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Illinois State Police District 21 Report 9/17/19

ASHKUM, IL- Illinois State Police (ISP) District 21 is reporting the arrest of Ezequiel C.
Rico, 40, of Chicago; Stephen Wells, 70, of Kankakee; Guadalupe E. Cruz-Arteaga, 35,
of Momence all for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol.

 

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On September 11, 2019 at approximately 8:51 P.M., an Illinois State Trooper was on
patrol in Kankakee County. The trooper observed a vehicle traveling all over the
roadway on I-57 southbound at milepost 314. The trooper stopped the vehicle and
spoke with the driver, Ezequiel Rico. Rico showed signs of alcohol impairment. Rico
was placed under arrest and transported to the Kankakee County Jail for processing.
Rico was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and issued a citation for
improper lane usage.


On September 13, 2019 at approximately 12:35 A.M., an Illinois State Trooper was on
patrol in Kankakee County. The trooper observed a vehicle traveling northbound in the
southbound lanes on I-57 southbound at milepost 308. The trooper stopped the vehicle
and spoke with the driver, Stephen Wells. Wells showed signs of alcohol impairment.
Wells was placed under arrest and transported to the Kankakee County Jail for
processing. Wells was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and issued
citations for driving the wrong way and disobeying a traffic device.


On September 14, 2019 at approximately 12:31 A.M., an Illinois State Trooper was on
patrol in Iroquois County. The trooper observed a vehicle traveling at high rate of speed
on I-57 northbound at milepost 278. The trooper stopped the vehicle and spoke with
the driver, Guadalupe Cruz-Arteaga. Cruz-Arteaga showed signs of alcohol
impairment. Cruz-Arteaga was placed under arrest and transported to the Iroquois
County Jail for processing. Cruz-Arteaga was charged with Driving Under the Influence
of Alcohol. Cruz-Arteaga was issued citations for speeding, improper lane usage,
following too closely, no valid driver’s license, failure to carry driver’s license on
person, and operating an uninsured motor vehicle.

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Iroquois County Sheriff's Police 9/17/19

On September 15th, 2019 Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Jason M. Behrends, age 44, of Ashkum, According to police reports, Jason was charged with Theft over $500. He was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond.

On September 15th, 2019th Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Matthew M. Hofer, age 36, of Hoopeston, According to police reports, Matthew was wanted on an outstanding Iroquois County Warrant, charging him with driving while license revoked. He was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains jn lieu of bond.

 

On September 15th, 2019 Iroquois County Sheriff's Police investigated a single vehicle accident in the parking tot of Friendly Fred's Fuel gas station in Gilman, According to police reports, a vehicle driven by Diana Davis, age 64, wag driving around the outside of the building when she struck a cement pote barrier, No injuries or citations were issued.

 

On September 13th, 2019 Iroquois County Sheriffs Police investigated a three vehicle accident near the intersection of S, 2nd St. and W. Koplin Ave. in Cissna Park. According to police repons William loneecu, age 20, of Lincolnwood {J. was traveling North on S. 2nd St, near the intersection with W. Koplin Ave, when he fell asleep, William would strike a tree awakening him. William would proceed to lose control of his vehicle striking an unoccupied parked vehicle, and the Cissna Park Police Department squad car which was parked but occupied by Ofc. Ken Ward. Ofc. Ken ward would be transported to IMH by Cjssna Park EMS for minor injuries, lonescu WOU!d be issued a citation for failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

 

 

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Fatal Car motorcycle crash in Newton County

On September 14th, 2019 at approximately 6:49 p.m. Newton County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to SR 55, north of 1200N in Thayer, IN for a single motorcycle crash.

 

 Through the course of the investigation it was found that 57 year old Dennis Michael Smolek of Crown Point, Indiana was traveling north bound ST. RD. 55 on his 2019 Harley Davidson motorcycle and ran off the road for unknown reasons when exiting the first curve.

 

 Smolek was transported to St. Anthony’s Hospital in Crown Point, Indiana where he succumbed to his injuries. 

 

Newton County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the female driver of a blue sedan that may have witnessed the crash or have more information.  This driver and vehicle were NOT believed to have been involved in the crash.  This driver should contact Deputy Fellmy at 219-474-5661.

 

Assisting agencies: Newton County Dispatch, Newton County EMS, Lincoln Township Fire Department, Indiana State Police, Lake County Sheriff’s Office and Lake County Coroner.

