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Illinois takes action against Coronavirus

Current risk to Illinoisans remains low, but state taking all steps to prepare

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is working with local, state,
and federal health partners to take all preventative steps available to limit the spread of
coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). While COVID-19 is not spreading in communities in
Illinois or the U.S., there is evidence of community spread in several countries around the world
and IDPH is committed to working across local, state, and federal agencies to ensure Illinois is

IDPH is currently conducting hospital assessments to determine all available capacity in the
event more people need medical care. IDPH is also assessing the availability of personal
protective equipment such as gloves, gowns, and masks for health care workers. Earlier this
month, Illinois became the first state to provide COVID-19 testing in-state and IDPH is
continuing to work on increasing capacity for testing to ensure rapid results.

“As additional cases of COVID-19 are diagnosed in an increasing number of countries, the
Illinois Department of Public Health is working with health care providers and local public
health officials, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other state agencies to
coordinate a robust response and take every possible step we can to prepare,” said IDPH Director
Dr. Ngozi Ezike. “Illinois has already led the charge, becoming the first state to be able to test
for COVID-19 at state laboratories. As we move forward, we are working across city, state, and
federal agencies to identify all available resources and ensure we are using every tool to keep our
communities safe.”

Since January 2020, IDPH has worked closely with local, state, and federal partners to
successfully contain the virus in Illinois, with only two confirmed cases. Efforts have included:
- Implementing testing for COVID-19 in Illinois, becoming the first state to do so.
- Setting up a statewide hotline for questions about coronavirus
- Providing guidance and recommendations to local health departments, hospitals, EMS,
clinicians, and other partners in a variety of areas:
COVID-19 Preparations/ Page 2
o Assessment for COVID-19 in patients based on risk due to travel or close contact
to a confirmed case
o Evaluation and reporting persons under investigation
o Infection control practices
o Precautions for schools, universities/colleges, and students
o Isolation/quarantine
o Prevention steps for caregivers and close contacts
o Specimen submission and testing
o Recommended strategies for personal protective equipment use
o Emergency department call triage
o Emergency Medical Services and 911 call center response
- Providing routine briefings to the General Assembly
- Communicating with the public by creating a coronavirus disease webpage, issuing news
releases, hosting press conferences, conducting interviews, and providing information on
social media.

While efforts to contain the number of COVID-19 cases will continue, Illinois will also utilize
community mitigation strategies. Community mitigation aims to slow the spread of a novel virus
in communities using nonpharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) better known as “everyday
preventive actions” including staying home when sick, covering coughs and sneezes, frequent
handwashing, and routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces and objects.
In the absence of medications or vaccines, community mitigation measures are the first line of
defense against highly transmissible infectious diseases. Preventative actions should be
practiced by Illinoisans at all times, but especially as we continue to monitor potential spread of
a new virus.

For more information about how you can prepare for the spread of the virus and steps you can
take to stay healthy, visit While these
materials reference influenza, the information and actions you can take to prepare yourself and
your community still apply, for At Home, At School, At Work, and At a Gathering.


Hoopeston Police Department Report 2/27/20

Traffic Accident (PD) H20-0808

Time: 10:27 am

Location: N Market St / E McNeil Avenue

Unit 1: 2005 Freightliner Van Driven by Stevens, Tangeva G (M) (31) of Woodland

Unit 2: 2003 International Dump Truck by Prather, James A (58) (M) of Hoopeston

Details: Unit 1 was backing from a driveway as Unit 2 was backing up to repositions the snow plow. When they collided. Both units insured, no citations, no injuries, and both units were driven away.



