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WHPO Blog Archives for 2023-01

Hoopeston Police Report 1/31/2023

Driving while license suspended, Operating an Uninsured Motor Veh, Operating a Motor Veh with Expired Registration. H23-0395 Time: 3:42PM Location: N 4th St/E McCracken St Arrested: Analayh Zarate (24) (F) of Cissna Park Details: HPD officer while on patrol located a Ms. Zarate and a computer search showed her to have a Suspended License. Ms. Zarate was arrested and transported to HPD for processing and later released with a Vermilion County Court Date.


Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, Driving While License Revoked, Aggravated DUI (Revoked), Failure to Reduce Speed H23-0398 2023-0797 Time: 9:39PM Location: 400 block of W Thompson Ave Arrested: Samuel D. Snyder (57) (M) of Hoopeston Details: HPD officers responded to a vehicle off the roadway. Mr. Snyder,whose license is revoked, was the driver and was arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of alcohol. He was arrested and transported to HPD for processing, then transferred to PSB to await arraignment.

Hoopeston Police Report 1/28/2023

Driving without lights when required, DWLS, Improper Lane Usage, Driving Under the Influence, Aggravated Fleeing or Attempting to Elude Police Officer H23-0346 2023-0688 Time: 12:28am Location: W Orange/S 4th Av Arrested: Travis Houser (31) (M) of Rossville Details: HPD officers noticed Mr. Houser driving westbound on Orange St. with no lights. Officers attempted to stop subject however he continued westbound for several miles. The driver went off the road several times before striking another vehicle that was eastbound on Route 9. HFD, Rankin FD and Arrow ambulance responded to scene. No injuries and Illinois State Police was called to do the accident report. Mr. Houser was arrested and taken to HPD to be processed. He was later transported to the PSB in Danville to await arraignment.

Hoopeston Police Report 1/27/2023

Criminal Trespass to State Supported Property H23-0343 Time: 8:43PM Location: 426 E Honeywell Ave (Centennial Manor Apartments) Arrested: Howard Montgomery (42)(M) of Markham, IL Details: HPD officers were dispatched to the above location. Mr. Montgomery was arrested for trespassing after being warned. He was taken to HPD to be processed and later released with a Vermilion County Notice to Appear.


Fire Call Time: 10:28pm Location: 215 W Washington, Teasdale Foods Details: HFD was dispatched to Teasdale in reference to a fire alarm. Upon investigation, call was unfounded. 


Illinois State Police (ISP) Troop 7 Commander, Captain Bryan Pruitt, announces the results of Occupant Restraint Enforcement Patrols (OREP) held in Vermilion/Macon County during January. These OREPs provided extra patrol coverage for the ISP so officers could focus on saving lives by making sure all vehicle occupants were buckled up.


Violations Enforcement Activity

Safety Belt Citations 25

Child Restraint Citations 0

Total Citations 30

Total Written Warnings 7


Most motorists know safety belts save lives, but some ignore their safety and that of their families by neglecting to use safety belts and child restraint devices. These patrols reinforce the occupant protection message by focusing on those who ignore the law. Lives can be saved if people simply “buckle up!” This project is funded through the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Hoopeston Police Report 1/25/2023


Time: 4:00 PM

Location: 800 Blk S 5th St

Details: HPD responded to a burglary to a garage. Several items taken. HPD investigators will continue the investigation.



Time: 7:39 PM

Location: State Route 9 just west of the ILL/IND state line

Details: HFD called to a possible structure fire. Upon arrival they were advised it was a controlled burn.

Judge Mark S. Goodwin to seek Circuit Judge election in 2024

Associate Circuit Judge, Mark S. Goodwin, has announced his intention to seek the 2024 Republican nomination for the position of Resident Circuit Judge.


“Vermilion County is a wonderful place to live,” said Goodwin. “My wife, Jana, and I have made this our home for the last 35 years. We raised three children here, established careers here, have many devoted friends, and are a part of many organizations and events that we treasure. For these reasons, I am looking forward to seeking the Resident Circuit Judge position in 2024.”


Goodwin engaged in a general law practice for 22 years prior to becoming Associate Circuit Judge in Vermilion County in 2009. During his time on the bench, he has presided over nearly every kind of proceeding filed in an Illinois trial court. He has extensive experience in criminal and civil trials, presiding over cases tried to verdict before the bench and jury.  Goodwin has been the presiding judge over the Vermilion County Mental Health Court Program for 12 years.


