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Suspect in custody after early morning shooting in Hoopeston

On August 22nd at 2:25 a.m. Hoopeston Police officers responded to the 500 block of East Seminary for a report of shots fire.  Upon arrival officers found a 33 year old Hoopeston man laying on the ground saying that he was shot at by a person he knew.  He provided information on the suspect as well as the vehicle the suspect left the area in.  The victim was found not to be injured.

Another Hoopeston officer located the vehicle on Illinois Route 1 entering Iroquois County and stopped the vehicle and located the suspect Tyler J. Henady, 29 Watseka, Illinois and the driver of the vehicle.  Henady was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Iroquois County Jail.
A warrant was issued for Henady for Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm-Person and Possession of Weapon by Felon.  Henady is currently in custody held on a $75,000.00 bond.

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Bridge Repair Project in Cheneyville

Cheneyville - The Illinois Department of Transportation announces that repairs will be made to the bridge carrying C.H. 41 over North Fork of Vermilion River, 0.4 mile north of Cheneyville.  The repairs are scheduled to begin on Monday, August 25, 2014, and be completed by Thursday, October 9, 2014.  Inclement weather may revise these tentative dates.
Traffic on C.H. 41 will be restricted to one lane with traffic signals.

Motorists are reminded to reduce speeds in work zones and to be alert for workers and machinery.

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Bridge Repair Project

East Lynn- The Illinois Department of Transportation announces that repairs will be made to the bridge carrying Illinois Route 9 over an unnamed creek, 0.5 mile east of East Lynn.  The repairs are scheduled to begin on Monday, August 25, 2014, and be completed by Thursday, October 9, 2014.  Inclement weather may revise these tentative dates.
Traffic on Illinois Route 9 will be restricted to one lane with traffic signals.
Motorists are reminded to reduce speeds in work zones and to be alert for workers and machinery.

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Harvest of Talents Sausage & Gravy Breakfast

Enjoy a Sausage & Gravy Biscuit breakfast on Saturday, August 23rd at the Milford Christian Church from 6:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.  All proceeds go to the Harvest of Talents to help fight world wide hunger.

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

NEWS RELEASE
August 22, 2014

8-21 Sheriff’s Police returned from the Calumet City Police Dept. with Martin C. Flanagan, 41 Calumet City.  He was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant for failure to appear on the charge of Criminal Trespass to a Residence.  Flanagan remains in jail in lieu of bond

8-21 Sheriff’s Police returned from the Ford County Jail with Larry J. Watkins, 25 Rankin.  He was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant for failure to appear on the charge of Possession of Cannabis 2.5 to 10 Grams.  Watkins remains in jail in lieu of bond

8-21 Clifton Police arrested Dillion T. Smith, 18 Clifton.  He was charged with Illegal Consumption of Alcohol by a Minor.  He was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he was later I-bonded and released to a parent

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Residential Burglary, Interference with Report of Domestic Battery & Criminal Damage to
Property H14-4491 V14-8253
Date & Time: August 21, 2014 2:34am
Location: 300 blk Front St
Victim: 38 year old Hoopeston woman
Arrested: Gerardo Torres (33) of Hoopeston
Details: At above time and date, complainant advised that Mr. Torres had broken into her
residence and stole her phone to prevent her from calling 911.  He was already
being sought by police for domestic battery from earlier in the night.  HPD located
subject and arrested him.  He was taken to the PSB in Danville for arraignment.


Warrant Arrest H14-4494
Date & Time: August 21, 2014 12:19pm
Location: HPD 301 W. Main St.
Arrested: David M. Wilken (20) of Hoopeston
Details: Suspect turned himself in on an outstanding Vermilion County arrest warrant
2014TR4199 for Failure To Appear in court.  He was later released after posting
$375 bond.

Traffic Accident (PD) H14-4496
Time & Date:  August 21, 2014     2pm
Location:      1030 W Chestnut St Hoopeston IGA Parking Lot
Unit 1: 2011 Mazda Utility driven by Carol L Yergler of Hoopeston (F)
Unit 2: 2011 Ford Utility driven by Darla K Carlson of Milford
Details: At the above time and date, the accident was reported Hoopeston Police Department
Unit 1 and Unit 2 were backing up from a parking place across from each other and struck each other.  No injuries report and both parties insured

 

 

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Hoopeston Area Schools Plan Early Dismissal

Hoopeston Area Schools will be dismissing at 2:05 p.m. for the Elementary Schools and 2:20 p.m. for the Middle/High School on Thursday, August 21st and Friday, August 22nd due to anticipated heat.

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U of I bomb squad called to Vermilion County twice in one week

DANVILLE — Emergency personnel shut down a city block and evacuated several businesses following a suspicious package found along North Walnut Street.

Danville police were contacted a little after 11:30 a.m. Wednesday after a black suitcase was discovered hidden behind a newspaper box in front of the News-Gazette office, 139 N. Walnut St.

Danville Director of Public Safety Larry Thomason said a Danville officer observed what he could of the piece of luggage. It was decided to call in the University of Illinois Bomb Squad to “assess the package and make sure before anything was removed.”

Emergency vehicles blocked Walnut Street at North Street and Harrison streets, and prevented anyone from getting closer to the suspicious luggage.

Bomb squad members X-rayed the suitcase and determined no explosives were present.

Steve Trame, a lieutenant with the U of I Police Department and commander of the bomb squad, said personal items including clothes and a curling iron were found inside.

The site was officially declared safe a little after 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Thomason said the suspicious package prompted police to evacuate people from buildings in the immediate area of the scene, including the Commercial-News’ building, Rich’s Deluxe Restaurant, the Habitat for Humanity Restore store and others. People in other nearby businesses were informed of the situation but not evacuated.

Evacuated worked and passersby waited in Temple Plaza or watched from a safe distance as members of the bomb squad removed the suspicious package.

The suitcase’s origin was not known.

“How it got left there and by whom, we don’t know,” Thomason said.

This was the second time in a week that the U of I Bomb Squad was called to Vermilion County. The team handled an accident scene along Interstate 74 near the 206 mile marker after it was determined commercial fireworks were in one of the vehicles.

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Special Report

NEWS RELEASE
August 20, 2014

On Wednesday, August 20, 2014 Iroquois County Sheriff’s Office and the Office of the State Fire Marshal arrested a 15 year-old male juvenile from Beaverville, IL on charges of arson in connection with a structure fire that occurred on Friday, August 15, 2014, at 203 St. Charles Street in Beaverville.  On that date, multiple agencies responded to the vacant property after a passerby called 911 reporting a fire at that address.  A subsequent investigation by the Fire Marshall’s Office determined the cause of the fire to be arson, after which numerous leads were followed up by the Sheriff’s Office and the male juvenile in question was identified as the suspect.  The juvenile was taken into custody without incident on today’s date and transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he was charged with arson.

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

NEWS RELEASE
August 21, 2014

8-18 Joshua D. Huff, 39 Watseka turned himself in at the Iroquois County Jail.  Huff was convicted on Iroquois County charges for Methamphetamine manufacturing.  He was sentenced to 15 days in the Iroquois County Jail.

818 Clifton Police arrested Juan R. Mesarina, 44 Hammond, IN for DUI, DUI over .08, Illegal Transportation of alcohol and Driving While License Suspended.  He later posted the required bond and was released

8-20 Sheriff’s Police arrested Tiffany B. Rath, 27 Ashkum.  She was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant for failure to appear for Driving while license was suspended and later posted the required bond and was released

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Bicycle Found
Date: August 20, 2014
Location: 500 block E. Honeywell
Details: A maroon & silver Next 18 speed bike was found at the above location. Owner may
identify and claim at HPD.


Residential Burglary H14-4478
Date & Time: August 20, 2014 5:44pm
Location: 200 block W. Maple
Victim: 48 year old Hoopeston man
Details: Victim advised officer that unkno0wn subject(s) entered his garage and stole
numerous power tools and an air conditioner.

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Hoopeston Public Library Announces Labor Day Weekend Closings

The Hoopeston Public Library will be closed on Saturday, August 30th and Monday, September 1st in observance of Labor Day.

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Danville will welcome two new businesses

DANVILLE — Two new businesses are joining the city’s North Vermilion Street and Gilbert Street lineups.

Mattress Firm will be joining the strip mall in front of Kohl’s and next to Cellular One on North Vermilion Street.

While TitleMax will be going into the former Wiener Works on Gilbert Street.

According to Danville Planning and Urban Services Manager Chris Milliken, Mattress Firm’s permit is good until the end of the year and they hope to be open before the end of the year according to the contractor.

TitleMax is new to town and Milliken anticipates it opening in another month or so.

“I am always happy to see additional retail opportunities in the community and am excited to see the growth along our major corridors continue,” according to a statement from Mayor Scott Eisenhauer.

According to Mattress Firm’s website, Mattress Firm has grown from one store in Houston, Texas in 1986 to more than 1,400 locations nationwide. It claims it is one of the largest and most successful retailers in the specialty bedding market.

Mattress Firm also is located in Champaign, Bloomington, Springfield, Indianapolis and other areas.

TitleMax’s website says the business is one of the nation’s largest and most reputable title lending companies.

Since its inception in 1998, TitleMax has expanded to more than 1,350 stores spanning 17 states. TitleMax also is located in Champaign and has other area locations.

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Man charged with aggravated DUI in fatal crash earlier this summer

URBANA — A Rantoul man has been charged with aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol in connection with the death of a friend who was riding with him earlier this summer.

On Tuesday, Assistant State’s Attorney Elizabeth Dornik filed two counts of the Class 2 felony against Brent D. McCullough, 36, who listed an address in the 600 block of Heath Drive.

The charges allege that McCullough’s drunken driving in northern Champaign County on June 21 resulted in the death of his passenger, Eric Lowery, 34, who lived on Autumn Fields Lane in Rantoul.

Illinois State Police at Pesotum said McCullough was driving north on Interstate 57 near Thomasboro about 2 a.m. that Saturday when he lost control of the car, left the road to the right and hit a guardrail. The car went airborne, flipping over in the air, Dornik said.

Dornik said Mr. Lowery, one of three passengers with McCullough, was thrown out and sustained major head injuries. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Another passenger, Andrea Palivos, 30, of Rantoul, was trapped in the car, while a third passenger, Jeffrey Carter, 31, of Chicago, was outside the vehicle lying in the median when police arrived. Dornik said the report did not spell out any injuries they may have received.

She said a witness helped McCullough from the car. The witness also said that he found a clear bottle of liquor with a white label with gold letters on it, which McCullough took and threw in a ditch.

The troopers later found a tequila bottle in the median next to the car, which was different from the other bottle the witness described. That bottle was not found, she said.

McCullough was taken to Carle Foundation Hospital, where his blood alcohol content was measured at 0.11 percent, in excess of the 0.08 percent needed for a motorist in Illinois to be presumed intoxicated.

Dornik said McCullough had a prior conviction for driving under the influence in Champaign County in 2004.

If convicted of this aggravated DUI, McCullough faces a mandatory prison term of between three and 14 years. He is scheduled to be arraigned Friday.

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Updated Story:  Ticket Dropped for teen in Oakwood Accident Monday

According to the News-Gazette, a ticket issued to a 17 year-old involved in an accident that shut down Interstate 74 for five hours on Monday has been dropped because the Ohio teen did have a valid driver’s permit in Ohio and his 61 year old passenger was providing adult supervision.

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Gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner will visit Vermilion County

Gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner will be in Vermilion County Wednesday, August 20 at 2:30PM.  I would like to invite you to join Bruce Wednesday afternoon as he meets with the community of Tilton.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Battery H14-4458 Showers
Date & Time: August 19, 2014   3:57pm
Location: 300 blk S Market
Complainant: 49 year old Hoopeston woman
Arrested: Irvin G Warner (61) of Hoopeston
Details: Subject was taken into custody after an altercation at the above location.
He was transported to HPD where he was released with a
Notice To Appear in Hoopeston City court.

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Both lanes of I-74 closed after accident

BY BRIAN L. HUCHEL bhuchel@dancomnews.com
The Commercial-News

OAKWOOD — A trailer carrying fireworks was among the vehicles involved in an accident Monday morning along Interstate 74.

The accident was reported just before 10 a.m. Monday on Interstate 74 just west of the Oakwood exit in the westbound lanes.

As a result, interstate lanes in both directions were shut down for several hours beginning just before 11 a.m. while the vehicles involved in the accident as well as debris was cleared from the interstate. The interstate was reopened around 4 p.m. Monday.

According to the Illinois State Police, a vehicle driven by Beth Bagby, 59, of Danville, was parked on the right shoulder of the road after being struck in a hit-and-run accident minutes before.

Bagby was attempted to pull back onto the interstate when her vehicle collided with an oncoming pickup truck and trailer driven by Jacob Gorski, 17, of Williamsburg, Ohio. The collision caused Gorski’s vehicle and trailer to roll through the median and into the eastbound lanes.

Gorski’s trailer involved in the accident rolled over in the interstate median and was seriously damaged. As a result, personnel with the University of Illinois Bomb Squad were called to the scene around 11:30 a.m. Monday.

University of Illinois Deputy Chief of Police Skip Frost said the bomb squad was summoned to the scene as a result of the trailer which landed in the interstate median.

According to Frost, the camper had commercial fireworks inside — which the owner was licensed to have. The bomb squad was called in to make sure the commercial fireworks were “safely handled” with “no danger to anyone involved.

Bagby was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident while Gorski was cited for driving without a valid driver’s license.

