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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Disobeying Police (city ordinance) H15-1647
Date & Time: April 22, 2015 10:27pm
Location: 800 blk E Seminary
Arrested: Donald Underwood (30) of Hoopeston
Details: HPD officers responded to the report of a domestic situation at the
above location.  Mr. Underwood was arrested after he refused to
comply with officers requests.  He was taken to HPD, processed and
later released with a city citation.

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

Iroquois County Police Blotter

Justin C. Riddel, 27, and Braden D. McGlothin, 19, both of French Camp, Miss., and John R. Hall Jr., 20, of Weir, Miss., were each arrested on April 20 after sheriff’s deputies responded to a complaint of illegal hunting north of Watseka at county roads 2100 North and 2100 East. Deputies stopped their vehicle and found them to be in possession of several freshly harvested wild turkeys. Also found in the vehicle was an open container of alcohol. Riddel was arrested for contributing to the delinquency of a minor. McGlothin was arrested for illegal transportation of alcohol and illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor. Hall was arrested for illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor. All three also received numerous citations from conservation police, who were notified of the incident.

— No injuries were reported and no tickets were issued following a one-vehicle accident April 20 near Watseka. The accident occurred when Joseph R. Cantrell, 24, of Onarga, was driving north on Illinois 1, near County Road 2100 North, and swerved to miss a deer standing in the roadway. His vehicle entered a ditch, overturned and landed on its tires.

— No injuries were reported and no tickets were issued following a one-vehicle accident April 20 near Clifton. The accident occurred when Megan A. Nephew, 29, of Danforth, was driving north on County Road 1000 East, near County Road 3300 North, and ran over several potholes in the road, causing her to lose control of her vehicle. Her vehicle entered a ditch, causing more than $1,500 in damage to her vehicle.

— No injuries were reported and no tickets were issued following a one-vehicle accident April 16 north of Cissna Park. The accident occurred when Jessica L. Montgomery, 22, of Cissna Park, was driving west on County Road 1200 North, near County Road 1200 East, in the fog. She approached a farm tractor traveling in the same direction and swerved to avoid hitting it. Her vehicle entered a ditch and overturned, landing on its top.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Traffic Accident H15-1623
Time & Date: April 21, 2015     08:00 am
Location: 800 block Wyman Av
Unit 1: 1999 Grey Pontiac driven by Stevens, Destiney D. of Hoopeston (18)
Unit 2: 2013 Dodge driven by Stebbins, Tylor D (M) of Hoopeston (18)
Details: At the above time and date, Unit 1 was backing from a parking space of above location.  Unit 1 did not see Unit 2 striking it causing damage to it.
Unit 1 was cited for Improper Backing and released with court date in Danville.
Both Units insured and no report of injuries at time of report.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter

Monday, April 20, 2015

Fire Call
Date & Time: April 20, 2015   12:15pm
Location: 700 block W Washington
Details: At the above time and date, HFD was dispatched to investigate smoke showing in the home.  No report of injuries or damages at this time.
Fire units cleared from the call at 1:38pm

Domestic Battery H15-1619
Date & Time: April 20, 2015 1607
Location: 1030 W. Chestnut, IGA
Complainant: 36 year old Hoopeston Female
Arrest: Female juvenile of Hoopeston
Details: A female subject came into station to report that she was battered
by another female subject.  HPD officers were able to locate the juvenile and take her into custody without incident.  Juvenile was later released to an adult.

 

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter
From the Weekend

Theft Under $500 H15-1568
Date & Time: April 17, 2015 4:16pm
Location: Hiltz Portable Sanitation, 506 N Seventh Ave
Complainant: 53 year old Hoopeston Male
Details: HPD officers responded to the above location for the report of a theft
of drainage materials off of a service truck. Complainant stated that
the theft occurred sometime Tuesday night.  Investigation is pending.

Burglary to Residence H15-1605
Time & Date:    April 19, 2015   12:56 pm
Location: 800 E Seminary Street
Complainant:   40 year old Hoopeston Woman
Details: At the above time and date, Complainant contacted HPD reference to
person(s) unknown; without permission entered the residence, removing several items.  Act occurred between Friday April 17th, and today. 


Traffic Accident:  Property Damage H15-1606
Time & Date: April 19, 2015 2:08pm
Location: The intersection of Washington St. Fifth Ave
Complainant: 46 year old Hoopeston male
Unit #1: Gray 2014 Honda CRV driven by Gilbert W. Warner of Hoopeston
Unit #2: Maroon 2003 Pontiac Grand Am driven by Haley Papanek of Hoopeston
Details: Unit #1 slowed for the intersection as it was traveling northbound on Fifth Ave.  Unit #1 then entered the intersection continuing
northbound striking Unit #2 causing damage to both units.  Unit #1 was cited for Failure to Yield.  No injuries reported.

 

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Hoopeston superintendent announces 2017 retirement

Hoopeston superintendent announces 2017 retirement

Hank Hornbeck will
celebrate his 10th anniversary
as Hoopeston Area
superintendent in 2017 by
retiring.
The district school board
accepted Hornbeck’s intent
to retire letter at Thursday’s
board meeting., effective
June 30, 2017.
Hornbeck was named
superintendent effective
July 2, 2007, following the
December 2006 death of
then-Superintendent Mark
Conolly.
Hornbeck was chosen
from a field of 20 applicants
- five of whom were
interviewed by the board - and was high school middle/
high school principal for nine years prior to his promotion.
In other personnel business, the board:
Hired Lisa Masengale-Acton as district Response to
Intervention coordinator, effective August 20. She replaces
Suzi Root, who was promoted to Honeywell principal
starting next year.

Hired Kelly Ankenbrand as middle/high school technology/
business teacher, effective August 20. She replaces
Debbi Lankford, who is retiring.
Justin Snow was approved as high school science
teacher for the new school year.
Also, Carla Mobley was approved as high school summer
credit recover teacher for English for this summer,
and Kris Kellerhals will be transferred fro Honeywell
Special Education to Maple Early Childhood for the
new school year.
Retirements of Diane Swartz, Jo Alt and Jan Morgan
were approved for the end of this school year, as were
the resignations of Jessica Watson, Maple aide, and
Kristen Allen, high school media teacher.
In other business, the board:
Heard from Maple teachers Tiffani Cox and Caughron
about Class DoJo, a web-based program being used by
all teachers at the school that awards or deducts points
based on behavior.
Approved the high school improvement plan.
Approved supporting the state’s Vision 20/20 plan.
Approved an updated Acceptable Use Policy for computer
use.
Approved an updated school calendar; summer school
credit recovery program; 2015-16 high school policy
manual; and two-year wrestling co-op with Milford.

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

Iroquois County officers returned from the Champaign County Jail with David Robinson 51 of Urbana.

Robinson was wanted on a traffic warrant. He posted the required bond and was released.

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Pair arrested in Penfield meth bust

Pair arrested in Penfield meth bust

Two men were arrested early Thursday at a Penfield home where methamphetamine was allegedly being made.

A release from the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office said that the department’s street crimes unit, accompanied by members of the Metro SWAT, an Illinois State Police tactical response team and an Illinois State Police methamphetamine response team, went to a home at 225 Franklin with a search warrant about 3:30 a.m.

They arrested the resident, Brian Wernigk, 33 for possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, participation in the manufacture of methamphetamine and unlawful use of weapons.

Also arrested was Dane Frickey, 23, of Fairbury, for possession of a controlled substance, drug equipment and a hypodermic syringe.

