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Hoopeston Police Report 4/13/24

Criminal Damage (Over), Possession of Meth, UUW, No Foid H24-1807 2024-2711

Time: 10:05 am

Location: 400 Block of East Seminary

Arrested: James Brayboy (M) (26) of Hoopeston

Details: HPD were called to the area for a domestic disturbance. Upon investigation Mr. Brayboy was arrested for the above charges. He was taken to HPD to be processed and later transported to the PSB in Danville to await arraignment.

Hoopeston Police Report 4/12/24

No Valid Driver’s License, Operating Uninsured Vehicle, Improper Display of License Plate/Sticker, Possession of Methamphetamine <5g, Possession of Controlled Substance

H24-1817 2024-2701

Time: 6:59 PM

Location: 100 blk W Orange St

Arrested: Wendy K Bell (F) (55) of Georgetown

Details: HPD conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle with the above subject identified as the driver. Ms. Bell was taken into custody for the listed charges. She was transported to HPD for processing then transported to the PSB in Danville, IL to await arraignment.

 

Wanted on Warrant (Vermilion County 24MT56), Possession of Methamphetamine 5 to 15g, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Controlled Substance H24-1817 2024-2700

Time: 6:59 PM

Location: 100 blk W Orange St

Arrested: Haley M Edwards (F) (27) of Hoopeston

Details: On the same traffic stop (see above), Ms. Edwards was identified as a passenger. She was taken into custody for the listed charges and transported to HPD for processing. She was later transported to the PSB in Danville, IL to await arraignment.

Hoopeston Police Report 4/11/24

Warrant Arrest (Vermilion County 24CF63) H24-1801 2024-2652 Time: 12:53 PM Location: 400 blk of S 2nd Ave Arrested: Christopher W Smith (47) (M) of Hoopeston Details: HPD officers went to the above location and located Mr. Smith known to have an active warrant through Vermilion County. Mr. Smith was arrested and transported to HPD for processing and later transported to the PSB by the Vermilion County Sheriff’s Department. 

ILLINOIS STATE POLICE ARRESTS WESTVILLE MAN FOR POSSESSION & DISSEMINATION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

Illinois State Police (ISP) Division of Criminal Investigation Zone 5 arrested 26-year-old Grant W. Pate of Westville, IL for 11 counts of Possession of Child Pornography (Class 2 Felony) and 11 counts of Dissemination of Child Pornography (Class X Felony).

 

On March 26, 2024, ISP conducted a residential search warrant in Westville, Illinois.  The search warrant was in reference to multiple Cyber Tips received from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) regarding child pornography.  During the execution of the search warrant, Grant W. Pate was taken into custody and transported to the Vermilion County Jail.

 

This investigation was a collaborative effort between the Illinois Attorney General’s Office Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, the Vermilion County State’s Attorney’s Office, the Westville Police Department, and ISP. “The dissemination of child pornography is not only disturbing, but dangerous for the victims depicted in the images stated Vermilion County State’s Attorney Jacqueline Lacy. Working with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Program to bring offenders to justice is necessary to keep our children safe.”

 

The Illinois State Police provide the following resource for parents, for the public to report crimes against children, and victims to start their path towards healing and recovery. Anonymous tips of child pornography can also be reported through the NCMEC CyberTipline at www.cybertipline.com. To keep kids safe online, learn more at: https://illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/onlinesafe/www.cybertipline.org ; For resources for survivors of sexual abuse visit: https://www.missingkids.org/gethelpnow/csam-resources .

