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Vermilion County woman held prisoner in a home.

A Vermilion County man was arrested after a woman reported she was being held prisoner in his home.

Georgetown police responded to the report around 2:15 p.m. Wednesday in the 300 block of East 14th Street, according to Chief Whitney Reneker.

According to Reneker, a woman had fled from a man’s home along East 14th Street and gone to one of his neighbors asking for help. The woman told police she had been held against her will in the man’s home.

The man, a parolee, was taken into custody around 3 p.m. on a preliminary charge of unlawful restraint, Reneker said. The suspect’s name was not immediately released.

The man was initially not cooperative with police, according to the Georgetown chief. He was taken into custody by an officer who was approaching the home as the suspect tried to exit the rear.

Reneker said the victim told police the man was armed but as of early Wednesday afternoon no gun had been found. Police were continuing their search for the firearm and the incident overall remains under investigation.

The woman appeared uninjured but was taken to Presence United Samaritans Medical Center as a precaution.

In addition to Georgetown officers, deputies with the Vermilion County Sheriff’s Department as well as officers Tilton, Westville and Ridge Farm reported to the scene.

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The poisonous brown recluse spider has re-emerged in the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district after a

The poisonous brown recluse spider has re-emerged in the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district after a seven-year hiatus.

One of the poisonous spiders was discovered Tuesday in a crawlspace at PBL Eastlawn School, Superintendent Cliff McClure said. It was the first time since 2008 — when brown recluse spiders were found in PBL Eastlawn School, as well as PBL High School and Clara Peterson Elementary School — that the spider had been seen in any of Paxton’s schools.

McClure sent Eastlawn students home with a letter Thursday informing their parents of the news and asking them to follow a list of precautionary measures.

McClure told the Paxton Record that the district is working with its contracted pest-management provider, Terminex, to “begin aggressive treatment of the area” where the spider was found. The district will also continue to follow its pest-management protocols at all of its four schools, including conducting precautionary pest surveillance, inspections and pesticide sprayings.

“We’re going to stay vigilant on this,” McClure told the Record. “We’re going to continue to monitor it and treat aggressively. Our No. 1 priority is keeping people safe, and that’s why I’m letting parents and staff know.”

In his letter to parents, McClure said a brown recluse spider was found by Terminex during a routine pest-management visit to Eastlawn. McClure said the crawlspace where the spider was found is restricted from students and teaching staff, adding that no others were found in the building.

In July 2008, a small number of brown recluse spiders were found in both Eastlawn and Clara Peterson Elementary schools during routine pest-management visits. After the discovery, a staff member at Clara Peterson Elementary School was treated for a skin lesion that displayed some of the characteristics of a brown recluse spider bite. Later in the summer, a staff member at PBL High School caught a brown recluse spider in that school’s office.

At the time, McClure said Terminex had speculated the spiders could have been “brought in from the outside,” possibly while hiding in a box.

Since 2008, McClure said in his letter, “the district has continued to treat and monitor pests within all school district buildings.”

McClure said in his letter that “Terminex has begun to implement measures to address this situation at Eastlawn Elementary. Furthermore, the district is implementing means of educating students and staff concerning this nuisance and to ensure a safe and comfortable learning environment for the students and staff at Eastlawn Elementary and the PBL school district.”

McClure is asking parents of Eastlawn students to instruct their children to report any pest sightings to an adult and to stay away from all insects. Parents also should pay close attention to children if they complain of sores or bites, McClure said.

As precautionary measures, McClure said, district staff will ensure no students are moving or opening cardboard storage boxes; Eastlawn students will store their gym shoes in tubs provided by the district or transport shoes home and back daily; and staff moving or opening storage boxes will be cautious and wear gloves as needed.

“The No. 1 priority is to keep students and staff safe, and I appreciate your patience and understanding as the district addresses this situation,” McClure wrote to parents.

McClure said brown recluse spiders are fairly common in Central Illinois, after migrating from the south. They do not like human movement, so they hide, McClure said.

According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, the brown recluse spider has extremely small fangs and is unable to bite through clothing. The initial bite is usually painless and only becomes apparent three to eight hours later when the bite site becomes red, swollen and tender.

The majority of brown recluse spider bites remain localized and heal within three weeks without complication or intervention. Only a small number of people have severe reactions.

The Illinois Department of Public Health has more information about the brown recluse spider at


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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter
Thursday, January 29, 2015

Burglary H15-0311   V15-0893
Date & Time: January 29, 2015   11:48pm
Location: 200 blk S Market
Arrested #1: Jacob E Davis (22) of Danville
Arrested #2: Richard W Davis (34) of Danville
Details: While on patrol, officers noticed an open door to the above building with
a suspicious vehicle parked outside.  While searching the building
both of the above subjects were inside.  They were taken into custody
and transported to PSB to await arraignment with judge.

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Hoopeston, Vermilion County, and Iroquois County Police in chase with Hoopeston Man

Hoopeston, Vermilion County, and Iroquois County Police in chase with Hoopeston Man

Iroquois County police arrested Michael L. Baillie 40 of Hoopeston. Officers from Hoopeston & Vermilion County were involved in a chase with Bailie. Iroquois County Sheriffs police caught up with the pursuit on 100 N. Road. Bailies car left the roadway in an attempt to elude the Iroquois County Deputy’s car . Bailie’s vehicle entered the ditch and came to rest in a plowed field. Bailie was taken to Hoopeston Hospital for treatment, when released he was taken to the Iroquois County jail and charged with DUI and aggravated use of a weapon. Bailie posted bond and was released.

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Danville, IL. Vicki Haugen, President & CEO, Vermilion Advantage announced today that two new hotel projects for Danville’s Lynch Drive area, an expansion at the Sleep Inn & Suites and a new all-suite-extended stay hotel are on a fast track.  During recent meetings with City of Danville officials and owner/developer Premier Hospitality Properties, the potential for 100 new all-suite hotel rooms geared toward the extended stay hotel market was discussed.

The Sleep Inn & Suites located at 361 Lynch Drive plans to expand its existing 76 room hotel this year adding 25 to 30 suites equipped and furnished to target Danville’s existing long-term stay market. 

Additionally, a national franchise has recently been awarded to Premier to develop a new 75 to 80 room all-suites/long-term stay hotel property next to the current Sleep Inn on land it already owns.  Premier is targeting to break ground on this project in 2015, as well.  Premier is currently finalizing joint venture agreements with a large hotel developer/operator and an Illinois-based hotel construction firm to build and operate this new hotel.  Financing is expected to be done locally. The combined project investment is estimated at approximately $6M with an anticipated 26 new full and part time jobs.

“Premier Hospitality Properties and the local Sleep Inn management have been heavily involved with and supportive of Danville and Vermilion County since 1994,” Haugen said.  “It is wonderful to see their commitment for additional investment to provide quality opportunities for a new, niche market that is very much underserved at this time.  These new developments will be great assets for our business community and for overall tourism options in the region and complement the other investments within the Lynch Spur area.”

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Rollover near Rankin nets a DUI

Rollover near Rankin nets a DUI


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

WHAT: Single vehicle DUI rollover crash.

WHERE: 5153 IL Rt. 9 Rankin, IL.

WHEN: Tuesday, January 25, 2015, 3:47 P.M.

VEHICLES: Unit #1- Blue 2013 Ford Taurus

DRIVER: Unit #1 John J. Kwiatkowski, 49, Plainfield IL

PASSENGERS: Female, Juvenile, Plainfield IL


CAUSE: Unit #1 driver was determined to be DUI – Alcohol, drove off of the roadway, and overturned the vehicle.

TRANSPORTS: Driver and passenger were transported to an area hospital for injuries.

CONDITIONS: Both were admitted in the hospital for treatment.

PRELIMINARY: The preliminary investigation indicates Unit #1 was eastbound on IL Rt. 9 approximately .4 miles east of Vermilion County road 470 East when it exited the north side of roadway, struck a ditch/culvert, struck a tree, overturned, and came to final rest on its roof. The driver and passenger were extricated from their seatbelts by emergency personnel.

CHARGES: John J. Kwiatkowski charged with Aggravated Driving under the Influence, Illegal Transportation of Open Alcohol, and numerous other traffic offenses.

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

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Weekend Report:

Stolen Wallet H15-254
Date & Time: January 24, 2015   2:04pm
Location: VFW 426 E Orange
Complainant: 26 year old Hoopeston man
Details: At the above date and time, complainant reported that his wallet was
stolen while he was at the above location the prior evening.

Theft and Possession of Cannabis     H15-0255
Date & Time: January 24, 2015   2:37pm
Location: Dollar General 415 S Dixie Hwy
Arrested: Angela K Burke (52) of Hoopeston
Details: While at the above location subject attempted to leave the store with a
sweatshirt without paying. She was transported to HPD for booking.
While at the station a search of her person revealed cannabis, which
she was also charged with.  She was processed and released with
city court date on both charges.

Battery (City Ordinance) H15-0261
Date & Time: January 25, 2015 1:04am
Location: 426 W Orange VFW
Arrested: Jeffery Griffin (26) of Hoopeston
Robert Gibson (32) of Hoopeston
Details: HPD officers were called to the above location in reference to a fight in progress.
Mr. Gibson and Mr. Griffin were arrested and charged with city ordinance
violation of battery.  They were processed and released pending a date in city

Fire Call
Date & Time: January 25, 2015     4:23am
Location: 900 blk Sprague
Details: HFD was called to a carbon monoxide detector going off.  It was found that the
detector was malfunctioning.

Found Cell Phone
Verizon LG cell phone was found at 600 blk E Wyman. Owner can identify/claim at HPD.

Fire Call
Date & Time: January 25, 2015     11:24pm
Location: 900 blk W Washington
Details: HFD was called to a carbon monoxide detector going off.  It was found that the
detector was malfunctioning.


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Statement from Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White on the Passing of Ernie Banks

The state of Illinois, the city of Chicago and the world of sports lost an icon today in the passing of Ernie Banks.  Ernie Banks was a great man with a great heart.  While his play made him a Hall-of-Fame baseball player, it was his personality that made him a legend.

I was honored to learn many things from him while I was in the Cubs organization.  And I am proud to have had the opportunity to work with him throughout the years in our joint efforts to help others. 

My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and to his friends.  I was privileged to have played baseball with him, and to call him my friend.  Ernie Banks – Mr. Cub – will be missed.

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Corporate woes closes clothing store in mall

According to the Commercial News, nother mall store is succumbing to a company bankruptcy.
Deb clothing store in the Village Mall is among the 287 retail locations closing across the country. Going out of business sales began earlier this month.
Local Deb store manager Wendy Biage said they’ve been told the store in the Village Mall could close within eight to 12 weeks.
“We knew about the financial trouble for a while,” Biage said of the company.
In addition to the discounted store merchandise, store fixtures also are being sold.
The store has eight employees. Some have been there five or six years. The store opened in the Village Mall in 1985.
Another store employee, Nancy Gonzalez, said she and other employees are looking for different employment.
Biage said some other store representatives in the mall have approached the employees about working elsewhere in the mall.
“It’s sad to see them go,” said Village Mall Manager Cindy Compton.
She said the mall still has a lot in the works. Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts Store is one new store coming.

The area also still has other options here for teen apparel with the new stores that have come in, such as T.J. Maxx and Burlington, which are nationally and regionally healthy, according to Vermilion Advantage President and CEO Vicki Haugen.
Retailers nationally have been in a constant state of flux and chaos for the last 10 years. That’s why perpetual recruitment is necessary and why economic development and recruitment never stop, she added.
“I’m sorry for those that manage and work at Deb, but I’m also confident with other recruitment that is in the works that the void will be filled,” she said through e-mail.
Haugen says “we have to keep our eye on what is possible and how we can grow, not the things that we have no control over.”
Gordon Brothers Group and Hilco Merchant Resources made the announcement recently that there will be going-out-of-business sales at all Deb Shops retail locations nationwide.
Deb Shops is a Philadelphia-based women’s fashion discount retailer that has been in business for more than 80 years. The company filed for Chapter 11 protection on Dec. 4, 2014.
Gordon Brothers Group and Hilco Merchant Resources were awarded the store closing process for all locations by the bankruptcy court.
“We thank our many customers and dedicated employees for their tremendous loyalty over the years and are very proud of our associates’ commitment to maintaining the high level of customer service we are known for throughout this transition,” said Dawn Robertson, chief executive officer, Deb Shops, through a press release.
Store locations will remain open until all merchandise has been sold. Deb Shops gift cards will be honored through March 8.
Deb Shops were founded in 1932 in Philadelphia, Penn. Deb Shops originated as a discount hosiery and lingerie retailer under the name, JOY Hosiery. The company was renamed “Deb Shops” in 1970 and re-focused its strategy on selling women’s and girls’ fashion and accessories. At this time the company also closed many neighborhood stores and opened larger stores in shopping malls. Deb Shops operates almost 300 retail stores across 42 states.

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Man on federal parole for child porn arrested for child porn

According to the Paxton Record, A Rantoul man who allegedly had a cellphone with pornographic images of children on it was arrested by Rantoul police Thursday.

Rantoul police Sgt. Justin Bouse said federal probation officers were checking on Christopher M. Fiore, 48, who listed an address in the 1900 block of County Road 3000 N, who is serving a term of mandatory supervised release after having been to federal prison for possession of child pornography.

They were visiting him at his girlfriend’s home on Mather Drive, Bouse said, when they found that he had a cellphone that was not equipped with filtering software, one of the conditions of Fiore’s release.

Bouse said the federal probation officer contacted Rantoul police, who confirmed that the phone had pornographic images of children on it, then arrested Fiore.

He was charged in Champaign County Circuit Court Friday with possession of child pornography, a Class 3 felony carrying penalties ranging from probation to two to five years in prison.

Bouse said in May 2012, Fiore was put on mandatory supervised release, formerly known as parole, after having served a prison sentence for the federal child porn conviction as well as an Iroquois County conviction for aggravated criminal sexual abuse. He was due to finish his supervised release in May.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Friday, January 23, 2015

Wanted on a warrant H15-0240   V15-672
Time & Date: January 23, 2015   1245pm
Location: 400 block of East Honeywell Ave
Arrested: Napier, Alexander J (M) of Hoopeston (19)
Details: At the above time and date, the arrestee was located, taken into custody on a
Vermilion County warrant 13TR05668 for failure to appear for arraignment
Subject was transported to the PSB in lieu of bond,  $3000/10%.

