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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter
Friday, March 27, 2015


Warrant Arrest, Driving While License Revoked H15-1137
Date & Time: March 27, 2015 2:24am
Location: 400 blk S Market
Arrested: Gary Franklin (29) of Hoopeston
Details: HPD officers checked out with the above subject and a computer check revealed
that Mr. Franklin was wanted on an outstanding Vermilion County warrant and
his driver’s license was revoked.  He was taken to HPD, processed and later
released after posting bond and given a new court date.

Burglary, Possession Stolen Property (2 cts) H15-1098 & H15-1116 V15-2689 & 2690
Time & Date: March 27, 2015   11am
Location: 301 W Main St Hoopeston Police Department
Arrested: Finazzi, Jordan K (M) of Hoopeston (24)
Details: At the above time and date, the subject was taken into custody for the above listed charges reference to Burglary to a garage in 600 block of W
Maple on 2 different dates.

Burglary, Possession Stolen Property H15-1098 V15-2689
Time & Date: March 27, 2015   11am
Location: 301 W Main St Hoopeston Police Department
Arrested: Crose, Jason R (M) of Hoopeston (29)
Details: At the above time and date, the subject was taken into custody for the above listed charges reference to Burglary to a garage in 600 block of W
Maple

Criminal Damage to Vehicle H15-1113
Date & Time: March 25, 2015 (delayed entry)
Location: 300 blk Dice
Complainant: 38 year old Hoopeston woman
Details: Report was taken after complainant reporter her vehicle was damage by
unknown person(s).

Possession of Cannabis H15-1152
Date & Time: March 27, 2015 11:40pm
Location: 609 W Main St   Parking lot of John Greer School
Arrested: Trevor Rush (21) Hoopeston male
Haley Papanek (20) Hoopeston female
Details: At above time and date, HPD officers noticed suspicious vehicle in the parking lot
of John Greer school.  Upon further investigation, cannabis was located in the
vehicle.  Both the driver and passenger were arrested on city ordinance violation
of possession of cannabis prohibited.  They were released from HPD after being
given a city citation and court date.

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Investigate a Murder/Suicide

A married couple were found dead in their Danforth home Thursday morning in what authorities are calling an apparent murder-suicide.

Iroquois County Coroner Bill Cheatum said Thursday afternoon that the sheriff’s department and coroner’s office continue to investigate the deaths of the 35-year-old man and 34-year-old woman, whose names are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Cheatum said he was notified shortly before 8 a.m. that the couple had been found dead inside their home in the 300 block of West Madison Street in Danforth.

Cheatum said a neighbor had called police at 6:39 a.m. to perform a “welfare check” on the couple, after the neighbor noticed a car had been left running on the roadway by their property overnight.

“The vehicle was registered to a resident at that location,” the sheriff’s office said in a news release. “Sheriff’s police found the front door of the residence ajar, but no one would answer the door.”

A sheriff’s deputy and Gilman police officer entered the home and found the couple dead in an upstairs bedroom that had been converted into an office area, Cheatum said.

A pistol was found between their bodies, Cheatum said.

The man was pronounced dead at 8:25 a.m., while the woman was pronounced dead at 8:30 a.m., Cheatum said.

An autopsy performed Thursday afternoon at the Kankakee County morgue showed both died from gunshot wounds, Cheatum said.

“We confirmed it was a murder-suicide,” Cheatum added, declining to say who shot who.

Cheatum said authorities have found evidence that the couple, who lived alone, were having marital problems.

“We found some text messaging back and forth to each other, and also in talking to some of the family members we interviewed, they had stated that they were having some marital problems,” Cheatum said.

Cheatum said police are not aware of any witnesses to the crime.

He said the investigation is ongoing.

“The investigation will continue,” Cheatum said. “At this point, toxicology (results) are not back, so we don’t know if drugs or alcohol had any play in any of the actions by the two.”

 

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter
Thursday, March 26, 2015


Burglary H15-1116
Date & Time: March 26, 2015 4:14am
Location: 600 blk W Maple
Complainant: 29 year old Hoopeston male
Details: At above time and date, complainant reported that an unknown person(s)
entered his garage and stole several items.

Traffic Accident H15-1121
Time & Date: March 26, 2015   10:00 am
Location: Parking Lot of Charlotte Ann Medical Center
Unit 1: 2005 GMC Envoy driven by Connie J Flesher of Hoopeston
Unit 2: Parked Unit owned by Dorothy M. Rudin of Cissna Park
Details: At the above time and date, HPD requested to investigate an
accident that occurred on the lot. Unit 1 at fault .  Both units insured
and no citations, or injuries.


Possession of Cannabis, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia   H15-1129
Date & Time:    March 26, 2015   2:33pm
Location:        Hoopeston High School
Arrested:        17 year old Hoopeston juvenile
Details:          Subject was taken into custody after he was witnessed to be in possession
                  of marijuana and paraphernalia.  He was transported to HPD where
                  he was issued a Notice To Appear in Hoopeston City Court for each
                  of the charges and released to a parent


Found Key
Date & Time:    March 26, 2015   3:00pm
Details:          At single key with a multi colored block key chain was found on Main
    Street and turned into HPD.

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Man gets probation for growing 44 pot plants in his garden

Man gets probation for growing 44 pot plants in his garden

An Iroquois County man has been sentenced to two years of probation for growing 44 marijuana plants in his garden.

Samuel Vires III, 48, of Claytonville, pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful production of 20-50 cannabis sativa plants, a Class 3 felony, on March 5 in Iroquois County Circuit Court.

As part of a plea agreement, Vires was sentenced by Judge Gordon Lustfeldt to 24 months of probation. Vires was also ordered to complete 30 hours of public service work and pay a $500 fine, $500 drug assessment fee, $250 DNA testing fee, $100 lab fee and $500 “street value” fee.

Misdemeanor charges of possession of cannabis (2.5-10 grams) and possession of drug paraphernalia were dismissed.

In August 2014, agents for the Kankakee Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group, with the assistance of Illinois State Police, went to Vires’ home at 108 W. Unity St. in Claytonville, where they found 44 marijuana plants growing. During a subsequent search, officers found a small amount of cannabis, a scale and a one-hitter pipe used for smoking cannabis.

Vires had faced a potential sentence of up to five years in prison.

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Governor Rauner Statement on Passage of FY15 Budget Bills

“I want to thank President Cullerton, Speaker Madigan, Leader Radogno and Leader Durkin for their leadership in fixing this year’s fiscal crisis. With their help, a bipartisan group of legislators sent a strong message that the culture in Springfield is changing for the better.

As promised, we are eliminating a $1.6 billion deficit without borrowing or increasing taxes on hard-working Illinois families. By choosing to make difficult decisions on a bipartisan basis, the General Assembly is helping set a new tone for what can be achieved in Springfield.

While today’s action is an important start, many more tough votes and challenging decisions must be made in the weeks ahead to complete the first steps of an Illinois turnaround. I look forward to continuing to partner with the legislature to enact policies that will create more jobs, increase local control and deliver value for taxpayers.”

Governor Rauner plans to sign the legislation as soon as possible.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter
Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Burglary to Garage H15-1098
Time & Date: March 25, 2015   6:46 am
Location: 600 block W Maple St Hoopeston
Complainant: 30 year old Hoopeston Man
Details: At the above time and date, Complainant contacted HPD reference to
Person(s) unknown and without permission entered the garage.  Items
removed and or damaged during the violation of the premises.


Theft of Vehicle (Recovered) H15-1099
Time & Date: March 25, 2015     6:50 am
Location: 700 Block E Penn St Hoopeston
Complainant: 48 year old Hoopeston Male
Details: At the above time and date, the complainant contacted HPD reference to his 2005 Green Ford F150 IL Truck Registration 62857J-B was stolen from the residence sometime during the night. 

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State Funding now heads to the State Senate

State Representative Chad Hays (R-Catlin) joined his colleagues today in passing an emergency budget solution to balance the $1.6 billion State budget shortfall that was created by former Governor Quinn.

The budget fix passed by the Illinois House Tuesday provides Governor Rauner with the flexibility he needs to deal with to the unbalanced budget he inherited. And while education takes a minor funding reduction, the Governor will have discretionary funds available to ease the burden on schools that can least afford these cuts.

Representative Hays said the vote taken today was an indication that going forward business has to be done differently in the State of Illinois. According to State Representative Tom Bennett (R-Gibson City) said it’s not pretty at all but it’s trying to resolve the issues without raising taxes

  The measure now moves to the Senate.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter
Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Burglar to Business H15-1085
Time & Date:  March 24, 2015   08:47 am
Location: 306 E Main St Hoopeston
Complainant: Uptown Lounge
Details: At the above time and date, person(s) unknown and without
permission entered the building causing damage to several items
in the building. 


Hit & Run Traffic Accident H15-1088
Time & Date: March 24, 2015 1:00pm
Location: First Ave / W Maple St
Unit 1: Unknown
Unit 2: 1998 Ford F150 owned by Zachary J Gasper of Danville
Details: At the above time and date, HPD was requested to respond
to the complaint of this unit being struck while it was parked on
the street overnight. 

Residential Burglary H15-1092
Time & Date: March 24, 2015 5:28pm
Location: 200 Block of North Fourth Street
Complainant: 28 year old Hoopeston Female
Details: HPD officers responded to the above location for the report that someone had broken into the complainants apartment.  Reported missing were various electronic items. 

Identity Theft H15-1093
Time & Date: March 24, 2015 5:47pm
Location: 500 Block of East Young Avenue
Complainant: 20 year old Watseka female
Details: HPD officers spoke with the complainant about someone stealing her identity and using it to open up services in her name. 

Aggravated Battery, Possession of Controlled Substance H15-1094 V15-2616
Date & Time: March 24, 2015   11:56pm
Location: 500 blk W Washington
Complainant: 35 year old Hoopeston female
Arrested: Christopher Burton (42) of Hoopeston
Details: HPD was called to the above location for a disturbance.  Mr. Burton was arrested
for possession of controlled substance and aggravated battery.  He was taken
to HPD, processed and later transported to the Public Safety Building in Danville
to await arraigment.

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

Iroquois County Police Blotter from Monday March 23, 2015

Single vehicle accident at CR 1700 N. & 2500 E Roads. Suzanne N. Snodgrass,31, of Sheldon lost control on wet pavement, lost control with her car entering the south ditch, then going into an open field, and back on the roadway. No injuries or citations were reported.

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State releases modification letter for proposed Vermilion County mine

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has released the modification letter it sent to a company proposing to building a coal mine in southwestern Vermilion County.

IDNR issued the letter to Sunrise Coal last week for the company’s Bulldog Coal Mine after Sunrise had been waiting for an approval or denial of a permit to build the mine.  Now the company is faced with responding to more than sixty modification or clarification requests from IDNR.  Some of the requests involve how Sunrise plans to monitor the mine’s impact on groundwater, to install a clay liner to protect freshwater ponds, to revise the drainage plan for runoff into those ponds and to develop a plan on how to protect a species that is listed as endangered or threatened.  Sunrise has one year to provide acceptable responses to all of IDNR’s requests.

Company spokesperson Suzanne Jaworowski declined to comment on specifics of the letter but said that Sunrise plans to get the state the information it wants.  She said she doesn’t anticipate taking the full year to respond.


 

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Iroquois zoning board to consider changing setbacks for wind turbines

The Iroquois County Zoning Board of Appeals will hold a public hearing on March 31 to consider amending the county’s wind farm ordinance.

Iroquois County Board John Shure of rural Buckley said the board’s planning and zoning committee has discussed changes to the ordinance in recent months. The change to be considered by the zoning board relates to new setback requirements, Shure said.

If approved by the county board after the public hearing, all turbines would be required to be at least 1,000 feet from “primary structures” — homes or other structures located on land being leased to the wind farm’s operator.

Meanwhile, turbines would need to be at least 12 “rotar diameters” from the property lines — rather than structures — of “non-participating property owners” — defined as those landowners whose property is not being leased to the wind farm operator.

The only exception to the new regulations would be for turbines in Douglas Township, which has established its own setback rules separate from the county’s. In Douglas Township, all turbines must be 2,000 feet or more from any “non-participating primary structure.”

According to the proposal, landowners would be able to waive the setback requirement, but only if the tower is located no closer than 1,000 feet of a primary structure or property line.

Shure said the setback change is being proposed “mostly for clarification purposes.” Shure said the new setback rules that require turbines to be built no closer than 12 rotar diameters from the property line of non-participating property owners would ensure that the “full use” of their property would not be inhibited.

Under the current ordinance, which uses the distance turbines are from structures rather than property lines, non-participating landowners could be restricted from building barns or other structures on their land if they would be located too close to a turbine, Shure noted.

“The way the ordinance was written before, it could possibly prevent them from doing something further down the road,” Shure said.

Shure added that a number of other counties in Illinois are starting to use the distance between turbines and property lines, instead of structure locations, in determining their setback requirements.

“I think there’s a trend in that direction,” Shure said.

The zoning board’s public hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. March 31 at the Administrative Center, 1001 E. Grant St., Watseka.

A public hearing will also be held that same day at 7:30 p.m. to consider numerous revisions to the county’s subdivision ordinance.

The county board is expected to vote on all of the proposed revisions at its next meeting, scheduled for 9 a.m. April 14 at the Administrative Center.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter
Monday, March 23, 2015

Traffic Accident(Minor PI) H15-1062
Time & Date: March 23, 2015   08:30am
Location: Sixth St & E Chestnut St
Unit 1: 2006 Chevy driven by Jessica L Brown of Hoopeston (F)
Unit 2: 2013 Ford 4dr driven by Clay D Trueblood of Hoopeston (M)
Details: At the above time and date, HPD and Arrow Ambulance was dispatched to the report of a car accident.  Arrival on scene the air bags had deployed.  Unit 2 had to be towed from the scene, and unit 1 was driven from scene.  Both units insured and Unit 1 issued a citation Failure to Reduce Speed to avoid an Accident.  Both Drivers sustained
minor injuries from accident, but refused transport to hospital. 

Retail Theft Under $300 H15-1075
Time & Date: March 23, 2015 6:37pm
Location: Dollar General, 415 S. Dixie Hwy
Complainant: Dollar General Corporation
Arrested: Zachary A. Burton, 19, of Rossville
Details: HPD officers responded to the above location for the report of a male
subject who was witnessed stealing items from the store.  An area patrol was conducted and the suspect vehicle was located.  Burton was taken back to Dollar General for positive identification.  Burton was then arrested and later released from HPD. 

Criminal Damage to Property, Reckless Conduct H15-1077
Time & Date: March 23, 2015 7:55pm
Location: 100 Block of South Fifth Street
Complainant: Precision Recovery Inc
Arrested: Joseph C Cannon, 42, of Hoopeston
Details: HPD officers responded to the above location for the report that a male subject was interfering with a repossession.  Upon officers arrival, Cannon refused to exit the vehicle.  A small fire was started in the vehicle by Cannon which was extinguished by officers on scene.  Cannon was then arrested and later released from HPD.

