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WHPO Blog Archives for 2023-06

Hoopeston Police Report 6/29/2023

Aggravated Assault (3 cts), Disorderly Conduct H23-3237 2023-5369 Time: 1:04AM Location: 500 Blk of W Maple Complainant: 39-Year-old Female of Hoopeston Arrested: 17-Year-old Male Juvenile of Hoopeston Details: HPD officers were dispatched to the above location. The Juvenile was located and transported to HPD for processing and later transported to JDC.

 

Aggravated Fleeing & Eluding(2counts), Aggravated Speeding 2+ Control Devices,Violation of Classification,Aggravated Reckless Driving, Unlawful display on a vehicle of any title documents. H23-3246 2023-5385 Time: 4:47 PM Location: State Route 1 & State Route 9 Hoopeston Arrested: Wright, Hunter D (M) (27) of Potomac Details: HPD attempted to stop a vehicle for traffic violation, upon activation of emergency lighting the vehicle fled. Mr. Wright was arrested and transport to PSB to await arraignment. 

Hoopeston Police Report 6/27/2023

Trespass (CITY) H23-3215 Time: 8:07PM Location: S Market/E Main St Arrested: Courtney J St Clair (33) (F) of Hoopeston Details: HPD was called to the above location for someone going into a building. Ms. St Clair was located and transported to HPD for processing and later released with a City Court date.

 

Aggravated Domestic Battery H23-3218 2023-5334 Time: 10:18 pm Location: 700 blk S 1st Ave Arrested: Sarah M Donahue (42)(F) of Hoopeston Details: On a call for a domestic disturbance, the above subject was taken into custody by HPD. She was transported to HPD and processed. Later she was transported to PSB Danville to await arraignment. 

ILLINOIS STATE POLICE ANNOUNCE RESULTS OF NIGHTTIME ENFORCEMENT PATROLS

– Illinois State Police (ISP) Troop 7 Commander, Acting Captain Brian Dickmann, announces the results of Nighttime Enforcement (NITE) patrols in Macon/Vermilion County during June. 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 14 Registration Offenses 6 Driver’s License Offenses 5 Insurance Violations 4 Total Citations/Arrests 37 Total Written Warnings 6 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 6/26/2023

Speeding 55 MPH in a 35 MPH Zone H23-3173 Date: 6/24/2023 Time: 10:48 PM Location: W Orange St/S 2nd Ave Cited: 17-year-old Hoopeston male Details: The subject was identified as the driver on a traffic stop by HPD and was cited for speeding and received a notice to appear in Vermilion County Traffic Court

 

. Criminal Trespass to Residence H23-3180 Date: 6/25/2023 Time: 9:33 am Location: 600 blk S 2nd Ave Complainant: 80-year-old Hoopeston female Arrested: Courtney St. Clair (33) (F) of Hoopeston Details: HPD officers were called to the above location for the report of subject inside the apt. After an investigation, Mrs. St. Clair was arrested and taken to HPD to be processed. Subject was processed at HPD. Released with a court date for Vermilion County Courthouse in Danville.

 

Fire Call Time: 3:59PM Location: 423 N Dixie Highway (Heritage Health Care) Details: HFD was dispatched to the above location for a Carbon Monoxide detector going off

 

Fire Call Time: 4:06PM Location: N 1830 East Rd/State Rt 9 Details: HFD was dispatched to the above location for tree line on fire.

 

HOOPESTON POLICE Sunday June 25, 2023 2 Driving While License Revoked, Failing to Obey a Traffic Control Device H23-3191 Time: 7:27 pm Location: S 5th St/E Main St Arrested: Walter L Hollis (59)(M) of Fairmount Details: On a traffic stop, for failing to obey a traffic control device, the above subject was identified as the driver who was driving while license revoked. The subject was taken into custody by HPD, transported and processed at HPD. He was later released with citations for the above charges and received a notice to appear in Vermilion County Traffic Court date. 

Illinois 49 bridge repairs begin Aug. 7 Vermilion County work expected to last into December

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that repairs to the Illinois 49 bridge over the Union Pacific railroad north of U.S. 136, near Armstrong in Vermilion County, begins Aug. 7. The project involves repairs to pier and deck concrete and will require lane closures for the duration of the project, which is expected to be complete by early December. 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.