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

NEWS RELEASE
August 19, 2014

Sheriff’s Police investigated a two vehicle accident on Co. Rd. 800E at the intersection of Co.Rd. 200N.  According to the report, Walter L. Laubscher, 18 Cissna Park was traveling east on Co.Rd. 200N approaching the intersection of Co. Rd. 800E and a vehicle driven by Ronald J. Hilligoss, 59 Paxton was traveling north on Co. Rd. 800E approaching the same intersection.  Laubscher failed to yield at the intersection and struck Hilligoss’ vehicle, causing it to overturn in a ditch.  Damages were greater than $1500, no injuries were reported and Laubscher was issued a citation for failure to yield at an intersection

Sheriff’s Police investigated a two vehicle accident on Co. Rd. 1740N near Co. Rd. 2050E.  According to the report, Christopher M. Lenz, 19 of Watseka was traveling east on Co. Rd. 1740N approaching the railroad crossing near Co.Rd. 2050E when a vehicle driven by Jeremy Schaumburg, 44 Watseka was stopped in traffic near the railroad crossing.  Lenz approached Schaumburg’s vehicle and struck it resulting in damages less than $1500.  Schaumburg and his three passengers were taken to IMH and treated for minor injuries.  Lenz reported no injuries and no citations were issued.  IMH EMS assisted with the traffic accident

Sheriff’s Police returned from Kankakee County Jail with Ardell L. Howard, 23 St. Anne he was wanted on an Iroquois County Warrant charging him with failure to appear on a past battery charge.  He was taken to Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Monday, August 18, 2014

Traffic Accident H14-4430
Date & Time: August 18, 2014 6:20am
Location: Main Source Bank 323 E. Main
Unit 1: 2008 Ford pick-up driven by Clifford Crabtree of Hoopeston
Property: Bank ATM machine
Details: Driver of Unit 1 struck the upper portion of the ATM machine with a piece of
equipment that was on the trailer he was pulling as he drove through.  No
injuries, no citations, Unit 1 insured.


Lost/Stolen Wallet H14-4404
Date & Time: August 17, 2014 10:52am
Location: Unknown
Victim: 32 year old Hoopeston woman
Details: Victim advised that her wallet was discovered missing from her vehicle.  Unknown
when or where it was lost or stolen.


Burglary To Garage H14-4434
Date & Time: August 18, 2014 10:34am
Location: 700 block S. Fifth Ave
Victim: 57 year old Hoopeston man
Details: Victim advised officer that unknown subject(s) entered his garage and stole a
compound bow and other items.

Criminal Damage To Property H14-4443 Steeples
Date & Time: August 18, 2014   5:52pm
Location: 700 blk E Honeywell
Complainant: 48 year old Hoopeston man
Details: Complainant advised unknown person(s) damaged his rain gutters.


Domestic Battery, Unlawful Restraint H14-4444 Welch
Date & Time: August 18, 2014 6:00pm
Location: 400 blk S Market St
Complainant: 35 year old Hoopeston female
Arrested: Jose Cardenas (38) Hoopeston male
Details: HPD officers arrested Mr. Cardenas after a domestic battery occurred at the above
location.  Subject was taken to Hoopeston Police Dept, processed and then
transported to the PSB in Danville to await arraignment.

 

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Hoopeston Police Department Weekend Report

Friday, August 15, 2014
Saturday, August 16, 2014
Sunday, August 17, 2014

Friday August 15, 2014



Criminal Damage to Auto H14-4348 Kelnhofer
Date & Time: August 15, 2014   1:15am
Location: 800 blk W Main
Complainant: 18 year old Hoopeston man
Details: Report was taken after unknown subject(s) keyed caller’s car


Criminal Damage To State Supported Property     H14-4367 Welch
Date & Time: August 15, 2014     4:56pm
Location: Parkview Court Apartments
Complainant: Vermilion County Housing Authority
Arrested: Michael S Winland (28) of Hoopeston
Details: Officers were dispatched for a fight inside apartment and the sound of
someone trying to break down the wall inside. Upon arrival it was noticed
that there was damage to the door and door jam.  A representative
from Vermilion County Housing arrived and wished to pursue charges.
Subject was later located, taken into custody, and transported to PSB.

Possession of Cannabis, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (City Ordinance) H14-4306 Linares
Date & Time: August 15, 2014
Location: 700 blk E Maple
Arrested: Brandon Irvin (19) of Hoopeston
Details: While investigating a report of theft, Mr. Irvin was arrested on city ordinance
violation of possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia. 
Subject was taken to HPD, processed and released with city citations and
court date.

Saturday August 16, 2014


Traffic Accident H14-4397 Showers
Date & Time: August 16, 2014 11:57pm
Location: 200 blk E Main St
Unit #1: 1995 Dodge van driven by David Watson
Unit #2: 1996 Dodge 4D owned by Chad Hardison
Details: While turning onto Bank St from E Main St, the driver of Unit # 1 misjudged his
turn and struck Unit #2.  Unit #2 was parked and unoccupied.  There were no
injuries and no tickets issued.  Both Units were insured.


Sunday August 17, 2014


Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, DUI
H14-4405 V14-8148 Cade
Date & Time: August 17, 2014 12:07pm
Location: Sixth St/McNeil Ave
Unit #1: 2003 Freightliner Semi driven by Jeremy Coffey of Hoopeston
Arrested: Jeremy Coffey (34) of Hoopeston
Details: HPD received a call in reference to the above subject driving a semi through
the intersection of Sixth St and McNeil and caught a low hanging telephone
wire.  In the process, several telephone poles with their wires were pulled down
damaging vehicles in the area.  Mr. Coffey was arrested on the above charges
and taken to HPD.  He was processed and transported to the PSB in Danville
to await arraignment.

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Correctional Officer dies in motorcycle-car crash

DANVILLE — A Danville man died early Thursday morning from injuries he suffered when his motorcycle was struck by a vehicle, according to local law enforcement officials.

Vermilion County Coroner Peggy Johnson said that Christopher A. Williams, 33 of Danville was pronounced dead at 1:13 a.m. at Presence United Samaritans Medical Center in Danville.  Mr. Williams was a correctional officer at the Vermilion County Jail.

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

NEWS RELEASE
August 15, 2014

Gilman Police arrested Thomas W. Porter, 40 Brazil, IN.  He was wanted on a warrant for driving while License was suspended and was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he later posted the required bond and was released

Sheriff’s Police arrested Michael R. Wisniewski, 21 Sheldon for Unlawful Delivery of Alcohol to a minor and Contributing to the delinquency of a minor.  He was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he later posted the required bond and was released

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Credit Card Fraud Arrest H14-4273 V14-7990
Date & Time: August 14, 2014 9:55am
Location: HPD 301 W. Main
Arrested: Eric Alan Maples (32) of Hoopeston
Details: Suspect was taken into custody in connection with a credit card fraud case that
occurred on August 11, 2014 in the 400 block of S. Dixie Highway.  The subject
was later transported to the PSB in Danville to await arraignment in court.

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia H14-4306 Linares
Date & Time: August 14,2014
Location: 700 blk Scott Drive
Arrested: Hanna E Patterson (21) of Hoopeston
Details: During an investigation for theft, a consent search of property revealed
a pipe and vaporizer the subject admitted she used for smoking
marijuana.  She was issued a Notice To Appear City Ordinance Citation.

 

Possession of Controlled Substance, Possession of Methamphetamine, and Possession
of Meth Precursor.                H14-4343 Steeples
Date & Time: August 14, 2014   9:42pm
Location: 800 blk E Seminary
Arrested: Lacy D Simpson (26) of Hoopeston
Details: Welfare check led to the arrest of the above subject after finding the
above items inside her residence.  She was taken into custody and
transported to PSB to await arraignment with judge.

 

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (City Ordinance) H14-4324 Kelnhofer
Date & Time: August 13, 2014 10:46pm
Location: Sixth St/Main
Arrested: Seth Sims (26) of Hoopeston
Matthew Brown (27) of Hoopeston
Details: HPD received a called about a possible hit and run involving trash cans.  Officers
located the vehicle and administered a traffic stop.  While on the stop, the officer
clearly saw drug paraphernalia in the vehicle.  Both subjects were arrested, taken
to HPD and processed.  They were released with a city citation and a city court
date.

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DACC Special Board Meeting

NOTICE OF SPECIAL BOARD MEETING
Notice is hereby given that a Special Meeting of the Board of Trustees of Community College No. 507, Counties of Vermilion, Edgar, Iroquois, Champaign and Ford, State of Illinois, will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, August 15, 2014, in the Board Room, Vermilion Hall Room 302, Danville Area Community College, 2000 East Main Street.

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After several burglaries three teens were arrested

BY BRIAN L. HUCHEL bhuchel@dancomnews.com
The Commercial-News

BISMARCK — For the second week in a row, a Vermilion County village has been hit by a series of vehicle burglaries.

The latest came on Monday when the reports came pouring in from several streets in the village of Bismarck. As of mid-day Tuesday, just short of 20 vehicle burglary reports had been called in to the Vermilion County Sheriff’s Department, with more expected.

Capt. Rod Kaag, chief investigator for the sheriff’s department, said three suspects — two 18-year-old males and a 17-year-old male — were taken into custody by deputies on Monday in connection with the barrage of burglaries.

Dakota Spears, 18, and Tanner Nichols, 18, were arrested on preliminary charges of vehicle burglary and a charge of retail theft. A 17-year-old male was arrested as a juvenile by deputies on the same charges. He was released to his parents.

According to Kaag, the trio walked the streets of Bismarck between 2:30-4:30 a.m. Monday, stealing from vehicles parked along the streets or in driveways and were unlocked.

Among the items taken from the vehicles were a computer, GPS, medication, tobacco, tools and money. The three worked South Chicago, Center, Holloway, West South, Maiden and Charlesworth streets and stashed the stolen items as they went.

The burglaries are similar— but on a much larger scale — to a string of several vehicle burglaries that took place last week in Oakwood. There, as many as eight vehicle burglaries as well as a burglary to the IGA grocery store, took place on Aug. 6.

Kaag said a 15-year-old and 16-year-old were taken into custody in connection with the incidents after they were found with some of the stolen property.

“One piece of advice is lock your vehicle, even if it is in the driveway, or put them in the garage,” Kaag said. “We have this all the time with at least a dozen vehicles, sometimes less, because people leave vehicles unlocked.”

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Driving Under The Influence & Parking Where Prohibited H14-4286 V14-7885
Date & Time: August 12, 2014 1:24am
Location: 400 block E. Young Ave
Arrested: Juan I. Rodriguez (42) of La Ville, Texas
Details: Suspect was taken into custody after he was found with his Peterbilt tractor
trailer semi parked in the middle of the block.  He was charged with the above
traffic charges and later transported to the PSB in Danville in lieu of bond.

Traffic Accident (PD) H14-4293
Time & Date:  August 12, 2014     6pm
Location:   9 McFerren Park Rd (SW Quadrant)
Unit 1:   2002 Ford Coupe driven by Kylee R Warner (F) of Hoopeston
Property Damage:   Chain Link Fencing owned by City of Hoopeston
Details: At the above time and date, HPD & Arrow Hoopeston EMS responded in the
Park for a report of a car ran into a fence, that had just occurred .  No Injuries reported and no one transported.  Unit 1 is Insured.  Unit 1 issued Citation
Failure to Reduce to Avoid Accident.


Cell Phone Found
Date: August 12, 2014
Location:   700 block E Seminary
Details: A Kyocera Phone has been found in the street and turned in to HPD owner
may claim it here

 

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Hoopeston Multi-Agency gets new Senior Van

The new Elkhart transit van came from Midwest Transit in Kankakee and was delivered on Monday.

The van replaces the 2006 model and has improved equipment that will make loading and unloading passengers quicker and easier.  Backup cameras and beepers that sound when the van is backing are also on the new model.  The Multi Agency runs the van Monday through Friday and takes seniors and disabled people to stops throughout Hoopeston, including doctors’ appointments and shopping.  For more information or to use the Multi Agency van call 217.283.5544.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Monday, August 11, 2014

Stolen Bicycle
Date & Time: August 11, 2014   7pm
Location: 400 blk E Main
Details: Purple Next 10 speed was reported stolen

Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Deliver
H14-4280 V14-7882 Welch
Date & Time: August 11, 2014
Location: 500 blk E Main St.
Arrested: Shane McCarty (28) of Hoopeston
Mia Woods (30) of Hoopeston
Houston Lenover (18) of Hoopeston
Details: V-MEG and Hoopeston Police officers arrested all 3 subjects on the above charges.  They were all taken to HPD where they were processed and later transported to the PSB for arraignment.

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Explosion in St. Anne injures one, damages grain bin

According to the Daily Journal, a truck driver delivering grain to the Heritage FS Grain bin in St. Anne was injured following an explosion Monday afternoon.

The man was taken to Riverside Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries, according to St. Anne Police Chief, Steve Abrassart.  The name of the driver who was knocked to the ground and burned in the 100 block of East Station Street hasn’t been released.
Dust from the grain appeared to cause the explosion but left little damage.  Abrassat said, “You could not tell by looking at the facility that anything happened”.

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Indiana man dies in crash east of Danville

BY BRIAN L. HUCHEL bhuchel@dancomnews.com
The Commercial-News

DANVILLE — One person was killed in an early morning accident east of Danville on Friday.

The person — identified as a 46-year-old Indiana man — was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Police and rescue personnel responded to the scene at just before 5:30 a.m. Friday. The Vermilion County Coroner’s Office identified the victim late Friday afternoon as David Rudolph of Newport, Ind.

An autopsy has been scheduled for today.

Danville Director of Public Safety Larry Thomason said the victim, who was driving a Toyota truck, was headed northbound on Lynch Road at the time of the crash. There were no passengers inside the vehicle.

