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WHPO Blog Archives for 2023-03

Iroquois County Republican Women's Club

The Iroquois County Republican Women's Club is proud to announce we will be awarding a $500 scholarship this year to an Iroquois Country 2023 graduating high school senior.


  • Must be a current resident of Iroquois County
  • Must be a registered voter of Iroquois County if you are 18 or older
  • Proof of US Citizenship
  • Provide two letters of recommendation
  • Copy of your most recent high school transcript
  • Complete a 500 - word essay on the topic listed in the application

Applications are available from Iroquois County high school counselors. Applications must be postmarked by April 3rd , 2023. Academic excellence, an essay, involvement in extracurricular/community activities and participation in Republican Party politics will be the primary criteria in determining the winner. Anyone wishing to become a member of the Republican Women can email us at or call/text 815-383-4610 for more information.

Fatal Accident - Kentland,IN


On March 24th 2023 at approximately 4:05 PM; Newton County 9-1-1 center received a report of a single vehicle accident involving a fatality, in the area of CR1300S and CR 150W (about 2 miles NE of Kentland).

Initial Investigations indicate Richard Williams, 59 years of Kentland, had pulled his van into his property and gone to secure the gate. Williams' vehicle had a gear malfunction and began rolling backwards. It appears Williams had gone to the rear of the vehicle in an attempt to stop it from rolling into the roadway. However, in an unknown series of events, Williams became pinned underneath his vehicle. Williams was pronounced deceased on scene.

Assisting agencies: Newton County 9-1-1, Newton County EMS, Newton County Coroner, Kentland Fire, Indiana State Police and CR Repair.


For more information, please contact:
Sheriff Cothran
Newton County Sheriff's Office
PH: 219-474-5661
219-474-6081 ext 3101

Hoopeston Police Report 03/23/2023

Fire Call
Time: 4:11am
Location: Route 1/Route9, Casey's
Details: HFD and HPD were dispatched to a vehicle on fire at Casey's. Fire was extinguished.


Assult (City Ordinance 9.08.010)          H23-1300
Time: 8:37pm
Location: 500 blk of N 6th St
Arrested: Marty J Fink (69) (M) of Hoopeston
Details: HPD officers responded for an armed person at the above location. After investigation on scene, Mr. Fink was arrested and transported to HPD for processing and later released with a City Notice to appear.

Hoopeston Chamber will be merging with Vermilion Advantage

We are excited to announce some great opportunities for Hoopeston businesses. As of April 30th, Valerie Hinkle, Hoopeston Chamber President, is announcing her retirement. Upon retirement, the Hoopeston Chamber will be merging with Vermilion Advantage. If you are a member of the Hoopeston Chamber or would like to become a member of the Hoopeston Chamber, between March 20 and April 30, you can join the Hoopeston Chamber for $100, and join Vermilion Advantage for the discounted rate of $200 for a total of $300 per year. If you are already a Hoopeston Chamber member, you can get the Vermilion Advantage discounted rate of $200 for this limited amount of time. If you are already a member of Vermilion Advantage, you do not need to do anything. Vermilion Advantage welcomes businesses of all types and sizes and would like to help you in any way they can. They are comprised of over 500 members that support Vermilion County by way of their membership investment in them. In their current form, Vermilion Advantage has been in existence since 2002. They are the result of combining some of the responsibilities of a former Chamber of Commerce and former Economic Development Corporation. It was the thought of their leadership at that time that Vermilion County did not need two membershipbased organizations working on some overlapping aspects of business support when both were reliant on discretionary dollars and time. The resulting Vermilion Advantage, through membership value, provides strategic leadership on critical business issues - leading economic & workforce development, anticipating and responding to members’ needs, addressing qualityof-life issues and providing a network of information & business contacts, and advocating the pursuit of opportunities to strengthen the local economy and business environment. Please see to see the many forms of membership advantages and marketing opportunities that would be available to you as a member of Vermilion Advantage. A base annual business membership starts at $500 but has elective amounts that are higher if you do not choose to take advantage of the grandfathered amount that is being offered at this time. Membership can be paid annually, semi-annually, or quarterly, and is prorated per calendar year. PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Upon the current Hoopeston Chamber President, Valarie Hinkle’s retirement, the Hoopeston Chamber of Commerce will be merging with the Vermilion County Chamber of Commerce through Vermilion Advantage. Hoopeston businesses, be on the lookout for Nicole Van Hyfte, Director of the Chamber of Commerce, to visit your community businesses to show the advantages that will be offered through this merger. Nicole is a proud resident of Hoopeston and truly believes in the direction the city of Hoopeston is moving towards. She looks forward to continuing the forward momentum for our community. For membership inquires visit, or if you have any questions, call Nicole Van Hyfte at or 217-442-6201. Vermilion Advantage looks forward to serving your businesses and community!