The street crimes unit had been investigating alleged methamphetamine activity in Penfield for several months and learned that Wernigk was allegedly making and selling methamphetamine and selling guns from his home.

The two are expected to be formally charged Friday.

Because of the dangerous ingredients used in the manufacture of methamphetamine, deputies enlisted the help of the state police meth response team and the Illinois National Guard Civil Support Team. The latter was there in case any of the police needed to be decontaminated after the search but that wasn’t necessary.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Burglary to a Vehicle; Criminal Damage to Property H15-1549
Date & Time: April 16, 2015 3:33
Location: 300 block of Front St.
Complainant: 36 year old Hoopeston Female
Details: HPD officers responded to the above location for the report of a theft
from a vehicle.  The suspect stole a car battery and in doing so damaged the vehicle.  Investigation is pending.

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Oakwood man shot in March charged with holdup

Oakwood man shot in March charged with holdup

25-year-old Oakwood man who was shot in the arm during an alleged drug rip-off in Champaign last month has been criminally charged with armed robbery.

Cory H. Bowman, 25, was arrested Tuesday in Vermilion County on a warrant issued Monday accusing him of the March 18 holdup of Troy Mann, 34, of Champaign.

The charge stemmed from an incident that took place about 12:30 a.m. that Wednesday outside the Circle K at 1713 W. John St., C.

State’s Attorney Julia Rietz said Bowman was with three other people who had traveled to Champaign that day to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and decided to buy cannabis from Mann, who was previously criminally charged in connection with the same incident.

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The end of a 102 year Era in Hoopeston.

Today marks the end of a 102 year era in the Hoopeston area. Your hometown bank, the

Community Bank since 1913 will lock their doors one last time. When the bank opens the

Doors on Monday it will be under the direction of a new bank.

First Farmers Financial Corporation, holding company of First Farmers Bank & Trust,

acquired 100% of the stock of three community banks in Illinois. Community Bank,

Hoopeston, Illinois, United Community Bank, Oakwood, Illinois, and First National

Bank of Chrisman, Chrisman, Illinois, from their respective holding companies.  Each

bank will now be First Farmers Bank & Trust as part of the transactions.

First Farmers Bank & Trust is a regional leader in agricultural and community banking in the Midwest.  At June 30, 2014, First Farmers had $1.2 billion in assets and operated 27 community bank branches in Indiana and Illinois.  The combined assets of the banks are currently $165 million.

Gene Miles, President and Chief Executive Officer of First Farmers stated, “These agreements are representative of our goal to uphold the traditional values of rural and Ag community banking in the Midwest and to continue a business model that has served us since 1885.  We’ve served a variety of businesses and individuals within the Ag industry and outside of the Ag industry. The one constant has been that we excel at serving semi-rural markets. All of these organizations serve areas very similar to those where we have built a significant customer base. Our organization has extended our geographical reach, but our commitment to community banking is what has allowed our organization to prosper.”


Community Bank along with the two others are being sold by Mark Richardson

Who is the chairman of the board and Senior Manager of Marine Bank of Springfield,

With locations in Springfield, Champaign, Bloomington-Normal, Chatham, Mocomb,

And Rushville. 

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GRANDSTAND TICKET SALES BEGIN THIS WEEKEND FOR THE ILLINOIS STATE FAIR

Springfield—Tickets for six of ten shows at the 2015 Illinois State Fair grandstand stage will go on sale Saturday, April 18th.  At this time, tickets are being sold exclusively through Ticketmaster - Online at http://www.ticketmaster.com/, by phone 800-745-3000, or at any Ticketmaster outlet.

Ticket prices for each of the shows are listed below:

August 14:  Sammy Hagar and The Circle / Collective Soul

VIP - $48 / Track $36 / Tier 1 - $36 / Tier 2 - $31 / Tier 3 - $26

August 16:  Justin Moore / Josh Thompson / Jon Pardi

VIP - $46 / Track $31 / Tier 1 - $31 / Tier 2 - $26 / Tier 3 - $21

August 18:  Rascal Flatts / Scotty McCreery / Raelynn

VIP - $65 / Track $50 / Tier 1 - $50 / Tier 2 - $45 / Tier 3 - $40

August 21:  Hank Williams, Jr / .38 Special
VIP - $47 / Track $35 / Tier 1 - $35 / Tier 2 - $30 / Tier 3 - $25

August 22:  Austin Mahone/ TBA
VIP - $48 / Track $36 / Tier 1 - $36 / Tier 2 - $31 / Tier 3 - $26

August 23:  Brantley Gilbert / Colt Ford / Michael Ray
VIP - $54 / Track $39 / Tier 1 - $39 / Tier 2 - $34 / Tier 3 - $29

It’s important to note, Ticketmaster is only selling tickets for individual shows.  Tickets for the all new “Country Concert Blowout” package will go on sale Monday, April 20th at 9:00amat the Illinois State Fair office.  The Country Concert Blowout package is $99 and includes one gate admission and one track ticket for three great concerts:  Justin Moore, Hank Williams, Jr., Rascal Flatts. Please note: The Country Concert Blowout package is only available through the state fair office, not Ticketmaster. Individual show tickets will also be available for purchase at the Illinois State Fair office on Monday, April 20th.  The office, located inside the Emmerson building, and is open Monday - Friday from 9:00am - 3:00pm.  You can also call the fair office at (217) 782-1979.

The Illinois State Fair runs August 13-23.  The Illinois Department of Agriculture will have more announcements about the 2015 fair in the coming weeks and months.  For more news and updates, follow the Illinois State Fair online:  www.agr.state.il.us/isf.  Facebook: @IllinoisStateFair   Twitter: @ILStateFair

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Marshall County to Aaron Schock: Pay costs of special elections

An Illinois county says former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock should pay for the special elections to replace him.

The (Peoria) Journal-Star reported that the Marshall County Board voted last week to send a bill for $76,000 to the Peoria Republican who resigned last month after questions about his spending. A Schock spokesman did not respond to an emailed request from The Associated Press seeking comment to the board’s letter.

The letter seeks a certified check or a promise from Schock that he will cover the costs of this summer’s special and general election costs. County officials estimate each will run about $38,000.

The newspaper reported that Schock’s campaign fund balance is $3.3 million.

“Schock has more money than the county has in its reserves,” Marshall County State’s Attorney Paul Bauer said.

A copy of the letter went to the other 20 election jurisdictions in the 18th Congressional District.

“There are other counties who are interested, and they’re kind of waiting on someone to step forward,” Marshall County Board Chairman Gary Kroeschen said.

Tazewell County officials expect to pay about $200,000 for the elections. Tazewell County Board Chairman David Zimmerman said a committee will discuss the issue April 22 and the board could act as soon as the end of the month.

Zimmerman said he hopes other counties follow Marshall’s lead.

“I tip my hat to them for that,” Zimmerman said.

The special election has been set with the primary July 7th and special general election September 10th.