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HOOPESTON LIBRARY OFFERS SPRING BREAK ACTIVITIES

Families looking for some spring break fun can enjoy a free movie at 2 p.m. Monday, March 30, at Hoopeston Public Library.

Judith Viorst’s acclaimed children’s book about a boy named Alexander who is having a really bad day is brought to the big screen by Disney in this 2014 release starring Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner. The movie is rated PG and is open to all ages. Children ages 8 and under should be accompanied by an adult. Free popcorn will be served.

At 10:30 a.m., Friday, April 3, children from preschool through sixth grade can enjoy “Spring Fling” at the library. Easter activities planned include a story time, games, and several crafts to make and take home. Once again, children ages 8 and under should be accompanied by an adult.

For more information on either event, call the library at 217-283-6711.

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Hoopeston LIBRARY PLANS SPRING CLEANING BOOK SALE

Hoopeston Public Library will hold a “Spring Cleaning” book sale beginning Monday, March 30. Everything is priced at $2.00 per bag, and for every bag purchased, shoppers can get one bag free!

Library staffers have been reorganizing shelves and hundreds of great paperback books will be available. There are also plenty of hardcover books (some new), as well as teen and children’s fiction and non-fiction and some VHS movies.

The sale will be held in the lower level board room and will run during regular library hours: 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday-Thursday; 9:30 to 6, Friday; and 9:30 to 3 on Saturday.

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Man OK after jumping from a Danville bridge

Danville police are investigating why a man jumped from Memorial Bridge into the Vermilion River early Saturday evening.

Public Safety Director Larry Thomason said the man, who was not identified, jumped off the east side of the bridge as a police car approached. The officer was not chasing the man at the time, he said.

The man hit the water and then swam to the north bank of the river, where police pulled him out, Thomason said. He was then taken by ambulance to Presence United Samaritans Medical Center in Danville.

“He is fine,” Thomason said, adding he’s amazed the man didn’t suffer any injuries. “That’s got to be close to a 100-foot drop.”

Thomason said it’s still unclear as to why the man jumped. He added the man isn’t facing any charges at this time.

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Vermilion County man dies after a motorcycle crash last week.

A Westville man died on Sunday afternoon from injuries he received in a crash nearly a week ago in Danville.

Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup said that James A. Roberts Sr., 50, of Westville, was pronounced dead at 12:41 p.m. Sunday at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.

According to Northrup, Mr. Roberts was the operator of a motorcycle that was involved with a crash with a van on March 16 in Danville.

 

Northrup said Mr. Roberts died from complications of injuries that he received during the crash.

No autopsy will be performed.

According to Northrup, the circumstances of the crash and Mr. Roberts’ death are under investigation by his office and the Danville Police Department.

 

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

Blotter From Sunday March 22nd, 2015

Rhonda Fink 37 of Potomac. Turned herself in on a active warrant for a prior speeding charge. She posted bond and was released.

Gerald Carney 49, of Clifton. Charged with domestic battery, taken to the Iroquois County jail awaiting a court appearance.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter
Saturday, March 21 & Sunday March 22, 2015

Warrant Service H15-1038
Date and Time: 03/21/15 12:17am
Location: 800 blk of Seminary
Arrested: Donald E. Underwood, 30, of Hoopeston
Details: HPD officers responded to the above location.  The above subject had an active warrant through Vermilion county. He was later released with a new court date.

Criminal Damage to a Vehicle: H15-1055
Date & Time: 03/22/2015 1730
Location: 600 block of East Seminary
Complainant: 63 year old Hoopeston Male
Details: HPD responded to the above location for a report of
criminal damage to a vehicle.  Upon arrival, officers
were informed that someone had damage the complainants
car by walking on it. 

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Hoopeston Area board discusses sales tax idea

According to the Commercial News,  Hoopeston Area is among the Vermilion County school districts discussing a 1 percent sales tax for school improvements to be placed on the November ballot. Fifty percent of the schools must approve the County School Facilities Sales Tax to place it on the ballot.
Superintendent Hank Hornbeck presented the option being discussed by superintendents in Vermilion County to the Hoopeston school board this week and what it would mean to the Hoopeston District if approved by voters in the November elections.
The 1 percent sales tax would project $400,000 a year on an annual basis for the Hoopeston Area district. This would not only be paid by Vermilion county residents but by anyone that shopped in, passed through, worked in or sought entertainment in Vermilion County from anywhere.

“Sales tax for schools brings revenue from outside the county,” said Hornbeck
Chamber president Russell Walder visited a friend in Champaign and was told, “Every time you come to Champaign to shop, you are supporting our schools.”
Hornbeck added this was a better source of revenue than property tax. Some schools receiving a one percent sales tax were not taking property taxes.
This idea dates back to the Illinois Legislature’s 2007 offer of a new way to obtain funds for schools with the purpose of maintaining and improving school facilites. The funds could also go for increased security systems, to improve technology, update the buildings or even build a new school.
Although Hoopeston is one of two schools in the Vermilion County that does not have debt, many are struggling financially. A vote in support of this item would be place on the April agenda.
In other school board business, the school board approved unanimously the high school dual credit policy, excluding College Express as presented. Also approved was the job description of the part-time computer technician assistant.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Friday, March 20. 2015

Possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance: H15-1052 V15-2468
Date & Time: 03202015 1247
Complainant: Casey’s General Store Employee
Location: State Route 1 / State Route 9
Arrested: Nathan Z Blanton, 20, of Hoopeston
Details: The above subject was reported as acting suspicious while he
was in Casey’s.  The subject left Casey’s driving towards Hoopeston.
Officers were able to locate the subject at the above intersection.
Upon stopping the vehicle, the officers located marijuana, a controlled
substance and paraphernalia in the car. Subject was arrested and transported to the PSB to await arraignment.

City Ordinance Violation: H15-1024
Date & Time: 03202015 1410
Complainant: Dollar General
Location: Dollar General, 415 S. Dixie Hwy
Arrested: 16 year old juvenile
Details: HPD responded to the above location for a report of retail theft.
Officers reviewed the videotapes and made contact with the suspect
at HPD.  The juvenile was given a NTA and released to the juvenile’s
parent. 


Warrant Service: H15-1031
Date & Time: 03202015 1543
Complainant: HPD
Location: 300 Block of East Penn
Arrested: Sonia M Leavill, 47, of Hoopeston
Details: HPD officers responded to the above location.  Leavill was arrested
without incident and posted bond at HPD with a new court date.

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

NEWS RELEASE
March 21, 2015

3-19 Sheriff’s Police investigated a single vehicle roll-over accident on Co. Rd. 200N near Co Rd 600E.  According to police reports, a vehicle driven by Curtis W. Vance, 26 Loda was traveling west on Co Rd 200N when he struck a pot hole.  Vance was unable to control his vehicle after hitting the pot hole as it began to skid out of control on wet pavement.  His vehicle struck a guardrail end then proceeded to roll over one time before coming to a rest on a ditch embankment.  No injuries were reported and no citations were issued.  The vehicle sustained over $1,500 in damages

3-20 Sheriff’s Police returned from Champaign County Jail with William J. Rogers, 50 Urbana.  Rogers was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant charging him with failure to appear on a prior driving on a suspended license charge.  Rogers was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond and was released

3-20 Sheriff’s Police arrested Christopher M. Pawelczak, 32 Watseka.  According to police reports, Sheriff’s Police conducted a traffic stop on a suspect vehicle that was involved in a theft from a rural Watseka business.  Deputies made contact with the driver, Pawelczak, who possessed evidence from the crime inside his vehicle.  After a brief investigation, he was arrested and charged with criminal trespass to land and theft under $500, transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond

3-21 Sheriff’s Police arrested Antoinette M. Jackson, 43 Sheldon.  According to the reports, Sheriff’s Police were called to the 200 block of East Lincoln St. in Sheldon for illegal consumption of alcohol by minors.  After a brief investigation, Sheriff’s Police found several juveniles and young adults in possession of alcoholic beverages, in which they all were found to be consuming.  Deputies released the juveniles to the custody of their parents while taking Jackson into custody for contributing to the delinquency of a minor.  Jackson resides at the residence and was present allowing the activity to take place.  All charges for illegal consumption of alcohol on the juveniles is pending

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report for Thursday March 19th, 2015

William Clark, 47, of Gilman Turned himself in on a warrant for DUI charges. He posted bond and was released.

Joseph Anderson 35, of Sheldon was wanted on a warrant for Unlawful delivery of Cannabis, While attempting to arrest him he resisted and fled from officers. Anderson was later found and then charged with Aggravated Battery of police, resisting arrest, attempted fleeing and eluding police, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of a syringe with needle. Anderson was taken to the Iroquois County Jail and remains waiting a court appearance.

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Four to stand trial in Vermilion County heroin case

Four to stand trial in Vermilion County heroin case

Four people will stand trial on charges stemming from one of the largest heroin busts in Vermilion County.

Circuit Judge Tom O’Shaughnessy on Thursday found probable cause to try Demetrius A. Vaughn, 28, and Leslie A. Coulter, 29, both of Georgetown, on one count of possession of 15 to 100 grams of heroin with intent to deliver, a Class X felony, and one count of possession of 2.5 to 10 grams of marijuana, a Class B misdemeanor.

O’Shaughnessy also found probable cause to try Bradley J. Farrell and Damon A. Duitsman, both 26 and of Danville, on one count of calculated criminal drug conspiracy, a Class X felony, and one count of possession of 1 to 15 grams of heroin with intent to deliver, a Class 1 felony.

Vaughn and Coulter are being represented by private attorney Baku Patel, while Farrell and Duitsman were represented by assistant Public Defender Dan Taylor. All pleaded not guilty to the charges.

A jury trial for all four defendants was set for May 4.

If found guilty of the most serious charges, each defendant could face between 6 to 30 years in prison, and they would not be eligible for probation.

The charges stem from raids at two Georgetown residences — 203 E. 12th St. and 207 Frazier St. — and a house at 202 Avenue E, in Danville, in the early morning on March 6. Officers seized 37.4 grams of heroin, which has a street value of about $5,000.

At a preliminary hearing, Eric Millis — an agent with the Vermilion Metropolitan Enforcement Group, which led the raids — identified the 12th Street address as Vaughn and Coulter’s residence, the Frazier Street address as a house the couple are renovating and the Danville address as a house Duitsman was renting from his grandmother.

Under questioning from Assistant State’s Attorney Bill Brozovich, Millis testified that law enforcement officials executed a search warrant at the Danville residence around 1:15 a.m. They found Duitsman and Farrell inside and took them into custody.

Officers located 31 baggies of a substance in a cooler inside the house. The substance, totaling more than 10.3 grams, tested positive for heroin.

Millis said in an interview, Farrell told police that the cooler belonged to “Six.” He added he knew that to be Vaughn’s street name.

Millis said Duitsman told police that on March 5, he had driven Vaughn to Chicago to pick up heroin, and that both men admitted to being involved with Demetrius Vaughn.

Millis also testified that officers executed a search warrant at Vaughn’s residence. They found him, Coulter and three juveniles and took the two adults into custody.

He also said they found some marijuana at the house, but no heroin.

 

Police also executed a search warrant at the Frazier Street address, Millis said. A police dog located a knotted bag containing a substance in a tool safe. The substance contained 27.1 grams of heroin.

Millis said another man, Josh Draper, told police while he was in custody that when he went to Vaughn’s house, Coulter put the knotted bag on the table and told him to take it to the house on Fraizer Street.

Millis said Vaughn told police he went to the corner of 41st and Prairie streets in Chicago on March 5 and bought heroin from his dealer, a general in the Mafia Insane Vice Lord gang. He said he typically purchased 100 grams of the drug at a time.

Millis told Brozovich the amount he purchased was for “much more than personal use.”

“He admitted that people around Vermilion County were selling heroin for him,” Millis said.

 

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New honorees are being inducted into the Vermilion County Business Hall of Fame

New honorees are being inducted into the Vermilion County Business Hall of Fame this Weekend.

New honorees are being inducted into the Vermilion County Business Hall of Fame on Sunday, March 22ndin a private ceremony for family and friends at the Vermilion County Museum, where the Hall of Fame is housed.  Selected for induction this year are the late Jacob Stahl Beck, founder of Danville Metal Stamping, Doug and Vickie Miller, owners of the Sesquicentennial, Master, Miller Farm, and John Willard McBride, founder of ERH Enterprises in Westville, which operates wastewater treatment systems for communities and industries across Illinois and Indiana. Each inductee is being honored for not only their success in business, but also for what they have given back to their communities.

Beck was known across the community for his commitment to his employees as well as his family and plant. When not on the production floor of what he built into a multimillion dollar industrial giant in the aerospace industry that is known worldwide for its quality parts production, Beck was often on the highway, transporting ill children to St Louis for care at the Shriner’s Hospital, or representing the Shriner’s organization in parades, riding the Shriner bicycle.
The Millers have been active in the farming community of Vermilion County for many years, as they have guided the growth and sustainability of the family farm Doug’s great grandfather began over 150 years ago. In addition to farming, Doug has been active in his local township government, and in partnership with Vicki he is active in their church. Vickie was a long time member of the Danville Area Community College Board of Trustees, only stepping down from her position as Chair recently, due to health issues. She has been recognized across the region for her commitment to DACC.
John McBride is a tireless volunteer in the community, helping families and children anonymously across the area, with a focus on the Masonic Lodge and its Dyslexia Learning Center, as well as supportive work with children affected by autism.
The Business Hall of Fame began in 2012, focused on recognizing those men and women of Vermilion County who have been successful in their business lives and then used their success to invest in the community, giving their time, talent and resources to improve the lives of the people who live in Vermilion County.  The honorees will be inducted into the Vermilion County Business Hall of Fame during a private ceremony for family and friends on March 16, 2014. The Hall of Fame display and supporting exhibit will be open to the public during regular Vermilion County Museum hours beginning on Tuesday, March 24th. 
The Vermilion County Business Hall of Fame display is permanently housed in the Vermilion County Museum and open to the public during regular museum hours.  Its mission is to recognize those men and women of Vermilion County who have been successful in their business lives, and then used their success to invest in the community using their time, talent and resources to improve the lives of the people who live in Vermilion County. 

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter
Thursday, March 19, 2015

Theft H15-1011
Date & Time: March 19, 2015   2:12pm
Location: 500 blk S Fifth Street
Complainant: Hoopeston man
Details: Complainant advised that an unknown subject removed car ramps
from his property without permission.