A witness who was driving behind the victim’s truck told police the truck went off the road to the right, before sharply turning to the left and crossing all lanes of traffic, according to Thomason.

The truck left the roadway and overturned in a ditch.

The driver was ejected from the vehicle as it overturned.

The vehicle landed upside down with the upper body of the driver trapped underneath the roof of the truck.

Police first arriving on the scene noted small movement in the driver’s legs, but could not get a response from him. Firefighters worked to lift the truck off the man, who was then pronounced dead at the scene by medical personnel.

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Hoopeston Police Department Weekend Report

Saturday, August 9th - NOTHING TO REPORT
Sunday, August 10th

Traffic Accident H14-4251
Date & Time: August 10, 2014 12:24am
Location: E. Main at Market
Unit 1: 1999 Buick LeSabre driven by Karen K Relation (37) of Hoopeston
Unit 2: 1999 Subaru Outback driven by Christopher Hammel of Sheldon
Details: Driver of Unit 2 was east bound on Main and came to a stop at the intersection
and then proceeded east.  Driver of Unit 1 was south bound on Market and
failed to stop at the intersection and struck Unit 2 as it entered the intersection.
Driver of Unit 1 then continued on south bound and fled the scene.  Unit 1 and
the driver were later located based on witness accounts and taken into custody.
Driver of Unit 1 was issued citations for Leaving The Scene of an Accident,
Disobeying A Stop Sign, Failure To Reduce Speed to Avoid an Accident, and
Operation of Uninsured Motor Vehicle.  There were no reported injuries from
the accident.

 

Burglary to Auto H14-4233 Kruse
Date & Time: August 9, 2014   5:43am
Location: 400 blk S Fifth st
Complainant: 64 year old Hoopeston woman
Details: Police were called to above after a neighbor witnessed subjects going
through the complainants vehicle.  Suspects already left the area before police       arrived.  Police were unsuccessful after canvassing the neighborhood for the suspects.  Vehicle owner advised only loose change was missing.

 

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

NEWS RELEASE
August 10, 2014

8-8 Sheriff’s Police arrested Suzette K. Fassoth, 38 Sheldon after being found in possession of drug paraphernalia inside her bedroom at her residence.  Fassoth was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and transported to the Iroquois County Jail where she posted the required bond and was released

8-10 Sheriff’s Police arrested Steven R. DeGeere, 58 Loda a police received a complaint in the 200 block of North Oak St. in Loda of a man exposing himself repeatedly to a small gathering outside an apartment complex.  Police made contact with DeGeere inside his apartment and placed him into custody.  DeGeere was charged with obscenity and disorderly conduct and was transported tot he Iroquois County Jail where he later posted the required bond and was released

8-10 Sheriff’s Police arrested Kenneth N. Boucher, 18 Sheldon after he was witnessed removing an item from Casey’s General Store in Milford and exiting the store without purchasing the item.  Boucher was arrested on scene, charged with retail theft and transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond and was released

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Governor Quinn Announces Investment to Improve Danville’s David S. Palmer Arena

$850,000 Investment Will Create Jobs and Ensure Facility Stays Competitive for Years to Come
DANVILLE – Governor Pat Quinn today announced an $850,000 capital investment to modernize and expand the David S. Palmer Arena in Danville. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward.

“The Palmer Arena draws events and visitors from around the country and is key to the continued economic development of the Danville area,” Governor Quinn said. “These improvements will ensure the facility remains an important landmark for years to come, creating jobs and driving the local economy.”
The investment from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) to the David S. Palmer Arena is a critical part of the $1 million Palmer Arena expansion.
Funds for the Palmer Arena will support a number of long overdue maintenance projects, including roof and air conditioning system repairs, as well as the renovation of the existing banquet facilities, locker room upgrades, energy efficiency and technology upgrades and the addition of space. The project will help the arena stay competitive with other regional venues and continue to be a positive economic development force for eastern Illinois.
“We are elated that these funds have been made available,” Palmer Arena Director Peter Blackmon said. “The activity here has continued to increase and this funding will help the facility catch up and modernize. We are grateful to all the effort it has taken over the years to make this happen.”
“The Arena is a staple of our downtown corridor, and activities hosted there also infuse revenue in area restaurants, retail stores, hotels and other recreational and tourism activities,” Danville Mayor Scott Eisenhauer said. “The arena is an economic development catalyst for many entities in our central core, and these funds will help revitalize the downtown by expanding the Arena’s usefulness and lifespan.”
The Danville Civic Center opened in 1980 and was later named for Mayor David S. Palmer, who was instrumental in its development. The Palmer Arena has hosted numerous concerts, performances, conventions and special events through the years.
“The investments we are making to improve the Danville Civic Center are important to promoting economic development in Danville,” State Senator Michael Frerichs (D-Champaign) said. “The additional activity we will generate with an improved facility will entice new attractions and patrons from across the region.”
The Palmer Arena funding is part of Governor Quinn’s $31 billion Illinois Jobs Now! program, which will support more than 439,000 jobs over six years. Illinois Jobs Now! is the largest capital construction program in Illinois history, and is one of the largest capital construction programs in the nation.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Bicycle Found
Date & Time: August 7, 2014 9:00am
Location: 426 E. Honeywell
Details: A blue Next mountain bike was found in the alley behind the apartment complex.
Owner may identify and claim at HPD.


Keys Found
Time & Date:  August 7, 2014   3:30pm
Location:  McFerren Park Restrooms
Details: A set of car keys found in the men’s bathroom.  Owner may claim at HPD


Criminal Damage to Property (Over) H14-4203   V14-7687    
Time & Date: August 7, 2014   3:26pm
Location:   500 W Penn St Area
Complainant: An Elderly Hoopeston Woman
Arrestee: Avalos, Matthew J (M) of Hoopeston
Details:      At above time and date,  Officers responded to a disturbance call
upon arrival found the arrestee attacking a car doing damage.  Subject
was taken into custody and transported to HPD. Then onto Danville PSB
to await arraignment. 


 

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Street work to start in Hoopeston

BY CAROL HICKS newsroom@dancomnews.com
The Commercial-News

HOOPESTON — Residents can expect some detours on East Main Street this week due to scheduled road work for the summer.

Alderman Randy Carter said the road crews will begin milling the street today between the railroad tracks on East Main Street and Market Street, with the asphalt expected to be laid on Friday. However, if there is a delay with the asphalt until Monday, Carter added, there would still be some traffic on East Main during the weekend.

In other business, council members:

• Approved taking $20,000 from the Civic Center accrual fund and moving it to the maintenance building fund for Civic Center repairs. The repairs included painting, guttering and replacing two roll-up doors on the north and west sides of the building. Alderman Carl Ankenbrand added Class Act donated a few small tasks, not in their bid, to help spruce up the center.

Ankenbrand reminded residents there is a limit to the number of fish one person can remove from the park lagoon each day. Only two fish per day per fisherman/woman or child on a stringer for children 13 and younger and adults 62 and older. Three new signs will be displayed explaining the rules for fishing in the lagoon.

He added that people are driving golf carts on the park grass. Golf carts are designated to city streets, alleys and must park the same as cars in regular parking spots not on the grass by the fence.

• Alderman Larry Baughn reported three new applications had been received for the facade program. The committee will meet soon to review the applications.

• Antennas on the water tower have been identified as to those in use and which can be removed. The bell at the 150-foot mark had not been removed yet until it can be determined the weight in order to bring it down safely.

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Kankakee Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group Press Release

A Claytonville man was arrested early Tuesday evening after Kankakee Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group (KAMEG) agents found cannabis plants growing at his residence.

Samuel Vires III, 47 was charged with production of cannabis plants, a Class 3 Felony, possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia.  KAMEG agents, assisted by the Illinois State Police, went to Vires’ residence and observed 44 plants growing in his garden.  During a search, officers also recovered a small amount of cannabis and drug paraphernalia.

Vires was transported to the Iroquois County Jail.

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Hoopeston Police Department Weekend Report

Friday, August 1, 2014 - Sunday, August 3, 2014

Friday, August 1, 2014


Aggravated Battery H14-4066 V14-7451
Date & Time: July 31, 2014 11:38pm
Location: VFW 426 W. Orange St.
Victim: 41 year old Potomac man
Arrested: Jeff H Chandler (37) of Hoopeston
Details: Suspect was taken into custody after an altercation with the victim outside the
VFW which resulted in a severe laceration to the victim’s hand.  The suspect was
later transported to the PSB in Danville to await arraignment in court.

Fire Call
Time & Date: August 1, 2014 1:15pm
Location:    705 E Orange St Country Terrace Apartments
Details: HFD responded to a fire alarm that turned out to be a malfunction due to
storm related issues.

Hit & Run PD Accident (Solved) H14-3884
Time & Date: August 1, 2014   2:45pm
Location: Hoopeston Police Department
Arrestee: Neal, Lucas E (30) of Hoopeston
Details:  On July 25th, 2014 at 2:47am a previously reported accident had occurred in the
500 block Front St.  The arrestee was located today and taken into custody
on the following charges:  Leaving Scene of an Accident & Driving While License
Revoked.  Subject was released after posting $150 cash bond on those citations.

 

Burglary To Motor Vehicle H14-4089
Date & Time: August 1, 2014 4:18pm
Location: McFerren Park
Victim: 29 year old Champaign woman
Details: Victim advised officer that unknown subject(s) entered her vehicle while it was
parked near the Civic Center and stole her purse.  The purse was later recovered
in the 900 block of W. Main but was missing a camera and several other items.

Saturday, August 2, 2014


Keys Found
Date: August 2, 2014  
Details:  A set of keys and clip were turned into HPD that were found in the street.  Owner may identify them at City Hall.


Found Phone
Date & Time: August 2, 2014   0900 am
Location: Cheese Park Hoopeston
Details: A black AT&T phone was found and turned into the Police Department
owner may identify and claim at HPD


Burglary to Garage H14-4099
Time & Date: August 2, 2014   09:14am
Location: 700 block E Chestnut St Hoopeston
Complainant: 67 year old Hoopeston woman
Details: At the above time and date it was reported that person(s) unknown had
entered the complainants property causing damage.  Items were removed
without permission. 


Burglary to Auto H14-4103
Time & Date: August 2, 2014   1:35pm
Location: 400 block E Washington St
Complainant: 51 year old Hoopeston woman
Details:    Unknown person(s) had ransacked their car and removed several items. 


Burglary to Auto H14-4104
Time & Date: August 2, 2014   2:15pm
Location: 600 block E Main St
Complainant: 72 year old Hoopeston man
Details: Unknown person(s) had ransacked their car and removed several items.

 

Fire Call
Date & Time: August 2, 2014 7:11pm
Location: 11300 State Route 9
Details: Fire Department responded to above to assist EMSs, County, and
State Police with a rollover accident. 

 

 



                                  Saturday August 2, 2014
                                          Continued


Possession of Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver     H14-4119   V14-7522    
Possession of Cannabis with Intent to Deliver & Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Deliver
Date & Time: August 2, 2014 10:50pm
Location: S. Market and E. Maple
Arrested: Eron Marquez (20) of Cissna Park
Details: Suspect was taken into custody following a traffic stop at the above location.  He
was later transported to the PSB in Danville to await arraignment in court.


Sunday, August 3, 2014


(UPDATE) Traffic Accident H14-4043 VA14-1149
Date & Time: July 30, 2014 9:49pm
Location: E. Washington at Fifth St
Unit 1: 1997 Ford SUV driven by Heather M. Billingsley (37) of Hoopeston
Bicyclist: 13 year old Hoopeston boy

Additional: On August 1, 2014, a Hoopeston woman contacted HPD and confessed that it was she who struck the 13 year old boy on his
bicycle the night of July 30th, not Heather Billingsley who had been
arrested and taken to the PSB.  After further investigation by HPD
officers and consultation with the Vermilion County State’s Attorney’s office, all charges against Heather Billingsley will be dropped and she was released from custody.  The State’s Attorney’s office will determine further charges or actions in this case against the driver of the vehicle.


Possession of Methamphetamine H14-4130 V14-7556
Date & Time: August 3, 2014 2:37pm
Location: 400 block W. Penn
Arrested: Kevin L Robbins (19) of Hoopeston
Details: Suspect was taken into custody on the above charge following a disturbance at
a private residence.  He was later transported to the PSB in Danville to await
arraignment in court.

 

 

 

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

News Release
August 1, 2014

7/30 Sheriff’s Police arrested Aaron R. Schadel, 23 Watseka for Aggravated Battery.  Schadel was transported to Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond

7/30 Shaquira Tucker, 25 Chicago turned herself into the Iroquois County Jail.  She was wanted on an Effingham County warrant for Failure to Appear for Driving while license was suspended.  Tucker posted the required bond and was released

7/30 Sheriff’s Police arrested Wesley V. Norrgram, 42 Papineau for Aggrevated Criminal Sexual Assault.  Norrgram was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond

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Illinois State Fair begins next week

The Illinois State Fair begins next week in Springfield.  Here is a preview of what to expect this year….

Carnival Rides, Beer tents, Livestock shows, animal acts and high divers all return this year, which kicks-off Thursday with a Twilight Parade.  Great concerts including Florida Georgia Line, Jake Owen, Boston, Pitbull and Robin Thicke.  The fair will also feature plenty of artery clogging, heart attack food.  Tickets are still available for grandstand concerts.

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Sub Shop to open second location in Danville

According to the Commercial News in DANVILLE — Ask Jimmy John’s owner/general manager Seth Hobbs how Jimmy John’s is doing in Danville and he’ll tell you “things are going really well.”

In fact, he’s planning to build a new store to reach more customers in the southern part of the city.

