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 The Illinois State Police cautions motorists who engage in acts that could endanger the safety of the motoring public. Illinois State Police officials have become aware of a planned event along several interstate corridors scheduled for Saturday, February 26, 2022 – Saturday, March 5, 2022, where truck drivers plan to conduct a “Convoy” causing traffic delays and potentially crashes. Illinois State Police Division of Patrol Colonel Margaret McGreal stated, “Though the Illinois State Police respects the rights of citizens to express their opinions in a lawful manner, there is great concern with any event that is designed to impede or block the normal and reasonable movement of traffic.” Colonel McGreal continued, “Traffic backups are a major contributing cause to traffic crashes which lead to property damage, personal injury, and even death. A planned event designed to impede normal traffic flow is dangerous to the innocent motoring public. Those who choose to participate in events that intentionally endanger the public and violate Illinois law will be subject to the enforcement of applicable laws and could potentially be held liable for traffic crashes occurring as a result of their actions.” The Illinois State Police urges all motorists to abide by traffic laws for the safety of all. 


The Illinois Gaming Board has invited Danville Development, LLC to appear at the Board’s March 10, 2022 public meeting to seek a preliminary finding of suitability. Danville Development, LLC will make a virtual presentation outlining the company’s suitability and addressing the requirements and qualifications for the proposed Golden Nugget Danville Casino. The Board is requesting the suitability presentation as the next step for the pending owner’s license application to operate a casino in Danville, Illinois submitted by Danville Development, LLC. The proposed Golden Nugget Danville Casino will feature a 41,500 square foot gaming floor with 500 slot machines, 14 table games, two restaurants, including a Saltgrass Steakhouse, a sportsbook, and 650 surface parking spaces. The project will offer an online gaming and digital sports betting platform through Golden Nugget Online Gaming, Inc. “On behalf of The City of Danville, we are overjoyed at the prospect of this casino, and the fact that we are one step closer to bringing this project to fruition. We are grateful for the community’s support and enthusiasm for the project and appreciate Danville Development, LLC and the Golden Nugget for helping bring generations of dreams to reality.” – Mayor Rickey Williams, Jr. “Danville Development, LLC is well prepared for the hearing, and excited for the opportunity to present the details of this project to the Illinois Gaming Board. There is tremendous anticipation for the Golden Nugget Danville Casino, and we are looking forward to delivering what we have promised to this community,” – James A. Wilmot, President of Danville Development, LLC.

Pritzker Lifts School Mask Mandate As Supreme Court Denies Appeal

The Illinois Supreme Court on Friday declined to hear Gov. J.B. Pritzker's appeal to rulings by trial and appellate court judges in a challenge to his implementation of the school mask mandate.

Pritzker issued a statement in the wake of the decision announcing that the state will remove its school mask mandate Monday.

The state Supreme Court issued a pair of orders in four consolidated Sangamon County court cases, including Austin v. Pritzker, which was brought on behalf of parents and names nearly 150 school districts across the state as defendants.


On Feb. 4, Sangamon County Circuit Judge Raylene Grischow granted a temporary restraining order in those cases that voided certain emergency orders Pritzker's administration issued last year and blocked the governor and his agencies from enforcing parts of his executive orders.

Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul appealed on the governor's behalf and, on Feb. 18, a three-judge panel in the 4th District Appellate Court, dismissed the appeal as moot, finding that a committee of lawmakers' decision not to endorse the emergency rules meant they had expired anyway.

In response, the Pritzker administration filed emergency motions with the Supreme Court to hear their appeal and to stay Grischow's temporary restraining order.


In an unsigned order, the Supreme Court declined to hear Pritzker administration. Instead, the court exercised its supervisory authority to vacate Grischow's Feb. 4 order because the appeal had been "rendered moot by happenstance."

Justices Michael Burke and David Overstreet, two of the three Republicans on the court, disagreed and planned to issue a written dissent, according to the order.