Hoopeston Police Report 4/10/2024

Delayed Entry Traffic Accident H24-1763 Date: 4/8/2024 Time: 6:01 pm Location: N Market St. and E McCracken Ave. Unit 1: 1998 Oldsmobile Driven by: Jane Powell (53) of Wellington Unit 2: 2003 Buick Lesabre Driven by: Ernest Hurt (95) of Hoopeston Details: Unit 2 was turning left when Unit 1 attempted to pass Unit 2 which stuck the side of Unit 1. No tickets were issued, no injuries were reported. Traffic Accident / Fire Call (Disobeying Traffic Control Device) (Stop Sign) H24-1774 Time: 12:09pm Location: W Orange St. and S 2nd Ave. Unit 1: 2020 Chevrolet Equinox Driven by: Orlena Gossett (82) of Hoopeston Unit 2: 2016 Kia Rio Driven by: Anixa Amador (26) of Hoopeston Cited: Orlena Gossett (82) of Hoopeston (Unit 1) Details: Unit 1 was at the stop sign at S 2nd Ave and W Orange St. and turned to travel East, striking Unit 2. Hoopeston Fire and Hoopeston Arrow were called to the scene due to the passenger of Unit 1 experiencing pain. Unit 2 also had a passenger that was experiencing pain, who was transported to Hoopeston Carle for further evaluation. Unit 1 received a citation for disobeying a traffic control device. Unit 2 had to be towed away from the scene. Wanted on Vermilion County Warrant (23CM0177) H24-1783 2024-2628 Time: 5:19 pm Location: 300 block of E Thompson Ave. Arrested: Andrew S. Prattis (33) of Hoopeston Details: HPD Officers observed Mr. Prattis in the above area. A computer check showed Mr. Prattis to have an active Vermilion County Warrant, Mr. Prattis was transported to the Hoopeston Police Department where he was processed and later taken to the Public Safety Building in Danville. HOOPESTON POLICE Tuesday April 9, 2024 2 Traffic Accident H24-1786 Time: 5:37 pm Location: 226 N Market St. (Hoopeston Health and Fitness) Unit 1: 2010 Ford F150 Driven by: Heather Bridgeman (45) of Hoopeston Unit 2: 2016 Nissan Rouge Owned by: Gilberto Barera (20) of Indiana Details: Unit 1 was backing out from a parking space when she backed into Unit 2 which was parked on the side of N Market St. Both Units were insured and no tickets or injuries were reported

Hoopeston Police Report 4/9/2024

City Ordinance Violation (Declaration and Disposition of Nuisance Dogs) 06.08.140 H24-1749

Date & time: 4/7/24 11:35 pm

Location: 600 block E Young Ave

Cited: Kelly L Coffey (F) (54) of Hoopeston

Complainant: 58-year-old female of Hoopeston

Details: HPD responded to the complaint of dogs barking which were then located on Ms. Coffey’s property. A citation was sent via mail with a notice to appear in Hoopeston City Court.

Hoopeston Police Report 4/8/2024

Wanted on Champaign County Warrant (#24MT173) H24-1716

Time: 7:24 am

Location: 301 W Main St. (Hoopeston Police Department)

Arrested: Trea D. Powers (M) (20) of Hoopeston

Details: Mr. Powers came to HPD in reference to an incident, a computer search showed Powers to have an active Champaign County Warrant for failure to appear. Mr. Powers was released with a notice to appear in Champaign County.

Hoopeston Police Report 4/5/2024

Unlawful Use of Weapon X4, No FOID(Firearm Possession),No FOID(Ammunition possession), Forgery H24-1663 2024-2467

Time: 2:30PM

Location: 300 blk of E Main St

Arrested: Curt W Reynolds(70)(M)of Hoopeston

Details: HPD officers were dispatched to the above location for a report of Forgery. Mr.

Reynolds was located and arrested. Mr. Reynolds was transported to HPD for

processing and later transported to PSB to await arraignment.

Sen. Rose Statement on Quaker Oats Closing in Danville

State Sen. Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) released the following statement regarding the announcement of Quaker Oats Closing in Danville. 

 

“This terrible news doesn’t just impact Danville, but all central Illinois. Our office is committed to helping these employees in any way possible. After speaking with Mike Marron, the CEO of Vermillion Advantage, our first priority will be to assist in their upcoming job fair.

 

“We need to get as many of these people re-employed as quickly as possible. To that end, I have additionally talked with County Board Chair Larry Baughn, Senator Faraci, Representative Brandun Schwizer and have messages into Danville’s mayor to let them know that our office is ready to assist during this terrible time.”

The Quaker Oats factory in Danville is closing

The Quaker Oats Company has confirmed that it is permanently closing its factory at 1703 E. Voorhees St. in Danville. More than 500 employees will be affected, Mayor Rickey Williams Jr. said.