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

NEWS RELEASE
March 19, 2015

3-19 Sheriff’s Police investigated a single vehicle accident at the intersection of 1980E Rd & 1400N Rd.  According to the police report, Michael A. Johnson, 20 Watseka was stopped for the stop sign at 1980E Rd and proceeded to make a right turn onto 1400N Rd when a deer ran into the roadway from the north.  Johnson advised that he swerved to miss striking the deer and accidentally hit the accelerator instead of the brake.  His vehicle entered the north ditch and then he swerved back to the south causing the rear of the vehicle to slide and strike the ditch embankment before coming to a rest.  No injuries were reported and no citations were issued.  Damages were estimated at more than $1500

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Maple School Kindergarten Pre-Registration

All incoming students who will be attending Kindergarten at Maple Grade School in Hoopeston in the fall of 2015 will need to go through a pre-registration and screening process.  Each screening will last approximately 30 minutes.  Students must be five year old on or before September 1st, 2015. A screening must be done BEFORE the student is assigned to a kindergarten class.

Please have an adult accompany the student to pre-registration.  The adult will need to be able to fill out all the necessary paperwork and meet with a school representative to go over enrollment procedures.  Parents need to please bring or send your child’s birth certificate, social security card, shot records (current and past records), as well as dental and vision records.

The next Pre-Registration session at Maple School will be held on Tuesday, March 24, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and then again on Tuesday, April 28, from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m.  It will be necessary to call Maple School at 217 283-6665 to schedule your appointment time.

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Several candidates interested in Schock’s Seat

State Sen. Jason Barickman, R-Bloomington, said he is interested in succeeding U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Peoria, who abruptly resigned Tuesday from his 18th Congressional District seat. 
According to the News-Gazette, en. Darin LaHood is in. Sen. Bill Brady is out.

Less than 24 hours after U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Peoria, said he would step down from his House seat, two state senators came to different conclusion about replacing Schock as congressman in the 18th Congressional District, northwest of Champaign County.

LaHood, who lives in Dunlap and is the son of former Republican congressman and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, said Wednesday morning he is a candidate and soon will form a federal campaign comittee. LaHood has been a state senator for five years.


But veteran Sen. Bill Brady of Bloomington, a member of the Legislature for more than 20 years, says he is staying there.

“I’m very flattered that many supporters and residents of central Illinois have suggested I seek the seat in Congress representing the 18th Congressional District.  I have decided, however, to remain in the Illinois Senate at the current time because of my business interests and my wish to help Governor Rauner resolve the many challenges Illinois faces,” Brady said.

Brady mentioned four other Republicans who have expressed interest in replacing Schock in the heavily Republican congressional district.

“I have several longtime friends who also have expressed interest in the seat — my colleagues in the Senate, Darin LaHood and Jason Barickman, who both helped me in my campaign four years ago, my brother Ed Brady and my Bloomington colleague in the House, Dan Brady,” Brday said. “They, along with others, have great potential for serving central and western Illinois well in Washington.”

Rauner has until April 5 to set a date for a special election, which likely would occur in July.

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Aaron Schock resigns after new questions about mileage expenses Read more: http://www.politico.com/

Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock resigned Tuesday, less than 12 hours after POLITICO raised questions about tens of thousands of dollars in mileage reimbursements he received for his personal vehicle.
Schock billed the federal government and his campaign for logging roughly 170,000 miles on his personal car from January 2010 through July 2014. But when he sold that Chevrolet Tahoe in July 2014, it had roughly 80,000 miles on the odometer, according to public records obtained by POLITICO under Illinois open records laws. The documents, in other words, indicate he was reimbursed for 90,000 miles more than his car was driven.
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The discrepancy added to a growing wave of ethical and legal problems for the 33-year-old politician.
“[T]he constant questions over the last six weeks have proven a great distraction that has made it too difficult for me to serve the people of the 18th District with the high standards that they deserve and which I have set for myself,” Schock said in a surprise statement on Tuesday. “I have always sought to do what’s best for my constituents, and I thank them for the opportunity to serve.”
Later Tuesday, a spokesman for Schock added, “In an effort to remove any questions and out of an abundance of caution, Congressman Schock has reimbursed all monies received for official mileage since his election to Congress.”


Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/03/aaron-schock-resigns-116153.html#ixzz3UkUdYhIV

Schock’s resignation marks a swift downfall of one of the GOP’s most promising young stars and prolific fundraisers. The former state legislator was elected to Congress in 2008 and shot through the ranks of the House GOP, at one point gracing the cover of Men’s Health magazine. He was a fresh face in a party eager to update its image.
But as his prominence grew, Schock adopted an expensive lifestyle — staying in luxury hotels, dining at pricey restaurants, flying on private jets. Mounting questions about how he paid for it eventually caught up with him.
Schock’s fall
Mounting legal and ethical problems consumed the Illinois Republican over the past two months.
By Nick Gass

Feb. 2 - The Washington Post reports on Schock’s “Downton Abbey”-inspired office in the Rayburn House Office Building, featuring pheasant feathers and a bust of home-state President Abraham Lincoln.
Feb. 9 - Following the Post report and another revelation from USA Today, POLITICO details Schock’s lavish—but legal—spending at pricey hotels in Las Vegas, San Francisco, Miami Beach and other posh destinations for campaign purposes.
“In addition to staying at expensive hotels, Schock also has spent more than $90,000 in campaign dollars on private air charters, an unusually high sum for a rank-and-file member of the House,” POLITICO reported at the time.
Feb. 10 - Schock launches his own internal review of tens of thousands of dollars in reimbursements he received for using his official vehicle. POLITICO reports that he has received approximately $1,000 in “private auto mileage” reimbursements from his monthly congressional allowance.
Feb. 24 - Schock brings on two prominent Washington defense lawyers and a public relations firm to battle the brewing controversy over his use of campaign and official accounts to pay for expensive travel and lodging accommodations.
His office declined to answer when asked about a 2011 trip to London in which he stayed at a five-star hotel where the cheapest room went for $500 per night. Documents obtained by POLITICO also showed he was scheduled to visit expensive clothing stores and dined at Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace.
Feb. 26 - It comes out that the Illinois lawmaker never disclosed receiving dinner or drinks during the London trip, POLITICO reports.
Feb. 27 - Schock suspends fundraising events.
The same day, POLITICO reports that Schock spent nearly $15,000 in government money for private flights between October and December.
March 1 - The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Schock used taxpayer money to fly from Peoria to Chicago for a Bears game the previous November.
March 6 - More details about Schock’s international spending surface, as some in his circle and the House Republican Conference fear the Illinois lawmaker could face an Ethics Committee investigation. He holds a news conference but does not alert the national media.
March 9 - POLITICO finds that Schock misreported his payment for the private flight from Peoria to Chicago for the Bears game, indicating the more than $3,000 as a software expenditure. In reality, the $3,000 was a deposit in addition to the $10,000 that Schock previously disclosed that he was billed for the flight, said Keith Sillats, the chief technology officer for Bytelogics.
March 11 - POLITICO asks the congressman in his home district whether he thought he had broken any rules or federal regulations. “Well, I certainly hope not,” Schock said. “I’m not an attorney.”
March 16 - Investigators from the Office of Congressional Ethics start reaching out to people in Schock’s circle.
March 16 - POLITICO asks Schock about tens of thousands of dollars in questionable mileage reimbursements.
March 17 - Schock announces his resignation, effective March 31.
The congressman’s vehicle history was pieced together from dozens of pages of Illinois vehicle records.
When Schock transferred the SUV to an Illinois dealership in 2014, it had 81,860 miles on the odometer, documents show. However, from January 2010 to the end of July 2014, he billed the federal government for 123,131 miles on his personal vehicle. During the same period, the Republican billed his “Schock for Congress” campaign account and GOP Generation Y Fund, his leadership political action committee, for an additional 49,388 miles.
Altogether, Schock sought reimbursement for 172,520 miles on his car, despite the fact that he signed documents that certified the vehicle traveled less than half that distance.
Schock had no other vehicles registered in his name at the time, according to state public records. Multiple sources familiar with his office operations say he only drove the Tahoe during this period.
In November 2009, less than a year after Schock took his seat in Congress, the lawmaker bought the 2010 Tahoe from Green Chevrolet in Peoria. The dealership is owned by Jeff Green, a contributor to Schock who has flown the congressman around his district in his airplane and helicopter.
When Schock purchased the new car, it had four miles on it, according to publicly available automobile transaction documents.
On July 19, 2014, Schock transferred the car back to Green Chevrolet with 81,860 miles on it, according to a transfer document Schock signed.
On that same day in 2014, Schock bought a black 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe with 10 miles on it. Schock’s campaign spent nearly $75,000 on the car, according to campaign filings, but the congressman registered the car in his own name. The SUV sports congressional license plates with the number “18” — the number of Schock’s congressional district.
Between 2010 and 2014, the government mileage reimbursement requests were filed by Schock on a near-monthly basis. Members of Congress and staffers are permitted to bill the government and campaign for use of a personal vehicle, and, generally speaking, do not have to keep logs to record the miles they drive.
When asked about the mileage several weeks ago, Schock’s office said the congressman spends a lot of time in automobiles and chartering private jets between events in his central Illinois district. His office also raised the possibility that staffers were driving his vehicle and weren’t sure if it was permissible under the rules.
During the past month, Schock repaid the government $40,000 after spending money from his official office budget to redecorate his office to resemble the set of PBS’s “Downton Abbey,” an English historical drama. He also reimbursed taxpayers more than $1,200 after using his office account to pay to fly on a private plane to a Chicago Bears football game.
Separately, on a campaign-finance document, Schock labeled the cost of a November flight on a private plane as a software purchase. He has failed to report trips abroad, as required. And he held a fundraiser at a golf course without reporting paying for its use.
In an interview with POLITICO last week in Peoria, Schock could not say with certainty that he had not broken the law.
“I certainly hope not,” Schock said. The Illinois Republican added that he was not an attorney, and therefore could not know whether he broke the law or ethics rules. Schock also declined to directly answer whether he had accepted improper gifts as a member of Congress.
News reports by POLITICO and the Chicago Sun-Times raised a series of questions about Schock’s spending and record-keeping. The Office of Congressional Ethics opened an investigation of the lawmaker on Feb. 28 and has begun contacting his associates about appearing before the independent panel behind closed doors.
The OCE probe —and any potential Ethics Committee investigation — will disappear with Schock’s resignation. However, federal law enforcement could still look into Schock’s actions. He has two attorneys, former Federal Election Commission Commissioner Don McGahn and criminal defense attorney William McGinley, both of Jones Day. Ron Bonjean and Brian Walsh, two longtime GOP communications aides, are handling his press strategy.
Schock will remain in Congress until March 31.


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Fatal Train Accident in Vermilion County

A 15year old boy has been pronounced dead at the scene of a fatal train/pedestrian incident on the Norfolk and Southern railway tracks just north of the overpass in Tilton.  Shawn C. Morris, of Tilton, was pronounced dead at the scene at 6:25 p.m. this evening.  An autopsy will be scheduled.  This investigation is still ongoing by the Tilton Police Department and the Vermilion County Coroner’s Office.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Domestic Battery, Criminal Trespass H15-0979 V15-2385
Date & Time: March 17, 2015 9:13pm
Location: 300 blk W Penn St
Complainant: 26 year old Hoopeston female
Arrested: Luis Avelar (34) of Hoopeston
Details: At above time and date, complainant contacted HPD and advised that Mr. Avelar
had attempted to choked her.  Mr. Avelar was found and brought to HPD.  He was
later arrested, processed and transported to the PSB in Danville to await
arraignment.

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Goofing off at work isn’t a crime, but it cost $250,000 in Watseka

According to the Daily Journal, nappropriate, personal use of computers by former Ford-Iroquois Health Department staff employed in the Iroquois County office in Watseka cost the department an estimated $250,000 per year in wasted staff time, a forensic computer auditor has concluded.

The second audit done by forensic auditor Andrew Garrett of Decatur-based Garrett Discovery examined three to five years of use of 16 computers in the Watseka office, finding 160,129 inappropriate web searches.

More than 142,000 of those were done on the top four computers searched. Inappropriate web searches included hits on dating sites, Facebook, Amazon, eBay and other online sales sites. One of the users also searched pornography sites.

Using an average of $44 per hour per employee for wages and benefits, Garrett reported to the board’s policy and procedure committee that the cost for inappropriate computer use would total $250,000 per year for the time employees spent “on the Internet rather than their actual job.”

The second forensic reviews were reviewed by the county board this week.

The forensic audits were launched by former board chairman Rod Copas, of Onarga, whose investigation of improprieties in the F-I health department led to the dissolution of the two-county department in June 2014, after 34 years. Each county then created its own health department. Copas was defeated for re-nomination in last year’s Republican primary.

The first phase of the audit of top F-I officials showed alleged misuse of tax money, manipulation of bidding on a $123,000 contract, and extensive use of computers for private purposes, including pornography. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office declined to take action on the bidding issue earlier.

That first audit was done at no cost. The second one cost $5,650.

The next phase will review the use of email, which will require further cooperation of the county, Garrett told the committee last month.

The investigation focused only on former F-I health department employees, not on any employees of the Iroquois County government offices.

The county board will be working on a new information technology policy to prevent similar problems, said board Chairman Kyle Anderson, of Beaverville. That may involve “randomly picking a couple computers a year to check,” he said.

“This obviously proves the health department was extremely overstaffed,” he said. “.... I would say we could have done it with half the employees. Maybe less.

“Are we getting a better bang for our buck? Yes,” he said. “Are we getting the best bang for our buck? I don’t know yet.”

Regarding the latest forensic report, State’s Attorney Jim Devine said that “goofing off on the job is not a prosecutable offense.”

Still, Devine said the Illinois Appellate Prosecutor’s office will review the entire investigation when it is completed.

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Cissna Park’s insurance carrier suing former official for repayment of stolen funds

According to the Paxton Record, Cissna Park’s insurance carrier is suing the village’s former bookkeeper/collector and clerk for the nearly $100,000 it says she stole from the village.

In December 2013, Rhonda Sue Siebert, 60, of Cissna Park, pleaded guilty in Iroquois County Circuit Court to one count of Class 3 felony theft — a charge reduced from a Class X felony — and was sentenced to two years in prison for stealing from the village over a six-year period.

As part of her sentence, Siebert’s $10,000 bond — minus a $1,000 attorney’s lien and court costs — was to be given as restitution to the village.

State’s Attorney Jim Devine said at the time that he was also working with the village’s insurance management firm, the Illinois Municipal League Risk Management Association, to pursue further restitution collection.

On Wednesday, St. Louis attorney Richard A. Mixson filed a civil complaint against Siebert on behalf of the Illinois Municipal League Risk Management Association. The lawsuit, filed in Iroquois County Circuit Court, seeks the repayment of $99,997 from Siebert, reflecting both the amount she stole and the amount the Illinois Municipal League Risk Management Association paid as an insurance claim to the village.

The complaint said the Illinois Municipal League Risk Management Association has demanded that Siebert repay the funds, but Siebert allegedly “has refused and continues to refuse to do so.”