Hobbs said he’s in the process of preparing a new store at 306 W. Fairchild St., at the corner of Fairchild and Gilbert streets. The location is on the southeast corner next to Papa John’s Pizza where an Advance America, cash advance and loan store, had been located.

Hobbs plans for the new restaurant to open in November. This is a year after the North Vermilion Street restaurant opened.

Hobbs said the north-side restaurant at 3120 N. Vermilion St. is doing great.

“The restaurant itself is doing above my expectations all because of the loyalty of our customers; and we are planning on putting a drive-through in in the very near future,” Hobbs said through an email.

A Customer Appreciation Day also is planned for Aug. 14 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Subs will be $1.

More than 10 years ago, the fast-food gourmet sandwich shop was previously located in Danville on North Gilbert Street.

Chris Milliken, planning and urban services manager with the city, said the city hasn’t received any building plans yet from Jimmy John’s.

He noted that Jimmy John’s previously looked at the former Wiener Works building also in the city.

Milliken said the location will be convenient for delivery services for employees working more south.

Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwich Shops offer homemade sandwiches made from fresh-baked bread, all-natural meats and vegetables that are sliced daily at each restaurant.

Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwich Shops was founded in 1983 by 19-year-old Jimmy John Liautaud in a converted garage in Charleston.

In 23 years, the company has grown to more than 445 corporate and franchised locations in more than 34 states and two countries. The company is known for its obsession with fresh, quality products and high-speed execution.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Warrant Arrest H14-4027
Time & Date: July 30, 2014     10:00am
Location: 500 block E Main
Arrested: Victor L. Hutton (45) of Hoopeston
Details: Suspect was taken into custody on an outstanding Vermilion County arrest
warrant, 13TR07149 for Failure To Appear.  He was later released after posting
$354 bond and fees.


Warrant Arrest H14-4028     V14-7388
Time & Date: July 30, 2014     11:30am
Location: 200 block E Main
Arrested: Clarence Callahan III (41) of Hoopeston
Details: Suspect taken into custody on an outstanding Vermilion County arrest warrant
2014CF3342 Ct 1 & Ct 2 for Possession Controlled Substance, Possession with Intent of Delivery.  Subject transported to HPD and later transported to the PSB
in Danville in lieu of $100,000 bond.


Warrant Arrest H14-4040     V14-7402
Date & Time: July 30, 2014   8:30pm
Location: 200 block E Main
Arrested: Angel K Bane (34) of Hoopeston
Details: Subject was taken into custody on an outstanding Vermilion County arrest warrant
14CM528.  FTA/Bond Return for Criminal Trespass to Vehicle. She was transported to PSB in lieu of $5,000 bond.


Traffic Accident H14-4043 VA14-1149
Date & Time: July 30, 2014 9:49pm
Location: E. Washington at Fifth St
Unit 1: 1997 Ford SUV driven by Heather M. Billingsley (37) of Hoopeston
Bicyclist: 13 year old Hoopeston boy
Details: Bicyclist was west bound on Washington and was struck by Unit 1 who was
south bound on Fifth St.  Youth was transported to Hoopeston Hospital by
parents.  Driver of Unit 1 was later located and taken into custody for Leaving The
Scene of a Personal Injury Accident, Failure To Reduce Speed to Avoid an
Accident and Operation of Uninsured Motor Vehicle.  She was later transported
to the PSB in Danville to await arraignment in court.  The youth was treated and
released with minor injuries.

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Update:  Police arrest 3 in Danville armed robbery

According to the News-Gazzette in DANVILLE — Police have arrested three people in connection with an armed robbery of a downtown Danville jewelry store Tuesday morning and arrested another individual in an unrelated purse-snatching that happened about the same time.

The first incident occurred around 10:00 a.m. at Rothery Jewelers in downtown Danville when police received a call that it had been robbed.  Officers arrived on the scene and were told that as many as three people had entered the store, held several employees at gunpoint and smashed jewelry cases removing an unknown amount of jewelry.  The robbers were last seen running from the business towards the northwest.
Danville Police and Vermilion County Sheriff’s deputies immediately began combing the downtown area, utilizing the K-9 team and at 10:15 a.m. they stopped a 23 year-old man in the area of Walnut and Williams streets, about a block from the robbery and arrested him in connection with the crime.  Then at 10:45 a.m. officers arrested two more men - a 29 year-old and 33 year-old in connection with the robbery in the 300 block of Franklin Street.
According to Safety Director, Larry Thomason, the names of the three arrested are not being released at this time as the investigation continues.  He said some of the jewelry stolen from the store has been recovered and no one at the business was injured.
Thomason also said Tuesday was a challenging day for local law enforcement, but the partnerships with the sheriff’s department helped Danville Police and county deputies work together to resolve the incident.

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

News Release
July 30, 2014

7/25 Juan A. Aldana, 32 Onarga turned himself in to the Iroquois County Jail.  He was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant for Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance with in 1000’ of a school.  Aldana remains at the Iroquois County Jail in lieu of bond

7/27 Tash L. Laird, 21 Watseka turned herself in to the Iroquois County Jail.  She was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant for Failure to Appear on a failure to yield right of way citation.  Laird posted the required bond and was releaesd

7/28 Sheriff’s Police arrested Timothy J. Deaton, 32 Milford.  He was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant for failure to appear for driving while license was suspended.  Deaton was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he was later released on a personal recognizance bond

7/29 Sheriff’s Police arrested Brian Floriant, 39 Watseka.  He was arrested for driving while his license was revoked.  He was also cited for speeding and illegal transportation by a driver.  Floriant was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he later posted the required bond and was released

Accidents
7/21 Sheriff’s Police investigated a two vehicle accident in Onarga.  According to the report, Matthew Hernandez, 26 Onarga was traveling South on South Poplar when an animal ran in front of his vehicle and he stopped to avoid striking the animal and was struck from behind by a vehicle driven by Andres Garcia, 25 also of Onarga.  No injuries were reported and no citations were issued.  Damages to the vehicles were reported to be over $1500

7/21 Sheriff’s Police investigated a two vehicle accident on Rt 49 near 500 North Rd.  According to the report, Trevor J. Hurt, 17 of Cissna Park was traveling South on Rt. 49 and as he yielded to oncoming traffic before making a left handed turn onto 500 N Rd he was struck from behind by a motorcycle driven by Joseph P. Manzo, 72 of Gilman.  No injuries were reported.  Manzo was issued a citation for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.  Damages to vehicles were reported to be over $1500

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Possession of Cannabis   H14-4008 Morgan
Date & Time: July 29, 2014   3:10am
Location: 600 blk E Thompson
Arrested: Craig A Beach (19) of Rankin
Details: Police were called to the above address to remove a subject who was
found sleeping inside.  Upon search of his person a bag of cannabis was
found in his pocket.  He was transported to HPD where he was released
with a Notice To Appear in Hoopeston Court.

Disorderly Conduct H14-4012 Welch
Date & Time: July 29, 2014     3:35pm
Location: 600 blk E McCracken
Arrested: Tosha L Allen (30) of Hoopeston
Details: Allen was taken into Custody after a complaint was made against
her for continuously using extreme foul language in the presence of children.
She was transported to HPD where she was issued a NTA and released
with a Hoopeston court date.

 

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Monday, July 28, 2014

Bicycles found
Date & Time: July 28, 2014 10:00am
Location: Fast Lanes Bowling Alley
Details: Four old children’s bikes were found at the above location:  black Razor Kobra, pink
Malibu Girl’s World, blue Hot Wheels and an unknown brand blue bike with white
tires.  Owners may identify and claim at HPD.

Warrant Arrest (Macon County) H14-3993 Welch
Time & Date:    July 28, 2014   4:30 pm
Location: Second Ave & Orange St Hoopeston
Arrested:     Strong-Clay, Avion D (21) of Decatur (M)
Details: During the process of a traffic stop at the above location, the arrestee was found
to have a Macon County Warrant FTA Driving while Suspended Licenses.
Subject was transported to HPD for processing and then later transferred to PSB
Danville to post bond by credit card device

 

Warrant Arrest (Iroquois County) H14-4002 Linares
Time & Date:    July 28, 2014   9:05 pm
Location: 100 block E Main St Hoopeston
Arrested:     Deaton, Timmy J (M) of Milford
Details: At the above time and date, HPD had received a tip of the arrestee walking the
downtown area with (3) three companions.    Subject was approached and id
subject had the above listed warrant,  FTA Driving while Licenses Suspended
subject was to post $2,000 % bond, not able to post said bond subject extradited
back to Iroquois County.


 

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Hoopeston Police Department Weekend Report

Saturday, July 26, 2014
Sunday, July 27, 2014

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Fire Call
Date & Time: July 26, 2014   8pm
Location: 800 Blk E Orange
Details: Fired department was dispatched for an activated alarm signaling smoke
Building searched, false alarm.

Violation Order Protection H14-3943   V14-7266 Showers
Date & Time: July 26, 2014   8:45pm
Location: 500 blk E Penn
Complainant: 17 year old Hoopeston female
Arrested: Trey S Dugle (20) of Hoopeston
Details: Subject was taken into custody after disobeying a judges orders and
made numerous attempts to contact complainant.  He was transported
to PSB to see the judge.

 

Criminal Sexual Assault H14-3942 V14-7270 Steeples
Date & Time: July 26, 2014   8:46pm
Location: Hoopeston
Complainant: 14 year old male juvenile
Arrested: Maggie S Avelar (26) of Hoopeston
Details: Subject was taken into custody after victim came to HPD to report he
was violated.  She was transported to PSB to await arraignment.

Sunday, July 27, 2014


Criminal Damage To Vehicle H14-3949
Date & Time: July 27, 2014 7:56am
Location: 600 block S. Third Ave
Victim: 64 year old Hoopeston man
Details: Victim advised unknown subject(s) damaged his vehicle by throwing a large
stone across the hood and shattering the windshield while it was parked at his
residence.

 


 

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106th District Representative

The 106th Representative District Committee met on Sunday, July 27th in Paxton, Illinois for the purpose of selecting a replacement Representative Josh Harms on the November General Election ballot.  The committee, made of the Republican County Chairmen, or their surrogates, of the five counties that comprise the district.  The five are Ford, Iroquois, Vermilion, Livingston, and Woodford counties.

The committee unanimously selected Tom Bennett of Gibson City.  Bennett the Republican Chairman for Ford County.  Bennett, the chairman of the Parkland College Board of Trustees, is the IT Service Manager at State Farm Insurance in Bloomington.  The committee was honored to make the selection from a great group of applicants.  It was a difficult decision knowing that all the applicants would have served the district with distinction.

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

News Release
July 28, 2014

7/23 Sheriff’s Police investigated a two vehicle accident on Co. Rd. 2400N at the intersection of Co. Rd. 1000E.  According to the report, Scott W. Kuchel Sr. 52 Gilman was traveling North on Co. Rd. 1000E approaching the intersection of Co. Rd. 2400N.  A vehicle driven by Jennifer L. Schunke, 43 Gilman was traveling West on Co. Rd. 2400N approaching the same intersection.  Kuchel failed to stop at the stop sign and struck Schunke’s vehicle resulting in damages greater than $1500.  Kuchel reported no injuries, but Schunke was transported to Riverside Hospital by Riverside EMS and treated for minor injuries.  Kuchel was issued a citation for disobeying a stop sign

7/25 Sheriff’s Police investigated a single vehicle accident on Co. Rd. 2850E near Co. Rd. 1100N.  According to police reports, Ana G. Suarez-Lopez, 35 of Watseka was traveling north on Co. Rd. 2850E approximately 1/2 mile north of Co. Rd. 1100N when she lost control of her vehicle.  Suarez-Lopez entered the east ditch and overturned into a bean field.  She was transported to IMH by Milford EMS where she was treated for minor injuries.  The damages were greater than $1500 and no citations were issued

7/26 Sheriff’s Police investigated a single vehicle accident on Co. Rd. 3100E near Co. Rd. 2500N.  According to reports, Sara C. Munson, 23 Donovan was traveling north on Co. Rd. 3100E when a deer struck the rear, passenger door of her vehicle.  Munson and her passenger reported no injuries and no citiations were issued.  Damages were greater than $1500

7/27 Sheriff’s Police investigated a single vehicle accident on Co. Rd. 3100E near Co. Rd. 2600N.  According to reports, Craig D. Allie, 18 Donovan was traveling south on Co. Rd. 3100E when a deer ran into the path of his vehicle.  Allie struck the deer resulting in damages greater than $1500.  Allie reported no injuries and no citations were issued

7/25 Sheriff’s Police returned from Kankakee County Jail with Richard J. Tolmer, 41 Bradley.  Tolmer was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant charging him with failure to appear on a theft charge.  Tolmer was transported to Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Friday, July 25, 2014

Hit & Run Accident H14-3884 Kruse
Date & Time: July 25, 2014     2:47am
Location: 500 blk Front Street
Unit #1: Left Scene
Unit #2: 2003 Hyundai owned by Gina Acosta of Hoopeston
Details: Unit 1 was traveling northbound on Front street when it went off the
road and struck Unit 2 which was parked and unoccupied. Unit 1
then left the scene.


Traffic Warrant (Vermilion County) H14-3892 DeWitt
Time & Date:    July 25, 2014   4:18 pm
Location: Hoopeston Police Department
Arrestee: Wardall, Rheanna K (F) of Lafayette Indiana (28)
Details: Ms. Wardall came to Hoopeston Police Department to surrender herself on a
Vermilion County Warrant 2013TR4750 Failure to Appear for Pretrial on a missed
court date July 17, 2014.  Ms. Wardall came with cash bond and was released
after processing.  New court date issued for Vermilion County Court. 