“Today, we learned that after 65 years of production in Danville, Pepsico will close Quaker Oats effective June 8, 2024,” officials from the city of Danville, Vermilion Advantage, Danville Area Community College and Vermilion County Works said Wednesday.

“The business has already ceased production but will continue to pay their employees through that time. While this shocks and saddens us, we will unite as a community to help those who have lost their employment.”

The coalition said they are working together to support Quaker Oats employees and their families, such as by updating a list of local job opportunities and discussing training opportunities to help workers move into other local positions.

Williams said he is unsure whether any of the affected employees are being transferred or if they are all being laid off.

A mass layoff “has a terrible impact on the employees and their families,” he said. “It also causes some anxiety to the community at large as well.”

However, he added that there are other employers looking for workers, and local leaders hope to connect Quaker Oats workers with existing opportunities.

“It’s going to be a blow to the community,” said Mike Marron, president and CEO of Vermilion Advantage. “And we’ve had a lot of challenges over the last few decades in this community, and this is just the latest one. And it’s not welcome news, but we’re going to do what we have to do, and we’re going to get through it.”

According to the Food and Drug Administration, Quaker Oats issued recalls of several granola bars, cereals and cereal bars in late 2023 and early 2024 due to potential salmonella contamination.

“Following the Quaker recall in December 2023, we paused production at the (Danville) facility,” the company told The News-Gazette. “After a detailed review, we determined that meeting our future manufacturing needs would require an extended closure for enhancements and modernization. In order to continue the timely delivery of Quaker products trusted by consumers since 1877, we determined production would need to permanently shift to other facilities.”

The company said it recognizes that closing the factory will have an impact on its workers and the surrounding community.

“We have notified our workforce and are working closely with our employees and local community officials to provide a supportive transition,” Quaker Oats officials said.

Marron said that community leaders are “united” and are working together to respond to the situation. He’s spoken with Williams about the matter, as well as DACC President Stephen Nacco, state Sen. Paul Faraci, D-Champaign, and state Rep. Brandun Schweizer, R-Danville.

“If there’s nothing that we can to do to prevent this, then we have to do whatever we can do to assist the employees who are going to be in a very tough period of transition, because there are a lot of good people there,” Marron said. “And we want to keep those people in this community. We want to keep them employed.”

This work will likely include sharing helpful resources and assisting employees with getting the training they need to secure other local jobs, he said.

“When we have mass layoff events such as the one at Quaker, we kind of shift into rapid response mode,” said Chuck Jones with Vermilion County Works, which administers federally-funded Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Title IB programs.

Jones has been in touch with state officials about the situation, and the state is working with Vermilion County Works to set up meetings for affected employees to learn about resources such as unemployment benefit assistance, local social services and retraining.

The organization is also applying for state funding to help Quaker Oats workers who are interested in “going back to school to learn how to do something new or seek retraining in a high-demand, high-growth occupation,” Jones said.

He explained that the state has emergency funds set aside for situations such as this one, and they are working with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to apply for these dollars.

 

 

State's Attorney Obtains Life Sentence for Brutal Murders of Two Elderly Danville Men

On April 1, 2024, State’s Attorney Jacqueline Lacy obtained a sentence of life in prison for Terrion Tinsley (DOB: 4/10/2003), formerly of Danville, Illinois, for the violent murders of Nathaniel Gentry and Cordell Reed, which occurred in the home of Cordell Reed. Circuit Judge Derek Girton sentenced Terrion Tinsley to life in prison following the guilty verdict by a Vermilion County Jury on January 12, 2024, of First Degree Murder of victims Nathaniel Gentry and Cordell Reed. The Jury found that the actions of Tinsley were brutal and heinous indicative of wanton cruelty as to both victims. In handing down the life sentence, Judge Girton was deliberate and thoughtful in his determination, after applying the facts to the law. During the sentencing hearing, State’s Attorney Lacy recalled evidence that was presented during the trial, reiterating that Tinsley stabbed Cordell Reed and brutally beat and bludgeoned the victims to death. She stated, “Terrion Tinsley had every opportunity to leave 440 Elm Street that night, but he stayed and made sure the job was done.” State’s Attorney Lacy thanked the Danville Police Department and the Illinois State Police Agencies, as well as Forensic Pathologist, Dr. Scott Denton, for each of their vital contributions to this investigation. Lacy said, “These victims did nothing to deserve this. They were innocent, decent citizens of our community.” Lacy added, “The sentence from Judge Girton today sends a strong message to our community that we will not stand for senseless acts of violence. I hope this sentence provides some sense of closure for the victims’ families.” The third defendant is scheduled for trial May, 2024.

