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WHPO Blog Archives for 2023-05

Hoopeston police arrest teen for; Theft of Motor Vehicle, Aggravated Fleeing & Attempting to Elude, Reckless Driving, No Valid Driver's License

Theft of Motor Vehicle, Aggravated Fleeing & Attempting to Elude, Reckless Driving, No Valid Drivers License H23-2659 2023-4455 Time: 12:51 PM Location: 700 block of S First Ave Arrested: 17 year old male juvenile Details: HPD was notified of a stolen vehicle in the area of above. HPD located the vehicle and the driver to be a 17 year old male of Hoopeston. He was taken into custody and transported to HPD for processing. Later, he was taken to the Juvenile Detention Center, Danville to await arraignment.

 

Wanted on Warrant (Champaign County) H23-2667 Time: 8:23 PM Location: 100 block of E Orange St Arrested: Cody J Adkins (40)(M) of Bloomington Details: The above subject was located by HPD and found to have an active warrant 98TR16584 through Champaign County. The subject was taken into custody by HPD where he was processed and posted bond. He was released from HPD with a Champaign County court date. 

ILLINOIS STATE POLICE ANNOUNCE RESULTS OF NIGHTTIME ENFORCEMENT PATROLS IN VERMILION COUNTY

Illinois State Police (ISP) Troop 7 Commander, Acting Captain Brian Dickmann, announces the results of Nighttime Enforcement (NITE) patrols in Macon and Vermilion County during May. These NITE patrols allowed the ISP to focus on preventing, detecting, and taking enforcement action in response to impaired driving and occupant restraint violations especially between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.

 

Violations Enforcement Activity

Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Citations 0

Other Alcohol/Drug Citations 0

Occupant Restraint Offenses 16

Registration Offenses 13

Driver’s License Offenses 5

Insurance Violations 7

Total Citations/Arrests 83

Total Written Warnings 12

 

Alcohol and drug impairment are factors in more than 30% of all fatal motor vehicle crashes in Illinois. Over half of all fatal crashes in Illinois occur at night. The NITE program allows officers to work even harder at removing dangerous impaired drivers from the road and making sure everyone is buckled up. This project is funded through the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Hoopeston Police Report 5/28/2023

Driving while Registration Suspended for no Insurance H23-2597 Time: 12:00 AM Location: S 1st Ave/W Orange St Arrested: Joseph M Lantz Sr (43)(M) of Hoopeston Details: At the above time and location, HPD issued a traffic stop on a vehicle with the listed subject driving. The subject was cited for the vehicle having suspended registration for no insurance. The subject was released from the scene with a citation and mandatory court appearance in Vermilion County Traffic Court.

 

Theft (under) H23-2524

Time: 4:30 PM

Location: Hoopeston Police Department – 301 W Main St

Arrested: Jeff H Chandler (46)(M) of Hoopeston

Details: The above subject came to HPD to speak reference an ongoing investigation. After interviewing, the subject was taken into custody by HPD for the above charge. He was processed and later released with a mandatory Vermilion County court date.

Theft (under) H23-2524 Time: 4:36 PM Location: E Main St/Bank St Arrested: Kayla Petty (F)(28) of Hoopeston Details: In the listed area HPD located the above subject for the listed charge. She was taken into custody, processed at HPD, and released with a mandatory Vermilion County court date. 

Hoopeston Police Report 5/26/2023

Theft H23-2548 Time: 12:02am Location: 402 W Orange, Longfellow Gardens Complainant: 48 year old Hoopeston male Details: HPD officers were called to the above location for a report of theft. Several plants were taken from the business. An investigation continues.

 

Warrant Arrest H23-2563 2023-4298 Time: 7:14PM Location: W Thompson Ave/N 9th Ave Arrested: Brandon T Kinnaird(22)(M) of Hoopeston Details: HPD officers were on patrol when they pulled over a vehicle and computer search showed Mr. Kinnaird to be wanted on a Vermilion County Warrant. Mr. Kinnaird was arrested and transported to HPD for processing and later transported to the PSB to await arraignment. 

