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WHPO Blog Archives for 2024-02

Hoopeston Police Report 2/29/24

Traffic Accident Delayed Entry H24-1035

Time/Date: 2/26/24 2:55pm

Location: W Orange/S 2nd Av

Unit #1: 2012 Ford Utility driven by Deborah Clayburn (F) (60) of Hoopeston

Unit #2: 2005 Saturn Vue driven by Nathaniel Sims (M) (23) of New Lisbon, WI

Details: Unit 1 stopped at the stop sign and then proceeded into the intersection striking

Unit 2. No injuries were reported, and no tickets were issued

Hoopeston Police Report 2/28/24

Fire call Time: 12:07PM Location: 800 blk of E Seminary Details: HFD, HPD along with Wellington fire and Rossville fire were dispatched to the above Location for a residence on fire. No injuries were reported, the house was vacant. Fire Call Time: 2:29PM & 6:33PM Location: 800 blk of E Seminary Details: HFD and HPD were dispatched again to the above location for the fire rekindling. 

Ford County Fair 2024 Ford County Fair Concert lineup

The Ford County Fair Board proudly announces the 2024 Ford County Fair Concert lineup. This year, fairgoers will enjoy not one but two headline acts at the fair! First up is Chris Cagle, a country music artist who charted his first song in 2000 (“My Love Goes On and On”) and followed that up with multiple more chart-topping hits like “Laredo,” “What Kinda Gone,” “Chicks Dig It,” and “I Breathe In, I Breathe Out.”

 

The next act is a country music artist with six #1 singles, eight Top 5 singles, and 3.8 billion career streams. Rodney Atkins continues to be recognized as one of the most potent voices in Country Music.

 

The concert will be at the Ford County Fairgrounds in Melvin, Illinois. Gates will open at 6:00 PM, and the show will begin at 7:30 PM. Tickets include fair admission, parking, and carnival rides! Tickets will go on sale this coming Friday (March 1) at 8 AM and will be available at www.fordcountyfair.org.

Hoopeston Police Report 2/26/2024

No Valid Registration, Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle H24-0996 Time: 4:09 pm Location: E Lincoln St/S 7th St Cited: Andrew B Gann (M) (44) of Hoopeston Details: HPD conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle with the above subject identified as the driver. Mr. Gann received citations and was given notice to appear in Vermilion County traffic court.

Felon with a Gun Gets 6 Years in Vermilion County

On February 20, 2024, Emmit Brown (DOB 9/7/1979), formerly of Danville, Illinois, pleaded guilty to Unlawful possession of a Weapon by a Felon, a class 2 felony. He was sentenced to 6 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections, to be followed by 1 year mandatory supervised release. Circuit Judge Robert McIntire heard evidence that on January 11, 2024, Emmit Brown was stopped by an officer with the Danville Police Department for a traffic violation. Upon further investigation it was discovered that Brown was on mandatory supervised release for a prior felony conviction. Officers subsequently searched the vehicle and found a loaded Hi-Point handgun under the driver’s seat. State’s Attorney Jacqueline Lacy thanked the Danville Police Department. She added, “My office will continue to work with police to make our community safer by getting guns out of the hands of felons.”

Drug Dealer Sentenced to 9 years in Vermilion County

On February 20, 2024, Avery Brandon (DOB 5/23/1973), formerly of Danville, Illinois, pleaded guilty to Unlawful Possession With Intent to Deliver Controlled Substance, a class 1 felony. He was sentenced to 9 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections, to be followed by 1 year mandatory supervised release. Circuit Judge Robert McIntire heard evidence that on October 28, 2022, agents with the Vermilion County Metropolitan Enforcement Group executed a search warrant of the residence of Avery Brandon. During the search, agents located many grams of cocaine, plus drug scales. During an interview, Brandon admitted he had cocaine throughout the house and that he had sold cocaine on October 28, 2022. Jacqueline Lacy thanked the Vermilion County Metropolitan Group for their work in this case and for their continued efforts to keep illegal drugs off our streets. She further stated, “My office will seek significant prison sentences for drug dealers.

 

 

Hoopeston Police Report 2/22/2024

Disobeying Traffic Control Device (Stop Sign) 3x, Speeding 118 mph in a 55 mph zone, Driving While License Suspended, Reckless Driving, Aggravated Fleeing and Attempting to Elude Police Officer H24-0928 2024-1261

Time: 3:24 am

Location: S 3rd Ave/W Orange St

Arrested: Garret L Welch (M) (21) of Rankin

Details: HPD initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle with the above subject later identified as the driver. Mr. Welch fled from HPD officers at the time. He was later taken into custody by Vermilion County Sherriff Dept. and transported to PSB Danville, IL.