The Illinois Supreme Court has appointed Goodwin to numerous extra-judicial roles, including Chairperson of the Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mentor in the Illinois Judicial Mentor Program, and Cohort Leader for the New Judge Orientation Program.

“I am proud to be a part of an extraordinary group of judges in Vermilion County and the Fifth Judicial Circuit of Illinois,” said Goodwin. “I look forward to continuing to serve Vermilion County and the Fifth Judicial Circuit as an Associate Circuit Judge and Resident Circuit Judge  well into the future.”

Fire Call

Time: 2:17PM

Location: 1100 blk of Savannah Court

Details: HFD was dispatched to the above location for a CO detector was going off. HFD advs it was

a faulty detector and advised to change it.


Retail Theft, Possession of Methamphetamines, Theft (Possession of Stolen Property)

H23-0286 2023-0587

Time: 1:16pm

Location: 111 W Orange St, Dollar General

Arrested: Courtney St. Clair (F) (32) of Hoopeston

Details: HPD officers were called to Dollar General for the report of retail theft. Ms. St. Clair was

located and arrested after items stolen from the store was found on her person. A search

also found methamphetamines and items from a previous burglary. She was taken to HPD where she was processed and later transported to the PSB in Danville to await arraignment.

Bank robbery suspect, shot and now in custody in Vermilion County

Vermilion County Sheriff’s Office said Jacob Edwards was arrested Friday.

The 18-year-old was on the run after allegedly robbing a bank in New Baltimore, Mich., on Tuesday, as well as stealing a vehicle in Lafayette, Ind., and fleeing police in Danville on Thursday.

Capt. Michael Hartshorn said in a news release Friday afternoon that while deputies were searching the area for Edwards, a resident on 2550 North Road called 911 and said a male subject was knocking on their door.

A deputy responded and encountered Edwards near the residence. According to Hartshorn, Edwards pointed a firearm at the deputy and the deputy shot Edwards.

Edwards was transported to the hospital for treatment.

Hartshorn said Friday morning that deputies were notified around 9:10 p.m. Thursday that Edwards was driving the stolen Indiana vehicle on North Vermilion Street in Danville.

Deputies located the vehicle and Edwards refused to stop, according to Hartshorn, which led the deputies on a chase that ended in a field on 2900 North Road, east of Henning Road.

Edwards ran on foot after crashing the vehicle, and several law enforcement agencies conducted an unsuccessful overnight search for him, Hartshorn said.

According to the FBI Springfield Office, Edwards entered the Huntington Bank in New Baltimore, Mich., on Tuesday, where he allegedly approached the teller with a note demanding money and indicated that he had armed accomplices outside. Edwards fled the bank in a car, eluding law enforcement.

The shooting is being investigated by the Illinois State Police. No further details will be released at this time.

Hoopeston Police Report 1/21/2023

Permitting Unauthorized person to Drive H23-0251

Time: 6:35 PM

Location: 600 W Elm St

Arrested: Kari Bernard(37)(F)Hoopeston

Details: HPD officers were on a traffic stop and located Ms. Bernard. Ms Bernard was given a citation for allowing an unauthorized person to drive her vehicle.

Hoopeston Police Report 1/19/2023

Warrant Arrest (Champaign Co 21CF793) H23-0216

Time: 6:02PM

Location: 500 N 6th St

Arrested: Courtney J St. Clair(32)(F)of Hoopeston

Details: HPD officers located Ms. St Clair and a computer search showed her to have an active

warrant. Ms St. Clair was arrested and transported to HPD for processing and later

transported to PSB in lieu of bond.

Hoopeston Police Report 1/17/2023


Time: 05:32 am

Location: Tedd’s Liquor’s Storage Facility, 102 W Penn St Hoopeston

Details: HFD, HPD, Arrow Ambulance, responded to report of a structure fire at the above location.

Upon arrival Storage Unit # 16 was fully involved fire. HFD had fire out and cleared at 06:31 am.

No reports of injuries, or damage estimates.