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Rossville residents invited to meeting on high tech pharmacy

Rossville residents invited to meeting on high tech pharmacy

Residents here are invited to a meeting
that could result in a new kind of pharmacy locating
in the community.
TelePharm, an Iowa-based company, will hold an
informational meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Rossville
Municipal Building, 120 E. Attica, said Greg James,
TelePharm director of business development and marketing.
A.J. Lipka, of TelePharm, will be on hand to present
information on the company and answer residents’ questions,
James said.
Rossville residents invited to meeting on high tech pharmacy
TelePharm began in 2012, when company founders
discovered a way to provide pharmacy services in rural
areas without an on-site pharmacist.
Using technology, TelePharm has a network of registered
pharmacists that interact with pharmacies in
smaller, rural communities, spreading the cost of the
pharmacist among them.
Currently, TelePharm is powering over 100 stores in
the Midwest, James said, adding the company is
“looking to expand rapidly in Illinois” due to changes in
the state’s telepharmacy laws in 2013.
Illinois law defines telepharmacy as the provision of
pharmacist care by a pharmacist through the use of telecommunications
or other technologies to patients or
their agents who are at a distance within the United
States. Telepharmacy must follow all federal and state
laws, rules, and regulations regarding privacy and security.
By law, the pharmacist in charge must:
1. be responsible for the practice of telepharmacy performed
at a remote pharmacy, including supervising any
prescription dispensing machine or automated medication
system;
2. ensure that the home pharmacy has sufficient pharmacists
on duty to safely operate and supervise all remote
pharmacies;
3. ensure, through the use of a video and auditory communication
system, that a certified pharmacy technician
at the remote pharmacy has accurately and correctly
prepared any prescription for dispensing according to
the prescription;
4. supervise and train certified pharmacy technicians at
remote pharmacies; and
5. ensure that patient counseling at the remote pharmacy

is performed by a pharmacist or student pharmacist.
The public meeting is just the first step in opening a
pharmacy, James said.
If there is public support, TelePharm will look for a
building in Rossville to house the pharmacy. One or two
pharmacy technicians will be hired to fill prescriptions
and interact with customers.
TelePharm plans to hire local people for their pharmacies,
James said. Often, the new technician will be one
currently hired by a pharmacy in a neighboring city.

Since Illinois law requires filled prescriptions to be
reviewed by a pharmacist, imaging equipment in the
pharmacy will send pictures to the pharmacist for approval.
Images will be kept for 10 years, James said.
Customers who want to speak to a pharmacist will be
able to do that via touch screen. One touch of a button
will bring the customer face to face, via screen, to discuss
medications, he said. Ninety percent of the time,
customers will speak with the same pharmacist, James
said.
James said it’s his job to find new locations for pharmacies.
“I’m usually neck-deep in data,” he said, laughing.
Typically, pharmacies are located in communities
that don’t currently have one, but that do have a medical
center. Adding a pharmacy gives residents more of a
total care package, since they are able to care and
medicine in their community, he said. The community meeting is key to the whole process, as
TelePharm tries to “get the community involved and engaged
at the beginning,” James said. “I can do data all day,
but it doesn’t tell me about human behavior.”
TelePharm’s prices are “very competitive” with pharmacies
currently used by residents. Available drugs will be
tailored to the community, based on information provided
by health providers and modified as needs change, James
said.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Domestic Battery, Interference with Reporting Domestic Violence H15-1506   V15-3336
Date & Time: April 14, 2015 12:07am
Location: 500 blk N 8th Av
Complainant: 40 year old Hoopeston female
Arrested: Ralph Plecker (45) Hoopeston male
Details: HPD officers were called to the above location for a domestic disturbance.  Mr.
Plecker was arrested for domestic battery and interference with reporting
domestic battery. Subject was taken to HPD, processed and later transported
to the PSB to await arraignment.

Aggravated Battery H15-1517 V15-3374
Date & Time: April 14, 2015 3:45pm
Location: 415 S Dixie Hwy at Dollar General
Complainant: 19 year old Hoopeston female
Arrested: Taylor M Crawford (21) of Hoopeston
Details: Officers responded to a call for females fighting in the parking lot at the above
location.  Upon arrival it was learned the offender had already left the scene.
Offender was later located at another location, was taken into custody and
charged with the above.  She was transported to PSB to see a judge.

 

Disorderly Conduct H15-1522   V15-3384
Date & Time: April 14, 2015 7:23pm
Location: 700 blk S First Ave
Arrested: Jodi L Tyszko (33) of Hoopeston
Details: Subject was told by the dispatcher to stop calling 911 when she didn’t have an emergency or she was going to be arrested.  She called back again for something that was not an emergency.  She was taken into custody and transported to PSB.

Disorderly Conduct (City Ordinance) H15-1523
Date & Time: April 14, 2015 8:48pm
Location: 306 E Main St Uptown Saloon
Arrested: Charles Withers (25) of Potomac
Details: After an incident at the Uptown Saloon, Mr. Withers was arrested for city ordinance
violation Unlawful Acts Constituting Disorderly Conduct.  He was taken to HPD,
processed and later released with a city citation and city court date.

 

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter

Monday, April 13, 2015

Restrictions for Burning Trash H15-1499
Date & Time: April 13, 2015   7:28pm
Location: 800 blk E Seminary
Arrested: Tonya K Edwards of Hoopeston
Details: Officers responded to the above location for a large brush fire.  Upon arrival
it was noticed the fire was starting to get out of control other items other
than yard waste were added to the fire.  The Hoopeston Fire Department
was called to the scene to extinguish the fire.

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Song of the Day Sponsored by Iroquois Federal 1st Winner

Monday, April 13th, 2015
Robbie Bane

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The 44th Annual Thawville Community Sale

Always held on the third Saturday in April, this year’s sale is slated for Saturday, April 18, 2015.  Consignment of items begins at 5:30 a.m.  Selling starts at 10:00 a.m. with three auction trucks going all day long.  The Thawville Sale is a perfect place to eliminate some of that clutter from the attic or garage.  You never know what you’ll find at the Sale - look for cars, lawn mowers, antiques, bicycles and furniture plus many surprises.  More than just a sale-it is the perfect time to visit and catch up with old friends!  Lots of fun to be had just browsing, as well as rummaging around town through local garage sales.

Begin the day with the Thawville Community Nursery School and Pancake and Sausage Breakfast starting at 6 a.m. in the Congregational Church just one block north of the Main Street Sale.  After perusing the sale selection and finding great deals, plenty of snacks are available on Main Street.  Hamburgers, potato salad and pie at the St. Peter’s Lutheran Church food stand or pork burgers and nachos for sale by Christ Lutheran High School.  Don’t forget that the Thawville Fireman offer a frosty beverage and a place to socialize.  The Firemen are also sponsoring a Bossy Bingo raffle.  Buy your ticket from any Thawville Fireman.

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ILLINOIS STATE POLICE DISTRICT 10 ANNOUNCES PROM AND GRADUATION ENFORCEMENT

Prom and graduation season is upon us.  Area high school students will soon be participating in prom and graduation celebrations that occur not only at the school, but also at private locations.  Many students will feel pressure to use alcohol or drugs.  Car crashes kill more teens during weekends of prom and graduation season than any other time of the year. 

Illinois State Police District 10 Troopers will be doing their part to make this a safe prom and graduation season for everyone.  District 10 Troopers will be conducting directed patrols with aggressive enforcement of the ‘Fatal Four’ which includes speeding, DUI, seat belt, and distracted driving.

“Our goal is in one word, PROM ‘Please Return on Monday’.  We want to modify teen driving behaviors which include distractions, carelessness, fatigue, and inexperience.  These behaviors, when combined with drugs or alcohol can be lethal” said District 10 Interim Commander, Lieutenant John Wenzel. 