Hoopeston Police Report 6/25/2023

Speeding 64 MPH in a 40 MPH Zone H23-3168 Time: 7:55 PM Location: N Dixie Highway/ W Main St Cited: Alice J Lockhart (73)(F) of Wellington Details: The above subject was identified as the driver on a traffic stop, and was cited for speeding and received a notice to appear in Vermilion County Traffic Court.

Hoopeston Police Report 6/24/2023

Operating Uninsured Vehicle H23-3069 Date: 6/22/2023 Time: 3:18 am Location: S Market St/E Orange St Cited: Haley M Edwards (26) (F) of Hoopeston Details: The above subject failed to provide proof of insurance resulting in receiving a citation for operating uninsured vehicle. The ticket was mailed with notice to appear in Vermilion County Traffic Court.

 

Theft of Services H23-3021 Date of Incident: June 20, 2023 Date of Citation: June 23, 2023 Time of Incident: 08:10 AM Complainant: City of Hoopeston Water Department Location: 300 W Maple St Cited: Whitlow, Shauna K (F) (34) of Hoopeston Details: City of Hoopeston shut off water and the resident whom was aware of the issue. Water Department returned to check on the water and found an illegal connection. Person was mailed citation to appear in court due to the officer unable to make contact in person over several days.

 

Warrant Arrest H23-3126 Time: 2:22PM Location: 301 W Main St(Hoopeston Police Department) Arrested: Brian P Root(51)(M)of Hoopeston Details: Mr. Root came to Hoopeston Police Department to turn himself in on a Vermilion County Warrant. Mr. Root posted bond and was released with a new Vermilion County court date.

Hoopeston Police Report 6/23/2023

Burning of Trash and Refuse (City Ordinance 8.08.010) H23-3071 Time: 4:13 AM Location 400 blk S 2nd Ave Cited: Kevin L Lambert (M) (36) of Hoopeston Details: The above subject was cited for burning of trash and refuse under city ordinance.

 

Aggravated Fleeing or Attempting to Elude, No Valid Driver’s License, Operating Vehicle When Registration is Suspended, Speeding 90 MPH in a 25 MPH Speed Zone, Disobeying Stop Sign, Driving Without Lights When Required H23-2995 Date: 06/19/2023 Time: 10:41 PM Location: 700 block N Market St Cited: Davis-Ervin, Jordan M (32) (M) of Hoopeston Details: HPD attempted to stop a vehicle for traffic violation, upon activation of emergency lighting the vehicle fled. Driver was identified as the cited person, tickets mailed to appear in Vermilion County Court.

 

Violation of Golf Cart and UTVs(city) H23-3084 Time: 3:56PM Location: W Penn/S 2nd Ave Arrested: David H Cannon(18)(M)of Hoopeston Details: HPD officers while on patrol observed a golf cart fail to stop at a stop sign. Mr. Cannon was located and issued a City Notice to appear.

 

Recovered Item Details: A Set of Keys were found in front of the Little Lorraine. Owner may come to the station to identify the set. Warrant Arrest(Vermilion County 23MT567) H23-3091 Time: 7:10PM Location: 301 W Main St(Hoopeston Police Department) Arrested: Victor C Morales-Sullivan(21)(M)of Hoopeston Details: Mr. Morales-Sullivan came to Hoopeston Police Department to turn himself in on a Vermilion County Warrant. Mr. Morales-Sullivan posted bond and was released with a new Vermilion County court date.

Hoopeston Police Report 6/22/2023

Registration Suspended, Violation of Classification H23-3057 Time: 8:58 pm Location: W Orange St/S Second Ave Cited: Sean T Hoover (34)(M) of Hoopeston Details: On a traffic stop the above subject was identified as the driver found to have violation of classification to operate the vehicle with its registration suspended. He was released from the scene with the above citations and notice to appear in Vermilion County Traffic Court

Hoopeston under a burn ban, no fireworks this weekend

City of Hoopeston has put in place a Burn Ban effective June 21, 2023

 

This is in place till further notice is given. Condition are too dry to allow any burning. 

