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ILLINOIS STATE POLICE INVESTIGATE MURDER OF BRADLEY POLICE OFFICER

 

Bradley, IL – The Illinois State Police (ISP) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) Zone 3 is investigating an officer involved shooting (OIS) involving officers from the Bradley Police Department (BPD).

 

On Dec. 30, 2021 at approximately 12:20 a.m., ISP DCI Zone 3 was requested to investigate the shooting of two Police Officers from the Bradley Police Department.  Preliminary reports indicate that BPD officers responded to a hotel in the 1500 block of North State Highway 50 for a noise complaint.  While investigating the incident, BPD officers initiated a conversation with subjects inside of the hotel.  During the interaction, Sergeant Marlene R. Rittmanic, a 49-year-old female, and Officer Tyler J. Bailey, a 27-year-old male, were fired upon.  Sergeant Rittmanic and Officer Bailey sustained serious injuries after being struck by gunfire and were transported to area hospitals for treatment.  Sergeant Rittmanic later succumbed to her injuries.  Officer Bailey remains in critical condition at the hospital.

 

ISP Zone 3 Agents obtained Kankakee County arrest warrants for Darius D. Sullivan, a 25-year old male of Bourbonnais, IL, and Xandria A. Harris, a 26-year old female of Bradley, IL in relation to this incident.

 

“The senseless harm and killing of two more Illinois police officers bring great sorrow to our agency and to the family, friends, and brothers and sisters of the Bradley Police Department,” stated ISP Director Brendan F. Kelly.   “The Illinois State Police will use every resource at its disposal to ensure the individuals responsible are brought to justice,” concluded Kelly.

 

ISP Zone 3 is conducting a thorough and exhaustive investigation and would like to request the public’s assistance.  If the any one has any information on the whereabouts of Sullivan or Harris, or any information regarding this incident, please call the ISP at 815-698-2672 or Crime Stoppers at 815-93-CRIME.  Callers can remain anonymous.  There is no further information available at this time.

 

 

Hoopeston Police Report 12/31/21

Violation of Bail Bond H21-6317 2021-11293

Time: 6:22PM

Location: 800 blk of E Young Ave

Arrested: Moises A Torres(38)(M) of Hoopeston

Details: HPD officers responded to the above location with Vermilion County Probation. Mr. Torres was arrested and transported to HPD for processing and later transported to PSB by a Vermilion County Deputy.

Vermilion County Covid 19 update 12/31/21

We are reporting 72 new cases (two residents in their 90s, three in their 80s, eight in their 70s, six in their 60s, eight in their 50s, seven in their 40s, fifteen in their 20s, seven teens, seven grade-school-aged children, two pre-schoolers, one toddler, and six infants), and 77 released, which brings us to a total of 17,662 positive cases. We are saddened to report an additional COVID-related deaths - a woman in her 70s. Our sympathies go out to her family and friends. We have lost a total of 239 Vermilion County residents to COVID-related deaths since this pandemic began. There are currently 301 active COVID cases in the county. There are currently 44 Vermilion County residents hospitalized with COVID. We are aware of twenty-three Vermilion County residents who have become reinfected with COVID since June 1. Of the 77 cases being reported today, five of them told us they have been fully vaccinated. As part of the interview process, our contact tracers ask each person who tested positive whether they are fully vaccinated (two doses of Pfizer or Moderna, or one dose of Johnson & Johnson) against COVID-19. Vaccinations save lives. There are quite a few opportunities to receive your COVID-19 vaccine or booster. Please bring your COVID vaccination cards and an ID. * Location: Boys and Girls Club - hosted by Aetna Better Health of Illinois, 850 N. Griffin, Danville, IL 61832 * Date and Time: January 8th, 2022 from 9am-1pm * What Type of Vaccines Will be Available: Vaccines for kids 5-11 and Pfizer for 12+, Moderna and Pfizer Boosters will also be available * This is an IEMA/IDPH Clinic and is not part of VCHD clinics. * Location: Mark Denman Elementary School, 930 Colfax Street, Danville, IL 61832 * Date and Time: January 15th, 2022 from 1pm-4pm * What Type of Vaccines Will be Available: Vaccines for kids 5-11 and Pfizer for 12+, Moderna, Pfizer, and J&J available. Boosters too * This is an IEMA/IDPH Clinic and is not part of VCHD clinics. * Location: Oakwood Public Library, 110 E. Finley Ave, Oakwood, Il 61858 * Date and Time: January 15th, 2022 from 8am-12pm * What Type of Vaccines Will be Available: Pfizer for 12+, Moderna and J&J, Boosters too. * This is an IEMA/IDPH Clinic and is not part of VCHD clinics. * Carle - call for an appointment or go online for Booster Vaccines * OSF - has vaccines for children 5 and up. Please go to www.osfmychart.org<http://www.osfmychart.org> to make an appointment. * Local Pharmacies - make appointments online, check to see if they have the vaccine you need: 1st Dose / 2nd Dose / 3rd Dose / Booster. There will be COVID-testing clinics at the Health Department on both Tuesdays and Wednesdays - from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. both days. Those interested can create accounts and make appointments through a link on our website, www.vchd.org<http://www.vchd.org>. The Team tested 247 people for COVID this week. You can also visit our COVID-19 page on our website, https://vchd.org/covid-19/<https://vchd.org/covid-19>, for more information.