In addition to the directed patrols, Seat Belt Enforcement Zones, Roadside Safety Checks, and Alcohol Countermeasure Enforcement details will also be conducted.  The goal of these concentrated efforts is voluntary compliance.  We ask all of you to please help us ensure memories of this year’s prom and graduation are positive ones.  Buckle up, and don’t use alcohol or drugs, and ‘Please Return on Monday’ to school.
One driving fatality is too many.  The Illinois State Police are committed to “Driving Zero Fatalities to a Reality”

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Iroquois County union workers oppose right-to-work zones

According to the Paxton Record, Union workers flooded the board room in the Administrative Center in Watseka last Thursday morning, urging the Iroquois County Board to stand united against Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposal to create right-to-work zones.

Right-to-work zones, or empowerment zones, would limit the power of labor unions, allowing voters to decide if workers in their communities should be forced to join a union or pay associated dues.

The newly elected Republican governor has been pressing Illinois cities and counties to approve resolutions in support of his proposal, which he says would help boost job creation and the state’s economy.

The Iroquois County Board’s policy and procedure committee had a proposed resolution supporting Rauner’s right-to-work proposal on the agenda for Thursday’s meeting. The resolution, prepared by the governor’s office, also would support prevailing wage reform and workers’ compensation reform.

“Voters in our community should be allowed to decide via referendum whether or not employees should be forced to join a union or pay dues as a condition of employment,” the proposed resolution says. “Local empowerment zones will help attract jobs and make our community more attractive for businesses.”

Dave Beck, staff representative for American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31, urged the board to oppose Rauner’s proposal. Earlier, more than 10 union workers expressed their concerns that the right-to-work zones would drive down wages, hurting the economy, and would be illegal.

“You all didn’t come up with this idea out of the blue. The governor is going county by county, city by city, pressuring you folks to adopt these resolutions,” Beck said. “And I think we have ask ourselves, ‘Why is he doing this when the issue before us in this state is the budget?’ The state of Illinois’ budget is in terrible shape, and instead of focusing on fixing that, he and his employees are going out over the state, spending all this time and energy, trying to get us on this issue. And it has nothing to do with the actual problem.

“So I ask you, don’t play this game. Instead of passing this resolution, go back to the governor and say, ‘Governor, this isn’t the issue that’s important to us right now. The issue that’s important to us is the state budget. We want you to work with the Legislature to make that work.’”

County Board Chairman Kyle Anderson of Beaverville said he doubts Rauner’s right-to-work proposal will advance in the Legislature — a sentiment shared by board member Russell Bills of Watseka.

“I can’t imagine it going very far,” Bills said.

Details of the proposal
The proposed resolution — which will be up for further discussion, but not a vote, at the county board’s next full board meeting on April 14 — says current Illinois law creates a “one-size-fits-all” approach to collective bargaining for local units of government, which creates added costs ultimately passed on to taxpayers. The resolution says voters and local officials should determine what is a subject of bargaining, not the state.

“Local control of bargaining would allow voters or local governments to determine if certain topics should be excluded from collective bargaining, including contracting, wages, provisions of health insurance, use of employee time, required levels of staffing, procedures and criteria for personnel evaluations, academic performance, conduct and discipline in school,” the resolution reads.

The resolution adds that current state law sets “thresholds” for workers on state and local construction projects, increasing costs significantly. By repealing the Illinois Prevailing Wage Act and the requirements for “project labor agreements,” it would give local governments more control over such costs, the resolution says.

The resolution also says that Illinois’ workers’ compensation costs are the seventh highest in the nation — and more than double the costs of Indiana. Local governments would see a “major cost savings” as a result of reforming the workers’ compensation law.

Unions united in opposition
The union laborers and representatives in attendance were adamantly opposed to the proposal.

Steven Pfingsten of Watseka, vice president of Laborers’ Local 751, called it a “backdoor anti-union effort.”

“It is a thinly disguised political maneuver by the governor that has been ruled illegal by the state’s attorney general,” Pfingsten said. “I am sure that any effort to enact these types of laws will cost our community dearly in lost money attempting to defend an illegal action.”

Pfingsten argued that the proposal would drive down wages for all workers, including non-union members. He added that workers in “right-to-work” states earn more than $5,000 less per year than those in states without such laws. Pfingsten also noted that eight of the 12 states with the highest unemployment rates have “right-to-work” laws. When the wages are driven down, the economy suffers and jobs are lost, he said.

Ryan C. Anderson, business manager/secretary-treasurer for Painters District Council No. 30, wrote a letter to the county board saying that Rauner’s right-to-work proposal as well as his proposal to repeal the Prevailing Wage Act would be against the state’s constitution.

Anderson said that Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan “clearly indicates” in a written opinion that only a state, through the actions of the Legislature, can enact a “right-to-work” law. Madigan further has ruled that counties, municipalities and school districts, as well as other local units of government, must comply with the provisions of the Prevailing Wage Act when seeking bids and awarding contracts for construction or demolition of public works.

Anderson asked the board to consider the costs the county would incur in attempting to defend “an illegal action.”

“Certainly, my organization will defend the constitutional rights of union members and the legality, under federal and state law, of union security agreements,” Anderson wrote.

Michael Smith, business manager of Laborers’ Local 751 and president of the Kankakee Federation of Labor, called the right-to-work proposal “a race to the bottom.”

“It hurts not only union people, but it hurts non-union people, because as our wage threshold comes up it affects all folks, because the non-union tries to keep up so their places don’t become an eyesore,” Smith said.

Steve Magruder, president of the Kankakee Construction and Trades Council, said the right-to-work plan would be “a detrimental blow to this community ... (and) state of Illinois.”

Dale Strough, a Watseka attorney, said the right-to-work zones would further drive down local wages, hurting Iroquois County’s economy.

“Right now we have an unemployment rate of about 6.5 percent. That is a little bit lower than it is in Kankakee (County) or down in Vermilion (County). It’s a little bit higher than it is in Ford or Champaign (counties),” Strough said. “But unemployment (is) not the problem. The problem is the wage levels. ... Seventy to 80 percent (of students in the Iroquois West school district) are in the poverty level, yet the unemployment rate level is (only) 6.5 percent. That’s not welfare. That’s low wages.

“What we need to shoot for is good, middle-class jobs, wherever those might come from. But again, you can’t race to the bottom. It exacerbates the problem. It means more people who can’t maintain their homes amid declining property values; it means less revenue for (the county). Don’t give into it. ... There’s lots of things you can do to generate revenue that maybe you haven’t done. But competing with union sweatshops is not the way to go.”

John Willard, the district director for the American Welding Society, said union wages would suffer if the proposal passes.

“The only way we can entice people to pick welding as a trade is if there’s something other than poverty in it for them,” Willard said. “Driving down those wages to where welders aren’t going to live a decent life and eat steak once a week and take their family on vacation, it’s just wrong that people would want that for someone else. ... It’s not right; it’s not fair; and you shouldn’t do it.”

Donald Price, a retired state employee, expressed concern that if the county adopted a right-to-work zone, many local businesses would suffer.

“One of the reasons you don’t want this is because these union people are your customers — you people who own businesses — and if you want them to continue being your customers they’ve got to have some decent pay,” Price said. “Without unions, we’re going to go back to how things were before 1900. Child labor? Is that what you want?”

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National Library Week will be celebrated all week with activities at the Hoopeston Public Library

The Hoopeston Public Library is hosting fun activities all week to mark National Library Week, April 12-18.  Each day, a special activity is scheduled to mark the week, which honors American’s libraries.