Traffic Accident (PD) H20-0811

Time: 1:12pm

Location: 200 block of S. Dixie Hwy

Unit #1: 1997 Ford F150 driven by Kayla Waddell (24) (F) of Naples, FL

Unit #2: 2011 Chevrolet SUV driven by Carlos Sanchez Jr (25) (M) of Mount Pleasant, WI

Details: Unit #1 was traveling northbound on S Dixie Hwy, attempting to turn into Casey’s

parking lot and struck Unit #2. A computer check revealed that driver of Unit #1

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

processed. She was later released with a notice to appear in traffic court and given

citations for Driving While License Suspended and Failure to Reduce Speed to

Avoid an Accident. No injuries were reported and both units were insured.

Little Lorraine Theater Movies/Events

Little Lorraine Movies:

Mar 6,7 at 7 p.m. ,8 at 3 p.m. -  A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Mar 13 at 7 p.m.,14 &,15 at 3 p.m. - Spies in Disguise
(March 14 will be a matinee at 3:00 because of Lorraine event)

March 20,21 at 7 p.m. , 22 at 3 p.m. - Jumani, The Next Level

March 27,28 at 7 p.m. , 29 at 3 p.m. - 1917

Lorraine Theatre Events:

March 14, 7 p.m. SAturday, Logan Kirby and the Stone Creek Playboys $15

April 4, 7 p.m. Saturday, 7 Bridges, The Ultimate Eagles Experience, Tickets $30 in advance, $35 at the door. (FYI -the real Eagles will be playing in St. Paul, MN the same day as the tribute band is in Hoopeston)

Tickets for events can be purchased at Hoopeston DACC, City Hall, Mr. B's, Treasured Roots, online at and at any movie on weekends.

Hoopeston Police Department Report 2/25/20

Two Hoopeston men were arrested after police were called at 11:35 a.m. Friday to the 500 block of South Sixth Ave.  Joshua Fiala, 31, and James Fiala, 68, were each charged with domestic battery and aggravated assault after an investigation showed each battered the other, police said.  Both were taken to the Public Safety Building in Danville to await arraignment. 


 Eric A. Smith, 32, of Hoopeston, was arrested after a 74-year-old Hoopeston man reported at 3:29 a.m. Saturday that someone banging on his grill and screaming outside his home in the 400 block of West Lincoln.  Smith was charged with breach of peace constituting disorderly conduct and was released on a notice to appear in Hoopeston

 City Court. 


 Jordan Langston, 24, of Watseka, was arrested after police were called at 9:21 p.m.  Saturday for a fight in progress at Fast Lanes Bowling Alley, 719 W. Elm. He was charged with battery and released on a notice to appear in Hoopeston City Court.

Hoopeston Police Department Report 02/23/2020


DATE: 02/22/20

TIME: 10:42 PM

LOCATION: 400 Blk W Lincoln Avenue

COMPLAINANT: Hoopeston male (32)

DETAILS: HPD officers were dispatched ref a neighbor dispute. There was a report of a BB gun being shot. HPD officers didn’t find any pellets but did speak to a witness that thought they heard a “spew”




TIME: 02:29 AM

LOCATION: 700 Blk E Main Street

COMPLAINANT: Hoopeston female (23)

ARRESTED: Tyler J Henady (34) Hoopeston

DETAILS: HPD officers were dispatched to the residence. Subjs came home to find a male sleeping on their couch. When the officers woke Mr Henady up, he didn’t cooperate. Mr. Henady was placed under arrest, processed at the HPD and taken to the Vermilion County Jail.

Neal McCoy coming to Watseka

The Watseka Family Festival is proud to announce the headliner act for the 2020 Festival, August 27th-30th, country music artists NEAL MCCOY, who will perform Saturday August 29th, at 8PM. NEAL MCCOY has released fifteen studio albums! In 1993, he broke through with the back-to-back number 1 singles No Doubt About It and Wink. His success continued with two more platinum albums and a gold album, as well as six more Top Ten hits. Including Billy's Got His Beer Goggles On! Neal has been on 17 USO Tours around the world and continues to say it's one of the achievements he's most proud of. He is also the recipient of multiple Humanitarian awards from The Academy of Country Music, The Country Radio Broadcasters and The Masonic Grand Lodge. In 2016 Neal has again made a move to continue his patriotic values by reciting the Pledge of Allegiance "Live" on his Facebook page every morning. He's

reached millions of viewers all over the country and around the world. Currently he is at over 1500 days in a row and going strong. 