 

Leaving the Scene of Accident, Resisting and Obstructing a Police Officer H24-0930

Time: 5:11am

Location: S 2nd Av/W Lincoln

Arrested: Kyle Douglas (M) (36) of Rossville

Details: HPD officers were called to the above location for the report of a vehicle versus fire

hydrant. Vehicle had left the scene of the accident, however officers later located the

vehicle inside McFerren park. Subject was arrested and taken to HPD to be processed.

He was later released with traffic citation and Vermilion County court date.

Fire Call

Time: 5:41 am

Location: E Orange St/S Market St

Details: HFD and Arrow Ambulance were dispatched to the area for a report of trees on fire. All units cleared without further incident.

 

Fire Call

Time: 2:30PM

Location: 300 blk of W Washington

Details: HFD was dispatched to the above location for a gas leak. Ameren was advised no injuries

were reported.

 

 

Driving While License Suspended H24-0944

Time: 10:59 pm

Location: S 6th Ave/W Elm St

Arrested: Jalisa R McGhee (F) (34) of Hoopeston

Details: HPD conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle with the above subject identified as the driver whose license was found to be suspended. Ms. McGhee was taken into custody and transported to HPD for processing. She was later released with citation and notice to appear in Vermilion County traffic court

Eastern Illinois Foodbank Announces "Foodmobile" Food Giveaways in Vermilion County

 Eastern Illinois Foodbank (EIF) is distributing food to area families facing food insecurity. The Foodmobile will travel throughout northern Vermilion County on 03/25/2024 and southern Vermilion County on 03/26/2024, with distribution sites and times and for each town listed at https://www.eifoodbank.org/help/mobile.html. Those attending are asked to bring boxes or bags to transport food. The distribution is part of the Foodbank’s Foodmobile Program, a system of mobile food pantries designed to help bring nutritious food to rural or underserved areas. This month’s distributions are made possible with support from Illinois American Water. 

Hoopeston Police Report 2/19/2024

Retail Theft, Trespassing H24-0855

Time/Date of Incident: 2/16/24 8:29am

Time/Date of Arrest: 2/17/24 9:27am

Location: 415 S Dixie Hwy, Dollar General

Arrested: Jalisa McGhee (F) (34) of Hoopeston

Details: HPD officers were dispatched to Dollar General in reference to retail theft. After an

investigation, officers located Ms. Mcghee and arrested her on the above charges. She

was taken to HPD, where she was processed and later released with a notice to appear

in Vermilion County court.

 

 

 

Fire Call

Time: 3:22PM

Location: 500 s 6th Ave

Details: HFD and HPD were dispatched to the above location. Upon arrival nothing was showing to

be on fire.

 

Failure to Report Accident to Police Authority, No Valid DL, DUI - Alcohol, Illegal Transportation of Alcohol, Threatening Public Official X 2, Resisting/Obstructing a Peace Officer H24-0871

Date and Time: 02/17/2024 6:01PM

Location: S 5th St/E Main St

Arrested: Marcos L Ramirez(33)(M) of Hoopeston

Details: HPD was dispatched to the above area for a report of a car driving erratically.

HPD officers located the vehicle and a computer search showed Mr. Ramirez to

have no valid driver’s license. Mr. Ramirez was taken to HPD for processing and

later transported to PSB to await arraignment.

 

Found Property

A brown wallet was found in the 400 blk of S 2nd Av in the alley. The owner may identify and claim at

HPD.

 

 

Traffic Accident, Disobeying traffic Control Device H24-0884

Time: 3:05PM

Location: S 5th ST/E Penn St

Unit 1: 1991 Chevrolet Postal Suv driven by Bridget A Misenhelter(27)(F)of Rantoul

Unit 2: 2013 Honda CRV driven by Wendy R Palomo(40)(F)of Hoopeston

Details: Driver of Unit 1 was traveling eastbound on E Penn St when she stopped at the stop

Sign. Unit 1 stated they did not see Unit 2 traveling south on S 5th St. Driver of Unit 1

was given a Vermilion County Court date for disobeying a traffic control device.

Hoopeston Police Report 2/16/2024

Trespassing (City Ordinance) (9.20.020) H24-0849 Time: 11:34 pm Location: 300 blk S Dixie Highway Cited: Owen K Schiefelbein (M) (18) of Paris Noah R Collins (M) (19) of Paris Brian M Armstrong (M) (18) of Hoopeston Details: While on patrol, HPD found the above subjects to be trespassing. The listed subjects were each mailed a citation with a Hoopeston City Court date. 