In the other order, the court denied as moot the Pritzker administration's motion to stay the temporary restraining order. Burke and Overstreet also dissented.

The court orders send the case back to Grischow's courtroom in Springfield. In his statement after the ruling, the governor said he still has the power to issue a statewide school mandate.

"I'm gratified that the Supreme Court vacated the lower court's restraining order," Pritzker said, "meaning that if a school mask mandate needs to go into effect in the future, we continue to have that authority."

Hoopeston Police Report 2/25/22

Traffic Accident (PD ONLY) H22-0651

Date of Call: 2-23-22

Time of Call: 1 pm

Location: 700 block S Market St

Unit 1: 2022 Chevy Pickup Truck Driven by Wade E Gocking (M) (60) of Hoopeston

Unit 2: 2015 Dodge Cargo Van Owned by US Postal Service Hoopeston

Details: At above time and date, HPD responded to call of an accident involving the 2 units listed.

Unit 1 was backing from driveway struck the front bumper of Unit 2, that was parked making a delivery at the time of the accident, causing damage. No injuries, No Tickets, damage was only to unit 2. Both units insured.


Unlawful Acts Constituting Disorderly Conduct Designated (City Ordinance 9.16.010) H22-0671

Time: 6:43pm

Location: 400 W Washington St.

Cited: Clarence Krygowski (M) (53) of Hoopeston

Complainant: April R Jones (F) (42) of Hoopeston

Details: HPD Officers responded to the report of a neighbor pushing snow in the driveway and blocking it. Mr. Krygowski was cited for Disorderly Conduct and given a citation and a Hoopeston Court date.

Hoopeston Police Report 2/24/22

Fire Call (Order)

Time: 12:15am

Location: 500 S 6th Ave (Parkview Court)

Details: HFD along with EMS was called to the above location and due to a smell of gas in the apartment. There was no report of injuries or damages at time of call.

Ross/South Ross Cemetery Board Accepting Donations for 1917 Fencing from Mann's Chapel Cemetery

The Ross/ South Ross Cemetery Board has decided to replace fencing from 1917 at the Man’s Chapel Cemetery. At this time, the board has decided to offer 8-foot sections to the public for a $25 donation. Donators will be able to choose from over 20 fence sections to use as a focal point in their garden or just as a piece of history. Please call Rick Farnsworth at 217-417-3156 for additional information and how to donate. 

HPD reminds residents what phone numbers to use

The Public is calling every other phone number for help that are not maned 24 hours a day 7 days a week…..  


POLICE, FIRE, AMBULANCE, Emergency calls can call 9-1-1


POLICE & FIRE for Hoopeston Only:   Non-Emergency Calls can call: 217-283-5196,  this is the only phone at City Hall that is maned 24 hours a day,

7 days a week.

Iroquois County Covid 19 Update 02/19/2022

As of 02/19/2022, there have been 7,062 cases of COVID-19 and 108 individuals who have passed away with COVID-19 in Iroquois County. We extend our prayers and deepest condolences to the family, friends, and community members affected by these losses.

There have been 54 new cases since our last update. 

46.99% of the population of Iroquois County are considered fully vaccinated.

For more information on Iroquois County COVID-19 risk metrics please visit:

For more information on Iroquois County COVID-19 statistics and demographic data please visit:


Library to host 'City Chat' with Hoopeston Mayor

Concerned about something happening in the City of Hoopeston? Mayor Jeff Wise wants to hear from you.


Beginning in March, Hoopeston Public Library will host the mayor each month for “City Chat”, an opportunity to ask questions or get information about city government.


The first session will be held from 10:30-11:30 a.m., Saturday, March 5, in the library’s lower level meeting room. Wise stressed that this will not be a formal program, but simply an informal way for citizens to meet with him on anything relating to the city.


“I want to be accessible to Hoopeston residents and give them the chance to ask questions or share their concerns with me,” Wise said. “The library provides a casual and friendly setting to do so.”


