HOOPESTON RADIO, INC.
WHPO 101 COUNTRY 100.9
221 BANK ST.
HOOPESTON, IL 60942
PUBLIC FILE INFORMATION FOR 1st QUARTER 2021
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JAMIE LEE BAKKEN, GENERAL MANAGER
HOOPESTON RADIO, INC. 100.9 FM
WHPO 1st quarter 2021 issues:
1. The Hoopeston Preservation Commission sets the dates for the Hoopeston Sesquicentennial for June 27th-July 3rd. With events planned all week long. “Created at the crossroads” will be the theme of this featured event.
2. Hoopeston Man injured in New Years Day Crash in Iroquois County. Sheriffs Police investigated a single vehicle accident with injuries on New Year's Day in Prairie Green township. The driver, Waylon E. Henning (23) of Hoopeston, was traveling west bound on Indiana road 600S. Henning drove through the "T" intersection with Illinois road 3200E, striking the west ditch embankment and becoming airborne. The truck Henning was driving landed in a field and sustained major damage. Henning suffered injuries requiring Wellington / Greer Fire to extract him from the truck, Carle EMS transported Henning from the scene to Hoopeston Hospital for further treatment. Henning was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and driving while license suspended.
3. Man sentenced today to ten years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. Delvin Willis, formerly of 1310 Joanne Lane, Champaign, Illinois, was sentenced today to ten (10) years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for the offense of Possession of a Controlled Substance with the Intent to Deliver, a Class X Felony. Day-for-day sentencing credit applies, and the sentence shall be followed by three (3) years of Mandatory Supervised Release (i.e., Parole). Circuit Judge Nancy S. Fahey entered the sentence upon hearing evidence establishing that on July 23, 2019, Agents with the Vermilion County Metropolitan Enforcement Group (VMEG) executed a search warrant on a residence in Danville, Illinois owned by Willis. Located in the residence was over 80 grams of a substance containing both heroin and fentanyl. Prior to the execution of the search warrant, between January and early July of 2019, VMEG utilized confidential informants on numerous occasions to make narcotics purchases wherein Willis was involved. In each transaction, VMEG sought approval and received authorization from the Vermilion County State's Attorney's Office to utilize eavesdropping equipment to record the crimes.
4. States Attorney releases info on House Bill 163. As the Chief Legal Officer in Vermilion County, I am compelled to inform those that I have sworn to protect that the proposals set forth in House Bill 163 pose a serious threat to public safety, specifically, to victims and witnesses of violent crimes in our community. This Bill, which is 61 1 pages in length, was introduced just yesterday, Wednesday, January 6, 2021, and likely will be presented for a vote in Springfield as early as tomorrow, Friday January 8, 2021. This extensive Bill is poorly drafted, presents various reactionary requirements inconsistent with long standing and sound jurisprudence of our Country and State, and its timing provides no reasonable opportunity for proper debate on the House floor. House Bill 163, for example, proposes that all defendants charged with criminal acts should be presumed to be released from custody without posting any monetary bail. This presumption alone denies crime victims their constitutional rights. Article l, section 8.1 of the Illinois Constitution, codified in the Rights of Crime Victims and Witnesses Act, mandates that crime victims shall have the right to have the safety of the victim and the victim 's family considered in denying or fixing bail the amount of bail, determining whether to release the defendant, and setting conditions of release after arrest and conviction. Requiring an unwarranted additional presumption of no bail clearly contradicts previously established and superior law, places crime victims at a greater risk to be re-victimized, and unnecessarily subjects witnesses to threats and intimidation. The Bill also, for instance, requires that those in police custody, within one hour, must be given the ability to retrieve phone numbers contained in the contact list on that individual's cellular phone prior to the phone being placed into inventory. The drafters of this Bill obviously do not comprehend, or simply choose to ignore, how often such devices contain explicit contraband (such as child pornography) or other evidence of criminal conduct (such as drug trafficking and/or sex trafficking contact lists). Nevertheless, in numerous circumstances, this new law absurdly would allow an individual in custody the right to access the very device containing contraband, and, accordingly, the ability to destroy such evidence. Most egregiously, however, is that this Bill would strip the People of this State the ability to charge an individual with what is commonly referred to as Felony Murder even though that individual kills another person, and in performing the acts causing the victim's death, that individual committed or was attempting to commit a forcible felony. Eradicating this offense simply is inconsistent with the ends of justice. In short, this poorly drafted Bill containing ill-conceived directives is an effort to systematically dismantle law enforcement, which in turn would affect the integrity of every investigation, prosecution, and the safety of every citizen of our community. We must stand with the men and women of law enforcement who consistently stand up for us, and we must not allow this Bill to be voted upon without proper, timely, and transparent debate. Honorable Jacqueline M. Lacy, Vermilion County State 's Attorney
5. Fatal Shooting of 35-year-old Danville Man. A 35-year-old Danville man has died from a gunshot wound. At around 9:16 p.m. Monday, Danville police officers responded to the 400 block of Avenue A for a shots fired call. Upon arriving at the scene, officers found Jose Pacheco laying in the yard outside with a gunshot wound to his back. He was transported to OSF Sacred Heart Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead. The investigation into this incident continues and no other information is being released at this time. Anyone who has information regarding this incident is asked to call Danville Police at 217-431-2250; or you can call Vermilion County Crime Stoppers at 217-446-TIPS.
