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Watseka Police Department News 7/17/18

Beka E Lolonde, 27 Watseka was ticketed on Friday, July 13th at 6:35 A.M. for operation of an uninsured motor vehicle. Lolonde posted bond and was released.

Rony O Deleon, 36 Peoria was ticketed on Saturday, July 14th at 12:51 P.M. for no valid driver's license, Deleon posted bond and was released.

Veronica R Davis, 34 Milford was arrested on Saturday, July 14th at 5:35 A.M. on an Iroquois county warrant charging her with retail theft. Davis was transported to the Iroquois County jail,

Nicholas C Ladd, 38 Watseka was arrested on Saturday, July 14th at 10:15 AM. for violation of an order of protection. Ladd was transported to the Iroquois County jail.

Neal J Bonds, 36 Sheldon was arrested on Sunday, July 15th at 12:10 A.M. for Driving while license revoked and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. Bonds was transported to the Iroquois County jail.

Christopher H Moody, 23 Bourbonnais was arrested Sunday July 15th at

1:53 A.M. for Possession of cannabis over 30 grams, Possession of

 

 

cannabis with intent to deliver, Illegal transportation of alcoholic liquor, operating an uninsured motor vehicle and no front registration plate. Moody was transported to the Iroquois County jail.

Melinda R Miller, 36 Watseka was arrested Sunday, July 15th at 6:28

PIM. for retail theft. Miller was transported to the Iroquois County jail.

                                                        

Watseka Police News Release

07-17-18

Watseka Police were dispatched to an alarm call at 6:37 A.M. in the 1400 block of E Walnut on July 13th . Police responded and found the alarm to be false.

Watseka Police responded to a disturbance at 10:21 A.M. in the 200 block of N Fourth on July 13th .

Watseka Police responded to a report of a violation of an order of protection in the 200 block of E Fairman at 12:06 P.M. on July 13th. upon arrival the offender had fled the area.

Watseka Police responded to a report of a counterfeit $100 bill in the 1700 block of E Walnut at 12:59 P.M. on July 13th ,

Watseka Police assisted the Iroquois County Sheriff's Department regarding a suspicious person in the 1800 block of E I-JS Highway 24 at 1:28 P.M. on July 13th .

Watseka Police responded to a second report of a violation of an order of protection in the 200 block of E Fairman at 4:07 P.M. on July 13th. upon arrival, Police again found the offender had fled.

Watseka Police responded to a civil matter at 4:16 P.M. in the 500 block of E Walnut on July 13th ,

Watseka Police responded to the 400 block of W Walnut at 5:28 P.M. on July 13th regarding a syringe that had been found on the sidewalk. Police disposed of the item.

Watseka Police responded to a report of a suspicious person in the 100 block of Lakeview Court 8:46 13

 

                                                 

Watseka Police responded to a report of a suspicious person In the 400 block of W Walnut at 10:48 P.M. on July 13th .

Watseka Police responded to a report of a suspicious person in the 500 block of E Walnut at 1:41 A.M. on July 14th .

Watseka Police responded to a report of a suspicious person in the 400 block of W Walnut at 2:11 A.M. on July 14th .

Watseka Police were called to the 900 block of S Western Ave regarding a homeowner finding a syringe in his bushes at 9:52 A.M. on July 14th , Police disposed of the item,

Watseka Police investigated a report of trespassing to an abandoned building in the 100 block of N Kay at 3:05 P.M. on July 14th .

Watseka Police were called to the 1500 block of E Walnut regarding a report of shots fired at 7:10 P.M. on July 14th . Further investigation by Police led them to find that a male subject had accidentally discharged his pistol while he was in that area.

Watseka Police were called to the 200 block of W Locust at 7:23 P.M. on July 14th regarding a burglary complaint.

Watseka Police were called to the 800 block of N Jefferson regarding a business check at 10:52 P.M. on July 14th .

Watseka Police responded to a report of an intoxicated person in the 100 block of W oak at 6:41 A.M. on July 15 th .

Watseka Police responded to a report of criminal damage to property in the 500 block of E Walnut at 8:51 A.M. on July 15th .

Watseka Police responded to a call for an unwanted person in the 100 block of W Locust 12:45 15

             

Watseka Police responded to a call for a harassment violation in the 100 block of W Cherry at 3:23 P.M. on July 15th .

Watseka Police responded to a report of shots fired In the 900 block of S Fourth St at 5:45 P.M. on July 15th . No one was found in the area. Watseka Police responded to a report of an unwanted person in the 600 block of S Fifth at 6:30 P.M. on July 15th .

Watseka Police responded to an animal complaint in the 300 block of N Second at 7:53 P.M. on July 15th .

Watseka Police responded to a report of telephone harassment in the

400 block of N Second at 8:29 P.M. on July 15th ,

Watseka Police responded to a report of a suspicious person in the 200 block of E Fairman at 9:09 P.M. on July 15th,

Watseka Police responded to a report of an unwanted person in the 400 block of W Mulberry at 9:39 P.M. on July 15th .

Watseka Police responded to a report of a suspicious person in the 300 block of E Ash at 11:11 P.M. on July 15th ,

Watseka Police responded to a 911 hang up call in the 1400 block of E Walnut at 2:15 P.M. on July 16th .

Watseka Police responded to a report of an unwanted person in the 400 block of E oak at 3:48 P.M. on July 16th .

Watseka Police responded to a report of loud music in the 200 block of N Fourth at 5:06 P.M. on July 16th .

Watseka Police responded to a report of a domestic in the 400 block of W Walnut at 9:02 P.M. on July 16th .

Watseka Police responded to a report of fireworks being shot off in the

              500 block of S Third 9:50              

 

Watseka Police responded to a report of an alarm at a business in the 300 block of W Mulberry at 3:12 A.M. on July 17th . Police found the alarm to be false.

Watseka Police responded to a report of a vehicle complaint in the 500 block of S Third at 3:22 A.M. on July 17th .

Watseka Police investigated a three vehicle accident in the 200 block of W Walnut at 4:44 P.M. on July 16th . According to Police reports, A vehicle driven by Benjamin M Laird, 34 Watseka was Eastbound on Walnut and did not realize traffic was stopped. Laird's vehicle then struck a vehicle driven by Kelton D Musgraves, 18 Woodland. The Impact the pushed Musgrave's vehicle into a vehicle driven by Gary A Martin, 64 Milford, No citations were issued.

Watseka Police investigated a two vehicle accident at 6:05 P.M. on July 16th on Jackson near Fourth. According to Police reports a vehicle driven by Nina Varbounker, 93 Watseka struck a vehicle driven by Shirley B Verkler, 66 Watseka. No Citations were issued.

Watseka Police ticketed Maegan D Shields, 43 Danville at 1:28 A.M. on July 17th for driving while license suspended. Shields posted bond and was released.

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Iroquois County Sheriff's Police

On July 12th, 2018, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Anthony T Porter age 25, of South Holland, IL. According to police reports, Porter was wanted on an outstanding Iroquois County warrant charging him with unauthorized state title. Porter was transported to Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond.