 

 

City of Hoopeston has postponed firework for Saturday till further notice

 

Milford man charged with possession of methamphetamine

Possession of Methamphetamine, Driving While Registration Suspended H23-3036 2023-5147 Time: 7:48PM Location: E McCracken Ave/N Market St Arrested: Robert Deaton (49)(M) of Hoopeston Cited Michael Deaton (57) (M) of Milford Details: HPD stopped the vehicle Michael Deaton was driving for a traffic violation. A computer check revealed his registration was suspended. The passenger, Robert Deaton was found to be in possession of methamphetamines. Robert Deaton was arrested and taken to HPD to be processed. He was later transported to the PSB in Danville to await arraignment. Michael Deaton was released from scene after being given a traffic citation and traffic court date.

 

Warrant Arrest H23-3037 2023-5152 Time: 9:03pm Location: 301 W Main St, Hoopeston Police Dept Arrested: 15 year old male juvenile Details: Juvenile (with parent) turned himself into HPD on an outstanding Vermilion County warrant. He was arrested, processed and later transported to JDC in Danville by a Vermilion County Deputy. 

Hoopeston Police Report 6/19/2023

Criminal Trespass with People Present, Domestic Battery H23-2960 2023-5027 Time: 12:02am Location: 400 blk S 2nd Av Complainant: 25 year old Hoopeston male Arrested: Fernando Rivera-Rojas (33) (M) of Hoopeston Details: HPD officers were called to the above location for the report of a domestic disturbance. After an investigation, Mr. Rivera-Rojas was arrested and taken to HPD to be processed. He was later transported to the PSB in Danville to await arraignment.

 

Criminal Damage (Auto) H23-2966 Time: 7:39am Location: 400 blk S 3rd St Complainant: 18 year old Hoopeston female Details: HPD officers were called to the area for a criminal damage report. An investigation continues.

 

Aggravated Battery, Criminal Damage to Property (over), Resisting/Obstructing a Peace Officer H23-2971 2023-5041 Time: 2:35pm Location: 714 W Orange St, Hoopeston Marathon Arrested: Skylar Picket (31) (M) of Hoopeston Details: HPD officers were called to the report of a fight at Hoopeston Marathon. Upon arrival Mr. Pickett had fled the area however was quickly apprehended just north of the business. He was arrested and taken to HPD to be processed. He was later transported to the PSB in Danville to await arraignment.

 

Fire Call Time: 11:17pm Location: 400 blk S 2nd Av Details: HFD was dispatched to the report of an illegal burn. Fire was extinguished.

 

HOOPESTON POLICE Saturday June 17, 2023 2 Purchase or Acceptance of Gift of Liquor by persons Under 21 (city) H23-2982 Time: 11:14pm Location: 500 blk N 6th Av Arrested: Owen McCormick (M) (18) of Hoopeston Details: HPD officers were called out for the report of a loud disturbance. Mr. McCormick was arrested on a city charged and taken to HPD to be processed. He was later released with a city citation and court date.

 

Warrant Arrest H23-2941 Time: 2:16am Location: W Main/S 6th Av Arrested: Christopher Smith (M) (46) of Hoopeston Details: While on patrol, HPD officers checked out with Mr. Smith. A computer check revealed he had an outstanding Vermilion County warrant. He was arrested and taken to HPD to be processed. He was later transported to the PSB in Danville in lieu of bond.

 

No Valid Registration H23-2947 Time: 3:13 pm Location: E Penn St/S Market St Cited: 17-year-old Hoopeston female Details: On a traffic stop, HPD cited the above subject for no valid registration. She was released from the scene with a notice to appear in Vermilion County Traffic Court. Tampering With Containers or Contents (city) H23-2939 Time: 1:01am Location: 203 S 1st Av, Multi Agency Cited: Elbert Cannon (M) (56) of Hoopeston Details: Mr. Cannon was cited after found taking things from the dumpster at the Multi Agency. He was given a city citation and court date.

 

Tampering With Containers or Contents (city) H23-2940 Time: 1:42am Location: 203 S 1st Av, Multi Agency Cited: Caitlyn Jones (F) (20) of Hoopeston Julie Stevens (F) (40) of Hoopeston Details: Ms. Jones and Ms. Stevens were cited after found taking things from the dumpster at the Multi Agency. They were given city citations and court date.