Hoopeston Police Report 3/31/2023

Operating Vehicle with Expired Registration (More than 1 year) H24-1607 Time: 4:43 pm Location: S 5th St. and E Maple St. Hoopeston IL Cited: James E. Miller (M) (30) of Hoopeston Details: HPD Officers conducted a traffic stop on the above subject. A computer check showed Mr. Miller to have expired registration. Mr. Miller was released with a citation to appear in court for the listed charge.

Hoopeston Police Report 3/21/24-3/30/24

Warrant Arrest Vermilion Co, Warrant Arrest Champaign Co H24-1469 2024-2110

Time: 11:25pm

Location: 800 blk W Penn

Arrested: Kendrick Buckner (M) (22) of Hoopeston

Details: HPD officers were dispatched to the area for the report of a disturbance. A computer

check revealed Mr. Buckner had outstanding Vermilion and Champaign County

warrants. He was arrested and taken to HPD to be processed. He was later transported

to the PSB in lieu of bond and to await extradition to Champaign.

 

Warrant Arrest(VC 2023LM17) H24-1513

Time: 2:23PM

Location: 301 W Main St(Hoopeston Police Department)

Arrested: Bradlee A Walsh(28)(M)of Rossville

Details: Mr. Walsh came to Hoopeston Police Department to turn himself in on a warrant.

Mr. Walsh was processed, able to post bond and was released with a new Court Date.

 

 

No Valid Driver’s License (Delayed Entry) H24-1503

Date and Time: 03/24/2024 8:27PM

Location: E Main St/S Market St

Arrested: Jefferey A Davis(55)(M)of Hoopeston

Details: HPD officers conducted a traffic stop and a computer search showed Mr. Davis to

have no valid driver’s license. Mr. Davis was given a Vermilion County Court date

released from the scene.

 

Operating Vehicle with Suspended Registration for Non-Insurance, Wanted on Warrant (Vermilion County) H24-1558 2024-2257

Time: 12:42 AM

Location: S Dixie Hwy/W Orange St

Arrested: Michael J Barnes (M) (43) of Gilman

Details: HPD conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle with the above subject identified as the driver. Mr. Barnes was found to have an active warrant through Vermilion County. He was taken into custody and transported to HPD for processing then later transported to the PSB Danville, IL to await arraignment.

 

Operating Uninsured Vehicle H24-1594

Time: 8:10 pm

Location: W Orange St/S Dixie Hwy

Cited: Kimberly K Longfellow (F) (36) of Hoopeston

Details: HPD conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle with the above subject identified as the driver. Ms. Longfellow was given a citation and notice to appear in Vermilion County traffic court.

 

Eastern Illinois Foodbank Announces "Foodmobile" Food Giveaways in Vermilion County

When: Monday, April 22 2024 & Tuesday, April 23 2024 Where: Vermilion County Vermilion County, IL – Eastern Illinois Foodbank (EIF) is distributing food to area families facing food insecurity. The Foodmobile will travel throughout northern Vermilion County on 04/22/2024 and southern Vermilion County on 04/23/2024, with distribution sites and times and for each town listed at https://www.eifoodbank.org/help/mobile.html. Those attending are asked to bring boxes or bags to transport food. The distribution is part of the Foodbank’s Foodmobile Program, a system of mobile food pantries designed to help bring nutritious food to rural or underserved areas. Those planning to attend should pre-register at www.EIFclient.com, although doing so does not guarantee a place in line. Income guidelines are as follows: Updates regarding future food distributions can be found at the Foodbank’s website at www.eifoodbank.org.

Hoopeston Police Report 3/22/2024

Improper Use of Communication Device H24-1447

Time: 3:20pm

Location: In the area of 1121 S Dixie Highway (Lithgow Automotive)

Cited: Tiffany M. Woods (F) of Hoopeston

Details: HPD Officers were called to the above area in reference to a vehicle all over the roadway. HPD Officers conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle. Ms Woods was released with a traffic citation for the above charges.

