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WHPO Blog Archives for 2018-03

Hoopeston Police Department Report March 26, 2018

Illegal Burning of Trash or Refuse (City Ordinance) H18-1464
Location: 400 block of N Market
Time: 3:30pm
Cited: David Cannon (38) of Hoopeston 
Details: Officers and Hoopeston Fire Dept. were called to the above location in reference to an illegal burn in the area.  Fire was extinguished and Mr. Cannon was cited for the above.  

Hoopeston Police Department Report March 24 & 25, 2018

Fleeing or Attempting to Elude a Peace Officer  H18-1248
Driving While License Suspended
Failure To Reduce Speed to Avoid Accident
Disobeying a Traffic Control Device 3x
                                                                (Delayed Entry….Case Solved)
Date Occurred:    March 14, 2018 @ 10:43pm
Date of Arrest: March 24, 2018  7:50am
Location: Main and 3rd Street
Arrested: Kurtis J Simpson (33) of Hoopeston
Details: Officers responded to the above location on March 14, 2018 for an occupied 
vehicle looking suspicious.  Upon arrival Simpson did not comply to 
officer’s orders to exit the vehicle, instead Simpson drove away leading
officers on a pursuit.  At one point Simpson left the roadway and struck
a large bush.  Simpson immediately left on foot.  Officers were unable to
locate Simpson until March 24, 2018 where he was taken into custody.
Disobeying a Police Officer H18-1413
Date & Time: March 24, 2018     7:50am
Location: 600 blk E McCracken
Arrested: Kurtis J Simpson (33) of Hoopeston
Details: At the above date and time Simpson was taken into custody in 
reference to an incident that occurred on March 23, 2018 on the
500 blk E Penn, when Simpson did not comply with officer’s request
to stop and talk to him about investigation of H18-1248. He was 
transported to HPD and released with NTA in Hoopeston city court.
Criminal Damage (Under) H18-1447
Time:    4:09pm
Location:    800 blk E Wyman Av
Complainant:  39 year old Hoopeston male
Details:    Complainant contacted HPD in reference to an unknown subject(s) wrote
   profanity on his door. 

Hoopeston Police Department Report 3/22/18

Fire Call              

Time:          1:19 pm

Location:    600 W Orange Street 

Details:       HFD was dispatched to a report of a large amount of antifreeze spilled on the highway from a semi blowing a hose.     Called for oil dry and/or wash down as to prevent a slick hazard on the roadway.


Recovered Bicycle

Time:          12:00 pm

Details:       CSX Railroad brought in a Nightmare Pro 20 from the area south of the crossing at Orange St. Owner may claim at HPD.


WHAT:  Fatal Hit and Run Traffic Crash 
WHERE:   Interstate 57 Southbound at Milepost 253.5 (Champaign County) 
WHEN:  March 21, 2018 at 9:37 p.m. 
VEHICLES:  Unit 1: Silver 2005 Hyundai Sedan 
   Unit 2: White 2013 Buick LeCrosse 
DRIVERS:  Unit 1:  Francis C. Edelen, Male, 21, Manhattan, IL 
   Unit 2:  Stuart Anderson, Male, 65, Cissna Park, IL 
PRELIMINARY: According to the preliminary crash investigation, the drivers of Unit 1 and Unit 2 were traveling southbound on I-57 at milepost 253.5.  The driver of Unit 1 struck the rear of Unit 2 causing significant damage.  Both vehicles came to rest in the right ditch.  The driver of Unit 2 was transported by ambulance to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.   
The driver of Unit 1 left the crash on foot for an unknown reason.  He was walking approximately 2/10 of a mile south of the crash and was struck and killed by an unknown vehicle or vehicles.   
SEATBELTS:  Unknown.   