Warrant Arrest H15-0248
Date & Time: January 23, 2015   6:55pm
Location: 400 blk N Eighth Avenue
Arrested: Chloe A Alkire (20) of Hoopeston
Details: Subject was taken into custody on outstanding Vermilion County warrant
14TR7736 FTA/Driving While License Suspended. She was transported to HPD
where she was released after posting $375 bond and given a new court


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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

The Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police News

No injuries were reported and no tickets were issued following a single-vehicle accident Jan. 20 three miles east of Loda. The accident occurred when Laura N. Alexander, 26, of Urbana, was driving south on Iroquois County Road 600 East, and her vehicle began to slide on the ice-covered roadway as it approached the curved intersection at County Road 200 North. Alexander’s vehicle continued sliding, entered the east ditch and overturned, causing more than $1,500 in damages to her vehicle.

No injuries were reported and no tickets were issued following a single-vehicle accident Jan. 20 west of Danforth. The accident occurred when Robert L. Klenzak, 44, of Clifton, was driving west on County Road 2200 North, just east of County Road 500 East, and his vehicle began to skid out of control. His vehicle entered the north ditch and continued through the ditch before entering a plowed field and overturning and coming to a rest on its driver’s side. More than $1,500 in damages were estimated.

No injuries were reported and no tickets were issued following a single-vehicle accident Jan. 20 near Onarga. The accident occurred when Todd A. Cook, 48, of Onarga, was driving south on County Road 490 East, near Illinois 54, and his truck began to skid out of control on the ice-covered roadway. Cook’s truck skidded across the road and struck a wire fence and post, causing an estimated $500 to $1,500 in damages.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter
Thursday, January 22, 2015

Vehicle Accident H15-0229
Date & Time: January 22, 2015   12:01am
Location: 1000 blk W Penn
Unit #1: 2004 Dodge Pick up driven by Nathanial B Carter (26) of Hoopeston
Damaged Property: Utility Pole owned by Ameren
Details: Driver lost control of vehicle after turning onto roadway causing the
vehicle to slide into the utility pole causing it to break in half.
Ameren responded.  No injuries reported.  The driver of Unit #1 was
cited for Failure To Reduce Speed To Avoid and Accident.

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Hoopeston Highlights Show

Join WHPO for Our Hoopeston Highlights Show tonight from 5-5:30.

Larry’s guests will be Karla Coon and Nick Chatterton with Danville Area Community College.

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Iroquois County Approves 911 Agreement

The Iroquois County Board finally has approved a contract for dispatch services with the Iroquois County Emergency Telephone System Board (ETSB).

The contract, approved during the county board’s Jan. 13 meeting, requires Iroquois County to pay a $163,382 annual fee for the period of Dec. 1, 2014, through Nov. 30, 2016, in monthly installments of $13,615, for dispatch services provided by the ETSB.

In subsequent years, the county board and ETSB will negotiate the annual fee “based on an annual review of the amount of communication services provided by (the) 911 board in the prior year,” the contract says.

The county board’s finance committee approved the two-year contract in early December, but the full board voted during its December meeting to send it back to the finance committee for further review. More at

Other business
Also at the county board’s Jan. 13 meeting:

— The board made plans to further discuss the possibility of holding the board’s regular monthly meetings in the evening, rather than the morning, on the first Tuesday of each month. Discussions on the subject will resume during the next policy and procedure committee meeting.

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Hoopeston Jaycee’s & Chamber set Awards night!

Hoopeston Jaycee’s & Chamber set Awards night!

Saturday, January 31, 2015
6:00 PM - Hoopeston American Legion

Guest Speaker
Linda Bolton - Vermilion Advantage

$12 Per Ticket for Dinner

$5 For Entry at the Door for Just the Awards Ceremony

Dinner Tickets Must Be Purchased by January 23, 2015
Purchase Tickets Below

Dinner Includes:
Chicken Parmesean
Baked Potato
Broccoli Casserole
Garlic Bread

Purchase Your Tickets at WHPO


  Awards Include:
Hoopeston Jaycees Chapter Awards
Police Department Employee of the Year
Emergency Management Agency Volunteer of the Year
Fire Department Firefighter of the Year
Distinguished Service Award

Chamber of Commerce Awards:
Business of the Year
Food Service of the Year
Retailer of the Year
Community Service Award

Save the Lorraine Foundation Award:

Hoopeston Chronicle Awards:
Citizen of the Year

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Governor Rauner’s Motorcade in Wreck in Chicago

Governor Rauner’s Motorcade in Wreck in Chicago

CHICAGO – Illinois State Police (ISP) Director Hiram Grau today released the following statement regarding the four-vehicle, injury crash that occurred at Michigan Avenue at E. Randolph Street involving the Governor’s motorcade.

Illinois State Police Executive Protection Unit (EPU) officers were completing a routine movement of Governor Rauner this morning when a traffic crash occurred in the intersection directly in-front of them.

The Governor’s motorcade was stationary at a red light preparing to travel westbound on E. Randolph Street when a two vehicle crash occurred. One of the vehicles spun out of control after the crash and slid across the intersection striking the vehicle Governor Rauner was riding in along with ISP officers and another vehicle.

Neither the Governor nor any ISP officers suffered injury in the crash. Damage was sustained to the front right bumper/fender area of the vehicle in which the Governor was traveling.

A total of three people involved in the initial crash were transported to Northwestern Medical Center with nonlife threatening injuries for treatment. The Chicago Police Department responded to the scene to handle the crash.


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Ex-correctional officer pleads not guilty to official misconduct

According to the Paxton Record, A former Ford County correctional officer has pleaded not guilty to charges of official misconduct and disorderly conduct in connection with alleged inappropriate conduct involving himself and a female inmate.

Derek A. Whitaker, 36, of Loda, waived a preliminary hearing and pleaded not guilty during a Jan. 7 hearing in Ford County Circuit Court. A pretrial hearing was set for 9 a.m. March 11, and his jury trial was set for April 15.

Meanwhile, Judge Matt Fitton recused himself from the case on Jan. 15. The case was referred to Chief Judge Kevin Fitzgerald for reassignment.

Tom Brown, a special prosecutor for the Illinois Appellate Prosecutor’s Office, is prosecuting the case. Whitaker is represented by Champaign attorney Mark Lipton.

State police arrested Whitaker for official misconduct, a Class 3 felony, on Oct. 27 after interviewing him at the Paxton Police Department. Three days later, Whitaker resigned as a correctional officer, ending four years of employment.

On Oct. 21, Ford County Sheriff Mark Doran notified state police of “potential inappropriate conduct” between Whitaker and a female inmate, said Illinois State Police Master Sgt. Jeff Padilla. Padilla said the alleged conduct was “sexual in nature” but did not involve any physical contact. The conduct was brought to Doran’s attention by “the inmate involved, along with two other inmates,” Padilla said.

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Crash blocks I-74 lanes Tuesday

According to the Commercial News, An Urbana woman faces charges of driving while under the influence after a crash closed eastbound lanes of Interstate 74 between the G Street and Martin Luther King Drive exits.
According to information from the Illinois State Police, a 1994 Mercury Cougar driven by Cynthia L. Manning, 30, of Urbana, crashed at 3:57 a.m. Tuesday into a guardrail near the 212 mile marker in I-74’s eastbound lanes.

A 2006 Freightliner truck-tractor driven by an unidentified male from Danville also was traveling eastbound, but the driver failed to see Manning’s vehicle. The truck hit Manning’s car, causing the truck to run off into the ditch on the right and become lodged between bridge supports.
State police said there were reports of injuries, but did not provide specific information.
Manning was arrested for driving under the influence. The driver of the truck refused medical attention, police said, and was released.

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Vermilion County Farm Bureau Foundation is offering you an opportunity to chase away your winter blues and raise money for a good cause at the same time. The group is holding its third annual “Luau for Learning” Trivia Night, with a theme of “Jamaica My Weekend.”
The event will be held on Saturday, February 28 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 310 Bryan Ave, in Danville. Doors will open at 7:00 pm, with the trivia starting at 7:30 pm.
“We hope folks will join us for a great time,” said foundation chairman Mark Willard. “We’ve had two successful trivia nights the last two years, and want everyone to be a part of this year’s Jamaica night.”

Teams of up to eight people will answer general trivia questions on a variety of topics, from music to sports, from history to food. “The registration fee is $100 for a table for a night of great fun,” Willard notes. “The proceeds go to our Ag in the Classroom program, where we reach over 65% of the students in Vermilion County with information about agriculture and food production.”
The top two teams will receive cash awards. Recognition will also be given to the team with the best theme spirit.
The Luau for Learning is a chance for folks to get together, have some fun, and raise funds for Ag in the Classroom. Registration forms can be downloaded at There is a limit of 22 teams, so early registration is encouraged.
Businesses that are interested in being an event or round sponsor can contact the Vermilion County Farm Bureau offices at 217-442-8713.

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Family Health Care of Hoopeston Opens on Dixie Highway

Gibson City, IL, January 19, 2015– Family Health Care of Hoopeston, an affiliate of Gibson Area Hospital, opened its new location at 705 South Dixie Highway in Hoopeston, just north of CVS Pharmacy.  The newly constructed facility is designed for patient comfort and convenience, featuring an easily accessible building with visibility, ample parking, numerous exam rooms, and spacious procedure rooms. 

According to Gibson Area Hospital CEO Rob Schmitt, “The new clinic is a great addition and asset to the residents and the City of Hoopeston.  GAHHS is committed to the community and this major investment shows the community we are here to stay.  GAHHS is proud to serve the residents of Hoopeston and the surrounding areas.  This clinic will allow GAHHS to expand the number of specialist seeing patients in Hoopeston.  In the near future, in addition to Family Medicine, Obstetrics, and General Surgery, we will have Urology, Cardiology, and Orthopedic providers seeing patients in the clinic.”  Schmitt also anticipates an open house for the community in the very near future.

Dr. Laura Smith and Dr. Adree Venatta practice as FP-OBs, which means they see patients of all ages and provide care from maternity care and infant and child wellness to chronic disease management and geriatric care.  Dr. Smith is in the office for appointments on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8:00 am-5:00 pm, and Dr. Venatta is available to see patients on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday from 9:00 am-5:00 pm, and Friday from 8:00 am-4:00 pm. The clinic is closed from noon to 1:00 pm for lunch.  To schedule an appointment at the new clinic, call 217. 283.5530. For more information about Family Health Care of Hoopeston, please visit

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Gibson Area Hospital Auxiliary Announces Scholarships

The Gibson Area Hospital Auxiliary has nine scholarships to award this year. There are two scholarships from The Verna Buck Scholarships worth $2000.00 apiece. These scholarships for are nursing only. There is another Verna Buck Scholarship for $1000.00 also for nursing only.

There are two scholarships worth $2000.00 from the GAH Auxiliary. These scholarships are for school work dedicated to any medical fields.

There are two other scholarships, each for $1000.00, from the Arthur and Ane Jensen Noland Family Scholarship Fund and the William and Viola Garrett Scholarship Fund. These scholarships are for those who live in Ford County or who have graduated from a Ford County school. They may be awarded for any school work leading to work in any medical field.

There is one scholarship awarded by the scholarship committee from the CEDF Foundation for $2000.00 for nursing only.

The last scholarship comes from the Christina Medrano, M.D. Scholarship fund. It is worth $1000.00 and is for any work in the medical field. It has no other restrictions.

It is hoped that the recipients will return to the Gibson Area Hospital & Health Services area and work, if positions are available.

The scholarship applications may be obtained online at or from the guidance office in area schools. You may also get an application by calling Sue Walker at 784-8705. She will also answer any questions you may have. Please be sure to download BOTH documents that you need to sign.

The deadline for the receipt of the application is March 11, 2015. Notification to scholarship recipients will be made prior to April 13, 2015.

Applications and letters of reference should be sent to:
Sue Walker
Auxiliary Scholarship Chairwoman
538 Hager Ct
Gibson City, IL   60936


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

WHAT: Two vehicle DUI crash with lane blockage.

WHERE: I-74 Eastbound MP 212.5.

WHEN: Tuesday, January 20, 2015, 3:57 A.M.

VEHICLES: Unit #1- Beige 1994 Mercury Cougar
Unit #2 -White 2006 Freightliner Truck-tractor in combination with a 2006 Wabash Semi-trailer

DRIVER: Unit #1 Cynthia L. Manning, 30, Urbana, IL
Unit #2 Male, Danville, IL



CAUSE: Unit #1 was determined to be DUI and crashed into a guardrail coming to rest in the eastbound roadway.


CONDITIONS: Driver refused medical and was released from the scene.

PRELIMINARY: Unit #1 crashed into a guardrail leaving the vehicle in the middle of the roadway.  Unit #2 was traveling eastbound and was unaware of Unit #1’s crash.  Unit #2 crashed into Unit #1, causing Unit #2 to run aground into the right ditch and become lodged between the bridge supports.  There were reports of injuries.  The driver of Unit #1 was later arrested for Driving Under the Influence.

CHARGES: Cynthia L. Manning arrested for Driving Under the Influence.

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

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Pot-growing operation busted at Paxton teen’s home

According to the Paxton Record, Paxton police are asking Ford County’s prosecutor to charge a Paxton teenager as an adult in connection with a marijuana-growing operation discovered earlier this month at the teen’s home.

Paxton Police Chief Bob Bane said his department obtained a search warrant at the 17-year-old’s home in the 300 block of West Center Street on Saturday, Jan. 10. Bane said numerous items believed to be used for growing cannabis were found.

Bane said a report has been provided to State’s Attorney Randy Yedinak, who is reviewing what charges to file. Bane said police are seeking charges of possession of cannabis (over 30 grams), manufacturing of cannabis (over 30 grams), unlawful possession of a cannabis plant and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Bane said the crime qualifies as an “adult felony charge,” so Paxton police are asking Yedinak to file charges in adult court.

Paxton police came across the cannabis-growing operation in the teen’s home after being called there for an unrelated matter shortly after 7 p.m. Jan. 10. After noticing several items they believed to be used to grow marijuana, police obtained a search warrant and returned at 10 p.m.

Police seized “a large number of items used for a cannabis grow and possible other drug manufacturing,” Bane said. Among the items seized were: heat lamps, cannabis seeds, hemp, protein powder, scales, packaging materials, potting soil, high-powered heat lamps, a 24-piece chemistry set, pH-testing papers, fertilizer, starter plant containers, invoices for a chemical that had been ordered, gelatin capsules, drug paraphernalia and a partially dried cannabis plant weighing 28.5 grams.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Monday, January 19, 2015

Traffic Accident (Minor PI) H15-0195
Time & Date: January 19, 2015   08:44 am
Location: 600 block W Maple St
Unit 1:   2004 Buick driven by   Brenda K Hollen (F)  of Hoopeston (51)
Unit 2: 1998 Plymouth Van driven by Bradley E Thompson (M) of Hoopeston (26)
Details:    At the above time and date, Hoopeston PD was requested for a traffic accident
investigation, where there were minor injuries reported at the scene.  Arrow EMS
transported a subject to Carle Hoopeston ER for treatment.  Both units were
towed from scene by owners request to Knuth’s Towing.  Unit 1 Cited for failure
to reduce speed to avoid accident.  Both Units insured. 