Aggravated Battery, Order of Protection Violation H23-0185 2023-0430

Time: 8:00pm

Location: 400 blk W Penn St

Complainant: 62 year old male

Arrested: Wayman Walker (68) (M) of Rantoul

Details: HPD officers responded to the area for the report of a civil disturbance. A computer check

revealed that Mr. Walker had an active order of protection. He was arrested and taken to

HPD to be processed. He was later transported to the PSB in Danville to await


Hoopeston Police Report 1/16/2023

BURGLARY H23-0152 Time: 3:13 PM Location: 600 Blk E Thompson Ave Details: HPD was called to above reference a burglary to the shed on the property. An investigation continues.

Hoopeston Police Report 1/12/23

Traffic Accident H23-0118

Time: 1:24PM

Location: E Main St/S 7th St

Unit 1: 2014 Kia Sorento driven by Jessica A Jean(38)(F)of Attica IN

Unit 2: 2013 Buick Encore driven by Jeffery A Keith(60)(M)of Hoopeston

Details: Unit 1 was traveling south bound on S 7th St when she came to the stop sign at the intersection. Unit 1 advised she stopped and then proceeded south bound though the intersections when she struck Unit 2 in the front drivers door. No injuries reported. Both units are insured and no Citations were given.


City Ordinance Lighting Requirements, Disobeying Police H23-0129

Time: 9:26PM

Location: W Honeywell Ave and N 8th Ave

Details: HPD stopped Pierson D. Lazarov for violation of Lighting Requirements (City Ordinance) while stopped Lazarov was charged with disobeying police and transported to HPD and released to appear in city court.

Hoopeston Police Report 1/11/2023

Criminal Damage to Auto H23-0102

Time: 05:52 AM

Location: 1200 block Clover Lane Hoopeston

Complainant: 51-year-old Hoopeston Woman

Details: Complainant contact HPD reference to a broken window on her car in the driveway.

Investigation Continues.


Theft of Property (Under) H23-0098

Date of Report: 1-9-2023

Time of Report: 5:44 pm

Location: 500 block N 7th Av Hoopeston

Complainant: 42-year-old Hoopeston Woman

Details: At the above time and date, the complainant reported that a person(s) unknown and without permission removed items from the property.


Theft of Property (Under) H23-0094

Date of Report: 1-9-2022

Time of Call: 3 pm

Location: 200 block W Elm St Hoopeston

Complainant: 57-year-old Hoopeston Woman

Details: On the above time and date, the complainant contacted HPD reference to an active of porch piracy taking place after a delivery had been made to their home.

Hoopeston Police Report 1/10/2023


Time: 08:15 AM

Location: 700 block E Washington St

Unit 1: 2015 Chevy Tahoe driven by: Theresa Miller (F) (43) of Rossville IL

Unit 2: 2010 Chrysler T/C Van driven by: Cece R Williams (M) (24) of Huron OH

Details: HPD, HFD, Arrow Ambulance, all dispatched to an accident with injuries. Driver of Unit 2 was

Transported to Carle Hoopeston ED to be treated for minor injuries. Both Units had to be towed from the scene.



Unlawful Acts Constituting Disorderly Conduct H23-0096

Time: 4:24PM

Location: 426 E Honeywell Ave(Centennial Manor)

Arrested: Carrie A Maxwell Demarest(54)(F)of Hoopeston

Details: HPD was dispatched for the above location for a report of a Civil Disturbance. Ms. Maxwell

Demarest was located and transported to HPD for processing and later released with a City

Notice to appear.

Hoopeston Police Report 1/6/2023

Driving While License Suspended, Operating Uninsured Vehicle, Passing School Bus – Loading Or Unloading H23-0050 Time: 3:42pm Location: 500 blk S 6th Av Arrested: Andrew Cordova (M) (28) of Hoopeston Details: While on patrol, HPD officers observed the vehicle Mr. Cordova was driving pass by a school bus that was unloading students. A computer check revealed subject had a suspended driver’s license. He was arrested and taken to HPD to be processed. He was later released with 3 traffic citations and a traffic court date.