Siebert was charged in December 2012 for stealing from the village while serving as its elected village clerk and appointed bookkeeper/collector. Sheriff Derek Hagen said Siebert allegedly stole the funds through the use of a village-owned credit card, village checks and cash. Siebert was fired as collector/bookkeeper during the village board’s September 2012 meeting, and during the same meeting, she resigned as clerk.

Siebert had been village clerk since January 1993 and bookkeeper/collector for at least 15 years, officials said.

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ISP State Police Crash

The ISP investigated a personal injury traffic crash on Friday, March 15th at 8:50 p.m. on I-74 eastbound Milepost 194,Champaign County.  According to the preliminary traffic crash investigation, Michael J. Nolen, 60 Danville was driving a 1998 Red Chevrolet Pickup and was traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes of I-74 near Milepost 194 causing Ashley C. Lurry, 20, Riverdale and Denise Chestnut, 61 Ogden to take evasive actions to avoid a head-on collision.

Seatbelts were worn by all involved and Lurry and her passenger were taken to an area hospital with minor injuries.

Nolen was charged with DUI-Alcohol, Illegal Transportation, Improper Lane Usage

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Friday, March 13, 2015

Theft Over $500 H15-0908
Date & Time: March 13, 2015     8:30am
Location: 900 blk S Third Avenue
Details: Report was taken for several tools missing from above location

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

Iroquois County Police Blotter from Wednesday

Shane A. Kelly, 39, of 523 W. Lincoln St., Hoopeston, was arrested on the evening of Wednesday, March 11, on numerous methamphetamine-related charges after he was seen allegedly trying to steal anhydrous ammonia from Crop Production Services’ Fountain Creek branch in rural Cissna Park. Kelly was arrested following a brief foot chase. He was arrested for unlawful possession of anhydrous ammonia, unlawful possession of anhydrous ammonia in an unauthorized container and tampering with anhydrous ammonia equipment. At the time of his arrest, Kelly was out on bond awaiting transportation to the Illinois Department of Corrections for a previous meth-related conviction. The investigation is ongoing, and more arrests are possible, police said.

Drey M. Watkins, 18, of Sheldon, was arrested March 11 on an Iroquois County warrant for residential burglary and theft (over $500).

Nicole M. Rasmussen, 48, of Cissna Park, was arrested March 9 for driving with a revoked license during a traffic stop near Crescent City.

No injuries were reported and no tickets were issued after a Sheldon man’s vehicle struck a deer in the roadway east of Watseka. The accident occurred when Jeremy T. Barrett, 26, of Sheldon, was driving west on County Road 1050 North and a deer ran into the side of his vehicle near County Road 2850 East, causing damages greater than $1,500.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter
Thursday, March 12, 2015

Warrant Service H15-0891
Date & Time: 03/12/2015 1436
Location: 301 W. Main St Hoopeston Police Department
Complainant: HPD
Arrested: Joey Lee Miranda, 25, of Wellington
Details: The above subject turned himself in at HPD on a
Vermilion County Warrant.  Subject posted bond and
was released with a new court date.

Theft H15-0896
Date & Time: 03/12/2015 1831
Location: 800 block of East Lincoln
Complainant: 66 year old male of Hoopeston
Details: Male subject came on station to report the theft of a lawn
ornament from his

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter
Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Driving While License Suspended H15-0876 V15-2129
Date & Time: 03/11/2015 0828
Location: 300 Block of East Washington
Complainant: HPD
Arrested: Jason A. Woods,  41, of Hoopeston
Details: The above subject was stopped on a routine traffic stop.  Upon a records
check, it showed Woods did not have a valid license.  Woods was also wanted
on a warrant through Benton County, IN.  He was transported to the PSB on
the warrant and awaiting extradition.  He was issued a traffic court date for
driving while license suspended.

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

Sheldon Police Report

Sheldon police report they arrested Drey Watkins 18, of Sheldon. Watkins was wanted on a warrant for residential burglary and theft over $500.00, Watkins was taken to the Iroquois County Jail where he remained in lieu of bond.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter
Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Criminal Damage To Property     H15-0864
Date & Time: March 10, 2015   4:46pm
Location: 500 blk W Washington
Complainant: 42 year old Hoopeston man
Arrested: Perry D Carswell (53) of Hoopeston
Details: Subject was charged with above after an altercation resulted in the
door to above location being damaged. He was given a Notice To Appear
in Hoopeston City court.

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Rossville Police take Assault Rifle and Meth off the Streets

According to and official press release from the Rossville police

The Rossville Police Department seized a weapon, ammunition, methamphetamine and paraphernalia during a traffic stop Monday night.
 
Rossville authorities conducted a traffic stop at 9:47 p.m. March 9 on Stewart Street and South Summit.

The investigation driver, Chas K. Reavill, of Danville, and passenger, Allen L. Richmond, of Rossville, were found to be in possession of an AR 15 assault rifle as well as large amount of ammunition and a loaded magazine located between them.

A further search revealed of Richmond revealed a large quantity of methamphetamine, a scale, a large sum of cash and items used in the production of methamphetamine.

Both Reavill and Richmond were taken into custody on preliminary charges of aggravated possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, possession of methamphetamine precursor, aggravated unlawful used of a weapon and obstructing justice.

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report Phone/Internet Scams

News Release
3-10-15

The Iroquois County Sheriff’s Department is issuing a warning to residents in reference to reported phone scams occurring in the county.  The scam targets elderly victims on land lines and cell phones.
Recently residents have reported that they have received phone calls from subjects claiming to be a relative, usually a grandchild, who has either been involved in an accident or arrested.  The victim is asked not to tell any other family members about their involvement or trouble.  The caller, who may identify themselves as a police officer or government employee, requests that the victim wire money via western union, money gram or purchase a moneypac cards from CVS, Wal-Mart etc.  The caller also requests that the victim call the caller back once the wire transfer is complete or to provide the information from the back of the Moneypac cards.
Callers have also identified themselves as employees of the IRS and explain to the victim that there was an issue with the victim’s tax return.  The caller requests the victim complete the wire transfer of moneys through Western Union,Money Gram or other means to avoid any further “legal trouble”.
A third type of phone scam involves the caller advising the victim that a warrant has been issued for their arrest.  The caller requests that the victim again send money via western union or other means to quash the warrant.
Residents are urged not to send via western union or purchase the moneypac cards in these instances.  Once the money has been sent by the victim, it is highly unlikely that law enforcement will be able to recover it.  Residents are urged to contact family members or the police if they have any questions about suspicious callers.
Internet purchase scams have also been reported in which an item is sold far below market value.  Often the seller request the buyer send money via western union or similar wire transfer.  The seller will also offer to ship the item to the purchaser through a shipping company and request additional money that will be returned to the buyer upon delivery.  The seller will also send official looking emails to the buyer that appear to be from E bay motors etc. during transaction.  Consult the IC3 website http://www.ic3.gov for additional details on internet scams.
If It Sounds too good to be true, it most likely is!

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

Iroquois County police report for Tuesday March 10th, 2015

Nicole Rasmussen, 48 of Cissna Park-Charged for driving while license revoked and taken to the Iroquois County Jail.

Jeremy Barrett, 26 of Sheldon reported a single car vs. deer accident on County Rd. 1050N, Near 2850 E. No injuries or citations were reported.

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Vermilion County Drug Bust Leads to 4 County Residents Arrested.

One heroin supplier to Vermilion County is in custody after making a delivery Friday from Chicago.

Demetrius Vaughn Sr., 28, of Georgetown, was taken into custody by agents with the Vermilion County Metropolitan Enforcement Group as part of two warrants served at separate locations in Georgetown.

VMEG Master Sgt. Lisa Mitchell confirmed the arrest Monday morning, calling Vaughn “one of the largest dealers of heroin in Vermilion County.” He has been the subject of a VMEG investigation for several months.

The investigation came to a head through an anonymous tip Thursday. Mitchell said surveillance and investigation uncovered Vaughn was picking up a load of heroin in Chicago to bring back to Vermilion County.

Warrants were obtained for Vaughn’s residence and a house used to stash drugs in Georgetown. Both were served at 1:15 a.m. Friday. As a result, Vaughn and three other people were arrested and booked at the Public Safety Building later that morning.

Vaughn was booked on charges of street gag criminal drug conspiracy, calculated criminal drug conspiracy and possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

Three others — Leslie Coulter, 29, of Georgetown; Damon Duitsman, 26, of Danville; and Bradley Farrell, 26, of Westville — also were charged with calculated criminal drug conspiracy and possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. Coulter also faces an additional charge of possession of a controlled substance.

All four defendants are scheduled for a preliminary hearing on March 19.

All four were arraigned via video Friday with Vaughn’s bond set at $1 million. Bond for Duitsman and Farrell was set at $100,000 for each while Coulter’s was set at $50,000. Coulter posted bond on Monday, according to court records.


As part of the search warrants, Mitchell said VMEG agents recovered 37.4 grams of heroin total with an estimated street value of more than $5,000. Several grams of cannabis as well as drug paraphernalia and scales also were recovered.

Mitchell characterized the heroin load Vaughn brought back from Chicago as “one of his smaller trips.” She noted he makes weekly runs to the Chicago area to bring back much larger supplies, which he distributed to a number of homes in the county to sell for him.

As part of the investigation, search warrants were served on some of the people Vaughn is accused of supplying heroin to.

Mitchell said there are a couple of other large heroin suppliers to Vermilion County that VMEG has identified.

An investigation regarding Vaughn’s conspiracy circle is continuing with more arrests expected, Mitchell said.

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Rankin board accepts $119,143 bid for restoration of water tower

Rankin board accepts $119,143 bid for restoration of water tower

The Rankin Village Board accepted a $119,143 bid for the restoration of the town’s water tower Thursday.

The bid, from Maguire Iron of Sioux Falls, S.D., was the lowest among two sealed bids opened Feb. 24 for the project. The other bid was from Pittsburg Tank & Tower of Henderson, Ky., for $200,100.

The work on Rankin’s water tower is expected to be completed over a 60-day period, starting either in April or September and finishing either by June 1 or Nov. 1.

The project will involve power-washing the water tower’s exterior, then spot-painting it. It will also involve some repainting on the interior of the “non-water-bearing” portion of the tower and doing a “full blast and paint job” to the “water-bearing” portion of the tower’s inside, Gustafson said. The project also will involve repainting the letters that spell out “Rankin” on the exterior of the tower’s elevated tank.

The village has budgeted $165,000 for the project, to be paid out of the water fund.

Also at last week’s board meeting:

— The board approved paying $3,100 to Russ Leigh & Associates, Hoopeston, to complete the village’s annual audit for next fiscal year.

— The board voted to move forward with the sale of a village-owned property at 215 S. Dixon St. The property was donated to the village by Wells Fargo, which had acquired the property through foreclosure. The board will publish notices in local newspapers seeking bids for its purchase. Bids will likely be opened in June, Board President Aaron Warren said.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter
Monday, March 9, 2015

.Traffic Accident H15-0842
Time & Date: March 9, 2015   10:15 am
Location: Market & McNeil Ave
Unit 1: 2014 Ford Bus, driven by James O Goodrum Jr. of Hoopeston
Unit 2: 2014 Ram Truck driven by Bruniga, Richard W of Milford
Details: At the above time & date, Unit 1 stated that after stopping at the intersection
Unit 1 proceeded to pull out south bound onto Market Street, striking Unit 2 in
driver’s side of their truck.  Both units insured, no injuries, no citations issued.


Warrant Arrest H15-0850
Date & Time: March 9, 2015   6:23pm
Location: 400 blk W Washington
Arrested: Titus O Bibb (23) of Danville
Details: Officers located subject who was known to have an active warrant, walking
in the above area.  Warrant 13TR2259 FTA/Traffic, was confirmed and he was transported to PSB in lieu of bond.

 

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police returned from the Vermilion County jail with Christopher Hollis 27, of Hoopeston. Hollis was wanted on a warrant for Meth Manufacturing. He posted the required bond and was released.

Milford Police arrested David Garrett 48, of Milford. Wanted on a warrant for failure to appear on a battery charge. He posted the required bond and was released.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter
Sunday, March 8, 2015

Retail Theft H15-0833
Date & Time: March 8, 2015   4:25pm
Location: 400 blk S Dixie Hwy
Complainant: Dollar General Store
Arrested: Anthony R Pascoe (18) of Hoopeston
Details: Officers were called to Dollar General after employees caught Pascoe trying
to leave store without paying for a hat.  He was transported to HPD where
he was processed and released with a Hoopeston City ordinance citation.

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

Iroquois County Police News From Thursday March 6th.

Sheriff’s Police arrested Sheri Lau 56 of Hoopeston. Lau was wanted on a Vermilion County warrant for driving while license was suspended and DUI. She posted the required bond and was released.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter
Thursday, March 5, 2015

Warrant Arrest: H15-0788 V15-1900
Date & Time: 03/05/2015 2:41pm
Location: 615 E Orange St Hoopeston Area High School
Arrested: 16 year old juvenile
Details: Transported to the Juvenile Corrections Facility


Fraud H15-0791
Date & Time: 03/05/2015 6:00pm
Location: 700 Block of South Market
Complainant: Timothy A. English, 58, of Hoopeston
Details: HPD responded to the above location for the report of
an unknown person attempting to use their social
security card. 

Violation of Order Protection, No Valid Driver’s License, No Insurance
H15-0793 V15-1921
Date & Time: February 3, 2015   10:56pm
Location: 700 blk S 1st Av
Complainant: 25 year old Hoopeston woman
Arrested: Matthew Avalos (31) of Hoopeston
Details: At above time and date, HPD received a call that Mr. Avalos was
around the complainant who had an active Order of Protection. 
Subject was stopped in front of the residence trying to drive away.
A computer check confirmed the order and also revealed that he
had no valid driver’s license.  He was brought to HPD, process and
later transported to the PSB to await arraignment.

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

The Iroquois County Sheriff’s Office news

Elizabeth A. Shrove, 37, of Gilman, was arrested March 4 on an Iroquois County warrant for theft.

Ashley N. Wood, 27, of Sheldon, was arrested March 4 on an Iroquois County warrant for failure to appear in court for driving with a revoked license and deceptive practice.

Matthew Minard, 18, of Papineau, was arrested March 4 on an Iroquois County warrant.

— Terry D. Knese, 43, of Sheldon, was arrested March 4 on a warrant out of Coryell County, Texas. Knese was wanted on a motion to revoke for assault against a public servant.

Timothy L. Scott, 39, of Danville, was arrested March 3 for driving with a suspended license and on an Iroquois County warrant for driving with a suspended license.

Jani S. Southard, 37, of Watseka, turned herself in at the Iroquois County Jail on March 3 to begin serving a 60-day jail sentence for forgery.

Timothy R. Anderson, 27, of Sheldon, was arrested March 3 for a violation of an order of protection.