The Watseka Family Festival is excited to have NEAL MCCOY. We feel this will be a big draw for our 2020 festival. Along with NEAL MCCOY, the festival committee is also proud to announce that we will have a COMPLETE CARNIVAL MIDWAY, along with musical entertainment by Nick Lynch Band, Holly Drive, and Rock America. Other activities will include craft vendors and food vendors, Toddler Olympics, Switch It Up Gaming Trailer,  Slow Boys Tractor Show, a car show, cow chip bingo, kiddie pedal tractor pull, power wheels demo derby, sand volleyball tournament, bean bag tournament, face painting, Petting Zoo & Pony Rides, Beer Garden and much more! The Watseka Family Festival is a growing event to bring a weekend of fun filled activities and entertainment to our community. Like last year, the festival will be held at AMERICAN LEGION PARK in Watseka and there will be a $5 general admission gate fee, which will include all entertainment even NEAL MCCOY! Hope to see you there! Follow us on facebook for more information: watsekafamilyfestival 



Fatal Car Crash in Iroquois County

 Fatal Crash (Single Vehicle) WHERE: Old Route 45 @ 3000N Road (Iroquois County) WHEN: Saturday, February 22, 2020, 1:05 a.m. VEHICLE: Unit One: 2011 Toyota Camry DRIVER: Unit One: Gary D. Kleinert, 42, Chebanse PRELIMINARY: Preliminary investigation has indicated the Toyota was traveling southbound on Old Route 45 at 3000N Road. The Toyota went off the roadway and overturned. The driver was pronounced deceased on scene by the Iroquois County Coroner.

Hoopeston Police Department Report 02/20/2020

Hit and Run Accident (Solved) H20-0706

Time: 3:43pm

Location: 100 blk N 4th St.

Unit #1: Unknown

Unit #2: 2017 Buick owned by Theresa Hennessy of Loda IL

Details: Unit #1 was backing from a parking space. Unit #2 was parked and unoccupied.

Unit #1 struck unit #2 and fled the scene. An investigation continues.

Time of Arrested: 1:00 pm

Location: 301 W Main Street Hoopeston Police Department

Unit 2: 2010 Black Ford owned by Felipe Martinez of Hoopeston,

Arrested Driver: Martinez, Macalie M (F) (25) of Hoopeston

Investigations followed up on the accident report and was able to identify the suspect unit and driver. Female was cited for Leaving Scene of Property Damage Accident, Driving while License Revoked.


Possession of Methamphetamines, Driving While License Suspended, Fleeing or Attempt

to Elude Peace Officer, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Resisting Arrest

H20-0729 2020-1367

Time: 4:49pm

Location: 200 E Honeywell Av

Arrested: Michael Abbott (51) (M) of Hoopeston

Details: HPD officers stopped the vehicle that Mr. Abbott was driving on a traffic violation.

After a small vehicle pursuit, subject finally stopped. A computer check revealed that he had a suspended driver’s license. He was arrested and taken to HPD to be processed. He was later transported to the PSB in Danville to await arraignment.

Hoopeston Police Department Report 02/19/20

Burglary to Garage H20-0703

Time: 11:36 AM

Location: 700 E Seminary Avenue Hoopeston

Complainant: 64 year old Hoopeston Male

Details: Subject contact HPD reference to several items being stolen from their garage.

Complete list of missing items was being compiled at the time of report.


Hit and Run Accident H20-0706

Time: 3:43pm

Location: 100 blk N 4th St.

Unit #1: Unknown

Unit #2: 2017 Buick owned by Theresa Hennessy of Loda IL

Details: Unit #1 was backing from a parking space. Unit #2 was parked and unoccupied.