Danville Man Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison for Possessing a Firearm as a Felon

On February 8, 2024, Rail Hibbler (DOB 7/31/1982), formerly of Danville, Illinois, plead guilty to Unlawful Possession of a Weapon by a Felon, a class 2 felony. Hibbler was sentenced by Circuit Judge Robert McIntire to 5 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections, followed by 1 year mandatory supervised release. Evidence was presented to Judge McIntire that on August 19, 2023, Rail Hibbler was being investigated for a domestic battery that had occurred at Hibbler’s residence. When Danville Police went to the residence, Hibbler was getting into a vehicle. Officers approached to question Hibbler and he was found to have a loaded firearm on his person. State’s Attorney Jacqueline Lacy thanked the Danville Police Department for their work in this case. She added, “My office will continue to work to remove firearms from the hands of felons to end violent crime in Vermilion County.”

6 ½ Years in Prison for Repeat Convicted Felon with Firearm

On February 8, 2024, Orlando Perkins (DOB 11/9/1988) formerly of Danville, Illinois, plead guilty to Unlawful Possession of a Weapon by a Felon, a class 2 felony, and was sentenced to six years and six months in the Illinois Department of Corrections. The term of imprisonment will be followed by 1 year mandatory supervised release. Circuit Judge Robert McIntire heard evidence from the People that on September 30, 2022, Orlando Perkins was stopped by an officer with the Danville Police Department for driving a vehicle with expired registration. During the traffic stop Perkins informed the officer that there was a firearm in the back seat of the vehicle. Perkins was removed from the vehicle and a loaded 380 Taurus handgun was located on the floor board behind the driver’s seat. State’s Attorney Jacqueline Lacy stated, “Thank you to the Danville Police Department for their work in this case. It is illegal in the State of Illinois for a convicted felon to possess a firearm, and my office will continue to work with police agencies to uphold the law.”

 

 

Hoopeston Police Report 2/15/24

Operating Uninsured Vehicle, Improper Lane Usage, Failure to Reduce Speed,3 Counts of Disobeying a Traffic Control Device (Delayed Entry) H24-0779 Date and Time: 02/12/2024 2:22 am Location: McFerren Park Arrested: Clarence Callahan IV (24)(M) of Hoopeston Details: HPD Officers conducted a traffic stop. Mr. Callahan was arrested and transported to HPD for processing and released with a Mandatory court date.

 

Fire Call

Time: 2:46pm

Location: 300 blk Larkspur Ln

Details: HFD was dispatched to the report of a CO detector going off. No CO was detected

inside the residence.

 

 

Hoopeston Police Report 2/13/24

Traffic Accident H24-0786 Time: 4:02PM Location: 111 W Orange St(Dollar General ) Unit 1: 2023 International Truck driven by Ernest C Plummer IV(23)(M)of Danville Unit 2: 2020 Hyundai Tucson parked by Terri J Inman(62)(F)of Hoopeston Details: Unit 1 was backing up when it struck the rear of Unit 2. No one was inside Unit 2 when it backing up. Both vehicles were insured and no citations were given.

 

Driving While License Suspended, Operating Uninsured VehicleH24-0791 Time: 8:46 pm Location: S 6th Ave/W Lincoln St Arrested: Jalisa R McGhee (F) (34) of Hoopeston Details: HPD conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle with the above subject identified as the driver. Ms. McGhee was taken into custody and transported to HPD for processing. She was later released with citations for the listed charges and given notice to appear in Vermilion County traffic court. 

Hoopeston Police Report 2/12/24

No Valid Drivers License, Disobeying Traffic Control Device, Uninsured Vehicle H24-0756

Time: 3:13PM

Location: 300 blk of S Dixie Hwy

Citied: Hendry D Garcia (22)(M) of Danville

Details: HPD officers conducted a traffic stop for and a computer search showed Mr. Garcia to not

have a valid license. Mr. Garcia was given a Vermilion County Court date and released from

the scene.

Farm Bureau To Host Cover Crop Workshop

Learning more about cover crops and how farmers can use them to improve their soil and nutrient management will be the objective of an upcoming workshop hosted by Vermilion County Farm Bureau.

The Cover Crops and Soil Management workshop will be held on Thursday, February 29, beginning at 9:00 am. The program will be held in the Vermilion County Farm Bureau Auditorium, 1905 U.S. Route 150 west of Danville.