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WHPO Business Expo next week

he WHPO Business Expo will be Saturday, March 14th 10:00am – 3:00pm and Sunday, March 15th Noon – 3:00pm at the McFerren Park Civic Center in Hoopeston, IL. 
Businesses to attend this year, include:  Anthem Chevrolet Buick, Okinawan School of Karate, Carle HRHC, Heritage Woods, Illiana Insulation, Aquality Solutions, Chittick Family Eye Care, Tammy’s Art Dance Studio, Hoopeston EMA, Blurton Funeral Home, Country Financial-Kris Such & Sandie Smith-Hoopeston, HGSA/Little League, Hoopeston Sports Boosters, Frontier Communications, Cellular One, Family Healthcare of Hoopeston, Gibson Hospital, Lithgow Motorsports, Jodan Services, Robinson Chiropractic, Pink Poodle & Unique Boutique, Birkey’s Farm Store, Anderson Funeral Home, Main Source Bank, Danner Construction, Williams & Yakel Insurance, Country Financial-Brenna Hildenbrand-Cissna Park, Brownie Bands, Mary Kay by Taylor Sullivan, Adornable.U Accessories by Karen Brasel, Crown Ford of Hoopston, Chrysler of Hoopeston, Thirty-One with Samantha Pugh, River Valley Recycling, Iroquois Memorial Hospital, & Logos Unlimited.

WHPO has lined up great entertainment for both days, the stage is sponsored by Iroquois Federal.  Saturday starting at 10:00 a.m. the Hoopeston Junior High Band/Chorus will perform, 11:00 a.m. Okinawan School of Karate, 12:00 p.m. Former Miss Hoopeston, Terra Scharlach, 12:30 p.m. Miss Hoopeston Aly Nicholls, performing Burning Bridges by One Republic in Dance, 1:00 p.m. Milford High School Drama Club and wrapping up the day The Pink Poodle and Unique Boutique will be presenting a fashion show.  Sunday starting at 12:00 p.m. (Noon) Tammy’s Art Dance Studio, ending the day with the Hoopeston High School Band & Show Choir.

Food will be provided by days by Bryan & Kari Luke Cissna Park.  Enjoy pulled barbeque pork, hot dogs, chips and nachos.  For more information contact:

Jamie Lee Mowrey Larry Baughn
Manager, WHPO Manager, WHPO
217.552.6062 217.283.7744 x10
jamie@whporadio.com larry@whporadio.com

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Theft Over $500 H15-0758
Date & Time: March 3, 2015   9:12am
Location: 700 blk W Main
Complainant: The Flower Shop
Details: Business called to make a report after noticing a door that was waiting to be
installed, was stolen from their property.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Criminal Sexual Assault H15-0782 V15-1881
Date & Time: 03/04/2015 0018
Location: 400 Block of West Maple
Complainant: 39 year old male of Bismarck
Arrested: Danny R. Justice Jr, 21, of Hoopeston
Details: HPD officers arrested the above subject on the above
charges on this date.  Subject was transported to the
PSB awaiting arraignment. 

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Bennett Advances School Security Measure

State Representative Tom Bennett (R-Gibson City) this week advanced legislation in the Illinois House ensuring local school districts have the flexibility they need to thoroughly discuss measures to keep students and staff safe from threats of harm. House Bill 1498 won unanimous approval in the House State Government Administration Committee. A former educator, Rep. Bennett said it’s fitting that his first bill presented in committee is aimed at keeping students safe.

Representative Bennett stressed that his legislation simply clarifies an existing exemption under the Illinois Open Meetings Act.

The Act includes 32 reasons why a public body may hold a closed meeting, including allowing for discussions of “security procedures and the use of personnel and equipment to respond to an actual, a threatened, or a reasonably potential danger to the safety of employees, students, staff, the public, or public property.”  This exemption, as it applies to school boards, has however been legally interpreted by some to only allow for closed meetings to discuss actual, existing threats, not preventive planning.

House Bill 1498 clarifies the language in the Open Meetings Act to ensure school boards are permitted to discuss preventive security planning in closed meeting.  Having cleared the State Government Administration Committee, it now advances to the floor for consideration by the full House of Representatives.

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Hoopeston City Council takes vacant property

Council approves participating in new aggregation deal

Hoopeston residents enrolled in the electric aggregation
program are expected to soon pay more than
the current rate - but less than if they were not in the
program.
Hoopeston City Council gave unanimous approval
at Tuesday night’s meeting to allow Mayor Bill
Crusinberry or his designee to approve a new contract
with Good Energy.
Officials of area communities will gather April 12
at the Palmer Arena in Danville to learn what the
new rate will be and approve participating in a new
contract.
Hoopeston voters approved electric aggregation in
April 2013 and the council approved using Good
Energy as aggregator. In May 2013, Homefield Energy
submitted the winning bid at 4.433 cents per
kilowatt hour on a 22 month contract.
That contract expires soon, resulting in the need for
a new bidding process, said Alderman Bill Goodwine,
finance committee chairman, adding the new
rate is expected to be in the five-cent range.
All area communities that use Good Energy must
accept the same contract, listing the price and number
of months of the contract, ranging from one to
three years, he said.
In other business, the council:
unanimously approved accepting the Milburn
Building, 104 N. Market. The building, which was
formerly an insurance office and former Hoopeston
AMVETS headquarters, will be torn down and the
land turned into a parking area for Hoopeston Fire
Department.
Heard from Alderwoman Nancy Stipp that bids are
being accepted for perpetual care urns. Bids will be
opened at 10 a.m. April 6 at city hall. Bid specs are
available at city hall.
Stipp also reminded residents that winter grave
decorations should be removed from graves before
workers start cemetery cleanup on March 8, weather
permitting. Winter decorations left on graves will be
disposed of after that date.

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Three charged in Paxton meth bust

2 from Vermilion County 1 from Ford Busted!

Three people have been criminally charged in connection with a rolling meth lab discovered during a traffic stop early Sunday morning in downtown Paxton.

Paxton Police Chief Bob Bane said his agency conducted a traffic stop on a 2000 Hyundai Tiburon in the 200 block of North Market Street at 12:48 a.m. Sunday. Found in the car was a “rolling, working, cooking meth lab,” Bane said.

“They were actually cooking meth going down the road,” Bane said.

Arrested were the driver —  Eugene G. Forbes III, 20, of 304 E. First Ave., Rankin — and two passengers — Christina K. Reardon, 31, of 105 E. State St., Apt. 1, Paxton; and Christopher E. Searcy, 26, of 320 S. Main St., Rankin.

Ford County State’s Attorney Randy Yedinak on Monday charged the trio with one count each of unlawful participation in methamphetamine production (less than 15 grams), a Class 1 felony; unlawful possession of anhydrous ammonia, a Class 1 felony; and unlawful possession of methamphetamine (5-15 grams), a Class 2 felony.

Searcy and Forbes were each charged additionally with one count of unlawful use of property, a Class 2 felony, for allegedly using the car to make meth.

Paxton police said in a criminal complaint filed in Ford County Circuit Court that after stopping the vehicle, the car’s occupants lied to police about Searcy’s identity. Police determined that Searcy was wanted on a Vermilion County warrant, so they asked him to step out of the car.

“Due to the fact that the other subjects lied about Christopher’s identity, they were (also) asked to exit the vehicle,” the criminal complaint says. “Once outside the vehicle, we were overcome with the smell of ammonia. Upon further search of the vehicle, materials for making methamphetamine were located in the trunk. Also found was 7.3 grams of meth hidden in the driver’s seat cover. There was 110.4 grams of by-product located in the trunk, as well. The meth was field-tested and produced a positive response.”

Paxton police called in the Illinois State Police meth response team out of Joliet, plus a member of the Kankakee Area Metropolitan Task Force, to assist in removing the portable meth lab.

As of late Tuesday morning, Searcy and Forbes remained at the Ford County Jail, with bond set at $15,000 for Forbes and $30,000 for Searcy. Reardon had posted 10 percent of her $20,000 bond to be released from jail.

Preliminary hearings for all three were set for 9 a.m. March 30 in front of Judge Matt Fitton.

A fourth person in the vehicle, a female from Armstrong, whom police said apparently had just entered the car before the traffic stop occurred, was questioned at the scene, but she was not arrested or charged, Bane said.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter
Tuesday, March 3, 2015


Theft Over $500 H15-0758
Date & Time: March 3, 2015   9:12am
Location: 700 blk W Main
Complainant: The Flower Shop
Details: Business called to make a report after noticing a door that was waiting to be
installed, was stolen from their property.

 

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State Representative Chad Hays (R-Catlin) has passed a House Joint Resolution

State Representative Chad Hays (R-Catlin) has passed a House Joint Resolution which designates the rest areas on Interstate 72 East and 72 West at Milepost 152, between Decatur and Champaign, as the “Sgt. Myron G. Deckard Memorial Rest Area”.

It was on I-72 where Sergeant Deckard was shot and killed with his own weapon by a prisoner he was transporting to the jail in Danville.

Sergeant Deckard, the agency’s warrant officer, had arrested the man in Hillsboro, Illinois, on outstanding misdemeanor warrants. He was transporting him back to Vermilion County when the prisoner freed himself and reached over the back seat of the squad car. The prisoner had been restrained in handcuffs attached to a restraining belt but was able to free one hand. He forced Sergeant Deckard to drive off the side of Interstate 72 in Macon County and a struggle ensued. During the struggle, the prisoner gained control of Sergeant Deckard’s handgun and shot him twice, killing him. Sergeant Deckard’s patrol car was not equipped with a cage.

After the incident, the man hitchhiked to a nearby sheriff’s office and turned himself in, telling them he had just killed a deputy. A search ensued and officers located Sergeant Deckard still in his vehicle.

In November 2002, the suspect was convicted of murder and sentenced to death. On January 11, 2003, the outgoing governor granted clemency to all 167 Illinois death row inmates as one of his last acts in office. The inmate’s sentence was commuted to life without parole.

Sergeant Deckard had served with the Vermilion County Sheriff’s Department for 32 years and had been the warrant officer for 15 years. In 1983, he was shot twice and wounded by a suspect he was attempting to arrest. He was survived by his wife and son.

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No injuries in Budget Motel Fire

According to the Commercial News, Several departments responded to help battle a motel fire south of Danville early Monday morning.
The fire was reported just before 5:15 a.m. Monday at the Budget Motel, 2516 Georgetown Road.
Westville Area Fire Protection Chief Gary Wright said firefighters arriving on scene found the laundry room of the motel’s L-shaped main building fully involved in flames.
Westville, Catlin and Lynch fire departments were called on for mutual aid as well as Tilton and Georgetown departments. Wright estimated as many as 35 firefighters were on scene.
Wright said the room — around 20 feet by 12 feet — was totally gutted by the blaze and the two washers and a dryer inside destroyed. One additional apartment took some heat and smoke damage as a result of the fire, he added.
The Budget Motel manager on duty at the time originally saw the fire and called it in. Two other apartments were rented at the motel, but the residents of each had already left for the day when the fire was discovered.
Wright said investigators from the Illinois State Fire Marshal were still on scene mid-afternoon Monday searching for a cause for the fire. The fire was not believed to be suspicious.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Monday, March 2, 2015

Traffic Accident H15-0748
Date & Time: March 2, 2015     8:32am
Location: 900 blk W Main
Unit #!: 1998 Dodge Caravan driven by Desiree K Hefner (25) of Sheldon
Unit #2: 2014 Ford F250 owned by Charles T Leitz of Milford
Details: While traveling eastbound on Main Street, Unit #1 struck Unit #2 which was
parked and unoccupied, causing damage.  Citation was issued to
driver of Unit #1 for Operating and Uninsured Motor Vehicle.


Fire Call
Time & Date: March 2, 2015   4:19PM
Location: 100 block S. Fifth St
Details: At the above time and date, HFD was sent to investigate a carbon monoxide detector
activation.  No reports of Illness at the time of the call.  HFD responded and found
no readings.  Suggested that resident change batteries to unit. 

Fire Call
Time & Date: March 2, 2015   4:19PM
Location: 426 E Honeywell Ave Centennial Manor
Details: At the above time and date, resident called concerned about Carbon monoxide detector activated and kept sounding.  HFD responded to check the residence and the alarm unit.  No Illness or injury reported.  Resident advised to contact maintaince
have them replace the unit.

 

 

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

NEWS RELEASE
February 28, 2015

2-27 Sheriff’s Police arrested Sharon R. Bennett, 44 Onarga.  According to reports, a Deputy, with knowledge of Bennett having a valid Iroquois County warrant for unlawful possession of methamphetamine precursor, conducted a traffic stop on Bennett’s vehicle in Watseka, after identifying her they placed her into custody and conducted a search of her vehicle.  Bennett was then transported to the Iroquois County Jail where she was charged with the warrant and possession of drug paraphernalia, posted the required bond and was released

2-27 Sheriff’s Police arrested Chad W. Baker, 40 Sheldon.  According to the records, a Deputy recognized Baker, knowing he had a valid Iroquois County warrant for violation of an order of protection and conducted a traffic stop on his vehicle in Sheldon.  He was placed into custody and transported to the Iroquois County Jail to await a court appearance

2-28 Sheriff’s Police arrested Bailey P. Budry, 23 Buckley.  He was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant for failure to appear on a prior driving while his license is suspended charge.  Budry was aware of his outstanding warrant and turned himself into the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond and was released

2-28 Sheriff’s Police arrested Adam T. Schaumberg, 31 Milford.  According to the police reports, Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to a vehicle in the ditch on Co Rd 2200E, just south of Co Rd 2400N.  Deputies observed a male subject asleep behind the wheel of his running vehicle.  After making contact with Schaumberg, Deputies detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his person.  After a field sobriety testing was conducted, he was placed into custody and transported to the Iroquois County Jail.  He was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving under the influence of alcohol with a blood content over .08.  He posted the required bond and was released

3-1 Sheriff’s Police arrested Mary M. Meszaros, 60 Thawville.  According to police reports, Sheriff’s Deputies were called to a residence in Thawville in reference to a violation of an order of protection.  After a brief investigation, Sheriff’s Police placed Meszaros into custody after confirming valid order of protection.  She was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where she awaits a court appearance

3-1 Sheriff’s Police arrested Jamey W. Hamilton, 41 Donovan.  Hamilton turned himself into the Iroquois County Jail to begin sentencing for a conviction on a driving on a revoked license charge.  He will serve a 10 day sentence at the Iroquois County Jail

3-1 Sheriff’s Police investigated a single vehicle accident on Co Rd 700E near Co Rd 3200N.  According to the police reports, a vehicle driven by Mathew A. Garcia, 19 of West Point, UT was traveling south on Co Rd 700E when he lost control on the snow/ice covered roadway.  Garvia’s vehicle entered the west ditch on an angle and overturned once before coming to a rest on its wheels.  No injuries were reported and no citations were issued, his vehicle sustained more than $1,500 in damage.