The Illinois State Police (ISP) is asking for assistance in locating the offending vehicle that was involved in a fatal traffic crash on I-57 southbound near Rantoul, Illinois (milepost 253.5).  The pedestrian struck and killed was a 21 year old University of Illinois student and wrestler, Francis C. Edelen, from Mahattan, Illinois.  
On March 21, 2018, at approximately 9:37 pm, Illinois State Police District 10 was notified of a two vehicle crash with injuries on I-57 southbound at milepost 253.5.  Upon arrival it was determined the driver of one of the vehicles left the scene of the crash on foot, possibly attempting to flag down help or get a ride.  A short distance south of the first crash location, the pedestrian, Francis C. Edelen, was struck and killed by an unknown vehicle in the right lane of traffic. The offending vehicle left the scene. 
Zone 5 Investigations and ISP Traffic Crash Reconstruction were contacted to conduct an investigation.  
Anyone with information is asked to contact ISP District 10 Pesotum at (217)-867-2050.   
This is an active and ongoing investigation.  There is no further information at this time.   

Hoopeston Police Department Report 3/21/18

Traffic Accident (PD Only)                        H18-1360

Time:          07:12 AM

Location:              600 block W Maple Street

Unit 1:                   2003 Chevy Pickup Truck Driven by Ronald B Williams (M) (57)                                             of Hoopeston

Property Damage: House belonging to Jo Anna Leslie of Hoopeston

Details:       At the above time, Hoopeston Police was requested to respond reference to an accident that an accelerator stuck causing the driver to lose control and hit the house with the truck.    No Injuries reported and Unit 1 is insured. 


Fire Call

Time:                    9:45pm

Location:              500 block of 7th Ave

Details:                 HFD was called to the above location in reference to a large fire in the back yard next to a structure.


Statewide Races:

Republican Nominee for Governor: Bruce Rauner defeated Jennie Ives

Democrat Nominee for Governor: J. B. Pritzker was the top vote getting over Biss


Erika Harold over Gary Grasso for the republican nominee

Kwame Raoul over Former Governor Pat Quinn for the democratic nominee

State Rep. Seat for the 104th district:

Republican and Current Vermilion County Board Chair Mike Marron will face off with  

Democrat Cindy Cunningham in the General election which area covers parts of Vermilion and Champaign County

Vermilion County Sales Tax 1% for school facility purposes:

No 5,103  Yes 4,464

Potomac Proposition to establish a public library district passed 84-59

For Vermilion County Clerk, Mary Roberson won the Democrat Party’s nomination over Darrin Holycross.  She will now face current county clerk Cathy Jenkins in the General Election.

Vermilion County Board District 9 Democrats Bruce Stark and Diana Breneman won the two nominations.  Frank Hoskins finished third and out of the running

Vermilion County Board District 2 Daniel Wright picked up the Republican nomination over Barb Delanois.


In Iroquois County:

On the Democratic ballot, William Nutter of Watseka was a write-in candidate for county treasurer. He had to get 14 votes, and Clerk Lisa Fancher said Nutter got more than enough to move him on to the general election in November. There he will face Republican Kurt Albers, who defeated his primary challenger Christy Fink by a vote of 2,064 to 1,568.


In District 1, there were four candidates and residents were asks to vote for three people. There were four running, with incumbent Lyle Behrends capturing the most votes at 663. Newcomers Paul J. Ducat and Leanne Hofbauer Duby captured 560 and 508 respectively

In District 2 for county board, there were four people running, with people voting for two. Incumbent and county board chairman John Shure received the most votes at 539. Newcomer Steve Huse was second with 498 votes. Incumbent Daniel W. Pursley was third with 358 votes


In District 3, newcomer Joe Young got the most votes, 817. Incumbent Donna Crow was second with 735 votes. Newcomer Paul Bowers was third with 616 votes. Incumbent Vincent LaMie had 473 votes.


In District 4, there were three people running. Top vote-getter was newcomer John Zumwalt with 677 votes. Another newcomer, Roger Bard, was second with 470 votes. Incumbent Larry Hasbargen had 367 votes.