Hoopeston Police Report 5/25/2023

Traffic Accident H23-2535 Time: 12:21Pm Location 1000 blk of W Orange St Unit 1: 2013 Ford Focus driven by Steven E Hughes(75)(M)of Rossville Unit 2: 2014 Dodge Ram driven by Richard T Sells(55)(M)of Hoopeston Details: Unit 1 was exiting the Hoopeston Plaza when Unit 2 was turning into the Plaza. As Unit 2 Was turning northbound into the plaza, Unit 1 was turning on to W Orange when he struck Unit 2. Both vehicles were insured. No injuries were reported, no tickets issued.

 

Burning of Trash and Refuse Restrictions Citation H23-2543 Time: 7:00PM Location: 400 blk of S 2nd Ave Cited: Joseph D Hart(37)(M)of Hoopeston Details: HPD officers were dispatched to the above location for a report of someone burning illegal items in a fire. Mr. Hart was located and advised he was getting mailed a citation to appear in Hoopeston City Court.

Hoopeston Police Report 5/23/23

Burglary, Disorderly Conduct H23-2503 2023-4221 Time: 5:46PM Location: 912 S Dixie Hwy (Casey’s General Store) Arrested: Chad T Labaume (45)(M) of Paris Details: HPD officers were dispatched to the above location for a report of someone trying to get into vehicles. Mr. Labaume was located and transported to HPD for processing and later transported to the PSB to await arraignment. 

Hoopeston Police Report 5/22/2023

 

 

Traffic Accident. Operating uninsured vehicle (Delayed Entry) H23-2427

Date and Time: 05/18/2023 5:21PM

Location: W Elm St/S Dixie Hwy

Unit 1: 2011 Chevrolet Impala driven by Andrew L Smith(22)(M)of Bismarck

Unit2: 2014 GMC Sierra driven by Ethan J Larkin(19)(M)of Hoopeston

Details: Unit 2 was traveling southbound on S Dixie Highway. Unit 1 was traveling westbound on west Elm St came to a stop a made a left turn to go southbound on S Dixie

Highway when both units collided. No injuries were reported, both vehicles were able

to drive away from the scene. Unit 1 was given a Vermilion County Court Date for

operating an uninsured vehicle.

 

 

Driving While License Suspended H23-2447

Time: 7:40pm

Location: E Seminary/N 5th St

Arrested: Trea Powers (M) (19) of Rossville

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

subject has 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.

 

Traffic Accident H23-2458

Time: 10:40 AM

Location: S 1st Ave/W Penn St

Unit 1: 2007 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Shannon Hardy (F)(63) of Hoopeston

Unit 2: 2005 Buick LeSabre driven by Linda Chesnut (F)(75) of Hoopeston

Details: While traveling southbound on S 1st Ave, Unit 1 stopped at the stop sign then continued through the intersection and failed to see Unit 2 traveling eastbound on W Penn St. Unit 1 struck Unit 2 with no injuries reported. No citations were issued and both vehicles were insured.

 

Warrant Arrest (Vermilion County) H23-2467

Time: 5:00 pm

Location: S 2nd Ave/W Maple St

Arrested: Brian E Kinnaird (M)(42) of Hoopeston

Details: HPD located the above subject with an active warrant through Vermilion County (23MT133). He was taken into custody and transported to HPD for processing. Later he was released with a mandatory Vermilion County court date.

 

Driving While License Revoked, Operating Uninsured Vehicle, Fleeing or Attempting to Elude a Police Officer, Operating a Vehicle with Expired Registration H23-2475

Time: 9:31pm

Location: N Market St/E McNeil Av

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

Details: HPD officers stopped the vehicle Mr. Knight was driving for a traffic violation. A computer

check revealed subject had a revoked driver’s license. He was arrested and taken to HPD

to be processed. He was later released with 4 traffic citations and traffic court date.

Hoopeston Police Report 5/18/23

Fire Call

Time: 2:47PM

Location: 700 blk of E Lincoln

Details: HFD and HPD were dispatched to the above location for a shed on fire. No injuries were

reported.

Teacher sentenced to probation for sexual relationship with student

A Watseka teacher was sentenced to probation after she pleaded guilty to having a sexual relationship with a student.

Stephanie L. Harmon, 32, pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and will spend the next four years on probation.

 

Last fall, police received a tip that an Iroquois County teacher was in a sexual relationship with a student from the school.