 

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Watseka Police Department News 9/16/19

Watseka Police responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle in the 300 block of W Oak at 8:17 A.M. on 09-11-19.

Watseka Police responded to a report of theft in the 200 block of N Fourth at 9:24 A.M. on 09„11-19.

Watseka Police responded to a report of theft in the 200 block of W Hickory at 11:03 A.M. on 09-11-19.

Watseka Police responded to a report of an unwanted person in the 100 block of W Walnut at 11:15 A.M. on 09-11-19.

Watseka Police responded to a juvenile problem in the 100 block of W Park at 3:39 P.M. on 09-11-19.

Watseka Police responded to a report of a battery in the 400 block of N Fourth at 7:13 P.M. on 09-11-19.

Watseka Police responded to a report of child abuse in the 500 block of N Fourth at 7:16 P.M. on 09-11-19.

Watseka Police investigated a one vehicle accident in the 200 block of W Walnut at 7:46 P.M. on 09-11-19. According to Police reports, a motorcycle driven by Derek A Carlson, 48 Watseka was Westbound on Walnut when he struck a raccoon in the roadway. Carlson was transported to (MH by Riverside ambulance with non-life threatening injuries. Damage was estimated at over $1,500. No citations were issued.

Watseka Police responded to a domestic in the 700 block of W Walnut at 1:13 A.M. on 09-12-19.

Watseka Police responded to a juvenile problem in the 400 block of S Fourth at 8:48 A.M. on 09-12-19.

Watseka Police responded to a report of an unwanted person in the 300 block of E Locust at 9:05 A.M. on 09-12-19.

 

Watseka Police responded to a report of an unwanted person in the 100 block of W Cherry at 10:18 A.M. on 09-12-19.

Watseka Police responded to a report of illegal burning in the 700 block of E Rosewood at 10:57 A.M. on 09-12-19.

Watseka Police responded to a report of child abuse in the 500 block of E Grant at 11:50 A.M. on 09-12-19.

Watseka Police responded to a report of a possible DUI in the 400 block of W Walnut at 12:24 P.M. on 09-12-19.

Watseka Police responded to a report of child neglect in the 600 block of N Clarence Ave at 3:36 P.M. on 09-12-19.

Watseka Police responded to a report of a suspicious person in the 200 block of N Fourth at 4:01 P.M. on 09-12-19.

Watseka Police responded to a report of soliciting in the 200 block of E Ash at 4:07 P.M. on 09-12-19.

Watseka Police responded to a juvenile problem in the 500 block of E Lincoln at 8:53 P.M. on 09-12-19.

Watseka Police arrested Eric L Norris, 41 Watseka in the 100 block of W Walnut at 9:20 P.M. on 09-12-19. Norris was charged with Disorderly conduct, resisting a police officer and pedestrian under the influence. Norris was transported to the Iroquois County jail.

Watseka Police responded to a domestic in the 300 block of W Victory at 9:36 P.M. on 09-12-19.

 

Watseka Police arrested Cassie N. Arenibar, 30 of Watseka in the Walmart parking iot on 9/13/19 at 11:02 A.M. Arenibar was charged with Possession of hypodermiC needles, She was transported to ICSD jail for processing. She was then also charged with Possession of a controlled substance and Bringing contraband into a penal institution.

  1. Watseka Police assisted with a funeral escort on 9/13/19 at 10:29 A.M.
  2. Watseka Police were dispatched to the 400 block of N. 5th St. on 9/13/19 at 10:35 A.M. for a report of a phone scarm
  3. Watseka Police arrested Roy M. Tykoi Jr., 32 of Watseka on 9/13/19 at 11:03 A.M. in the 500 block of S. 10th St. on an iroquois County warrant charging him with FTA-Theft under $500. He was taken to the ICSD jail where he awaits a court appearance.

5, Watseka Police were dispatched to the 1700 block of E, Walnut St. on 9/13/19 at 1:51 P.M. for a suspicious person.

  1. Watseka Police were dispatched to the 300 block of E. Walnut St. on 9/13/19 at 4:30 P.M. for a suspicious person.
  2. Brittany C. Burnside, 31 of Watseka was arrested on 9/13/19 at 4:51 P.M. on 4th Street near E. Walnut St. on an Iroquois County warrant charging her with Retail theft. She was transported to ICSD jail where she later posted bond and was released.
  3. Watseka Police were dispatched to the 200 block of E. Oak St. on 9/13/19 at 5:00 P.M. for possible trespassers.
  4. Watseka Police investigated an accident which occurred on 9/13/19 at

5:26 P.M. in the 1700 block of E. Walnut Street. A vehicle driven by Tarah L. Traynor, 40 of Watseka was stopped at a stop sign, when she was hit from behind by a vehicle driven by Jose Barbosa-Martinez, 43 of Gilman. No injuries were reported and no citations were issued.