2-27 Sheriff’s Police arrested Cathy S. Smith, 41 Hoopeston.  According to the police reports, Sheriff’s Police were called to a residence in Crescent City in reference to a domestic altercation.  After a brief investigation, Smith was arrested and charged with domestic battery and criminal damage to property.  She was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where she posted the required bond and was released the following day

2-27 Sheriff’s Police arrested Paula P. Sutton, 36 Onarga.  She was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant charging her with failure to appear on a prior driving on a revoked license charge.  She was aware of her outstanding warrant and turned herself into the Iroquois County Jail, posted the required bond and was released

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Traffic Accident
Date and Time: March 1, 2015 11:59am
Location: 300 blk of S Market
Unit #1: 2003 Chevrolet 4 door driven by Linda Nicholas
Unit #2: 2005 GMC pickup Perry Rutherford
Details: HPD was called out to the scene of a minor traffic accident where due to
weather related conditions units collided. No injuries reported and no tickets
were issued.  Both units were insured.

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Area under a winter weather advisory

he National Weather Service in Lincoln has issued a winter weather advisory in effect from 6 p.m. today to 6 p.m. Sunday for the Vermilion County area. Snow will begin to spread into central Illinois this afternoon. The heaviest snow accumulations are expected tonight into early Sunday afternoon. Accumulations of 4 to 6 inches are likely over much of the area, with the heavier totals in a corridor from near Jacksonville east through Decatur to near Danville and Paris. Some locally higher amounts will be possible Roads will quickly become snow covered and slippery late this afternoon and specially this evening. Visibility will be reduced to less than a mile in the heavier snow tonight and Sunday.

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Turbines start to turn

According to the Commercial News,

The second wind farm to be built in Vermilion County is planning for an official start to operations in a couple of months.
Virginia-based Apex Clean Energy confirmed Wednesday all turbines for the Hoopeston Wind Farm are up and operational.
Dahvi Wilson, senior manager of public affairs for Apex, said in an email that each of the turbines for the wind farm have been erected and commissioned with only some various “remaining construction items that have not been completed.”
The company expects to announce the official start of commercial operations this spring. The announcement is expected to include an event marking the launch, Wilson said. No dates have been released at this point.
The Hoopeston Wind Farm work began with construction of a pad for a transformer station just after the beginning of 2014 and work continued throughout the year in the area northwest of Rossville.
Crews are operating out of center headquarters — termed a laydown yard — along County Road 770E between East Lynn and Potomac. A concrete batch plant is set up on the west edge of Rossville to receive rock and sand for concrete production.
The workers continued work through the end of July and beginning of August on the base construction for the 49 turbines slated to be constructed at various locations. Towers for the turbines were delivered in the fall.
According to Wilson, work continued throughout the at-times frigid winter months. Not all turbines are spinning at this point, Wilson said, but those that are spinning are producing electricity.
It’s been almost a year since Apex’s wind farm project was purchased by Swedish furniture retailer IKEA as part of its initiative to offset energy use with renewable energy generation. Apex will continue to run the wind farm, despite the purchase.

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

NEWS RELEASE
February 27, 2015

2-24 Sheriff’s Police arrested Andrew E. Tincher, 30 Watseka.  He turned himself into the Iroquois County Jail to await transport to the Illinois Department of Corrections to begin serving a three year sentence on a conviction for felony theft

2-25 Sheriff’s Police arrested Tarah F. Hinton, 31 Watseka.  According to police reports, a Deputy was at a residence in Watseka to serve Hinton an order of protection.  During the course of the service, the Deputy observed Hinton to be in possession of what appeared to be cannabis.  She was taken into custody and transported to the Iroquois County Jail where she was charged with possession of cannabis in the amount of 2.5g-10g.  She posted the required bond and was released

2-25 Sheriff’s Police investigated a single vehicle car vs deer on Co Rd 1800E near Co Rd 3215N.  According to the police reports, a vehicle driven by Sean E. Mossman, 37 Kankakee was traveling south on Co Rd 1800E when a deer ran into his path and he was unable to avoid striking it, resulting in damages over $1,500 to his vehicle.  No injuries were reported and no citations were issued

2-26 Sheriff’s Police arrested Sean E. Brady 40 Sheldon.  He was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant charging him with failure to appear on a prior driving while his license is suspended charge.  Brady was aware of the outstanding warrant and turned himself into the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond and was released

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Friday, February 27, 2015

Traffic Accident H15-0726
Date & Time: February 27, 2015     4:22pm
Location: 500 blk S. 5th St
Unit #1: 1989 Chevrolet K1500 driven by Jack Michaels of Hoopeston
Unit #2: 2010 Volkswagen Beetle driven by Loris Laci of Hoopeston
Details: HPD was called to the scene of a minor traffic accident were both units
were backing from their driveways and collided into each other.  No injuries
were reported and no tickets were issued.  Both units were insured.

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Drugs a Problem in Vermilion County

Danville Mayor says A public meeting will be held soon.

As Champaign police issue a warning about heroin use and overdoses, Vermilion County residents are continuing to voice their concerns about the drug as well.  And they’ll soon have a public forum to do that alongside elected officials.

Vermilion County Coroner Peggy Johnson said there has been a spike in deaths due to drug overdoses so far this year.  Johnson said heroin has been confirmed in three deaths in the county over the past six weeks. Toxicology results are still pending on a possible fourth overdose related to heroin.  According to Johnson, there have been six drug overdose deaths confirmed in Vermilion County already this year.  Last year, there were 15 overdose deaths for the entire year, seven of which involved heroin.

The coroner said drugs are a big problem in the county because of their reach and their hold on users.

Danville Mayor Scott Eisenhauer said on his Facebook page that he’s agreed to host a public meeting to discuss the area’s drug issue with residents and law enforcement.  It’ll be on Mar. 9 at 6 p.m at the David S. Palmer Arena.  The meeting is in response to a online petition started by Vermilion County residents urging community leaders to use all of their resources to stop the spread of drugs in the county.  As of Thursday afternoon, the petition had more than 1,100 signatures.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter
Thursday, February 26, 2015

Traffic Accident (PD) H15-0704
Time & Date: February 26, 2015   07:54 am
Location: Sixth Av/Orange Street
Unit 1: 2004 Ford SUV driven by Hoskins, Taylor M (16) of Hoopeston (F)
Details: A single car accident was investigated by HPD that occurred at the above location.
No injures report at time of accident, Unit 1 was driven away from scene. 
Unit 1 Insured.  Minimal damage to the unit but a speed limit sign was damaged.
Driver of Unit 1 issued a citation for Failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.


Stolen Mountain Bike H15-0711
Time & Date:    February 26, 2015   1:00 pm
Location: 400 block North Fourth St
Complainant: Hoopeston Man
Details” At the above time and date, the complainant contacted HPD, that Person(s)
unknown and without permission removed a Red Trek Mountain bike from his
property. 


Fire Call
Time & Date: February 26, 2015   11:41 am
Location: 700 block E Thompson Ave NW Corner
Details: HFD was dispatched to a strong smell of natural gas and hissing noise
from the Gas Transmission sub-station .  Ameren arrived on the scene
advised that the station was functioning normal.  No fire or Danger
Department cleared the area. 

Driving While License Revoked, Resisting Arrest, Operating Uninsured Vehicle   H15-0719
Date & Time: February 26, 2015   6:50pm
Location: 600 blk W Maple
Arrested: Christopher J Cibirka (33) of Paxton
Details: Officer was attempting to stop a vehicle driven by the above subject, but
he was refusing to stop.  Vehicle finally came to a stop at the above location
and the driver exited the vehicle and began to run.  A very short pursuit
began and subject was taken into custody and transported to HPD where
he posted bond and was released with a court date.

 

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter
Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Criminal Damage To Property       H15-0700
Date & Time: February 25, 2015   5:48pm
Location: 500 blk E Main
Details: Manager of the apt complex advised that an unknown subject kicked the
basement door in causing damage to the frame of the door.  Nothing
reported missing.

 

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter
Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Warrant Arrest H15-0674 V15-1642
Date & Time: 02/24/2015 2:34 a.m.
Location: 700 block of East Orange
Arrested: Robert Dalton (40) of Hoopeston
Details: Mr. Dalton was arrested after a computer check revealed that he had an
outstanding probation warrant out of Sheboygan County Wisconsin. He was taken to HPD, processed and later transported to the Public Safety Building in Danville to await extradition.


Burglary H15-0677
Date & Time: 02/24/2015 06:56 a.m.
Location: 400 Block of West Maple
Complainant: 86 year old Hoopeston male
Details: HPD responded to the above location after the complainant noticed
someone had burglarized his residence.  Investigation is on-going.

Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse H15-0289 V15-1653
Date & Time: 02/24/2015 10:02am
Location: 600 Block of West Chestnut Hoopeston
Arrested: Lucas M. Brown, 22 of Hoopeston
Complainant: Juvenile female of Hoopeston
Details: HPD officers arrested the above subject on the above charges.
Subject was then transported to the PSB to await arraignment

 

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Voter Registration Drive for Milford Area Public Schools District #124

A Voter Registration Drive for Milford Area Public Schools District #124 will be held on Saturday, February 28th from 9:00-10:30 a.m. at the Milford Family Restaurant Meeting Room and Sheldon Town Hall.  Please bring two forms of identification with at least one showing your physical address.  For example, driver’s license, credit card bill or utility bill.  Deadline to register to vote is March 10th.  You can also register to vote st the Iroquois County Clerk’s office or call 815.432.6960 for more information.

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Hoopeston FFA hosting informational meeting to start Alumni Chapter

If you are interested in supporting the Hoopeston FFA please join us on Wed March 4th at 6:30 p.m. in the HAHS auditorium for an informational meeting in regards to starting a FFA Alumni Chapter.  Representatives from the Illinois FFA Alumni Counsel will be there to provide information and answer questions.  You do not have to be a former FFA member to attend or get involved, but please come show support for the Hoopeston FFA in starting this new Alumni Chapter on Wed. March 4th at 6:30 p.m. in the HAHS Auditorium

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New Buffet to open in Danville

According to the Commercial News, A new buffet is coming to the city’s north side.
Royal Buffet will open soon in the former No. 1 Hibachi and Grill Buffet location, 4117 N. Vermilion St.
No. 1 Hibachi and Grill Buffet has been closed almost a month. New owners have come in, changed the restaurant to a Royal Buffet and received a certificate of occupancy from the city last week, according to Mayor Scott Eisenhauer.
An opening date isn’t yet known.
No. 1 Hibachi and Grill Buffet opened in 2010, where Ryan’s Family Steakhouse once operated.
The restaurant had a Chinese and Japanese buffet, which included sushi and hibachi grilling.
Royal Buffets elsewhere have offered Asian and American food, such as Mongolian barbecue, sushi, chicken, seafood, pizza, soups, fruit and salad.

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Iroquois officials to search emails for unethical/illegal conduct

According to the Paxton Record, A group of Iroquois County officials will pore over years worth of emails recovered from the work computers of former Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department employees in upcoming weeks, searching for further evidence of unethical and illegal conduct within the now-dissolved bi-county agency.

The work to be done by the Iroquois County panel — which will likely be comprised of county board members and perhaps the state’s attorney or one of his assistants — is part of the second phase of an investigation that could lead to criminal charges against ex-employees who abused their government positions.

The county is paying $5,650 to have computer forensic expert Andrew R. Garrett of Decatur-based Garrett Discovery Inc. look for evidence of waste and fraud on 18 computers used by ex-employees of the Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department. Garrett has already examined each computer’s emails, but he wants county officials to see them, as well, to help determine if the emails contain legitimate work-related content or something less appropriate.

“Some of the internal workings of the county and your business we don’t understand; therefore, we need a little help in analyzing these emails,” Garrett told the county board’s policy and procedure committee Friday.

County Board Chairman Kyle Anderson of Beaverville said Monday that he hoped to have the panel appointed to review the emails this week, perhaps as early as Tuesday.

“I’m just waiting on the state’s attorney to give guidance on that,” Anderson said. “We want to make sure it’s done right.”

After that, Garrett will provide the appointed panel with hard drives containing every email sent and received.

“On the hard drive, it will have a software package, a review platform, and you’ll be able to see every email,” Garrett said. “Also in this, we have a lot of people’s text messages from their cell phones — they copied them to their work computer — so unfortunately you’re going to see some of their personal conversations.”

Before starting his examination of the 18 computers late last year, Garrett previously examined, at no charge to the county, five other computers used by former health department managers, who, according to Garrett, used their computers for “personal use and gain and possibly illegal and unethical activities” at least 70 percent of the time they were on them.

A full forensic analysis of all 23 computers’ contents will be included in a final report presented to the county board in upcoming weeks, Garrett said.

Garrett presented preliminary results from the first phase of his examination of the 18 computers on Friday. The first phase included an analysis of each computer’s Internet history, dating back an average of three to five years, while the second phase will focus on email history.

Garrett provided preliminary data on the “top abusers” from his Phase I analysis, but he withheld their identities until he presents his final report to the board.

According to Garrett’s preliminary Phase I findings:

— The top abuser’s computer showed 76,240 visits to “inappropriate websites, including 8,440 hits on Facebook. There were also visits to Amazon and eBay, and the employee also was apparently selling things online during work hours.

— The second-highest abuser’s computer had 39,995 inappropriate Web searches and hits, including more than 1,000 visits to match.com, a couple visits to pornography sites and “lots of traffic” on mythirtyone.com, “which apparently has been used quite a bit by a few county employees.”

— The third-highest abuser’s computer contained 13,289 website entries on such sites as Amazon and eBay, as well as 404 on dating websites, more than 5,000 visits to Facebook and 3,000 visits to mythirtyone.com.

— The fourth-highest abuser’s computer showed 12,953 web entries to dating sites and 8,778 posts to Facebook.

Two of the 18 computers appear to have “little to no usage on them whatsoever,” Garrett said. Among the remaining 16, there were 160,129 inappropriate Web searches found.

“That tells us that we’re probably going to find a lot of stuff in the emails also,” Garrett said.

Garrett noted that “quite a few computers” he examined appear to have been used by “casual users of the Internet” — those who, over a two- or three-year period, had 669 inappropriate web searches while at work, for example. “And their inappropriate use would have been (limited to) Facebook, some Web searches, some eBay searches, Amazon, those types of things,” Garrett said.

“Six-hundred-sixty-nine hits over a two- to three-year period is not extreme,” Garrett added. “But some of these that are close to 30,000, 40,000, 70,000 is extreme.

“It’s very alarming. It looks to us that on a few — on probably six people’s computers — we had a hard time understanding what they do for a living. It looked to us like we were examining a personal computer, not a work computer.”

Some of the personal business was done on the mythirtyone.com website, which, according to Garrett, “allows people to make money from selling their friends products and services.”