Hoopeston Police Report 6/16/2023

Traffic Offense: Driving While Lic Revoked, Stop Sign Violation, No Proof of Insurance. Time: 04:24 AM Location: State Route 1 & State Route 9 Intersection Cited/Arrest: Summers, Kareem A (M) (32) of Danville Details: Officer observed there was vehicle that failed to stop for the intersection. Computer check revealed that the driver was revoked driver in Illinois. Subject was issued tickets and processed at HPD. Released with a court date for Vermilion County Courthouse in Danville 

 

Fire Rescue Call Time: 06:43 AM Location: State Route 1 @ E 4000 North Rd Hoopeston Details: VCSO, HPD, HFD, Arrow, all responded to a report of multiple vehicle accident with injuries. Arrow responded to the scene for the injured persons. Traffic was re-routed for a while off Route 1. VCSO arrived to handle reporting of the accident

 

. Discharging Firearm in City H23-2914 Time: 11:33 pm Location: 500 blk W Elm St Cited: Jackson T Grooms (M)(28) of Hoopeston Details: The above subject was cited for Discharging Firearm in City (city ord. 9.28.020) and received a notice to appear in city court.

 

Wanted on Warrant (Ford County) H23-2920 Time: 2:59 AM Location: 500 blk N 6th St Arrested: Eric R Couch (33)(M) of Details: HPD located the above subject who was found to have an active warrant (20TR242) through Ford County. The subject was taken into custody and transported to HPD for processing. In lieu of bond, he was transported to Ford County

Hoopeston Police Report 6/14/2023

Traffic Offense: Driving While Lic Revoked, Stop Sign Violation, No Proof of Insurance. Time: 04:24 AM Location: State Route 1 & State Route 9 Intersection Cited/Arrest: Summers, Kareem A (M) (32) of Danville Details: Officer observed there was vehicle that failed to stop for the intersection. Computer check revealed that the driver was revoked driver in Illinois. Subject was issued tickets and processed at HPD. Released with a court date for Vermilion County Courthouse in Danville

Former Danville Mayor, Rantoul village administrator, and local emcee jailed and released

 

RANTOUL — Village board members want more information before they decide whether to accept the resignation of the town’s well-liked village administrator after domestic battery charges were filed against him Monday evening.

Scott Eisenhauer tendered his resignation Tuesday afternoon in the wake of the previous evening’s incident in which he was involved in a domestic dispute with his wife at their Rantoul home.

At the monthly village board meeting Tuesday evening, Village President Chuck Smith said he had been informed by several trustees that they were not ready to accept the resignation.

 

“I would like to table Scott’s resignation until a later date,” Trustee Terry Workman said. “When I make a decision I would like to know all the facts of a situation ... and be able to evaluate. ... I do not know that at this time, so I do not want to accept this resignation until I have all the facts.”

Trustee Gary Wilson agreed, saying everyone makes mistakes they wish they could take back.

“As Trustee Workman said, once we get everything on the table and understand what took place, at that time we can make an intelligent and informed decision,” Wilson said.

Trustee Sam Hall asked if it’s known when additional facts might be available. Smith said he didn’t know.

Smith placed Eisenhauer on administrative Monday after he learned of the charges against him. He said the village administrator would remain on administrative leave “until we have a better understanding of what happened.”

Earlier, Smith said he was saddened by Eisenhauer’s decision to resign.

“It’s a deep wound. It really is,” he said. “Even though I don’t condone what he did, it’s hurtful. I’m sorry to lose him.”

Eisenhauer, 58, of Rantoul, appeared before Champaign County Judge Ben Dyer on Tuesday on two counts of domestic battery and one count of interfering with the reporting of domestic battery.

 

Dyer said Eisenhauer asked to be represented by the Champaign County public defender’s office, but he doesn’t qualify.

The judge gave him time to hire his own attorney, and ordered him to be back in court June 27.

As a condition of his bond, Eisenhauer can’t have any contact with his wife.

According to a Champaign County sheriff’s office report, Eisenhauer’s wife said she and her husband were arguing about marital issues Monday and she told him she was moving out.

“In response, he dumped the contents of her purse out, got in her face screaming at her, pushed her down onto the couch and hit her in the face,” the report states. “She told him she was calling police, and as she was calling 911, he grabbed the phone from her, pulling out some of her hair in the process.”

The report also states Eisenhauer’s wife reported her husband had been physical with her in the past when she threatened to leave, “pinning her down to prevent her from going.”