 

On July 13th, 2018, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police investigate a two vehicle accident on Co, Rd 1500 N near the intersection with Blue Spruce. According to police reports a vehicle driven by Rodolfo A. Sanchez, age 48, of Onarga, IL. was westbound on Co. Rd. 1500 N when he struck a parked vehicle 

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KAMEG Seized Guns and Drugs

On Sunday, July 15, 2018, at approximately 5:48 p.m., KAMEG Agents executed a search warrant at 369 South Chicago Avenue in Kankakee, Illinois.  Agents seized three firearms, approximately 3.0 grams of cannabis, approximately 3.5 grams of suspected heroin/fentanyl, and approximately 4.0 grams of suspected crack cocaine.  Arrested was Matthew R. Jones, age 27, of Kankakee.  Jones was arrested for Unlawful Possession of a Weapon by a Felon, Unlawful Possession of a Stolen Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Defaced Firearm, and Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver.  Jones was transported and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.  KAMEG was assisted by the Kankakee Police Department.

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Watseka Police Department News 7/13/18

Watseka Police News Release

07-13-18

Watseka Police were called to the 800 block of Franklin Street at 6:39 A.M. regarding a vehicle taken without permission. The vehicle was later located In Woodland.

 

Watseka Police were called to the 400 block of Ralph Street at 8:28 A.M. regarding a suspicious person, Police were unable to locate anyone in the area,

 

Watseka Police were called to the 600 Block of Lincoln Avenue at 9:57 A.M. regarding a suspicious person. Police were unable to locate anyway in the area.

 

Watseka Police were called to a local business in the 500 block of E Walnut at 10:34 A.M. regarding a report of the clerk being threatened with a knife by a customer. Police were then able to review the video and they recognized the suspect as a local resident. Police then located the suspect, Patrick M Laird, 42 Watseka. Laird was charged with Aggravated Assault and Disorderly Conduct. Once Laird was taken into custody, Police located 2 pills on him and he was charged with Possession of a controlled substance. Laird was transported to the Iroquois County jail,

                                                                                                                             

Watseka Police were called to the Watseka Police Department at 11:46 A.M. regarding a theft.

 

Watseka Police were called to the 700 block of Grant at 11:54 A.M. regarding threats being made.

 

 

Watseka Police assisted the Hoopeston Police Department regarding a hit and run that occurred in Hoopeston at 4:56 P.M. Police were able to locate the vehicle and the case was turned over to Hoopeston PD.

Watseka Police Department were called to the 500 block of E Grant at 6:14 P.M. regarding a syringe and drug equipment being found on the property. Police took the items and disposed of them.

 

Watseka Police Department were called to the 900 block of N Jefferson at 8:59 P.M. regarding a violation of an order of protection. After a short investigation Police arrested Rebecca L Williams, 45 Watseka. Williams was charged with violation of an order of protection and disorderly conduct. Williams was transported to the Iroquois County jail.

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Iroquois County Sheriff's Police 7/12/18

On July 10th, 2018, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Cheyenne M, Hollingsworth, age 23, of Onarga. According to police reports, Hollingsworth was wanted on an outstanding Livingston County warrant charging her with possession of a controlled substance, Hollingsworth was aware of her warrant and turned herself into the Iroquois County Jail where she is awaiting extradition back to Livingston County.

 

On July 10th, 2018, Milford Police arrested Joshua E. Kempen, age 28, of Milford. According to police reports, Kempen was wanted on an outstanding Vermilion County warrant charging him with possession of methamphetamine. He was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he was later extradited back to Vermilion County,

 

On July 1 I th, 2018, Gilman Police arrested David R. Blair, age 39, of Gilman. According to police reports, Blair was charged with possession of methamphetamine precursors and possession of a narcotics instrument. He was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond.

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KAMEG Agents make Drug Bust in Kankakee County

 

On Saturday, July 7, 2018, at approximately 7:30 p.m., KAMEG Agents arrested Dewitt L. Holbrook, age 29, of Kankakee, after a traffic stop near 662 West Merchant Street in Kankakee. Dewitt was arrested for three counts of delivery of a controlled substance stemming from previous KAMEG investigations. Holbrook was transported and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

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Iroquois County Sheriff's Police 7/9/18

On July 08th , 20181 Iroquois County Sheriff's Police arrested Jeremiah J. Walker, age 39, of Watseka, IL.According to police reports, Walker was charged with theft under $500 and criminal trespass to property. Walker was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond.

 

On July 09th, 2018, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Toy L. Brown, age 42, of Milford, IL, According to police reports, Brown was charged with possession of drug paraphemalia. Brown was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where she remains in lieu of bond.

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Watseka Police Department News 7/9/18

  1. Angela R. Julian, 24 of Milford was arrested on Saturday July 7, 2018 at

4:02 P.M. in the 200 block of E. Fairman Av. for Domestic battery, after Police were called about a disturbance. She was transported to ICSD Jai) where she awaits a court appearance.

 

  1. Shawn G. Wragg, 43 of Watseka was ticketed on Sunday July 8, 2018 at 10:19 A.M. for Driving while license suspended, He was stopped on Oak St, near 3 rd St. after an Officer ran the registration on his vehicle and It returned that his license was suspended. He posted bond and was released.

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Iroquois County Sheriff's Police 7/9/18

On July 05th , 20181 Iroquois County Sheriffs Police returned from Cook County Jail with Steve Martin, age 48, of Champaign, IL. According to police reports, Martin was wanted on an outstanding Iroquois County warrant charging him with driving while license is revoked. Martin was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond

 

On July 06th, 2018, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Stanley Gossett, age 57, of Milford, IL. According to police reports, Gossett was charged with violation of an order of protection. Gossett was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond.

 

On July 06th, 2018, Milford Police arrested Angela R. Julian, age 24, of Milford, IL. According to police reports, Julian was wanted on an outstanding Iroquois County warrant charging her with retail theft. Julian was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where she remains in lieu of bond.

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Watseka Police Department News 7/6/18

Justin R, Gray (35 years old), of Mllford IL, on 06/29/2018, during a traffic stop, was Issued a traffic citation for driving with a suspended driver's license, Gray posted bond and was released,

 

Christopher M, Ross (32 years old), of Watseka IL, on 07/02/2018, during a traffic stop was arrested on an active warrant from Cook County IL for burglary. Ross was taken to the Iroquois County Jail.

 

Travis L, Houser (27 years old), of Sheldon IL, on 07/02/2018, was arrested for burglary. Houser was taken to the Iroquois County Jail,

 

Paul A. Ross Jr, (32 years old), of Watseka ll., on 07/02/2018, during a traffic stop, was issued a traffic citation for driving with a suspended driver's license, Ross posted bond and was released.

 

Tangeva G, Stevens (29 years old), of Woodland IL, on 07/03/2018, during a traffic stop, was Issued a traffic citation for driving with a suspended driver's license, Stevens posted bond and was released,

 

Amber L, Wood (30 years old), of Stockland IL, on 07/03/2018, during a traffic stop, was issued a traffic citation for driving with a suspended driver's license, Wood posted bond and was released,

 

Cynthia A. Erwin (65 years old), of Watseka tL, on 07/04/2018, was issued a parking citation for parking where prohibited (parking in front of a fire hydrant), Erwin posted bond and was released.

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Iroquois County Sheriff's Police 7/4/18

On July 04th , 2018, Sheldon Police arrested Anthony W, Littlejohn, age 50, of Sheldon, IL. According to police reports, Littlejohn was wanted on an outstanding Iroquois County warrant charging him with unlawful delivery of cannabis. Littlejohn was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond.