 

After a one-month investigation, the Watseka Police Department arrested Harmon, on September 30.

We're told the allegations of the sexual assault did not occur in the school.

During an interview with police, the victim and Harmon reportedly admitted the allegations were true.

Harmon was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine.

Hoopeston Police Report 5/17/2023

Fire Call Time: 3:22PM Location: 415 S Dixie Hwy (Dollar General) Details: HFD and Arrow Ambulance responded to the above location for a report of a possible CO leak. No injuries were reported and nothing was found.

 

No Valid License H23-2389 Time: 10:38 pm Location: E Main St/S Market St Arrested: Andrew S Prattis (32)(M) of Danville Details: HPD conducted a traffic stop at the above location. The listed subject was found to be the driver who had no valid license. He was released from the scene with a citation and notice to appear in Vermilion County Traffic Court. 

ILLINOIS STATE POLICE ANNOUNCE RESULTS OF OCCUPANT RESTRAINT ENFORCEMENT PATROLS

Illinois State Police (ISP) Troop 7 Commander, Acting Captain Brian Dickmann, announces the results of Occupant Restraint Enforcement Patrols (OREP) held in Macon and Vermilion County during May. 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 27

Child Restraint Citations 0

Total Citations 34

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 5/16/2023

Fire Call

Time: 6:14PM

Location: 900 blk of W Penn St

Details: HFD was dispatched to the above location for a smell of natural gas. No injuries were

reported

 

 

Passed School Bus-Loading and Unloading

Time: 3:40PM

Location: 700 blk of W Orange St

Cited: Megan McAllister (17)(F) of Hoopeston

Details: HPD officer observed Ms. McAllister passing a school bus while unloading. Ms. McAllister

was given a traffic citation and Vermilion County court date

HOOPESTON POLICE REPORT 5/15/2023

 

Wanted on Warrant H23-2299

Time: 3:25 PM

Location: 300 blk S Dixie Hwy

Arrested: Acelynn A Swartz (23)(F) of Danville

Details: HPD located the above subject who has a local warrant through Vermilion County (22MT936). The subject was taken into custody and transported to HPD. She was later released with a mandatory court appearance in Vermilion County Court.

 

 

 

Improper Lighting-One Headlamp, No Valid Driver’s License, Operation of Motor Vehicle when

Registration Suspended for non-insurance H23-2315

Time: 12:48am

Location: W Honeywell/State Route 1

Cited: Marlie Claypool (F)(18) of Hoopeston

Details: HPD officers stopped the vehicle Ms. Claypool was driving for a traffic violation. A

computer check revealed the registration was suspended and subject did not have a

valid driver’s license. She was ticketed and given a traffic court date.

Hoopeston Police Report 5/12/23

Driving While License Suspended, Improper Lighting H23-2263 Time: 12:08am Location: S 2nd Av/W Maple Arrested: John Morris (30) (M) of Hoopeston Details: HPD officers stopped the vehicle Mr. Morris was driving for a traffic infraction. 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 date

 

. Warrant Arrest Ford County H23-2265 Time: 3:03am Location: 700 blk W Orange St Arrested: Max Jones (50) (M) of Hoopeston Details: HPD officers stopped out with Mr. Jones previously knowing he had outstanding Ford County warrants. Subject was arrested and taken to HPD to be processed. In lieu of bond, was later transported to the Ford County Jail by one of their deputies.

 

Traffic Accident H23-2274 Time: 4:39 PM Location: 200 blk S Market St Unit 1: 2012 Dodge Journey driven by Zane Youhas (M) (37) of Hoopeston Unit 2: 2020 Hyundia Elantra driven by Edgar Cotton (M) (30) of Watseka Unit 3: 2017 GMC Acadia parked and unoccupied, owned by Lisa Johnson of Hoopeston Details: Driver of Unit #2 advised he was traveling south on Market, when driver of Unit #1 left a parking space on S. Market and struck his vehicle. Unit #2 then struck a parked and unoccupied Unit #3. One subject was transported for minor injuries. No tickets were issued and all units were insured.