Former public health administrator before judge March 21 on theft and official misconduct charges

A former public health administrator was before a judge March 21 after being charged by the Illinois Attorney General’s Office on theft and official misconduct charges.

Dee Ann Schippert, 57, Watseka, was charged by Attorney General Kwame Raoul “with allegedly submitting fraudulent time sheets to the Iroquois County Public Health Board claiming to have worked hours she did not actually work, valued in excess of $100,000,” reads a press release from Raoul’s office.

Schippert was arrested by Illinois State Police Special Investigations Unit March 20 in Champaign.

 

Schippert is charged with two counts of theft of government property, which are Class X felonies punishable by up to 30 years in prison, six Class 1 felonies of theft of government property, which are punishable up to five years in prison, and 17 Class 3 felony counts of official misconduct, which are punishable by up to five years in prison. “Sentences are ultimately determined by the court and can run concurrently,” reads the statement from Raoul.

 

Judge William Dickenson presided over court proceedings March 21. Iroquois County judges Michael Sabol and Kara Bartucci have recused themselves from the case.

According to judici.com information, Schippert appeared at the Zoom video hearing March 21 in the custody of the sheriff’s department. Public Defender Lance Cagle was also present as was Assistant Attorney General Mara Somlo. It was noted that Schippert may hire private counsel instead of a public defender. Part of the March 21 proceedings indicate that she is not to leave the State of Illinois and refrain from going to areas of the health department and Iroquois County departments that are not open to the public. She is to report to pre-trial services within 24 hours. She was read her appeal rights.

She will next go before a judge at 9:30 a.m. April 4 when the next status hearing is set. That hearing is set to be in a Kankakee courtroom.

In the press release, Raoul says that Schippert began her time as Iroquois County Public Health Department administrator in 2015, and had worked at the Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department for more than 20 years before that.

“While in the administrator role, Raoul’s office alleges from May 2020 to July 2022, Schippert knowingly deceived the government by misrepresenting to Iroquois County’s Board of Health how much work and what type of work she did,” reads the release. “This included submitting multiple fraudulent time sheets claiming regular and overtime work hours she did not actually work. Raoul alleges that, as a result, Schippert was paid more than $100,000 she should not have received.”

“Public officials who abuse their position for their own financial gain must be held accountable,” Raoul said in the release. “I would like to thank the Illinois State Police for their assistance in investigating this case. My office will continue to collaborate with law enforcement agencies to investigate and

hold accountable government employees who take advantage of the trust their communities have placed in them.”

"No one is above the law and when we learn of possible public corruption, the Illinois State Police Special Investigations Unit will be there to hold offenders accountable on behalf of the public," said ISP Director Brendan F. Kelly.

Hoopeston Police Report 3/21/24

Traffic Accident

Time: 11:33 am

Location: 600 Block of E Young Ave.

Unit 1: 2007 Dodge Van driven by Craig La bounty (M) (63) of Hoopeston

Unit 2: 2006 Chevrolet 4 door driven by Chole Edison (F) (18) of Hoopeston

Details: Unit 1 was backing from a driveway in the above area. Unit 1 struck Unit 2. There were no injuries, and no citations were issued.

Hoopeston Police Report 3/20/2024

Operating a Motor Vehicle with Suspended Registration H24-1415

Time: 5:12PM

Location: E Main St/Bank St

Arrested: Schuylar V Rusk(42)(M)of Hoopeston

Details: HPD officers conducted a traffic stop and a computer search showed the registration to be

suspended. Mr. Rusk was given a Vermilion County Court Date and released from the scene.