Vermilion County Covid 19 update 12/30/21

*** The CDC is recommending a shorter isolation or quarantine time for some people who test positive for COVID, or who were in close contact with a COVID-positive person.  We are awaiting direction from the Illinois Department of Public Health before making any changes to our isolation and quarantine procedures.  *** We are reporting 58 new cases (one resident in their 80s, six in their 70s, two in their 60s, seven in their 50s, seven in their 40s, seven in their 30s, eight in their 20s, twelve teens, five grade-school-aged children, one pre-schooler, one toddler, and one infant), and 31 released, which brings us to a total of 17,590 positive cases. We are saddened to report three additional COVID-related deaths – a woman in her 80s, a woman in her 70s, and a woman in his 60s.  Our sympathies go out to their families and friends.  We have lost a total of 238 Vermilion County residents to COVID-related deaths since this pandemic began. There are currently 307 active COVID cases in the county.  There are currently 25 Vermilion County residents hospitalized with COVID. We are aware of twenty-three Vermilion County residents who have become reinfected with COVID since June 1. Of the 58 cases being reported today, fifteen of them told us they have been fully vaccinated.  As part of the interview process, our contact tracers ask each person who tested positive whether they are fully vaccinated (two doses of Pfizer or Moderna, or one dose of Johnson & Johnson) against COVID-19. Vaccinations save lives. There are quite a few opportunities to receive your COVID-19 vaccine or booster.  Please bring your COVID vaccination cards and an ID.   *   Location:  Boys and Girls Club – hosted by Aetna Better Health of Illinois, 850 N. Griffin, Danville, IL 61832   *   Date and Time:  January 8th, 2022 from 9am-1pm   *   What Type of Vaccines Will be Available:  Vaccines for kids 5-11 and Pfizer for 12+, Moderna and Pfizer Boosters will also be available   *   This is an IEMA/IDPH Clinic and is not part of VCHD clinics.   *   Location:  Mark Denman Elementary School, 930 Colfax Street, Danville, IL  61832   *   Date and Time:  January 15th, 2022 from 1pm-4pm   *   What Type of Vaccines Will be Available:  Vaccines for kids 5-11 and Pfizer for 12+, Moderna, Pfizer, and J&J available.  Boosters too   *   This is an IEMA/IDPH Clinic and is not part of VCHD clinics.   *   Location:  Oakwood Public Library, 110 E. Finley Ave, Oakwood, Il  61858   *   Date and Time:  January 15th, 2022 from 8am-12pm   *   What Type of Vaccines Will be Available:  Pfizer for 12+, Moderna and J&J, Boosters too.   *   This is an IEMA/IDPH Clinic and is not part of VCHD clinics.   *   Carle  - call for an appointment or go online for Booster Vaccines   *   OSF – has vaccines for children 5 and up.  Please go to www.osfmychart.org<http://www.osfmychart.org> to make an appointment.   *   Local Pharmacies -  make appointments online, check to see if they have the vaccine you need:  1st Dose / 2nd Dose / 3rd Dose / Booster. There will be COVID-testing clinics at the Health Department on both Tuesdays and Wednesdays – from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. both days.  Those interested can create accounts and make appointments through a link on our website, www.vchd.org<http://www.vchd.org>.   The Team tested 147 people for COVID today. You can also visit our COVID-19 page on our website, https://vchd.org/covid-19/<https://vchd.org/covid-19/>, for more information.  

