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WHPO Blog Archives for 2022-07

Hoopeston Police Report 7/31/2022

DISORDERLY CONDUCT (CITY ORD) H22-3251

Time: 05:55AM

Location: 800 block E Elm St Hoopeston

Complainant: Hoopeston Man 57-year-old

Cited: Karrick, Todd E (M) (57) of Hoopeston IL

Details: The Complainant contacted HPD having proof of Disorderly Conduct occurring the complainant signed the complaint for the Cited subject to appear in Hoopeston Municipal Court.

Hoopeston Police Report 7/29/22

Traffic Stop (Driving While License Suspended, Operating a Vehicle with Suspended Registration).

Time: 9:37pm on 7/27/2022

Location: W Orange St and S 4th Ave

Arrested: Briana G. Rivera (F) (24) of Hoopeston

Details: HPD Officers Conducted a traffic stop and Ms. Rivera was found to have Suspended Registration and a Suspended Driver’s License. Ms. Rivera was transported to HPD where she was processed and later released with a Notice to Appear in Vermilion County Court.

 

Violation of Order Protection H22-3242 2022-6506

Time: 6:25pm

Location: 700 blk E Elm St

Complainant: 17 year old juvenile

Arrested: Jordan Carswell (M) (36) of Hoopeston

Details: HPD officers were called to the above location for the report of a domestic disturbance.

After speaking to several witnesses, Mr. Carswell was arrested for Violation of Order

Protection. He was immediately taken to the PSB in Danville to await arraignment

Westville man dies after being hit by a car near the Vermilion County Courthouse

The Vermilion County Coroner, Jane McFadden stated that a late afternoon traffic crash on East Main Street, between Hazel and Vermilion Streets in Danville,claimed the life of a pedestrian who was crossing in the middle of the block southbound when he was struck and killed.  The accident occurred at approximately 2:50 p.m. Monday, July 25th. The pedestrian was identified as Jeffrey W. Gore, a 58-year-old Westville man.

 

The Danville Police Department and the Vermilion County Coroner’s office continue to investigate.

Vermilion County Man will spend 25 years in the Illinois Department Corrections

On April 10, 2022, 35-year-old Gaurav "Gary" Kumar, formerly of Bismarck, Illinois plead guilty to one count of Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault. Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault is a Class X Felony for which the defendant must serve 85% of the sentence. The mandatory supervised release (i. e. parole) is decided by the Illinois Department of Correction and could be a range from three years to life.

After a sentencing hearing, today, Circuit Judge Charles C. Hall sentenced Kumar to 25 years in the Illinois Department Corrections. Kumar must register as a sex offender for life.

The Court heard evidence that Kumar met the victim's mother, and they got married, when the victim was 11. Almost immediately the Kumar began grooming, and then assaulting the victim, repeatedly. The victim kept the secret of these attacks for five years, due to Kumar's coercion and threats of violence. The victim finally gained the courage to disclose the horrific acts to a teacher, who contacted the Department of Child and Family Services along with the Vermilion County Sheriffs Department. After a thorough investigation by the Vermilion County Sheriff's Office Kumar was charged and arrested in January of 2020.

At the sentencing hearing the victim had the courage to detail for Judge Hall the effects the abuse has had on her, physical and emotional state.

State's Attorney Jacqueline Lacy expressed her appreciativeness of the victim's courage in this case, and her willingness to remain steadfast for over two years to obtain justice. The State's Attorney also thanked the Vermilion County Sheriff Department, Survivor Resource Center and the Vermilion County State's Attorney Office advocates, and noted that their combined efforts and cooperation helped ensure that a sex offender will properly spend a significant period of time behind bars.

Hoopeston Police Report 7/25/22

Trespassing(CITY)(Delayed entry) H22-3184

Date and Time: 07/23/2022 9:28PM

Location: 415 S Dixie Hwy(Dollar General)

Arrested: Jalisa R McGhee(32)(F)of Hoopeston

Details: HPD officers were dispatched to the above location for another report. While

there officers observed Ms. McGhee in the store and knew her to be barred

from the store. Ms McGhee was located and given a City Notice to Appear.