The sheriff’s office said Eisenhauer made a statement to deputies and admitted that he had come home upset because his wife didn’t want to go with him on a family trip.

“He said he started yelling at her as soon as she came home, admitted dumping the contents of her purse out and throwing her clothes on the floor,” the report states. “He admitted grabbing the phone from her when she tried to call 911 in order to prevent her from calling police out of concern for his career and admitted pulling her hair when he did so.”

 

Domestic battery and interfering with reporting domestic battery are both misdemeanors punishable by probation or up to a year in jail.

The sheriff’s office was asked by Rantoul police to handle this case.

Eisenhauer was hired by the village in November 2018 and earns about $110,000 per year.

Hoopeston Police Report 6/12/2023

Fire Call Time: 11:42am Location: 300 blk of Front Street Details: HFD and HPD were dispatched to the above location for a small fire out of control. Fire Call Time: 3:17PM Location: 426 E Honeywell Ave(Centennial Manor Apartments) Details: HFD was dispatched to the above location for a washer smoking. No injuries were reported.

 

 

 

Fire Call Time: 4:50PM Location: 600 blk of E Young Ave Details: HFD and HPD were dispatched to the above location for a house on fire. No injuries were reported. 

 

 

Fire Call Time: 9:18PM Location: 600 blk of E Young Ave Details: HFD and HPD were dispatched to the above location for a reactivation. No injuries were reported.

Vermilion Regional Airport Welcomes New Manager

Vermilion Regional Airport Authority is pleased to announce the hiring of Teresa “Tess” Cook as our Vermilion Regional Airport Manager and welcomes Tess to her new office today - June 7, 2023. Tess is from Lexington, KY and has relocated to Danville with long-term partner Lane Bradford and is eager to continue the transformational stewardship of Vermilion Regional Airport. Tess earned her Bachelor of Science, Aeronautics degree from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University’s Arizona campus in 2021. Her hard work and dedication earned Tess a high GPA and Deans list honors throughout her time with Embry Riddle. Embry Riddle is the premier Aeronautical and Aerospace University in the U.S. Flying Cessna 172’s in the Embry Riddle Flight Program has yielded over 100 hours of flight time including being a Part 107 Certified Drone Pilot. This Aeronautical knowledge and skill will serve Tess well in the Airport Manager role as she understands the role of airports in the National Airspace System. Prior to Vermilion Regional Airport, Tess worked for Silent Falcon as a professional drone pilot providing PCI pavement indexing services and data analysis to U.S. airports. A critical function for planning the life, maintenance and refurbishment of an airports most valuable and expensive infrastructure asset the runways, taxiways and apron / ramps.

Hoopeston Police Report 6/9/2023

No Valid Driver’s License H23-2801 Time: 3:50am Location: S Dixie Hwy/W Elm St Cited: Andrew Prattis (M) (32) of Danville Details: HPD officers stopped Mr. Prattis for a traffic violation. A computer check revealed that he had no valid driver’s license. Subject was given a traffic citation and traffic court date.

 

Fire Alarm Time: 08:49 am Location: 500 block E Young Av Details: HFD responded to report of a Smoke Detector activation in the kitchen area. Alarm system malfunctioned due to the fire last night. All units clear.

 

Traffic Accident H23-2812 Time: 3:04 PM Location: 300 blk E Main St Unit #1: 2014 Chrysler 300 driven by Justin Jones (M)(19) of Hoopeston Unit #2: 2010 Ford F150 driven by Kelyne Morgeson (F)(36) of Hoopeston Details: Driver of Unit #2 advised HPD officers that she was eastbound on E Main St, when the driver of Unit #1 backed out of a parking space and struck her vehicle. No injuries were reported, both parties were insured and driver of Unit #1 was ticketed for suspended registration.

 

Fire Alarm Time: 10:07pm Location: 423 N Dixie Hwy, Heritage Health Details: HFD responded to a fire alarm at the nursing home. It was determined to be a false alarm.