Unit #1 struck unit #2 and fled the scene. An investigation continue

Hoopeston Police Department Report

Traffic Accident H20-0696

Time: 6:03pm

Location: W. Orange St/S. 1st Ave

Unit #1: 2013 Ram Pickup driven by David Olson of Hoopeston

Unit #2: 2001 Nissan Utility driven by James Byers of Georgetown

Details: Unit #1 was backing up to turn around and struck Unit #2. No injuries reported. No citations issued. Both units insured.

Indiana Beach CLOSED!

The Twin Lakes region in Monticello Indiana was shocked Tuesday when the California-based owner of Indiana Beach told community leaders the amusement park, open for nearly 100 years, would close.


“We didn’t see this coming at all,” Randy Mitchell, White County economic development director, said Tuesday afternoon.


That morning, Mitchell had met with White County commissioners and council members, to relay word that things were going well for the amusement park tucked along Lake Shafer, about 30 miles north of Lafayette. That was based on reports Mitchell said he received from Gary Fawks, the local manager of Indiana Beach.


On Tuesday afternoon, Mitchell said he met with Gregg Borman, senior vice president of operations for Apex, who told him that the company was closing Indiana Beach and three other amusement parks it owns across the country because of financial reasons.

California-based Apex Parks Group bought Indiana Beach in 2015 from Morgan Recreation Vacations of Sarasota, New York. Morgan Recreation Vacations


Apex’s purchase of Indiana Beach marked just the second change the park's ownership after the founding Spackman family sold it to Morgan. The sale included the amusement park, its campgrounds and hotel about 30 miles north of Lafayette.


Earl Spackman opened the amusement park in 1926. He initially called it Ideal Beach.


The park grew over the years as a place to lounge on the beach, go on the rides and attend big name concerts. In the 1940s, Spackman handed off the resort to his son, Thomas, who eventually changed the name to Indiana Beach.


Mitchell said he was told Apex would disassemble the rides this spring and take them to the company’s other nine parks in California and two parks in Florida.

Hoopeston Police Department Report 2/11/20


Time:     02:05

Location:     400 Blk S Market Street

Complainant:   50 Year old female from Hoopeston 

Details:     HPD responded to the location for damage to some windows by a Pellet gun. 


Possession of Methamphetamine, Driving while license suspended H20-0596


Time: 2:51PM

Location: 800 blk of N Market St

Arrested: Jessica Carpenter(40)(F)of Hoopeston

Arrested: Titus Barber(41)(M)of Hoopeston

Details: During a traffic stop a computer search was done and showed that Ms. Carpenter

had a suspended license. During a search of the vehicle it was found that Mr. Barber was in possession of methamphetamines. Both were transported to HPD for processing. Ms. Carpenter was released with a Vermilion County Court Date and Mr. Barber was later transported to the PSB.



Fire Call

Time: 9:14PM

Location: 400 blk of N 4th St

Details: HFD was dispatched to the above location for a vehicle on fire. No injuries were reported.

Hoopeston Police Department Report 2/10/2020

Home Invasion, Aggravated Domestic Battery, Aggravated Battery H20-0556

Time: 8:01pm

Location: 500 blk E Lincoln

Complainant: 40 year old Hoopeston female

Arrested: Donald Langston (63) (M) of Hoopeston

Details: HPD was called to the report of a battery in progress. Upon investigation,

Mr. Langston was arrested on the above charges. He was taken to HPD to

be processed, and was later transported to the PSB in Danville to await



Warrant Arrest H20-0567

Time: 5:49pm

Location: 700 blk E Young

Arrested: Jessica Cabrales (F) (40) of Hoopeston

Details: HPD officer checked out with a vehicle with the car door open. A computer check

of the owner revealed 2 outstanding Vermilion County warrants for failure to

appear. Subject was arrested and taken to HPD to be processed. After posting

bond, she was released with a new court date.