Hoopeston Police Report 7/19/22

Restraint of Dogs by Owner (city) H22-3063

Time and Date: 7/17/22 7:09pm

Location: 400 blk W Maple

Cited: Christina Ingram (43) (F) of Hoopeston

Details: HPD officers were flagged down in reference to dogs chasing her daughter. Officers located the owner of dogs and was told a city citation would be mailed to her since there was an ongoing problem with her dogs running loose in the neighborhood.

 

Battery (city) H22-3090

Time: 10:21pm

Location: 100 blk S 5th St

Complainant: 51 year old Hoopeston female

Arrested: Rebecca Chumbley (F) (25) of Hoopeston

Details: HPD officers were called to the above location for the report of a fight. After speaking to all parties involved, Ms. Chumbley was arrested and taken to HPD to be processed. She was later released with a city citation and city court date.

Hoopeston Jaycees host Christmas in July toy drive

Help us stock our shelves for this Christmas!

Christmas in July Toy Drive

Location: Hoopeston United Methodist Church, 403 E. Main St.

Drop Off: 9am-12pm, Monday-Friday until July 29

 

Take advantage of summer sales and toy clearance and make the holidays brighter for children in our community. The Hoopeston Jaycees continue to sponsor Toys for Kids each Christmas season, which allows parents to shop for new toys for their children. We consistently serve over 150 children each year.

FARM BUREAU TAKING ORDERS FOR FRESH PEACHES

There’s nothing better than a fresh peach. And Vermilion County Farm Bureau is again taking orders for fresh Southern Illinois peaches this year.

Orders are for a half-bushel (25 pounds) box of freshly picked peaches. Cost for the peaches is $35 per box for Vermilion County Farm Bureau ‘M’ or A+ members, $37 for A members, or $44 for non-members.

The Farm Bureau is once again getting the peaches from Flamm Orchards in Cobden, IL – a sixth-generation farm. This program connects our members with the grower of the fresh peaches.

The peaches will be a free-stone peach, and will be available for pickup at the Vermilion County Farm Bureau office in early- to mid-August. Those ordering peaches will be notified of the exact pickup date.

Orders and payment are due Friday, July 29, and should be mailed to Vermilion County Farm Bureau, 1905-C U.S. Route 150, Danville, IL  61832.  You can also download an order form from their website – www.vcfb.info.

For more information, contact the office at (217) 442-8713.

Hoopeston Police Report 7/17/22

Traffic Accident H22-3024

Time: 1:33PM Location: S 3rd Ave/W Washington St

Unit 1: 2019 Ford F150 driven by Matthew Starr(32)(M) of Milford

Unit 2: 2016 Chevrolet Malibu driven by Madeline R Applegate(16)(F) of Danville

Details: Unit 1 was traveling Northbound on S 3rd Ave pulled into the intersection and struck the driver side of Unit 2 after saying he did not see them .No injuries were reported all vehicles had current insurance and no citations were issued.

 

Battery H22-3034

Time: 01:51 am

Location: 1023 W Main St. (The Pump)

Arrested: Brad L. Herman (M) (63) of Hoopeston

Details: HPD officers were called to meet with the complainant who adv they were at the above location and she was battered by Mr. Herman. HPD officers made contact with Mr. Herman and he was transported to HPD where he was processed and later released with a Vermilion County Court date.

 

Fire Call

Time: 9:35PM

Location: 200 W Elm Street

Details: HFD and HPD dispatched to the above location for a smell of gas inside the house. No Injuries were reported

Hoopeston Police Report 07/13/22

Warrant Arrest (Vermilion County 21CF246) H22-2969 2022-5997

Time: 4:20PM

Location: 500 blk of E Young St

Arrested: Craig Stevens (44) (M) of Hoopeston

Details: HPD officers were out with Mr. Stevens a computer search showed him to have an active warrant out of Vermilion County. Mr. Stevens was arrested and transported to HPD for processing and later transported to PSB.