Hoopeston Police Report 3/21/2023

Disobeying Police H23-1248 Time: 7:39PM Location: 321 S 3rdSt Arrested: James A Bieber(26)(M) of Duggar IN Details: HPD officers were out on patrol when they located Mr. Bieber. Mr. Bieber was arrested and transported to HPD for processing and later released with a City Notice to appear.

Hoopeston Police Report 3/20/2023

Operating Vehicle When Registration is Suspended, Operating Uninsured Vehicle H23-1197

Time: 2:44am

Location: 600 blk E Main St

Arrested: James Miller (M) (29) of Hoopeston

Details: HPD officers responded to a traffic complaint and stopped Mr. Miller. A computer check

revealed he had a suspended registration on his vehicle. Subject was arrested and

taken to HPD to be processed. He was later released with 2 traffic citations and traffic

court date.


Fire Call

Time: 4:49am

Location: in the area of 38000 State Route 1

Details: HFD was called to the area for a report of a traffic crash.


Driving While License Suspended, No Proof of Insurance H23-1192

Time: 7:50pm

Location: N Dixie Hwy/W Main St

Arrested: Brandon Grills (22) (M) of Hoopeston

Details: While on patrol, HPD officers stopped Mr. Grills for a traffic violation. 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 2 traffic citations and traffic court


Hoopeston Police Report 3/16/23

Obstructing Identification, Driving While License Suspended, Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle H23-1141

Time: 5:05 PM

Location: S Market St/E Washington St

Arrested: Gene E. Faulkner (41) (M) of Hoopeston

Details: HPD officers while on a traffic stop for no rear license plate later identified the driver to be Mr. Faulkner whose license is suspended and failed to provide insurance. He was arrested and transported to HPD for processing and later released with a notice to appear in court.

Hoopeston Police Report 3/15/2023

Accident Hit and Run H23-1112

Time: 3:30 PM

Location: 1030 W Chestnut St(Kirby Foods IGA)

Unit 2: 2007 Chrysler Van parked by Violetta M Cooley(75)(F)of Milford

Details: Unit 2 was parked in a handicap spot on the east side of Kirby Foods. Owner of Unit 2 came

out of the store to observed the damage to her driver’s side. Unit 2 was insured and able to


Hoopeston Police Report 3/13/23

Warrant Arrest Iroquois County H23-1050

Time: 12:06am

Location: 600 blk E Orange St

Arrested: Jason Reyes (M) (35) of Hoopeston

Details: Hoopeston officers checked out with Mr. Reyes behind Hoopeston High School. A

computer check revealed he had an outstanding Iroquois County warrant. He was arrested

and taken to HPD to be processed. He was later picked up by an Iroquois County

deputy in lieu of bond.


Possession of Controlled Substance, Agg Unlawful Use of Weapon, Armed Violence H23-1051

Time: 04:30am

Location: 700 Blk S 1St Ave

Arrested: Caleb A Barber (19) (M) of Danville

Details: HPD responded to a loud noise complaint in the area of above. Upon arrival, they observed Mr. Barber being loud. Subj walked away from officers ignoring their command to stop. At the same time, dispatch received a call the subj had a gun in his backpack. He was detained, searched and HPD officers found the gun along with illegal drugs. Subj was processed at HPD and taken to the PSB awaiting arraignment.