      

10.Watseka Police were dispatched to the 900 block of S. Western St. on 9/13/19 at 6:19 P.M. to assist DCFS.

11.Watseka Police were dispatched to the 200 block of W. Hickory St. on 9/13/19 at 6:46 P.M. for a theft report.

12.Watseka Police were dispatched to the 400 block of N. 6th St. on 9/13/19 at 10:39 P.M. for a barking dog.

13.Watseka Police made a traffic stop on 9/13/19 at 10:40 P.M. on N. 5th St. near E. Oak Street. The driver was released with a verbal warning for having only one headlight illuminated.

14.Watseka Police made a traffic stop on 9/13/19 at 11:07 P.M. on N. 3 rd St. near E. North Street. The driver was released with a verbal waring for having only one headlight illuminated.

 

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Iroquois County Sheriff's Police

On Thursday, September 12, 2019, at approximately 3:12 p.m. the Iroquois County Sheriffs Office investigated a fatal two-vehicle accident at the intersection of County Roads 300 E and 2700 N in rural Ashkum, ILA Preliminary reports indicate that a FedEx cargo van being driven by 59 year-old Kayra Medina of Diamond, IL, was traveling westbound on 2700 N when her vehicle was struck in the intersection by an SUV being driven northbound on 300 E by 52 year-old Becki Goldtrap of Clifton, IL. Both vehicles left the roadway and overturned in a beanfield on the northwest corner of the intersection. Riverside EMS, as well as, the Ashkum and Chebanse Fire Depanments responded to the scene, where Ms, Medina vas pronounced dead by Iroquois County Coroner

Bill Cheatum. Ms, Goldtrap, who had to be extricated from her vehicle, was transported from the scene to Riverside Hospital in Kankakee for treatment of her injuries, The accident remains under investigation by the Sheriffs Office and the Iroquois County Coroner's Office,

 

On September I Ith, 2019, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Kristy L. Gossett, age 34, of

Stockland. According to police reports, Gossett was charged with domestic battery and resisting arrest.

She was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where she posted the required bond and was released.

On September 1 Ith, 2019, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Michael P. Lovell, age 39, of Sheldon. According to police reports, Lovell was charged with violation of an order of protection. Additionalfy, he was wanted on an outstanding Iroquois County warrant for violation of an order of protection. He was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond.

 

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Watseka Bank Robbed at Gunpoint

On September 10th, at approximately 9:50 A.M. the Watseka Police were dispatched to the Farmer's State Bank in reference to an armed robbery that had occurred. Police then canvassed the scene and were unable to locate a suspect. The suspect was described as being a white male, 6'1-6'2 with a slender build, wearing a fake beard and wig. The suspect then displayed a silver handgun and fled the bank with an undisclosed amount of money. Anyone having information about the robbery can contact Det Marcott at 815-432-6822. Assisting the Watseka Police Department was the Iroquois County Sheriff's Department, the Illinois State Police and the FBI. This case remains active.

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Iroquois County Sheriff's Police 9/10/19

On 9/6/19 Police arrested Anthony Morris 31 of Onarga. He was arrested for domestic battery. He was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond. 

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Watseka Police Department News 9/8/19

  1. Watseka Police made a traffic stop on N. 3rd St. near North St. on 9/3/19 at 8:02 A.M. The driver was released with a verbal warning for a stop sign violation.
  2. Watseka Police were dispatched to the 200 biock of N. 5th St. on 9/3/19 at 8:42 A.M. for a report of harassment by internet.
  3. Watseka Police were dispatched to 300 block of W. Victory St. on 9/3/19 at 9:26 A.M. for a welfare check.
  4. Watseka Police were dispatched to the 1700 block of E. Walnut St. on 9/3/19 at 10:41 A.M. in reference to a stolen purse.

5, Watseka Police were dispatched to the 100 block of W. Oak St. on 9/3/19 at 4:16 P.M. for a report of a wreckless driver.