 

On July 04h 2018, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Roger Thompson, age 36, of Woodland, IL. According to police reports, Thornpson was wanted on two outstanding Iroquois County warrants charging him with domestic battery and battery, Thompson was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he later posted bond and was released.

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Watseka Police Department News 7/2/18

  1. Police Investigated an accident which occurred on Friday June 29, 2018 at 2:42 P.M. in the Casey's parking lot. A vehicle driven by Dustina M. Stringham, 31 of Stockland was pulling in a parking space, when she collided wlth a vehicle driven by Tyler S. Smith, 47 of Valparaiso, IN that was backing from a parking space. No injuries were reported and no citations were issued.
  2. Brittany N. Ealy, 26 of Sheldon was ticketed on Friday June 29, 2018 at 6:17 P.M. for No valid registration and Operation of an uninsured motor vehicle after she was stopped on S, Belmont Av. near E. Fajrman Av. for the registration. She posted bond and was released.
  3. Harry D. Branch, 70 of Watseka was ticketed on Friday June 29, 2018 at 6:48 P.M. for Failure to wear a seat belt and Operatlon of an uninsured motor vehicle, after he was stopped for the seat belt violation on E. Walnut St, near 8th Street. A passenger in the vehicle, Tammy T. Wolf, 38 of Watseka was also ticketed for failure to wear a seat belt. They both posted bond and were released.
  4. Christopher J. Latty, 23 of Kankakee was ticketed on Friday June 29, 2018 at 7:37 P.M. for Operation of an uninsured motor vehlcle, after he was stopped on W. Walnut St. near S. Yount Avenue, He posted bond and was released.
  5. Joshua T. Berry, 31 of Watseka was arrested on Saturday June 30, 2018 at 1:39 A.M. for Retail theft from Casey's. He was transported to ICSD Jail where he later posted bond and was released.

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Iroquois County Sheriff's Police 7/2/18

On June 29th, 2018, Gilman Police arrested Helen A. Kollar, age 26, of Gilman, According to police reports, Kollar was wanted on an outstanding Kankakee County warrant charging her with retail theft as well as a DuPage County warrant charging her with burglary. She was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where she remains awaiting extradition back to Kankakee and DuPage Counties.

 

 

On July 1, 2018, Janifa Neiman, age 28, of Crescent City turned herself into the Iroquois County Jail to begin a 30 day sentence for unlaMul possession of a controlled substance.

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Iroquois County Sheriff's Police 6/28/18

On June 28th, 2018, Milford Police arrested Jacob P. Johnson, age 34, of Cissna Park, IL. According to police reports, Johnson was wanted on an outstanding Iroquois County warrant for failure to appear for forgery. Johnson was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond.

 

On June 28th, 2018, Gilman Police arrested David N, Kraft, age 19, of Gilman, IL. According to police reports, Kraft was charged with theft under $500. Kraft was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond.

 

On June 28th , 2018, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Carnell L. Dougherty, age 19, of Waukegan, IL. According to police reports, Dougherty was wanted on an outstanding Lake County warrant and also charge driving while license suspended and possession of cannabis. Dougherty was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond.

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Illinois State Police District 21 is reporting the arrest of Richard J. Coatney, 57, of St. Anne and Rachel C. Harms, 22, of Crestwood for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol.

 
On June 26, 2018 at approximately 8:21 P.M., an Illinois State Trooper was dispatched to a reckless driver on Route 17 eastbound at 5500 E. Road in Kankakee County.  A Kankakee County Deputy observed the vehicle traveling all over the roadway.   The vehicle was stopped and the trooper spoke with the driver, Richard Coatney.  Coatney showed signs of alcohol impairment.  Coatney was placed under arrest and transported to the Kankakee County Jail for processing.  Coatney was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and issued citations for improper lane usage and expired driver’s license. 
 
On June 27, 2018 at approximately 9:37 P.M., an Illinois State Trooper was on patrol in Kankakee County.  The trooper observed a vehicle traveling above the posted speed limit, swerving all over the roadway, fail to yield to a stranded vehicle on the shoulder, and fail to signal when required.  The trooper stopped the vehicle and spoke with the driver, Rachel Harms.  Harms showed signs of alcohol impairment.  Harms was placed under arrest and transported to the Kankakee County Jail for processing.  Harms was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol.  Harms was also issued citations for improper lane usage, speeding, improper passing of a stranded vehicle, failure to signal when changing lanes, and operating an uninsured motor vehicle

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Iroquois County Sheriff's Police 6/26/18

On June 26th, 2018, Iroquois County Sheriff's Police arrested William E. Spence Il, age 36, of Ashkum, IL, According to police reports, Spence was wanted on an outstanding Iroquois County Warrant charging him with failure to appear for failure to return from furlough. Spence was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond-

On June 26th, 2018, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Jennifer L. Wasner, age 35, of Martinton, IL, According to police reports, Wasner was wanted on an outstanding Iroquois County Warrant charging her with failure to appear for deceptive practice. Wasner was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where she remains in lieu of bond.

On June 26th, 2018, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police returned from Kankakee County Jail with Eric J.Madding, age 41, of Wilmington, IL. According to police reports, Madding was wanted on an outstanding Iroquois County Warrant charging him with writ of body. Madding was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond,

On June 26th, 2018, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Jason A. Woods, age 44, of Cissna Park, IL. According to police reports, Woods was wanted on an outstanding Vermilion County Warrant charging him with failure to appear for driving while license is suspended. Woods was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond-

On June 26th, 2018, Wikki D, Franklin, age 42, of Dalton, IL. turned herself in to the Iroquois County Jail. Franklin was wanted on an outstanding Effingham County warrant for failure to appear for driving while license is suspended. Franklin later posted bond and was released.

On June 26th , 2018, Gilman Police arrested Scott P, Shreffler, age 48, of Gilman, JL. According to police reports, Shreffler was wanted on an outstanding Iroquois County Warrant charging him with failure to appear for bad checks. Shreffler was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond.

On June 26th, 2018, Milford Police arrested Timmy J. Deaton, age 36, of Milford,lL. According to police reports, Deaton was wanted on an outstanding Kankakee County Warrant charging him with retail theft and possession of methamphetamine. Deaton was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond.

On June 23rd , 2018, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police investigated a two vehicle accident on Co. Rd, 1400 E. and Co. Rd- 400 N, According to police reports, a vehicle being driven by Dennis L. Walder, age 68, of Cissna Park was traveling eastbound on Co. Rd. 400 N when it came to a stop at the intersection with Co. Rd. 1400 E. Walder proceeded into the intersection where a vehicle being driven by seventeen year old male was northbound on Co. Rd 1400E. The seventeen year old male tried to avoid Walder but struck Walded$ vehicle. Both parties were transported to Carle Hospital to be treated for injuries and both vehicles sustained over $1500 in damages- Walder was issued a citation for failure to yield at an intersection.

On June 23rd, 2018, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police investigated a single vehicle car deer accident on

Co. Rd. 100 N. near Co. Rd. 2900 E. According to police reports, a vehicle being driven by Mayte Montes, age 19, of Danville, IL. was traveling eastbound on Co. Rd. 100 N when a deer ran into the roadway, Montes struck the deer causing over $1500 in damages. No injuries were reported and no citatjons were issued,

 

 

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ISP DUI Arrests

ASHKUM, IL- Illinois State Police (ISP) District 21 is reporting the arrest of Ashley D.