Monday morning join them for free coffee and donuts in the reading room from 10-11:30 a.m. and entertainment by Ellyn Stacey on the violin.  Then on Tuesday, Claudia DeWitt, Vermilion County Master Gardener, will present “Annuals vs. Perenials”  at 2:00 p.m., on Wednesday from 1-4 p.m. a representative from the Illinois Secretary of State’s office will be on hand to share information on becoming an organ donor.  Thursday from 4-5 p.m., it’s Kids Read with the Shelter Cats, open to youngsters in grade kindergarten-sixth.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Friday you can learn what the library archives have to offer from 1-3 p.m., Tom Sweeney will conduct tours of the Illinois Room and at 1:30 p.m., local author Bonnie Manion will have a poetry reading.  Finally, on Saturday at 10 a.m. the Big Read story and activity time for ages preschool-6th grade will be celebrating Smart Money Week.
Anyone who sign ups for a new library card will receive a free gift from the library.

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

News Release
April 12, 2015

4-10 Sheriff’s Police investigated a single vehicle traffic accident on Co. Rd. 1980 E near 1350 N.  According to the Police report Jonathon M. Haney, 28 Bourbonnais was driving south bound on 1980 E when he struck a tree limb that had fallen in the roadway during a storm.  The vehicle Haney was driving sustained over $1500 in damage.  No injuries were reported and no citations were issued

4-10 Sheriff’s Police investigated a single vehicle traffic accident on Co. Rd. 2400 N near 1600 E Co Rd.  According to the Police report Johan Rabe, 27 Crescent City was driving east on 2400N Co Rd near 1600 E Rd when a deer entered the roadway.  Rabe swerved to avoid a deer causing Rabe’s vehicle to leave the road, graze a tree, striking a culvert and ditch embankment before returning back to the roadway.  The vehicle sustained over $1500 in damage.  No injuries were reported and no citations were issued

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Hoopeston Police Department Weekend Report

Friday, April 10, 2015
Saturday, April 11, 2015
Sunday, April 12, 2015

Friday, April 10, 2015


Battery (City Ord) H15-1425
Time & Date: April 10, 2015 1pm
Location: 101 W Main St Tedd’s Home Beverage Lot
Complainant: 15 year old Hoopeston Female Juvenile
Arrested: 16 year old Hoopeston Juvenile Female
Details: At the above time and date, Hoopeston Police Department was requested because
the complainant was battered by the arrested suspect.  The suspect was located
at another address and transported to HPD processed and released back to an adult
custody with court date, for Hoopeston Municipal Court. 

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Breach of Peace Constituting Disorderly Conduct (City Ordinance) H15-1456
Date & Time: April 11, 2015 11:02pm
Location: 400 blk N Market
Arrested: Adolpho Ybarra (20) of Hoopeston
Details: HPD officers received a call in reference to loud music in the area.  Officers
observed loud music and attempted to speak with the property owner.  Subject
refused to open the door.  Officers later located Mr. Ybarra and charged him with
city ordinance violation Breach of Peace Constituting Disorderly Conduct.  He
was also given a city court date.

Sunday, April 12, 2015


Aggravated Battery H15-1458   V15-3274
Time & Date: April 12, 2015   12:36 AM
Location: 500 block E Young Av Hoopeston
Complainant: 49 year old Hoopeston Woman
Arrested: Downing, Jennifer L (54) of Hoopeston (F)
Details: At the above time and date, the complainant contacted HPD reference to
Arrestee entered into her residence armed with a blunt object.  Arrestee attacked the complainant causing injury.  Arrestee surrendered to the Officers
At Hoopeston Police Department, where she was processed and transported
PSB Danville to appear before a judge. 

 

 

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Milford Fun Days upcoming Fundraisers

The Milford Fun Days Committee and volunteers will be at the 4-way stop in Milford for Corner Collections for 2015 Fun Days themed There’s a Superhero in All of Us! on Friday, May 1st & Saturday, May 2nd.
Also, they will be hosting a Cash Bash Saturday, May 23rd at Old Main Pub. Tickets are on sale now contact Tammy Harwood or any fun days committee member.

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Watseka Chamber announces 2015 Golf Outing

Registration forms are now available for the Watseka Area Chamber of Commerce
2015 Golf Outing. Forms are available at the Chamber office, 110 South Third Street,
Watseka and also on the new web site, www.watsekachamber.org. This year’s outing will
be Friday, June 19th at Shewami Country Club, Sheldon, Illinois. Tee off time is set for
1:00 p.m. Join us for this year’s fun filled themed golf outing, we are asking that you wear
your favorite “Hawaiian Luau” attire.

Men’s, women’s, and mixed teams are welcome. Teams consist of a four-player
scramble. Team and performance prizes will be awarded. Fun games of skill and luck will
consist of a putting contest, closest to the pin, closest to the squiggly line, and much more.
Lunch will be served during registration compliments of Riverside Medical Center Specialty
Services in Watseka. Registration deadline is Friday, June 5, 2015. For a registration
form or more information, please contact the Chamber office at 815/432-2416.
Sponsorship opportunities are still available.

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NEW TO 2015 ILLINOIS STATE FAIR: COUNTRY CONCERT BLOWOUT PACKAGE

HANK WILLIAMS, JR. ROUNDS OUT 2015 COUNTRY LINE-UP

SPRINGFIELD – Officials with the Illinois State Fair have put together a money saving deal for country music fans.  This year the “Country Concert Blowout” package gives fans the opportunity to attend three of the hottest shows of the summer for a reduced price.  The Country Concert Blowout includes a general track ticket and state fair admission for 3 great nights of concerts.
The concerts assigned to the Country Concert Blowout include:
- Sunday, August 16th – Justin Moore / Josh Thompson / Jon Pardi,
- Tuesday, August 18th – Rascal Flatts / Scotty McCreery / Raelynn,
- Friday, August 21st – Hank Williams Jr. / 38 Special.
The Country Concert Blowout package is $99 and can only be purchased through the Illinois State Fair Office, which is located inside the Emmerson building.  The package goes on sale Monday, April 20th at 9:00 am.  Tickets can be purchased at the Emmerson building Monday-Friday from 9:00am – 3:00pm.  Only 1,000 tickets are available for the Country Concert Blowout package, and those tickets will be sold on a first come, first serve basis.
Hank Williams Jr. is the latest act to join the Illinois State Fair Grandstand line-up.  The Grammy-award winning, singer/songwriter will bring his trademark blend of country, blues, and southern rock to the grandstand stage on Friday, August 21st.  Opening for the country-legend will be rock group .38 Special.  Tickets for this individual show will range from $47 for VIP seats to $25 for Tier 3 seats.

Tickets for all named grandstand acts will go on sale at 10am on Saturday, April 18th through Ticketmaster. 
Ticket prices for each of the shows are listed below:
August 14:  Sammy Hagar and The Circle / Collective Soul
VIP - $48 / Track $36 / Tier 1 - $36 / Tier 2 - $31 / Tier 3 - $26
August 16:  Justin Moore / Josh Thompson / Jon Pardi
VIP - $46 / Track $31 / Tier 1 - $31 / Tier 2 - $26 / Tier 3 - $21
August 18:  Rascal Flatts / Scotty McCreery / Raelynn
VIP - $65 / Track $50 / Tier 1 - $50 / Tier 2 - $45 / Tier 3 - $40
August 21:  Hank Williams, Jr / .38 Special
VIP - $47 / Track $35 / Tier 1 - $35 / Tier 2 - $30 / Tier 3 - $25
August 22:  Austin Mahone/ TBA
VIP - $48 / Track $36 / Tier 1 - $36 / Tier 2 - $31 / Tier 3 - $26
August 23:  Brantley Gilbert / Colt Ford / Michael Ray
VIP - $54 / Track $39 / Tier 1 - $39 / Tier 2 - $34 / Tier 3 - $29
“The staff at the Illinois State Fair works very hard each year to bring in quality acts and offer reasonably priced tickets.  When you look at other regional venues, our prices are consistently competitive, and this Country Concert Blowout package is a great example of that,” said Ag Director Philip Nelson.
The Illinois State Fair runs August 13-23.  The Illinois Department of Agriculture will have more announcements about the 2015 fair in the coming months.  For more news and updates, follow the Illinois State Fair online: 
  www.agr.state.il.us/isf
    @IllinoisStateFair
    @ILStateFair

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MURDER IN MILFORD

One man charged with two counts of First Degree Murder.