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roquois County seniors can apply for deferral of their property taxes

According to the Paxton Record, The program allows qualified senior citizens living in Iroquois County to defer payment of up to $5,000 of their 2014 property taxes on their personal residence.

Applications must be filed with the treasurer’s office by March 1.

To qualify, a person must be 65 or older by June 1, 2015, have a total household income of $55,000 or less, and have lived in the property for at least three years. In addition, there must be no delinquent taxes on the property.

Qualified taxpayers can defer taxes totaling up to 80 percent of the equity interest they have in the home. The program sets up a form of a loan with a 6 percent interest rate which does not become due until the taxpayer sells the property or until after the taxpayer’s death.

To apply for the program, the person has to file two forms with the treasurer’s office. The first form — IL1017 TD — asks for basic information about the taxpayer, their income and their property. It also requires that joint owners agree to the tax deferral. In addition, it requires that evidence be presented of adequate insurance on the property. The second form — IL1018 TD — is the agreement for the tax deferral.  It sets out the conditions of the deferral, including the amount which can be deferred, the interest rate and the payment arrangements.

For more information, visit the treasurer’s office in the Iroquois County Administrative Center, 1001 E. Grant St., Watseka. The phone number is 815-432-6985.

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Danville casino supporters preparing to make their voice heard again

According to the News Gazette, Supporters of a Danville casino are gearing up for another attempt at getting the bill passed in Springfield.

The plan has been in the works for years and would add five casinos in the state and slot machines at racetracks.  The plan’s sponsor plans to re-file the bill at the capitol soon.

Danville Mayor Scott Eisenhauer said supporters of expanded gaming plan to talk with Governor Bruce Rauner about getting it passed.  The mayor says the plans fits with one of Rauner’s priorities.

Republican State Representative Chad Hays, who serves Danville, admitted that gaming expansion isn’t a top priority for the Governor.  And he said the mayoral election in Chicago could complicate things, since the gaming bill includes a casino for the Windy City.  But, Hays said he expects the issue to be discussed in March or April.

A spokesman for Bruce Rauner said the Governor’s team is reviewing pending legislation but didn’t comment specifically on the gaming bill.

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

January 17th & 18th 2015

1-10 Sheriff’s Police investigated a single vehicle accident on North Main St. near East Crescent St in Gilman.  According to the reports, a vehicle driven by Aimee L. Chandler, 35 Onarga was traveling east on E Crescent St. attempting to make a north bound turn onto N. Main St. and lost control of her vehicle on the ice/snow covered roadway and struck a utility pole on the east side of N Main St resulting in damages over $1,500.  Chandler and her two passengers reported no injuries and no citation were issued

1-15 Sheriff’s Police investigated a single vehicle accident on Co Rd 1400N near Co Rd 2000E.  According to reports, a vehicle driven by Lacreatia R. Barrett, 37 Lockport, was traveling east on Co Rd 1400N when she lost control on the ice covered roadway and entered the north ditch and struck a utility pole resulting in damages greater than $1,500.  No injuries were reported and no citation were issued

1-17 Sheriff’s Police investigated a single vehicle accident on W. Garfield St. near Seventh St in Cissna Park.  According to the reports, a vehicle driven by Joshua B. Nichols, 25 Cissna Park was traveling east on N Garfield St. just east of Seventh St when he lost control of his vehicle on the snow/ice covered roadway and struck a utility pole resulting in damages greater than $1,500.  Cissna Park Fire and EMS also responded to the scene, treating Nichols for minor injuries.  He was issued two citations for driving while license suspended and driving too fast for conditions

1-16 Sheriff’s Police arrested Aaron R. Schadel, 24 Milford after he turned himself in to begin a nine (9) consecutive weekend sentence for a conviction on a prior battery charge.  He will remain in custody on weekends until his sentence is served

1-17 Sheriff’s Police investigated a single vehicle accident on Co Hwy 27 near Co Hwy 43 in rural Watseka.  According to the reports, a vehicle driven by a 16 year old juvenile was traveling east on Co Hwy 27 when he attempted to negotiate a curve in the road and lost control of the vehicle on the ice/snow covered roadway, entered the east ditch, striking a ditch embankment resulting in damages greater than $1,500.  No injuries were reported and no citations were issued.

1-18 Sheriff’s Police arrested Nicholas L. Ziehr, 28 Watseka.  Ziehr turned himself in to the Iroquois County Jail to await transport to the Department of Corrections to begin a 4 year sentence for felony theft

1-18 Sheriff’s Police arrested Christopher M. Vanmeter, 47 Kankakee.  He was wanted on two Iroquois County warrants charging him with failure to appear for driving while his license is suspended and aggravated cruelty to animals.  Vanmeter was aware of his outstanding warrants and turned himself in to the Iroquois County Jail, posted the required bond and was released

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Rankin hasn’t replaced its only police officer yet

The village board may vote in February on whether to replace Rankin’s only police officer.

Rob King resigned effective Dec. 1. The board discussed hiring a replacement at last Thursday’s meeting but postponed making a decision until February, according to Board President Aaron Warren.

Also at the meeting:

— The board learned that an appraisal had been done on a property at 215 S. Dixon St. that was recently donated to the village by Wells Fargo, which had acquired the property through foreclosure. The board will publish notices in local newspapers seeking bids for its purchase.

— Greg Gustafson, an engineer for Urbana-based Berns, Clancy & Associates, told the board that contractors were still requesting bid packets for the restoration of Rankin’s water tower. A project schedule shows a pre-bid meeting on Jan. 15 and bid opening on Feb. 24, followed by a 10-day bid-review period. The project will be awarded during the board’s March 5 meeting. The work is expected to be completed over a 60-day period, starting either in April or September and finishing either by June 1 or Nov. 1. The village has budgeted $165,000 for the project.

— The board agreed to wait until February to vote on the village’s possible participation in Vermilion County’s “multi-hazard mitigation plan,” which was adopted by the county in October and has received an “approval pending adoption letter” from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. “FEMA recommends that all participating jurisdictions coordinate the adoption process as soon as the plan has received the ‘approvable pending adoption’ status to ensure that all participants are covered by a plan for the full five years (it will be approved for by FEMA),” wrote Vermilion County Emergency Management Agency Director Ted Fisher in a letter to the village. “As you know, if the plan is not adopted by a participating jurisdiction, that jurisdiction would not be eligible for project grants under the following hazard mitigation assistance programs: HMGP, PDM and FEMA.”


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College student to head election commission in Danville

College student to head election commission In Danville

The new Danville Election Commission executive director has just under three months to prepare for the consolidated election with city and school board races.
But that doesn’t worry him.

“I learn quick,” said William C. Nesbitt.

Commissioners of the Danville Election Commission announced Tuesday that they’ve selected Nesbitt as the new executive director of the Danville Election Commission. He replaces Barbara Dreher who retired late last year.

“I’m very excited,” said the 21-year-old Nesbitt.

He’s the son of Vermilion County Board Member Chuck Nesbitt, and he also has had achievements when he was a Catlin High School student in 2010 when he organized a Meet the Candidates Forum. The town hall meeting garnered him a Governor’s Volunteer Service Award.

Nesbitt is finishing up his bachelor degrees in political science and business management with online courses through the University of Illinois in Springfield. He has 12 credit hours left, and will graduate in May.

Nesbitt will start as executive director of the Danville Election Commission on Tuesday, Jan. 20.

Nesbitt said his education has prepared him for the position. He’s also worked as a committee clerk with the Illinois House of Representative at the capital in Springfield; and he’s followed his father’s work on the county board.

Me and my dad are pretty close,” Nesbitt said. “I like local politics and elections.”

Nesbitt has already met with Danville Election Commission assistant director Karla Dukes and absentee voting clerk Leora Clark.

“We’ve talked about what’s going on with upcoming election,” he said. “We will be working as a team.”

He also has ideas he’d like to start implementing, such as reaching out more to community organizations and the high school to get more younger people involved in the electoral process.He wants to be active and involved in the community.

Nesbitt said working with the local news media also will be important for communicating with the public.

“This is something I have a passion for,” he said about the job.

He said he has the enthusiasm and energy for the position.

Barbara Bailey, chairwoman of the Danville Election commissioners, said the commissioners reviewed nine applications for the position and interviewed four candidates. She said Nesbitt stood out with his political experience, references and also knowledge of election laws.

“He was here as a coordinator for the (Bruce) Rauner campaign,” she said.

Bailey said references included three letters from Democratic and Republican state representatives.

“It shows his ability to work with both parties,” Bailey said.

“He has a lot of enthusiasm,” she said, adding that he’s already talked about getting more people registered to vote. “He’s an organizer.”

Bailey added that Nesbitt isn’t required to live in Danville.

The election commission bylaws require commissioners to live here, but the commission feels the director also should be a city resident.

The commission’s $304,441 budget for the fiscal year that runs Dec. 1, 2014, to Nov. 30, 2015, comes through the county.

Nesbitt’s salary is set at $45,000. This is about $3,000 less than Dreher’s former salary, according to Bailey.

“I think he’s going to do a good job,” Bailey said, adding that she thinks he’ll work well with Dukes and Clark, and the commissioners feel like they made a good choice.


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Upcoming WHPO sports broadcasts:

Upcoming WHPO sports broadcasts:

1/15 – Hoopeston Area girls basketball vs. Chrisman 7:30pm (approx..)
1/16 – Danville Riverhawks basketball 7:30pm
1/17 – HA girls basketball vs. Oakwood (County)  Noon
1/17 – HA boys basketball vs. Westville (County) 3:45pm
1/19 – HA girls basketball vs. B-H (County) 6:30pm
1/21 – HA girls basketball vs. GRF (County) 5pm


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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report for Wednesday Jan. 15th, 2015

Sheriff’s Police returned from the Champaign County jail with Jamal Branch, Branch was wanted on a warrant for driving while suspended. He remains in jail waiting a court appearance.

Police arrested Kristina Lopez 28 of Buckley, wanted on a Porter County Indiana warrant for dealing in Cocaine or narcotic Drug Delivery. She was awaiting a transfer to Porter County.

Single vehicle accident on 500N. Road, police say Angel Crawford, 44 of Milford was attempting to turn around and backed into the ditch. No injuries were reported.

Two car accident at 2500 N. Road. Police say Richard Shortsleeve 70 of Watseka was stopped at his mailbox when Justin Meyer of Donovan was unable to stop do to the icy road conditions and struck Shortsleeves truck. No injuries were reported.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter
Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Vehicle Accident H15-0139
Date & Time: January 13, 2015   10:20am
Location: Chestnut & Euclid
Unit #1: 2002 Ford SUV driven by Rheanna K Wardall of Hoopeston
Property: Yield Sign owned by City of Hoopeston
Details: Unit 1 was traveling southbound on Euclid, while attempting to turn westbound
on Chestnut it slid and struck the sign causing damage to right bumper of
her vehicle.  No damage to sign reported.

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Local Obituaries

Ruth Ann Johnson, 89 Paxton

Visitation:  Thursday, January 13th from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Knapp-Miller Funeral Home in Paxton
Funeral Service:  Friday, January 14th at 11:00 a.m. at Knapp-Miller Funeral Home in Paxton
Burial:  Glen Cemetery in Paxton

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Governor Rauner signs first Executive Order addressing state’s fiscal crisis

Governor Rauner signs first Executive Order addressing state’s fiscal crisis

Governor Bruce Rauner today signed Executive Order 15-08 addressing the State of Illinois’ fiscal crisis ordering a freeze of all state discretionary spending, halting the awarding of contracts and grants, and instructing the sale of surplus state property.

“Years of bad decisions have put Illinois in a financial crisis,” Rauner said. “Today we start the process of putting our state back on the road to fiscal stability by reviewing agency spending, stopping contracts and grants, and selling excess state property.”

Executive Order 15-08 requires every executive branch agency to report to the Governor’s Office of Management & Budget (GOMB) to identify every contract awarded or entered into by a state agency on or after November 1, 2014, and every hiring decision taken by agencies on or after November 1, 2014.

All agencies are further ordered, until July 1, 2015, to halt the awarding, entering into, amending or renewing of state contracts and grants. Exceptions are made for contracts required by law, emergency expenditures, small purchases, and essential operations.

Major interstate construction projects which have not commenced will be reviewed.

The governor also instructed agencies to manage existing resources by halting the sale/lease of motor vehicles, stopping out-of-state travel, and limiting in-state travel.

Executive Order 15-08 further instructs Central Management Services (CMS) to identify surplus property for auction in compliance with state law. Further, GOMB and CMS will review all property owned or leased by the state and develop a strategy for consolidation and relocation of offices.

Finally, the governor ordered all agencies to reduce energy consumption and spending on energy, including reducing heating, air conditioning, and lighting usage when facilities are not in use.

“Every dollar that we spend unnecessarily in government cannot be used to help our most vulnerable citizens,” Rauner added. “We must take every step necessary to ensure Illinois becomes the most compassionate and competitive state in the nation.”

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Arrested on drug, weapons charges in Watseka; wanted for murder in Texas

Arrested on drug, weapons charges in Watseka; wanted for murder in Texas

A man wanted for capital murder in Texas was arrested on unrelated crimes yesterday evening in Watseka.

Gerardo Durant, 28, was arrested in the 400 block of North Fifth Street in Watseka after a search warrant was used by police at the home.

Watseka Police Lt. Det. Josh King said the police were acting on a tip first received through Vermilion County Metropolitan Enforcement Group.

After arresting Durant at the home, where they found cash, narcotics, and a weapon, King said Durant first would not give police his name.

“He lied about his name and when he finally gave his name up we ran him and he can back wanted,” King said. The warrant for him is from Hidalgo County, Texas.

King said Durant told police he had been in Watseka for “about a month”.

The Watseka Enforcement Team, Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police and V-Meg agents arrested Durant at approximately 5:30 p.m.

Durant was charged with unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, possession of cannabis 2.5 to 10 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia. Also seized by police was $4,255 in cash.

Durant is currently in the Iroquois County Jail.

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Bennett Fills Senate Seat

Democrats fill Senate Seat

Scott Bennett of Champaign will replace Mike Frerichs as the state senator for the 52nd District that includes most of the population of Champaign and Vermilion counties, officials said today.

Bennett, 37, an assistant Champaign County state’s attorney, is expected to be formally selected this morning and later sworn at the Champaign County Courthouse.

Frerichs, who will be sworn in around noon today as Illinois’ new state treasurer, resigned from the seat at shortly before midnight last night.

Bennett, who will serve the two years’ remaining Frerichs’ current term, was chosen for the post by Champaign County Democratic Party Chairman Al Klein and Frank Wright, who holds the same position in Vermilion County. Eleven other Democrats applied for the position, including Urbana Mayor Laurel Prussing, former Vermilion County Clerk Lynn Foster and Laurie Bonnett, who was Frerichs’ chief of staff and is president of the Champaign school board.