 

HOOPESTON POLICE Thursday May 11, 2023 2 Purchase/Acceptance of Gift of Liquor by Persons Under 21- Identification Cards (City 9.24.020)(Citation #09326) H23-2250 Date: 5/10/2023 Time: 1:30 pm Location: 714 W Orange St – Marathon Gas Station Cited: Dharminder Singh (M)(45) of Hoopeston Details: While HPD conducted a detail for underage alcohol sales, the employee working at Marathon Gas Station – Mr. Singh– sold alcohol to a minor and received the above citation.

 

Purchase/Acceptance of Gift of Liquor by Persons Under 21- Identification Cards (City 9.24.020)(Citation #09327) H23-2249 Date: 5/10/2023 Time: 2:00 pm Location: 1030 W Chestnut St – Kirby Foods Cited: Lashaun R Price (M)(38) of Hoopeston Details: While HPD conducted a detail for underage alcohol sales, the employee working at Kirby Foods – Mr. Price – sold alcohol to a minor and received the above citation.

Hoopeston Police Report 5/10/2023

Traffic Accident (PD) H23-2212

Date of Accident: May 8th, 2023

Time of Accident: 11:32 AM

Location: S. 1st Ave & W. Lincoln Street Hoopeston

Property Damaged: Power Pole and Service Disruption—Ameren Illinois Power

Unit 1: 2020 Semi Volvo owner Ryder Truck Rental Miami FL

Driver of Unit 1: Kevin L Barnes (M) (58) of Richmond VA

Details: Driver of Unit 1 was pulled off the street in a small parking area of the corner. While backing up, the driver did not see the power pole and struck it. Causing damage to the cross members at the top supporting the transformers and fuse links. The outage cause disruption of production at Teasdale Foods.

 

 

Wanted on Warrant Vermilion County H23-2242

Time: 11:38 pm

Location: 500 W Elm St

Arrested: Jacob S Cordes

Details: In the area of above, the listed subject turned himself in on a Vermilion County Warrant (23MT220). He was transported to HPD for processing and posted bond. He was released from HPD with a Vermilion County Court date.

COUNTRY MUSIC MULTI-PLATINUM ARTIST MICHAEL RAY TO PLAY AT THE 79TH NATIONAL SWEETCORN FESTIVAL

: The Hoopeston Jaycee’s are excited to announce the headliner for the 79th annual National Sweetcorn Festival is a multi-platinum country artist, who has charted four number 1 singles: “Kiss You in The Morning,” “Think A Little Less,” “One That Got Away” and multi-week chart-topper “Whiskey and Rain.” Michael Ray is coming to Hoopeston, Illinois on Friday, September 1st with Indiana-Base Beyond Carolina! Tickets for the concert start at just $20 if purchased in advance. Tickets will go on sale this Friday – May 12th at 8 AM and will be available online at www.hoopestonjaycees.com. About National Sweetcorn Festival: The National Sweetcorn Festival originated in 1941 through an adaptation of the original Hoopeston Sweetcorn Festival. The first festival, in 1938, was organized by city businessmen to promote business in Hoopeston and to celebrate the yearly harvest of sweetcorn. The Festival was discontinued during World War II and later reorganized under the sponsorship of the Hoopeston Jaycees. As is common to most festivals in this area, a pageant was held to name a local girl, chosen by popular vote of the persons in attendance, to reign over the celebration. In 1939, local judges were responsible for selection of the Sweetcorn Queen. In 1940, the canning and canning-related industries of Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio, Iowa, and Wisconsin were persuaded to send a contestant to Hoopeston to vie for the title. Since the festival and pageant now had persons in attendance from several states, the name #fairstrong #grandstandconcerts www.edwmktg.com Media Contact: Leon Edwards | 309.224.9389 | leon@leonedwardsmarketing.com "Hoopeston Sweetcorn Festival" was changed in 1941 to the "National Sweetcorn Festival" and "Miss Sweetcorn" became "National Sweetheart". The Junior Chamber of Commerce assumed the sponsorship of the festival and pageant following World War II and has continued to the present. They followed the same format until 1952, when the Jaycees invited the 1st runners-up from their respective states' Miss America pageants. At the same time, judges from the Miss America circuit were invited to judge the pageant. The idea was to bring national recognition to the pageant, as well as provide a training pageant for girls who may wish to reenter their states' Miss America competition in future years. The same traditions and goals remain a vital part of the National Sweetheart Pageant today. Eight contestants from our National Sweetheart Pageant have become Miss America. Pam Eldred, Miss America 1970; Rebecca King, Miss America 1974; Grace E. Ward, Miss America 1982; Debrah L. Turner, Miss America 1990; Carolyn Sapp, Miss America 1992; Leanza Cornett, Miss America 1993; Tara Dawn Holland, Miss America 1997 and Katie Marie Harman, Miss America 2002. Our Sweetcorn Festival is unique in that, besides the normal carnival, demolition derby, Grand Parade and other events, we cook approximately 50 tons of sweetcorn with an antique steam engine and distribute the corn FREE. All events take place at the McFerren Park, located at west Penn Street and IL Route 1. Find out more about the festival and the concert by visiting ww.HoopestonJaycees.org/festival or by following them on Facebook. About Michael Ray: Forged on the small stages of Florida’s rural communities, Michael Ray has created an impressive foundation. Four No. 1 songs – RIAA Platinum-certified “Think a Little Less,” RIAA Platinum-certified “Whiskey And Rain,” RIAA Gold-certified “Kiss You in the Morning,” RIAA Gold-certified “One That Got Away” -- with over 1 billion global streams, over 650,000 album equivalents, and over 150 million YouTube views, he is a true country star who’s performed at the Grand Ole Opry more than 65 times. Looking to expand his sound, Ray sought out CMA Album of the Year Award-winning producer Michael Knox. The pair have taken his brand of country to a new level for Dive Bars & Broken Hearts, Ray’s six song EP arriving June 23 via Warner Music Nashville. Currently on the road headlining shows through the summer, he’s taking his music where it matters: to the people.