POLICE OFFICER KILLED, GUNMAN ON THE RUN

 A police officer was killed and another was critically wounded in a shooting Wednesday night at a hotel in south suburban Bradley, and law enforcement have launched a search for the gunman.

Around 9:41 p.m., Bradley police officers responded to a call of dogs barking in an unattended vehicle in the parking lot of a Comfort Inn in the 1500 block of North State Highway 50, police said.

Officers approached the hotel room where they believed the vehicle's owner was staying and began talking with people inside, according to Bradley police.

During the conversation, the people inside the room attacked the officers, shooting two of them, police said

Both officers were taken to nearby hospitals where one was pronounced dead. The officer's identity has not been released.

The other police officer is undergoing surgery and listed in critical condition.

Police have issued an arrest warrant for Darius D. Sullivan, 25, and are looking for another person of interest.

A $10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to Sullivan's arrest.

If you have any information you are asked to call the Illinois State Police tip line at (815) 698-2315 or Kankakee County Crime Stoppers at 93-CRIME.

Vermilion County Covid 19 update 12/29/21

 The CDC is recommending a shorter isolation or quarantine time for some people who test positive for COVID, or who were in close contact with a COVID-positive person. We are awaiting direction from the Illinois Department of Public Health before making any changes to our isolation and quarantine procedures. *** We are reporting 115 new cases (one resident in their 90s, two in their 80s, three in their 70s, thirteen in their 60s, twenty-three in their 50s, thirteen in their 40s, seventeen in their 30s, twenty-six in their 20s, seven teens, six grade-school-aged children, one pre-schooler, and three infants), and 195 released, which brings us to a total of 17,532 positive cases. We are saddened to report three additional COVID-related deaths - a woman in her 90s, a woman in her 60s, and a man in his 60s. Our sympathies go out to their families and friends. We have lost a total of 235 Vermilion County residents to COVID-related deaths since this pandemic began. There are currently 283 active COVID cases in the county. There are currently 25 Vermilion County residents hospitalized with COVID. We are aware of twenty-one Vermilion County residents who have become reinfected with COVID since June 1. Of the 115 cases being reported today, twelve of them told us they have been fully vaccinated. As part of the interview process, our contact tracers ask each person who tested positive whether they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Vaccinations save lives. There are quite a few opportunities to receive your COVID-19 vaccine or booster. Please bring your COVID vaccination cards and an ID. * Location: Boys and Girls Club - hosted by Aetna Better Health of Illinois, 850 N. Griffin, Danville, IL 61832 * Date and Time: January 8th, 2022 from 9am-1pm * What Type of Vaccines Will be Available: Vaccines for kids 5-11 and Pfizer for 12+, Moderna and Pfizer Boosters will also be available * This is an IEMA/IDPH Clinic and is not part of VCHD clinics. * Location: Mark Denman Elementary School, 930 Colfax Street, Danville, IL 61832 * Date and Time: January 15th, 2022 from 1pm-4pm * What Type of Vaccines Will be Available: Vaccines for kids 5-11 and Pfizer for 12+, Moderna, Pfizer, and J&J available. Boosters too * This is an IEMA/IDPH Clinic and is not part of VCHD clinics. * Location: Oakwood Public Library, 110 E. Finley Ave, Oakwood, Il 61858 * Date and Time: January 15th, 2022 from 8am-12pm * What Type of Vaccines Will be Available: Pfizer for 12+, Moderna and J&J, Boosters too. * This is an IEMA/IDPH Clinic and is not part of VCHD clinics. * Carle - call for an appointment or go online for Booster Vaccines * OSF - has vaccines for children 5 and up. Please go to www.osfmychart.org<http://www.osfmychart.org> to make an appointment. * Local Pharmacies - make appointments online, check to see if they have the vaccine you need: 1st Dose / 2nd Dose / 3rd Dose / Booster. There will be COVID-testing clinics at the Health Department on both Tuesdays and Wednesdays - from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. both days. Those interested can create accounts and make appointments through a link on our website, www.vchd.org<http://www.vchd.org>. The Team tested 100 people for COVID today. You can also visit our COVID-19 page on our website, https://vchd.org/covid-19/<https://vchd.org/covid-19>, for more information.  

