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WHPO Blog Archives for 2023-04

Holloway Avenue closure in Bismarck begins May 1

 The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that Holloway Avenue between Market Place and South Street in Bismarck will be closed May 1-5. The closure is necessary for the CSX Railroad to replace its crossing and is expected to last five days. A detour will be posted. Motorists can expect delays and should allow extra time for trips through this area. To avoid the work area, when feasible, use of alternate routes should be considered. Drivers are urged to pay close attention to changed conditions and signs in the work zones, obey the posted speed limits, refrain from using mobile devices and be alert for workers and equipment. Over the next six years, IDOT is planning to improve more than 2,500 miles of highway and nearly 10 million square feet of bridge deck as part of the Rebuild Illinois capital program, which is investing $33.2 billion into all modes of transportation. Accomplishments through Year Three of Rebuild Illinois included approximately $8.6 billion of improvements statewide on 4,422 miles of highway, 412 bridges, and 621 additional safety improvements. For more information on IDOT projects, click here. For IDOT District 5 updates, follow us on Twitter at @IDOTDistrict5 or view area construction details on IDOT’s traveler information map on

Hoopeston Police Report 4/28/2023

Domestic Battery Reported H23-1968 Time of call: 07:06 AM Time of Arrest: 3:34pm Location: 300 S 3rd St Complainant: 33-year-old Hoopeston Woman Arrested: James Bieber (M) (26) of Hoopeston Details: The complainant contact HPD and reported a Domestic Battery Complaint. Male suspect had fled the scene prior to police arrival after they were called by a 3rd party of the incident. HPD filed a report on the incident. UPDATE: Mr. Bieber was arrested after HPD officers found him to be back at the residence. Subject was taken to HPD to be processed and later transported to the PSB to await arraignment.


Possession of Methamphetamines, Resisting a Peace Officer, Theft, Possession of Stolen Property H23-1973 2023-3471 Time: 11:44am Location: 200 blk W Maple St Complainant: 39 year old Hoopeston male Arrested: Courtney St. Clair (33) (M) of Hoopeston Details: HPD officers responded to the area if reference to a theft. Upon arrival and investigation, Ms. St. Clair was arrested and taken to HPD to be processed. She was later transported to the PSB to await arraignment.

Unlawful use of Weapons, Possession of Weapons by Felon, Defacing Identification Marks of Firearms, No Valid Registration, Driving while License Suspended H23-1857 2023-3331 Time: 1:26 am Location: 800 S Dixie Highway Hoopeston Arrested: Andrew D Cordova (M)(28) of Mendota Details: While on patrol, HPD officers conducted a traffic stop. A computer search showed Mr. Cordova to have no valid registration and driving while license suspended. A search of the vehicle found the weapon. Mr. Cordova was arrested and transported to HPD for processing and later transported to PSB to await arraignment.


Operation of a Motor Vehicle with Suspended Registration H23-1873 Time: 6:54 pm Location: E Seminary Ave/ N 6 th St Cited: Kayla M Robinson (31)(F) of Hoopeston Details: HPD conducted a traffic stop for a traffic violation. The above subject was released from the scene with a citation for operation of a motor vehicle with suspended registration and given a notice to appear in Vermilion County Traffic Court.

Hoopeston Police Report 4/21/2023

Criminal Trespass to State Supported Property H23-1832

Time: 9:19PM

Location: McFerren Park

Arrested: Pierson D Lazarov(44)(M)of Hoopeston

Details: HPD officers while on patrol found Mr. Lazarov to be in the park after knowingly being no

trespassed from the park. Mr. Lazarov was arrested and transported to HPD for processing

and later released with a Vermilion County Notice to appear.

Hoopeston Police Report 4/20/2023

Operation of Motor Vehicle When Registration Suspended for Non-InsuranceH23-1787

Time: 3:34am

Location: Penn/Euclid

Cited: Kenneth Dale (M) (42) of Hoopeston

Details: HPD officers stopped the vehicle Mr. Dale was driving. A computer check revealed the

registration was suspended. Subject was ticketed for the violation and was given a

county traffic court date. Vehicle was towed from scene.


Fire Call

Time: 2:08PM

Location: 500 blk of N 7th Ave

Details: HFD and HPD were dispatched to the above location for a report of a dumpster and

tires on fire. No injuries were reported.