  1. Watseka Police investigated an accident which occurred on 9/3/19 at 5:28 P.M. in the Warmart parking lot. A vehicle owned by Cathy M. Mitchell of Wellington was parked and unoccupied in the lot, when an unknown vehicle stuck her vehicle, causing damage and then left the scene.
  2. Watseka Police were dispatched to the 100 block of E. Locust St. on 9/3/19 at 9:57 P.M. for a possible burglary in progress.
  3. Watseka Police made a traffic stop on 9/3/19 at 11:39 P.M. on E. Walnut St. near Grant Street. The driver was released with a verbal warning for a lighting violation.
  4. Watseka Police made a traffic stop on 9/4/19 at 12:15 A.M. on N. 2nd St. near W. North Street. The driver was released with a verbal warning for a lighting violation.

10.Watseka Police were dispatched to the 400 block of N. 2nd St. on 9/4/19 at 8:18 A.M. for a report of harassment by text message.

11.Watseka Police were dispatched to the 100 block of Veteran's Parkway on 9:57 for a report of fraud.

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12.Watseka Police were dispatched to the 400 block of N. 3 rd St. on 9/4/19 at 3:12 P.M. for a report of a battery.

13.Watseka Police made a traffic stop on 9/4/19 at 4:58 P.M. on N. 2nd St.

near W. Walnut Street. The driver was released with a verbal warning.

14.Watseka Police were dispatched to the 600 block of S, 2nd St. on 9/4/19 at 5:15 P.M. for a report of illegal burning.

15.Watseka Police were dispatched to the 500 block of S. 3 rd St. on 9/4/19 at 6:18 P.M. for a report of a theft.

16.Watseka Police made a traffic stop on W. Park St. near Mulberry St. on 9/4/19 at 7:01 P.M. The driver was released with a verbal warning.

17.Watseka Police were dispatched to the 300 block of W. Walnut St. on 9/4/19 at 7:41 P.M. for a fight in progress.

18.Watseka Police were dispatched to the 1100 block of E. Walnut St. on 9/4/19 at 7:58 P.M. for a report of a theft.

19.Watseka Police made a traffic stop on 9/4/19 at 8:58 P.M. on W. Walnut St, near S. Yount Avenue. The driver was released with a verbal warning for a stop sign violation.

20.Watseka Police were dispatched to the 100 block of E. Walnut St. on 9/4/19 at 9:07 P.M. for an activated alarm at a business.

21.Watseka Police were dispatched to the 600 block of E. Mulberry St. on 9/5/19 at 10:51 A.M. for a report of a suspicious person.

22.Watseka Police made contact with a suspicious vehicle in Legion Park on 9/5/19 at 2:49 P.M.

23.Watseka Police were dispatched to the 700 block of E. Locust St. on 9/5/19 at 3:29 P.M. for a report of a phone scam.

24.Watseka Police were dispatched to the 500 block of S. 5th St. on 9/4/19 at 3:30 P.M. for a report of a vehicle passing a school bus white loading.

25.Watseka Police made contact with a subject in the 200 block of W. North St. on 9/5/19 at 3:41 P.M. for an ordinance violation. They were released with a verbal warning.

26. Watseka Police were dispatched to the 800 block of N. Virginia St. on 9/5/19 at 6:03 P.M. for a dispute over child custody.

27.Watseka Police were dispatched to the 400 block of W. Walnut St, on

                                                   6:07        for a report of a stolen bicycle.

28.Joshua J. Fiala, 30 of Hoopeston was arrested on 9/5/19 at 7:00 P.M. for Retail Theft under $300, after Police were dispatched to Walmart for a shoplifter. He was transported to ICSD jail where he later posted bond and was released.

29.Watseka Police were dispatched to the 300 block of W. North St. on 9/5/19 at 7:53 P.M. for a report of a missing person.

30.Watseka Police were dispatched to the 110 block of W. North St. on 9/5/19 at 8:04 P.M. for a report of an unwanted person.

31.Watseka Police were dispatched to the 400 block of W. Walnut St. on 9/5/19 at 9:16 P.M. for a report of a theft from a business.

32.Watseka Police were dispatched to the 600 block of S. 3 rd St. on 9/6/19 at 8:17 A.M. for a report of a missing person.

33.Watseka Police were dispatched to the 300 block of W. Park Av. on 9/6/19 at 9:14 A.M. for a report of a stolen bicycle.