Iroquois County States Attorney James Devine said yesterday that Danny R. Murphy, 52, was charged with two counts of first degree murder in the death of David Garrett, 48, on April 7 in a Milford home. Iroquois County police said Mr. Garrett died of Blunt force trauma after an autopsy was conducted in Champaign County. Bond was set at $1 million, the investigation is ongoing with Milford Police and Iroquois County Sheriff’s police.

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Suspect killed after leading police on pursuit that started in Iroquois County

A robbery suspect in Illinois is dead after causing a high-speed police chase that ended in White County Thursday evening.

It started with a robbery in Watseka, Illinois. The suspect reportedly hijacked a NAPA truck from a woman making deliveries, took the woman hostage and proceeded into Indiana.

Lafayette police were called around 5:30 p.m. to a report of an armed robbery at the Advance America on Elmwood Avenue. Officers said a man displayed a gun during the robbery. Two employees were in the store during the robbery and sustained minor injuries from having their hands bound by the suspect prior to leaving the business. Neither employee required medical attention.

The suspect was described by the employees as a Hispanic male, 5 foot 5 inches to 5 foot 8 inches, skinny build, shaved bald head, late 20s to early 30s in age, wearing dark clothing. The suspect had a woman with him when he arrived at the business. She was believed to be the hostage from the robbery in Illinois.

After the robbery, the suspect and the woman left in the same white truck. The vehicle was later observed by a deputy with the Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Office on N. Ninth Street near Battle Ground. Both the sheriff’s office and Indiana State Police pursued the suspect vehicle.


LPD said the pursuit went through Battle Ground and into Brookston where the vehicle was disabled by stop sticks.The suspect ditched the vehicle and proceeded to carjack another. The suspect then headed north on State Road 43 towards Monon. The chase ended just north of Monon.

According to Indiana State Police Sgt. Kim Riley, officers surrounded the vehicle and the suspect pointed his weapon at officers. Riley said that’s when the officers fired, killing the suspect. No officers were injured. Riley would not confirm which agenices shot their weapons, but said troopers from Lowell and Lafayette would be put on administrative leave during an investigation.

“There will be a finding one way or the other on how the shooting went down, be justified or [not] justified and then those officers will be put back in duty or whatever happens from there on,” said Riley.

The hostage was taken to IU Health White Memorial Hospital where she was treated for superficial injuries and released. She was interviewed by investigators at the White County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Pat Shafer told News 18 she declined to comment about the incident

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter

Domestic Battery H15-1396
Date & Time: April 9, 2015   2:19am
Location: 900 blk E Young
Complainant: 35 year old female
Arrested: Alejandro Limon (36) of Hoopeston
Details: Subject was charged with the above after officers responded to the above
location for a physical altercation.  He was transported to PSB to
see a judge.

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ELECTION 2015- Hoopeston will see 2 New Alderman, Milford will build new school, and more.

ELECTION 2015- Hoopeston will see 2 New Alderman, Milford will build new school, and Danville loves Eisenhower

Hoopeston Ward One Alderman Race
Chad Yaden-120
Dustin Tarter-48
Joe Fell-64

Ward Two
Randy Carter ran unopposed

Ward Three-
Alex Houmes-95
Nancy Stipp-62

Ward Four-
Brandon Hamilton-165
Jeramy Dobkins-97
Russell Himba-13
Hoopeston 1% Sales Tax Increase Question
No-473
YES-336

Milford voters were asked to vote on whether to pass a referendum to build a new school in District 124
It passed by a vote of Yes 733 to No 480
The Village of Sheldon passed a new tax along to residents for more police protection but it barely made it by a vote of Yes 134 to NO 127

Alvin gets a new Village president with Chuck Smock as long time village president Jean Lete did not run for office.

Village of Henning Voters had a choice of 6 people to fill 3 seats as village trustees the top 3 vote getters were:
Harry “Butch” Watson, Kevin Bell, and Troy Wolfe.

Bismarck Henning School voters were asked to vote for 3 of 4 for the Board of Education and the winners were:
Cheryl Brumett, David Clapp, Ron Winkler.

Cissna Park School board race 4 running for 3 seats and the winners were:
Jason Edelman, Bud Petry, Jeremy Seggebruch.

An interesting race in the Iroquois County unit 9 school board race, 7 vying for 4 seats: Kirk McTaggart, Bob Burd, and Michael Kaeb all clearly winners but the 4th seat is in a tie at the moment with Crystal Blair and Toby Schippert both receiving 313 votes.

Village of Sheldon trustee race 5 vying for 3 seats the winners were: William Milan, Jeff Mabbitt, and Jason Jackson.

In a race that many thought would be a lot closer the City of Danville’s Mayors race. Incumbent Scott Eisenhower a clear winner over Former Vermilion county board Chairman Jim “Mouse” McMahon with the numbers reading 3481 to 2003 Eisenhower now moves into his 4th term as Danville Mayor.
In seats that had no contest:

Rossville, Potomac, Bismarck, Alvin, Rankin all had village seats running unopposed as did the Hoopeston School Board.

Rossville School Board will see a new face, Jeremy Deck ran unopposed to get a seat on the board.
Other members retaining seats were Robert Danner III, Kyle Zarate, and Tim Thornsbro got a seat back that he had held years before. 

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Theft Under H15-1365
Date & Time: April 7, 2015   12:20pm
Location: 500 blk W Lincoln
Complainant: 50 year old Hoopeston man
Details: Complainant advised sometime during the last two nights, an unknown
subject removed 2 lamps from his trailer while it was parked on his
property


Found Property: A small key was found and turned in today from McFerren Park.  Owner
can claim it at HPD.


Disorderly Conduct H15-1368
Date & Time: April 7, 2015 3:44pm
Location: 600 Block of West Orange
Complainant: 47 year old Hoopeston Female
Arrested: Justin L. Taylor, 32, of Hoopeston
Details: HPD officers responded to the above location for the report of a verbal
dispute between subjects.  Upon officers arrival, Taylor was taken into custody for the above charges and later released with a Notice to Appear at a later date. 

Burglary to a Residence H15-1374
Date & Time: April 7, 2015 7:02
Location: 400 Block of West Chestnut
Complainant: 22 year old Hoopeston Male
Details: HPD officers responded to the above location for the report that someone had broken into his residence.  Reported stolen were various electronic items
and some apparel.

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Electronics collection event being held 9 a.m. to noon Saturday April 11th

A free electronics-collection event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 11 at the north parking lot of Danville Area Community College, 2000 East Main Street in Danville.

The event is jointly sponsored by Danville Area Community College, Mervis Industries, the Vermilion County Health Department, Keep Vermilion County Beautiful, and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.