“We found thousands of Web entries on these computers that had to do with the sale or promotion of mythirtyone.com to other county employees,” Garrett said. “And this was more than one employee involved; this was a couple.”

“So they’re running a business out of a county office?” asked county board member Kevin Hansen of Clifton.

“Yes, that’s correct,” Garrett responded. “What this mythirtyone website does is it allows you to sell things — there’s actually order processing going on while they’re at work, during work hours. There’s text messages to say, ‘Your order’s in,’ those types of things.”

Meanwhile, Garrett said some employees installed “remote access tools” on their work computers, allowing them to access their computers from elsewhere.

“Unfortunately, some of these tools they installed allowed data from your county to travel to Germany and back,” Garrett told the committee. “So there’s more than just misuse of time. There’s some inappropriate things that we think cause some security concerns.”

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Monday, February 23, 2015

Traffic Accident (PD) H15-0663
Time & Date: February 23, 2015   12:02pm
Location: CVS Pharmacy 805 S Dixie Hwy
Unit 1: 2007 Honda Van driven by Debra K Merriman of Hoopeston
Unit 2: 2011 BMW SUV driven by John Mullen of Danville
Details: At the above time and date, HPD responded to a report of a traffic accident on the lot. Upon arrival both units had minimal damage.  Unit 1 was at fault for improper
backing.  No injuries were reported, no tickets were issued and both units were
insured.

Fire Call
Time & Date: February 23, 2015   1:15 pm
Location: 215 W Washington Teasdale Foods
Details:    At the above time and date, HFD responded to a Fire Alarm Activation which
turned out to be false alarm. 


Aggravated Domestic Battery, Domestic Battery, Vermilion County Warrant
Date & Time: February 23, 2015   6:00pm         H15-0666   V16-1630
Location: 200 blk E Honeywell
Complainant: 71 year old Hoopeston man
Arrested: Robin N Irvin (34) of Hoopeston
Details: Police were called to the above location for an altercation between the
complainant and Irvin which became physical.  Irvin was later located
at another location.  Computer check on her name revealed an
outstanding Vermilion County warrant 144TR1608 FTA/Traffic.
She was transported to PSB on all charges.

Traffic Accident (Property Damage) H15-0642
Date & Time: February 21, 2015 11:04pm
Location: 600 blk W Main
Unit #1: 1995 Chevy S10 driven by Joseph Cannon of Hoopeston
Unit #2: 2001 Nissan 4D driven by Angela Lawless of Ridge Farm
Details: At the above time and date, the driver of Unit 2 advised HPD officers that
the driver of Unit 1 just wrecked into her car and left the scene.  There
were no injuries reported.  On 2/23/2015, officers located Mr. Cannon and
issued him 2 traffic citations for Reckless Driving and Leaving Scene of
Accident with Vehicle Damage.  Subjec

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Hoopeston Chamber of Commerce invites you to Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Come join the Hoopeston Chamber on Wed. Feb. 25th. at 1:00 p.m. for a ribbon cutting & wishes for much success for a new business, “Welcome Home Traveler’s Lodging”  located at 319 W. Main St. Hoopeston ( just west of City Hall)

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Criminal Damage to Auto
Date & Time: February 22, 2015   10:01am
Location: 400 Blk of West Maple
Complainant: 51 year old Hoopeston Male
Details: Complainant contacted HPD in reference to an unknown
subject(s) damaging his vehicle.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter
Friday, February 20, 2015

Theft UPDATED CASE H15-0609
Date & Time: 02/19/2015 4:15pm
Location: 400 Block of South Fourth St
Complainant: 25 year old Hoopeston female
Details: Female subject came into HPD to report the theft of her blue and white Pit bull.
Update: February 20, 2015 Dog was recovered, as it was found by a resident running, to kept safe.  Dog returned to owner by Hoopeston Animal
Control Officer. 


Fraud H15-0626
Date & Time: 02/20/2015 1:39pm
Location: 301 E. Main St. Hoopeston Police Department
Complainant: 79 year old Hoopeston Male
Details: A male subject came on station to report that someone in Florida has been fraudulently cashing his retirement checks in his ex-wife’s name.

 

Domestic Battery H15-0627
Date & Time: 02/20/2015 2:09pm
Location: 800 Block of East Seminary
Complainant: 61 year old Hoopeston male
Arrested: Vicki L. Ford, 56, of Hoopeston
Details: HPD responded to the above location for the report
of a domestic battery.  Ford was taken into custody without incident and later transported to the PSB.

 

DUI, Improper Lane Usage, Illegal Transportation of Alcohol
Date & Time: 2/20/2015 10:14pm
Location: Fifth Av/Penn
Arrested: Martin Horner (20) of Cissna Park
Details: HPD received a call of a suspicious vehicle on the curb
at John Greer school.  Mr. Horner was arrested on the
above violations.  He was taken to HPD and processed.
He was later released after being given several traffic
citations and posting $300 bond.

 

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Snow and Freezing Rain to Impact Travel in Illinois

IDOT Crews Prepared to Battle Winter Weather this Weekend

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced today that a winter storm is expected to produce measurable snowfall and freezing rain in parts of Illinois tonight and Saturday, creating the possibility of hazardous travel conditions.

Motorists should expect slick roadways and be cautious when driving. Travel times are likely to be delayed, so motorists are encouraged to plan ahead, and allow plenty of extra time to travel. For statewide road conditions visit www.gettingaroundillinois.com.

“Our crews are prepared for this latest round of winter weather and will be working hard to clear the roads,” said Acting Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn. “Motorists can help us by driving only if it is necessary during winter storms and taking it slow on the roads.”

The National Weather Service expects the heaviest snowfall (4-6 inches forecast in some areas) to occur in the central part of the state, with freezing rain and accumulating ice likely in the southern part of the state. Icy conditions can create extremely dangerous driving conditions.

IDOT crews pretreated bridges, overpasses, and ramps all day Friday – these are most susceptible to icing. IDOT will have more than 1,700 trucks and 3,700 employees available statewide to battle the winter storm.

If you have to drive in a winter storm, don’t crowd the plow. Give plow crews plenty of room to work – you might see them, but the plow drivers might not see you.

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WHPO Sports Report

2/20/15

Here’s your WHPO Sports Update…

Local….
HS Girls Basketball….

1A Sectional Final @ Gilman – Cissna Park lost to Iroquois West 50-44.  The Raiders advance to the Romeoville Super-Sectional @ Lewis University on Monday. 

2A Sectional Final @ Hoopeston – Bloomington Central Catholic beat defending 2A champs St. Thomas Moore 48-46. 

…Hoopeston Area’s Haley Dixon & Ariel Reeves both advanced to the state finals of the 3-pt shootout – to be held at Redbird Arena next week.


Boys….
Cissna Park 8th grade boys won the IESA 1A State Championship 33-32 over Maternity BMV from Bourbonnais.  Conner Lober led Cissna with 12 pts.

Wrestling….

State Tournament…Class 1A…Oakwood Freshman Ren Dazey won 5-3 with a takedown in OT to advance at 113 to the next round.  Dazey is the grandson of Hoopeston’s Steve & Sandy Dazey and Dave & Charlene Ervin.

College Basketball….

Purdue beat Indiana 67-63


NASCAR….

Dale Earnhardt Jr., the defending champion of the Daytona 500, and Jimmie Johnson, the 2006 winner, each claimed their respective Budweiser Duels last night.
Their victories along with Jeff Gordon claiming the pole in last Sunday’s qualifying for the Great American Race will give the Hendrick team the top three starting positions on Sunday.

 

HA Sports Boosters Fundraiser @ Fast Lanes Saturday, 2/21, 7-9pm:  “Rock and Bowl” .  w/ DJ Rockin Roy.

 

WHPO Sports….
.-Kevin Jett

 

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter
Thursday, February 19, 2015

Fire Call
Date & Time: 02/19/2015 2:21pm
Location: 400 Block of East Honeywell Ave
Complainant: Vermilion County Housing Authority
Details: HFD responded to an automated alarm of an
elevator malfunction.  HFD conducted a search of
the building and found no emergency. 
Maintenance was on scene at the time HFD arrived

Burglary H15-0606
Date & Time: 02/19/2015 2:43pm
Location: 400 Block of East Thompson Ave
Complainant: 47 year old Hoopeston male
Details: HPD responded to the above location for the report
that an unknown subject had kicked in the door to
the residence.  Nothing was reported stolen. 


Theft H15-0609
Date & Time: 02/19/2015 4:15pm
Location: 400 Block of South Fourth St
Complainant: 25 year old Hoopeston female
Details: Female subject came into HPD to report the theft
of her blue and white Pitbull.

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Farm Animals die in a Vermilion County Fire

Three sows and several piglets died when a barn was destroyed by fire in northwest Vermilion County on Wednesday night.

Firefighters from Rankin, Hoopeston, Rossville and Cissna Park responded around 10 p.m. to the fire at 4932 E. 3800 North Road, near Reilly in Butler Township, officials said.

Rankin Fire Chief Shane Diskin said a barn on the farm was engulfed in flame when Rankin firefighters arrived on scene, prompting them to call for help from other departments.

“The roof had collapsed by the time we got there,” Diskin said, adding that the barn was a “complete loss.”

Martin Tear raises hogs on the farm, which is owned by the Wheeler Trust, Diskin said. Tear arrived home from church to find the barn burning, Diskin said.

 

“The owner thought that it was probably a heat lamp from the farrowing crate to keep the little piglets warm” that caused the fire, Diskin said.

Responding to the fire were six fire trucks from Rankin, two each from Hoopeston and Rossville and one from Cissna Park, Diskin said.

Firefighters remained at the scene past 1 a.m. Thursday.

 

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Illinois’ new GOP governor calls for billions in budget cuts

Rauner says it’s not going to be popular, but it must be done!

Illinois’ new Republican governor called Wednesday for deep spending cuts to Medicaid, pensions and other programs to fix the state’s budget mess without raising taxes - a pitch met with quick opposition from Democrats who control the Legislature.

Delivering his first budget address since winning office last fall, Gov. Bruce Rauner said his plan would end “the irresponsible and reckless practices of the past.” He said lawmakers must be willing to make politically unpopular decisions to close a more than $6 billion budget hole next year.

“This is our last, best chance to get our house in order,” Rauner said.

According to budget documents released Wednesday afternoon, Rauner is recommending $1.5 billion in Medicaid cuts, along with other reductions.

Rauner’s budget blueprint is among the first concrete tests of whether the Republican first-time officeholder can begin to bring the change he has promised to one of the last Democratic strongholds in the Midwest.

The multimillionaire former private equity investor follows other Republican governors who’ve taken over states and attempted to make them more business-friendly by shrinking government and taxes.

But Rauner, who was seen as a rock star for winning the governor’s office in Barack Obama’s home state, faces an even greater challenge in a post-recession state where Democrats have super-majorities in both chambers.

They criticized Rauner’s plan as disproportionately hurting working families while leaving corporate tax “loopholes” in place.

“He’s putting lives and livelihoods in jeopardy by treating our state’s most vulnerable people like burdens,” said state Sen. Mattie Hunter, a Chicago Democrat.

Many Democrats want to raise Illinois’ income tax rate, which dropped on Jan. 1 from 5 percent to 3.75 percent, to avoid some spending cuts. House Speaker Michael Madigan, a Chicago Democrat, said he believes the state needs a mix of spending cuts and new revenue. He also renewed a call for an additional tax on incomes over $1 million.

The bleak budget picture has led major credit agencies to give Illinois the worst credit rating of any state in the U.S. It also has the nation’s worst-funded public pension system, with a shortfall of $111 billion.

Rauner said Illinois could save more than $2 billion by moving all state workers to a less-generous pension system lawmakers approved in 2010 for employees hired after Jan. 1, 2011. Workers also would have the option of moving to a 401(k)-style plan. He said firefighters and police would be able to keep their current benefits.

Projected savings from any pension changes aren’t likely to be realized in the next fiscal year, however. Even if Rauner could get a bill through the Legislature, the state’s powerful labor unions - with whom Rauner has clashed repeatedly since taking office - would challenge it in court.

Those unions and retirees already have sued over a 2013 pension overhaul that cut benefits. A lower court found the measure unconstitutional, and the Illinois Supreme Court is considering the case.

Rauner has called for an “aggressive” review of eligibility for enrollees in the health insurance program for low-income and disabled people and for a 12 percent cut in payments to hospitals and nursing homes.

The governor also proposed increasing spending for K-12 education by about $300 million but cutting funding for higher education. And he proposed cutting state aid to local governments and slashing educational and mental health programs for youth in state or foster care once they turn 18, rather than the current age of 21.

Business groups applauded the plan, calling it an important step in restoring fiscal stability.

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report February 18th, 2015

Police investigated a single car accident at TWP Raod 210 near 1900 N. Road. Brandon Ulizch 30 of Watseka reported his car lost power which disabled his brakes and power steering. No citations were reported.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter
Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Domestic Battery H15-0593 V15-1496
Date & Time: February 18, 2015   5:45pm
Location: 400 block of East Thompson Ave
Complainant: 21 year old Hoopeston female
Arrested: Jason Crose, 28, Hoopeston male
Details: HPD responded to the above location for the report
of a domestic battery in progress.  Upon arrival,
officers were able to apprehend the male subject
without incident, then he was transported to the
PSB in lieu of bond.

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More details revealed in former Rossville woman’s murder case

More details revealed in former Rossville woman’s murder case

VALPARISO, Ind. — Just three days after an Indiana man attempted to file a claim on his wife’s $1 million life insurance policy, Steven Lindsey, 35, was arrested and charged with murdering his 23-year-old wife.
 
Melinda (Kirby) Lindsey, formerly of Rossville in Vermilion County, was found murdered in her Valparaiso, Ind. home on Jan. 16.She was transported to a trauma center in Gary, Ind., where she was later pronounced dead, according to Porter County Sheriff’s Department. A few days later, authorities ruled Melinda Lindsey’s death a homicide.

Court documents reveal the Lindseys had requested extra patrol of their home the day before Melinda was murdered. Steven Lindsey told police he believed someone had been stalking their home in the weeks leading up to his wife’s murder.

According to court documents, Porter County Sheriff’s Department officers received a call around 6:19 a.m. Jan. 16 from a male, later identified as Steven Lindsey, screaming. Steven Lindsey told police someone had broken into his home and he had heard a gunshot. He then stated that they took his wife in a bedroom and he believed there was one suspect. He said he was in his baby’s room and he did not know if anyone was still hurt or whether the suspect was still there.

When officers arrived, they found Melinda Lindsey on a bed with a single gunshot wound in her head, but still breathing. Officers found a gun lying on the floor partially under the bed, according to police records.

After Melinda Lindsey was taken away in ambulance, officers forced entry into the baby’s bedroom and found Steven Lindsey bent over at the waist with his hands zip-tied behind his back, and the Lindsey’s daughter, Elle Mae, standing in the crib. Officers observed that the young girl was “completely calm.”