 

Criminal Damage to Property (city) H22-2974

Time: 6:30pm

Location: W Penn St/College Way

Complainant: 18 year old Hoopeston male

Cited: 16 year old Hoopeston juvenile

Details: HPD officers met with complainant at HPD in reference to damage to his vehicle. After an investigation, the juvenile was cited for Criminal Damage to Property and given a city court date.

 

Possession of Methamphetamine, Resisting Arrest H22-2979 2022-6007

Time: 9:42pm

Location: S 6th Av/W Main St

Arrested: Joe Castaneda (M) (41) of Hoopeston

Details: HPD officers checked on Mr. Castaneda after he fell off his bike at the above location. After an investigation, Mr. Castaneda was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and resisting arrest. He was taken to HPD and later transported to the PSB in Danville to await arraignment.

Hoopeston Police Report 7/12/22

Accident H22-2957

Time: 2:26PM

Location: 900 blk of S Dixie Hwy

Unit 1: 2007 Lincoln driven by Eulalio Cantu(30)(M)of Hoopeston

Details: HPD and HFD and Arrow Ambulance were dispatched to the above location for a vehicle off of the roadway and into the drainage ditch. Unit 1 was transported to Carle Hospital for further treatment. Unit 1 was cited not being able to produce insurance

 

 

Warrant Arrest(Iroquois County 21CF51) H22-2959

Time: 7:36PM

Location: S 6th Ave/W Elm St

Arrested: Bradley S David(35)(M) of Rossville

Details: HPD officers were out with Mr. David and a computer search showed him to have an active

warrant out of Iroquois County. Mr. David was arrested and transported to HPD for processing and later transported by an Iroquois County Deputy to the County Jail.

Hoopeston Police Report 7/11/22

Traffic Accident H22-2917

Time: 6:40pm

Location: 700 blk W Elm

Unit #1: 2020 Chevrolet Equinox driven by Timothy Lane (M) (61) of Hoopeston

Unit #2: 2021 Buick Enclave driven by Karen Geiken (F) (66) of Cissna Park

Details: Unit 2 pulled out of the parking lot and began traveling westbound on W Elm. Unit 1

was traveling eastbound on W Elm when it come into Unit 2’s lane striking it. Both

units were insured, no injuries were reported and no tickets issued.

 

Traffic Accident H22-2919

Time: 9:09pm

Location: 901 S Dixie Hwy, Subway

Unit #1: 2020 Ford Ranger driven by Larry Dunavan (M) (75) of Rossville

Details: Unit 1 turned into the parking lot of Subway and struck the east facing side of the

building. He drove between the front of the building and the concrete barriers in front

of the door. Unit 1 was insured. He was ticketed for DUI and given a traffic court date

 

Driving while license Suspended, Disobeying Traffic Control Device (Stop Sign) H22-2929

Time: 3:21pm

Location: S 4th St. and E Maple St.

Cited: Sherard T Jones (M) (46) of Hoopeston

Details: HPD Officer observed Mr. Jones driving and not stopping at a stop sign. A traffic stop was conducted and Mr. Jones was taken to HPD where he was processed and later released with a Notice to Appear in Vermilion County Traffic Court.

 

Traffic Accident H22-2945

Time: 12:13pm

Location: 100 blk E Main St

Unit #1: 2008 Pontiac G8 driven by Cesar Montoya (M) (24) of Danville

Unit #2: 2019 Ford Fusion driven by Irene Colunga (F) (51) of Hoopeston

Details: Unit #1 was traveling eastbound on Main St, crossed the center line to park on the north

side of the street. Unit #2 was backing out of a parking space and struck Unit #1. No

injuries were reported, no tickets issued and both units were insured.

 

 

Warrant Arrest H22-2949 2022-5942

Time: 6:30pm

Location: 400 block of S 2nd Ave

Arrested: Joseph D Hart (M) (37) of Hoopeston

Details: HPD Officers made contact with Mr. Hart at the above location. Mr. Hart was known to have a Vermilion County Warrant. Mr. Hart was transported to HPD where he was processed and later transported to the PSB in Danville

Single Vehicle Personal Injury Accident in Champaign County

WHAT:                      Single Vehicle Personal Injury Traffic Crash

WHERE:                   Interstate 57 southbound near milepost 238, Champaign County

WHEN:                      July 6, 2022 at approximately 2:33 p.m.