Residents are encouraged to bring their broken, obsolete or unwanted electronic items to the main DACC campus on April 11 so they can be recycled at no cost to residents.

“Even old and broken electronic items have components that can be recycled and reused, and other components that can be toxic,” said Public Health Administrator Jenny Trimmell. “These products can no longer be taken to landfills in Illinois, so managing them properly is the right thing to do.”

It is now illegal in Illinois for electronic products such as televisions, computers, monitors, DVD players, fax machines and MP3 players to be disposed of in landfills.

On April 11, area residents can bring their household electronic items to DACC for processing.  Items accepted include flat screen or LCD televisions, flat screen or LCD monitors, cable/satellite receivers, cell phones and smart phones, computer peripherals (keyboards and mice), computers, printers, copiers, digital converter boxes, DVD players, fax machines, gaming consoles, notebooks (laptops), PDAs, scanners, small servers, VCRs, wire (cords from compliant devices), and zip drives.

The collection will not accept CRT or tube televisions, CRT monitors, projection or wooden set televisions, televisions with broken screens, vacuum cleaners, microwave ovens, or wooden audio speakers.

“We are happy to work with residents to properly recycle these types of electronics in an environmentally safe and responsible manner,” Michael Mervis, Director of Mervis Industries said. “By doing so, many materials will be reused in the manufacturing of new products and potentially harmful chemicals will be diverted from landfills.”

Mervis Industries accepts electronic items for recycling daily at its Mervis Recycling location at 14 South Henning Road west of Danville.

Andrew Kerins, the Sustainability Instructor at DACC, said that the college was looking to host a special electronics-collection event, and that Mervis Industries officials were eager to be involved.

“Encouraging environmental sustainability is a goal of the college, and we are happy to be part of this event,” said Kerins.

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, recyclers now recover more than 100 million pounds of materials from electronics each year, some of which can be converted into raw material for new products.

Some electronics can contain toxic materials such as lead, mercury, arsenic, cadmium and beryllium that must be properly managed to prevent soil and groundwater contamination. But obsolete electronic products can also contain valuable materials that can be recycled for reuse such as copper, gold and circuit chips.  ###

Please contact Douglas Toole at 431-2662 ext. 243 if you have any questions.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter

Monday, April 06, 2015

Domestic Battery, Child Endangerment   H15-1358   V15-3054
Date & Time: April 6, 2015   5:20pm
Location: 500 blk W Washington
Arrested: Shannon L Miller (37) of Hoopeston
Details: Subject was charged and taken into custody after striking a juvenile
while at the above location.  She was transported to PSB for
arraignment.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Disobeying Police (City Ord) H15-1327
Time & Date: April 5, 2015   6:00 am
Location: 800 block E Seminary St
Arrested: Rogers, Dawn M (F) of Hoopeston (34)
Details: At the above time and date, HPD responded to the area listed above.
The female was asked several times to leave and refused.  HPD
Officers asked to her to leave also, she refused, and that is when the
female was placed under arrested, transported to HPD, processed and
released on City Ordinance NTA for court. 


Fire Call
Time & Date: April 5, 2015   6:46 am
Location: 701 W Washington St
Details: At the above time and date, HFD responded to report of the structure on fire.
No report of injuries, damage estimates were not a reported at this
time.  All units clear the scene with fire out at 08:00 am. 

Burglary H15-1341
Date & Time: April 5, 2015 7:36pm
Location: 800 blk E Seminary
Complainant: 48 year old Hoopeston male
Details: At above time and date, complainant reported that unknown subject(s)
entered his garage and stole several items.

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Rossville Meth bust

Police Bust another rolling meth lab

4/1/15 Approx 8:00pm The Rossville police conducted a traffic stop in the 300 bloack of South Chicago Street. Upon investigation the officer found the driver Angela M. Metcalf of La Porte Indiana was driving on a suspended license. A search of the car found items commonly used in the production of meth. Illinois State Police Meth response team came to the scene and it was determined there was a active meth lab inside the car. A passenger Paul D. Albertson had a felony warrant out of Crawford County. Both were taken to the Vermilion County Jail and charged with possession of meth precursors, and meth production materials.

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SEMI ROLLOVER IN IROQUOIS COUNTY

SEMI ROLLOVER IN IROQUOIS COUNTY

WHAT: Semi Rollover Crash

WHERE: I-57 Northbound at milepost 288 (Iroquois County)

WHEN: Thursday, April 2, 2015, 4:28 a.m.

VEHICLES: 2001 Truck Tractor Semi-Trailer

DRIVER: Wilbert E. Brunner, 70, Kankakee

PRELIMINARY: Preliminary investigation has indicated the driver of the truck tractor semi-trailer lost control of the vehicle and ran off the roadway and over turned.  The driver of the vehicle was transported to Riverside Hospital with minor injuries. 

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Man charged in stabbing of bartender at Paxton bar

A Paxton man was charged Thursday with multiple counts of aggravated battery for allegedly stabbing a bartender at Shooky’s Bar — the second stabbing incident at that downtown Paxton bar in the past 18 months.

Tracy L. Joyce, 55, who listed an address at 217 W. Holmes St., remained at the Ford County Jail on Thursday with bond set at $50,000, meaning he must pay $5,000 to be released.

Ford County State’s Attorney Randy Yedinak charged Joyce on Thursday with one count each of aggravated battery in a public place, aggravated battery causing great bodily harm and aggravated battery using a deadly weapon, all Class 3 felonies, along with misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of less than 2.5 grams of cannabis.

Joyce is due in court at 10 a.m. April 7.

The battery charges allege that Joyce stabbed Robert Knell in the leg while they were at Shooky’s Bar, 103 N. Market St., on Wednesday night. Joyce also allegedly had in his possession a metal pipe used to smoke cannabis and less than 2.5 grams of cannabis.

Knell was bartending at Shooky’s when Paxton police responded to a report of a stabbing at the bar at 9:54 p.m. Wednesday, according to a news release from Paxton Police Chief Bob Bane.

“Officers discovered a fight occurred in the bar, and the bartender was stabbed in the lower-left leg,” Bane said in the release. “The victim also received defensive cuts to his left hand and wrist. A customer had also received a cut to his finger.”

Knell was taken to the emergency room at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.

Meanwhile, Joyce was arrested at the scene and taken to the emergency room at Gibson Area Hospital in Gibson City, where he was treated for injuries to his face and nose. After Joyce was released from the hospital, he was taken to the Ford County Jail in Paxton.

Paxton police were assisted with the arrest by the Ford County Sheriff’s Office.

“This is a pending, ongoing investigation, and no further statements will be released at this time,” Bane said in the release.

This was the second stabbing incident at Shooky’s since October 2013, when Sean F. Kelley, then 33, of Paxton, was charged with second-degree murder in connection with the stabbing death of Jeffrey D. Potts, 49, of Paxton, during a fight outside the bar. A jury acquitted Kelley of all charges last year.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter
Wednesday April 1, 2015

Criminal Damage to Property H15-1241
Time & Date: April 1, 2015   11:18 am
Location: Fortees Apartments 715 S First Ave
Details: At the above time and date, person(s) unknown and without permission did damage
to the postal array out front of the building. 


Wanted on Warrant H15-1242     V15-2859
Time & Date: April 1, 2015   12:55 pm
Location: Parkview Court Hoopeston
Arrested: Smith, Zachariah L (M) of Hoopeston (32)
Details: At the above time and date, subject was located in the area of above he was taken
into custody on the warrant Failure to Appear traffic case 12TR5140 Bond $5,000
plus $75 dollars fee.  Subject was later transported PSB Danville to post bond. 