Appointments are not necessary. Residents are invited to drop by any time during the City Chat hour. For more information, call the library at 217-283-6711

Ambia man being held on drug and weapons charges

A Benton County man has been arrested after police said they found drugs and weapons at his home.

Indiana State Police said they received information that 30-year old Kenneth Lanoue of Ambia was dealing methamphetamine.

Police said they found suspected meth, marijuana, 13 long guns and eight handguns. According to police, the serial number had been removed from one of the firearms.

On Monday, they served a search warrant at his home, and Lanoue was later arrested in Fountain County.

He's being held at the Benton County Jail on preliminary charges, including dealing methamphetamine and possession of a firearm with a removed serial number.

Hoopeston Police Report 2/20/22

Domestic Battery, Unlawful Restraint H22-0593 2022-1344

Time: 11:16pm

Location: 1000 blk S McKinley Av

Complainant: 41 year old Hoopeston female

Arrested: Eric Smith (M) (33) Hoopeston male

Details: HPD officers were dispatched in reference to a domestic disturbance. After an

investigation, Mr. Smith was arrested and taken to HPD to be processed. He was later

transported to the PSB in Danville to await arraignment.


The Illinois State Police (ISP) officials investigated 303 traffic crashes, responded to 827 motorist assists, and over 2,000 calls for service during the recent significant winter storm event. 


Numerous crashes caused multiple interstate closures across Illinois during the inclement weather.  ISP Troopers were assisted by a multitude of law enforcement agencies and personnel across the state to escort stranded motorists to safety and investigate traffic crashes. 


On February 17, 2022, beginning at approximately 3 p.m.., ISP District 6 (Pontiac) responded to assist motorists and investigate several crashes on Interstate 55 and Interstate 74.  ISP District 9 (Springfield) responded to Interstate 72 westbound near New Berlin for several separate crashes.  ISP District 10 (Pesotum) responded to Interstate 74 and Interstate 57 to investigate crashes and assist motorists. Due to these crashes, the interstates were closed for a significant amount of time. 


ISP District 8 (Metamora) responded to a multi-vehicle crash involving nineteen commercial motor vehicles and nine passenger vehicles on Interstate 39 near El Paso.  Dozens of other vehicles slid off the roadway and were stranded.  Interstate 39 from Normal to Minonk was closed for nearly 24 hours while ISP Troopers and multiple local law enforcement agencies and other first responders assisted to ensure motorists were safely escorted to a warming center. 


“The Illinois State Police once again rose to the occasion, in the cold and throughout the night, ensuring the safety of thousands of motorists across the state,” stated Illinois State Police Director Brendan F. Kelly.  “With help from our local law enforcement partners, Illinois Department of Transportation personnel, tow operators, and other emergency responders, our Troopers were able to safeguard the public and ultimately prevented roadway tragedies,” added Kelly. 

Hoopeston Police Report 2/18/22

Aggravated Domestic Battery, Criminal Trespass to Property (state) 2022-1294 H22-0581

Time: 08:24 AM

Location: 300 blk W Elm St

Complainant: 54-year-old Hoopeston male

Arrested: Jason Reyes (M) (34) of Hoopeston

Details: HPD officers were called to the area for a suspicious person that was at the back door to the residence with a pry bar. He was arrested and taken to HPD to be process. He was later transported to the PSB Danville to await arraignment.

Vermilion County Court Receives $303,811.80 Technology Modernization Grant

On Monday, February 14, 2022, Vermilion County Presiding Judge Thomas M. O’Shaughnessy announced that the County was awarded a technology grant in the sum of $303,811.80 from a Technology Modernization Funding program offered by the Illinois Supreme Court and the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts.