Rounds, 32, of Thawville; Alan B. Nottke, 35, of Kankakee; Christopher M. Brown, 34, of Cedar Lake, IN; Janice M. Moore, 52, of Terre Haute, IN; and Judith A. LaFond, 54, of Kankakee all for Driving Under the Influence.

 


On June 21, 2018 at approximately 12:28 P.M., an Illinois State Trooper was on patrol in Iroquois County.  The trooper observed a vehicle fail to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of I-57 and Route 54.  The trooper stopped the vehicle a spoke with the driver, Ashley Rounds.  Rounds’ 10 year old son was in the vehicle.  Rounds showed signs of alcohol impairment.  Rounds was placed under arrest and transported to the Iroquois County Jail for processing.  Rounds’ 10 year old son was released to a family member.  Rounds was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and Child Endangerment.  Rounds was also issued a citation for failure to stop at a stop sign.  

 

 

On June 22, 2018 at approximately 11:18 P.M., an Illinois State Trooper was on patrol in Kankakee County.   The trooper observed a vehicle with no headlights activated on Station St. at Washington Ave.  The trooper stopped the vehicle and spoke with the driver, Alan Nottke.  Nottke showed signs of drug impairment.  A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed a loaded firearm and 9.7 grams of Methamphetamine.  Nottke was placed under arrest and transported to the Kankakee County Jail for processing.  Nottke was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Drugs, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon by a Felon, Possession of a Stolen Firearm, and Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Deliver.  Nottke was also issued citations for improper lighting and operating uninsured motor vehicle.

 

On June 24, 2018 at approximately 7:14 P.M., an Illinois State Trooper was on patrol in Iroquois County.  The trooper observed a truck tractor semi-trailer run off the roadway to right several times on I-57 southbound at milepost 292.  The trooper stopped the vehicle and spoke with the driver, Christopher Brown.  Brown showed signs of drug impairment.  A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed several hypodermic syringes and other drug paraphernalia.  Brown was placed under arrest and transported to the Iroquois County jail for processing.  Brown was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Drugs and Possession of Hypodermic Syringes.  Brown was also issued citations for improper lane usage, and possession of drug paraphernalia.  

 

On June 24, 2018 at approximately 7:21 P.M., an Illinois State Trooper was dispatched to a single vehicle crash on Route 17 at 17000 W. Road in Kankakee County.  The driver was transported to Riverside Hospital with minor injuries.  The trooper arrived at the hospital and spoke with the driver, Janice Moore.  Moore showed signs of alcohol impairment.  After being released from the hospital, Moore was placed under arrest and transported to the Kankakee County Jail for processing.  Moore was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and issued citations for improper lane usage and illegal transportation of open alcohol.

 

On June 24, 2018 at approximately 10:47 P.M., an Illinois State Trooper was on patrol in Kankakee County.  The trooper observed a vehicle weaving all over the roadway on Washington Ave. at Jeffery St. in Kankakee.  The trooper stopped the vehicle and spoke with the driver Judith Lafond.  Lafond showed signs of alcohol impairment.  Lafond was placed under arrest and transported to the Kankakee County Jail for processing.  Lafond was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol.  Lafond was issued citations for driving while license suspended, improper lane usage, and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. 

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Iroquois County Sheriff's Police 6/24/18

 

On June 22nd, 2018) Milford Police arrested Ricardo Espinoza Jr, age 37, of Milford. According to police reports, Espinoza was charged with battery and resisting arrest after police were called to a disturbance in the 100 block of South New St. in Milford. Espinoza was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond and was released.

 

On June 24th, 2018, Milford Police arrested Andrew D Stichnoth, age 27, of Watseka. According to police reports, Stichnoth was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. He was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond and was released,

 

On June 24th, 2018, Sheldon Police arrested Brandon J, Wood, age 34. According to police reports, wood was wanted on an outstanding Iroquois 'County Warrant charging him with failure to appear for driving while license revoked. He was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond.

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Fatal Car Accident in Kankakee County

 

 

 

 

WHAT:

 

 

Fatal Crash

WHERE:

 

 

I-57 Northbound at Milepost 313 (Kankakee County)

WHEN:

 

 

Thursday, June 21, 2018, 1:06 p.m.

VEHICLE:

 

Unit One   2015 Mitsubishi Hatchback

             

 

Unit Two:  2012 Kenworth Truck Tractor Semi-Trailer

             

 

                                                                                                 

DRIVER:

 

Unit One:  Jamie Corsaro, 42, Peotone

             

 

Unit Two:  Edward E. Hesterberg Sr., 77, Gifford

 

PRELIMINARY:          Preliminary investigation has indicated the Mitsubishi was traveling

northbound on I-57 at milepost 313 in the left lane.  The Semi was traveling at the same location in the right lane.  The driver of the Mitsubishi lost control of the vehicle and struck the right guard rail.  The Mitsubishi then re-entered the roadway and crossed both northbound lanes striking the left guard rail.  The Mitsubishi then re-entered the roadway again, into the path of the Semi.  The Semi struck the Mitsubishi.  The driver of the Mitsubishi was transported to St. Mary’s  Hospital where she was pronounced deceased.  

 

 

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Iroquois County Sheriff's Police 6/21/18

On June 21 st, 2018, Elizabeth M. Tiffany, age 47, of Watseka, IL. turned herself into Iroquois County Jail for an outstanding Iroquois County warrant for failure to appear on contempt of court. Elizabeth later posted bond and was released.

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Watseka Police Department News 6/20/18

Police investigated an accident which occurred on Tuesday June 19, 2018 at 3:40 P.M. in the Walmart parking lot. Aiden T. Caposieno, 18 of Donovan was pulling from a parking space, when he struck a vehicle driven by Judith A. Yergler, 56 of Crescent that was driving through the parking lot, No injuries were reported and no citations were issued.

 

 Police investigated an accident which occurred on Wednesday June 20, 2018 at 10:45 A.M. in the Riverside Medical parking lot, Kristin G. Carson, 37 of Herscher was pulling from a parking space, when she struck a vehicle driven by Becky L. Pries, 38 of Woodland that was driving through the parking lot. No injuries were reported and no citations were issued.

 

 Police Investigated an accident which occurred on Wednesday June 20, 2018 at 11:55 A,M, in the 100 block of N. 8th Street, A vehicle driven by Ricardo R. Ortiz, 32 of Plainfield was pulling into a parking lot, when he struck a parked and unoccupied vehicle owned by Accel Entertainment of Lemont. No injuries were reported and no citations were issued.

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Iroquois County Sheriff's Police 6/20/18

On June 19th, 2018, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Eric P. Moore, age 27, of Martinton, IL, According to police reports, Moore was charged with criminal damage to property over $500, burglary, and theft over $500. Moore was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond.

 

 

On June 19th, 2018, Gilman Police arrested Michael T. Collins, age 46, of Gilman, IL. According to Police reports, Collins was charged with domestic battery. Collins was transported to Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond.

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Watseka Police Department News 6/19/18

  1. Police investigated a hit and accident which occurred on Friday June 15,

2018 at 11:45 A.M. in the Big R parking lot. Lawrence A, Godbold, 67 of Watseka was ticketed for Failure to give information after striking an unattended vehicle, which belonged to Timothy A. Miller of Onarga. Godbold was given a notjce to appear.