Hoopeston Police Report 12/27/21

Criminal Trespassing (City Ordinance) H21-6229

Time: 5:58pm

Location: 101 W Main St. Tedd’s Beverage Shoppe

Arrested: Linsey M Warner (F) (33) of Hoopeston

Details: HPD Officers Responded to the above location for a female subject who was entering the business when she had been trespassed from the store. Upon arrival Officers noticed Ms. Warner walking down the street matching the description. Ms. Warner was transported to HPD where was processed and later released with a notice to appear in Hoopeston City Court.

 

Leaving the Scene of a property damage accident, No proof of insurance, (DUI) H21-6236

Time: 2:38pm

Location: 700 block of S 1st Ave

Arrested: Marvin N Crawford (M) (28) of Hoopeston

Details: HPD Officers were called to the report of a hit and run in the above area. Officers went to the above area and found a car matching the description of the car that took off after striking 3 cars with severe front-end damage. Mr. Crawford was transported to HPD where he was processed and later released after posting bond and receiving traffic tickets.

 

Driving while license suspended H21-6251

Time: 10:23PM

Location: E Orange St/S 6th Ave

Arrested: Jessica Wilson(39)(F)of Attica Indiana

Details: HPD officers conducted a traffic stop and a computer search showed Ms. Wilson to have a suspended license through Indiana. Ms. Wilson was arrested and transported to HPD for processing and later released with a Vermilion County Court Notice.

 

Fire Call

Time: 4:52PM

Location: 400 blk S Dixie Hwy

Details: Hoopeston, Rossville and Wellington Fire Departments along with HPD were called to the above location for building on fire. Fire was extinguished and cause of fire is still under investigation.

 

Criminal Damage to Property H21-6262

Time: 9:22pm

Location: 600 blk E McCracken

Complainant: 34 year old Hoopeston male

Details: HPD officers responded in reference to the report of an unknown subject breaking the

complainant’s door. An investigation continues.

Vermilion County Covid 19 update 12/22/21

Region 6 Hospital information Our hospitals in Region 6 are definitely feeling the crunch.  4 hospitals in our region were at Peak Census this morning. 9 Adults ICUS beds available 3 pediatric confirmed cases in non-ICU beds and 4 pediatric probable cases in non-ICU beds 79 COVID19 patients are in ICU beds 172 COVID19 patients are in non-ICU beds. 24 COVID19 patients on vents 4 COVID19 patients died yesterday 30 patients in the ED waiting for an available bed

Vermilion County Vaccination Counts Total Number of Vaccinations Administered (includes 12+):  68,110 Total Number of Boosters Administered:  10,789 Total Number of Vermilion County Residents FULLY vaccinated (includes 12+):  30,59 Percentage of Vermilion County’s TOTAL Population who are FULLY vaccinated:  39.79% CDC has Vermilion County’s total Vaccination rate at 43.1% (this includes some of the federal programs that do not report to the state) You can look at the county views by going to this website:  CDC Data Tracker Percentage of those who are 65+ and have at least 1 dose:  76.37% Percentage and Number of those who are 65+ that are fully vaccinated:  72.60% / 10,786 Percentage of those who are ages 18-64 and have at least 1 dose:  46.56% Percentage and Number of those who are 18-64 that are fully vaccinated:   42.13% / 18,478 Percentage of those who are 12-17 and have at least 1 dose:  21.04% Percentage and Number of those who are 12-17 that are fully vaccinated:  18.19% / 1,104 Percentage of those who are 5-11 and have at least 1 dose: 5.23% Percentage and Number of those who are 5-11 that are fully vaccinated:  2.70% / 191

Confirmed Vermilion County Case Counts (as of 12/20)    Current Active Cases:  406 Current Hospitalizations: 37 (9.1% of active cases) Total Cases (beginning March, 2020):  17,292 Total Released / Recovered:  16,658 Total Deaths:  228

 

Omicron Variant Omicron is now the dominant variant in the United States.  Below is a how quickly Omicron has spread.  With Delta, it took quite a few weeks for it to completely take over.   We still do not know enough about how it will affect many people.  It is highly transmissible, but the severity is still in question. Having said that, anytime you see a surge of cases, the number of hospitalizations and deaths tend to trend upwards as well.     The booster vaccines are showing better protection, so I encourage anyone who has not received their booster to do so.  And if you haven’t been vaccinated at all, I encourage you to do that as well.    While we have no “known” cases of Omicron in Vermilion County, it doesn’t mean that we do not have any as every test is not sent in to see if it is a variant.  From what I can tell, the variants are mainly up north, but will trickle down, especially with the holidays.   The exponential growth of Omicron is quite alarming.  Instead of trending upwards slowly, it is doubling and tripling. Vaccination Opportunities There are still many options out there to receive a vaccination.  Pharmacies, OSF, Carle, and the IEMA clinics.  Some local providers are also offering vaccines. Please go to our website to see the upcoming clinics for IEMA or to fill out an application for IEMA to come to your site for a clinic.  www.vchd.org<http://www.vchd.org> We are currently not doing any clinics at this time. Testing Testing at DACC will be closed on December 24th and December 31st.  There will still be testing at VCHD on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.  Please go to our website for more information:  www.vchd.org<http://www.vchd.org>