DANVILLE MAN FOUND GUILTY

Robert Cunningham of Danville, was found guilty June 6, 2023, by a Vermilion County jury of Aggravated Battery to a Peace Officer, a class 2 felony and Aggravated Fleeing or Attempting to Elude a Peace Officer, a class 4 felony. The jury heard evidence that on May 5, 2021, around 2:00 p.m., Cunningham, led Tilton Police on chase after causing a disturbance at the Tilton Village Hall. Tilton Police Chief Phillip Bernardi attempted to pull Cunningham over, but Cunningham fled past a dead end and on to a sidewalk path, through a parking lot, driving on the wrong side of streets, disobeying stop signs, and reaching speeds in excess of 80 miles per hour on Georgetown Road. The chase ended when Cunningham got his vehicle stuck in a ditch. Cunningham was arrested and secured in a police vehicle. Soon after that, Cunningham managed to move his hand-cuffed hands from behind his back to the front of his body and lured Chief Bernardi into opening the back door of the police vehicle. Witnesses stated this is when Cunningham “launched” himself at Chief Bernardi, leading to a fight on the side of the road, which was witnessed by several people. Circuit Judge Thomas O’Shaughnessy presided over the jury trial, and will sentence Cunningham on August 8, 2023. State’s Attorney, Jacqueline Lacy, thanks the jurors for their service and attention in hearing this matter. She expressed appreciation for the decision, which affirms that the citizens of Vermilion County do not accept these acts of violence against our community and its Law Enforcement.

Hoopeston Police Report 6/5/2023

Warrant Arrest(Iroquois Co23CF61, Nueces Co Texas CR14004141F4) H23-2746 2023-4618 Time: 4:00PM Location: 519 S 2nd Ave Arrested: Laure Aguirre(42)(F)of Hoopeston Details: HPD officers were out with Ms. Aguirre and a computer search showed she had two active warrants. Ms. Aguirre was arrested and transported to HPD for processing and later transported to PSB to await arraignment.

Hoopeston Police Report 6/4/2023

Possession of Controlled Substance H23-2720 2023-4568 Time: 2:13am Location: Route 1/Route 9 Arrested: Justin Shields (M) (22) of Rantoul Details: HPD officers stopped the vehicle Mr. Shields was driving for a traffic violation. An investigation found a controlled substance in the subject’s vehicle. He was arrested and taken to HPD to be processed. He was later transported to the PSB in Danville to await arraignment.

 

Aggravated Battery, Criminal Damage to Property (over) H23-2721 2023-4569 Time: 2:26am Location: 700 blk N 7th St Complainant: 42 year old Hoopeston male Arrested: Joseph Cannon (50) (M) of Hoopeston Details: HPD officers were dispatched for the report of a domestic disturbance. Mr. Cannon was arrested on the above charges and taken to HPD to be processed. He was later taken to the PSB in Danville to await arraignment.

 

Operating Uninsured vehicle, Operating on Expired Registration over 1 year. H23-2727 Time: 3:13PM Location: McFerren way/W Penn St Arrested: Jodi L Irwin(54)(F)of Rossville Details: HPD officers were on a traffic stop and a computer search showed Ms. Irwin to have an Expired registration. Ms. Irwin also was unable to provide insurance. She was given a Vermilion County Court Date.

Hoopeston Police Report 6/3/2023

Traffic Accident H23-2711 Time: 5:17PM Location: 600 E Washington Unit 1: 2020 Chrysler Van driven by Heidi Crouch(60)(F)of Hoopeston Unit 2: 2021 Chevrolet Pickup parked by Michael Gilbert(53)(M)of Hoopeston Details: Unit 1 was backing out of her drive way when she struck Unit 2. No injuries were reported, Both units insured. No citations were issued.

 

 

Fire Call Time: 10:15 pm Location: 4300 North/1500 East Details: HFD was dispatched to assist Iroquois County with a brush fire near the railroad tracks. Fire was extinguished. 

Skyler Burke Sentenced after Guilty Plea of Domestic Battery

On May 30, 2023, Burke pleaded guilty to Intimidation (class 3 felony extended term) and Domestic Battery (class 4 felony). Burke was sentenced to ten (10) years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for the charge of Intimidation due to him being extended term eligible and he was sentenced to a concurrent term of Three (3) years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for the charge of Domestic Battery. Based upon his plea of guilty to the charge of Domestic Battery he will be required to serve four (4) years of mandatory supervised release. 