Bennett, a native of Gibson City and a one-time White House intern in the Clinton administration and also with U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, is the nephew of incoming state Rep. Tom Bennett, a Republican. He also is secretary of the county Democratic Party.

Bennett is married, has two young children and is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law.

Last week, in a public forum featuring the 12 candidates to replace Frerichs, Bennett stressed his farming and small-town background.


“I bring that up because the 52nd District is more than just Champaign, Urbana and Danville. It also includes a lot of farms, and includes over a dozen small communities that have concerns and needs very different from its urban neighbors,” said Bennett. “And I believe I’m one of the only candidates on this slate that understands the concerns and the needs of those communities.”

His background, Bennett said “is conservative, but I have a long history of working with progressive candidates and their causes.”

He also said he would work to improve education funding and job opportunities in Illinois.

“We are failing our citizens in so many ways,” he said. “You invest in education. You make sure that we all have a fair and equitable chance at technology and training so that it shouldn’t matter, your opportunities shouldn’t be dependent on what Zip Code you were lucky enough to be born into. It’s also to make sure we reinvest in vocational training in our high schools so those students who are interested in a four-year degree can still get job training so they can support their families after they get out of school.”

He also called for “reinvesting in mental health treatment and substance abuse treatment, not just for those who need the treatment themselves, but to take that burden off the family members and the support systems that are in place now, that have to do so much more because the state isn’t pulling its weight.”


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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter
Monday, January 12, 2015

Domestic Battery H15-0124 V15-0315
Date & Time: January 12, 2015 10:43pm
Location: 200 blk E Lincoln
Complainant: 45 year old Hoopeston female
Arrested: Jan Ghighi (37) of Hoopeston
Details: HPD was called to the above location in reference to a domestic situation.
Mr. Ghighi was arrested and charged with domestic battery.  He was taken
to HPD where he was processed and later transported to the PSB in Danville
to await arraignment.

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report from the weekend

Single vehicle accident at 70E, 200 N. Road in Rual Loda. Dwight Mitchell 66 of Plainfield lost control on the ice covered roadway and grazed a utility pole, no injury’s were reported.

Police returned from Indiana with Nicole Lang 42, of Goodland. She was wanted on a warrant for Forgery and theft. She posted bond and was released.

Police arrested Christopher James Sr., 48 of Watseka. After a traffic stop reveled he was driving on a revoked license. He was taken to the Iroquois County Jail being held in lieu of bond.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report


Fire Call
Date & Time: January 9, 2015 1:57am
Location: 215 W Washington Teasdale Foods
Details: HFD responded to the above location for a mechanical fire alarm.  Firefighters
searched the building and found a malfunctioning detector. 

Traffic Accident H15-0083
Date & Time: January 9, 2015   07:59 AM
Location: 1000 block S. Dixie Hwy
Unit #1: 2007 Ford Truck driven by Annette M. McMillan of Wellington
Details: Unit 1 was traveling south bound on Dixie Hwy when she hit a icy spot and
slide off the roadway into the ditch. No injuries were reported. Unit #1 was
cited for no proof of insurance. 


Stolen Purse H15-0084
Date & Time: January 9, 2015   2:27pm
Location: Multi Agency
Complainant: 24 year old Hoopeston female
Details: Complainant reported that her purse was stolen while on a table at the
above location.

Traffic Accident H15-0095
Date & Time: January 9, 2015 8:39pm
Location: 1st Av/Orange
Unit #1: 2003 Dodge Durango driven by Rogelio Rivera of Hoopeston
Unit #2: 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe driven by Mary Funk of Hoopeston
Details: Unit #1 was traveling southbound on 1st Av when he started skidding on ice.
He traveled into the westbound traffic of Orange St and struck Unit #2.  No
injuries were reported.  Both Units could provide insurance.  Unit #1 was
cited for Driving Too Fast for Conditions.

Fire Call
Date & Time: January 10, 2015   7:12am
Location: 800 blk E McNeil
Details: HFD responded to an activated smoke alarm and smell of smoke
inside residence.

Found Item
Time & Date:  January 11, 2015   1:40pm
Location:    In front of NAPA on Main Street
Details:  Man’s glasses in a case was found laying in the roadway, were turned into
HPD.  Owner may claim them. 


Fire Call
Time & Date:  January 11, 2015   4:10 pm
Location:     1300 block W Orange Street
Details: Hoopeston PD was requested to respond to the scene of single vehicle accident
and standby for ISP who was responding to handle accident.  Upon arrival officer
discovered the unit was leaking gas and called HFD to respond.  No Injuries.





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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report for Thursday January 9th

Sheriff’s police returned from the Cook County Jail with Kirby Lacy 23 of Chicago, Lacy was wanted on a county warrant for failure to appear on a prior charge of defacing a firearm. He was taken to the county jail where he remains being held in lieu of bond.

Sheriff’s police returned from the Champaign County Jail with Ashton Luhrsen 19 of Buckley, Luhrsen was wanted on a warrant for a burglary charge, he remains at the county jail in lieu of bond.

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Investigators: Ex-jail guard confessed in drug case

Investigators: Ex-jail guard confessed in drug case in Vermilion County

A Vermilion County correctional officer confessed on tape that he brought marijuana into the jail for an inmate but the contraband has never been recovered, according to a sheriff’s investigator.

Officer Jonathan “Doug” Maloney was fired from his corrections job at the Vermilion County Jail in December for allegedly bringing cannabis into the jail for an inmate in exchange for cash.

The Catlin man and 11-year veteran correctional officer now faces felony criminal charges for official misconduct and introducing contraband into a penal institution.

Sheriff’s investigators have Maloney on audio tape admitting that he talked to Jerome Rowell, an inmate in the jail, to arrange a time to meet Rowell’s girlfriend, Esmerelda Cordova, and get marijuana in exchange for cash, according to Capt. Rod Kaag with the Vermilion County sheriff’s department.

Kaag testified Thursday in Vermilion County Circuit Court at the preliminary hearing of Rowell, 36, of Danville, who also faces felony charges of introducing contraband into a penal institution. Cordova, 35, of Hoopeston, faces the same charge.

Cordova allegedly delivered the contraband to the county jail in a package on Dec. 3, and Maloney delivered it to Rowell, according to testimony.

Kaag said investigators have Cordova on video from a camera in the front lobby of the Public Safety Building delivering the package to Maloney. The PSB houses the county jail, sheriff’s department, Danville police department and the county’s 911 center.

While the case has made big headlines, Champaign County Sheriff Dan Walsh said all jails have some problems with inmates trying to smuggle in contraband. Also not uncommon in jails and prisons, Walsh said, are inmates pressuring correctional officers to bend the rules. That’s why some Illinois prisons deliberately rotate officers, so they don’t become too friendly with inmates, he added.

Walsh said a civilian employee once brought a cell phone to an inmate at the Champaign County jail.

By law, he said, corrections officers cannot strip search everybody. They can do that only if there’s a specific reason or suspicion.

“So it gets complicated,” Walsh said. If a person is put into the general jail population, he said, their street clothes are removed, they shower and they put on jail clothes, but there’s no body cavity searches. “As you can imagine, there is still an ability to bring contraband in if you already have it.”

Vermilion County sheriff’s deputies investigating Maloney and Rowell were unable to recover the package or any of the cannabis smuggled into the jail, according to Kaag.

Frank Young, Rowell’s defense attorney, said during Thursday’s hearing that investigators have no physical evidence, and that only Maloney’s statement ties any of this to his client.

“There’s no evidence suggesting my client did this,” said Young, who asked how much cannabis was allegedly contained in the package.

Kaag said there was no package or contraband recovered. The reason, Kaag said, was because it was smuggled in on Dec. 3 and the investigation wasn’t finished until Dec. 18.


Young asked what initiated the investigation. Kaag answered that Sheriff Pat Hartshorn had brought it to his attention. In an interview last month, Hartshorn said Maloney’s supervisor reported some suspicious activity, which prompted the investigation.

Vermilion County Circuit Judge Tom O’Shaughnessy found probable cause in the case, and Rowell — who has several other pending cases, some involving drug charges — now proceeds to the trial phase in this case.

Meanwhile, Maloney and Cordova have not yet had their preliminary hearings.

While Rowell remains in custody at the county jail, Maloney was released after his initial arraignment last month on his own recognizance. Cordova was released on bond.

Vermilion County State’s Attorney Randy Brinegar said Maloney was released partly because there is really nowhere to house him safely separate from the other inmates.


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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter
Thursday, January 08, 2015

Fire Call
Date & Time: January 8, 2015   2:55pm
Location: Heritage Health 423 N Dixie Hwy
Details: HFD responded for an activated fire alarm.  It was found to be a malfunction
with the alarm.

Fire Call
Date & Time: January 8, 2015 11:07pm
Location: 500-600 blks of W. Washington
Details: HFD responded to the area for the report of power lines arcing and possible
power pole on fire.  No fire located however power lines were rubbing together
to create the arcing and power lose.  Ameren was notified.

Domestic Battery, Aggravated Assault H15-0081 V15-0221
Date & Time: January 8, 2015 10:29pm
Location: 800 blk E Seminary
Complainant: 24 year old Hoopeston female
Arrested: Donald Underwood (30) of Hoopeston
Irvin Warner (61) of Hoopeston
Stephen Webb (56) of Hoopeston
Details: HPD responded to the report of a domestic disturbance at the above location.
Officers arrested Mr. Underwood for domestic battery and aggravated assault,
and arrested the other 2 subjects on domestic battery.  All subjects were taken
to HPD, processed and later transported to the PSB to await arraignment.

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Carle and Riverside together in Watseka?

Carle and Riverside together in Watseka?

WATSEKA — Two health systems serving Iroquois County, Carle and Riverside Healthcare, say they’re getting together in a building project to bring their medical services together in one facility in Watseka.

Riverside Healthcare’s clinic on U.S. 24, Watseka, will be expanded and the primary care providers from Carle Hoopeston Regional Center will move their Roberts Clinic practice in Watseka to that location, both health systems said.

Riverside Healthcare, which operates Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee, will continue to offer primary care and specialists, along with lab and X-ray services, in Watseka.

Carle says it hopes to rotate more specialists in its new 8,000-square-foot space, which will have 14 exam rooms and be completed this spring.

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Two die following evening shooting in Danville

Two die following evening shooting in Danville

Authorities have identified the first victim in Wednesday evening’s double fatal shooting in Danville.

Vermilion County Coroner Peggy Johnson said 27-year-old Hank Hamiliton, a county resident, was pronounced dead at Presence United Samaritan Medical Center’s emergency room at 5:49 p.m. An autopsy showed his cause of death was mulitple gunshot wounds.

Earlier this morning, Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup identified the second victim as 20-year-old Michael Albert Trotter Jr., of Danville. Mr. Trotter was initially taken to the Danville hospital and then transferred to Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, where he was pronounced dead at 8:06 p.m. on Wednesday.

Northrup said he died as a result of gunshot wounds he received in shooting.

The shooting occurred about 5:45 p.m. near Griffin and Main streets, Danville Public Safety Director Larry Thomason said, adding there are no suspects at this time.

“Police received a call of shots fired in that area,” he said.

Thomason said two cars were reported speeding away from the shooting scene. Shortly after police arrived, they were notified by Presence officials that two people had been dropped off at the hospital by private carrier.


Thomason said police have collected information from the scene and are now interviewing several witnesses and others.

“We’re obviously asking anyone who saw or heard anything or have any information to contact the Danville police,” he said.

People can call the Criminal Investigations Division at 431-2243 or leave an anonymous tip at Vermilion County Crimestoppers at 446-TIPS (8477).


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Man charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse

Man charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse

A Rantoul man who allegedly had sex with a Watseka teen in Rantoul almost 11 months ago has been arraigned on felony charges.

Michael Boomgarden, 28, who listed an address in the 1200 block of Pinoak Lane, has been charged with three counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse alleging that on Feb. 22 and 23, he engaged in sex acts with a then-16-year-old girl.

Rantoul police Sgt. Justin Bouse said the allegations were relayed from Watseka police to his department several months ago. The teen said she met Boomgarden on Facebook and that he came to Watseka, picked her up and brought her back to Rantoul to a motel room.

“It was further reported that he got the room and bought alcohol and the two were in the room, drank alcohol and had sex,” Bouse said.

The girl told Rantoul police she didn’t remember much because she drank alcohol but a friend who went with her and was in the room told her that she and Boomgarden had indeed engaged in sex, Bouse said.

Bouse said Rantoul investigators located Boomgarden in the summer and he admitted having sex with the girl but said he thought she was older.


Although the case has been under investigation by Rantoul police for several months, it wasn’t until Dec. 16 that the state’s attorney’s office filed the felony charges.

Boomgarden was sent a summons to appear in court Tuesday, which he did, with Champaign attorney Dan Jackson.

Judge John Kennedy allowed him to remain free on bond but ordered that he have no contact with the alleged victim. He was told to be back in court Feb. 10.


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Cancellations for Wednesday January 7th, 2014

Cancellations for Wednesday January 7th, 2014

Armstrong Ellis

Armstrong Twp. High School


CRIS Rural Transit

Closed today, Buses only running in Danville for CRIS-DMT Clients

Cunningham Children’s Home-CIRCLE- Rossville

Danville Dist. 118

Donovan CUSD #3

East Central Illinois Community Action Agency

Gifford School District

Hoopeston Area

Hoopeston Memory Lane Preschool

Iroquois County #9

Iroquois County Special Education

Iroquois West




Potomac Grade School

Rantoul City Schools

Rossville-Alvin Unit 7

Schlarman Academy

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter
Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Rossville Fire Call
Time & Date:  January 6, 2015   1:03pm
Location: 200 block N Church St Rossville
Details: Rossville Fire Department was dispatched to a report of smoke coming from a
wall in the residence.  Fire arrive on scene,  subjects using a heating torch
caught door jam on fire.  Minor Damage all units cleared scene.


Traffic Accident H15-0052
Date & Time: January 6, 2015   6:45pm
Location: Market & Orange
Unit #1: 2007 Wabash National Semi Truck driven by Jacky A Coffey of Potomac
Damaged Property: Stop sign owned by Illinois Department of Transportation
Details: Truck made a northbound turn from Orange onto Market Street.
Did not negotiate turn correctly and ran over stop sign.  Driver
was issued a citation for Improper Turn.  No injuries reported.


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Illinois State Police waring

ISP DISTRICT 10 Winter Weather Summary /Travel Advisory

Pesotum, IL- Illinois State Police District 10 covering Champaign, Coles, Edgar, Douglas, Macon, Moltrie, Piatt, Shelby and Vermilion Counties are reminding drivers to take precautions as they travel. 