Hit & Run Accident H14-3896 Dewitt
Date & Time: July 25, 2014   7:44pm
Location: 115 E Orange, Caseys General Store
Unit #1: Left scene
Unit #2: 1995 Chevy Utility owned by Dennis Hagerty of Hoopeston
Details: Unit 1 backed into Unit 2 while it was parked and unoccupied and left the
scene.  Unit 1 was identified as a maroon Town & Country with 2
female occupants.


Residential Burglary H14-3900 V14-7235 Linares
Date & Time: july 25, 2014   8:51pm
Location: Daisy Lane
Complainant: 23 year old Hoopeston female
Arrested: Brandon D Arms (28) of Hoopeston
Details: Complainant advised she came home to find money and pills missing
from her residence.  After investigation, the above subject was located
and taken into custody.  He was then transported to PSB for
arraignment with judge

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Melvin man acquitted of DUI, convicted of lying about crash

According to the News-Gazette A Champaign County jury Thursday returned a split verdict against a Melvin man who was charged with aggravated driving under the influence for seriously injuring a tractor driver then lying about being the driver.

Judge Richard Klaus revoked Redeker’s bond and ordered him held in jail until his Sept. 4th sentencing.  He faces penalties ranging from probation to one to three years in prison.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Traffic Accident (PD) H14-3863 Tate
Time & Date: July 24, 2014   0644 am
Location: CSX Crossing State Route 9 Hoopeston
Unit 1: 2009 Chevy Truck driven by Jason R Leigh (M) of Hoopeston
Unit 2: 2011 Chrysler T&C driven by Edward M Jones (M) of Hoopeston
Details: At the above time and date, HPD was requested to respond and investigate an
accident scene.  Unit 2 slowed for the crossing while traveling eastbound on Route
9,  Unit 1 did not notice or see Unit 2 slowing down, and struck Unit 1 from behind.
No injuries, No Citations,  Unit 2 had damage to tail gate on it.  Unit 1 no visible
damage.  Both units Insured, and both driven away from scene

Disobeying Police H14-3883 Kelnhofer
Date & Time: july 24, 2014     11:42pm
Location: 800 E Seminary
Arrested: Jeffery Jafon Griffin (25) of Hoopeston
Details: Officers were on the scene investigating a call. While the officers were
attempting to speak to a group of people about the call, the suspect
kept interrupting officers.  After being warned several times to stop
yelling and interrupting, he was placed into custody and transported
to HPD where he was released with a city ordinance NTA.

 

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16 Vyed for Benton County Fair Queen Title

Sixteen young ladies vyed for the 2014 title of Miss Benton County on Wednesday, July 23rd.  A 2014 graduate of Benton Central, Sierra Fultz was crowned the 2014 Miss Benton County after a tough competition.

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police investigate a fatal accident

News Release
July 24, 2014

On July 23rd, Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police investigated a fatal traffic accident at the intersection of 1600 E Rd and 1900 N Rd in rural Crescent City.  According to the report, David A. Senesac, 59 Watseka was traveling eastbound on 1900 N when his vehicle was struck in the drivers’ side by a vehicle driven by a 17 year-old male juvenile from Watseka who was traveling southbound on 1600 E Rd and disobeyed a stop sign.  Senesac’s vehicle then traveled into a bean field to the southeast of the intersection where it rolled several times ejecting Senesac from the vehicle before coming to a rest.  The 17 year olds vehicle traveled in the southeast ditch where it struck an embankment turning the car around before coming to rest in the ditch facing northbound.
The 17 year old male and his two passengers were transported to Iroquois Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.  Senesac was pronounced dead at the scene however, his 6 year old passenger was transported to Iroquois Memorial Hospital and later airlifted to Carle Foundation Hospital in Champaign with serious injuries.  The condition of the 6 year old is unavailable at this time.
The 17 year old was charged with Driving Under the Influence, Disobeying a Stop Sign and Failure to Yield Right of Way at a stop intersection. 
Crescent City Fire and EMS, Martinton EMS, IMH EMS and Riverside EMS all responded to the accident.  The accident remains under investigation.

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Kankakee Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group Press Release

On Monday, July 21st at approximately 4:45 pm, KAMEG agents arrested James L. Crane, 60 of Clifton on an outstanding Ford County warrant for manufacture/delivery of cannabis of more than 500 grams.

The arrest was the result of a nine month investigation of an outdoor cannabis growing operation in Ford County.  During the investigation, KAMEG Agents seized approximately 700 pounds of cannabis.  Crane was transported to the Ford County Jail.  His initial bond has been set at $200,000.

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report Fire

News Release
July 23, 2014

On Wednesday, July 23rd the Iroquois County Sheriff’s Office, the Iroquois Coroner, the Office of the State Fire Marshall and the Crescent Iroquois Fire Department investigated a fatal fire at the Spring Creek RV Park, in rural Crescent City.  At approximately, 5:00 am emergency personnel were dispatched to 111 Black Oak Lane after a neighbor reported a camper on the property as being engulfed in flames.  Upon extinguishing the fire, the property’s owner, 60 year old Kenneth W. Sailer, was found deceased inside the camper.  The fire remains under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office, the State Fire Marshall and the Coroner’s Office.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Attempted Aggravated Arson H14-3849     V14-7118 Drollinger
Time & Date: July 23, 2014   11:30am
Location: 300 block N Market St Hoopeston
Arrested: Ferguson, Joshua J. (23) of Hoopeston (M)
Details: At the above time and date, HPD was requested by ISP District 21 and ICOM to
respond to check status on the arrestee.  Subject was located in the process of
committing the offense listed above.  Subject was transported directly to PSB
Danville.


Fire Call
Date & Time: July 23, 2014   3:06pm
Location: 400 blk W Main
Details: Fire department responded for a possible gas leak

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Women Making a Difference

July 50/50 Winners

Eugene Felstehausen $50

Community Bank $30

Paula Layden $20

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Robbery suspect gets 13 years

BY BRIAN L. HUCHEL bhuchel@dancomnews.com
The Commercial-News

DANVILLE — A man accused of robbing the Oakwood adult book store earlier this year was sentenced Monday to prison.

Joel Frazier, 28, of Danville, appeared in Vermilion County Circuit Court on Monday on three separate cases. He was sentenced to a total of 13 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

As part of an agreement with prosecutors, Frazier received 10 years for the armed robbery, which was amended to aggravated robbery.

The adult book store was robbed on Jan. 19 and Frazier was arrested in connection with that case on Feb. 4 by the Vermilion County Sheriff’s Department.

In addition, Frazier was sentenced to three years in state prison in a 2013 case in which he pleaded guilty to aggravated criminal sexual abuse for an incident last year.

The prison sentences will be served consecutively. Charges in a third case were dropped as part of the agreement.

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

News Release
July 23, 2014

7/20 Sheriff’s Police investigated a traffic accident at Casey’s in Crescent City.  According to the report, Tammy L. Popham, 53 Crescent City was backing from a parking spot and did not see another vehicle parked next to her owned by John M. Juergens, 51 Bourbonnais.  Popham struck Juergens’ vehicle causing more than $1500 in damages.  No injuries were reported and no citations were issued.

7/21 Sheriff’s Police investigated a traffic accident at the intersection of 800 E Rd and 800 N Rd in rural Buckley.  According to the report, George A. Stevens, 37 Clarence, IL was traveling northbound on 800 N Rd and was struck by a westbound vehicle driven by Olivia A. Janssen, 19 of rural Buckley as the two entered the intersection.  Cornfields obstructed both Stevens and Janssen’s views and also there were no traffic control devices.  No injuries were reported and no citations were issued.  Damages to both vehicles were estimated at more than $1500.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

NOTHING TO REPORT

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Monday, July 21, 2014

Criminal Damage to Auto H14-3815 Cade
Time & Date:  July 21, 2014   11:45am
Location:  500 block S. First Ave
Complainant: 42 year old Hoopeston Woman
Details: At the above time and date, person(s) unknown and without permission had
done damage to the complainants car windshield. 

 

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Report of Jail Inspection

News Release
July 21, 2014

Iroquois County Sheriff Derek W.M. Hagen is reporting the 2014 Iroquois County Jail Inspection was completed on July 16th by representatives from the Illinois Department of Corrections.  The report found the Iroquois County Jail in full compliance with the Illinois Department of Corrections Office and Jail and Detention Standards.  There was one improvement noted and zero non-compliances found.
This report from the Illinois Department of Corrections is a big compliment to my entire staff of correctional officers at the Iroquois County Jail, according to Hagen, “I am extremely proud of my correctional officers who operate and maintain the jail twenty four hours a day wit the dedication and professionalism.

The public may review the 2014 Iroquois County Jail inspection report at the Iroquois County Clerk’s Office located at the Iroquois County Administration Center, 1001 E Grant Street in Watseka

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Cornjerker Golf Outing Planned

The Hoopeston Area All-Sports Boosters are hosting the 11th Annual Cornjerker Golf Outing on July, 26, 2014 at Hubbard Trail Country Club in Rossville.  The rain date is scheduled for July 27, 2014.

If you have any questions or would like to sign up, contact Emily Carter at 283.7554.

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DACC board vacancy set to be filled

According to the News-Gazette, Danville Area Community College trustees wasted no time in filling a vacancy on their board.

Trustees Tuesday will vote on whether to appoint Amy Hoose, a local business leader and community volunteer, to a seat that opened up at the beginning of the month.  If approved, she would take the oath of office and then her seat on the board.
Hoose would succeed Vickie Miller, who stepped down on July 1st after 22 1/2 years on the board, and serve out the remained of Miller’s term, which expires in April.  If approved, she plans to run for the seat in the spring election.  Board members discussed several strong candidates at two special meetings, Chairman Dave Harby said.  Hoose said she was encouraged by a couple of board members to submit her resume as a candidate.

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

News Release
July 21, 2014

7/20 Sheriff’s Police arrested Joshua J. Small, 26 Rantoul, charging him with Retail Theft after police were called to the Loda Big Mart after an employee observed the theft.  With the assistance of Rantoul Police Department, Small was located and placed in custody.  He was then taken to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond and was released.

7/18 Sheriff’s Police investigated a single vehicle accident on Co. Rd. 1200 N near Co. Rd. 2120E.  According to the report, Amber N Flowers, 25 Sheldon was traveling east on Co. Rd. 1200N when a deer ran into the path of the vehicle.  She struck the deer resulting in damages greater than $1500.  No injuries were reported and no citations were issued.

7/18 Sheriff’s Police returned from Kankakee County Jail with John H. Edwards, 18 Onarga.  He was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant charging him with failure to register as a sex offender.  He was then transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond.

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Hoopeston Police Department Weekend Report

Friday, July 18, 2014
Saturday, July 19, 2014
Sunday, July 20, 2014

Friday, July 18, 2014


Traffic Accident H14-3744 Kruse
Date & Time: July 18, 2014 1:30am
Location: 300 block N. Seventh St.
Unit 1: 2002 Pontiac driven by Ryan T McGill (18) of Hoopeston
Property: Ameren utility pole
Details: Driver of Unit 1 was south bound on Seventh St when he left the roadway and
struck the utility pole on the west side of the street.  Driver of Unit 1 was ticketed
for DUI, Blood Alcohol over .08, Leaving the Scene of an Accident and Texting
While Driving Prohibited.  He was later released after posting his drivers license
and $100 cash bond.  No injuries and unit was insured.

Warrant Arrest H14-3747 Linares
Date & Time: July 18, 2014 7:43am
Location: 800 block W. Washington
Arrested: Theresa L Sands (41) of Hoopeston
Details: Suspect was taken into custody on an outstanding Iroquois County arrest
warrant (07OV133) for Failure To Appear.  Subject was later transported to
Watseka by Iroquois County authorities in lieu of $125 bond.

 

City Ordinance Violation H14-3764 Kelnhofer
Date & Time: July 18, 2014 11:45pm
Location: Penn/Market
Arrested: Efrain Flores JR (19) of Hoopeston
Details: While on patrol, HPD officers stopped to speak to Mr. Flores about the way
his vehicle was parked.  When speaking to subject, the officer could smell
what appeared to be alcohol on his breath.  He was arrested and taken to
HPD for processing.  Subject was later released after being given a city citation
for Purchase of Acceptance of Gift of Liquor by Person Under 21.

Saturday, July 19, 2014


Warrant Arrest H14-3783 V14-6982 Steeples
Date & Time: July 19, 2014 11:32pm
Location: 300 Blk E Main
Arrested: Matthew Cannon (33) of Hoopeston
Details: While on patrol, HPD officers checked out with Mr. Cannon.  A computer check
revealed that subject had an outstanding Vermilion County warrant for Theft Under
$500 and Possession of Stolen Property.  He was taken to HPD, processed
and then later transported to the PSB in Danville in lieu of bond.


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Warrant Arrest H14-3788 Morgan
Date & Time: July 20, 2014 3:34am
Location: 200 blk E Penn St
Arrested: Jason Kinnaird (37) of Hoopeston
Details: A computer check revealed that Mr. Kinnaird had an outstanding Ford County
warrant for FTA/DUI.  He was taken to HPD where he was processed and released
after posting $100 bond.

 

Traffic Accident H14-3789 Cade
Date & Time: July 20, 2014 6:06am
Location: 1100 block S. Market St.
Unit 1: 1999 Lincoln Towncar driven by Johnnie L Sampson (29) of Hoopeston
Details: Driver of Unit 1 was east bound on Route 9 and turned south on S. Market St.
While south bound in the 1100 block, he lost control of his vehicle due to both
passenger side tires being flat and swerved across the road, through the ditch
on the east side of the roadway with the vehicle coming to rest just south of a
corn field.  Driver was later located at his residence and brought to HPD.  He
was released with citations for Driving On Suspension and Failure To Report
A Traffic Accident.  Unit was insured.