ILLINOIS STATE POLICE ANNOUNCE ROADSIDE SAFETY CHECK RESULTS

 Illinois State Police (ISP) Troop 7 Commander, Acting Captain Brian Dickmann, announces the results of a Roadside Safety Check (RSC) held in Vermilion County from late night March 16, 2024 to early morning March 17, 2024. The RSC was conducted at Illinois Route 1 southbound at Lyons Road, by Troop 7 officers. Violations Enforcement Activity Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Citations 0 Other Alcohol/Drug Citations 3 Occupant Restraint Offenses 4 Registration Offenses 2 Driver’s License Offenses 11 Insurance Violations 8 Total Citations/Arrests 26 Total Written Warnings 4 Alcohol and drug impairment are factors in more than 30% of all fatal motor vehicle crashes in Illinois, and throughout the U.S., nearly 10,000 people die each year due to alcohol-impaired driving. RSCs are designed to keep our roads safe by taking dangerous DUI offenders off the road. This project was funded through the Illinois Department of Transportation. 

Hoopeston Police Report 3/18/2024

Criminal Trespassing to State Supported Property, Domestic Battery H24-1368 2024-1890

Time: 4:05PM

Location: 500 blk of S 6th Ave

Complaint: 29 yr old Female of Hoopeston

Arrested: Keon O Crawford(29)(M)of Kankakee

Details: HPD officers were dispatched to the above location for a report of Domestic Battery. Mr. Crawford was arrested and transported to HPD for processing and later transported to PSB

to await arraignment.

 

Fire Call

Time: 12:34 am

Location: 423 N Dixie Highway(Heritage Health Care)

Details: HFD was dispatched to the above location for a smell of natural gas.

 

Criminal Damage to Property Over, Failure to report a crash to Police H24-1373 2024-1903

Date/Time: 03/15/20024 6:09pm

Location: 500 blk N 4th St

Complainant: 49 year old Hoopeston female

Arrested: Sierra Smith (F) (30) of Hoopeston

Details: HPD officers were dispatched to a civil disturbance. Upon arrival, officers were told that

Ms. Smith had ran into the complainants car and left the area. Ms. Smith was later found

and arrested for the above charges. She was taken to HPD to be processed and later

transported to the PSB in Danville to await arraignment.

 

 

Fire Call

Time: 2:06PM

Location: 1118 N Dixie Hwy(Hoopeston City Slab)

Details: HFD was called to the above location for a report of a brush pile on fire.

 

Speeding, Driving While Registration Suspended H24-1391

Time: 11:03 pm

Location: S 5th Ave/W Penn St

Cited: Claude A Bridgman (M) (37) of Hoopeston

Details: HPD conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle with the above subject identified as the driver. Mr. Bridgman was given citations for the listed offenses and received notice to appear in Vermilion County traffic court then was released from the scene

 

Fire Call

Time: 8:01PM

Location: 900 E Wyman Ave

Details: HFD was dispatched to the above location for a smell of smoke in the res.

 

 

Driving while license suspended, Improper backing H24-1397

Time: 8:52PM

Location: 100 blk of W Main ST

Arrested: Angela L Murphy(42)(F)of Hoopeston

Details: HPD officers conducted a traffic stop and a computer search showed Mrs. Murphy to have

a suspended license. Mrs. Murphy was arrested and transported to HPD for processing and

later released with a Vermilion County court date.

Child Predator Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison

On March 5, 2024, Troy Barnes (DOB 9/10/1990), formerly of Danville, Illinois, pleaded guilty to Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault of a Child, a class X felony, for 6 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. Barnes also pleaded guilty to Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault of a Family Member, a class 1 felony, for an additional 6 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. Each count for which the defendant pled guilty is to be served consecutively and he is to serve 85% of the sentence. Judge Derek Girton heard evidence from the State that the 2019 incident was reported to the Danville Police Department after a minor child came forward. Further investigation revealed prior incidents with a second minor victim who was also a family member. After his release from prison, Barnes will serve a term of mandatory supervised release from 3 years to natural life, and will be required to register as a sex offender for life. State’s Attorney Jacqueline Lacy thanked the Danville Police Department for their dedicated efforts in this matter. Lacy said, “I must thank the victims for their courage in coming forward to law enforcement. The victims’support of each other during this traumatic time was crucial.” Lacy added, “It is inconceivable that children must suffer such forms of abuse. It is important that our children know if someone hurts them it is safe to speak out.”