District 10 experienced many crashes and slide-offs today.  The remnants of a snow storm that passed through the area, yesterday evening into the early morning hours today, made the roadways slick with packed snow and ice.  Problem areas were primarily in Champaign and Vermilion Counties, along I-74 from mile post 172 (Mahomet) to mile post 220 (Illinois / Indiana line) and on I-57 from I-72 interchange to I-74 interchange area. 

Between 6:00 AM and 1:00 PM, Illinois State Police District 10 Troopers responded to 15 Property Damage crashes, 2 Personal Injury crashes and assisted 21 motorist that had run off the roadway.

Tonight wind is supposed to increase to nearly 20 mph, increasing the chances of reduced visibility and blowing snow.  White out conditions may become possible in some areas.   

The Illinois State Police are asking drivers to monitor changing weather conditions, limit their travels, and be prepared to allow plenty of time to reach your destination.  Bitterly cold temperatures, high winds, and blowing snow is expected to make travel hazardous.  Drivers are also encouraged to put extra water, food, and warm clothing their vehicle. Please contact your nearest police department if you vehicle becomes disabled or involved in a crash.       

If you decide to drive please slow down and buckle up. 

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Firefighters called to Danville plant

Firefighters called to Danville plant

Danville firefighters responded to an emergency at Viscofan on Monday night.

Larry Thomason, public safety director in Danville, said there was a mechanical issue at the facility at 915 N. Michigan Ave., Danville. He said Monday night that the nature of the problem was not yet clear.

Viscofan produces artificial casings for meat products. Workers were evacuated from the part of the facility where the smoke was present.

Firefighters were on the scene around 6:30 p.m. Monday on the east side of the facility, and Thomason said firefighters had the situation under control by 7:30 p.m.


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Bennett to resign from Parkland College board

Bennett to resign from Parkland College board

State Rep.-elect Tom Bennett of Gibson City announced Monday that he will resign as trustee and chairman of the Parkland College board, effective Jan. 22, in order to devote his time and attention to representing local residents in the Illinois House of Representatives.

After being elected in November to represent the 106th Illinois House District, Bennett said he planned to stay on the Parkland board but step down as its chairman in January, when he begins his duties in the General Assembly.

On Monday, however, Bennett announced he would give up both his trustee and chairman duties on the Parkland board, saying that the decision to step down was “not easy” but was “the right thing to do.”

“We have a lot of work to do in the General Assembly to get our state back on track, and that will now be my focus,” Bennett said in a statement. “I look forward to the new challenges. My resignation also allows Parkland board members to select a new chairman and a new trustee who will be able to devote the time and attention that position requires.”

Bennett, who was elected during November’s general election to succeed Josh Harms as state representative for the 106th House District, will be sworn in this month. The 106th District includes all or parts of Ford, Iroquois, Vermilion, Livingston and Woodford counties.

“It has been a great honor and privilege to serve on the Parkland College board for the past 19 years,” Bennett said. “I am very proud of the progress we have made for students, especially in the areas of access and achievement, and I have enjoyed working over the years with so many dedicated and talented board members, administrators and educators. As Parkland has grown, we have also been able to maintain a budget that is responsible to taxpayers.”

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Ford County Crimestoppers

Police seek whereabouts of Gibson City man charged with sexual abuse

Police are seeking help from the public in finding a Gibson City man who is wanted for alleged sexual abuse of a child.

In a news release, the Gibson City Police Department said a $25,000 warrant has been issued for the arrest of Anthony F. Walton, 46, of Gibson City.

Walton is charged in Ford County with one count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a person age 13 or younger.

Anyone with information on Walton’s whereabouts is asked to call the Gibson City Police Department at 217-784-8666 or Ford County Crimestoppers at 217-784-4173.

Informants may remain anonymous. Crimestoppers offers a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

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CRIS Home Delivered Meals, CRIS Breakfast and Hoopeston Meal Site Closing for Tuesday’s Weather

Because of the forecast for snow and extreme cold weather, the CRIS Healthy-Aging Center is cancelling Home-Delivered meals for Tuesday, January 6, 2015. This will affect clients on meal routes in Danville, Hoopeston, Westville and Georgetown. Home-delivered clients are reminded to use their 5-day emergency meal boxes that were distributed last month.

The CRIS breakfast café and the CRIS meal site in Hoopeston will also be closed Tuesday. The CRIS restaurant partner locations at Presence United Samaritan’s Medical Center, Tilton County Market, Wanda’s Kitchen Family Restaurant in Georgetown and Sonny’s Café in Sidell will all be open.

The CRIS Healthy-Aging Center will remain open.

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Illinois State Police waring

Winter Weather on the way!

Ashkum, IL- Illinois State Police District 21 covering Kankakee, Iroquois and Ford Counties are reminding drivers to take precautions as they travel. 

The Illinois State Police are monitoring the incoming winter storm as it moves into the area.  As of 9:43 A.M., the National Weather Service has issued winter weather advisory.  The National Weather Service is predicting periods of moderate to heavy snow fall tonight.  An accumulation of 3 to 6 inches is predicted.  Wind chills of 20 to 35 below are expected late Tuesday night through Thursday morning.  The combination of snow and winds will decrease visibility to less than one half of a mile and may cause white out conditions, especially in open areas. 

The Illinois State Police are asking drivers to monitor changing weather conditions, limit their travels, and be prepared to allow plenty of time to reach your destination.  Drivers are also encouraged to put extra water, food, and warm clothing their vehicle. Please contact your nearest police department if you vehicle becomes disabled or involved in a crash.       

If you decide to drive please slow down and buckle up. 

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter
Sunday, January 4, 2015

Fire Call
Time & Date:  January 4, 2015   08:22 am
Location:    800 E Maple Street
Details: At the above time and date, HFD was sent to the resident to investigate carbon
monoxide detector activation.  No Carbon Monoxide detected, faulty detectors,
owner was instructed to purchase new ones.


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New State Comptroller

Governor-elect Bruce Rauner Announces Leslie Munger as Comptroller Selection

-Both Call for Merging Comptroller and Treasurer Offices-

Governor-elect Bruce Rauner announced today that he will appoint Leslie Geissler Munger of Lincolnshire to fill the vacancy in the Comptroller’s office that will occur on Monday, January 12. Both also strongly endorsed “Judy’s Amendment,” which would merge the Comptroller’s and Treasurer’s offices, an idea long advocated for by Judy Baar Topinka.

“I am deeply honored to become Illinois’ next Comptroller and humbly look forward to serving all the people of Illinois,” Munger said. “I’ll be a guardian of their money and a watchdog for Illinois’ finances.  Our state is in terrible financial shape, and I’ll do everything I can to help turn things around.”

“I’m not interested in a political career; only on doing what is best for the state we all love and want to make great again,” Munger added. “With that in mind, I will relentlessly advocate that the General Assembly put a Constitutional amendment on the 2016 ballot to merge the Comptroller’s office with the Treasurer’s office. That’s what Judy wanted, and the people deserve the opportunity to vote on it. I would look forward to helping eliminate the very office to which I was appointed.”

A career businesswoman with an undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois and an M.B.A. from Northwestern, Munger made her first run for state office last year, falling short of defeating an incumbent state representative by just 1349 votes in the Democrat-leaning 59th district. A full bio is below.

“No one can ever replace Judy Baar Topinkia, but Leslie is the perfect candidate to continue building on Judy’s legacy,” Gov.-elect Rauner said.  “Leslie has always been laser focused on fiscal and economic issues, and as Comptroller, she will do everything within her power to help fix our state’s broken finances.”

“A first step towards delivering greater efficiency and reform for Illinois taxpayers is to merge the offices of Comptroller and Treasurer,” Rauner continued. “That is something that Leslie and I both support and believe should be the legislature’s focus in the days and weeks ahead. Rather than a special election for a short-term appointment, next year’s ballot should include a Constitutional amendment to merge the offices. That would be a long-term answer that will result in greater value for taxpayers. It would pass, and when it does, Leslie would be able to immediately begin work on winding down and merging the offices. That’s the right path to take and in the best interest of Illinoisans.”


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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Friday, January 2, 2014

Hit & Run Property Damage       H14-0019 & H14-0020
Date:   January 2, 2015
Location:   300 blk N Eighth Avenue
Details:   Report was taken when homeowners noticed there mailboxes were ran
  over and damaged by an unknown vehicle.  

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Hoopeston man held on drug charges

According to the News-Gazette,  A Hoopeston man is being held at the Champaign County Jail on $10,000 bond following his arrest Tuesday on drug charges.

Kareem J. Marshall, 34, who listed an address in the 500 block West Elm Street, was charged Wednesday with felony unlawful possession with the intent to deliver cannabis.

Marshall is due back in court on Feb. 3.

According to a police report, Marshall went to the front desk of the Residence Inn, 502 W. Marketview Drive, C, on Tuesday and asked the clerk on duty for a key to a room that was registered to his girlfriend. The clerk reported that Marshall smelled like marijuana and was carrying a large, long duffel bag. The clerk refused to give Marshall the key since he was not a registered guest.

Marshall later returned to the front desk with his girlfriend, and the clerk gave him the key to a room.

The clerk said Marshall paid for the room with cash. Despite listing a Hoopeston address and staying for two nights, Marshall and his girlfriend had two suitcases and the duffel bag. As a result, the clerk called police.

When the officers arrived at the hotel, they stood outside Marshall’s room. They could hear movement in the room, so they knocked on the door three times. But nobody answered the door.

While they were waiting, a Residence Inn employee alerted the officers that Marshall was leaving out the room window with his duffel bag.

Police went behind the building, where they found Marshall hiding behind an electrical box with the duffel bag on the ground. The bag was open, with some of the contents scattered on the ground nearby. Next to the duffel bag was a trash can where police found three vacuum-sealed bundles of a green, leafy substance, an empty vacuum-sealed bag, a zip-lock vacuum sealer and a digital scale.

When police arrested Marshall, they found $683 cash in various denominations and a cellphone.

According to the police report, the leafy substance tested positive for tetrahydrocannabinol, which is a mind-altering substance found in a cannabis plant. The largest of the three bags weighed 502.5 grams. The other two weighed 138.2 grams and 14.3 grams.

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3 charged in man’s short-lived escape from Vermilion County Jail

According to the News-Gazette, A 20-year-old Danville man was back behind bars Wednesday, one day after escaping from the Vermilion County Jail by posing as another inmate.

Larry Woodard and his friend, Tyler Jones, 19, also of Danville, were both locked in a temporary holding cell at the county jail — with three other inmates — following their arraignments around 1 p.m. Tuesday.

Jones, who had been arrested Monday on a traffic warrant, was scheduled to be released from jail following his arraignment.

Woodard was arrested the same day on a warrant for violating terms of his drug court probation, stemming from a burglary conviction.

But after Tuesday’s arraignment, Woodard was supposed to remain in jail on no bond.

When a correctional officer opened the temporary holding cell and called for Jones on Tuesday afternoon, Woodard stepped out, posing as Jones, and went through the release process, signing for his friend’s belongings, according to Capt. Rod Kaag with the sheriff’s department.

Kaag said Jones, who resembles his friend, told investigators that he was on the phone inside the holding cell and didn’t hear his name called by the correctional officer. But Kaag said they know the two switched shirts inside the cell.

According to Kaag, the correctional officer realized the mistake about 20 minutes after releasing Woodard, when Jones started banging on the door of the holding cell, asking why he hadn’t been released yet.

At that point, Kaag said, Jones was not released, and sheriff’s investigators went searching for Woodard.

He was found several hours later hiding in a residence in Danville. He was arrested at 9:15 p.m. Tuesday, Kaag said.

Michael Shelato, 18, who lives at that residence, was also arrested for obstructing police, according to Kaag. Shelato told sheriff’s investigators Woodard wasn’t there but they found him hiding in the residence, Kaag said.

The incident came one week after a correctional officer’s arrest for taking marijuana into the Vermilion County Jail.

Doug Maloney of Catlin was served a warrant on Dec. 23 and was later booked on preliminary charges of official misconduct and introducing contraband into a penal institution.

Eight days later, on Wednesday, Woodard, Jones and Shelato were all arraigned on new charges.

Woodard was charged with one count of escape and one count of forgery in connection with signing out as Jones when he left the jail. Jones was charged with one count of aiding an escape, and Shelato was charged with one count of obstructing justice.

Woodard is still being held with no bond on his original warrant and $500,000 bond on the escape charges. Jones is now being held at the jail on $20,000 bond. Shelato’s bond was set at $3,000.

Their preliminary hearings have been set for Jan. 15.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Thursday, January 1, 2014

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Hit & Run Traffic Accident H14-6517
Time & Date:      December 31, 2014   09:52 am
Location:   1200 Clover Lane Prairie Meadows Subdivision
Details:             At the above time and date, Unit 1 struck causing extensive damage
            to a street light pole unit.  Also struck was a New Wave Communications
            pedestal box causing extensive damage to it also.  Any information known
    about this incident contact the Hoopeston Police. 

Warrant Arrest           H14-6523       V14-12591
Date & Time:    December 31, 2014   10:30pm
Location:        306 E Main St.  Uptown Saloon
Arrested:        Robin Irvin (34) of Hoopeston
Details:          HPD officers received a tip that Ms. Irvin was at the above location and
          possibly had an outstanding warrant.  A computer checked reveal that
          she had a Vermilion County warrant for Failure to Appear.  She was
          arrested, processed and taken to the PSB in lieu of bond.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Battery H15-0003
Date & Time: January 1, 2015 12:49am
Location: 306 E Main St Uptown Saloon
Complainant: (35) Hoopeston female
Arrested: Ashley Kimble (23) of Hoopeston
Details: After an altercation at the above location, Ms. Kimble was arrested and
charged with Battery.  She was taken to HPD, processed and later released
on a notice to appear in court.

Possession of a Controlled Substance & Warrant Arrest H15-0006
Date & Time: January 1, 2015 2:21am
Location: 200 block Wyman Ave
Arrested: Octavius L. Stancle (30) of Hoopeston
Details: Suspect was located and taken into custody on an outstanding Vermilion County
arrest warrant (13CM526) for Failure To Appear and Possession of a Controlled
Substance.  He was later transported to the PSB to await arraignment in court.



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Jacobs: Student success a priority at DACC

According to the Commercial News, As Danville Area Community College (DACC) President Alice Jacobs looks ahead to the new year, she said student success is, and will remain, a top priority for the college.
“Student success and degree completion is our major focus and continues to be our focus,” she said.
This past year, DACC was named one of the top 25 Illinois community colleges for degree completion, tying for eighth place.