VERMILION COUNTY MAN DIES IN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT

WHAT: Two Vehicle Fatal Traffic Crash WHERE: Interstate 74 eastbound near Milepost 202, near Oakwood, IL, Vermilion County WHEN: May 6, 2023 at approximately 9:15 p.m. VEHICLES: Unit 1- 2008 Black Harley-Davidson motorcycle Unit 2- 2017 Blue Ford Escape DRIVERS: Unit 1- Jacob Lovell, 24-year-old male from Danville, IL – Deceased Unit 2- Virginia Salazar-Castillo, 56-year-old female from Danville, IL – Uninjured PRELIMINARY: The preliminary investigation indicates the following: Unit 1 was traveling east on Interstate 74 near milepost 202 when it struck a pothole in the right lane, lost control, and the driver was ejected off the motorcycle and onto the roadway. Unit 2 was also traveling in the right lane behind Unit 1 with an unknown car between Units 1 and 2. The vehicle in front of Unit 2 swerved left to avoid striking Unit 1, but the driver of Unit 2 could not see Unit 1 driver in the roadway until it was too late. Unit 2 struck the driver of Unit 1. The driver of Unit 1 was transported to an area hospital where he was later pronounced deceased. The driver of Unit 2 was uninjured. The roadway was closed for approximately 2 hours for the crash investigation. No further information is available. 

Hoopeston Police Report 5/9/2023

No Valid License H23-2202

Time: 12:08 AM

Location: E Orange/N 1550 E Rd

Arrested: Mirino Balo (M)(26) of Greenfield, IN

Details: HPD officers made a traffic stop on a vehicle with the above subject identified as the driver who had no valid license. The subject was taken into custody and transported to HPD for processing. Later the subject was released and given a notice to appear in Vermilion County Traffic Court.

Bismarck Road from Illinois 1 to Bowman Avenue resurfacing and drainage work begins May 8

 The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that construction on Bismarck Road from Illinois 1 to Bowman Avenue begins May 8. The $2.3 million project involves patching, pavement resurfacing, shoulder rehabilitation and drainage improvements. Intermittent lane closures will occur for the duration of the project which is expected to be completed by mid-September, 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 GettingAroundIllinois.com.

DANVILLE SHOOTING VICTIM IDENTIFIED

The Vermilion County Coroner Jane McFadden has identified the victim of a shooting that occurred last evening, Thursday, May 4, 2023, on Chandler Street in Danville as 33-year-old Christopher J. Smalls of Danville.