  1. Pollce investigated an accident which occurred on Tuesday June 19, 2018 at 1:03 P.M. at the Rt. 1 and Rt. 24 west Junction, A vehicle driven by Lorene E, Brown, 68 of Onarga was west bound on Rt. 24 when a vehicle driven by Shirley M, McCullough 86 of Watseka was southbound on Rt. 1. According to witnesses McCullough disobeyed the red light and struck the side of Brown's vehicle as it passed through the intersection, No injuries were reported and no citations were issued.
  2. Justin E, Morgan, 25 of Mishawaka, IN was ticketed on Frlday June 15, 2018 at 5:59 P.M. for Speeding on N. Jefferson St. near W. Washington Street. He posted bond and was released.
  3. At the conclusion of an investigation into property that occurred in the 100 block of W. Juanita Av., Daren E. Carter, 44 of Watseka was arrested on Thursday June 17, 2018 at 9:30 P.M. in the 800 block of S. 3 rd St. for Criminal damage to property. He posted bond and was released,
  4. Scott J. Baker, 46 of Watseka was arrested on Thursday June 14, 2018 at 11:13 P.M. in the 100 block of S. 2nd St. for Pedestrian under the influence, after an Officer saw him staggering into the roadway. He was transported to ICSD jail where he later posted bond and was released.
  5. Donald E. Madison, 39 of Watseka was arrested on Friday June 15, 2018 at 7:31 P.M. on an Iroquois County warrant charging him with FTA— Criminal trespass to residence. He was arrested after an Officer recognized him walking on E. Oak St. near N. 8th St, and was aware of a active warrant. He was transported to ICSD Jail where he remains in custody,
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  7. Shannon M. Neuberg (Tiffany), 46 of Watseka was arrested on Sunday June 17, 2018 at 9:15 A.M. in the 300 block of W, Victory st. for Domestic Battery, after Police were dispatched to a residence there for a disturbance. She was transported to ICSD jail where she remains in custody.

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Iroquois County Sheriff's Police 6/18/18

On June 15th, 2018, Iroquois County Sheriff's Police arrested Nicholas J. Davis, age 29, of Sheldon. According to police reports, Davis was wanted on an outstanding Lawrence County Missouri warrant, He was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains awaiting extradition back to Lawrence County.

 
   


On June 15th, 2018, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Thomas C. Wilson, age 54, of Donovan. According to police reports, Wilson was wanted on an outstanding Iroquois County warrant charging him with violation of an order of protection, Wilson was aware of his warrant and turned himself into the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond and was released.

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Car Crash Claims the Life of Husband and Wife from Watseka.

The Following Preliminary Information is Being Released by Illinois State Police 

District 21

 

 

 

WHAT:             

 

Fatal Crash

WHERE:          

 

Route 24 @ Oppyville Rd, Watseka (Iroquois County)

WHEN:             

 

Sunday, June 17, 2018, 2:14 p.m.

VEHICLE:        

Unit One:  2016 Red Chrysler Town and Country

                         

Unit Two:  2015 Tan Chevrolet Silverado 3500

                         

                                                                                                 

DRIVER:          

Unit One:  John R. Dowling, 84, Watseka (Deceased)

                         

 

Unit Two:  Dennis A. Olp, 56, Desert Hills, AZ

PASSENGERS:

Unit One:  Reta A. Dowling, 84, Watseka (Deceased)

    

Unit Two:  Diana Lynne Olp, 56, Knox, IN

PRELIMINARY: 

Preliminary investigation has indicated the Chrysler was traveling eastbound on US 24 near Oppyville Road as the Chevrolet was traveling westbound at the same location. The Chrysler entered the westbound lane of traffic which resulted in a head-on collision with the Chevrolet. The driver of the Chrysler was pronounced deceased on scene by the Iroquois County Coroner. The front seat passenger of the Chrysler and both occupants of the Chevrolet were transported to Iroquois Memorial Hospital. The occupants of the Chevrolet were later transported to Carle Hospital in Champaign with non-life threatening injuries.  The passenger of the Chrysler was air lifted to Carle Hospital in Champaign where she later passed away.  

 

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Iroquois County Sheriff's Police 6/14/18

On June 14th , 2018, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Anita Ponton, age 27, of Clifton, IL. According to police reports, Ponton was charged with possession of a narcotic instrument and possession of drug paraphernalia. Ponton was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where she remains in lieu of bond.

 

On June 14th 2018, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Kathleen L. Powell, age 21, of Ashkum, IL. According to police reports, Powell was charged with theft. Powell was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where she remains in lieu of bond.

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Illinois State Police (ISP) District 21 is reporting the arrest of Cedric D. Taylor Jr., 27, of Chicago for Possession of Cannabis Over 30 Grams.

On June 13, 2018 at approximately 11:13 P.M., an Illinois State Trooper was on patrol in Iroquois County.  The trooper observed a vehicle traveling above the posted speed limit on I-57 southbound at milepost 279.  The trooper stopped the vehicle and spoke with the occupants.  A subsequent search of vehicle revealed 114.5 grams of cannabis and drug paraphernalia.  The passenger, Cedric Taylor Jr., was placed under arrest and transported to the Iroquois County Jail for processing.  Taylor was charged with Possession of Cannabis Over 30 Grams, Delivery of Cannabis Over 30 Grams and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

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Two Charged in Kankakee County with Drugs and Gun

On Thursday, June 07, 2018, at approximately 11:06 p.m., KAMEG agents arrested Rodney K. Allen, age 26, of Kankakee, IL, and Brandon D. Adams, age 24, of Kankakee, IL. Allen and Adams were occupants in a vehicle stopped at the intersection of E Risser St / S Albert St, Kankakee, IL, which resulted in the seizure of approximately 4.5 grams of suspected ecstasy, 13.8 grams of suspected cannabis, .7 grams of suspected crack cocaine, and a semi-automatic handgun.

Allen was charged with driving while license suspended, unlawful possession of cannabis with intent to deliver, and unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

Adams was charged with armed violence, possession of a weapon by felon, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, and unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

Allen and Adams were transported to and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

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Watseka Police Department News 6/12/18

Candace Pinkstaff, 21 of Bridgeport IL was involved in a traffic accident in the 500 block of S. 3 rd St. on Tuesday. She was issued citations for operation of an uninsured motor vehicle and no valid driver's license. No injuries were reported. She posted bond and was released.

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Iroquois County Emergency Management Agency Plans Local Meeting

The Iroquois County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) is working to update the county-wide natural hazard mitigation plan. The purpose of this five year plan is to identify the natural hazards communities are susceptible, how vulnerable the population and infrastructure is to said hazards, and then identify strategies to lessen the severity of those hazards. This is a collaborative effort, and municipalities that would like to participate in the plan should send representatives to the planning meetings. Public participation is also encouraged. 
 
The next meeting will be at the Crescent City Community Center located on the corner of Main Street and S. Colfax Street on the 21st June 2018, at 7 P.M. Municipalities or other entities that will be sending representatives are asked to RSVP to Iroquois County EMA at (815) 432-6997. General public participants do not need to register. 
 
 

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Iroquois County Sheriff's Police 6/10/18

On June 9th, 2018, Iroquois County Sheriff's Police arrested Micah M. Redeckec, age 22, of Watseka. According to police reports, Redecker 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 remains in lieu of bond

 

On June 9th , 2018, Sheldon Police arrested Nicholas J, Davis, age 29, of Sheldon. According to police reports, Davis was charged with aggravated domestic batteryv He was transported to the Iroquois County Jai( where he remains in lieu of bond-

 

On June 8th , 2018, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Brian D, Walwer, age 34, of Woodland According to police reports, Walwer was charged with driving while license revoked and operation of an uninsured motor vehicle. He was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond and was released.