According to a 12-year study of community colleges between 2000 and 2012, released by the Illinois Community College Board in November, DACC’s enrollment increased by more than 70 percent and degree completions increased by 118 percent. The statewide average increase for degree completion was 57 percent.
“We continue to advance, and we know it wouldn’t be possible without the support of the community,” Jacobs said. “There will be good things happening at DACC in the future.”
Two new associate degree programs will be added this year to the college’s offerings: an associate of fine arts in art degree and an associate of fine arts in art education degree.
The two new degree programs will offer DACC students additional options if they are interested in pursuing coursework in art or art education.
The degrees are designed to meet the specific needs of students majoring in art, which are currently not being met by the traditional associate of science and arts degree offered at DACC.
The degrees will be transferable to four-year institutions.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Found Telephone
Time & Date:  December 30, 2014   12 noon
Location: Cheese Park near the sidewalk area
Detail : A Black Kyocera was found in the park, and turned into the Police Department
owner may id to claim.

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Miss Hoopeston to be Crowned

Miss Hoopeston 2015 will be crowned on Saturday, January 3, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. at the Hoopeston Area
High School Auditorium. The public is invited to hear the candidates’ speeches and watch an onstage
question with evening gown, which will then be followed by the naming and crowning. Admission is
$3.00 per person, with 10 and under free. Support the platform of Miss Hoopeston 2014, Terra
Scharlach, by bringing a non-perishable food item for the Grant Township Food Cupboard and receive
$1.00 off of admission.

The Hoopeston Jaycees are very proud to announce the following young ladies
as candidates for Miss Hoopeston 2015:
 Libbie Goble, 18, daughter of Andrew and Heidi Goble
 Aly Nicholls, 20, daughter of William Nicholls and Linda Nicholls
 Leah Schmid, 18, daughter of Richard Schmid and Kate Schmid
 Jacqueline Smith, 18, daughter of Charlie and Sandie Smith
 Tori Smock, 19, daughter of David Smock and Cody Roark
 Erika Solis, 18, daughter of Marshall and Lori Solis
 Taylor Sullivan, 19, daughter of Shawn and Christine Sullivan
Miss Hoopeston 2015 will act as a representative for Hoopeston and the surrounding area during her
year while being the official hostess for the Hoopeston Jaycees and the 72nd Annual National Sweetcorn
Festival and National Sweetheart Pageant, to take place September 3-7, 2015.

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DACC offers GED classes

According to the Commercial News, The Danville Area Community College GED program is accepting registrations for Spring 2015 classes beginning in late January.  Day and evening classes are offered at the Danville campus.  Additionally, a new evening class will be offered at Westville Junior High 6-8:30 p.m. on Monday and Thursday evenings, and a daytime class will be offered at 9 a.m.-Noon on Monday and Wednesday mornings at the DACC Higher Learning Center in Hoopeston.

There is no cost to attend the classes.  Books are provided during the class period.
For information, call the DACC Adult Education department at 443-8782.  Participants may register at the Adult Education department at DACC, or at the Higher Learner Center in Hoopeston.

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Watseka hospital has ‘very low’ infection rate

According to the Paxton Record,  The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has notified Iroquois Memorial Hospital that it has performed exceptionally well in preventing hospital-acquired conditions and will not be financially penalized by CMS.

Earlier this year, a report, based on unverified data, circulated that the Watseka hospital was among numerous hospitals in Illinois with a high infection rate.

“We are extremely pleased that CMS has verified that IMH’s infection rate is very low,” said IMH’s chief executive officer, Chuck Bohlmann. “This is a testament to the quality health care provided by our physicians and nurses.”

Twenty-five percent of the hospitals with the highest rates of hospital-acquired conditions will have their payments from CMS reduced by 1 percent.  Those conditions include a group of reasonably preventable conditions, including infections that patients did not have upon admission and developed during the hospital stay.

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

News Release
December 30, 2014

12-29 Sheriff’s Police arrested Brenden N. Noel, 22 Danforth.  Noel was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant for failure to appear on charges of Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault and transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Monday, December 29, 2014

Arrested on Warrant (VC) & Retail Theft, H14-6499   V14-12512
Time & Date:    December 29, 2014   1:55 pm
Location: 415 S Dixie Hwy, Dollar General Store
Arrested: Green, Starlina M. (F) of Hoopeston (27)
Details: At the above time and date, Dollar General Employee contacted HPD reference to a
female that had been confronted for shoplifting.  The suspect left the store and was
stopped at S. Dixie and Elm St.  Female was wanted on a Vermilion County warrant
and charged with the above charge also.  She was transported to HPD, processed
then transported to PSB by a Vermilion County Deputy.  Female is being held in lieu of bond. 


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Jesse White’s Vehicle Renewal Sticker Receipt Legislation Becomes Law Jan. 1

Allows people to drive with receipt as proof of recently purchased vehicle renewal sticker

Legislation proposed by Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White to allow a printed receipt from the Secretary of State to serve temporarily as the vehicle renewal sticker becomes law on Jan. 1, 2015. 

Public Act 98-1103 will allow motorists to drive without an up-to-date vehicle renewal sticker affixed to their license plate provided they have a receipt in their vehicle from the Secretary of State that proves they purchased a sticker online before expiration, but have not yet received it. The receipt is valid for no more than 30 days from the expiration of the previous registration’s sticker’s date.

“This is another consumer friendly initiative that encourages online transactions with my office,” said White.  “Our Driver Services facilities have many customers come in to buy their stickers a day or two before they are set to expire.  This new law will allow such customers to make the same purchase online, and then use the receipt as proof of up-to-date registration compliance.”

In October 2014, more than 104,000 customers purchased vehicle renewal registration stickers during the last two days of the month.  The vast majority of these customers visited a facility to conduct these transactions, with just over 5,000 people purchasing their renewal stickers online.

White’s office continues to provide more services online to further improve customer convenience.  Over the last seven years, internet transactions have increased by nearly 300 percent in the Secretary of State’s office.

Senate Bill 2802 was sponsored by state Sen. Patricia Van Pelt (D-Chicago) and state Rep. Arthur Turner (D-Chicago).

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Hoopeston candidates file for election

According to the Commercial News,

HOOPESTON — The city has an influx of persons who filed to run as alderpersons. Nine residents to fill four positions in the April 2015 election will be on the ballot, one in each of the four wards.
Joe Fell, incumbent in Ward 1, will have two residents running against him, Dustin Tartar and Chad Yaden, while Randy Carter in Ward 2, the incumbent, is running unopposed.
Two are registered in Ward 3. Nancy Stipp, the incumbent will face Alex Houmes, a newcomer in the political arena, in the April election.
Brandon Hamilton, Ward 4 incumbent, also has two running against him for the Ward 4 position. Jeramy Dobkins and Russell Hibma will vie for the 4th Ward title of alderman in April.
The school board election incumbents, Mark Schaumburg, Chris Small and Chris Elliott, are running unopposed.

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

December 29, 2014

12-28 Sheriff’s Police arrested Jon G. Rogers Jr., 21 Watseka.  He was charged with Domestic Battery and transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond

12-26 Sheriff’s Police investigated a single vehicle accident at the intersection of 2150 N and 2300 E roads.  According to the police reports, a vehicle driven by Richard B. Schmalz, 53 Watseka, was traveling Southbound on 2300 E Rd when he failed to negotiate the curve at 2150 N Rd.  Schmalz vehicle left the roadway and entered private property and damaged a fence.  No injuries were reported and no citation were issued.  Damages were estimated at over $1500

12-28 Sheriff’s Police investigated a single vehicle accident at the intersection of 2500 E Rd and 2900 N Rd.  According to police reports, a vehicle driven by Jade Ladd, 20 Milford, was traveling Southbound on 2500 E Rd when she fell asleep and drifted off the roadway.  Ladd’s vehicle entered the road ditch and overturned.  She was transported to IMH where she was later released.  No citations were issued and damages were estimated at over $1500

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Hoopeston Police Department Weekend Report

Friday, December 26th - Sunday December 28th

Friday, December 26, 2014

Warrant Arrest, Felony Obstruction H14-6470   V14-12453
Date & Time: December 26, 2014 11:07pm
Location: 306 E Main St   Uptown Saloon
Arrested: Acosta, Raul   (26) of Hoopeston
Details: HPD officers checked out with subject at the Uptown Saloon and a computer
checked revealed he had an outstanding Vermilion County warrant.  He was
also charged with Felony Obstruction.  Subject was processed and taken to the
PSB to await arraignment.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Traffic Accident (Minor PI) H14-6491
Time & Date: December 28, 2014   4:44pm
Location:    S. 3rd Ave & W. Maple
Unit 1: Black Huffy Peddle Motor bike ridden by Staats, Christopher C (18) of Hoopeston
Unit 2: 1998 Buick driven by Fink, Connie J (51) of Hoopeston
Details:  Hoopeston Police were called to the residence in 600 block W Washington in reference to the accident that occurred above location.  Unit 1 at fault for failure to
Reduce Speed,  Unit 2 cited for No Proof of Vehicle Insurance,  Rider of Unit 1       transported Carle Hoopeston ER for treatment for minor injuries.  All drivers will have to appear in Vermilion County Court.

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Hoopeston couple takes over flower shop

According to the Commercial News, Elaine and Brandon Tyler of Hoopeston purchased The Flower Shop, formerly Flowers and Gifts by Molly, 702 W. Main St., this month.
The Flower Shop will keep the traditional amenities that Molly offered.
“We plan to keep the traditional stuff that Molly did, deliveries and gift wrapping” Elaine Tyler said, “not changing anything, just adding new products.”
Some of the new products will be a new line of soy candles made in the United States.

Christmas Eve hours will be 9 a.m.-1p.m. with sales of 20 percent off purchases during the day, according to Tyler. The shop will be closed Christmas Day, open the Friday and Saturday after Christmas to include a 50 percent off sale for shoppers doing after Christmas holiday shopping.
The couple said they do plan to change the hours and have winters hours after Christmas. Hours will be 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday -Saturday and closed on Sunday in the winter. When spring arrives, the shop will reopen again on Sunday. The phone number for The Flower Shop will remain the same.
Elaine Tyler ran a flower shop near Sheridan, Ind., for three years before she moved to Hoopeston. She married Hoopeston native Brandon Tyler, and has worked at MainSource Bank for the last 10 years. Brandon works for Teasdale Foods, but will fill in at the shop in the afternoons and weekends.

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Hoopeston council picks insurance provider

According to the Commercial News, City council members voted unanimously Tuesday to approve Coventry Insurance for the city employees’ health insurance, effective Jan. 1.
Employee health insurance will cost the city $460,216 next year, an increase of $90,000 more than last year’s insurance.
“I’m sure no one likes it,” said Alderman Bill Goodwine, finance committee chairman, “including the city.”
Although Goodwine said he met with all the employees concerning the insurance, the city did not receive the final choices until late, therefore, employees were not given a chance to discuss the options at length. The best choice, according to Goodwine, was Coventry even though the deductible and out of pocket costs for single employees and families did go up.
“The insurance industry is total chaos,” Goodwine added.
The Fraternal Order of Police contract also was approved unanimously, which included five changes in the contract.
The changes, according to Alderman Brandon Hamilton, police committee chairman, were time frame of the contract, wages, longevity, residency requirements and insurance.

The contract included a five-year agreement with a wage increase this year of two percent retroactive to May 1, 2014, and increases during the five year period.
The base wage of $41,082.98 would increase by the number of years employed. Hamilton gave as example, after four years service wages would increase by $1,250; after nine years it would increase by $2,500; after 14 years the officer would see an extra $3,750 in pay; and after 19 years, pay would increase by $5,000.

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Danville department to lose almost a century of experience

According to the Commercial News, The Danville Fire Department lost just short of a century’s worth of experience with three retirements this year.
In recent weeks, Assistant Chief Larry Jaggers and long-time firefighter Cody Comrie announced they were leaving the job they loved for so many years.
Both leave with several years of experience on the fire department. Jaggers, who also served as an investigator before moving up to assistant chief, retired with 29 years 10 months to his credit on the department, according to union president Jerry Sparks of Danville Firefighters IAFF Local 429.
Comrie, the latest in his family’s long line of firefighters, cleared 30 years with the department in September. He announced his retirement earlier this month after an injury kept him from returning.
In addition, Pamela Hawker retired from Danville Fire after 30 years with the department. She stepped away from the job earlier this year, submitting her retirement in January, Sparks said.

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Vermilion jail officer arrested over pot taken into jail

According to the News-Gazette, A correctional officer has been arrested for taking marijuana into the Vermilion County Jail, according to Vermilion County Sheriff Pat Hartshorn.

Correctional officer Doug Maloney of Catlin was served a warrant Tuesday, Hartshorn said, and was later booked on preliminary charges of official misconduct and introducing contraband into a penal institution. He has not yet been arraigned in court on formal charges and was released on bond Tuesday.

Hartshorn added that Maloney has been fired from his job as a correctional officer at the jail, a position he has held for 11 years.

Hartshorn said Maloney’s supervisor reported some suspicious activity, and in early December, investigators with the sheriff’s office pursued the information and ultimately gathered evidence indicating Maloney had taken cannabis into the jail in return for money from an inmate.

According to Hartshorn, Maloney was bribed by the inmate, Jerome Rowell of Danville, and Rowell’s girlfriend, Esmeralda Cordova, also of Danville.

Hartshorn said Rowell and Cordova have been booked on preliminary charges of introducing contraband into a penal institution.

Hartshorn said it’s always disappointing when a person is in a position of trust and violates that trust with the sheriff’s department and the community.

“And we take these kinds of situations very seriously and have charged him with criminal charges and terminated his employment,” he said.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Wednesday, December 24, 2014 & Thursday, December 25, 2014

Wednesday, December 24th

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Fire Alarm Call
Date & Time: December 25, 2014 10:15am
Location: Centennial Manor 426 E. Honeywell Ave.
Details: HFD responded to an activated fire alarm for the apartment complex.  Alarm
was activated by a resident burning food on the stove.  No reported injuries.


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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Traffic Accident H14-6437
Time & Date: December 23, 2014 12:45 pm
Location: 700 block S Dixie Hwy.
Unit 1: 2011 Chevy driven by Kelly L. Ankenbrand (F) of Hoopeston (46)
Unit 2: 2010 Buick driven by Penny S. Wilken (F) of Milford (62)
Details: At the above time and date, HPD was requested to respond to a property damage
accident that occurred on S Dixie Hwy.  Upon arrival the officer determined no
injuries,  Unit 1 at fault for striking Unit 2 in the passenger side of the unit. 
Both units insured.  No tickets issued. 

Burglary and Criminal Damage to Property over $300     H14-6442
Date & Time: December 23, 2014   7:15pm
Location: 400 blk W Chestnut
Complainant: 22 year old Hoopeston man
Details: Complainant reported that unknown person(s) made entry to his garage and
removed 4 rims and tires without his permission.  Door was damaged


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Danville Police continue to search from a man who robbed Landmark Credit Union on Monday

Danville police continue to search for a man who concealed his face with a scarf while robbing the Landmark Credit Union on Monday.  Danville police Commander Jane McFadden said officers rushed to Landmark Credit Union, 506 W. Fairchild St., at 1:20 p.m. Monday, responding to reports that the credit union had been robbed.