Paxton resident Krisha Shoemaker appears to have defeated Roberts resident Kasi Schwarz for the Republican nomination for Ford County treasurer, according to unofficial vote totals released by the Ford County Clerk’s Office.

With all of the county’s 22 precincts reporting their results from Tuesday’s primary election, Shoemaker led by a 976-806 margin.

Hoopeston Police Department Report 3/20/18

Criminal Trespass to Residence                          H18-1352

Time:             8:34pm

Location:       700 blk E Lincoln

Complainant:  59 year old Hoopeston female

Arrested:        Lucas Morgeson (34) Hoopeston male

                      Olivia Strawser (24) Hoopeston female

Details:          Complainant contacted HPD because she received information that unknown

                      subjects were in her residence.  HPD officers went inside property to find

                      arrested individuals.  They were taken to HPD, processed and later released

                      with a notice to appear in county court.


Possession of Controlled Substance X 2, Theft, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia,

          Credit Card Fraud                           H18-1354   V18-2252

Time:             9:59pm

Location:       500 blk E Penn

Complainant:  59 year old Hoopeston female

Arrested:        Lucas Morgeson (34) Hoopeston male

Details:          Complainant contacted HPD in reference to a theft of several items.  Upon

                      investigation, other stolen items were recovered within Mr. Morgeson’s

                      belongings.  He was arrested and later taken to PBS to await arraignment.

Hoopeston Police Department Report 3/19/18

Unlawful Acts Constituting Disorderly Conduct (city citation)      

Time:             1:07am

Location:       300 blk N 9th Av

Complainant:  45 year old Hoopeston female

Arrested:        Cynthia Burk (55) Hoopeston female

Details:          Complainant contacted HPD in reference to an ongoing issue with Ms. Burk

                      harassing her.  Upon arrival, subject was standing on the complainant’s

                      property.  She was arrested, taken to HPD and processed.  She was later

                      released with a notice to appear in city court.



Domestic Battery, Interfering with the Report of Domestic Violence, Obstructing/Resisting a Peace Officer                             V18-2182

Time:             1:42pm

Location:        600 blk S 4th Street

Complainant:  Hoopeston Police Department

Arrested:        Daniel J Hamilton (45) of Hoopeston

Details:          Officers responded to above location for a Domestic Battery in progress.

                      Upon arrival male subject on the scene did not comply with several orders

                      given to him by responding officers.  Subject was taken into custody after

a struggle.  He was transported to HPD where he was booked on the above        charges and transported to PSB for arraignment.




Fatal Crash

WHAT:  Fatal Crash 
WHERE:   Route 9 @ 2150 E (Ford County) 
WHEN:  Saturday, March 17, 2018, 7:00 a.m. 
VEHICLE:  Unit One:  Black 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt    Unit Two:  Silver 2008 Ford Taurus SUV             DRIVER:  Unit One:  Christina I. Curtsinger, 33, Champaign    Unit Two:  Pamela D. Goff, 62, Gibson City  
PRELIMINARY:  Preliminary investigation has indicated the Chevrolet was traveling westbound on Route 9 at 2150 E.  The Ford was traveling eastbound at the same location.  The Chevrolet crossed over the center line striking the Ford.  The driver of the Ford was transported from the scene via ambulance to Carle Hospital and treated for injuries.  The driver of the Chevrolet was pronounced dead at the scene by the Ford County Coroner. 

Hoopeston Police Department Report 3/18/18

Burglary                                 H18-1302

Time:             10:44pm

Location:       400 blk E Honeywell

Complainant:  57 year old Hoopeston female

Details:          Complainant called HPD and advised at an unknown time, unknown person(s)       entered her residence and stole some of her belongings.  An investigation


FEMA accepts request to assess Illinois flood damage

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is joining state officials to conduct damage assessments in Iroquois, Kankakee and Vermilion counties next week.


Governor Bruce Rauner and his team at the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) submitted the request for federal support after the three counties experienced severe flooding in February. County officials conducted initial damage assessments and found that 126 homes were destroyed or suffered major damage. Another 850 homes were also impacted by flood waters.