Judge O’Shaughnessy, in announcing the award, explained that “during the past several months, Vermilion County Tech Services personnel, Karen Rudd and Brian Talbott, and the Court Administrator, Cindy Savalick, along with Building & Grounds Director, Jennifer Jenkins, developed a Courthouse Technology Upgrade plan for significant technology upgrades for the four (4) jury trial courtrooms in the Rita B. Garman Vermilion County Courthouse. The plan provides for enhanced sound systems, improved internet connectivity, and a system of computers and monitors (at counsel tables, the bench, the witness chair, and jury box) for the presentation of electronic evidence. The plan and a grant application were then submitted to the Technology Modernization Funding program, which approved the application.”

The Courthouse Technology Upgrade plan was produced in conjunction with and response to 2021 amendments to the Illinois Supreme Court’s Policy on Minimum Courtroom Standards and its new state-wide policy regarding the use of portable electronic devices in court facilities.

O’Shaughnessy remarked: “The Supreme Court of Illinois and its administrative office have done an exceptional job in identifying the courts’ need to embrace technology as a means of maintaining court access, while making funds available to the courts to meet those needs. This funding allows us to complete the technology upgrades to the Courthouse systems which began during the early days of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic when equipment for remote hearings was acquired. That equipment permitted access to the court during the suspension of in-person hearings. These newest upgrades will greatly improve the trial capacities and environment of our jury courtrooms. The judiciary extends its thanks and congratulations to Tech Services, the Court Administrator, and Building & Grounds for their hard work in planning these important and substantial upgrades to our courtrooms and securing this critical grant. And we appreciate the support for this plan offered by the County Board and its Chairman, Larry Baughn.”

Hoopeston Police Report 2/17/22


Time: 11:40 AM

Location: 600 Block W Elm St Hoopeston

Complainant: 15-year-old Hoopeston Male

Arrestee: Cannon, Joseph C (M)(49) of Hoopeston

Details: HPD was requested to respond to a report that the arrestee in his truck ran over a bicycle that was laying up in a yard in the 600 block. Arrestee was located, followed to HPD where he was issued Notice to Appear in the Hoopeston City Court. Suspect was released and old to appear April Court.


Trespassing (state) H22-0579

Time: 10:53pm

Location: 300 blk W Elm St

Complainant: 54 year old Hoopeston male

Arrested: Jason Reyes (M) (34) of Hoopeston

Details: HPD officers were called to the area for a suspicious person going into yards without permission. Mr. Reyes was located at an address he was previously trespassed from.

He was arrested and taken to HPD to be process. He was later released with a notice to

appear in court.

Double Fatal, Two Vehicle Traffic Crash near Hoopeston

WHAT:                      Double Fatal, Two Unit Traffic Crash


WHERE:                   Illinois Route 1 at Vermilion County Road 4000 N


WHEN:                      February 15th, 2022 at approximately 2:28 PM


VEHICLE:                Unit #1 - 2012 Silver Chevrolet Silverado


DRIVER:                  Joshua A. Newberry 25, from Hoopeston IL


VEHICLE:                Unit #2 - 2002 Green Jeep Liberty


DRIVER:                   Linda Crippin 63, from Danville IL (deceased)


PASSENGER:           Jerry Crippin 63, from Danville IL (deceased)



PRELIMINARY:     A preliminary investigation indicates the following occurred:  Unit #1 was traveling northbound on Illinois Route 1, approaching Vermillion County 4000 N, as Unit #2 was traveling

southbound.  Unit #1 crossed over the center line divider and struck Unit #2 head on, in Unit #2’s lane of travel/right emergency shoulder.  The driver of Unit #1 was transported by ambulance to a local area hospital, with non-life threatening injures.  The driver and passenger of Unit #2 were pronounced deceased on scene by the Vermilion County Coroner.  The driver of Unit #1 was issued citations for improper lane usage and for not wearing a seatbelt.  The investigation is ongoing.

Hoopeston Police Report 2/15/22

Traffic Accident H22-0532

Time: 5:36am

Location: E Seminary Ave. and N 6th St.