After investigators asked Steven Lindsey a few questions and the scene was examined, he was taken in for further questioning.

Investigators did not find any shoe prints leading up to any of the windows of the home, after examining the outside of the home, according to charging documents. Police didn’t find evidence of anyone being dragged across the floor, nor did they find any indication of a struggle in the room where Steven Lindsey was found. Numerous neighbors in the area were interviewed and no one reported seeing or hearing anything suspicious.

Steven Lindsey told police he slept on the couch the night before and his wife slept in the bedroom. He said he fell asleep around 2 a.m. and woke up to “like a strangle hold” which is described as a “rear choke” in which someone was behind him and lifted him off the couch. He could not describe what the suspect’s ethnicity was, but told police he was strong. He said the next thing he remembered was a gun shot and he woke up in his baby’s room with his hands tied behind his back. Steven Lindsey told police he was able to get his hands to his side and call 911, and then called his brother, then 911 again.


According to charging documents, police did not observe any marks or bruises on Lindsey’s neck and Steven Lindsey said his neck wasn’t in any pain after the incident.

Steven Lindsey’s brother and sister told investigators there were problems in the couple’s marriage. He told police he didn’t know who was stalking his house and didn’t know of any possible suspects. Steven told investigators that his wife never cheated. He said the only fights they had were silly, but they did fight about money. According to court documents, Melinda Lindsey was a stay-at-home mom, while Steven worked on power lines. However, Steven said the couple had talked about divorce 5-6 weeks before Melinda’s death when he left to stay at his brother’s house.

Steven Lindsey also said he had not used any weapons recently, but preliminary tests returned presumptive positive for gunshot residue, according to police records.

On Feb.9, investigators learned Melinda Lindsey had a life insurance policy for $1 million and that Steven was looking to file a claim. The policy was issued on March 26, 2014.

Steven Lindsey was charged with one count of murder on Feb 12. His jury trial is set for June 8. He is being held without bond in the PorterCounty jail.

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The City of Hoopeston will take dangerous property down

The Hoopeston City Council met last night

The only action taken on the council floor was
The passing of a resolution allowing Mayor Crusinberry to enter into an agreement for the
City to take possession of the property at 104 N. Market Street commonly known as the
Former Amvets Property. The city plans to tear the property down as it has been deemed a
Dangerous property. The City will receive the property at no cost.

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“Black Out Night” at Friday night’s boys basketball game

The Hoopeston Sports Boosters will be hosting pack the place “Black Out Night” at Friday night’s basketball game.  They will be handing out t-shirts starting at 5:30 p.m. and selling tickets for two drawings for 1/2 of a hog each.  Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5.  The drawing will be March 21st.

There is also a Rock-n-bowl on February 21st at Fast Lanes in Hoopeston.  All proceeds go to Hoopeston Athletics.  It begins at 7 p.m. and is $15 per bowler, DJ and giveaways all night!

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

NEWS RELEASE
February 16, 2015

2-16 Sheriff’s Police arrested Corey L. Davis, 24 Hoopeston.  According to reports, Davis’ vehicle was stopped after he was observed by a Deputy traveling at a speed over the posted limit of 55 mph.  Upon contact with Davis, it was discovered that Davis’ driver’s license was suspended through Illinois and he was placed into custody for driving while his license was suspended and speeding less than 20 mph over the posted limit and transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond and was released

2-16 Sheriff’s Police arrested William K. Neal, 32 Chicago.  According to reports, Neal was arrested after Deputy conducted a traffic stop on Neal’s vehicle for failure to signal his turn.  The Deputy made contact with Neal and discovered his driver’s license to be revoked.  He was placed into custody, charged with driving while his license is revoked and transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond and was released

2-16 Sheriff’s Police returned from the Kankakee County Jail with Ezell G. Bolian, 22 Kankakee.  According to the reports, Bolian was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant charging him with failure to appear on a prior illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor and was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond

2-16 Sheriff’s Police arrested Daniel J. Gutierrez, 34 Fairbury.  According to police reports, Gutierrez was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant charging him with failure to appear on a prior burglary charge and was aware of his active warrant and turned himself into the Iroquois County Jail, posted the required bond and was released

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Moody named Button Township supervisor

According to the Paxton Record, The Button Township Board accepted Doug Moody’s resignation as a township trustee and then appointed him as the township’s new supervisor this week.

Moody’s appointment fills a vacancy created by last month’s resignation of Supervisor Dean Swan. Moody, of rural Rankin, will serve as supervisor through the April 2017 election.

Township Highway Commissioner Ron Hilligoss said the board is now looking for candidates to fill Moody’s trustee seat. An appointment will be made at the board’s March 3 meeting in Clarence, and anyone interested can contact Moody or trustees Dave Maul, Dale Gould or Elmer Kief.

Moody had been a trustee for 10 years, he said.

Swan was arrested in November but never charged over allegations he steered township business to a trucking firm he owned. Swan was is in the midst of serving his second four-year term as township supervisor, after last being elected in 2013.

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

NEWS RELEASE
February 15, 2015

2-13 Sheriff’s Police arrested Reginald E. Snyder Jr., 26 Watseka.  Snyder turned himself into the Iroquois County Jail to await transport to the Illinois Department of Corrections and is to begin his sentence of 5 years for a conviction on unlawful delivery of a controlled substance within 1000 feet of a school

2-14 Sheriff’s Police returned from Champaign County Jail with Wayne D. Largent, 28 Ludlow.  According to police reports, Largent was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant charging him with Burlary and felony retail theft and he was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond

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Hoopeston Police Department Weekend Report

Friday, February 13th - Sunday, February 15th

Samantha J. Palomo, 22 Hoopeston was arrested and charged with Domestic Battery, Trespass to Residence and Criminal Damage to Property over $300

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Hall of Fame induction to be held at Hoopeston Area High School Friday night

According to Just the Facts, area residents are invited to the Cornjerker Hall of Fame induction to be held between the JV and varsity games Friday against Schlarman, followed by a reception in the cafeteria to meet the new inductees.  Those being inducted are the 1975 men’s track and field team, the 1975 men’s 4x200 relay, Tom McBride, Doug Eckert and John Timmons.

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

NEWS RELEASE
February 12, 2015

2-10 Sheriff’s Police arrested Courtney M. Downs, 32 Watseka.  She was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant for failure to appear on the charge of Expired Registration.  She was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where she posted the required bond and was released

2-11 Sheriff’s Police returned from the Champaign County Jail with Calvin Oneal, 52 Chicago.  Oneal was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant for Driving While License is revoked and remains in jail in lieu of bond

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Warrant Arrest H15-0503   V15-1288
Date & Time: February 11, 2015   1:49pm
Location: Penn & First Avenue
Arrested: Kyle B Ponton (24) of Hoopeston
Details: Subject was arrested after he was recognized by patrol officers and known
to have an outstanding warrant.
Vermilion County warrant 13TR3180 FTA/Jury trial for Driving While Revoked.
He was transported to PSB in lieu of bond.

Disorderly Conduct (City Citation) H15-0509
Date & Time: February 11, 2015 8:33pm
Location: 700 Blk of E McCracken
Complainant: 28 year old Hoopeston Female
Arrested Amy Young (30) of Hoopeston
Details: HPD was called to the above location for an ongoing dispute between the
complainant and Ms.Young. Subject will be mailed an NTA for city court.

 

 

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Ford County Police Report

News Release
February 12, 2015

The Ford County Sheriff’s Office released the following list of activity for the period of Feb. 1-7:

— On Feb. 7, a sheriff’s deputy assisted Illinois State Police with a traffic accident east of Paxton at 2750 E. Illinois 9.

— On Feb. 7, a deputy and state police trooper responded to a call in Cabery regarding an earlier domestic battery.

— On Feb. 7, deputies responded to a domestic battery in progress in Sibley.

— On Feb. 7, Bradley Wagoner of Sibley was arrested on a Vermilion County warrant.

— On Feb. 5, Matthew Williams of Paxton was arrested for unlawful use of weapons and possession of drug equipment following a traffic stop in rural Paxton.

— On Feb. 5, Tyler Davis of Penfield was arrested for driving under suspension and possession of drug equipment following a traffic stop in rural Paxton.

— On Feb. 5, a deputy assisted Piper City police with an investigation into a stolen vehicle.

— On Feb. 5, a suspicious male was reported in rural Elliott.

— On Feb. 5, a deputy assisted Paxton police with the arrest of two men wanted by the Paxton Police Department for armed robbery and home invasion.

— On Feb. 4, Danielle Boyer of Rossville lost control of her vehicle, which then rolled over, east of Paxton at 2380 E. Illinois 9.

— On Feb. 4, a deputy assisted Elliott firefighters with a report of smoke in an unoccupied residence in rural Elliott. No problem was found at the home.

— On Feb. 3, a residential burglary alarm was reported in rural Piper City. The alarm was caused by owner error.

— On Feb. 3, a commercial burglary alarm was reported at Autos Unlimited in Piper City. No cause for the alarm was found.

— On Feb. 2, a deputy assisted Paxton police with an arrest in Clarence.

— On Feb. 1, a snow plow owned by the village of Melvin and driven by Larry Boundy of Melvin struck a vehicle owned by William Stow of Melvin.

— On Feb. 1, Eric Eimen of Piper City was arrested for driving under suspension after he drove his vehicle into a ditch west of Paxton on Illinois 115 at Ford County Road 475 North.

— On Feb. 1, a commercial burglary alarm was reported at Ag Sciences, formerly known as Dairyland Seed Co., in rural Gibson City. No cause for the alarm was discovered.

— On Feb. 1, a residential burglary alarm was reported in rural Paxton. The alarm was caused by owner error.

— On Feb. 1, a prowler was reported in rural Piper City.

— During the week, deputies handled one civil matter and issued 10 traffic citations.

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County creates line of credit

According to the Commercial News,  It took little discussion to convince Vermilion County Board members to extend a line of credit for one of the county’s funds.
Board members voted at Tuesday night’s meeting to approve the ordinance, 21-0. Four board members were absent.
The ordinance establishes a $1.5 million line of credit for the Public Safety Building Rent Fund for fiscal years 2015 through 2017. The line of credit, according to the ordinance, is a deal with a cash flow problem in the fund, which includes expenses from the Public Safety Building and the Juvenile Detention Center.
Board Chairman Mike Marron called the loan a “housekeeping measure” for the county. He noted that the balance of the Public Safety Building Rent Fund has dropped in recent years, especially following the movement of the expenses from the Juvenile Detention Center to that fund.
“The fund balance has gotten to a level where we have a lot of upfront expenses in that fund,” he told board members.
The line of credit will allow the county to handle the expenses until property tax revenue comes in.
The county is expecting $5.5 million in real estate taxes, according to figures from the current fiscal year budget. Those funds aren’t expected to be received by the county until after payment is due the building commission.
Funds for the loan will come from the county’s general fund and will be paid back to that fund.
The county attempted to bolster that fund in recent years, receiving approval for a small tax increase in 2013 that upped the levy for that fund. Marron told the board the fund is getting closer to having a balanced budget.
According to figures from the current county budget, the PSB Rent Fund has estimated revenues for the fiscal year at $11.1 million. Total estimated expenditures are listed at $11.8 million. The revenues are up from $10.7 million for the 2012-13 fiscal year while the expenditures are up from $11.06 million.

Also at Tuesday’s meeting:
• Two more empty seats on the county board were filled by local residents.
Darren Duncan of Rossville and Joe Eakle of Catlin, both Republicans, were officially appointed to board seats at the beginning of the meeting. Duncan was sworn in by Judge Mark Goodwin for his position.
Duncan takes over the seat vacated by the retirement of District 1 member and former county board chairman Gary Weinard. Weinard retired at the end of 2014.
Duncan is a farmer and member of the Rossville-Alvin school board.
Speaking before the board, Duncan said he has “very big shoes to fill” in replacing the longtime board member Weinard.
Eakle will replace Dave Stone of Catlin, who recently resigned after he was appointed to take over as the county’s new recorder of deeds.
Eakle was not present at Tuesday’s meeting because of knee surgery. Marron told board members he would be sworn in before the March board meeting.
Vacancies for both seats were declared at January’s county board meeting. Republican precinct committeemen voted to approve both men for their respective seats at separate meetings held last week.
Retirements and losses in the November election resulted in a significant amount of turnover for the board. But after a third of the board being made up of new faces, only one seat — in District 7 — remains empty. It opened following the announced retirement of longtime Democrat board member John Dreher at the end of January.
• Board members approved changing polling places for Georgetown Precincts 6, 7 and 8 and Danville Township Precincts 5 and 9.
The Georgetown precincts will now be located at the St. Mary’s Hall gym in Westville while the Danville Township precincts will be moved to the Tilton Community Center on West Fifth Street,

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Hairball at Palmer Arena in Danville

The ultimate tribute show, Hairball will be taking the stage at the David S. Palmer Arena on Friday, March 13, 2015.

Hairball is a Rock & Roll experience you won’t soon forget. A band puts on a concert-Hairball puts on an event! The lights, sound, smoke, fire, bombs, and screaming hoards of avid fans…to merely call it a concert would be like calling Mount Rushmore a roadside attraction! Van Halen, Queen, Prince, Bon Jovi, Kiss, Twisted Sister, Journey, Alice Cooper, AC/DC, Def Leppard and more!

Opening for Hairball will be special guests and area favorites, 90’s Daughter.

Tickets are $17.00 in Advance / $22 Day of Show and are on sale NOW!  (But tickets are on Special for $12 Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 11 & 12).

All Tickets are General Admission and available at the Arena Box Office, www.palmerarena.com or by calling 1-877-77CLICK.

For more information please contact Peter Blackmon at (217) 431-2424 or pblackmon@palmerarena.com

Hairball w/special guest 90s Daughter
      Friday, March 13 (7:00 PM)
      Bryant Industries Theater
@ David S. Palmer Arena
     
All Seats GA:  $17.00 in Advance / $22.00 Day of Show
      On Sale Now At:        The David S. Palmer Arena Box Office
                          charge by phone at 217-431-2444,
or www.palmerarena.com

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Hoopeston Hospital gets IDPH ‘stroke-ready’ disignation

According to Just the Facts, People in Vermilion and Iroquois Counties who experience stroke symptoms have access to assessment and treatment at Carle Hoopeston Regional Health Center.  The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has recognized Carle Hoopeston’s stroke services by designating the facility as an Emergent Stroke Ready Hospital.  Emergent Stroke Ready Hospitals are hospitals that diagnose, treat and have an established process in place to transport acute stroke patients to a higher level of as as warranted.

Carle Hoopeston is one of 29 Critical Access Hospitals in the state to receive the Emergent Stroke Ready Hospital designation.  As of January 1st, IDPH put out a new rule that if a hospital was not Emergent Stroke Ready, emergency personnel could not bring patients showing signs of symptoms of a stroke to that hospital.

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