Presenters in the workshop will include Dan Schaefer, with the Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association; Lowell Gentry, a retired University of Illinois senior researcher; and Eric Beckett, Illini FS agronomist. The panel will discuss on-farm research that has utilized cover crops and soil management to help farmers discover practical applications for their farms.

The program is open to all Farm Bureau members.

 

Shooter from December in Iroquois county, brought to justice.

On Thursday, February 8, 2024, the Iroquois County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the U.S. Marshals Service Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force and the Jasper County, Indiana, Sheriff’s Office, arrested John E. Brown, age 52, of rural Beaverville, IL, at a residence in DeMotte, IN, following an investigation in to a shooting that occurred on Friday, December 29, 2023, at a residence in northeastern Iroquois County near the Indiana State Line. Mr. Brown was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant charging him with Aggravated Battery, Unlawful Possession of Weapon by Felon and Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm following an investigation in to the late night shooting that sent one person to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The victim was transported to Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee, IL, following the shooting, where they were treated for a gunshot wound to the lower extremity. Mr. Brown was taken in to custody without incident by U.S. Marshals and transported to the Jasper County Jail, where he remains awaiting extradition to Illinois.

Hoopeston Police Report 2/7/24

Restraint of Dog by Owner or Keeper (City Ordinance 6.08.070) 2x H24-0649 Time: 2:22 am Location: 500 blk S 2nd Ave Cited: Kayla R Waddell (F) (27) of Hoopeston Details: The listed subject was identified as the owner of multiple dogs running at large. Ms. Waddell was mailed citations and given notice to appear in Hoopeston city court.

 

Fire Call Time: 8:35PM Location: 400 blk E Honeywell Ave Details: HFD was dispatched to the above location for a lift assist with Arrow Ambulance.

Hoopeston Police Report 2/6/24

Expired License, Operating when registration suspended for non-insurance H24-0633

Time: 1:19 am

Location: 600 blk W Washington St

Cited: Kari N Bernard (F) (38) of Hoopeston

Details: HPD conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle with the above subject identified as the driver. Ms. Bernard received citations for the listed charges and given notice to appear in Vermilion County traffic court.

 

Traffic Accident H24-0640

Time: 4:04 pm

Location: W Thompson Ave/State Route 1

Unit 1: 2020 Ford Utility driven by Joyce E Williams (F) (70) of Hoopeston

Unit 2: 2008 Ford Utility driven by Barbara A Summers (F) (50) of Milford

Details: Unit 1 was traveling eastbound on W Thompson Ave, failed to yield to the stop sign, and continued into the intersection striking Unit 2 as it was traveling northbound through the intersection. No injuries were reported and both vehicles were towed from the scene. Ms. Williams was cited for failure to yield and given notice to appear in Vermilion County traffic court. Ms. Summers was cited for operating uninsured vehicle and given notice to appear in Vermilion County traffic court.

 

Speeding 78 mph in a 35 mph zone, Disobeying Traffic Control Device (2x), Illegal Transportation Alcohol, Reckless Driving, Aggravated Fleeing or Attempting to Elude Police Officer, Driving While License Suspended, Speeding 130 mph in a 55 mph zone H24-0644 2024-0859

Time: 7:59 pm

Location: W Thompson Ave/N 9th Ave

Arrested: Brendan B Genovese (M) (26) of Danville

Details: HPD initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle with the above subject later identified as the driver. The vehicle fled from officers and made a final stop near State Route 1/350 North Rd (Iroquois Co.). Mr. Genovese was taken into custody for the listed charges and transported to HPD for processing. He was later transported to the PSB Danville, IL to await arraignment.

Hoopeston Police Report 2/4/24

Operating Vehicle with Expired Registration Plates or Registration Sticker(Delayed Entry) H24-0571 Time and Date: 02/01/2024 9:30PM Location: E Main St/N Market St Citied: Andrew J Janssen(44)(M)of Milford Details: HPD officers while on patrol conducted a traffic stop and a computer search showed Mr. Janssen to have expired registration. Mr. Janssen was given a Vermilion County court date and released from the scene.

 

No Valid Drivers License H24-0582 Time: 2:10PM Location: E Lincoln St/S 3rd St Citied: Colton J Simon(28)(M)of Hoopeston Details: HPD officers while on patrol conducted a traffic stop and a computer search showed Mr. Simon to not have a valid drivers license. Mr. Simon was given a Vermilion County court date and released

 

Operating Uninsured Vehicle H24-0597 Time: 12:00 am Location: W Honeywell Ave/ S 6th Ave Cited: Nicole M Hughes (F) (36) of Danville Details: HPD conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle with the above subject identified as the driver. Ms. Hughes received a citation for the listed charge and was given notice to appear in Vermilion County traffic court.