Bank employees told police that a young man came into the bank and demanded money.  He was described as a light-skinned black man about 5 feet tall with a slender build and wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, black pants and a black scarf covering his face.  He ran from the building and headed south in the alley with an undisclosed amount of cash.
McFadden said in reviewing security camera images, the suspect didn’t appear to be armed, but detectives are still in the process of interviewing employees and customers.  She said they’re also interviewing area residents for information, and no other details are being released at this time.
Danville police encourage anyone with information to call 217.431.2250 or Vermilion County Crime Stoppers at 446-TIPS (8477).

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Monday, December 22, 2014

Criminal Damage To Property H14-6432
Date & Time: December 22, 2014 7:51pm
Location: 100 block N. Market
Victim: 27 year old Hoopeston man
Details: Victim advised officers that unknown subject(s) broke out several windows
to a building he owns.


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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter
Friday, December 19, 2014-Sunday, December 21, 2014

Battery H14-6398
Date & Time: December, 19, 2014 11:48pm
Location: The Pump 1023 W Main
Complainant: 21 year old Rankin man
Arrested: Michelle L Maxwell (37) of Hoopeston
Details: Subject was taken into custody after she threw a bottle at the complainant
during a verbal altercation.  She was transported to HPD where she
was issued a Notice To Appear in Vermilion County court.

Disobeying Police Officer H14-6400
Date & Time: December 19, 2014 11:50pm
Location: The Pump 1023 W Main
Arrested: Dustin M White (29) of Hoopeston
Details: Subject was taken into custody after he was told to have no contact with
victim in another altercation at the above location.  He disobeying police
and was charged with Disobeying Police and given a Hoopeston City
court date.


Possession of Stolen Property H14-6042 V14-12315
Time & Date of Offense: November 23,2014 10:40am
Time & Date of Arrest: December 21, 2014   8pm
Complainant: 54 year old Hoopeston Woman
Arrestee: Hutton, Victor L (46) of Hoopeston (M)
Details: The suspect was stopped on the corner of Second Av/Washington Street
taken into custody of the above listed charge from an incident report dated
in November 2014,  Subject was transported to HPD were he was processed
then later transported to PSB Danville to await a court bond hearing. 



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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Breach of Peace (2 cts) H14-6384
Time & Date:  December 18, 2014   5pm
Location:      1000 block W Chestnut St
Complainant:   22 year old Hoopeston Woman
Arrested: Garrett, Jennifer L (F) of Hoopeston (45)
Details:  The complainant reported to Hoopeston Police Department, that Jennifer Garrett
had caused a problem with her on two different occasions that shocked and
alarmed her and several witnesses in the area.  The suspect was issued a
notice to appear on the 2 counts.

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November Unemployment Falls to 6.4 Percent

CHICAGO – Illinois employers added +2,300 jobs in November and the unemployment rate fell to 6.4 percent despite more people looking for work, according to preliminary data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Illinois Department of Employment Security. The data is seasonally adjusted.

The last time the rate was lower was June 2008 when it was 6.3 percent. It was 9 percent in November 2013.

“Key economic points in November show our economy continues to move forward. More people are working and re-energizing their job search and employers say they have vacancies to fill,” IDES Director Jay Rowell said. “We must continue to match the unemployed with current opportunities and identify the barriers that prevent workers from being hired.”

Employers added +298,700 private sector jobs since job creation returned to Illinois in February 2010. Leading sectors are Professional and Business Services (+127,200); Education and Health Services (+65,800); Trade, Transportation and Utilities (+42,900); and Leisure and Hospitality (+38,500). Government remains the job loss leader, shedding -24,700 positions during the same period.

November job growth was led by Manufacturing (+3,600); Construction (+2,100) and Leisure and Hospitality (+1,900). Retail Trade declined -8,700. In November, the number of unemployed individuals declined -7,900 (1.8 percent) to 421,000. Total unemployed has fallen -332,500 (-44.1 percent) since the unemployment rate peaked at 11.4 percent in January 2010. The labor force grew by +16,500 (0.3 percent) to 6,547,000.

Unemployment data are from a survey of households. Jobs data are from a survey of employers.

Other economic indicators show labor market improvement. The independent Conference Board’s Help Wanted OnLine Index reports that Illinois employers advertised for 214,000 jobs in November and 85 percent sought full-time work. Employers consistently have advertised for more than 200,000 positions each month in 2014.

To apply for these jobs, go to, the state’s help wanted internet job board managed by IDES. features Resume Builder and Resunate. Resume Builder provides step-by-step instructions to create an effective resume which is immediately matched to existing help wanted ads seeking those skills. Resunate scores the resume against a specific help wanted ad and offers suggestions to improve the resume before applying for the job.

The unemployment rate identifies those who are out of work and seeking employment and is not tied to collecting unemployment insurance benefits. Historically, the national unemployment rate is lower than the state rate. The state rate has been lower than the national rate only six times since January 2000. This includes periods of economic expansion and contraction.
Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates

Illinois Seasonally Adjusted Non-farm Jobs – by Major Industry


• Illinois monthly labor force, unemployed and unemployment rates for years 2009-2013 have been revised as required by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In February of each year, monthly labor force data for all states are revised to reflect updated sum-of-states controls, Census population controls, seasonal factors, non-farm jobs and unemployment insurance claims inputs. Data were also smoothed to eliminate large monthly changes as a result of volatility in the monthly household (CPS) survey. Comments and tables distributed in prior Illinois unemployment rate news release materials should be discarded because any analysis, including records, previously cited might no longer be valid.
• Seasonally adjusted employment data for subsectors within industries are not available.  For not seasonally adjusted jobs data with greater industry detail, go to “Other Services” includes a wide range of activities in three broad categories: Personal and laundry; repair and maintenance; and religious, grant making, civic and professional organizations.
• Monthly seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for Illinois and the Chicago-Naperville-Joliet Metropolitan Division are available at:

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Woman who tripped on sidewalk suing City of Paxton

According to the Paxton Record, A Paxton woman who tripped on a piece of strap material that was frozen to a public sidewalk is suing the city, along with the contractors who left the material on the sidewalk while renovating a downtown building last winter.

Christine Crosby and her husband, Allen, filed an eight-count lawsuit on Dec. 15 in Ford County Circuit Court, seeking in excess of $50,000 in damages for each count.

Named as defendants are the City of Paxton, Scaggs Properties LLC, Bickers Construction Inc. of Champaign and contractor Eric Lyons.

Christine Crosby claimed in the lawsuit that she has sustained “significant injuries,” for which she continues to receive medical treatment, as a result of the defendants’ negligence. She claimed she has also suffered “physical and emotional pain,” “loss of enjoyment of life,” lost earnings and a diminished earning capacity and disfigurement.

The lawsuit alleges the incident occurred on Jan. 30, 2014, when Christine Crosby was walking on the sidewalk next to a building at 102 S. Market St. The lawsuit says Scaggs Properties, which owns the building, was the general contractor in charge of renovating it; Scaggs Properties had hired Bickers Construction Inc. and Lyons as subcontractors.

The lawsuit alleged that pieces of “white strap material used to strap bricks, cabinets or other construction materials” were present around the building. The ends of one of the pieces of strap material were frozen to the sidewalk adjacent to the building, forming a loop in the middle. Christine Crosby alleged that her left foot became caught in the loop, causing her to trip and fall into the crosswalk at the intersection of Pells and Market streets.

The suit claimed Scaggs Properties, Bickers Construction and Lyons were negligent in that they “permitted construction debris to be present at and around the worksite.” The general contractor and its subcontractors also failed to “prevent construction debris from spreading beyond the worksite and onto the public walkways around the worksite,” among other negligent acts, the lawsuit claims.

The suit claims the City of Paxton failed to “exercise ordinary care with respect to maintaining its sidewalks and crosswalks in a reasonably safe condition for use by pedestrians.” The suit claims the city failed to require the contractors to properly maintain their worksite, failed to remove construction debris and failed to put up guards or barriers to prevent pedestrians from encountering such debris, among other allegations.

Allen Crosby, meanwhile, claimed that as a direct result of the injuries to his wife, he has suffered “a loss of consortium from his wife, including the love, guidance, companionship and other services that he had received from her before the occurrence.”

The Crosbys, represented by the Frederick & Hagle law firm of Urbana, have requested a jury trial. A court date had not been scheduled as of Dec. 17.

Dr. Thomas R. Scaggs of Champaign, who owns Scaggs Properties, had no comment on the lawsuit. Also declining comment, due to the ongoing nature of the litigation, were the city’s mayor, Bill Ingold, and attorney, Ross Sorensen. A message left with Bickers Construction was not immediately returned.

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Hoopeston City Council approves putting city sales tax on April 2015 ballot

At Tuesday’s city council meeting, the council voted 6-1 to put a one percent sales tax on the April 2015 ballot.  A similar referendum was defeated in November 596-572.  Alderman Randy Carter said that many people who supported the sales tax felt it was not clearly communicated to residents what the money would be used for, including curbs, streets, water lines, money to attract new businesses and a dentist.  He also talked about area towns which each have city sales tax, including Watseka, Danville, Mahomet and Rantoul.

Mayor Bill Crusinberry said water projects are the main reason he favors the tax, explaining that $5000 was budgeted this year for a feasibility study of flooding, which didn’t pay for very much. 
Other projects are the objectives from mapping strategies sessions.  To pursue them, we have to fund them, said Bill Crusinberry.
In other business, the board approved an intergovernmental agreement with Vermilion Advantage to spend $10, 702 on a shared resource person.  Vermilion Advantage will pick up the bulk of the salary of the as-yet-unhired person, who will be used by Vermilion County communities for various functions, including grant writing, economic development and others, Crusinberry said.

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

December 18, 2014

12-16 Sheriff’s Police returned from Tippecanoe County Jail in Lafayette, IN with Scott R. Bedfrod, 46 of Lafayette, IN.  According to police reports, Bedford was wanted on two Iroquois County warrants charging him with failure to appear on a prior theft over $500 charge and driving while license is suspended charge and was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond the following day and was released

12-17 Sheriff’s Police arrested James G. Leclair, 40 Crescent City.  According to police reports, a Deputy observed LeClair’s vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed on Rt. 24 near River Valley Recycling Center.  After conducting a traffic stop on Leclair’s vehicle, the Deputy made contact with Leclair, knowing he possessed a revoked driver’s license.  Upon searching the vehicle incident to arrest and inventorying for the tow, Deputies discovered hypodermic syringes hidden inside the vehicle’s air vents.  Leclair was taken into custody and transported to the Iroquois County Jail.  He was charged with speeding at or above 35 mph over the posted limit,driving while license evoked and possession of hypodermic needles/syringes and posted the required bond and was released

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Wednesday, December 18, 2014

Warrant Arrest H14-6369
Date & Time: December 17, 2014   6:41pm
Location: 300 blk W Penn
Arrested: Maggie S Avelar (26) of Hoopeston
Details: Subject was taken into custody on outstanding Douglas county warrant
12TR1895 for Contempt.  She was transported to HPD where she
was released after posting bond and given a new court date.

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Women Making a Difference Winners

50/50 Winners

Bill Nicholls $50
Mary Bertram $30
Janna Hodge $20

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Prosecutor: Decision on whether to charge official coming this week

According to the Paxton Record, PAXTON — Ford County State’s Attorney Randy Yedinak said Monday that he hoped to decide sometime this week whether to criminally charge a longtime Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board member and Button Township supervisor

Illinois State Police said they consulted Yedinak before arrested Dean A. Swan, 52, at his rural Paxton home last month.

Swan was booked at the Ford County Jail on a preliminary charge of official misconduct, a Class 3 felony; and violating the Public Officer Prohibited Activities Act, a Class 4 felony.

But Yedinak had not filed formal charges against Swan as of late Tuesday morning. Yedinak said he is reviewing “all investigative materials to determine what, if any, criminal charges may be filed.”

Illinois State Police Master Sgt. Jeff Padilla said that at the request of Button Township officials, state police investigated Swan for more than a year.

Padilla said state police determined through their investigation that “from 2012 and on,” Swan allegedly was “funneling” township and school district contracts to a trucking firm he owned. Padilla said “multiple” contracts were awarded to Swan’s company over the course of two years, but Swan never disclosed his ownership interest in the firm.

“There were multiple contracts for a variety of different work for the township and school district that he had done,” Padilla said.

If convicted of official misconduct, Swan could face a sentence ranging from probation to up to five years in prison.

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Tom Kacich: Candidates for Frerichs seat include minister

According to the News-Gazette, An update on the process to replace Mike Frerichs in the state Senate: Naomi Jakobsson doesn’t want the position but several other people do.

Jakobsson’s name has been floated as a possible contender to fill the remaining two years on the Champaign Democrat’s state Senate term, once he moves up to the office of state treasurer next month.

“You know what?” she said Tuesday. “If it were a two-year term without having to run (in 2016) I would do it.”

But the Champaign and Vermilion County Democratic Party chairmen who will name Frerichs’ successor — Al Klein and Frank Wright — want someone who not only will move into the 52nd District Senate seat for two years, but will run for election in 2016.

“Beyond those two years I don’t really have it in me,” Jakobsson said.

But she said she has encouraged an Urbana minister, the Rev. Robert Rasmus, to join the 10 or so Democrats already in the mix.

“He’s very interested,” she said of the senior pastor at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Urbana. “He’s got a nice background of doing things and here he’s done political things because of his church.”

Rasmus, 60, has an intriguing background: former political reporter in Iowa, former congressional press secretary, served as an Army medic, a Lutheran minister for 20 years, 14 years at St. Matthew, past chair of the Lutheran Social Services of Illinois board, and a husband and father to a seventh-grade daughter.

“One of the talents I think I bring is the ability to build coalitions and partnerships,” he said.

Rasmus said he has talked to Wright and has contacted Klein about his interest in the position.

“I am very interested,” he said. “I’ve been encouraged to look at it and I am doing that.”

Meanwhile, last weekend’s Vermilion County Democratic Party Christmas party gave some Democrats the opportunity to introduce themselves and state their case to be the successor to Frerichs.

Among those who attended the party, some of whom spoke to the gathering about their interest in the Senate seat, were former Vermilion County Clerk Lynn Foster, Danville businessman Don Crist, Champaign County Board member James Quisenberry, Champaign school board member Jamar Brown, Champaign County assistant state’s attorney Scott Bennett, former state representative candidate Michael Langendorf of Urbana, past Champaign County Board candidate Brent West of Champaign, and Urbana Mayor Laurel Prussing. Those Democrats, along with Champaign County Board member C. Pius Weibel and Danville City Council member Michael Puhr, are known candidates to replace Frerichs.