Hoopeston Police Report 12/21/21

Warrant Arrest (VC2021TR5868) H21-6182

Time: 11:00am

Location: 301 W Main St (Hoopeston Police Department)

Arrested: Amy L Warner(42)(F) of Hoopeston

Details: Ms. Warner came to HPD to turn herself in. A computer search showed she did have a

warrant through Vermilion County. Ms. Warner was arrested and processed and posted bond. Was released with a new court date.

Aggravated Battery (Deadly Weapon) H21-6194 2021-11040

Time: 7:23pm

Location: 300 Block of S 2nd Ave

Arrested: Brenda Colunga (F) (46) of Hoopeston

Details: HPD Officers responded to the report of an altercation and a possible stabbing. Upon arrival Officers observed a person with a stab wound. Ms. Colunga was transported to HPD where she was processed and later transported to the PSB in Danville

Hoopeston Police Report 12/20/21

Driving while license suspended H21-6169

Time: 3:21PM

Location: E Lincoln/Euclid Ave

Arrested: Tiffany J Dale(40)(F)of Hoopeston

Details: HPD officers conducted a traffic stop and a computer search showed that Ms. Dale had a suspended licenses. Ms Dale was arrested and transported to HPD for processing and late released with a Vermilion County Notice to appear.

Vermilion County Essential Workers named Ambucs 88th First Citizen

The Danville Chapter of AMBUCS has chosen Vermilion County Essential workers as the 2021 recipients of the annual First Citizen award.

 

2020 was a trying year for us all. While many of us were forced to work from home and adjust to our new schedules and unknown future, there were those who stood on the front lines. These individuals worked tirelessly to care for our medical needs and lending comfort as Covid19 stole our loved ones often without a chance to be near them as we said our final goodbye. These individuals cared for our Mental Health needs providing us with the ability to stay mentally stable at a time when most struggled to maintain sanity. These individuals worked late into the day and night keeping businesses open so that our basic needs were met. We ate because of you, we remained clothed because of you, we received our mail and packages because you kept delivering, we didn’t have to live as the Grouch from Sesame Street because you picked up our garbage or drive our cars like the Flintstones because we had access to gas. We continued to have access to other forms of transportation (i.e. bus, taxi, etc.) because you kept driving. We stayed up to date on current events because you kept reporting the news. You continued to teach in ways you’d probably never thought you would have to or even learned to for that matter. Our communities continued to thrive because of all of YOU.

 

To the heath care workers, mental health workers, postal and delivery workers, other Government workers, farmers, grocery staff, gas station attendants, retail workers, public service workers, warehouse workers, teachers, daycare workers, radio DJs, and news anchors, we thank you for your sacrifices at a time when we as a community needed you most. We call you Essential because this word described you best, you are of extreme importance and absolutely necessary.

Hoopeston Police Report 12/14/21

Theft of mislaid property H21-6079

Time: 3:00pm-4:00pm

Location: 101 W Main St. (Tedd’s)

Details: HPD Officers were called to the above location for a stolen cell phone report. No arrest has been made but the investigation continues.

Hoopeston Police Report 12/13/21

Domestic Battery H21-6053 2021-10774

Time: 3:06PM

Location: 300 E Seminary Ave

Complainant: 64 yr old Male of Hoopeston

Arrested: Joel A Garcia-Hernandez(28)(M)of Hoopeston

Details: HPD officers were dispatched to the above location for a report of domestic

Disturbance. Mr. Garcia-Hernandez was arrested and transported to HPD for processing and later transported to PSB.

 

Domestic Battery H21-6060 2021-10791

Time: 2:47am

Location: 800 blk E Wyman

Complainant: 19 year old Hoopeston female

Arrested: Shane Deaton (21) (M) of Hoopeston

Details: HPD officers were called to the above location for the report of a domestic disturbance. Mr. Deaton was arrested and taken to HPD to be processed. He was later transported to the PSB to await arraignment.