VEHICLE:                Unit 1- 2013 Red Ford F150

DRIVER:                   Unit 1- Dennis Ozier, 79-year-old male from Sullivan, IL – Transported by ambulance to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

PASSENGERS:         Unit 1- Robert Hochstetler, 58-year-old male from Arcola, IL – Transported by ambulance to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

                                    Unit 1- Raymond Beachy, 46-year-old male from Humboldt, IL – Transported by ambulance to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

PRELIMINARY:      A preliminary investigation indicates the following occurred: Unit 1 was traveling south on Interstate 57 near milepost 238 entering a construction zone. The driver of Unit 1 changed lanes within the construction zone and lost control of his vehicle. Unit 1 overturned and came to rest upright across both lanes of southbound traffic.  The driver and both passengers of Unit 1 were transported by ambulance to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

CHARGES:               Unit 1 driver was cited for Failure to Reduce Speed to Avoid an Accident.

Two Unit Personal Injury Traffic Crash in Ford County

WHAT:                      Two Vehicle Personal Injury Traffic Crash

WHERE:                   Illinois Route 47 at Harvest Lane, Ford County

WHEN:                      July 6, 2022 at approximately 12:51 p.m.

VEHICLES:              Unit 1- 2020 White International Truck-Tractor Semi-Trailer Combination

                                    Unit 2- 2017 White Chevrolet Express Van

                                   

DRIVERS:                 Unit 1- Alejandro Zamudio, 26-year-old male from Hillside, IL

                                    Unit 2- Pedro Tevez, 26-year-old male from Champaign, IL

                                   

PASSENGERS:         Unit 2- Jordan Hill, 34-year-old male from Champaign, IL – Transported by ambulance to an area hospital with minor injuries.      

                                    Unit 2- Maitias Gonzalez, 28-year-old male from Champaign, IL – Transported by ambulance to an area hospital with minor injuries.      

                                    Unit 2- Jose Monero, 45-year-old male from Champaign, IL – Transported by ambulance to an area hospital with minor injuries.

 

PRELIMINARY:      A preliminary investigation indicates the following occurred: Unit 1 was traveling north on Illinois Route 47 just south of Gibson City, Ford County. Unit 2 was traveling north at the same location in front of Unit 1. The driver of Unit 2 stated he came to a stop while waiting for oncoming traffic to clear to make a left turn onto Harvest Lane. The driver of Unit 1 stated he did not realize Unit 2 had slowed as he approached. The driver of Unit 1 attempted to swerve to the left to avoid striking Unit 2 but was unsuccessful. Unit 1 struck Unit 2, causing Unit 2 to rollover. Both Unit 1 and Unit 2 drivers reported no injuries. All passengers of Unit 2 were transported by ambulance to an area hospital with minor injuries. 

 

CHARGES: The driver of Unit 1 was cited for Failure to Reduce Speed to Avoid an Accident.

The driver of Unit 2 was cited for No Valid Driver’s License.

 Unit 2 passenger Jordan Hill was cited for Failure to Wear Seatbelt.

Early morning fire in downtown Watseka

Two businesses and seven people in three apartments were displaced by an early morning fire in downtown Watseka July 5.

Watseka Deputy Fire Chief Nick Peters said firefighters were dispatched at 5:33 a.m. The fire was at Fourth and Walnut.

“The first units on the scene found a second floor apartment with fire showing out two of the windows,” he said. “Initial reports were that the occupants had got out of all three apartments. It took some time to confirm that and we did confirm that everybody had been evacuated by themselves. There were seven people total who got displaced out of those three apartments.

“The interior crews worked on trying to get the fire out and then due to conditions inside the building we ended up having to back out and went to a defensive operation.