“Many people in these counties are struggling to recover from this flood and we want to do everything possible to help them,” Gov. Rauner said. “These damage assessments will provide a clearer picture of the damage and insight on what people need in order to fully get back on their feet.”


Personnel from FEMA, IEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and local emergency management agencies are expected to begin assessing damage to homes and businesses on Monday afternoon. The assessments will continue until complete.


Gov. Rauner issued a disaster proclamation for the three counties on Feb. 23 to ensure state support as communities in these counties battled flood waters.


The State Emergency Operations Center in Springfield was activated to coordinate state assistance to several counties affected by flooding. The assistance included 50,000 sandbags, 18 pumps with hoses, nine Illinois Department of Corrections work crews and two Emergency Management Assistance Teams.

Hoopeston Police Department Report 3/16/18

Restraint of dog by Owner

Time:          09:08 AM

Location:    400 block S Market Street

Complaint:  U.S. Postal Service

Cited:          Edwards, Tonya K (F) (42) of Hoopeston

Details:       Complaint was filed by the US Postal Service after a Brindle pit left his property in an aggressive manor charging and barking from the middle of South Market Street.  Cited person came outside and yelled for the dog to return and taken inside.    Court date set for Hoopeston City Court



Driving while License Revoked, Macon County Warrant (15CF1622)

Possession Controlled Substance, Possession of Meth, Possession with Intent to Deliver

Time:          02:35 AM                       H18-1272    V18-02079

Location:              400 block S 3rd Street

Arrested:              Williams, Nathan D (M) (34) of Cerro Gordo, IL

Details;        Hoopeston Officers stopped a vehicle for traffic violation, while conducting his interaction with the driver, strong odor of Cannabis was emitting from the stopped car.  Investigation rendered the above list of charges, subject was transported to PSB Danville to await bond hearing and extradition back to Macon County on his warrant.   Vehicle was towed from the scene.  



Possession of Weapon by a Felon, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Time:          10:44pm                                  H18-1286   V18-2118

Location:    700 blk S 1st Av

Arrested:     Bradley David (31) Wellington male

Details:       HPD received a call of a verbal altercation in the area of the above.  Upon

                   arrival officers found what was believed to be a vehicle that was involved in

                   the altercation.  A gun was located in possession of Mr. Bradley.  He was

                   arrested and taken to HPD to be processed.  He was later transported to the PSB in

                   Danville to await arraignment.






Criminal Damage to Property (city citation)                H18-0730

Date of Report:     2/11/18

Date/Time Arrest: 3/16/18     10:44pm

Arrested:              Bradley David (31) Wellington male

Details:                 On 2/11/18, HPD officers were notified of criminal damage to a seat

                             inside the courtroom at City Hall.  An investigation led to the arrest

                             of Mr. Bradley.  He was taken to HPD, processed and given a city

                             citation and court date.  He was later transported to the PSB on other



CHRIS LANE to Headline the 75th National Sweetcorn Festival on September 1st!