 

Traffic Accident H14-3799 Steeples
Date & Time: July 20, 2014 4:18 pm
Location: 700 block of S. Sixth Ave
Unit 1: Gray Suspect Van
Unit 2: 2001 Chrysler Van driven by Jackie Carswell of Hoopeston (F)
Details: Driver of Unit 1 was going South bound on South Sixth Ave,  Unit 1 passed
Unit 2 who was making a left hand turn Unit 1 did strike Unit 2 on the drivers side
and continuing down the side.  Unit 1 has extensive damage down the passenger
side and left evidence behind at the scene.  No injuries reported at the time of
accident.  Suspect Unit 1 is being sought in connection with this damage.  Suspect
Unit 1 will also have red paint transfer on passenger side.  Driver of Unit 2 issued
citation for No Proof of Insurance. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disorderly Conduct H14-3801 Steeples
Time & Date: July 20, 2014   7:18pm
Location: 300 block Front St
Complainant: 16 year old Hoopeston Female
Arrested: Underwood, David C (43) of Hoopeston (M)
Details: At the above time and date,  the arrestee was taken into custody for the above
charge, was transported to HPD where he was processed and released with
City Court date.  Subject was issued Notice to Appear.

 

 

 

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Updated Story:  Local woman dies in Iroquois County crash

BY BRIAN L. HUCHEL bhuchel@dancomnews.com
The Commercial-News

URBANA — A Vermilion County woman died Wednesday following a traffic accident in Iroquois County.

Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup identified the accident victim as 29-year-old Sarah A. Heffelfinger-Taylor of Potomac.

Heffelfinger-Taylor was taken to the emergency department of Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana following the accident in Iroquois County. Northrup indicated she was pronounced dead at 4:05 p.m. Wednesday.

She died as a result of multiple traumatic injuries sustained in the crash, according to Northrup.

Heffelfinger-Taylor was the sole driver in the crash. An employee at the Iroquois County Sheriff’s Department, contacted on Thursday, said no information was being released regarding the crash and the accident report was not complete.

According to the Iroquois County Times-Republic, the accident took place around noon Wednesday in Prairie Green Township just northeast of Hoopeston.

Heffelfinger-Taylor, according to the Times-Republic, which cited police reports, was westbound on County Road 500N when her vehicle left the roadway.

The vehicle hit a railroad embankment and went airborne as a result. Heffelfinger-Taylor was airlifted from the scene.

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County hopes to avoid tax rate hike

BY BRIAN L. HUCHEL bhuchel@dancomnews.com
The Commercial-News

DANVILLE — The budget process for Vermilion County is just getting under way, but already predictions look positive for taxpayers.

Vermilion County Board Chairman Gary Weinard confirmed Wednesday the county is working toward a goal of not needing a tax increase for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins on Dec. 1.

“Our intention is certainly to the hold the line on what we expect our constituents to pay in taxes, at least the county portion,” he said. “I think we’ve figured it out that way and I believe that’s going to be the case.”

The county is in the middle of the budget process currently, with committees discussing and voting on budgets from a number of the offices and departments.

Keeping with the intended schedule, Weinard said budgets for the various departments will be brought before county board committees through the rest of July and the first part of August.

The plan is for Weinard, along with financial resources director Nikki Bogart and finance and personnel committee chairman John Alexander, to sit down and go over the figures during the latter part of August. It would then be brought before the full county board in September.

“The budget process is well under way,” Weinard said.

The final must be approved before Dec. 1 — the start of the county’s new fiscal year. The budget also must be put on display for public inspection for 30 days prior to board approval. Last year’s budget was not approved by the full county board until its November board meeting.

That budget also included a property tax increase for the first time in seven years for Vermilion County taxpayers. The increase equaled out to $5.60 for a person who pays a $1,000 property tax bill, $14 on a $2,500 tax bill and $27 on a $5,000 property tax bill.

The increase was as a result, in part, to the county taking over the Juvenile Detention Center in 2012. The extra costs — just more than $500,000 — were covered in the 2012 fiscal year budget by fund balances.

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

News Release
July 18, 2014

7-17 Milford Police arrested Dawn A. Runkle, 51 of Milford.  She was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant for Failure to Appear on Driving While License Suspended.  She was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where she later posted bond and was released.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Fire Call
Date & Time: July 17, 2014   6:45pm
Location: 200 blk E Main
Details: HFD responded for a strong smell of gas.

Warrant Arrest H14-3737 V14-6883 Steeples
Date & Time: July 17, 2014 9:05pm
Location: 1000 blk E McCracken
Arrested: Victoriano Martinez (28) of Hoopeston
Details: While on a traffic stop, a computer check revealed that Mr. Martinez had an
outstanding Vermilion County warrant for Failure To Appear.  He was taken to
HPD, where he was processed and then later transported to the PSB in Danville
in lieu of bond.

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Hoopeston Council OK’s additional road work

BY CAROL HICKS
Commercial-News

HOOPESTON — Additional work was added to the Motor Fuel Tax road project due to the actual bid falling below the$150,000 approved earlier this year by the city council.

In addition to the road work on Main Street from the railroad tracks to Market Street and the sidewalk and curb in front of Craftsman Printing being redone, Alderman Randy Carter said the sidewalk and curb at the Christian Church will be redone and the alley behind Neal Tire from Bank Street to Market Street will receive a new look.

“We will still stay at $150,000,” Carter said.

In other city council business, approval was unanimous for the prevailing wage ordinance, the city wage ordinance and the appropriation ordinance.

Mike Streff of Foth Infrastructure & Environment, LLC. gave an update on the water department project. Leander Construction Inc. of Peoria was concerned, Streff said, about the number of antenna on the elevated storage tank (water tower) and whether the antennas all work, and which antennas can be disconnected for maintenance of the tower.

Alderman Brandon Hamilton would have Scott Strawser contact Streff of any restrictions on the antennas.

Streff suggested the bell on top of the water tower be taken down and refurbished and displayed at City Hall as part of the city’s history. The bell was supposedly from the old Clock Tower building that stood on the northeast corner of Main and Bank Streets until 1949 when it burned to the ground for the third and last time. The bell was at one time used as the fire bell.

• Learned Leander Construction Inc. has a new project manager for the water project. Megan Smith will head the project and has already set up a new schedule.

“We’ll start to see more progress on the site,” Streff said.

Mayor Bill Crusinberry commented the project was “a ways behind schedule.”

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Brittany Fischer named 2014 Iroquois County Fair Queen

Wednesday night the 2014 Iroquois County Fair kicked off the week with the crowning of the 2014 Miss Iroquois County Fair Queen, Brittany Fischer of Watseka.

Seven Iroquois County girls vied for the title of Miss Iroquois County Fair Queen, Alexa Wood, Clifton, Casey Wildholm, Clifton, Amanda Murray, Milford, Courtney Bossong, Watseka, Brittany Fischer, Watseka, Rachel Madsen, Chebanse, Alison Hamrick, Iroquois.  Brittany Fischer, Watseka, was crowned after interviews, swimsuit, evening gown, speech and communication competitions.  Second Runner-Up went to Alison Hamrick, First Runner-Up went to Casey Wildholm and Miss Congeniality went to Courtney Bossong.

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Roll Over Accident claimed life of Hoopeston Woman

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police investigated a single vehicle roll over accident in Prairie Green township at approximately 12:00 pm on Tuesday.

A Hoopeston woman was traveling west bound on Co. Rd. 500N Rt. 1, when her vehicle left the roadway striking the railroad embankment, becoming airborne and landing on the west side of the railroad property.  The driver, who’s identity is being withheld pending notification of family, was transported from the scene by Air Life EMS to Carle Hospital of Urbana.  The driver was pronounced dead late in the afternoon as a result of the injuries sustained.  Also responding to the scene were Wellington/Greer Fire Department, Milford Fire Department and Hoopeston Area EMS.

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

News Release
July 17, 2014

7-15 Milford Police arrested Joseph Tykol, 20 Milford.  He was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant for possession of drug paraphernalia.  He was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he later posted bond and was released.

7-15 Onarga Police arrested Samuel L. Dickenson, 40 Onarga for Battery.  He was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he later posted the required bond and was released.

7-16 Sheriff’s Police arrested Christine Sauberli, 41 Donovan.  She was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant for Possession of drug paraphernalia.  She was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where she later posted bond and was released.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Wednesday, July 17, 2014

Criminal Damage to Vehicle H14-3703 Linares
Date & Time: July 16, 2014   8am
Location: 800 block E Seminary
Complainant: 23 year old Hoopeston Woman
Details: At the above time and date,  complainant reported to HPD that person(s) unknown
without authority had smashed the front windshield on the complainant’s vehicle.


Driving While License Revoked H14-3714 Kelnhofer
Date & Time: July 16, 2014 10:22pm
Location: 200 blk W Penn
Arrested: James LeClair (40) of Watseka
Details: During a traffic stop, a computer check revealed that Mr. LeClair’s driver’s license
was revoked.  Subject was arrested, taken to HPD and processed.  He was later
released after posting bond and given a traffic citation.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters

Press Release

Contact person Bonnie Gaston at 446-6601 or bonnie.gasaton@bbbsvc.org or Rose M. J. Henton at 217-446-6601 or rose.henton@bbbsvc.org
It’s picnic time.  Big Brothers Big Sisters annual picnic will take place Saturday, August 5th at Douglas Park.  All mentors, children, and Young Women Aware participants are welcome to join us.  For our community based mentors this will count as your monthly activity.  In addition, volunteers are welcome for the event.  RSVP is necessary by July 29th so we can make sure we have enough food, prizes and games.  Call 446-6601 today to reserve your spot. 
Contact person Suzzen Borcz at 446-6601 or suzzen.borcz@bbbsvc.org or Rose M. J. Henton at 217-446-6601 or rose.henton@bbbsvc.org

School will start again before we know it.  For Big Brothers Big Sisters that means more children in need of a positive person in their life i.e. a mentor.  A mentor is a vital part of a childs’ life and has long lasting effects in academic success and personal growth.  Mentors are there to encourage and support our youth.  They spend an hour a week with a child or a few hours a month.  Most of the time is spent listening to the child and supporting them whether it is through challenges with academics, positive attitude, motivation, problem solving or any number of big or small issues.

Join us for an Ice Cream Social on August 14th starting at 6:00 p.m. at Big Brothers Big Sisters, 100 N. Franklin Street, Danville, IL.  We are located downtown in the First Presbyterian Church.  You will learn about our mentoring programs including school based, community based and freshman mentoring.  You will meet some of our staff, board members, past mentors and littles and current mentors and littles. 

Big Brothers Big Sisters encourages families to attend as well as corporations, businesses and churches.  This is a great way to learn how you can give back to our community and help our future generations with only a minimal amount of time.  RSVP by calling 217-446-6601.  You will be glad you did.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Vehicle Burglaries (6), Illegal Consumption of Alcohol                     Morgan/Kruse
H14-3683 H14-3685 H14-3686 H14-3687     V14-6748
Date & Time: July 15, 2014   12:57am
Location: 900 Blk E McCracken, 900 blk E Young, 700 blk E Young
Arrested: Nathaniel Lee Allen Perkins (19) of Hoopeston
Details: Officers responded for a suspicious subject by a vehicle.  Upon arrival
neighbors of the original caller were chasing a subject who was found
inside their vehicle.  After further investigation it was found that a total of
6 vehicles were broken into.  Subject was taken into custody and
transported to PSB to see a judge.

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Miss Newton County 2014

2014 Miss Newton County - Kimberly Carcamo
1st Runner Up - Taylor Watkins
2nd Runner Up - Julia Doyle
3rd Runner Up - Breann Wiseman
Miss Congeniality - Julia Doyle
Miss Photogenic - Julia Doyle

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Criminal Damage (Over) H14-3679 Showers
Time & Date: July 14, 2014     5:49pm
Location: 200 S. Bank St
Complainant:      67 year old Hoopeston Woman
Details: At the above time and date, the complainant contacted HPD reference to person(s)
unknown and without permission done damage to the complainants vehicle. 

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Monday, July 14, 2014

Traffic Accident H14-3626 Cade
Time & Date:  July 11, 2014   1:20pm
Location: 214 E Penn St Neal Tire Lot
Unit 1:   2001 Chrysler Van driven by Shannon N. Acosta (F) of Hoopeston
Unit 2: Parked Unit   2012 Hyundai owned by Brad P Burton of Hoopeston
Details: At the above time and date, Unit 1 backed out of a parking spot on the lot
and struck Unit 2.  No injuries and No Tickets.  Unit 1 insured


Traffic Accident H14-3627 Steeples
Time & Date:  July 11, 2014   4:28pm
Location: 800 E Maple St Hoopeston
Unit 1:   1985 Olds driven by Melinda K Shoulders (F) of Hoopeston (37)
Unit 2:     Parked Unit 2010 Ford Escape Owned by Ashley S Dobkins of Hoopeston
Details: At the above time and date, Unit 1 backed out of the driveway of a residence
swung too wide striking Unit 2 in the drivers side.  Unit 1 is at fault for Improper
backing.  Both units insured. No injuries reported. 

Traffic Accident H14-3658 Cade
Date & Time: July 13, 2014 8:50am
Location: 500 block W. Penn
Unit 1: 2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser driven by Savana L Curry of Hoopeston
Unit 2: 2011 Buick driven by Marilyn L Unger of Hoopeston
Details: Driver of Unit 2 was west bound on W. Penn and had stopped to make a left turn
into a private driveway and was waiting for an east bound vehicle to clear when she was struck from behind by Unit 1, who was also west bound.  No injuries, no citations,  both units insured.