34.Watseka Police were dispatched to the 200 block of W. Mulberry St. on 9/6/19 at 11:23 A.M. for a report of possible animal abuse.

35.Watseka Police assisted with a funeral escort through downtown Watseka on 9/6/19 at 11:27 A.M.

36.Watseka Police assisted with the scene of a fire at a business in the 600 block of E. Walnut St. on 9/6/19 at 12:04 P.M.

37.Watseka Police made a traffic stop on E. Mulberry St. near S. 3rd St. on 9/6/19 at 3:09 P.M. The driver was released with a verbal warning for using a cell phone.

38.Watseka Police were dispatched to the area of the east junction of Route 1 and Route 24 on 9/6/19 at 3:53 P.M. for a report of a suspicious vehicle.

39.Watseka Police were dispatched to the 600 block of S. 3 rd St. on 9/6/19 at 6:38 P.M. in reference to a child custody matter.

40.Randy D. Sheppard, 40 of Iroquois was arrested on 9/6/19 at 7:14 P.M. for Retail Theft under $300, after Police were dispatched to Watmart in reference to a shoplifter. He was transported to ICSD jail where he later posted bond and was released.

41.Watseka Police came across a vehicle in the 400 block of S. 3 rd St. on

                                                   3:45        with one of it's doors standing open. They were able

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Deadline to pay the second installment of real estate taxes

County Treasurer, Kurt Albers, announced that the deadline to pay the second installment of real estate taxes without penalty is Monday, September 16, 2019.  After that date, 1 ½ percent interest on all property must be added to the 2nd installment each month it remains unpaid according to the Illinois State Statutes.  The interest rate on the first installment will be 4 ½ percent after September 16, 2019. 

 

The Treasurer’s Office is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.  To avoid waiting in line, you may also pay by mail or at any bank in the county.  If the postmark reads September 16, 2019, the payment will not be late.  There is also a drop box on the south side of the Administrative Center near the 911 Center.  

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Iroquois County Sheriff's Police 8/31/19

On August 28th , 2019, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Danaryea Brigham, 

       
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Indianapolis, According to police reports, Brigham was taken into custody after a vehicle he was riding in was stopped for speeding over the statutory limit. A probable cause search of the vehicle led to the discovery of more than 5,000 grams of suspected cannabis and cannabis infused edibles. Brigham was charged with possession of cannabis more than 5,000 grams, manufacture and delivery of cannabis more than 51000 grams, and cannabis trafficking. He was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond.

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Iroquois County Sheriff's Police 8/30/19

On August 28th, 2019, Milford Police arrested Courtney McKinney, age 23, of Milford. According to police reports, McKinney was wanted on an outstanding Iroquois County warrant charging her with retail theft- She was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where she remains in lieu of bond.

 

On August 28th , 2019, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Richard Gilkerson, age 28, of Milford. According to police reports, Gitkerson was charged with burglajy. He was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond.

 

Sheriffs Police investigated a two vehicle accident in Middleport township early Wednesday morning, An east bound Dodge pickup driven by Merced M, Mendoza, 36, of Mission Texas failed to stop at the intersection of 21 OON / 2200E and struck a north bound Ford pickup driven by Matthew G, Manse, (25) of rural Watseka, IL. A motorist who witnessed the crash called 911 to report the incident.

Concord Fire Dept and Riverside EMS also responded to the scene. Both drivers were taken to Iroquois Memorial Hospital by Riverside EMS, Mense was treated and released with only minor injury. Mendoza was air lifted to Carie Hospital of Urbana due to serious injury, where he remains hospitalized. Mendoza was cited for failure to yield at a stop intersection and no valid driver's license.

 

 

 

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Illinois State Police (ISP) District 21 is reporting the arrest of Darrell K. Catchings, 31, of Kankakee for Unlawful Use of a Weapon and Resisting/Obstructing a Police Officer.

On August 25, 2019 at approximately 6:16 A.M., an Illinois State Trooper was dispatched to a possible domestic incident on I-57 southbound at milepost 313.  The trooper arrived on scene and observed a pedestrian, Darrell Catchings, walking southbound on the interstate.  A subsequent search of Catchings revealed two loaded handguns.  Catchings attempted to resist the trooper but was ultimately placed under arrest.  Catchings was transported to the Kankakee County Jail for processing.  Catchings was charged with Unlawful Use/Possession of a Weapon by a Felon, Resisting/Obstructing a Police Officer, and Aggravated Battery (Use of a Deadly Weapon).   
 