Fire Call

Time: 3:48PM

Location: 500 blk of N 7th Ave

Details: HFD and HPD were dispatched to the above location for the report of the garage on fire.

No injuries were reported.


Burning of Trash and Refuse Restrictions H23-1793

Time: 3:48PM

Location: 500 blk of N 7th Ave

Citied: Jeffery A Davis(54)(M)of Hoopeston

Details: HPD was dispatched to the above address for the report of a fire in a burn barrel. Mr. Davis

was located and given a City Notice to Appear.









Accident H23-1792

Time: 1:37PM

Location: W Young Ave/N 8th Ave

Unit 1: 2017 Chevrolet Malibu driven by Daniel A Colunga(21)(M)of Hoopeston

Unit 2: 2009 Ford F150 driven by Kyle Justice(32)(M)of Hoopeston

Details: Unit 1 was traveling westbound failed to yield at the right of way when it struck Unit 2 in the

intersection . No tickets were given and no injuries were reported.


Improper Display, Operating uninsured vehicle H23-1800

Time: 6:32PM

Location: Wilson/Euclid

Arrested: Spencer Hyde(23)(M)of Ludlow

Details: While on patrol Officers conducted a traffic stop and citied Mr. Hyde with Improper Display,

and Operating an uninsured vehicle. Mr. Hyde was given a Vermilion County Court Date.

Hoopeston Police Report 4/19/2023

Driving while license revoked, Failure to signal when required H23-1778 Time: 4:27PM Location: 900 Blk of S 6th Ave Arrested: Brandi L Warner (33)(F) of Wellington Details: HPD officer while on patrol witnessed a vehicle failing to signal a turn. HPD officer conducted a traffic stop and a computer search showed Ms. Warner to have a revoked license. Ms. Warner was arrested and transported to HPD for processing and later released with a Vermilion County Court Date.

Hoopeston Police Report 4/18/2023

Disobeying Police (city ordinance) H23-1748

Time: 4:16am

Location: 912 S Dixie Hwy, Casey’s

Arrested: Pierson Lazarov (M) (43) of Hoopeston

Details: HPD responded to Casey’s in reference to Mr. Lazarov loitering in the bathroom. Hoopeston

officers asked the subject several times to leave the property and was arrested after he

refused. He was taken to HPD to be processed. He was later released with city citation

and court date.


Theft of Construction Tools H23-1751

Time: 07:48 AM

Location: 200 block E Main St Hoopeston

Complainant: Sentry Roofing Covington Indiana

Details: At the above time, Sentry Roofing Rep contacted HPD to report that several Tools and Equipment were stolen from Roof Top of a Building downtown. List of Stolen property was obtained

Investigation Continues.



Warrant Arrest (Coles County 23CF139) H23-1762

Time: 4:43PM

Location: 301 W Main St(Hoopeston Police Department)

Arrested: Dwight L Rowe(31)(M)of Hoopeston

Details: Mr. Rowe came to the police station to turn himself in on his active warrant. Mr. Rowe was

processed and released with a new court date in Coles County Courthouse.

Hoopeston Police Report 4/17/2023

Wanted on Warrant Vermilion Co. H23-1717 2023-3115

Time: 1:57 pm

Location: 200 blk of E Main St Hoopeston

Arrested: James A Bieber (26) (M) of Hoopeston

Details: At the above time, HPD located the above subject known to have an activity Vermilion County warrant. The warrant (23CF109) was confirmed through Vermilion County and the subject was taken into custody, then transported and processed at HPD. Later he was transported to PSB in Danville in lieu of bond.



Assault (city ordinance) H23-1724

Time: 6:38 pm

Location: 500 blk N 6th Ave

Arrest: Tammy M Lewis (58) (F) of Hoopeston

Details: At the above time, HPD responded to the area. The above subject was taken into custody for assault and transported to HPD for processing. She was released from HPD with a city citation and city court date.



Fire Call

Time: 7:13 pm

Location: 400 blk S 4th St

Details: HFD responded to the area for a report of an illegal burn.



Operating Uninsured Vehicle H23-1701

Time: 10:33pm

Location: 100 blk W Main St

Cited: Tina Lile (F) (58) of Indianapolis, IN

Details: While on patrol, HPD officers stopped Ms. Lile for a traffic violation. Subject didn’t have

insurance on her vehicle and was given a traffic citation and traffic court date.