 


Reckless Driving, Resisting/Obstructing a Peace Officer     H14-3663           Showers
Date & Time: July 13, 2014   6:55pm
Location: 800 blk E Lincoln
Arrested: Heather M Billingsley (37) of Hoopeston
Details: Witnesses advised watching caller drive at a high rate of speed down
Lincoln Street ending with damaging a garage door and personal injury
to herself.  Upon arrival to check her welfare she became very
belligerent to police officers.  She was transported to HPD where she
was released with a Notice to Appear in Vermilion County court with
the above charges.

 

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Friday, July 11, 2014

City Ordinance Violation H14-3593 Kelnhofer
Date & Time: July 10, 2014 1:18am
Location: 600 blk W Lincoln
Arrested: 14 year old Hoopeston juvenile
Lance Hensley (21) of Hoopeston
Shawn Hurt (20) of Hoopeston
Madison LeClair (19) of Milford
Brittany Kilgore (19) of Watseka
Joaquin Granados (19) of Hoopeston
Details: At above time and date, Hoopeston officers were called on a noise complaint.
Upon investigating the incident, several underage subjects were found to be
drinking alcohol.  All subjects except 1 were given citations for Purchase or
Acceptance of Alcohol by Persons Under 21. Mr. Hensley was given a
citation for Unlawful Assembly.  All subjects were given notice to appear in
city court and the juvenile was released to a guardian.

Traffic Accident H14-3605 Cade
Date & Time: July 10, 2014 11:47am
Location: Community Bank 221 S. Bank
Unit 1: 1998 Ford Econovan driven by David D Marken of Danville
Property: Community Bank overhead awning
Details: Unit 1 was pulling out of the bank lot when the top of the van struck the bottom
of the overhead awning over the drive-up lanes.  No injuries, no citations, unit
insured.

City Ordinance Violation H14-3610 Steeples
Date & Time: July 10, 2014 9:12pm
Location: 103 E Maple
Arrested: Bryce Dyszkewicz (18) of Hoopeston
Details: Mr. Dyszkewicz was arrested and brought to HPD after Hoopeston officers
checked out with him and he appeared to be intoxicated.  Subject was given a
city citation for Purchase or Acceptance of Alcohol by Persons Under 21 and
released with a city court date.

 

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DDI director Schaumburg to leave

DANVILLE – Downtown Danville, Inc. will be looking for a new director.

After six years as executive director, Dana Schaumburg submitted her letter of resignation on Tuesday. Schaumburg’s last day will be Friday, July 25.

Schaumburg stated in her letter that “I have learned many important skills throughout my six years as DDI’s executive director and will continue to be a supporter of downtown and this community.”

“I cannot begin to express my appreciation for those within the organization past and present who have supported me. I thank you very much for this experience and all I’ve gained through my work here,” Schaumburg said.

Schaumburg said she has a new job at a local attorney’s office.

She’ll remain in the downtown area and will continue to volunteer and support downtown events.

She said she’s most proud of being a part of and helping put together the Taste of Downtown Danville that will be in its third year this fall. It has grown and brought lots of people downtown, Schaumburg said.

She said she’s built amazing relationships with business owners and volunteers downtown as DDI executive director.

“I’ve met some amazing people,” Schaumburg said.

Schaumburg said she will help the board in DDI’s transition period.

DDI Board President Ken Gentrup said the board has a meeting on July 22 and will determine if a full-time director, or possibly a part-time director is more appropriate. He said board members had been discussing “tweaking the job somewhat,” regarding pay, benefits and job description.

Before any hiring process would proceed, board members will go over all that, Gentrup said.

“We will still have a director,” he said, adding that he has no desire to be director himself.

Gentrup added that all scheduled DDI events for this year will go on as planned. The events include the Summer Sounds concerts, Farmers’ Markets, Taste of Downtown Danville and holiday parade and other events.

DDI office hours have been limited to morning hours; and DDI officials also have been looking to sell the building the DDI office is in at 149 N. Vermilion St. Board members are looking at options.

Earlier this year, city council members approved a new city budget with a $10,000 reduction to DDI, from $20,000 to $10,000.

Mayor Scott Eisenhauer then said he’d discussed the funding reduction with DDI officials previous to the final budget proposal. He thinks there are ways the city and DDI can partner besides just a cash payment.

DDI celebrated its 30th year last year.

DDI is a non-profit organization formed in 1983 to promote a vibrant business, residential and entertainment district while serving as a catalyst for economic, social and cultural enrichment in downtown Danville.

Downtown has seen more antique and unique stores and some renovations, including residential renovations, but challenges continue to include the endangered Bresee Tower, old federal building, bringing more people downtown and vacant storefronts.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

July 10, 2014

Cellphone Found
Date & Time: July 9, 2014
Location: Birch Lane
Details: A black Pantech Model P9070 smart phone was found laying in the grass at a
residence.  Owner may identify and claim at HPD.

Violation of Order Protection H14-3354 Showers
Date & Time: July 9, 2014   7:30pm
Location: 700 blk S Fourth St
Complainant: 17 year old Hoopeston female
Arrested: Trey S Dugle (19) of Hoopeston
Details: At the above date, time, and location, subject was taken into custody
on a complaint from June 30, 2014.  He was taken to HPD where
he was released with a court date in Vermilion County.

Domestic Battery
Date & Time: July 9, 2014 10:49pm
Location: 426 W. Orange VFW
Complainant: (53) of Hoopeston
Arrested: Cynthia Burk (52) of Hoopeston
Details: Officers were called to the VFW in reference to a domestic battery.  The
suspect had left the area but was later found at her residence.  She was
taken to HPD, processed and then later transported to the PSB in Danville
to await arraignment.

 

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County finances in good shape

DANVILLE — Loose ends surrounding the sale of the former Vermilion Manor Nursing Home are the biggest issue presented to Vermilion County in its recent audit.

Results of the audit, conducted by the Danville accounting fire CliftonLarsonAllen LLC, were discussed by the Vermilion County Board’s finance and personnel committee during its meeting Monday night. The audit is expected to be the top issue for discussion before the full county board, which meets tonight at 6 p.m. in the Courthouse Annex, 6 N. Vermilion St.

Committee chairman John Alexander said the audit results of the 2012-2013 fiscal year were good overall for the county with no irregularities. The main sticking point was the sale of the Catlin-Tilton Road nursing home, now called GardenView Manor Nursing Home.

“There are accounts payables from state, federal and some individuals that are still being billed or waiting for receivables to be paid,” he said prior to the meeting.

Vermilion County sold the longtime county-run nursing home to Premier Healthcare in August. The deal to purchase the nursing home is $5.5 million. Of that, $3.5 million of the payment is the price for the nursing home, while the remaining $2 million is money Premier Healthcare indicated it will put toward capital improvements to the nursing home, which has been open since the early 1970s.

At the time of the sale, the county was owed between $1.3 million and $1.4 million in payments. Alexander said it is difficult when payments have historically not been received on time from the state.

“Then, of course, it takes a while for insurance to process those,” he added.

Overall, CliftonLarsonAllen accountants indicated in the audit that funds for the county were doing well, Alexander said, adding the audit is a positive message for the county.

“Fund balances are in healthy condition,” he said, noting the county’s general fund remains adequate. Some of the balances have been spent down while others have increased over time, Alexander added.

“I always look at the fund balances especially, but also how we proceed with any grants we receive from federal and state governments to make sure we’re in full compliance,” he said. “That happens to be the case.”

Sandy Cook of CliftonLarsonAllen spoke to committee members, explaining several aspects. She noted the county’s revenues for the general fund came in over budget while expenses were under budget. In addition, Cook said no issues were found in the county’s handling of $2.4 million in federal revenues through programs such as Women Infants Children.

The audit contained other recommendations to the county that are simply not a possibility. Each year, the county audit contains recommendations of splitting duties in several offices to improve security.

“There are recommendations, but some are very difficult to fulfill due to personnel limitations,” Alexander said. “Because of the small number of employees it does create a problem.”

While listing it as a concern, Alexander said CliftonLarsonAllen understands why the county can not address it.

CliftonLarsonAllen will offer a presentation to the full county board at tonight’s board meeting. Also on the agenda for the meeting:

• Board members will vote to re-appoint county engineer Doug Staske and set his salary at $137,322 for the upcoming year.

Each year the state makes a recommendation on how much the salary should be and offers to pay that amount or 95 percent of that amount through funds from the Motor Fuel Tax. Any amount lower than 95 percent of the state’s recommendation would have to be paid by the county.

• Board members will vote to establish a Class II truck route on Perrysville Road.

The route, according to county paperwork, will begin at the Danville city limits and continue 5½ miles to the Indiana state line. The road, once approved, will accommodate a load limit of up to 80,000 pounds.

• The board will issue a Korean War Proclamation.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Criminal Damage to Property H14-3534 Tate
Time & Date:  July 7, 2014     9:50am
Location: New City Chef Property 201 E. Penn St
Details: At the above time and date, the business reported that person(s) unknown
and without permission did damage to their new building.

Fire Call
Date & Time: July 7, 2014   6:37pm
Location: 200 blk E Lincoln
Details: Fire Department responded for a stove on fire.

 

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Hoopeston water project prompts complaints

HOOPESTON — City council members learned Tuesday there had been complaints to several radio/TV stations and to the Environmental Protection Agency from some residents about the city’s water quality.

When city officials followed up with the residents about the complaints and an explanation of the ongoing project to improve the water quality, those complaining admitted they did not know about the water project even though information had been in the Commercial-News, Just The Facts and the Hoopeston Chronicle at different times for more than a year.

“If someone doesn’t know what we are doing (after all the publicity in local papers), they’ve had their head in the sand,” Mayor Bill Crusinberry said.

Crusinberry added the water is continually tested for problems and a letter from the EPA stating that the water was fine had been received from each test.

“When (water project) completed, everything will be all brand new,” Crusinberry said. “An early projected dated for completion is at the end of July.” Crusinberry said he wasn’t sure all three filters would be back online by then, but at least one would. The quality of Hoopeston water would be greatly improved once the project is completed, he said.

The rusty water during Friday’s flushing of the water mains is the result of water and oxygen oxizing, Crusinberry explained.

Hydrants are flushed in order to make sure an adequate flow and pressure of water is available. It also is to remove sediment from the pipes to maintain water clarity and quality in the distribution pipes.

It was suggested that discolored water will clear up if the cold water is run for a few minutes. If it doesn’t clear up, wait a few minutes and try it again. However, do avoid washing clothes on Fridays unless residents have a whitening product.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

July 2, 2014

Traffic Accident H14-3366 Cade
Date & Time: July 1, 2014 11:07am
Location: Route 1 entrance to Hoopeston Plaza
Unit 1: 2012 Chevrolet driven by Thelma Frederick of Hoopeston
Unit 2: 1998 Chevrolet driven by Michael Phillips of Hoopeston
Details: Driver of Unit 1 was south bound on Route 1 and made a left hand turn in front
of Unit 2, who was north bound on Route 1, to enter Hoopeston Plaza.  Driver of Unit 2 swerved and each vehicle clipped the other’s passenger side mirror.  No injuries, no citations, both units insured.


Glasses Found
Date & Time: July 1, 2014 1:40pm
Location: Across from High School on E. Orange
Details: A pair of prescription glasses in dark brown frames were found.  Owner may
identify and claim at HPD.

Disobeying Police Officers H14-3379 Steeples
Date & Time: July 1, 2014     7:51pm
Location: 700 blk S Second Ave
Arrested: Trinidad Hernandez (26) of Hoopeston
Details: Subject responded to a disturbance at the above location.  While trying
to attend to the disturbance the above subject, who wasn’t involved,
refused to listen to officers when he was told to step back.  He was
transported to HPD where he was released with Notice To Appear in
Hoopeston City court.

 


Warrant Arrest,  Possession of Cannabis, Possession of Controlled Substance
H14-3384   V14-6261   Steeples
Date & Time: July 1, 2014   9:00pm
Location: Penn/First Avenue
Arrested: Dale E Simpson (26) of Hoopeston
Details: Subject was located at the above location.  He was transported to
HPD where he was searched.  Cannabis and a Controlled Substance
were found in his possession.  He was transported to PSB
for arraignment.

 

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Deputy shooting ruled within law by prosecutor

DANVILLE – The actions of a Vermilion County deputy who shot a man during an domestic call last year have been deemed legal.

Caleb Emory, 21, suffered a gunshot wound from a deputy during a call in the early morning hours of Nov. 21 at 2530 Georgetown Road. The name of the deputy has not be released.

On Monday, Vermilion County State’s Attorney Randy Brinegar issued a statement indicating the deputy “acted properly and within the boundaries of the law.”

Brinegar said, in looking at the details of the incident, he had to consider the split-second judgement the deputy has to make without the benefit of hindsight.

“It always is difficult and also a serious moment when an office discharges his or her weapon,” he said “I do have to look at it carefully.”

In his statement, Brinegar noted the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that dictates considering the officers point of view at the time and any potential dangers the officer may have believed he faced when he discharged the weapon.

“In this case, the officer acted by using the necessary level of force to resolve a dangerous situation,” Brinegar said in his release.

Illinois State Police, which investigated the shooting, said at the time incident took place after the deputy was called at 4:13 a.m. to 2530 Georgetown Road to handle a report of a domestic disturbance. While at the call, state police indicate the deputy encountered Emory. During what state police called “attempted enforcement action,” Emory was shot by the deputy.

No other details have been released with regard to the shooting incident. On Monday, Brinegar said he would not release any additional details regarding the case until the charges filed against Emory had been resolved.