  The Hoopeston Jaycees announced this morning that Rising Country Star CHRIS LANE will headline this year on September 1st! Newcomers, SMITHFIELD, have also been added to the line-up. Music will begin at 6:30 p.m. with Trey Hughes. This all takes place during The National Sweetcorn Festival at McFerren Park in Hoopeston, IL on Saturday, September 1st. Tickets start at only $20 and ON SALE NOW! For more information check out the festival online at 
About Chris Lane After touring in the past year with Dustin Lynch, Kelsea Ballerini and Rascal Flatts, Lane's been making a name for himself as one of the genre's most groundbreaking new stars: his first single, "Fix," topped the Country radio charts, has been certified GOLD in both the U.S. and Canada, and surpassed both 25.8 million streams on Spotify and 6 million views on Vevo, making waves for how effortlessly it blends progressive pop and that sultry falsetto with his country roots. It's a record-breaker, too: the song has accumulated the most first week single adds from a debut male artist in Country Aircheck history, all 
while drawing praise from the likes of Selena Gomez, Lucy Hale, Daughtry and more. Now, Lane's ready to share Girl Problems with the world, the debut LP produced by Joey Moi (Florida Georgia Line, Jake Owen) and released August 5th by Big Loud Records. Check out Chris online at: 
About Smithfield Country music's hottest rising duo, Smithfield is continuing to shatter industry norms and prove that with perseverance, anything is possible. The Texas-bred twosome's breakout hit, "Hey Whiskey" put the independent act on the map in country music and will be impacting country radio airwaves on March 26th. To date, "Hey Whiskey" has sold more than 60,000 downloads, accumulated more than 2.7 million streams on Spotify, topped CMT's 12-Pack Countdown and was in the Top 5 on SiriusXM's Hot 30 Countdown for 6 weeks. Smithfield is out streaming, selling, and playing more shows than most emerging acts signed to major labels. 
Currently playing shows nationwide alongside their debut radio tour, the groundbreaking duo has opened for artists including Dustin Lynch, Eric Paslay, Scotty McCreery, Granger Smith, Kane Brown, Sara Evans, Old Dominion and more. Consisting of Jennifer Fielder and Trey Smith, Smithfield has already tackled career milestones including making their Grand Ole Opry debut and now regularly performing on the historic stage, Ryman Auditorium debut, being named an Artist to Watch by PEOPLE, Billboard, Rolling Stone Country, NASH Country Daily and the Huffington Post and two top 5 singles on SiriusXM The Highway’s Hot 30 Countdown. 
Keep up to date with Smithfield at 

Car vs. Train Crash in Iroquois County

WHAT:  Car vs. Train Crash 
WHERE:   Route 24 @ Route 52 (Iroquois County) 
WHEN:  Thursday, March 15, 2018, 12:56 p.m. 
VEHICLE:  Unit One:  2018 Chevrolet Colorado    Unit Two:  Train              DRIVER:  Unit One:  Richard C. Woodlock, 89, Fowler, IN    Unit Two:  Unknown   
PRELIMINARY:  Preliminary investigation has indicated the Chevrolet was traveling westbound on Route 24.  The Train was traveling 15 mph northbound, crossing Route 24 and Route 52.  The Chevrolet struck the train.  The driver of the Chevrolet sustained no injuries. 

Hoopeston Police Department Report 3/15/18

Warrant Arrest                       H18-1259   V18-2049

Time:          10:55am

Location:    100 blk E Lincoln

Arrested:     Coty Morgeson (27) Hoopeston male

Details:       HPD officers were called to the area in reference to a suspicious person.  A

                   computer check revealed Mr. Morgeson had an outstanding Champaign County warrant.  He was arrested and taken to HPD to be processed.  He was later

                   transported to the PSB in Danville to await extradition.




Traffic Accident                       H18-1268

Time:                     9:25pm

Location:               300 blk E McCracken

Unit #1:                 1999 Dodge Van driven by Cameron M Brotherton (27) Hoopeston

Unit #2:                 2002 Chevy Pick owned by Nichole Hansen of Hoopeston.

Details:                  Unit 1 backed into Unit 2 while it was legally parked and unoccupied

                               on the street.   No citations issued     



Hoopeston Police Department Report 3/13/18

Retail Theft                    H18-1224

Time:                    3:50pm

Location:              415 S Dixie Hwy, Dollar General

Details:       Hoopeston Police was requested for a theft occurred at the above location suspect left the store without paying for merchandise.   Investigation Continues





Possession of Controlled Substance (Cocaine), Possession of Controlled Substance(methamphetamine), Possession w/Intent to Deliver, Obstruction of Justice           H18-1231   V18-2003

Date & Time:        March 13, 2018     10:58pm

Location:              4th Street & Young

Arrested #1:          Mindi L Parsons (27) of Champaign

Arrested #2:          Cadence M Hanshew (21) of Brook Indiana

Details:                 Vehicle was stopped and searched.  Upon searching the vehicle

                             more than 15 grams of Cocaine were found in the vehicle and on the driver’s person along with a large amount of cash. Both subjects were taken into custody and later transported to PSB for arraignment.