Langendorf, now retired, worked at the Vermilion Association for Special Education from 1991 to this summer, a point he said he stressed to Wright during an interview earlier this month.

“I made it clear to Frank that I had worked there for 23 years, that I knew the people there pretty well, that I had run against Chad (Hays) and that I had gotten on the ballot on my own,” Langendorf said. “I spent about 45 minutes with Frank and I have spoken to Al (Klein).”

Quisenberry, of Urbana, said he hadn’t had detailed interviews with either Wright or Klein.

Several others, including former state representative candidate Lori DeYoung, Frerichs aide Laurie Bonnett and Champaign County State’s Attorney Julia Rietz, say they’re not interested.

During the holiday party Klein and Wright said that the Senate appointment process would present the two organizations with the opportunity to build a better relationship and to work together. They also said that they weren’t in a hurry to name Frerichs’ replacement, although they have to act before Frerichs is sworn in on Jan. 12.

Frerichs as treasurer and comptroller?

Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon, in an op-ed piece in Tuesday’s Chicago Tribune, suggested that following last week’s death of Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, state officials should appoint Frerichs as both state treasurer and comptroller, in what she called “an informal consolidation.”

Simon noted that both she and Topinka favored combining the offices, and estimated that it would save about $12 million a year.

“Having one person hold both offices would require some changes to our current statutes, including processes for transparency and separations of functions within the office,” wrote Simon, who was defeated by Topinka in the Nov. 4 election. “Those safeguards would help prevent the kind of corruption the state experienced under our previous constitution prior to 1972.

“And it gives the Legislature time to continue work on a constitutional amendment that would turn this informal consolidation into a real consolidation.”

A spokesman for Frerichs said, however, that although the treasurer-elect favors merging the offices he doesn’t favor the “informal consolidation,” and would not accept what he called “a dual appointment.”

“On Wednesday, Illinoisans will come together to celebrate the life of Judy Baar Topinka. We are all united today in mourning the loss of a great leader and friend,” said spokesman Dave Clarkin.

“Serious discussions will begin Thursday on the best path forward to reunite the operations of the two offices. Treasurer-elect Frerichs supports reuniting the offices and hopes to be a part of those discussions at the appropriate time. Although many have made the suggestion, Frerichs is not seeking, nor would he accept, a dual appointment to both constitutional offices.”

Frerichs festivities

The website for next month’s state inauguration festivities — — lists a few events where Frerichs will be a participant.

He’s scheduled to be at an inaugural reception from 7 to 11 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 11, at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield. The website does not list ticket prices and says more information will be forthcoming.

There also will be an open house at his new office on the second floor of the Capitol from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on inauguration day. The inaugural ceremonies for all the statewide officials, including Frerichs, will be at 11 a.m. at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in downtown Springfield.

An inaugural concert, which replaces the traditional inaugural ball, also will be at the convention center from 9 p.m. to midnight on the 12th. General admission tickets are $125. “A famous musical act” will be announced at a later date, says the website.

Topinka funds

It was a little odd to peer at the State Board of Elections website the other day and see $54,000 in contributions to the Citizens for Judy Baar Topinka campaign fund.

The donations were dated Dec. 8, however, two days before the comptroller unexpectedly passed away.

Among the contributions was $45,000 from Local 150 International of the Union of Operating Engineers in Countryside, the same place where Topinka’s memorial service is being held this morning.

Incidentally, in her last campaign Topinka raised a relatively thrifty $1.1 million (between Jan. 1, 2013 and Election Day this year) while Simon raised $1.9 million. Topinka won the race, 49.5 percent to 45.6 percent.

Topinka collected $2,750 from Champaign, $500 from Urbana and $225 from Danville (from her old friend, former state Rep. Bill Black) in that race.

Tom Kacich is a News-Gazette editor and columnist. His column appears on Wednesdays and Sundays. He can be reached at 351-5221 or at

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Iroquois County files no charges in Sheldon Shooting

News Release
December 16, 2014

On Monday afternoon, December 15, 2014, the Iroquois County Sheriff’s Office responded to 2701 E Township Road 121, rural Sheldon, IL, after the homeowner, 68 year-old Thomas F. Salustro, called 911 reporting that he had shot a male subject whom he had asked to leave his property.  Upon the arrival of Sheriff’s Deputies it was learned that a confrontation had taken place between Mr. Salustro and an individual who had come to the property to pick up free firewood.  According to Mr. Salustro, the individual in question, later identified as Michael P. Williams, 61 Sheldon was intoxicated and become belligerent after being asked to leave.  After initially leaving, Mr. Williams returned and began banging on Mr. Salustro’s garage door.  Mr. Salustro then armed himself and advisted Mr. Williams of such, at which time he again asked Mr. Williams to leave.  Mr. Williams then approached Mr. Salustro in an aggressive manner, at which time he was shot.  Mr. Williams then fled the residence with a second individual, identified as Darrin E. Lambert, 46 Sheldon and was taken to Iroquois Memorial Hospital.  Following the shooting, Detectives conducted interviews with both Mr. Salustro and Mr. Lambert, who provided similar accounts of the afternoon’s events.  The facts of the case have been turned over to the Iroquois County States Attorney’s Office, a review of which resulted in no charges being filed against Mr. Salustro.

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Iroquois County Man Shot Over Firewood

On Monday, Dec. 15, the Iroquios County Sheriff’s Office responded to a rural Sheldon address in reference to an individual who had been shot.

Upon their arrival, deputies learned that a confrontation had taken place between the homeowner and an individual who had come to the property to retrieve what had been publicly advertised as free firewood. After being asked to leave several times by the homeowner, the individual became belligerent and approached the homeowner in an aggressive manner, at which time he was shot.

The subject then fled the residence with a second individual and was taken to Iroquois Memorial Hospital. Following the shooting, detectives conducted interviews with both the homeowner and the witness who accompanied the shooting victim.

At this time, no arrests have been made and the investigation continues.

The shooting victim remains hospitalized in stable condition.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter
Monday, December 15, 2014

Warrant Arrest H14-6340
Date & Time: December 15, 2014   4:36pm
Location: 600 blk E Thompson
Arrested: Jessica T Hardy (27) of Hoopeston
Details: Subject was taken into custody on outstanding Vermilion County warrant
13CM392 FTA/Theft Under $300. She posted bond and was released
with new court date.

Fire Call
Date & Time: December 15, 2014   9:09 pm
Location: 600 blk W Washington
Details: Fire department was dispatched for smell of gas inside the residence


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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

December 15, 2014

12-10 Gilman Police arrested David A. Deaton, 37 Gilman.  He was wanted on a Iroquois County warrant fro Writ of Attachment and was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he later posted the required bond and was released

12-11 Sheriff’s Police arrested Michael Sokolinski, 36 Rankin.  He was wanted on a Grundy County warrant for driving while license was suspended and no valid drivers license.  He was transported tot he Iroquois County Jail where he later posted the required bond and was released

12-12 Sheriff’s Police arrested William Clingenpeel, 37 Milford.  He was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant for theft and was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he later posted the required bond and was released

12-11 Sheriff’s Police investigated a car vs deer accident on Co Rd 200 N near 070 E Rd.  According tot he report, Sandra A. Price, 36 Roberts was traveling West bound on Co Rd 200 N near 070 E when a deer ran into the roadway and she was unable to avoid the deer.  Her vehicle sustained over $1500 in damages.  No citations were issued and no injuries were reported

12-13 Sheriff’s Police investigated a two vehicle accident in Milford.  According to the report, Brian A. Sinn, 38 Cissna Park was traveling south on Grant St. and failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of Grant and Irving St.  Sinn’s vehicle struck a vehicle that was traveling westbound driven by Justin Rutledge, 30 Milford.  No injuries were reported.  Both vehicles sustained over $1500 in damage and no citations were issued.

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Hoopeston Police Department Weekend Report

Friday, December 12 - Sunday, December 14, 2014

Friday, December 12, 2014

Lost & Found
Date & Time: December 12, 2014 4:00pm
Location: Casey’s General Store 1022 W. Penn
Details: A single key was found at the above location.  Owner may identify and claim at

Warrant Arrest H14-6302
Date & Time: December 12, 2014   6:30pm
Location: 600 blk S Seventh Street
Arrested: Sasha R Lanham (40) of Hoopeston
Details: Subject taken into custody for outstanding Vermilion county warrant
12TR1115 FTA/Driving While Suspended.  Posted bond and released
with new court date

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Sunday, December 14, 2014


Aggravated Assault H14-6331
Date & Time: December 14, 2014   6:28pm
Location: 400 blk E Washington
Complainant: 34 year old Hoopeston male
Arrested #1: Roel Acosta (25) of Hoopeston
Arrested #2: Ricardo Acosta ((29) of Hoopeston
Details: Both subjects were charged after an altercation at the above location.
They were both transported to HPD where they were released with
a Notice To Appear in Vermilion County Court.


Hit & Run Car Accident       H14-6329
Date & Time: December 14, 2014   4:42pm
Location: Hoopeston Marathon parking lot
Unit #1: 2007 Dodge Utility driven by Debra Burton of Wellington
Unit #2: 2008 Chevy owned by Peggy Justice, parked and unoccupied
Details: Owner of Unit 2 reported that Unit 1 hit her vehicle while it was parked and
left the scene.  Unit 1 was located after license plate was given to
the police.  Insurance was provided for both vehicles.

Domestic Battery, Criminal Trespass H14-6333   V14-12132
Date & Time: December 14, 2014 10:35pm
Location: 200 blk E Main St
Complainant: 30 year old Hoopeston woman
Arrested: Chad Hardison (29) Hoopeston male
Details: HPD was called to the above location for a domestic dispute.  Mr. Hardison was
arrested and taken to Hoopeston Police Department to be processed.  He was
later transported to the PSB to await arraignment. 


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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Friday, December 12, 2014

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter
Thursday, December 11, 2014

Criminal Damage To Property H14-6293
Date & Time: December 11, 2014 5:05pm
Location: 700 block E. Lincoln St.
Victim: 30 year old Hoopeston woman
Details: Victim advised unknown subject(s) slashed a tire on her vehicle while it was
parked at her residence.


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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter
Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Traffic Accident H14-6283
Date & Time: December 10, 2014 11:20am
Location: 702 W. Main St.
Unit 1: 2008 Chrysler driven by Joetta L. Hufford of Rossville
Property: The Flower Shop
Details: Driver of Unit 1 was attempting to park at the southeast corner of the building
and stated her foot slipped from the brake to the accelerator and she crashed
into the corner of the building.  No injuries, no citations, Unit 1 insured.

Criminal Damage to Vehicle H14-6285
Date & Time: December 10, 2014   3:39pm
Location: 400 blk N Market
Complainant: 35 year old Hoopeston female
Details: Female reported that her vehicle was keyed



Battery (2 counts), Criminal Trespass To State Supported Property H14-6288
Date & Time: December 10, 2014   8pm
Location: Parkview Court
Complainant: 15 year old Hoopeston female
Arrested: Autumn J Robinson (21) of Rossville
Details: Police responded to the above for a disturbance.  Offender left the area later
located by Rossville police in Rossville where she was detained then
arrested and transported back to HPD.  She was charges with the above.
Released after posting bond.


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Paxton City Council may vote on bedbug regulations in January

The Paxton City Council may approve an ordinance in January that would require landlords to keep their rental units free of bedbugs.

The Paxton City Council may approve an ordinance in January that would require landlords to keep their rental units free of bedbugs.

Josh Wright, who lives in an apartment at 105 E. State St., complained to aldermen Monday night that his apartment building is infested with bedbugs, but his landlord refuses to address the problem.

Unlike Champaign and Urbana — which require landlords to exterminate bedbugs before leasing an apartment and to eliminate an infestation if it is in more than one apartment — Paxton does not have any ordinance regulating bedbug problems.

Wright requested the council approve an ordinance to help renters like himself, who are “not wealthy enough to hire a professional exterminator.”

“I’m just trying to get something done so other people don’t have to deal with this problem like I’m having to deal with it,” Wright said.

Alderman Marc Amore, who happens to own and operate a pest-control business in Paxton, said bedbugs are a “huge problem” both statewide and nationwide. However, no local or state government entity has jurisdiction over the issue.

“There’s no state law regarding whose responsibility it is to treat in a situation like this. If somebody moves into an apartment that’s already infested, the person basically has no recourse,” Amore said. “And the Department of Public Health doesn’t have any jurisdiction over it either, and that’s mainly because bedbugs aren’t found to be a vector for any type of disease. So, it’s really a tough thing.”

Amore said that when he was serving as regional vice president of the state pest control association from 2007 to 2010, legislators had been discussing a proposed bill that would require landlords in Illinois to pay for the extermination of bedbugs. But the bill never was signed into law, Amore said.

Under the proposed legislation, “when people moved in, they’d pay a security fee — almost like they’d do for a damage (deposit), except it’s a bedbug fee. And then if you move out and (bedbugs) are not found in there, you’d get your money back.”

Amore said bedbugs can be “volatile” and “move around a lot,” meaning that an infestation in one apartment can easily lead to an infestation in another.

“If you have a situation where you have an apartment building above a business, eventually there’s a very good chance those bedbugs are going to trickle down into that business and spread around,” Amore said. “Same with schools. I did a job in Bloomington last winter where there were five kids who had to come home from school and could not return to school until they had proof that the place (where they were living) had been professionally treated.”

Alderman Alan Meyer expressed concerns about bedbugs potentially moving into businesses in downtown Paxton, several of which have apartments above them.

“If they spread like you say, then our buildings will be worth nothing,” Meyer said.

The council made plans to discuss the bedbug issue further during a Jan. 12 meeting of the city property, parks and forestry committee, chaired by Amore. In the meantime, City Attorney Ross Sorensen plans to draft a proposed ordinance to protect renters from bedbug infestations. The ordinance will be up for approval at the full council’s next regular meeting, also on Jan. 12.

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

On December 10th, Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police

arrested Roy M. Tykol 27 of Watseka. According to police reports Tykol was wanted on a warrant charging him with writ of body on a civil law warrant. He was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remained in Lieu of bond.

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Governor-elect Bruce Rauner Statement on Passing of Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka

Governor-elect Bruce Rauner Statement on Passing of Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka

“Early this morning, Illinois lost one of its all-time greats. Comptroller Topinka’s magnetic, one-of-a-kind personality brought a smile to everyone she met, and she had a servant’s heart, always only caring about what was best for the people of our state. Judy was a tremendous friend, and Diana and I will miss her deeply. We offer our heartfelt condolences and prayers to her family, including son Joseph, as well as her talented and loyal team in the Comptroller’s office.”

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