No Valid Registration, Operating Uninsured Vehicle H23-1731

Time: 8:23pm

Location: E Wyman/Front

Cited: 17 year old Hoopeston male

Details: HPD officers stopped the juvenile for a traffic violation. He was ticketed for no valid

registration and operating uninsured vehicle and given a traffic court date.


Hoopeston Police Report 4/15/2023

Wanted on Warrant I.D.O.C. H23-1689 2023-3062

Time: 07:02 AM

Location: 200 E Main St Hoopeston

Arrested: Arce, Gerardo (M) (43) of Hoopeston

Details: Officer was responding to a Disturbance call, came across the male subject who was in the area. Doing a routine warrant check, produced an Illinois Department of Corrections warrant. Subject was taken into custody after confirmation that it was valid warrant and detainer was issued. He was later transported to PSB to await extradition.


Domestic Battery, Interfering with Reporting Domestic Violence, Wanted on Warrant Vermilion Co. H23-1692 2023-3070

Time: 2:18 pm

Location: 200 E Penn St Hoopeston

Arrested: Breanna M Johnson (F) (24) of Hoopeston

Details: At the above time, HPD responded to a call at the above location. HPD located the subject above who was found to have an active warrant through Vermilion Co (22CM614). The subject was taken into custody, transferred to HPD and processed. Later, she was transported to PSB Danville in lieu of bond.


Traffic Accident H23-1693

Time: 3:31 pm

Location: E Orange St/S 5th St

Unit 1: 2006 Chevrolet Impala driven by Macey Lane (17) (F) of Hoopeston

Unit 2: 2000 Honda Van driven by Edward Smith (31) (M) of Hoopeston

Details: HPD and HFD responded to the report of a traffic accident at the above location.

Unit #1 while traveling northbound out of the high school parking lot did not stop at the

posted stop sign and struck Unit #2. Both drivers were taken to the hospital, both units

were insured and Unit #1 was ticketed for disobeying traffic control device.


Fire Call

Time: 11:28pm

Location: 400 blk N Church St, Rossville

Details: HFD was dispatched for mutual aid for a structure fire in Rossville.


As for 3 p.m. Wednesday 4/12/23, the Illinois State Police (ISP) is reporting local law enforcement in 19 counties, totaling 21 calls, received threats directed towards schools today.  Responders have not located any actual threats as a result of these calls.  The ISP Statewide Terrorism and Intelligence Center currently has no information concerning credible threats related to school safety.  Law enforcement, public safety, and private sector security officials are encouraged to remain vigilant and report all suspicious behavior to local police agencies.  


Communities in Illinois, and across the country, are experiencing what is referred to as swatting – dangerous and illegal fake calls about an active shooter situation, typically at a school.  While state and national intelligence agencies have seen a pattern of these fake calls, each call is taken seriously. 


Counties in Illinois that have reported calls today include:







Champaign County


Sangamon County


Cook County


Stephenson County


DuPage County


Williamson County


Jackson County


Winnebago County


Jackson County



Mount Vernon

Jefferson County




Johnson County




Lee County




Macon County



Granite City

Madison County




Madison County




Marion County




McLean County




Morgan County




Peoria County




Pike County




Saline County

Hoopeston Police Report 4/11/2023

Warrant Arrest (Vermilion County 2022CM383) H23-1618 Time: 3:20PM Location: 301 W Main St(Hoopeston Police Department) Arrested: Jordan C Carswell(37)(M)of Hoopeston Details: Mr. Carswell turned himself into the department for an outstanding warrant through Vermilion County. Mr. Carswell was arrested and processed, posted the required cash bond, and was released with a new court date for Vermilion County Court.

Hoopeston Police Report 4/10/2023

Driving While License Suspended, Operating Uninsured Vehicle H23-1588

Time: 9:16PM

Location: S Market St/E Main St

Arrested: Amanda J Merhley (40)(F) of Hoopeston

Details: While on patrol HPD officers conducted a traffic stop and a computer search showed her to

have a suspended license. Ms. Merhley was arrested and transported to HPD for processing and later released with traffic citations and Vermilion County Court date.


Theft H23-1591

Time: 12:52am

Location: 300 blk N 3rd St

Complainant: 29 year old Hoopeston male

Details: HPD officers met with the complainant in reference to a theft. An investigation continues.