 

Unlawful Display of License Plate not authorized by law for use on such vehicle H24-0614 Time: 6:57 pm Location: S 3rd St/E Orange St Cited: Keli R Kirkley (F) (44) of Bismarck Details: HPD conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle with the above subject identified as the driver. Ms. Kirkley received a citation for the listed charge and was given notice to appear in Vermilion County traffic court. 

McCombie Releases Capitol Crimes Podcast-Pam Knight Story here

House Minority Leader Tony McCombie is spearheading a new podcast series called Capitol Crimes, to chronicle the stories behind legislation introduced in the Illinois House of Representatives. Listeners will hear from the sponsors of legislation that was crafted to keep Illinoisans safe and state government accountable as well as the perspective from the witnesses and experts. Capitol Crimes’ host Dean Abbott will unpack the ‘why’ of the legislation while telling the story of the legislative measures and, what happened to those measures after they were filed in the House of Representatives.

 

The first episode of Capitol Crimes was released today, and features Leader McCombie discussing “The Pam Knight Story.” Pam Knight, a child protection specialist for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, was murdered while on duty, working to help protect a child in need. Despite this brutal tragedy that rocked the state, McCombie has battled for five years to pass legislation that would better protect DCFS caseworkers from violence on the job, yet those bills have shockingly failed to pass and become law.

 

This year, McCombie has continued the fight to enact legislation that would give DCFS workers the kinds of on-the-job protections provided by law for police officers and other public servants in volatile situations. She encourages anyone curious about the Pam Knight case, or asking why something has not been done yet to prevent horrific acts like this from happening again, to tune into today’s first episode. “I am pleased to get this podcast out into the world, to make sure people hear the story of Pam Knight, which will help garner support for essential legislation we must pass to make sure tragedies like this never happen again,” said McCombie

 

Leader McCombie’s legislation includes HB1460 and HB1461 which will heighten the penalties against anyone who commits aggravated battery toward a person working as a DCFS employee or working under the Adult Protective Services Program with the Department on Aging.  

 

“Supporting our DCFS workers does not just mean attending their funerals,” continued McCombie. “It means doing everything within our power to make sure those funerals never happen in the first place.”

 

Capitol Crimes will release a new episode each Monday for the following two weeks, after which listeners can expect thoughtful and compelling episodes each month.  Tune in to listen to the Pam Knight Story here: https://soundcloud.com/capitol-crimes/pam-knight-story?si=542047be97ed4a95bae5099e13408e25&utm_source=clipboard&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=social_sharing.

Hoopeston Police Report 2/2/24

Traffic Accident (PD) H24-0556

Time: 11:16 am

Location: 112 E Main Street, 112 Wine and Coffee Shop

Unit 1: 2019 Chevy Equinox driven by Abbagail M Ebberly (F) (36) of Hoopeston

Unit 2: 2012 Ford Sedan driven by Chloe A Deck (F) (19) of Hoopeston

Details: Unit 1 was backing from a parking space in front of the location above. Unit 1 did not Unit 2

They did not see each other and Unit 2 struck Unit 1 in the Rear end. Unit 1 at fault for

View was obscured by a parked SUV. Both units insured. No report of Injuries.

 

Driving While License Suspended, Expired Registration H24-0572

Time: 11:38 pm

Location: E Thompson Ave/N 7th St

Arrested: Damen A Hagan (M) (24) of Hoopeston

Details: HPD conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle with the above subject identified as the driver. Mr. Hagan was taken into custody and transported to HPD for processing. He was later released with citations for the listed charges and received notice to appear in Vermilion County traffic court.

Hoopeston Police Report 2/1/24

Fire Call Time: 3:57PM Location: 500 W Maple St Details: HFD was dispatched to the above location for a smell of gas in the area. No leak was found.

 

Found Item Location: Euclid/E Orange St Details: Wallet found in the above area. Owner may come to the station to identify it.

 

Operating Uninsured Vehicle H24-551 Time: 8:30PM Location: W Main St/S 1st Ave Citied: Justin A Sellars(29)(M)of Milford Details: HPD officers while on patrol conducted a traffic stop and Mr. Sellars could not provide Insurance. Mr. Sellars was given a Vermillion County court date and released from the Scene.

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