4 Ford County Men Arrested by the FBI

On Tuesday, FBI agents arrested four rural East Central Illinois men on a criminal complaint that charges them with possession of a machine gun.

The men arrested and charged are: Michael B. Hari, 47; Joe Morris, 22; Michael McWhorter, 29; and, Ellis Mack, 18, all of Clarence, a rural community approximately 35 miles north of Champaign-Urbana.

FBI agents arrested Hari Tuesday morning as he was traveling to a court appearance in Ford County for a hearing in an alleged assault case pending against Hari.

Hari and Morris made their initial appearances in federal court Tuesday afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Eric I. Long. McWhorter and Mack will make their respective initial appearances at a date to be determined by the U.S. Clerk of the Court.

The arrest and charges were announced by FBI special agent in Charge Sean Cox of the Springfield Division and U.S. Attorney John E. Childress.

The affidavit filed in support of the complaint alleges that the four men were in possession of assault rifles from October 2017 to March 2018. According to the affidavit, law enforcement agents have gathered evidence to indicate that Hari, McWhorter and Morris were responsible for the bombing of a mosque in Bloomington, Minn., on Aug. 5, 2017, and the attempted bombing of the Women’s Health Practice in Champaign on Nov. 7, 2017.

Tuesday morning, law enforcement agents executed search warrants at the home of Hari’s parents in Paxton. According to the affidavit, Hari often stays at his parents’ home because his home has no running water or electricity. A search warrant was also executed at a store/office owned by Hari, located at 100 S. Main Road in Clarence.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Springfield Division, FBI Minneapolis Division, University of Illinois Police Department, Ford County Sheriff’s Office, Champaign Police Department, Illinois State Police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are continuing the investigation.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jason M. Bohm and Eugene L. Miller are representing the government on behalf of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, working in coordination with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Minnesota.

Iroquois Federal Foundation Flood Donation and Community Support

The Iroquois Federal Foundation announced that they recently made a $20,000 contribution to the Iroquois County Long Term Recovery Committee to assist with their efforts in helping Iroquois County residents affected by the current flooding disaster. As the damage assessment continues, initial estimates indicate that over 225 homes throughout Iroquois County have been impacted by this disaster.


“Iroquois Federal, established in 1883, has always been an active participant in our communities,” stated Walter “Chip” Hasselbring, President and CEO of Iroquois Federal. “In addition to the direct financial support provided to the community, we will again establish a special flood deposit account for flood damage insurance checks.  Flood victims will earn a higher rate of interest for a period of time while waiting for the repairs or raising of their homes. Our loan officers continue to work with our borrowers and other residents to discuss options to mediate other issues associated with the flooding. And our team at Iroquois Insurance is well versed on benefits, costs and availability of flood insurance for individuals both in and out of the designated flood hazard area.

In fact, our staff at all locations continue to be active volunteers, donating hours of personal service along with financial expertise; assisting neighbors, families, friends, schools, churches and many other local community organizations in both good times and not-so-good times. This kind of effort and commitment truly makes a difference.”


The Iroquois County Long Term Recovery Committee, a 501(c)3 designated organization was formed in 2008 when Watseka and Iroquois County experienced two 100-year floods within 45 days. The committee consists of many individuals representing various relief organizations throughout Iroquois County.


The Iroquois Federal Foundation was established in July, 2011 and since that time has awarded over $1,370,000 to 501(c)3 organizations in the Illinois counties of Champaign, Iroquois, Kankakee, and Vermilion and the Osage Beach, Missouri area.  