Fire Call:
Time & Date: April 1, 2015 1521
Location: State Route 9 / 1300 E
Details: HFD was dispatched to a possible brush fire just west of town on the above date.  After investigation, it was found to be a controlled burn.  All units were released from
scene.

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The parents of an Indiana child pronounced dead last year were arrested Tuesday in connection with

according to www.commercial-news.com

The parents of an Indiana child pronounced dead last year were arrested Tuesday in connection with the death.
 
Timothy J. Briere, 20, and Vanessa M. Larque, 20, both of Kingman, Ind., were served arrest warrants by Indiana State Police charging them in the October death of 2-month-old Mellanie Briere.

The baby was found unresponsive on Oct. 8 by at the parent’s home along West State Street in Kingman, Ind. Emergency personnel responded, but the child was pronounced dead shortly thereafter.

According to Indiana state police, the parents are accused of neglect of the child by mistreating her by shaking or sudden violent impact. The actions caused severe trauma to the head.

Both parents were taken to Fountain County Jail where they were booked on charge of neglect and neglect resulting in death. Bond was set at $75,000 apiece.

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Gov. Rauner File Writs of Special Election

Dates Likely to Change Under Federal Consent Decree

CHICAGO - Governor Bruce Rauner today issued writs of election as required by law to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of former U.S. Representative Aaron Schock.

The writs include election dates compliant with the 115-day timeline required by Illinois law, but the dates will be modified after the state enters into a consent decree to comply with the federal Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act.

The Administration expects the actual dates for the Special Primary Election and Special Election each will be delayed several weeks from the dates indicated in the writs of election. Governor Rauner will issue amended writs of election with the revised election dates after the consent decree is entered.

As prescribed by Illinois law, the first day for candidates of established political parties to file original nomination papers with the State Board of Elections will be Wednesday, April 15, 2015. The last day to file nomination papers will be Monday, April 20, 2015. Those dates will not be modified by the consent decree.

The writs are attached to this release.

Additional Background

For years, the Illinois Election Code has prescribed a timeline for conducting special elections for U.S. Representative that is not compliant with federal law. The Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) is intended to protect the voting rights of citizens residing abroad, including in particular military men and women stationed overseas. Illinois law, however, does not provide sufficient time for ballots to be mailed abroad.

For that reason, the State of Illinois entered into a consent decree with the U.S. Department of Justice in 2013 to bring the State temporarily into compliance with UOCAVA for the last special election for U.S. Representative. Governor Rauner, Attorney General Madigan, and the Illinois State Board of Elections are now working cooperatively with the Department of Justice to enter into a similar consent decree for the special election caused by former Rep. Schock’s resignation.

This problem has persisted without a permanent solution for too long. Governor Rauner is working with the General Assembly leadership to pass legislation to protect the voting rights of our military men and women serving overseas, while still providing that any vacancy is filled as expeditiously as possible to ensure full representation in Congress for the people of Illinois.

Current Writs

·      Special Primary Election will be June 8 (excepted to be delayed until late June or early July)

·      Special Election will be July 24 (expected to be delayed until late August)

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter
Tuesday March 31, 2015

Traffic Accident Property Damage Only H15-1223
Date & Time: March 31, 2015 2:25pm
Location: The intersection of Market St. and Penn St.
Complainant: A Hoopeston woman
Unit #1: A silver Ford 4 door driven by Lacey Martinez, 21, of Hoopeston
Unit #2: A light blue Ford 4 door driven by Carolyn Longest, 76, of Hoopeston
Details: Unit #2 was traveling west bound through the intersection while Unit #1
was traveling south bound.  Unit #1 stopped, and then proceeded to go through the intersection striking Unit #2.  No injuries were reported and no tickets
issued. 

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Ex-jailer charged with failing to report as sex offender in Iroquois County

Watseka-

A former Ford County correctional officer convicted of having sexual contact with a female inmate in 2009 was charged with a felony last week for failing to register his vehicles with the Iroquois County sheriff.

Iroquois County State’s Attorney Jim Devine on March 26 charged Phillip S. Santefort, 45, of Buckley, with one count of unlawful failure to report as a sex offender, a Class 3 felony punishable by up to five years in prison.

The charge alleges Santefort failed to register with the Iroquois County sheriff, as required by state law, the license plate numbers of vehicles registered in his name.

Santefort, who posted 10 percent of his $5,000 bond to be released from jail, is due in Judge Gordon Lustfeldt’s courtroom at 9:30 a.m. April 21.

In May 2011, Santefort was sentenced in federal court to serve eight months in prison, followed by eight months of home detention, for engaging in a sexual act with a 23-year-old female inmate while he was working at the Ford County Jail. Santefort was also ordered to register as a sex offender for at least 10 years and pay a $3,000 fine.

Santefort earlier pleaded guilty to one count of sexual abuse of a person in official detention. Prosecutors said it appeared the sexual conduct between Santefort and the inmate was a “crime of opportunity” and a “consensual, willing act” between both parties. However, the prosecution added that Santefort “abused his position of trust.”

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

Monday March 30th Blotter

Single car accident in Onarga. Joseph Cantell 24 of Onarga lost control of his car when the power steering failed., struck a utility pole. No injury’s or citations were issued.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter
Monday March 30, 2015

Criminal Damage to a Vehicle: H15-1201
Date & Time: March 30, 2015 3:05pm
Location: 400 Block of West Lincoln
Complainant: 72 year old Hoopeston Male
Details: HPD officers responded to the above location for the report
that someone had thrown a brick through the back window
of his parked vehicle. 

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

Friday March 27th, 2015

Salvador Gomez, 31 of Onarga.

Charged with, Reckless driving, criminal damage to property, aggravated assault, and Intimidation. He was taken to the Iroquois County Jail in lieu of bond.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

WEEKEND POLICE BLOTTER

Assault (City Ord) H15-1160
Time & Date: March 28, 2015   10:44 am
Location: 400 E Wyman Av Hoopeston
Complainant: 56 year old Hoopeston Male
Arrested: Billy J Ponton (M) of Hoopeston (27)
Details: At the above time and date, the complainant advised officers that the suspect
threaten him over property.  Suspect was told to leave several times. 
Suspect was located to and issued City ordinance violation Notice to Appear. 

Warrant Arrest, Resisting Peace Officer, Criminal Damage to State Supported Property
H15-1166 V15-2747
Date & Time: March 28, 2015   10:14pm
Location: 306 E Main St Uptown Saloon
Arrested: Austin Schultz (21) of Fowler, IN
Details: HPD officers were called to a disturbance at the above location.  A computer
check revealed that Mr. Schultz had an outstanding Vermilion County warrant. 
Subject tried running from officers and therefore was also charged with resisting
a peace officer and criminal damage to state supported property.  He was taken
to HPD, processed and later transported to the PSB to await arraignment.

Domestic Battery H15-1178
Date & Time: March 29, 2015 5:15pm
Complainant: Juvenile male
Location: 700 block of Wyman Ave
Arrested: Juvenile male
Arrested: Juvenile male
Details: HPD officers responded to the above location for a verbal only
domestic in progress.  Officers learned after they arrived on scene
that a physical domestic had actually occurred.  Two juveniles were
taken into custody and later released to their parent with a date to
appear in court.

 

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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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