Hoopeston Police Report 4/8/2023

Arrested for Violation of Order of Protection, Resisting Arrest H23-1549

Time: 03-34 AM

Location: 300 block E Thompson Av Hoopeston

Complainant: 27-year-old Hoopeston Woman

Arrested: Prattis, Andrew S (M) (32) of Danville IL

Details: HPD was called to the residence in reference to a male that was violating an OP and protected address. Male subject was located and transported PSB to await arraignment on the above listed charges.


Traffic Accident (PD) H23-1553

Time: 09:01 AM

Location: Parking Lot of Carle Hoopeston Medical Facility.

Unit 1: 2004 Tan Buick 4D driven by Debra S Winters (F) (68) of Hoopeston

Unit 2: 2018 Blk Ford Explorer driven by, Cayla M Davis-Riches (F) (27) of Milford

Details: HPD called to Facility to investigate a Hit & Run Accident. A witness provided officer with

Information and details of Unit 1. Officer made contact with driver of unit 1 at their residence established details of insurance. Both units could be driven from the scene, both are insured, no tickets issued. No report of injuries.

Hoopeston Police Report 4/7/2023

Warrant Arrest (Vermilion Co) H23-1544 2023-2813

Time: 9:08 PM

Location: 700 blk S Market St

Arrested: Brian L Smith (M)(47) of Hoopeston

Details: HPD located the male subject at the above location known to have a warrant out of Vermilion County #08D47. The warrant was confirmed, and the subject was taken into custody, transported, and processed at HPD. The subject was later transported to PSB Danville in lieu of bond.

Hoopeston Police Report 4/5/2023

Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Criminal Damage to State Supported Property, Resisting/

Obstructing a Peace Officer H23-1524 2023-2745

Time: 8:19pm

Location: 200 Blk N Market St

Arrested: 16 year old male juvenile

Details: HPD officers were dispatched to the report of unknown male flashing what appeared to

be a gun. Officers got a detailed description and stopped to talk to the subject matching

the description. After an investigation, the juvenile was arrested on the above charges

and taken to HPD to be processed. He was later transported to JDC to await arraignment.

Hoopeston Police Report 4/4/2023

Accident Hit and Run H23-1502

Time: 4:12PM

Location: 111 W Orange St(Dollar General)

Unit 2: 2005 Cadillac Sedan Parked by Nichole E Tull(44)(F)of Hoopeston

Details: Unit 2 was parked at Dollar General while the driver was at work. Driver noticed the damage

when she left work. Unit 2 was insured, no tickets were issued at this time.





Failure to properly secure child under 8 years old in appropriate child restraint seat. H23-1506

Time: 6:21PM

Location: N Market St/E Honeywell

Arrested: Brittney D Rutledge(33)(F)of Hoopeston

Details: While on patrol HPD officers observed a vehicle traveling down the roadway with children

not in a car seat. HPD officers conducted a traffic stop and gave Ms. Rutledge a Vermilion

County Court Date.

Hoopeston Police Report 4/3/2023

Noisy Animal Prohibited (City Ordinance) H23-1419

Time: 11:17 AM

Location: 421 E Honeywell Av, Honeywell Apartments

Complainant: Hoopeston Resident, 65 years of age

Citation Mailed: Malone, David C (M) (58) of Hoopeston

Details: Complainant contacted Hoopeston Police reference to a dog that was barking non-stop. It was determined as to the location of the animal and that person was mailed a Notice to Appear for Hoopeston City Court.



Disorderly Conduct H23-1359

Time: 5:30PM

Location: 101 W Main St (Tedds Beverage)

Arrested: Brian P Root (52)(M) of Hoopeston

Details: HPD officers were advised of Mr. Root’s location and upon arrival arrested Mr. Root and

transported him to HPD for processing and later released with a Vermilion County Court date.


Traffic Accident H23-1433

Time: 9:09pm

Location: 400 blk S 3rd St

Unit #1: 2013 Ford Utility driven by Logan Garrett (M) (22) of Hoopeston

Unit #2: 2020 Hyundai Utility parked, unoccupied and owned by Leah Mendez of Hoopeston

Details: HPD officers were called to the area for the report of an accident. Unit #1 was backing

from a driveway when he backed into a parked and unoccupied Unit #2. No tickets were

issued and both units were insured.


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