 
 
A Mug shot can be obtained from the Kankakee County Sheriff’s Department

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Iroquois County Sheriff's Police 8/27/19

On August 23rd, 2019 Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Dan Muller, age 50, of Goodwine. According to police reports, Dan was wanted on an outstanding Iroquois County warrant, charging him with contempt of court. He was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond and was released.

 

On August 23rd, 2019 Anthony Goodrich, age 30, of Ashkum turned himself into the Iroquois County Jail. According to police reports, Anthony was wanted on an outstanding Iroquois County warrant, charging him with mob action and battery. He would post the required bond and be released.

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Fatal Car Crash in Newton County

On Saturday at 3:41 PM the Newton County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a 2 vehicle crash with unknown injuries at CR 200 S and CR 100 E (3 miles Northeast of Morocco).

 

The preliminary investigation and witness statement indicates that a 2019 Toyota Tacoma driven by 70 yr old Eli Vujko of Crown Point was traveling west on CR 200 S and failed to yield the right of way at the intersection of CR 100 E. 

 

Vujko’s vehicle struck a 1999 Chevrolet Suburban that was traveling south on CR 100 E. The Suburban was being driven by 45 year old Wayne Day of Morocco and his passenger,  48 year old Beverly Day also of Morocco.

 

 Mr. Day was pronounced dead at the scene. Mrs. Day was airlifted by Lutheran Air to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn IL. Mr. Vujko was treated at the scene and refused any further medical treatment.

 

The incident is still under investigation at this time.

 

 The Newton County Sheriff Office was assisted on scene by Morocco Fire , Morocco PD , Newton County Ambulance , Indiana State Police and Lutheran Air.

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Iroquois County Sheriff's Police 8/23/19

On August 20th, 2019, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Andre Maiden, age 23, of Kankakee. According to police reports, Maiden was charged with aggravated assault and battery. He was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond and was released,

On August 20th, 2019, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Elliot L. Jones, age 20, of Gurnee. According to police reports, Jones was wanted on an outstanding Iroquois County warrant charging him with possession of a stolen vehicle. He was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond.

On August 20th, 2019, Milford Police arrested Donald R, Jessie Jr. age 40, of Milford. According to police reports, Jessie was charged with aggravated domestic battery, aggravated battery to a police officer, criminal damage to property, threating a police officer, interfering with the reporting of a domestic altercation, and resisting arrest. He was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond.

On August 21st, 2019, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Travis J, Morris, age 24, of Sts Anne. According to police reports, Morris was wanted on an outstanding Kankakee County warrant. He was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains awaiting extradition back to Kankakee County.

On August 21st, 2019, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Jose R Gomez, age 38, of Watseka. According to police reports, Gomez was wanted on an outstanding Iroquois County warrant charging him with possession of a controlled substance. He was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he

 

posted the required bond and was released.

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TRAFFIC STOP/FOOT PURSUIT LEADS TO DRUG ARREST-

NEWTON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE (8-19-19 2:15pm)

On August 18th, 2019 4:24PM while on patrol in the area of US 41 near CR 600 South (2 miles south of Morocco)  Sergeant Wilson conducted a traffic stop on a tan SUV for a moving violation. While speaking with the occupants of the vehicle, the odor of marijuana was detected coming from the interior. Sergeant Wilson identified the driver of the vehicle as 44 year old Dennis L. Walker of Chicago, Illinois. Walker was asked to step from the vehicle. While speaking with Sergeant Wilson outside of the vehicle, Walker fled on foot southbound on US 41 while throwing unknown objects from his pant pockets. After a brief foot pursuit Walker was taken into custody. Approximately 67grams of suspected MDMA/Ecstasy were recovered in multiple packages. Walker was placed under arrest and transported to the Newton County Jail where he booked on probable cause on the following:

-Dealing in Schedule I Controlled Substance (Level 2 Felony)

-Possession of a Controlled Substance (A Misd.)

-Obstruction of Justice (Level 6 Felony)

-Resisting Law Enforcement (A Misd.)