Unit 1: 2005 Volkswagen Jetta Driven by Olivia J LaBounty (F) (19) of Hoopeston

Details: Unit 1 was travelling eastbound on E Seminary Ave she attempted to make a left-hand turn but slid on the snow / ice causing the vehicle to hit a Sparklight pole. No injuries were reported and no tickets were issued.


Attorney General Kwame Raoul today announced a Danville man was sentenced to 106 years in prison for first-degree murder, home invasion and aggravated battery in the shooting death of a 20-year-old Danville man.

Lamont Davis, 20, of Danville, Illinois was sentenced by Vermillion County Circuit Court Judge Charles C. Hall after a jury found him guilty of first-degree murder while armed with a firearm, home invasion while armed with a firearm and aggravated battery with a firearm in the shooting death of Justin Daubaris.

“I appreciate the partnership of the Vermilion County State’s Attorney’s office in working to stem the tide of gun violence and their support in helping to ensure that individuals who perpetuate violent crimes like this are held accountable,” Raoul said. “While nothing can make up for the loss that Justin Daubaris’ family and friends suffered, I hope this sentence brings them some peace.”

Raoul’s office charged Davis in October 2021 alleging that on Nov. 10, 2019, Davis and two other men stormed into an apartment on Hazel Street in Danville armed with firearms. Jaleel Jones was inside the residence at the time and was able to escape after being shot in the hip. Upon hearing the gunshots, Jones’ brother Justin Daubaris entered the apartment to confront the three armed offenders. Daubaris was shot in the back three times and killed.

“Yesterday’s sentence clearly sends a strong message to our community that gun violence and senseless execution style killings will not be tolerated,” said Lacy. “Thank you to Attorney General Kwame Raoul and his staff for their dedication in fighting violent crime. Our continued partnership in battling violent crime has been an asset to our community.”

Assistant Attorneys General Michael Falagario and Shannon O'Brien handled the case for Raoul’s Criminal Enforcement Division.

Hoopeston Police Report 02/12/22


Time: 7:57 AM

Location: W Penn St/S 5th Ave Hoopeston

Unit 1: 2019 Blk Hyundai driven by Joseph J Donner (M) (23) of Melvin IL

Unit 2: 2021 Gray Jeep Pickup driven by Michael Gilbert (M) (52) of Danforth IL

Details: At the above time, HPD responded to report of a property damage accident on the south side of John Greer Grade Center on W Penn St between 2 units. No report of injuries at the time of the report. Unit 1 had to be towed from the scene by Knuth’s at owner’s request. No Tickets.



Aggravated Domestic Battery H22-0514 2022-1132

Time: 8:18pm

Location: 500 S 6th Ave.

Arrested: Omar Gonzalez (M) (46) of Hoopeston

Details: HPD Officers responded to the report of a passerby hearing a domestic in progress. HPD Officers made contact with the residents at the above location and they adv they had a physical altercation. After Officers finished their investigation Mr. Gonzalez was transported to HPD where he was processed and later transported to the Public Safety Building in Danville where he awaits arraignment.

Hoopeston Police Report 2/11/22

Driving while license suspended H22-0503

Time: 3:32PM

Location: 100 blk of E Lincoln St

Arrested: Joseph D Hart(36)(M) of Hoopeston

Details: HPD officers were on a traffic stop. A computer search showed Mr. Hart to have a suspended license. Mr. Hart was arrested and transported to HPD for processing and later

released with a Vermilion County Court notice.

Hoopeston Police News 2/10/22

Warrant Arrest (Ford County) H22-0489

Time: 08:56 AM

Location: City of Hoopeston Parking Lot 301 W Main St Hoopeston

Arrestee: Tapia, Delia Guadalupe (F) (45) of Hoopeston

Details: At the above time, the female was contacted by HPD concerning a different incident. After computer check was done, a warrant from Ford County for FTA for Driving on Suspension was located and served of the female. She posted the required bond and was released on a new court date for Ford County.

