flu virus.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends for the 2014-2015 flu season that everyone 6 months and older receive their annual flu shot.

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Health Department suspends flu clinics

According to the Commercial News in Danville,

The Vermilion County Health Department has temporarily suspended its flu vaccinations.
The department made the announcement on Friday, just three weeks into this year’s round of vaccinations.
Public Health Administrator Jenny Trimmell, in a press release, indicated the initial vaccination clinics had been scheduled through the month of October with the belief that the county would receive both orders of the vaccine.
After providing 680 doses of vaccine to people in the first three weeks of the month, the health department, she said, was notified it would not receive its second 670-dose order until later in October or perhaps earlier November.
“This is frustrating for us, because providing immunizations is one of the core functions of public health, and because we had such good turnout for our early flu clinics,” Trimmell said in the release. “All we can do is to ask the public’s patience, and assure people that we will resume having flu clinics again as soon as we can.”
Announcements about flu clinics will be posted on the website and communicated to the public. For more information, call the health department at 431-2662, ext. 242, or visit their website at www.vchd.org.
The health department is giving quadrivalent vaccine, which offers protections against four strains of flu virus.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends for the 2014-2015 flu season that everyone 6 months and older receive their annual flu shot.

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