6. Three facing murder charges for killing two teenagers after drug deal gone wrong in Vermilion County. Three teenagers have been formally charged with murder for a fatal shooting Sunday that killed two boys in Oakwood. A press release from Vermilion County Sheriff’s Cpt. Mike Hartshorn says four people were charged Tuesday as part of their investigation into the shooting. The release says three of them are: Ali M. Bryant, 18, of Danville. He is charged with eight counts of murder, and one count each of armed robbery, robbery, and mob action. Jaevin M. Griggs, 16. He is charged as an adult with eight counts of murder, and one count each of armed robbery, robbery, and mob action. Camarion M. Halthon, 17. He is charged as an adult with eight counts of murder, and one count each of armed robbery, robbery, and mob action. Hartshorn says a 15-year-old was charged in juvenile court. They were not named in the press release and their charges were not listed. The victims were identified earlier Tuesday by coroners from Champaign and Vermilion County. They are Wyatt Baily, 19, of Oakwood, and Clayvonte Sloan, 15, of Rantoul.
7. ILLINOIS STATE POLICE DIVISION OF CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION CONDUCT DEATH INVESTIGATION. The Illinois State Police (ISP) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI), Zone 5, are conducting an investigation into an incident that has left one person dead and another hospitalized in rural Champaign County. On Feb. 6, 2021, at approximately 11:00 p.m., ISP District 10 officers and local Emergency Medical Service (EMS) personnel responded to an emergency call for service on US RT 136. Upon arrival, two injured subjects were located inside a vehicle; one 37-year-old female was transported to an area hospital and the other, Robert L. Ogburn, 46-year-old male of Ludlow, IL was pronounced deceased on scene by the Champaign County Coroner. This is believed to be an isolated incident. The ISP DCI is continuing the investigation, along with the Champaign County States Attorney’s Office, and the Champaign County Coroner’s Office.
8. ILLINOIS STATE POLICE DIVISION OF CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION INVESTIGATE DECEASED BODY FOUND NEAR INTERSTATE 74. The Illinois State Police (ISP) Division of Criminal Investigation, Zone 5, is investigating the report of deceased body found near Interstate 74 in Vermilion County. On Feb. 5, 2021, at approximately 4:45 p.m., Justin Marcinko, a 42 year old male from Covington, IN, was located deceased in Illinois at the above reported location. Justin was reported missing through social media and to the Covington Indiana Police Department by his family on Feb. 3, 2021. The ISP is continuing the investigation and no additional information will be released at this time. Anyone who witnessed or has any knowledge of the incident is asked to contact the ISP at ISP.Zone05.Media@Illinois.gov.
9. Project Success of Vermilion County, Inc expanding to all four schools in Hoopeston Area School District. A grant awarded to Project Success of Vermilion County, Inc., will allow it to expand its after school and summer programming and support students at all four schools in Hoopeston Area School District #11, starting this month. An additional grant through the Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) program was awarded recently to Project Success of Vermilion County, Inc., through the Illinois State Board of Education. This grant will bring an additional $525,200 per year to Vermilion County, totaling more than $2.6 million during the five-year grant cycle. The funding also will allow Project Success to increase staffing and add four new full-time positions and more than 30 part-time positions. The expanded 21st CCLC programming will provide educational supports to more than 150 additional Vermilion County students. Educational supports will include homework help, tutoring, credit recovery, enrichment programming, parent programming/education, and much more. With the inclusion of the Hoopeston Area School District, Project Success will now provide after school and summer programming at 18 Vermilion County schools and one community center that serves three Danville schools.
10. DANVILLE MAN FOUND GUILTY OF MURDER. Attorney General Kwame Raoul today announced a Danville man was found guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting death of a Danville man. A Vermilion County jury found Dyontae Bright, 21, of Danville, guilty of the first-degree murder of Albert Gardner, 23, of Danville. Vermilion County Circuit Court Judge Nancy Fahey set Bright’s post-trial motions for April 22, 2021. “After shooting the victim, the defendant fled to a neighboring state in an attempt to avoid accountability,” Raoul said. “As with this case, collaborations between federal, state, county and local law enforcement are critical to ensuring that individuals who perpetrate violent crimes are convicted – particularly when they go to extreme lengths to avoid capture. I look forward to continue these partnerships to protect communities from gun violence. On June 16, 2018, at around 2 a.m., at the Untouchables Motorcycle Club in Danville, Bright shot and killed Albert Gardner. The Attorney General’s office prosecuted the case in cooperation with Vermilion County State’s Attorney Jacqueline Lacy’s office. “Today’s jury verdict of guilty against Dyontae Bright clearly demonstrates that the good people of our community simply will not tolerate violent gang shootings,” said Vermilion County State’s Attorney Jacqueline M. Lacy. “I also would like to take this opportunity to thank Attorney General Kwame Raoul and his entire staff for their assistance to the State’s Attorney’s office in the prosecution of this murderer. Our continued partnership in the ongoing battle against violent crime truly is an asset to Vermilion County.”
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