State Senator Chapin Rose statement on partial lifting of mask order

State Senator Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) released the following Governor JB Pritzker’s announcement that he would be partially lifting the statewide mask order:

“It is now abundantly clear that JB Pritzker’s ‘scientists’ are actually the Governor’s of NY, NJ, CT and California. What a joke. And now he is saying that kids in school are different than adults at the workplace – and all because he can’t keep his own bruised ego in check. Everyday more and more school districts, parents, and children are walking away from him in outright revolt!  How dare a parent make a decision in their own child’s best interest - not JB Pritzker’s political interest. But, boy, is he ever going to show them how smart he is – moving to punish all those who defy him. Well, I say, give it a rest man, get your ego in check, and realize what the ‘scientists,’ err, I mean the ‘Governors’ of NY, NJ, CT, and California have already figured out (oops, looks like the ‘cool kid’ group of governors apparently forgot to include you in the memo). Never mind that the rest of the country never punished children and their parents in the first place.”

CRIS Healthy Aging Center facility named in honor of impactful leader - interim executive appointed

The CRIS Healthy Aging Center facility will now be named for the leader who held the role of chief executive for more than two decades. The board unanimously voted to name the building the CRIS Healthy Aging Amy Brown Center.

“Amy leads like no other – she dreams something and then makes it happen,” said CRIS Board Chair Frank Young. “She has been a visionary, forging partnerships and advancing programming. Everything on this property in particular has been redone, redeveloped, added or ultimately conceived by Amy. It was only fitting the building be named in her honor.” 

Brown, who ends her tenure this week, accepted a position with the Illinois Department of Aging.


The Center will be led in the months ahead by a veteran healthcare professional with deep nonprofit, social services and government experience who will help lead the search for a permanent CEO. Carle Foundation Hospital President Lynne Barnes will step into the role. Barnes will transition to the interim role over the next two weeks and join CRIS February 28 following her retirement from the hospital this month.

CRIS Healthy Aging partners with healthcare providers, agencies and leaders to help meet needs of the region’s seniors. Barnes’ experience with the care continuum will support CRIS and those it serves. 


“Lynne Barnes brings a wealth of knowledge on the health and social needs of those in Vermilion and Champaign Counties and the communities within. She is a proven leader who brings great energy and innovation to continue to impact care and services within the community,” said Young. “Lynne is a great collaborator, and we are enthusiastic about the skills she brings to CRIS to serve during this time while we seek a permanent executive.” 

Originally from Catlin, Barnes has dedicated 45 years to serving patients through the Carle health system. Barnes has provided patient care as an Occupational Therapist and served in many leadership roles including hospital operations, emergency transport and management, facilities and government relations. Additionally, she has served as a Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation facilities surveyor; Promise Health Care board member and chair; Stephens Family YMCA board member and chair; United Way of Champaign County board member, campaign co-chair, and board chair; Champaign County Economic Development Corporation vice chair and chair; Urbana City Council member and City of Urbana Comprehensive Steering Committee member. Barnes is an Athena Award recipient and a member of Leadership Illinois. She is a longtime faculty member in the College of Applied Life Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


“Our communities have significant needs as our residents’ age and face more chronic conditions, which means services may need to grow or evolve. The healthcare system has experienced ongoing pressure statewide and nationwide, and it is very important that we advance the work locally to meet the needs of all those in our community, said Barnes. “During this search for a permanent chief executive, I’m honored to serve this agency that has such a strong foundation.” 


“I look forward to seeing the strong team at CRIS continue to serve our community members with Lynne Barnes’ support,” said Brown.

CRIS Healthy Aging Center is the official gateway to information and services for older adults for the Champaign and Vermilion County area.   Caregiver Advisory Services, a locally renowned senior program, Meals on Wheels, Violence Prevention Advocacy, Education and Health Care Programming for hospitals and the BRIDGE Evidence-Based Program at Carle Foundation Hospital in addition to research receiving national recognition for its Alexa Smart Speaker Program and maintains a research relationship with University of Illinois Center for Healthy Aging and Disability.