 

Vermilion County Coroner Jane McFadden stated that Mr. Smalls’ family has been notified. An autopsy is to be conducted tomorrow. The Danville Police Department and the Vermilion County Coroner’s Office continue to investigate.

Hoopeston Police Report 5/8/2023

 

Operating Vehicle with Suspended Registration H23-2173

Time: 8:03 PM

Location: E Penn St/S Market St

Arrested: Kieara T Calloway (F)(34) of Hoopeston

Details: HPD officers made a traffic stop on a vehicle with the above subject identified as the driver. The vehicle’s registration was found to be suspended. The subject was released from the scene and given a notice to appear in Vermilion County Traffic Court.

 

Fire Call

Time: 9:57 PM Location: 900 block of S 5th St

Details: HFD was dispatched to the above location for a smoke detector and CO alarm activated.

Hoopeston Police Report 4/5/2023

Reckless Driving Citation Issued H23-2078

Date of Incident: 5/2/2023

Time of Incident: 12:44 pm

Date of Citation: 5/3/2023

Citation Issued to: Victor C Morales-Sullivan (M) (21) of Hoopeston

Details: The above charge was filed against the driver after an incident involving 2 subjects in a Criminal Damage to Property complainant. Uniformed Traffic Citation was mailed to the subject after he was spoken to.

 

Aggravated Assault H23-2124

Time: 05:25 AM

Location: 400 block S 3rd St

Complainant: 46-year-old Hoopeston Man

Arrestee: ONeill, George M (72) (M) of Hoopeston

Details: Hoopeston PD received a call from the arrestee upset, then made statements to cause shock and alarm to his neighbors. Mr. ONeill was transported to HPD processed and later released on BOND to appear on a court date set for him at the Vermilion County Courthouse.

FATALITIES IN I-55 CRASH INCREASES TO 7

The Illinois State Police (ISP) has located another fatality from the May 1, 2023 crash on I-55 near milepost 76.  Initially, six individuals were found deceased at the crash scene.  However, the severity of the crash masked the remains and what was previously believed to be the remains of one individual was two.  ISP is working closely with the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office to confirm the identification of the seven deceased individuals and information will be released once identification is complete and proper notifications have been made.  The coroner previously confirmed 88-year-old Shirley Harper of Franklin, WI. died in the crash.   

 

A total of 37 people were transported to area hospitals with injuries ranging from minor to critical and ages spanning 2-years-old to 80-years-old. Approximately 72 vehicles are known to be involved in the crashes that occurred in both northbound and southbound lanes of I-55 between mile post 72 and 78 near Farmersville in Montgomery County shortly before 11 a.m. on May 1, 2023.  

Many vehicles involved in those crashes will be released beginning  May 3, 2023 at 8 a.m.   If you were traveling south on I-55 prior to the crash, please call 217-685-4354 to arrange pickup for your vehicle. 

If you were traveling north on I-55 prior to the crash, please call  618-346-3653 to arrange pickup for your vehicle.  Some, but not all, vehicles traveling northbound on I-55 will be released. 

These instructions still apply if your vehicle will be retrieved by a tow service, as additional information needs to be gathered at the time your vehicle is released.  People retrieving vehicles must provide their driver’s license and insurance to the ISP Command Vehicle located at the intersection of Brown and Henrietta in Divernon.  An officer will ask basic questions such as, who was in the vehicle, your phone number, and insurance card information.  Adjustors and/or private reconstruction are not allowed to gain access to the vehicles until tomorrow, May 3, 2023 after they are processed.

 

ISP thanks all its first responder partners and sister agencies for their tremendous work and assistance during this incident. 

 

Law enforcement personnel from Divernon Police Department, Hillsboro Police Department, Litchfield Police Department, Macoupin County Sheriff’s Office, and Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene.

 

The following Fire Departments also responded to the scene: Carlinville Fire Department, Chatham Fire Department, Divernon Fire Department, Farmersville Fire Protection District, Girard Fire Department, Pawnee Fire Department, Rochester Fire Department, Shell Creek Fire Department, Springfield Fire Department, Springfield Hazmat, and Virden Fire Department.