ALL SUSPECTS ARE CONSIDERED INNOCENT UNLESS/UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY IN A COURT OF LAW

Assisting Agency: Benton County Sheriff’s Department

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THE ILLINOIS STATE POLICE REMINDS MOTORISTS SCHOOL IS STARTING

 Illinois State Police (ISP) District 21 Commander, Captain Don Aaron Harsy, would like to remind motorists that area schools are opening their doors to begin the new school year.  The start of the school year means an increase in pedestrian and vehicular traffic around schools. 
Motorists need to be watchful of slowed or stopped school buses, crosswalks and of children walking or riding their bike to and from school. Be mindful of children possibly darting out from between parked cars. Plan ahead and allow extra time for these school buses and the increase in traffic flow during the morning and after school hours. A friendly reminder that loading and unloading happens twice, in the morning and after school. Please be patient and aware in order to allow students and children to get to their destination safely.   
Motorists are also reminded to obey the school zone speed limit and avoid distracted driving.  The speed limit in school zones is 20 miles per hour and is in effect from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on school days when children are present. Motorists are reminded that driving while talking on a hand-held cellular device is strictly prohibited, as well as texting while driving. A first time offense and any subsequent offense is considered a moving violation.   
Motorists approaching a stopped school bus with lights activated and a sign extended must stop their vehicle before reaching the school bus.  Failure to do so can result in a $150 fine and a three-month driver’s license suspension.  Remember, pedestrians have the right-of-way in a crosswalk. 
 
 
 

 "As children prepare to return to school, motorists are encouraged to be mindful of the increase in both vehicular and pedestrian traffic, said Captain Harsy.  Motorist are reminded of school zone speed limits and to avoid distracted driving violations which can result in accident and injury,” added Harsy. 
 
The ISP Safety Education Officers (SEOs) are available to provide educational presentations promoting safe driving at area schools and throughout the community. The goal is to ensure the safety of our driving communities and increase public awareness as the new school year begins. 

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Two individuals from rural Sheldon have been arrested on various charges Tuesday.

According to the police report, Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police arrested Jason B. Tomes, 47, and Danielle M. Jeter, 36, following the execution of a search warrant at their residence.

The search of their home resulted in the discovery of multiple firearms, ammunition, narcotics, drug paraphernalia and U.S. currency.

Both were taken into custody and transported to the Iroquois County Jail where they remain awaiting a court appearance.

Tomes is charged with unlawful possession of weapons by a felon, being an armed habitual criminal and unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

Jeter is charged with aggravated discharge of a firearm and unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

The search warrant and the arrests of Tomes and Jeter were the result of an incident reported to the sheriff’s office Tuesday afternoon by the operator of an agricultural aircraft who reported observing an individual on the property in question shooting a gun in their direction as they flew nearby.

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Watseka Police warn citizens

Police said two women tried to lure two children into a van Sunday afternoon. It happened on South 4th Street.

The children said the women offered them money to come and see their pets. The children told their parents, who saw the women get into a blue Dodge Caravan. The father said 3-4 adults were already inside it. He told police one of the women had pink hair.

If anyone has any information, call the Watskea Police Department at 815-432-2433.

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Fatal Crash


 WHAT:  Fatal Crash 
 
WHERE:   Route 1 @ 5700 S (Kankakee County) 
 
WHEN:  Saturday, August 10, 2019, 8:58 p.m. 
 
VEHICLE:  Unit One:  Tan 2003 Buick    Unit Two:  Red 2015 Ram pickup  
DRIVER:  Unit One:  Jamel R. Armstrong, 20, Country Club Hills    Unit Two:  Jose A. Mejia, 34, St. Anne 
 
PASSENGERS: Unit One:  Meoria M. Avant, 18, Momence (Deceased)   
 
PRELIMINARY:  Preliminary investigation has indicated the Buick was traveling northbound on Route 1 @ 5700 S., the Ram was traveling southbound at the same location. The Buick crossed the center line and collided with the Ram head on. The driver of the Buick was transported to a local hospital with life threatening injuries.  The driver of the Ram was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries.  The passenger of the Buick was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Kankakee County Coroner. 
CHARGES:  Armstrong was issued a citation for improper lane usage.  Mejia was    charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol. 

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Serious Injury Crash

WHAT:  Serious Injury Crash 
 
WHERE:   Route 1 @ 4000 N (Kankakee County) 
 
WHEN:  Thursday, August 9, 2019, 9:42 p.m. 
 