Hoopeston Police Report 2/9/22

Fire Call

Time: 2:00PM

Location: 700 blk of W Elm St

Details: HFD was dispatched to the above location for a Carbon Monoxide detector going off.

No leak was found.

Hoopeston Police Report 2/8/22

Fire Call

Time of Alarm: 08:01

Clear Time: 08:06

Location: Teasdale Latin Foods, 215 W Washington St, Bldg 131

Details: Activated water flow alarm reported by the monitoring company. HFD respond and reported that it was malfunctioning sensor in the alarm system. All units cleared.


Traffic Accident (Delayed entry) H22-0467

Date and Time: February 6, 2022 12:24pm

Location: 600 blk E Thompson

Unit #1: 2020 Honda Civic driven by Logan Robinson (F) (19) of Hoopeston

Unit #2: 2004 Ford F250 driven by Jose Rodriquez (M) (67) of Hoopeston

Details: HPD responded to the report of a minor traffic accident. Unit #2 was pulling into a driveway

when Unit #1 couldn’t stop on the ice and snow and struck Unit #2. No injuries were

reported, no citations were issued and both units were able to drive away.

Hoopeston Police Report 2/7/22

Traffic Accident (PD)

Time of Call: 1:35 PM

Date of Call: 2-3-2022

Location: City of Hoopeston: Water Building: 425 W Main St

Unit 1: 2019 Ford Truck City of Hoopeston, driver: Colin M Carswell (M) (27)

Unit 2: Parked 2021 Chevy Truck Owner: Richard Cappellano of Hoopeston

Details: Unit 1 was backing from the Water Department Garage Bay, Striking Unit 2 in the grill area.

Both units insured, No Injuries, Unit 1 no damage, Unit 2 was driven away.


Traffic Accident H22-0461

Time: 11:44am

Location: 700 block of W Orange St.

Unit 1: 2010 Chevrolet Equinox Driven by George Casillas (M) (53) of Watseka

Unit 2: 2007 Chevrolet Suburban Driven by Gary Fink (M) (43) of Hoopeston

Cited: Unit 1 George Casillas was cited for no valid driver’s license and operating an uninsured vehicle.

Details: Driver of Unit 1 pulled out in front of Unit 2. Unit 2 hit Unit 1 in the driver’s side. George Casillas he driver of Unit 1 was cited and given a Vermilion County Court date.


Fire Call

Time: 3:03am

Location: 4200 N Rd/1700 E Rd

Details: Hoopeston, Wellington, Rossville and East Lynn/Rankin fire departments along with HPD and Arrow Ambulance were dispatched to the report of a structure fire. One patient was

transported to the hospital. The fire is still under investigation.

Vermilion County Covid 19 update 2/7/22

Vermilion County Vaccination Counts Total Number of Vaccinations Administered (includes 12+):  74,155 Total Number of Boosters Administered:  14,464 Percentage of Fully Vaccinated Population with a Booster Dose:  43.6% Percentage of Fully Vaccinated 65+ Population with a Booster Dose:  65.7% Total Number of Vermilion County Residents FULLY vaccinated (includes 5+):  31,718 Percentage of Vermilion County’s TOTAL Population who are FULLY vaccinated:  41.30% CDC has Vermilion County’s total Vaccination rate at 44.7% (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 and Number of those who are 65+ that are fully vaccinated:  73.15% / 10,867 Percentage and Number of those who are 18-64 that are fully vaccinated:   43.80% / 19,211 Percentage and Number of those who are 12-17 that are fully vaccinated:  19.82% / 1,203 Percentage and Number of those who are 5-11 that are fully vaccinated:  5.56% / 393

Vermilion County Case Counts Number of new reported cases in the last 14 days (2/3):  1,691 New reported cases since noon on 2/3 to noon on 2/4: 43   New hospital admissions (last 7 days as of 2/2):  35 Total Cases (beginning March, 2020):  27,151 Total Deaths:  270

Hoopeston Police Report 2/3/2022

Fire Call—Investigation Gasoline Leak

Time: 3:40 PM

Location: Rear Parking Area of First Financial Bank 323 E Main St

Detail: Report of a strong gas smell from the unit in the back by the ATM. Investigation proved to

Be the natural gas meter was covered by a massive snow drift causing a natural gas smell.