Driving While License Suspended H20-0578

Time: 3:58pm

Location: 200 blk W. Elm

Cited: Shayonte Turkiewicz-Munson (26) of Milford

Details: Officers responded to the area for a vehicle stuck in a yard. Upon arrival, officers made contact with the driver of the vehicle, Turkiewicz-Munson. A computer check revealed her license was suspended. She was transported to HPD where she was processed and release with an NTA.


Driving While License Suspended, Possession of Methamphetamine H20-0585

Time: 9:11pm

Location: 5th St/Main

Arrested: Rachel Harper (36) (F) of Hoopeston

Details: While HPD officers had pulled a vehicle over, the vehicle that Ms. Harper was

driving stopped behind the traffic stop. A computer check revealed that subject

had a suspended driver’s license and was in possession of methamphetamines.

She was taken to HPD to be processed and later transported to the PSB in Danville

to await arraignment.


Theft of Vehicle H20-0586

Time: 10:53pm

Location: 400 W Maple St

Complainant: 26 year old Hoopeston male

Details: Complainant contacted HPD in reference to his 99 Dodge truck being stolen

from his driveway. An investigation continues

Hoopeston Police Department Report 2/6/20

Fire Call

Time: 06:15 AM

Location: 800 block E McCracken Avenue

Details: Space Heater in a garage that had caught fire, but was put out right away. HFD responded to investigate the issue. No damage reported at the time


Child Neglect, Endangering the Life or Health of a Child H20-525 20-989

Time: 2:15PM

Location: 400 blk of E Penn St

Arrested: Jennifer L Plecker(39)(F)of Hoopeston

Details: In the above time and date Msg. Plecker was taken into custody on the above charge. Due to a incident at the resident.

Hoopeston Police Department Report 2/3/20

Fire Call

Time:          2:09am

Location:    324 W Main St, Silgan

Details:       HFD responded to the report of a fire alarm.  A faulty valve was located and

                   alarm was reset.




Traffic Accident (Hit & Run PD)               H20-0414

Date:           January 17, 2020 and Reporting today January 30, 2020

Time:          10:34 am

Location:    Silgan West Truck Parking Lot, 324 W Main Street Hoopeston

Unit 1:         Unknown at the time of  report

Unit 2:         2020 Stou Semi Van Trailer owned by Strausburger Trucking Inc Earl Park IN

Details:       Unit was parked on the North side of the lot, Unknown Unit 1 struck the side of the trailer causing damage.   Investigation into this damage will continue. 



Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault of a Child              H20-0408   2020-0817

Delayed Entry:  Date of Occurrence: January 29, 2020 7:32 pm

Time of Arrest:     4:50pm today,

Location of Arrest:          700 block of S 1st Avenue Hoopeston,

Location of Incident:       500 block W Elm Street, Hoopeston

Complainant:        38 year old Hoopeston Woman

Arrested:              Javier Aguirre (M) (34) of Hoopeston

Details:       At this time the arrestee was taken into custody for above charge after complaint was filed with HPD.   Arrestee was transported to HPD and then Transported to PSB Danville to await hearing before a judge.

WARRANT ARREST (VC) H20-0424 Time:  11:50 am Location: Hoopeston Police Dept. 301 W Main Str Hoopeston Arrestee: Solis, Belinda D (F) (36) of Hoopeston, IL Details:  The arrestee came to HPD to turn herself in to take care of a warrant from Vermilion County for FTA Jury Trail 2019CM0198.  She was released after posting $5,000 10% plus $75 dollars Failure to Appear Fee.   New court date set and released from custody.  

Battery (city) H20-0429 Time: 6:00pm Location: 700 of E Main St Complainant: 33 year of female of Hoopeston Arrested: Kristy L. Powers (40) (F) of Hoopeston Details: HPD officers were dispatched to the above location for a report of domestic disturbance.  Ms. Powers was arrested and transported to HPD for processing and later released with a City Notice to appear.


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