Hoopeston Police Report 12/9/21

Fire Call

Time: 2:27am

Location: 500 S 6th Av

Details: HFD was called to the area for the report of a structure fire. HPD officers went on scene and found leaves on fire. Fire was extinguished.

Hoopeston Mayor announces plans to resign

Longtime Hoopeston Mayor Bill Crusinberry announced his plans to resign in a letter read during Tuesday night’s Hoopeston City Council meeting.

Crusinberry, who has been absent from council meetings for the past few months due to ill health, announced his intentions in a sealed letter that was opened and read during the meeting.

Crusinberry outlined his health issues as well as his plans to submit a formal letter of resignation and the guidelines laid out by the Illinois Municipal regarding the process of a city council replacing a mayor at a later date.

“As many of you know, in February 2020 I was diagnosed with cancer. I was told it would be very treatable. Last November, I had to make a decision as to whether I would seek another term as mayor of Hoopeston. I consulted with my doctors and was told that my disease was still treatable. I talked with family and friends and decided to ask the voters of Hoopeston for their support for re-election as mayor. Nearly two years have passed and, while my cancer is still treatable, the treatments required are more extensive and have affected my everyday way of life. In talking with city supervisors, we feel that city business is being conducted thoroughly and effectively. However, I now feel that the time I have to be able to devote to conducting the business of the city does not meet the standards I expect from myself. Therefore, after much deliberation, I have decided that it is in the best interest of the city that I step down from the office of mayor of Hoopeston. I will soon be submitting my letter of resignation along with the process of the council seeking my replacement as laid out by the Illinois Municipal League. In their handbook, the league has definite guidelines which follow Illinois state statutes. This process will accompany my letter of resignation.”

Crusinberry expressed his pride at the progress Hoopeston has made in his time on the council.

“I am very proud to have worked with this council to achieve many of the goals we have set for ourselves. When asked to run for city council 17 years ago it was not uncommon to walk down the street and hear comments like ‘This town is dying.’ It’s not hard to understand why citizens felt this way. During the 90’s, Hoopeston had seen FMC remove their entire operation from town, either sold or transferring to another town. Schumacher Corporation decided that $2-an-hour labor could build their battery chargers, taking 350 jobs out of Hoopeston. Stokley’s, Vermilion Iron and various small businesses left or closed their doors. It makes it understandable why residents felt the way they did. Although not all the council’s decisions were popular, I look around now and see the town on the move. It has been an honor and a pleasure to work with these council members and the ones that have proceeded them.”

Read more council news in the Hoopeston Chronicle. 

ILLINOIS STATE POLICE ANNOUNCE PROGRESS IN THE REDUCTION OF FOID BACKLOG

After implementation of a streamlined process for FOID renewals and the hiring of additional Firearms Eligibility Analyst Trainees, the Illinois State Police (ISP) would like to announce great progress in the processing of FOID renewals.

 

The ISP Firearms Services Bureau is currently processing FOID renewal applications in 38 calendar days. Statutory mandate requires FOID renewal applications to be processed within 60 business days. The FOID renewal backlog reached 138,722 in November 2020, 28,648 in September 2021, and is currently down to 7,800.

 

“The Illinois State Police Firearms Services Bureau is committed to a firearms background check system focused on safety, not bureaucracy. We want to make it easy on the good guys and hard on the bad guys. We continue to improve our workflow and these updated numbers show we are definitely headed in the right direction” said ISP Director Brendan F. Kelly.

ILLINOIS STATE POLICE INVESTIGATE OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING IN DANFORTH

Ashkum, IL - The Illinois State Police (ISP) Division of Criminal Investigations (DCI) Zone 3 Investigations was requested by Sheriff Clinton J. Perzee of the Iroquois County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO) to investigate a non-fatal officer-involved shooting involving an officer from the ICSO. 

 

On December 3, 2021 at approximately 9:41 p.m., the ICSO responded to a residence in rural Danforth, IL, for a 911 call of a domestic disturbance.  The subject, a 40-year-old male of Danforth IL, was reportedly involved in a domestic dispute with another resident.

 

While Iroquois County Deputies were on scene, the male subject returned.  The male subject took actions which endangered the lives of the other residents as well as the Deputies. The Deputies discharged their weapons striking the subject.  Officers immediately rendered aid, and the subject was transported to an area hospital for treatment where he is expected to survive.  No officers or other residents were injured during the incident.