 

On June 8th, 2018, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Michael A. Dou, age 36, of Bradley, According to police reports, Dou was wanted on an outstanding Iroquois County warrant charging him with forgery. He was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond and was released.

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Watseka Police Department News

  1. Jammie M, Gale (Rodgers), 36 of Watseka was arrested on Wednesday June 6, 2018 at 6:31 P.M. for Retail theft from Walmart, She was transported to ICSD jail where she later posted bond and was released.
  2. Kylie M. Schwartz, 23 of Wellington was arrested on Wednesday April 6, 2018 at 7:27 P.M. for Retail theft from Walmart, She was transported to ICSD jail where she later posted bond and was released.
  3. James R, Huckleby, 51 of Watseka was arrested on Sunday June 10, 2018 at 9:50 in the 300 block of E. Cherry St. for Domestic battery, after Police were called to a residence there for a disturbance. He was transported to ICSD jail where he awaits a court appearance.

4, Morris J. Waren, 60 of Chicago was arrested on Sunday June 10, 2018 at 12:41 A.M€ for Driving under the influence of alcohol and Possession of a controlled substance after he was stopped for Improper lane usage and for having only one headlight illuminated, He was transported to ICSD

 

jail where he was ticketed for Improper lane usage, Improper lighting, Operation of an uninsured motor vehicle and Illegal transportation of alcohol by a driver, He awaits a court appearance,

  • Christian Garcia, 18 of Watseka and Jeffrey Petersen, 42 of

Watseka were involved in a rollover accident on S. 5th and

Fairman Ave. on Wednesday. Garcia was transported to I.M.H€ She also received citations for speeding and disobeying a stop sign.

  • Mark Burdick, 52 of Watseka was issued a City Citation for inoperable / abandoned vehicle in the 800 block of W, Main St. on Saturday.

e Steven Long, 52 of Watseka was issued a City Citation for Trash / Debris / Tires in yard in the 100 block of W. Oak St. on Saturday.

  • Samantha Nelson, of Watseka was issued a City Citation for Trash / Debris in the 400 block of N.2 nd St. on Saturday, e Christian Johnson, 25 of Watseka was issued a City Citation for excessive grass height in the 400 block of E. Cherry Ste on Saturdaye e Ginger Searle, 45 of Watseka was issued a City Citation for excessive grass height in the 300 block of W. Park Ave, on Saturday.
  • Jerry Neuberg, 42 of Watseka was issued a City Citation for excessive grass height jn the 300 block of W. Victory Sta on Saturday.

e Patrick Tiffany, 68 of Watseka was issued a City Citation for excessive grass height in the 300 block of W. Victory St. on Saturday.

 

 Claudio Garcia, of Watseka was issued a City Citation for excessive grass height in the 200 block of E. Hickory St. on Saturday.

 

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Iroquois County Sheriff's Police 6/7/18

On June 07th, 2018, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police returned from Hoopeston Police Department with

Tierra L. Kelly, age 22, of Rankin, IL. According to police reports Kelly was wanted on an outstanding Iroquois County warrant charging her with theft over $500, Kelly was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where she posted the required bond and was released.

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Iroquois County Sheriff's Police 6/6/18

On June 5th, 2018, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police investigated a two vehicle accident at the Casey's in Crescent City. According to police reports Valerie L. Kuchel, age 41, of Gilman, IL. was backing out of a parking spot in the Casey's parking lot when she struck a vehicle being driven by Jane E. Sisco, age 70, of Watseka, IL. Both vehicles sustained over $1500 in damages. No citations were issued and no injuries were reported.

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Watseka Police Department News 6/5/18

  • Rosemarie Mischke, 45 of Thawville and Judith Hoover, 61 of Watseka were involved in a traffic accident in the 400 block of W. Walnut Ste on Tuesday. No injuries were reported and no citations were issued.
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Jennifer Young, 42 of Watseka was involved in a traffic accident in the 10 block of W. Oak St. on Tuesday. She was issued a citation for no proof of insurance. No injuries were reported.

  • Devonte Moore, 22 of Watseka was arrested and transported to ICC,J. on Tuesday, for Battery and violation of bail bond.
  • Heather Pluhowsky, 45 of Watseka was arrested for criminal trespass to property on Monday. She was transported to I„C.J, and later posted bond and was released,

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ISP Release Update for Arrest for Criminal Damage to Vehicles – Interstate 74

On March 30th, the Illinois State Police was initially dispatched to two separate incidents in regard to driver side window damage.  At that time, the Illinois State Police began investigating the matter with suspicion that person or persons were intentionally targeting motor vehicles with the intent to cause harm or damage. 
During the course of the next two months, the Illinois State Police followed up on multiple leads, conducted numerous interviews, and conducted multiple proactive enforcement operations in attempt to apprehend the person or persons responsible for these acts.  We take these acts of violence very seriously as they represent clear and present danger to the public and have the capacity to create serious injuries, crashes, and/or kill the innocent motoring public. 
Throughout the course of the investigation, we were able to identify a suspect.  Armed with that information, on Friday, June 1, 2018, Illinois State Police conducted a covert operation resulting in a felony stop and arrest of Kevin L. Casey of Janesville, WI.  There are currently fourty-five damage to vehicle incidents being investigated at this time across Champaign, Vermilion, Piatt, and DeWitt Counties.  The investigation also includes multiple states to the east including Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, and Virginia.   
This investigation was truly like finding a needle in a haystack and the Illinois State Police is pleased to report this arrest due to its significance in ensuring public safety.   
 
 
 
 
The success of this investigation was a joint effort involving numerous entities.  The Special Agents within Illinois State Police Zone 5 Investigations, Patrol Troopers from the Illinois State Police District 6 and District 10 Headquarters, the Champaign and Vermillion County State’s Attorneys Offices, Champaign County Sheriff’s Department, Champaign Police Department, Urbana Police Department, Oakwood Police Department, and the many other entities within the Illinois State Police which assisted during the course of this investigation. 
This case is still under investigation.

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Iroquois County Sheriff's Police 3/3/18

On June 1st, 2018, Iroquois County Sheriff's Police arrested Chad W, Baker, age 43, of Sheldon, According to police reports Baker was wanted on an outstanding Iroquois County warrant charging him with failure to appear for burglary. He was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond and was released.

 

On June 1st, 2018, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Michael L. McKinney, age 41, of Watseka. According to police reports, McKinney was wanted on an outstanding Iroquois County warrant charging him with harassment through electronic communications. McKinney was aware of his warrant and turned himseif into the Iroquois County Jai' where he posted the required bond and was released.

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Watseka Police Department News 6/3/18

 Verdell S, Caldwell, 45 of Watseka was arrested on Sunday June 3, 2018 at 1:37 P.M. in the 400 block of N, 5th St. for Domestic battery, after Police were called to a residence there for a disturbance, He was transported to ICSD jail where he awaits a court appearance.