 

Emergency medical services were provided by: Five helicopters from Air Evac and Arch, America Ambulance Service, Bunker Hill Ambulance Service, Carlinville Ambulance, Chatham Ambulance, Echo 6 Ambulance, Gillespie/Benld Ambulance, Hillsboro Ambulance, Litchfield Ambulance Service, Medic First Ambulance, Morrisonville Ambulance Service, Nokomis Ambulance, Pawnee Ambulance, Prairieland Ambulance Service, Raymond Ambulance Service, Stoughton Ambulance, and Virden Ambulance Service.

 

The Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Illinois Emergency Management Agency, and the Illinois Secretary of State Police also provided personnel on scene.

 

The Macoupin County Coroner, Montgomery County Coroner, and Sangamon County Coroner are assisting with the fatalities. 

37 people were transported to area hospitals and six fatalities

UNIT: ISP Troop 8

LOCATION: Interstate 55 near Milepost 76, north of Farmersville, Montgomery County

DATE and TIME: May 1, 2023 at approximately 10:55 a.m.

BRIEF SYNOPSIS: Preliminary information indicates the following occurred: ISP Troops 6 and 8 responded to the above area for multiple crashes with injuries. At 10:55 a.m. there was a crash on northbound Interstate 55 at Milepost 76. At the same time, there were numerous crashes on southbound Interstate 55 at Milepost 76. The crashes occurred within a two-mile stretch – from roughly Milepost 76 to Milepost 78.

At this time, 72 vehicles are reported being involved in the crash.  A total of 37 people were transported to area hospitals. Injuries range from minor to life-threatening and ages span from 2-years-old to 80-years-old.

Reports show there are six fatalities, all occurring in the northbound lanes. At this time, one decedent has been identified as 88-year-old Shirley Harper of Franklin, WI. The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office is working diligently to identify the other five individuals and notify their families.

Northbound and southbound lanes remain closed. Once the interstate is cleared of all vehicles, the Illinois Department of Transportation will have to inspect the roadway before it is re-opened.

This information is still preliminary and the ISP continues to investigate this crash. Please continue to send all media inquiries to ISP.PIO.Personnel@illinois.gov or follow our social media feeds. Please see the link below for photos of the crash scene.

Hoopeston Police Report 5/2/2023

Operating Vehicle with Suspended Registration H23-2040

Time: 12:58 AM

Location: S 6th Ave/W Orange St Arrested: Agiaunna B Barkley (F)(27) of Hoopeston

Details: HPD officers made a traffic stop on a vehicle with the above subject identified as the driver. The vehicle’s registration was found to be suspended. The subject was released from the scene and given a notice to appear in Vermilion County Traffic Court.

Hoopeston Police Report 5/1/2023

Burglary of Building, Theft (Over $500) H23-2000, 2023-3495

Time: 08:30 am

Location: 700 E Thompson Av

Complainant: 46-year-old Hoopeston Male

Arrested: Elpers, George F (42) (M) of Milford

Details: Complainant contacted HPD reference to a break in that occurred and provided information of the suspect. Subject was later identified as the arrestee taken into custody and transported to HPD processed then later transferred to the custody of Vermilion County Sheriff to await court hearing for bond.

 

 

Detention of Juvenile for Warrant (Delayed Entry) Missing Runaway Located H23-1986

Time of Detention: 5:28 pm

Date of Detention: 27th of April, 2023

Detained: 17-year-old of Hoopeston, Female

Details: Acting upon information obtained, a 17-year-old Runaway was located and taken into protective custody and detained on a Juvenile warrant issued by Vermilion County Juvenile Court.

Female was transported to HPD where she was held till Center for Youth and Family Solutions could arrived and took custody of.

 

 

Traffic Accident, No Valid Driver’s License (Delayed Entry) H23-1976

Date and Time: 04/27/2023 1:20PM

Location: 101 W Main St.(Tedds Beverage)

Unit 1: 2000 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Manual Rovelo-Martinez(66)(M)of Hoopeston

Unit 2: 2007 Ford Mustang parked by David Watson(53)(M)of Hoopeston

Details: Unit 1 backed into the front of Unit 2 while it was parked causing damage to the bumper

of unit 2. Unit 1 was citied with no valid Driver’s License. No injuries were reported.

 

Fire Call

Time: 8:06PM

Location: 426 E Honeywell Ave(Centennial Manor Apartments)

Details: HFD was dispatched for the smell of gas. No reports of injury.

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