 

This is an active and ongoing investigation, and no additional information will be released at this time.

Hoopeston Police Report 12/6/21

Aggravated Domestic Battery, Interfering with the Reporting of Domestic Battery

H21-5937 2021-10615

Time: 1:36am

Location: 200 blk W Maple

Complainant: 35 year old female

Arrested: Thomas Johnson (37) (M) of Hoopeston

Details: HPD officers were called to the area in reference to a domestic situation. Mr. Johnson

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

Danville to await arraignment.

Hoopeston Area's Maple School Shut Down

Due to a rise in COVID-19 cases within Maple Grade School. Maple Grade school will be shut down and learning will take place remotely through educational packets beginning Monday December 6 through Friday December 10. Maple Grade School will reopen to in-person attendance on Monday December 13. 

Educational packets will be sent home with students today Friday December 3. If your child was not present at school today and you need a packet, they may be picked up at the Maple Office next week between the hours of 7:30 am & 4 pm. 

Maple students needing meals for December 6 through December 10 need to complete the survey on the District Website https://www.hoopeston.k12.il.us/ before Sunday night at 8 pm. Meals for the week will be available for pick up from 5-6 pm behind the High School, Rankin Lions Club, East Lynn Fire Station and Wellington Post Office. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

Vermilion County Covid 19 update 12/4/21

Unfortunately, our cases locally have escalated substantially.   You can see all updated numbers on our website.  https://vchd.org/covid-19/<https://vchd.org/covid-19/> At this point, the Omicron Variant has not been found in Illinois, but it is more than likely we will see it eventually.  There are many unknowns right now about the Omicron variant and the effects it will have on the population.  Unfortunately, it is a wait and see to find out if the vaccines are effective and what level of severity we will see in illness.  What we can do at this point is continue to encourage masking, vaccination, social distancing, and making good decisions.  Please remember that everyone over the age of 18 is encouraged to get a COVID-19 booster dose if they have already been fully vaccinated.  Individuals ages 5 and up can now be vaccinated.  Vaccinations questions, safety information, etc. can be found on the CDC website:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/faq.html<https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/faq.html> Attachments:  IDPH weekly update Our region hit 8% positivity rate yesterday, and we are over 10% for Vermilion County.  This is even with a huge increase in testing, which should technically give you a lower rate unless there is a huge surge or outbreak…which is what we have.     Our community transmission rate is 615.12 new cases / 100,000 over the last 7 days (it was 537.24 yesterday).  A reminder that anything over 100 is high. In a little over a week, we have doubled our Vermilion County COVID19 hospitalizations as has the entire region.    There are only 12 ICU beds open in the entire region 6.  With the influx of not only COVID19 cases, but Influenza A, the hospitals are getting hit hard again.  We have almost tripled the number of COVID19 hospitalizations in non-ICU status since the beginning of last week and doubled the number of COVID19 positive cases in the ICU and almost tripled the number on vents. Here is a chart for Just Vermilion County Hospitalizations [cid:image003.png@01D7E842.7C5E9D60] Update on this week’s reported cases (11/29 – 12/3) We reported 660 new cases this week (we have almost 300 today that we are currently trying to get though to give you an idea of how big of a surge we are having) and released 691.  We have 35 people hospitalized and reported 9 additional deaths.   Total number of deaths stands at 214.   Of the 691 new cases, 35 were vaccinated, 5 were considered to be breakthrough cases (vaccinated and either were hospitalized or died), and 3 reinfections. Age Breakdowns of new reported cases: Under 20:  231 Cases 20-49:  272 cases Over 50:  188 Some of our hardest hit zip codes with new cases in the last 10 days are as follows (over 2% of the entire population in that zip code): 61810 Allerton 61811 Alvin 61814 Bismarck 60960 Rankin Others that were close, but not as high (between 1.5%-1.9% of the entire population in that zip code over the last 10 days) 60942 - Hoopeston 60963 - Rossville 61841 - Fairmount 61858 - Oakwood 61870 – Ridge Farm 61876 - Sidell 61883 – Westville With the influx of cases, our contact tracers are quite busy and some labs are taking longer to get results submitted.  Please be patient as we are extremely backed up. Vaccination Updates Please go to our website for the latest Vaccination Opportunities:  www.vchd.org<http://www.vchd.org>.  You can also go to IEMA/IDPH’s new Vaccine Clinic Pop Up site to see where a clinic is near you:   Community Partner Vaccination Clinics<https://app.powerbi.com/view?r=eyJrIjoiNjYzYWY1NWQtYmEwYy00NGVhLWE2YjgtMmFlNTBlYjMwMjc1IiwidCI6ImNiNTI5ZDExLWU2Y2MtNDdiYy1hMjFmLWViYzA1OTYyNzA0NyIsImMiOjF9&pageName=ReportSection> IDPH has us at a lower rate for vaccinations because they do not receive Federal Numbers, like VA, some pharmacy programs, etc.  Here is what the CDC has for our vaccination rates.