Hoopeston Police Report 2/2/22

Trespassing to Real Property H22-0416

Time: 9:00 AM

Location: 112 E Main Street

Complainant: 112 Wine & Coffee Shop

Arrested: Warner, Linsey M (F) (32) of Hoopeston

Details: The complainant contact HPD that the arrestee was in the business after being charges just days before for trespassing. Female was located and taken into custody, transported to HPD where she was processed and then later released on OR Bond and Vermilion Court house.

Vermilion County Covid 19 update 2/1/22

COVID 19 Daily Updates

As of January 31st, 2022
IDPH and CDC Statistics for Vaccination Numbers
Data is pulled from I-CARE.  Data is Provisional.

Vermilion County Vaccination Counts

Total Number of Vaccinations Administered (includes 12+):  73,932
Total Number of Boosters Administered:  14,361
Percentage of Fully Vaccinated Population with a Booster Dose:  43.4%
Percentage of Fully Vaccinated 65+ Population with a Booster Dose:  65.5%
Total Number of Vermilion County Residents FULLY vaccinated (includes 5+):  31,642
Percentage of Vermilion County’s TOTAL Population who are FULLY vaccinated:  41.21%
CDC has Vermilion County’s total Vaccination rate at 44.6% (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 and Number of those who are 65+ that are fully vaccinated:  73.10% / 10,859
Percentage and Number of those who are 18-64 that are fully vaccinated:   43.72% / 19,174
Percentage and Number of those who are 12-17 that are fully vaccinated:  19.72% / 1,197
Percentage and Number of those who are 5-11 that are fully vaccinated:  5.43% / 384

Vermilion County Case Counts
Number of new reported cases in the last 14 days (1/31):  2,666
New reported cases since noon on 1/30 to noon on 1/31:  62
New hospital admissions (last 7 days as of 1/28):  39
Total Cases (beginning March, 2020):  26,794
Total Deaths:  265

Hoopeston Public Library will be open with new policies

Hoopeston Public Library will reopen to the public on Tuesday, Feb. 1 at 12 noon. To help protect patrons and staff, the library is implementing the following procedures:


Masks are required in the building at all times for all patrons. Use of the public computers and the reading areas is limited to 30 minutes per day. No inside programs are being scheduled. Patrons are asked to make their visits as brief as possible.


Curbside service will still be available for those patrons who desire it. Call 217-283-6711 to arrange pickup of materials.


In anticipation of a potential winter storm hitting the area later this week, the library is also reminding the public that – if weather conditions are severe – the library may be closed for the safety of patrons and staff.


Closings will be posted on the library’s Facebook page, as well as reported to Hoopeston local media (WHPO, Just the Facts, The Chronicle). When in doubt, call first. If you get the answering machine, the library is closed.

Hoopeston Police Report 2/1/22

Fire Call

Time of Call: 1:00 PM

Clear Time: 1:10 PM

Location: Teasdale Foods, Building # 313, 215 W Washington St Hoopeston

Details: Alarm company contacted HFD to respond to investigation of a Water Flow alarm for the facility showing activated. HFD responded and reported Malfunctioning alarm.





Driving while license suspended H22-0409

Time: 2:53PM

Location: S Market St/E Lincoln St

Arrested: Jonny Holt(41)(M)of Hoopeston

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

a suspended license. Mr. Holt was arrested and transported to HPD for processing and later

given a Vermilion County notice to appear.


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