Hoopeston Police Report 3/10/2023

Criminal Damage to Property (over) H23-1007 2023-1916 Time: 2:53am Location: 912 S Dixie Hwy, Casey’s Arrested: Austin Vanover (M) (32) of Springfield, MO Details: HPD officers were called to the above location for the report of criminal damage. Upon arrival, Mr. Vanover was arrested and taken to HPD to be processed. He was later transported to the PSB in Danville to await arraignment.


 On March 8, 2023, at approximately 1:59 a.m., Illinois State Police (ISP) officials investigated a two-vehicle traffic crash involving an ISP Trooper’s squad car on Interstate 74 westbound at exit 197 in Champaign County.

On the above date and time, an ISP Trooper was stationary in the construction zone on Interstate 74 westbound at exit 197 with emergency lights activated, parked behind several construction barricades. All traffic at the time was being diverted off Interstate 74 westbound onto exit 197 for construction in the area. A brown 2023 Mack truck tractor hauling three truck tractor units, traveling westbound, failed to follow the designated traffic diversion, drove through the barricades, struck the Exit 197 sign, and then struck the rear and driver side of the ISP squad car. The Trooper was inside of the squad car at the time of the crash and was transported to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the Mack truck, 46-year-old Thomas Mbongo of Urbana, IL, was issued citations for: Scott’s Law – Failure To Yield To Stationary Emergency Vehicle and Failure to Reduce Speed to Avoid an Accident.

So far this year, ISP had eight Move Over Law-related crashes. In 2022, ISP had 23 Move Over Law-related crashes where eight Troopers sustained injuries. ISP is reminding the public of the requirements of the Move Over Law, otherwise known as “Scott’s Law”.  When approaching an emergency vehicle, or any vehicle with their emergency or hazard lights activated, drivers are required to slow down AND move over.  A person who violates Scott’s Law, commits a business offense and faces a fine of no less than $250 or more than $10,000 for a first offense.  If the violation results in injury to another person, the violator’s driver’s license will be suspended for a mandatory period of anywhere between six months and two years.  Additional information can be found at the following link:

Hoopeston Police Report 3/6/2023

Driving While License Revoked, Operating Uninsured Vehicle H23-0945

Time: 8:43 PM

Location: 300 blk E Orange St

Arrested: Troy A Knight (36)(M) of Hoopeston

Details: HPD officers while on a traffic stop did a computer search and showed Mr. Knight to have a revoked license and he did not have insurance on the vehicle. Mr. Knight was arrested and transported to HPD for processing and later released with a Vermilion County Court notice.

Hoopeston Police Report 3/5/23

Driving While License Revoked H23-0930 Time: 7:05PM Location: S 7th Ave/W Main St Arrested: Gage Wilson (30)(M) of Hoopeston Details: HPD officers while on a traffic stop did a computer search and showed Mr. Wilson to have a revoked license. Mr. Wilson was arrested and transported to HPD for processing and later released with a Vermilion County Court notice.

Hoopeston Police Report 3/2/2023


Time: 07:21 AM

Location: 500 W Penn St Hoopeston

Unit 1: 2017 Chevy Equinox driven by Connie S Strawser (F) (50) of Hoopeston

Unit 2: 2022 Chevy Silverado driven by Kaydence N Bailey (F) (17) of Hoopeston

Details: Unit 1 was backing out of a driveway, when she struck unit 2 coming down Penn St to the West. Driver of Unit 1 at fault for Improper Backing from a drive, No tickets, or injuries. Both Units Insured.

Hoopeston Police Report 3/1/2023

Warrant Arrest H23-0869 Time: 9:22pm Location: 100 blk W Main St Arrested: Tabithia Stephens (F)(33) of Hoopeston Details: HPD officers checked out with Ms. Stephens, and a computer check revealed she had an outstanding Vermilion County warrant. She was arrested and taken to HPD to be processed. She was later released on a OR bond and given a new court date.


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