JOHN GREER SCHOOL SHUT DOWN

This is Superintendent Robert Richardson with an important announcement regarding John Greer School. John Greer School will be closed Thursday December 2 through Wednesday December 8 due to COVID staffing issues. John Greer School will reopen on Thursday December 9. All other schools within the district are open. John Greer will continue to be utilized as a shuttle point for Maple students during the shut down.

We are developing and will execute a plan to provide educational materials and sack lunches to our John Greer families. Once a plan is developed we will communicate that plan out to our families Thursday afternoon.

Educational materials will be distributed Friday December 3 @ 9:30 am at John Greer bus drive.

 Materials will also be distributed from 9:30 - 10:30 Friday December 3 at the  Rankin Lions Club and Wellington Post Office. Materials will be distributed to East Lynn Friday morning as well.

Sack lunches will be distributed as well. We ask you not to contact John Greer School as we are developing our plan to best serve our students.

Hoopeston Police Report 12/2/21

Burglary H21-5881

Time: 2:47am

Location: 400 blk E Wyman Av

Complainant: 47 year old Hoopeston male

Details: HPD officers were flagged down from the complainant in reference to a bike stolen from

a shed. An investigation continues.

Vermilion County Covid 19 update 12/1/21

We are reporting 270 new cases (four residents in their 80s, thirteen in their 70s, twenty-nine in their 60s, twenty-three in their 50s, twenty-three in their 40s, forty-three in their 30s, thirty in their 20s, forty-three teens, forty-three grade-school-aged children, nine preschoolers, three toddlers, and seven infants), and 428 released, which brings us to a total of 15,912 positive cases. We are saddened to report two additional COVID-related deaths - a man in his 80s, and a man in his 70s. Our sympathies go out to their families and friends. We have lost a total of 209 Vermilion County residents to COVID-related deaths since this pandemic began. There are currently 347 active COVID cases in the county. There are currently 28 Vermilion County residents hospitalized with COVID. We are aware of fifteen Vermilion County residents who have become reinfected with COVID since June 1. Of the 270 cases being reported today, ten of them told us they have been fully vaccinated. As part of the interview process, our contact tracers ask each person who tested positive whether they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Vaccinations save lives. There are quite a few opportunities to receive your COVID-19 vaccine or booster. Please bring your COVID vaccination cards and an ID. * Saturday, December 4th from 9 a.m. - noon at the Oakwood Public Library (110 East Finley, Oakwood) - Pfizer and Moderna booster clinic. This clinic is provided by IDPH and IEMA, and not by the VCHD. * Carle - call for an appointment or go online for Booster Vaccines * OSF - has vaccines for children 5 and up. Please go to www.osfmychart.org<http://www.osfmychart.org> to make an appointment. * Local Pharmacies - make appointments online, check to see if they have the vaccine you need: 1st Dose / 2nd Dose / 3rd Dose / Booster. There will be COVID-testing clinics at the Health Department on both Tuesdays and Wednesdays - from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. both days. Those interested can create accounts and make appointments through a link on our website, www.vchd.org<http://www.vchd.org>. The team tested 78 people at the clinic today. You can also visit our COVID-19 page on our website, https://vchd.org/covid-19/<https://vchd.org/covid-19>, for more information.  

Hoopeston Police Report 12/1/21

Driving while license suspended, Uninsured Vehicle H21-5872 Time: 4:05PM Location: College Way/W Penn St Arrested: Kevin L Robbins II(27)(M)of Hoopeston Details: HPD conducted a traffic stop and a computer search showed Mr. Robbins to have a Suspended license. Mr. Robbins was arrested and transported to HPD for processing and later released with Vermilion County Court Dates

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