“We have kept it to the main fire building,” he said. The fire did not extend into the Edward Jones building, he said, though there was some smoke damage caused by the the fire department “just making sure no fire extended through the walls.” Gary’s Barber Shop and Travel Discoveries, which were in the building where the fire occurred, got heavy smoke and water damage.

 

Peters said the second floor has extensive damage. “The roof has come down in the middle part off this building, so the roof is compromised,” he said. He could not say if the building would be considered a total loss as of prestige.

Ameren was called to cut the power, he said. “We had to have Ameren cut the power due to the closeness that our tower ladders were operating to the high tension power lines here,” he said. For most of the morning several businesses in the downtown area were closed because of that.

In all, 17 fire departments responded, coming from as far away as Kankakee City, Aroma Park and Hoopeston. “Kankakee came with a tower ladder,” he said. “We went to a third box alarm with our MABAS box alarms, so that brought in all the help we needed,” he said.

“We did have one firefighter who was transported to IMH for heat-related issues. That was really the only injury we had here. There were no civilian injuries.”

By mid-morning the fire was contained. Firefighters were able to help business owners get in to help them get crucial items out of their buildings. Crews were then upstairs checking for hotspots to make sure everything was under control, he said. Also by mid-morning fire departments were being released to go back to their home stations as the situation was contained.

 

Hoopeston Police Report 7/6/2022

Box Alarm (Fire Call Mutual Aid)

Time: 06:33 AM

Location: Walnut St & N 4th Street Watseka IL

Details: HFD was requested respond with an Engine and Ladder Companies to Watseka Fire Station for Stagging to assist with an Active Structure Fire of an Apartment Building in the downtown area of Watseka.

 

 

Violation of Bail Bond H22-2869 2022-5796

Time: 6:27PM

Location: 600 W Orange St

Arrested: Joseph C Cannon(49)(M)of Hoopeston

Details: HPD was contacted by Vermilion County Probation to assist in the arrest of Mr. Cannon. He was located and transported to HPD where he was processed and later taken to the PSB in Danville.

Hoopeston Police Report 7/5/22

Disobeying Police (city) H22-2809

Time: 4:27am

Location: 600 blk E Thompson Av

Arrested: Kaitlin McGill (F) (24) of Hoopeston

Details: HPD officers were called to the area for a possible domestic problem. Upon arrival, Ms. McGill refused to obey simple commands by the officers. Subject was arrested and taken to HPD to be processed. She was later released with a city citation and city court date.

 

Traffic Accident H22-2812

Time: 12:11PM

Location: S 6th St/E Elm St

Unit 1: 2013 Ford Fusion driven by Penny Nuss (54) (F) of Hoopeston

Unit 2: 2008 Saturn Sedan driven by Gavin Pickett (16) (M) of Hoopeston

Details: Unit 1 was traveling south of on S 6th St when she failed to yield at the yield sign and proceeded through the intersection. Unit 2 was traveling east on E Elm St, when Unit 1 blew through the yield sign in front of them causing Unit 2 to strike Unit 1 in the passenger side at the junction of where the front and rear doors meet. No injuries were reported, both units insured.

 

Driving While License Suspended H22-2820

Time: 9:04pm

Location: E Maple/S 4th St

Arrested: Bailey Hall (M) (23) of Fowler, IN

Details: HPD officers stopped the vehicle Mr. Hall was driving for a traffic violation. 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 released with a traffic citation and traffic court date.

 

Fire Call

Time: 10:29pm

Location: 100 blk W Thompson

Details: HFD, HPD and several area fire departments in both Vermilion and Iroquois Counties

responded to a structure fire of an abandoned building. The fire is under investigation.

Hoopeston Police Report 7/1/22

Trespassing (city) H22-2779

Time: 2:52am

Location: 300 blk S 3rd St

Complainant: 32 year old female

Arrested: James Bieber (25) (M) of Hoopeston

Details: Mr. Bieber was arrested after going into a residence after police told him to stay away for

the night. He was taken to HPD to be processed and later released with a city citation and

city court date.

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