Criminal Damage to Property (under) H23-0055 Time: 11:36pm Location: 1000 blk W Honeywell Av Complainant: 47 year old Hoopeston female Arrested: Samuel New (M) (25) of Hoopeston Details: HPD officers were dispatched to a domestic disturbance. While on scene, Mr. New punctured 2 tires of the complainants. The subject was immediately arrested and taken to HPD to be processed. He was later released with a mandatory notice to appear at the Vermilion County Courthouse

Hoopeston Police Report 1/4/2023

Warrant Arrest (IDOC CH2207578) H23-0027 20223-00091 Time: 4:49PM Location: 516 N Dixie Hwy(Olympic Hardware and Lumber) Arrested: Shawn A Williams(46)(M)of Danville Details: HPD officers were on a traffic stop when they located Mr. Williams a computer search showed Mr. Williams to be wanted on a IDOC warrant. Mr. Williams was arrested and transported to HPD for processing and later transported to PSB to await arraignment.

Mowrey to Compete for Miss Illinois County Fair

The 63nd Miss Illinois County Fair Queen Pageant will be held January 22, 2023 at the Crown Plaza Convention Center in Springfield, Illinois. Seventy-three county fair queens from various counties across the state will compete for cash prizes and the honor of hosting the Illinois State Fair and Du Quoin State Fair.


Preliminary competition begins on Saturday, January 21st. Fifteen finalists will be selected to compete for the title of ‘Miss Illinois County Fair 2023’ at a banquet on Sunday evening. The title of Miss Illinois County Fair is currently held by Addisyn Calloni of Perry County. Contestants are judged on personal interview, stage presence, beauty of face and physical condition, and speech and communication skills.


Representing Iroquois County is Jakki Mowrey of Milford. She is the daughter of Jon and Tracy Mowrey. Jakki is a 2020 graduate of Milford High School and is currently attending Illinois State University majoring in Sociology. Mowrey will compete in the afternoon preliminary segment which begins at 1:00pm on Saturday, January 21st.


Mowrey was crowned Miss Iroquois County Fair Queen in July 2022 at the Iroquois County 4-H and Agricultural Fair. Best of luck to Queen Jakki.

Vermilion County Coroner's Office has identified the victim of Danville Fire

The Vermilion County Coroner’s Office has identified the victim of a Friday night, 12/30/2022, fire at 805 N. Vermilion Street in Danville, as 72 year old, Bernard Baker of Danville.


Mr. Baker was found inside the structure and was sent to autopsy. His family was notified. Results are pending and the investigation into the cause of the fire is on-going. The Danville Fire Department, Illinois State Fire Marshall’s Office and the Vermilion County Coroner’s Office continue to investigate.

2023 Community Awards Ceremony Featuring the Miss Hoopeston 2023 Judging and Crowning

The Hoopeston Jaycees invite the community to join us in celebrating the contributions and accomplishments of our citizens during the 2023 Community Awards Ceremony, to take place on Saturday, January 7, 2023. The ceremony will once again include the judging and crowning of Miss Hoopeston 2023. Date: Saturday, January 7, 2023 Time: 3:00 p.m. Location: Lorraine Theatre Concession sales and freewill donations welcomed to the Lorraine Foundation. Back again! Say farewell to Miss Hoopeston 2022, Lexie Breymeyer, and meet the Miss Hoopeston 2023 candidates during a fundraiser dinner! Date: Friday, January 6, 2023 Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Location: Hoopeston First United Methodist Church, 403 E. Main St. Italian Beef Freewill donations welcomed to a cash scholarship for outgoing Miss Hoopeston, Lexie Breymeyer, who is currently attending the University of Illinois. 


Illinois State Police (ISP) Troop 7 Commander, Captain Bryan Pruitt, announces the ISP will conduct Occupant Restraint Enforcement Patrols (OREP) in Vermilion County during January. OREPs allow the ISP to focus on safety belt and child safety seat laws. Illinois law requires all vehicle passengers (front and back) to be buckled up.


Safety belts are still one of the most effective safety devices in vehicles, estimated to save nearly 14,000 lives each year. Half of vehicle occupants killed in a traffic crash were not properly buckled up. The objective of this program is to increase occupant restraint compliance through education, child seat inspections, and enforcement.

Hoopeston Police Report 1/2/23

Fire Call

Time: 8:45PM

Location: 600 E Penn ST

Details: HFD was dispatched to the above location for a smell of smoke. Nothing was found




Retail Theft H22-5539

Time: 6:07PM

Location: 101 W Main St(Tedds Beverage)

Arrested: James F Shoulders III(48)(M)of Hoopeston

Details: HPD was dispatched to the above location for a report of theft. Mr. Shoulders was

located and transported to HPD for processing and later release with a Vermilion

County Court notice.


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