VEHICLE:  Unit One:  Hyundai Sonata    Unit Two:  Volkswagen Beetle  
DRIVER:  Unit One:  Kassidy E. Mucho, 19, Momence    Unit Two:  Jamie B. Torrez, 39, Bourbonnais 
 
PASSENGERS: Unit Two:  Front Seat: 12 year old female from Bourbonnais           Rear Passenger Side:  11 year old male from Bourbonnais         Rear Driver Side:  11 year old male from Bourbonnais  
 
PRELIMINARY:  Preliminary investigation has indicated that the Volkswagen was stopped     on Route 1 attempting to turn left onto 4000 N, when the Hyundai rear     ended the Volkswagen.  The  driver and front seat passenger of the     Volkswagen were transported to Riverside Hospital with minor injuries.      The two back seat passengers were transported to Comer Children’s     Hospital in Chicago with severe injuries.  The driver of the Hyundai was     transported to St. Mary’s Hospital with minor injuries.  The roadway was     shut down for approximately 5 hours due to this incident. 
 
CHARGES:  Mucho was issued a citation for failure to reduce speed to avoid an     accident

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ISP District 21 Announces July Activity and Enforcement

 Illinois State Police District 21 Commander, Captain Don Aaron Harsy, 
announced today activity and enforcement figures for July 2019.   
Illinois State Police District 21 Troopers issued 520 citations, 884 written warnings, including 10 
DUIs, 32 seatbelt citations, 23 criminal arrests.  Troopers also assisted 192 motorists, 
conducted 242 Motor Carrier Inspections, and investigated 69 traffic crashes.  There were no 
fatal crashes investigated by District 21 in July.   
According to the National Safety Council the major contributing factors to motor-vehicle 
deaths in the United States are lack of occupant protection, alcohol, speeding, young drivers, 
distractions, and large trucks. 
In an effort to reduce fatalities, the Illinois State Police uses enforcement activities and 
educational programs to fight these major contributing factors. 
 

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Iroquois County Sheriff's Police Homicide Update

    On the morning of Tuesday, August 6th, 2019, an autopsy was performed at the Brian R. Mitchell Forensic Center in Kankakee County, on the 17 year old female located deceased inside the residence of 49 year old Arthur C. Jensen on the evening of August 5th, 2019. Preliminary autopsy results showed that the female died of Ligature Strangulation. Toxicology and other forensic tests will be performed by the Forensic lab of the Illinois State Police as the investigation continues.

  The female victim’s name will not be released at this time due to her age.

   Arthur C. Jensen appeared in the Iroquois County Court in front of Judge James Kinzer on the afternoon of Tuesday, August 6th, 2019. Jensen’s bond was set at $1,000,000.00 10% and a public defender was temporarily appointed. Jensen’s next court appearance is on Thursday, August 8th 2019 at 1:30PM at the Iroquois County Court House.
 

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Iroquois County Sheriff's Police investigate a Homicide/Murder in Sheldon

The Iroquois County Sheriff's Police were called to 315 W. Main street in Sheldon Monday 8/5/19 @ 4:13pm for a disturbance.

 

One deputy arrived on scene and invesigated the distrubance speaking with several residents of the area. Sheldon Police arrived and made contact with 49 year old Arthur Jensen who lives at 315 W Main street Sheldon. 

 

A 17 year old deceased female was found in the home. Jensen was taken into custody and charged with Homicide and First Degree Murder. Jensen will be held at the Iroquois County jail pending court. 

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Illinois State Police (ISP) District 21 is reporting the arrest of Laronn T. Brown, 21, of Benton Harbor, MI for Unlawful Use of a Weapon and James E. Roberts, 25, of St. Anne for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol.

On August 1, 2019 at approximately 5:03 P.M., an Illinois State Trooper was on patrol in Kankakee County.  The trooper observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed on I-57 northbound at milepost 307.  The trooper stopped the vehicle and spoke with the occupants.  A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed a loaded firearm.  The passenger, Laronn Brown, was placed under arrest and transported to the Kankakee County Jail for processing.  Brown was charged with Unlawful Use of a Weapon and Unlawful Possession of Firearm and Firearm Ammunition.  
 
On August 4, 2019 at approximately 1:49 A.M., an Illinois State Trooper was on patrol in Kankakee County.  The trooper observed a vehicle traveling all over the roadway at a high rate of speed on Splear Road at Route 17.  The trooper stopped the vehicle and spoke with the driver, James Roberts.  Roberts showed signs of alcohol impairment.  Roberts was placed under arrest and transported to the Kankakee County Jail for processing.  Roberts was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and issued citations for speeding, improper lane usage, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, improper display of license plate, and illegal transportation of alcohol. 

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