 

 Nathan M. Walwer, 34 of Watseka was arrested on Sunday June 3, 2018 at 8:26 P.M. on W. North St. at the intersection with N, 2 nd Sta after Police received a call about a possibly intoxicated male subject walking with a small child. He was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, Pedestrian under the influence, and Child endangerment. He was transported to ICSD jail where he awaits a court appearance,

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Iroquois County Sheriff's Police 6/1/18

On May 30th, 2018, Onarga Police arrested James R, Nelsons, age 32, of Onarga, according to police reports, Nelson was charged with aggravated domestic battery, criminal damage to property, aggravated assault, aggravated unlawful restraint, criminal trespass to property, and disorderly conduct . Nelson was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond

 

On May 31st, 2018, Iroquois County Sheriff's Police arrested Robert E. Barker, age 59, of Danville, IL. According to police reports, Barker was wanted on an outstanding Iroquois County warrant for theft He was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond.

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Watseka Police Department News 6/1/18

Police investigated an accident which occurred on Friday May 25, 2018 at 2:33 P.M. on W. North St. at the intersection with N. Kay Street. A vehicle driven by Michael J. Smith, 58 of Chebanse was east bound on North St. , when a vehicle driven by Heather A. Bennett, 33 of Watseka was north bound on Kay, stopped at the stop sign, but then pulled out and struck the rear of Smith's vehicle. No inJurles were reported, and no citations were issued.

 

 Police Investiated an accident which occurred on Wednesday May 30,

2018 at 5:15 P.M. In the Dollar General parking lot, A vehicle driven by Brooke E. Davis, 21 of Gilman was backing from a parking space, when she struck a parked and unoccupied vehicle owned by James D,Rushbrook of Watseka, No injuries were reported and no citations were issued.

 

Jeremy J. Laird, 37 of Watseka was ticketed on Wednesday May 30, 2018 at 9:57 A.M. for Disobeying a stop sign on North St. at N. Street, He posted bond and was released.

 

Rhonda M. Prater, 52 of Sheldon, Cassandra L. Warfield, 27 of Watseka, and Valerie A. Zachgo 51 of Watseka, were al! issued city ordinance citations for excessive grass heights, after failing to comply with 7 day notices of the violations at properties they own in the city of Watseka. They were all given notices to pay or appear in city court.

 

Joshua D. Huff, 43 of Watseka was arrested on Frlday May 25, 2018 at 3:08 P.M. in the 100 block of W. Oak St. for Violating an order of protection, after Pollce were called to a residence there for an unwanted subject, He was transported to ICSD jail and remains in custody.

 

 Teresa D, Brady, 49 of Watseka was arrested on Wednesday May 30, 2018 at 6:58 P.M. in the 700 block of W. Walnut st. on a Kankakee County warrant charging her with FTA — No valld driver's license. She was arrested after an Officer saw her and another subject arguing while walking and made contact with them. Brady was found to have and active warrant. She was transported to ICSD jail, where she was also charged with Possession of a controlled substance, Possession of hypodermic needles, and Possession of drug paraphernalia, She remains in custody,

 

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Deadline to pay the first installment of real estate taxes without penalty

County Treasurer, Mindy Kuntz Hagan, announced that the deadline to pay the first installment of real estate taxes without penalty is Tuesday, June 5, 2018.  After that date, 1 ½ percent penalty on all property must be added to the first installment each month it remains unpaid, according to the Illinois State Statutes.

 

            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 Iroquois County including Iroquois Federal, Commonwealth Credit Union and First State Bank of Forrest.  If you pay in person, please bring the entire bill if you want a receipt.  If you mail your payment and wish to have a receipt, you must enclose the entire bill plus a self-addressed stamped envelope.

 

            When paying by credit or debit card, taxpayers should call the Treasurer’s Office first at 815-432-6985 to verify the amount owed and to receive an authorization code.  Taxpayers then have the choice of calling a toll free number or paying online.  A service fee is charged by Government Payment Service depending on the amount charged.

 

            Remember that a drop box has been installed at the Administrative Center near the entrance of the 911 Center.  Taxpayers can drop off their real estate tax payments during non-office hours.

 

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ISP DUI Arrests

Illinois State Police (ISP) District 21 is reporting the arrest of Paris L. Myhand, 37, of Kankakee; Kolton R. Koch, 23, of Clifton; Tyler O. Smith, 25, of Manteno; Dragan D. Suznjevic, 27, of Kankakee; and Marcquita P. Williams, 29, of Bourbonnais all for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol. 
 
On May 26, 2018 at approximately 2:30 A.M., an Illinois State Trooper was on patrol in Kankakee County.  The trooper observed a vehicle swerving all over the roadway and fail to signal when changing lanes on Court Street at Fairmont in Kankakee.  The trooper stopped the vehicle and spoke with the driver, Paris Myhand.  Myhand showed signs of alcohol impairment.  Myhand was placed under arrest and transported to the Kankakee County Jail for processing.  Myhand was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and Driving While License Revoked.  Myhand was also issued citations for improper lane usage, failure to signal when required, and operating an uninsured motor vehicle.   
 
On May 27, 2018 at approximately 2:04 A.M., an Illinois State Trooper was on patrol in Kankakee County.  The trooper observed a vehicle swerving all over the roadway and speeding on Schuyler Avenue at South Tech Drive in Kankakee.  The trooper stopped the vehicle and spoke with the driver, Kolton Koch.  Koch showed signs of alcohol impairment.  Koch was placed under arrest and transported to the Kankakee County Jail for processing.  Koch was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and issued citations for improper lane usage, speeding, and operating an uninsured motor vehicle.   
 
On May 27, 2018 at approximately 11:16 P.M., an Illinois State Trooper was on patrol in Kankakee County.  The trooper was traveling southbound on Route 45/52 at 10000N Road when another vehicle traveling northbound swerved into the trooper’s lane almost hitting the trooper’s vehicle.  The trooper stopped the vehicle and spoke with the driver, Tyler Smith.  Smith showed signs of alcohol impairment.  Smith was placed under arrest and transported to the Kankakee County Jail for processing.  Smith was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and issued citations for improper lane usage, illegal transportation of alcohol, and disobeying a traffic control device.   
 
On May 28, 2018 at approximately 6:36 A.M., an Illinois State Trooper was dispatched to crash on Route 17 at 7000 W Road in Kankakee County.  Due to injuries sustained from the crash the driver, Dragan Suznjevic, was transported to Riverside Hospital. The trooper arrived at the hospital and spoke with Suznjevic.  Suznjevic showed signs of alcohol impairment.  Suznjevic was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol.  Suznjevic was also issued citations for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, disobeying a traffic control device, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, illegal transportation of alcohol, possession of cannabis under 30 grams, and possession of drug paraphernalia. 
 
On May 29, 2018 at approximately 12:29 A.M., an Illinois State Trooper was on patrol in 
Kankakee County.  The trooper observed a vehicle traveling all over the roadway on I57 southbound at milepost 308.  The trooper stopped the vehicle and spoke with the driver, Marcquita Williams.  Williams showed signs of alcohol impairment.  Williams was placed under arrest and transported to the Kankakee County Jail for processing.  Williams was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, Driving While License Revoked, and Obstructing Identification.  Williams was also issued citations for improper lane usage and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. 
 

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3 Guns of the street in Kankakee County

On Monday, May 28, 2018, at approximately 7:56 p.m., KAMEG agents arrested Larry L. Dorsey, age 30, of Pembroke Township, IL, and Taynsha Smith, age 30, of Pembroke Township, IL. Dorsey and Smith were occupants in a vehicle stopped in the area of 2000 S 13000 E Rd, Pembroke Township, IL, which resulted in the seizure of three (3) semi-automatic handguns with one of the handguns equipped with an extended magazine and suppressor.