Prior to the sentence being imposed Circuit Court Judge Charles Hall heard evidence that on December 23, 2022, Burke became irate will the mother of his children, possibly over diverging romantic interests. As the argument turned physical and Burke made various threats of violence against the victim, threatening to escalate to even more, possibly deadly violence, if the police were contacted. The Hoopeston Police Department was contacted, arrived, saw the defendant holding the victim against her will, and the defendant bit her. The victim was able to break free and got away from Burke. While Burke was being detained and arrested by police, he was threatening revenge against the victim. 

State’s Attorney Jacqueline Lacy expressed her appreciativeness of the victim’s courage in this case; including the victim’s family and their prompt reporting of Burke’s crimes. The State’s Attorney also thanked the Hoopeston Police Department for their efforts to ensure that this domestic abuser will properly spend a significant period of time behind bars.

Hoopeston Police Report 6/2/2023

Warrant Arrest (Vermilion County 23DT38) H23-2693 Time: 3:09PM Location: 301 W Main St (Hoopeston Police Department) Arrested: Jessica L Matthews(31)(F) of Milford Details: Ms. Matthews came to HPD to turn herself in an active Vermilion County warrant. Ms. Matthews was processed and later released with a new Vermilion County Court date.

 

Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Unlawful use of a Weapon, No FOID. H23-2697 2023-4533 Time: 8:24PM Location: 300 blk of N 7th St Arrested: Damen A Hagan(23)(M) of Hoopeston Details: HPD officers were dispatched to the above location for a report of a domestic disturbance. Hagan was located and arrested. Transported to HPD for processing and later transported to PSB to await arraignment

Project Success of Vermilion County, Inc. says goodbye and welcomes new CEO

Project Success of Vermilion County, Inc. says goodbye and welcomes new CEO! Lucas Seilhymer will be leaving his position as CEO of Project Success in June, to pursue another opportunity. Lucas has been with Project Success since 2019. “Mr. Seilhymer proved himself to be just the person we needed when this vacancy occurred the last time,” said Project Success Board President Keven Forney. “Lucas led Project Success through the challenge presented by COVID-19 and we still saw programmatic growth. He shored up our financial position and tapped into some new local and state resources. I think I always knew that he would move on to new opportunities and greater challenges. We on the Board will miss him and wish him well.” Kimberly David has been named the new CEO for Project Success. Kimberly has been with the agency since 2000 and has been the Associate Director since 2014. Dr. Forney commented, “Ms.David was our first thought as a successor, and our conversations with her simply reinforced our thinking. She has a vast depth of knowledge about Project Success and was able to work under and learn from a number of directors throughout her 23 years with us. The Board saw no need to seek any outside applicants since we had an internal candidate who possessed every possible quality we want and need in our next CEO.” Please join us for a celebration and welcome reception on June 21, 2023 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Catlin Community Building (109 S. Sandusky).

Community mourning loss of GCMS student

 A 17-year-old Gibson City-Melvin-High School student was killed Tuesday in a single-vehicle accident in Ford County.

In a Wednesday announcement, GCMS Superintendent Jeremy Darnell said rising senior Colin Kristensen died in an accident at 500 East and 1200 North roads in Sibley at approximately 3:07 p.m. Tuesday.

"Colin was an amazing young man who was active in a diverse set of activities from athletics, agriculture and FFA, and was incredibly talented in the technical aspects of our performing arts programs," Darnall wrote. "The family, students, staff and community are shocked and saddened by the sudden loss.

"The GCMS community always rises to the occasion to support our children and families, and we want to thank everyone who has already reached out to do so. We ask that everyone respects the privacy and grieving process of the family and those closest to Colin.

"Information on arrangements will be provided when made available by the family. Thank you for your support, thoughts, and understanding in this difficult time."

A release issued Wednesday by the Ford County sheriff's office said the office, along with Gibson Area Ambulance Services and the Sibley Fire Department, responded to the accident.

A vehicle occupied only by Mr. Kristensen was northbound on 500 East just south of its intersection with 1200 North at the time of the accident.

"The driver lost control of the vehicle leaving the roadway, entering the ditch on the east side of the road (and) striking a utility pole," the sheriff's office said. "The vehicle then rolled several times, ejecting the driver from the vehicle.

"After the driver was assessed on the scene by medical personnel, it was determined he succumbed to his injuries."

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