The Foundation has identified five areas that it emphasizes in support: affordable housing, education, health and human services, youth programs and general community improvement.  Grant applicants must demonstrate Section 501(c)3 or other non-profit status and relevance to the Foundation’s areas of giving.


Hoopeston Police Department Report 3/9/18-3/11/18

Fire Call

Time:          6:29pm

Location:    800 block of N 6th Ave

Details:        HFD responded to the above in reference to the smell of fire in the residence.


Fire Call

Time:          8:57pm

Location:    800 block of S 3rd st

Details:       HFD responded to the above in reference to smoke showing on the porch.


Disobeying Police (city citation)                 H18-1162

Time:          7:43pm

Location:    800 blk E Young

Arrested:     Gerardo Torres (37) Hoopeston male

Details:       HPD officers were called to the above location on a possible domestic disturbance.

                   Mr. Torres refused to cooperate with officers and was arrested on city ordinance violation of Disobeying Police.  He was taken to HPD, processed and later released with a city citation and city court date.


Theft (Retail)                 H18-1172

Time:          11:38 AM

Location:    415 S Dixie Highway, Dollar General Store

Arrested:     Julie A Mullen (F) (47) of Hoopeston

Details:       At the above time, Dollar General contacted HPD reference to a theft that had just occurred from the store.  Suspect vehicle information was provided, and it returned to Hoopeston.  Officer responded to the store to view evidence, while he was there the suspect came to HPD to surrender herself on the above charge.   Court Date was set for Hoopeston City Court.  Notice to Appear issued and subject was released from custody.  Court April 5th 2018,



Driving While Licenses Revoked               H18-1174

Time:                    12:38 pm

Location:              500 block W Elm Street

Arrested:              Hofer, Matthew M (M) (34) of Hoopeston

Details:       At the above time the arrestee was transported to HPD and processed on the above charge.  He was caught driving.  Subject was issued a citation and court date for Vermilion County Court. 


Driving While License Suspended, Obstructing Justice

Time:          10:57pm

Location:    400 blk E Honeywell

Arrested:     Aaron Cannon (26) Hoopeston male

Details:       HPD officers stopped the vehicle that Mr. Cannon was driving for a traffic violation.  A computer check revealed that he had a suspended driver’s license.

                   Subject was arrested for DWLS and obstruction for trying to destroy evidence.

                   He was taken to HPD, processed and later transported to the PSB in Danville to await arraignment.


Theft of Gasoline           H18-1198

Time:          4:37pm

Location:    Casey’s General Store 1022 W Penn Street

Details:       At the above time it was reported a light blue pickup truck

                   pumped approximately $57.00 of gas and left without paying.


Driving While License Revoked                          H18-1202

Time:          11:24pm

Location:    Market/Washington

Arrested:     Brandi Warner (28) Wellington female

Details:       HPD stopped the vehicle that Ms. Warner was driving for a traffic violation.

                   A computer check revealed that she had a revoked driver’s license.  She was

                   arrested and taken to HPD to be processed. She was later released after paying bond and given a traffic citation and court date.    





Loda Man loses life in accident

No foul play is suspected in the death of a Loda man who went missing from Penfield and was found three days later underneath his crashed pickup truck in a Ford County ditch.

Ford County Sheriff’s Lt. Pat Duffy said in a news release that 47-year-old Daniel Starkey was last seen with friends at a Penfield tavern around 9 p.m. Sunday and was reported missing on Monday.

Around 2 p.m. Wednesday, a passer-by spotted Mr. Starkey’s 2004 F250 pickup truck in a drainage ditch near Clarence on Ford County Road 2600 East, near County Road 250 North. 

Duffy said it appears the truck was northbound when it left the road to the west, striking and damaging a bridge guard rail. The truck then entered an approximately 20-foot-deep ditch, impacting the embankment.

Mr. Starkey was ejected from the truck and was found under the truck in the drainage ditch, which had about 3 feet of water flowing in it, Duffy said.

Mr. Starkey was pronounced dead at the scene at 4:22 p.m. Wednesday by Ford County Coroner Rick Flessner.