PETITION PACKETS AVAILABLE FOR THE GENERAL ELECTION TO BE HELD TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2024

Petition packets for Independent and New Political Party Candidates who wish to run for local offices in the General Election, to be held Tuesday, November 5, 2024, will be available at the Vermilion County Clerk’s Office beginning Tuesday, March 26,2024. Packets may be picked up between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The first day petitions for New Political Party Candidates or Independent Candidates may be circulated is Tuesday, March 26, 2024. Petitions must be filed with the Vermilion County Clerk beginning Monday, June 17, 2024 at 8:00 a.m. through Monday, June 24, 2024 by 5:00 p.m. Local offices to be elected at the November 5, 2024 General Election include County Auditor, Circuit Clerk, County Coroner, County Recorder, State’s Attorney and County Board members. Federal, state and judicial offices will also be on the ballot. Information and necessary forms for those offices may be found on the State Board of Elections’ website, www.elections.il.gov. 

Gun-Toting Crack Dealer Sentenced to Prison

On March 8, 2024, Terrion Liggins (DOB 12/30/1987), formerly of Danville, Illinois, pleaded guilty to Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver, a Class 1 felony, for 10 years Illinois Department of Corrections and to Unlawful Possession of a Weapon by a Felon, a Class 2 felony, for 8 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. Sentences are to run concurrently and will be followed by 1 year mandatory supervised release. Judge Derek Girton heard evidence that on December 6, 2022, agents with the Vermilion County Metropolitan Enforcement Group executed a search warrant on the home of Terrion Liggins and located 28 grams of crack cocaine. Agents also located firearm ammunition, which Liggins is not legally allowed to possess due to prior felony convictions. Liggins admitted to agents that he sold crack cocaine to support his lifestyle. State’s Attorney Jacqueline Lacy expressed her gratitude to the agents of the Vermilion County Metropolitan Enforcement Group for their efforts to remove illegal drugs from the streets of Vermilion County.

ILLINOIS STATE POLICE ANNOUNCE RESULTS OF ALCOHOL COUNTERMEASURE ENFORCEMENT PATROLS

Illinois State Police (ISP) Troop 7 Commander, Acting Captain Brian Dickmann, announces the results of Alcohol Countermeasure Enforcement (ACE) patrols in Macon and Vermilion County during March. These ACE patrols allowed the ISP to focus on preventing, detecting, and taking enforcement action in response to violations associated with impaired driving and illegal transportation or consumption of alcohol or drugs.

 

Violations Enforcement Activity

Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Citations 0

Other Alcohol/Drug Citations 0

Occupant Restraint Offenses 9

Registration Offenses 6

Driver’s License Offenses 3

Insurance Violations 8

Total Citations/Arrests 36

Total Written Warnings 25

 

Alcohol and drug impairment are factors in more than 30% of all fatal motor vehicle crashes in Illinois. There is one alcohol-related traffic fatality every 53 minutes in the United States. The ACE program allows officers to work even harder at removing dangerous DUI offenders from the road. This project is funded through the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Hoopeston Police Report 3/11/2024

Traffic Accident H24-1262 Time: 10:51am Location: 600 W Elm St Unit 1: 2007 Chrysler Utility driven by Rhonda S Fink(46)(F)of Rossville Unit 2: 2008 Volkswagen Bug driven byBrenda K Hollen(61)(F)of Hoopeston Details: Unit 1 was backing from the driveway as Unit 2 was traveling East bound on W Elm St. Unit 1 backed into the passenger side door of Unit 2. No citations were given.

 

Warrant Arrest(Michigan MI130035J) H24-1266 2024-1702 Time: 6:27PM Location: S 6th Ave/W Elm St Arrested: Jordan Wisecup(38)(M)of Hoopeston Details: HPD officers conducted a traffic stop and a computer search showed Mr. Wisecup had an active warrant. Mr. Wisecup was arrested and transported to HPD for processing and later transported to PSB to await arraignment.

 

Wanted on Warrant (Parole Violation), C24-04191 (Harassing Communication) H24-1272 2024-1709 Time: 10:30 pm Location: 200 blk S 1st Ave Arrested: Skyler W Cannon (M) (31) of Hoopeston Details: HPD located the above subject known to have an active Illinois Department of Corrections warrant. Mr. Cannon was taken into custody and transported to HPD for processing. He was later transported to PSB Danville, IL to await extradition. 

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