He noted releasing additional information could jeopardize the prosecution of the case again Emory.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

July 1, 2014

City Ordinance Violation (Unlawful Assembly) H14-3341 Kruse
Date & Time: June 30, 2014 1:21am
Location: 600 blk W Lincoln
Arrested: Brittany Kilgore (19) of Watseka
Ryan Nosler (19) of Hoopeston
Jonathan Martin (19) of Hoopeston
Shawn Hurt (19) of Hoopeston
Female Juvenile (14)
Female Juvenile (13)
Details: Hoopeston Police received a complaint of an underage drinking party at the
above location.  All parties were taken to HPD, processed and released with
a notice to appear in city court.  The 2 juveniles were released to parents/guardians.

Theft H14-3357 Dewitt
Date & Time: June 30, 2014     8:45pm
Location: 300 blk E Penn
Complainant: 52 year old Hoopeston woman
Details: Complainant made report after she noticed several credit cards missing from
her purse.


Domestic Battery H14-3355 V14-6210 DeWitt
Date & Time: June 30, 2014   5:46pm
Location: 800 blk E Seminary
Complainant: (56) Hoopeston male
Arrested: Shenoa Webb (22) Hoopeston female
Details: HPD officers were called to the above address for a report of a disturbance.  Ms.
Webb was arrested for domestic battery and taken to HPD.  She was processed
and later transported to the PSB for arraignment.

 

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Monday, June 30, 2014

Purchase/Acceptance of Alcohol by Minor     H14-3283                             Linares
Date & Time: June 28, 2014     12:46am
Location: Chestnut/Fourth St
Arrested: 16 year Hoopeston female juvenile
Details: During a traffic stop, juvenile, who was a passenger in the vehicle, was found
to be under the influence of alcohol.  She was transported to HPD where
she was issued a Notice To Appear in Hoopeston court and released to
her father.


Fire Call
Date & Time: June 28, 2014   2:40am
Location: 300 block of N 8th Ave
Details: HFD was dispatched for a garage on fire.


Hit & Run Traffic Accident H14-3290 Steeples
Date & Time: June 28, 2014 6:59am
Location: E. Main St at Sixth St.
Unit 1: Unknown – fled scene
Property: Ameren utility pole and residential power line
Details: Unknown vehicle struck an Ameren utility pole, ripping the residential power line
down from a house and damaging the pole.

 

Domestic Battery H14-3137   V14-3309 Kruse
Date & Time: June 28,2014   11:37pm
Location: 800 blk E Orange
Complainant: 22 year old Hoopeston female
Arrested: Justin C Jeffries (23) of Hoopeston
Details: Subject was arrested after a physical altercation with the complainant.
He was transported to PSB to see a judge.

Wanted on Warrant (2013TR7148)     H14-3314 Steeples
Date & Time: June 29, 2014 08:30 am
Location: 400 block South Market St
Arrested: Johnson, Beth Ann (F) of Hoopeston (34)
Details: At above time and date the subject was located and taken into custody on
the above listed warrant.  Original Charge:  Driving While License Suspended,
Bond: $5,000 plus $75 court fee.  Subject was transported to HPD for processing,
bond was posted and she was released with new court date.

 

Criminal Damage to Property H14-3323 Dewitt
Date & Time: June 29, 2014   4:31pm
Location: 600 blk E Seminary
Complainant: 45 year old Hoopeston woman
Details: Report was taken for a damaged screen due to someone throwing an
egg at it.


City Ordinance Violation (Battery) H14-3328 Linares
Date & Time: June 29, 2014 6:43pm
Location: 400 blk W Lincoln
Complainant: 18 year old Rantoul male
Arrested: 16 year old Hoopeston female
Details: A female juvenile was arrested after allegedly battering the complainant.  She was brought to HPD and processed.  She was given a city citation for battery and
a court date.  She was later released to a guardian.

 

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Traffic Accident H14-3224 Cade
Date & Time: June 25, 2014 8:12am
Location: Teasdale Foods S First Ave at Washington
Unit 1: 2000 Freightliner tractor trailer driven by Lilia Monica Gonzalez of Texas
Property: Teasdale Foods loading dock door
Details: Driver of Unit 1 backed into loading dock and one of the doors on her trailer was
not secure and rammed a loading dock door, damaging the door.  No injuries.
No citations issued.


Criminal Damage To Vehicle H14-3227 Cade
Date & Time: June 25, 2014 10:19am
Location: 400 block E. Maple
Victim: 26 year old Hoopeston woman
Details: Victim advised unknown subject(s) slashed the tires and keyed her vehicle
while it was parked at a residence.


Criminal Trespass to Vehicle H14-3231 Showers
Time & Date:  June 25, 2014   1:48 pm
Location:        500 block E Young
Complainant:    35 year old Hoopeston Woman
Arrested:      Bane, Angel Kay (F) of Hoopeston (34)
Details: At the above time and date, the complainant contacted HPD reference to the arrestee, without permission entered the complainant’s vehicle and removed items. 
The suspect was located and transported HPD processed and charged in this matter.
Later released with a court date for Danville and OR Bond

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

City Ordinance Violation- Assault H14-3194 Steeples
Date & Time: June 24, 2014 12:22am
Location: 300 blk Front St
Complainant: 44 year old Hoopeston male
Arrested: Lucas Neal (30) Hoopeston male
Details: HPD officers responded to the report of the suspect at the residence refusing to
leave.  Mr. Neal was arrested and charged with city ordinance violation of
assault.  He was taken to HPD, processed and then released with notice to
appear in city court.

Criminal Trespass H14-3197 V14-5918 Steeples
Date & Time: June 24, 2014     1:56am
Location: 900 blk E Young
Complainant: 33 year old Hoopeston female
Arrested: Christopher Rutledge (34) Hoopeston male
Details: Mr. Rutledge was arrested after subject was found in the garage attempting to
maKe entry into the residence.  Subject was taken to HPD, processed and then
later transported to the PSB to await arraignment. 

 

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Save the Lorraine Foundation Features Movies in the Park

June 25th, 2014
McFerren Park (by the Girl Scout House)
Save the Lorraine foundation will be showing the movie Brave sponsored by Crown Ford & Star Chrysler
Show will start at dusk
Free will donations will be accepted for the Save the Lorraine Foundation.
Concessions will be sold and there will also be a 50/50 drawing.

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2014 Vermilion County Fair Queen Pageant Results

The 2014 Vermilion County Fair kicked off last night with the Fair Queen Pageant.
11 young ladies vied for the title of fair queen.

Miss Congeniality - Stephanie Royce of Danville
Best Interview - Taylor McGlaughlin of Muncie
Best Swimsuit - Tanna Petersak of Westville
Best Evening Gown - Jolyn Silver of Rossville
Best of Speech - Katie Brown of Rossville

2nd Runner Up - Tana Petersak of Westville

And the Vermilion County Fair Queen - Amie Harvey of Danville

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Criminal Damage To Property H14-3179 Tate
Date & Time: June 23, 2014 8:30am
Location: 400 block W. Penn
Victim: 32 year old Hoopeston woman
Details: Unknown subject(s) damaged a window of the victim’s house by throwing a rock
threw it.

Theft of Bicycle H14-3188  
Date & Time: June 23, 2014
Location: Parkview Court
Details: On the above date a report was make that a neon green and pink girls
Kent bicycle was stolen.   

 


Warrant Arrest H14-3187 Cade
Date & Time: June 23, 2014   4:30pm
Location: 300 blk E Washington
Arrested: Jason A Woods (40) of Hoopeston
Details: Subject taken into custody on outstanding Ford County warrant 13-416 for
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  He was transported to HPD where
he was processed and released after posting $500 bond.

 

Fire Call
Date & Time: June 23, 2014   7:06pm
Location: 700 blk W Washington
Details: Fire Department was dispatched to the above for a stove on fire.

 

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Monday, June 23, 2014

Fire Call
Date & Time: June 21, 2014     5:06pm
Location: 300 blk W Penn
Details: Fire Department was dispatched for smoke and the smell of electric burning
in a water heater.

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New law aims to bar repeat of Hoopeston fire

Debris gone from site, though traces of fine dust still permeate area.

HOOPESTON — Pat Dooley remembers being “half asleep” one year ago when her son-in-law came rushing into her house at 5 a.m., telling her to evacuate because of a massive fire in the 400,000-square-foot tire-recycling facility behind her home.

“The flames were so big,” said Dooley, 79, whose house was spared. “Oh it was bad. I don’t want to go through that any more.”

Dooley was one of several in Hoopeston who had to be evacuated June 19, 2013, due to heavy, thick black smoke and flames threatening residences nearby the J&R Used Tire Recycling facility at 103 Maple St., where hundreds of thousands of tires that had been stockpiled for recycling caught fire.

It started when a spark from machinery being operated by employees ignited tire dust. The black plume of smoke could be seen for miles in all directions, and more than 20 area fire departments and 100-plus firefighters fought the blaze for days.

On Thursday, Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation co-sponsored by state Sen. Michael Frerichs, D-Champaign, requiring more oversight of large used-tire processing and storage facilities.

According to Quinn’s office, had this law been in effect a year ago, the tire fire in Hoopeston may not have happened.

Paul Purseglove with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency was in Hoopeston on Thursday. He said the agency had an enforcement case against the owner of J&R, Rodney Rogers, because he had too many tires stockpiled, among other violations. But the facility was not shut down.

The new legislation beefs up the IEPA’s enforcement authority by requiring facilities with more than 10,000 passenger tires on site or that process more than 500 tons of used tires a year to get a solid-waste permit to operate. The facilities must, among other things, allow inspections and submit documentation, including a tire storage plan and a contingency plan, to the IEPA. If facilities don’t comply, they can be ordered to cease operating.

Purseglove said the agency has required such assurances from these types of facilities in the past, but without a permitting process, the agency’s ability to enforce regulations was complicated and difficult.

In the last 20 years, Illinois has had six major tire fires at used-tire storage and processing facilities. In the environmental field for the last 30 years, Purseglove said he’s not seen a site like the one in Hoopeston get cleaned up so well. Normally, the sites languish, he said.

But in Hoopeston, all of the debris has been removed from the site. Left behind is a huge concrete slab on which the former industrial building rested. With IEPA oversight, Rogers hired a private contractor that cleaned up the site, separating out what could be salvaged for recycling, like the metal, and taking the rest to a landfill. The revenue from the salvageable items helped pay for cleanup, along with Rogers’ insurance, Purseglove said. The new legislation will ensure that operators have finances in place, like bonds, to pay for the ramifications of a fire.

Purseglove said the IEPA has a lawsuit against Rogers seeking reimbursement of the agency’s expenses during the fire, when federal and state EPA officials responded to contain runoff, and since then, as IEPA officials have continued oversight of the cleanup process.

The legislation also allows the IEPA to re-establish a program to develop new markets for used and waste tires. Purseglove said Illinois generates 13 million scrap tires a year, and something must be done with them. He said new markets need to be established for those tires, so facilities that gather them are processing them into new products or sending them to other users rather than stockpiling massive amounts.

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About four months after the Hoopeston fire, Rogers reopened his J&R Used Tire Service at the former General Motors foundry in Tilton. In October, Rogers began operating in a 12,000-square-foot area of a 125,000-square-foot former GM building at 585 N. J St., a site he’s leasing from Agracel, an Effingham company that owns the former GM site. But Rogers is not stockpiling the number of tires he was in Hoopeston. Instead he’s bringing in about 10,000 tires a day from clients in Illinois and Indiana, processing them quickly and shipping them out.

Purseglove said IEPA is monitoring Rogers’ operation monthly, and confirmed that he’s not amassing large amounts of scrap rubber.

Although the former J&R site in Hoopeston reveals no hint of the enormous fire one year ago, Purseglove said it’s not yet been determined whether the accident caused long-term contamination of soil or groundwater in the area.

On June 12, he said a private consultant hired by Rogers took 30 soil borings at the site as well as samples from eight water wells.

Those are being analyzed for contamination. If any is detected, Purseglove said that either action will have to be taken to correct that or limitations in regard to soil and groundwater will be placed on the property. All of the surrounding residences are on the Hoopeston city’s water system, but Purseglove said it’s the IEPA’s responsibility to ensure the groundwater is still useable.

Even if the tests don’t reveal contamination, Purseglove said, there could be further testing to ensure no problems. The ultimate goal is for the IEPA to issue Rogers a “no further remediation required” letter that would essentially release the property for him to do what he wants with it.

“We’d like to see it developed into something,” Purseglove said.

Another concern, he said, is the trace amounts of very fine black carbon dust that remain on the site and still coat area properties when the wind blows. Purseglove said the agency has asked Rogers to bring in a truck with a large vacuum to clean the surface of the concrete and remove that last fine layer of carbon dust.

Dooley said she was told soon after the fire that local residences would be power-washed to remove the black dust, but that never happened. She said the black dust was all over her property and her neighbors’ as well, and it would get tracked into the house. Even though she has city water, Dooley said she doesn’t drink her water and buys bottled water instead.

Hoopeston Mayor Bill Crusinberry said the IEPA officials overseeing the cleanup have kept him well-informed throughout the process, which has gone well.

“I do know the owner and IEPA have worked hand in hand to make sure it’s done in a methodical and environmentally-friendly manner,” said Crusinberry, who feels confident the agency won’t release the site until it’s confirmed that soil and groundwater are safe. “The contractor doing the clean up couldn’t have done a better job. It’s been a long process to clean up this site, but it went a lot better than anybody ever anticipated.”

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Friday, June 20, 2014

Residential Burglary H14-3106 Showers
Date & Time: June 19, 2014     3:51pm
Location: 800 blk E Lincoln
Complainant: 19 year old Hoopeston male
Details: Complainant advised unknown person(s) entered his residence without
his permission and removed his X-Box gaming system

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