An autopsy was scheduled for Thursday.

Duffy said an investigation into the crash was not complete as of Thursday morning.

Assisting at the crash site were Rankin firefighters, Paxton firefighters, Paxton Emergency Management Agency personnel and Reynolds Towing.

Hoopeston Police Department Report 3/8/18

Driving While License Suspended                      H18-1128

Time:          2:47am

Location:    1100 blk S Dixie Hwy

Arrested:     Jeena Joza (29) Fairmount female

Details:       While on patrol, the vehicle that Ms. Joza was driving was stopped by HPD

                   officers for an equipment violation.  A computer check revealed that subject

                   had a suspended driver’s license.  She was arrested and taken to HPD to be

                   processed.  She was later released with a traffic citation and traffic court date.



Hoopeston Police Department Report March 7, 2016

Vehicle Accident H18-1124
Time: 10:01pm
Location: 9th Av/Penn
Unit #1: 2005 Ford Pickup driven by Bradlee Herman (17) (M) of Hoopeston
Unit #2: 2009 GMC Truck driven by Samuel Livingston (18) (M) of Hoopeston
Details: Driver of Unit #2 pulled into a driveway at the above location behind 
Unit #1 at the same time Unit #1 was backing out of the driveway.  No
injuries were reported, no tickets were issued and both vehicles were

Hoopeston Police Department Report March 6, 2018

Traffic Accident H18-1100
Time: 8:44am
Location: 300 blk S Market
Unit #1: 2009 ford escape driven by Angela Timmons (18) of Hoopeston
Unit #2: 2008 Chrysler van driven by Amy Young (33) of Hoopeston
Details: While in line to drop off mail Unit 1 attempted to back out of line and hit
Unit 2 who was in line behind Unit 1.  

Hoopeston Police Department Report March 5, 2018

Found Wallet
Time: 11:30 AM
Details: At the above time, a wallet was turned into an officer.  Owner may claim the wallet at HPD.   Owner is Joseph Michael Castaneda.  
Fraud/Identity Theft H18-1091
Time: 3:06 pm
Location: 900 blk E. Main
Complainant: 58 yo Hoopeston female
Details: Officer responded to 500 blk S. Dixie Highway in reference to a fraud/identity theft complaint that occurred in the above location. 

Hoopeston Police Department Report for Weekend of March 2-4, 2018

U. S. Counterfeit Currency  H18-1038
Date & Time: March 2, 2018     2:05pm
Location: 221 Bank Street
Complainant: First Farmer’s Bank
Details: Bank reported they received a counterfeit $100 bill. 
Burglary to Auto H18-1052
Time: 7 am to 10:30 am
Location: 423 N Dixie Highway Heritage Health Care 
Complainant:   19 year old Rankin Woman 
Details: At the above time, Hoopeston Police received complaint from the caller stating that person(s) unknown and without permission had entered their vehicle, removing items.  

Hoopeston Police Department Report 3-1-18

Fire Call
Date & Time: March 1, 2018    5:19pm
Location: Centennial Manor Apartments
Details: HFD was dispatched for smoke on the 2nd floor.  HFD was unable
locate the source of smoke and it was cleared out.
Criminal Damage to Property, Criminal Trespass To Property    H18-1022
Date & Time: March 1, 2018     4:40pm
Location: 800 blk E Washington
Complainant: Hoopeston homeowners
Details: Complainant reported damage to window made while unknown
person(s) tried to make entry to residence.
Criminal Damage To Property H18-1027
Date & Time: March 1, 2018    5:35pm
Location: 200 blk E Main Street
Complainant: New Beginnings Church
Details: Report was made for graffiti on building

Hoopeston Police Department Report 2-28-18

Fire Call 
Time:           9:06 pm
Location:      400 block S 3rd Street 
Details: HFD dispatched to report of an oven on fire in the home.   No reports of injuries, or damage at the time of the call.     


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