Dorsey and Smith were charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.

Dorsey and Smith were transported to and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

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Iroquois County Sheriff's Police 5/24/18

On May 22nd, 2018, Iroquois County Sheriff's Police arrested Nicole A. Menigoz, age 20, of Gilman, IL. According to police reports, Menigoz was charged with aggravated battery to a Police Officer. Menigoz was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where she remains in lieu of bond.

 

On May 22 nd, 2018, Gilman Police arrested Terry L. Blair, age 24, of Gilman, IL. According to police reports, Blair was charged domestic battery, Blair was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond,

 

On May 22nd, 2018, Gilman Police arrested Manuel N. Delgado, age 29, of Thawville, IL. According to police repons, Delgado was wanted on an outstanding Iroquois County warrant for aggravated fleeing and eluding. Delgado was transported to the Iroquois County Jai! where he later posted bond and was released.

 

On May 22nd, 2018, Dustin M. Behrends, age 21, of Danforth, IL. turned himself into the Iroquois CountyJail on an Iroquois County warrant for theft. Behrends later posted bond and was released,

On May 23 rd, 2018, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Devonte J, Moore, age 22, of Onarga, IL. According to police reports, Moore was charged with criminal trespass to property and robbery. Moore was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond.

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Watseka Police Department News 5/24/18

Police investigated an accident which occurred on Monday May 21,

2018 at 3:29 P.M. on E. North St. near N. 4th Street. A vehicle driven by Dorothy K, Cresswell, 71 of Watseka was backing out of a driveway, when she struck a parked but occupied school bus. No injuries were reported and no citations were issued.

 

 Police investigated an accident which occurred on Wednesday May 23,

2018 at 12:28 P.M. in the Walmart parking lot. Vehicles driven by Shelby K. Naese, 18 of Watseka and Deborah K. Menke, 78 of Bourbonnais, were both backing out of parking spaces when they collided. No injuries were reported and no citations were issued.

 

Scott J. Baker, 46 of Watseka was arrested on Tuesday May 22, 2018 in the 500 block Of W. Walnut St. on an Iroquois County warrant charging him with FTA - Possession of a controlled substance. He was transported to ICSD jail where he remains In custody.

 

Police were called to a building in the 100 block of E. Cherry St. for a burglary that occurred sometime Tuesday evening into Wednesday morn(ng, Anyone with any information about this incident in encouraged to contact the Watseka Police Department

 

Chris Burdick of Ashkum, Dennis Ballinger of Decatur, and Phil Wilkey of Piper City were all issued city ordinance citations for excessive grass heights at properties they own In town. They were all given notices to pay or appear in city court,

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Hazardous Materials in Coon Creek & Sugar Creek

On Friday, 18th May, an unconfirmed hazardous material caused fish and wildlife death in parts of Coon Creek and Sugar Creek in Iroquois County. Fish, other water life, and other land creatures that drink or eat from these creeks have been found dead.

 

Local officials are working with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and Illinois Department of Natural Resources to determine the cause and severity of the issue.

 

People should take precautions when near these contaminated areas. Do not eat fish or wildlife that is contaminated. The best way to be sure is to fish somewhere else.

 

As more information develops, Iroquois County EMA will let the public know.

 

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Iroquois County Sheriff's Police 5/20/18

On May 18th , 2018 Iroquois County Sheriff's Police arrested Julian Munoz, age 21, of Onarga. According to police reports, Munoz was charged with possession of stolen property over $500. Additionally, he was wanted on an outstanding Iroquois County Warrant charging him with theft over $500. Munoz was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond and was released

 

 

On May 19th, 2018 Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Brandon Wood, age 34, of Sheldon. According to police reports, Wood was wanted on an outstanding warrant from Lafayette, Indiana charging him with theft. He was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains awaiting extradition back to Indiana.

 

 
 


On May 19th, 2018 Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Aurthur Sterling, age 28, of Danville, According to police reports, Sterling was wanted on an outstanding Vermilion County warrant. He was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond and was released.

On May 19th, 2018 Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Derek R. Gilbert, age 27, of Danforth. According to police reports, Gilbert was wanted on an outstanding Iroquois County warrant charging him with theft. He was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond.

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Iroquois County Sheriff's Police 5/17/18

On May 16th , 2018, Reginald E. Snyder, age 29, of Watseka, IL. turned himself into the Iroquois County Jail to start serving his 5 year sentence to Illinois Department of Corrections.

 

 

On May 17th , 2018, Iroquois County Sheriff's Police investigated a single vehicle accident on Co. Rd. 1200 N near Co. Rd. '1900 E. According to police reports a vehicle driven by Jerrin Bruce, age 18, of Champaign, IL. was traveling eastbound on Co. Rd. 1200 N when he felt asleep and drove off the roadway causing the vehicle to overturn. Bruce was transported to Iroquois

Memorial Hospital and treated for non-life threatening injures. The vehicle sustained over $1500 in damages. Bruce was issued a citation for driving on a cancelled driver's license.

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Personal Injury Crash

WHAT:  Personal Injury Crash 
 
WHERE:   Route 17 @ 3290 W Road (Kankakee County) 
 
WHEN:  Tuesday, May 17, 2018, 7:22 a.m. 
 
VEHICLE:  Unit One:  2011 Ford F150    Unit Two:  2012 Ford Fusion             DRIVER:  Unit One:  17 year old male from Kankakee    Unit Two:  Michael R. Santilli, 27, Bourbonnais 
 
PRELIMINARY:  Preliminary investigation has indicated the Ford Fusion was stopped in traffic, waiting on a school bus, facing westbound on Route 17 at 3290W Rd.  The driver of the Ford F150 failed to reduce speed and struck the Ford Fusion.  The Ford F150 exited the roadway and overturned.  The driver of Ford F150 was transported to Riverside Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.   
 

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Watseka Police Department News 5/16/18

Scott A. Pawelczak, 33 of Watseka was arrested on Wednesday May 16,

2018 at 4:10 P.M. near E, Walnut St, and 8th Streets on an Iroquois County warrant charging him with Theft over $500, after an Officer recognized him walking and was aware of an active warrant. He was transported to )CSD jail where he awaits a court appearance.

 

Brittany A. Kendzlorek, 27 of Watseka was arrested on Wednesday May

16, 2018 at 4:43 P.M. in the 800 block of E. Walnut St, on an Iroquois County warrant charging her with Theft over $500, after an Officer recognized her walking and was aware of an active warrant, She was then also charged with two counts of Possession of a controlled substance and Possession of drug paraphernalia. She was transported to ICSD Jail where she awaits a court appearance.

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The Iroquois County Public Health Department will continue to offer free water sample test kits

The Iroquois County Public Health Department will continue to offer free water sample test kits until further notice. Please stop in at our office located at 1001 East Grant Street, Watseka, Illinois. 8:30 am-4:30 pm Monday through Friday to pick up your free test kit.

 

Mr. Eimen also recommends that well owners: 

  • Keep hazardous chemicals, such as paint, fertilizer, pesticides, and motor oil far away from your well, and maintain a "clean" zone of at least 50 feet between your well and any kennels and livestock operations.
  • Maintain proper separation between your well and buildings, waste systems, and chemical storage areas.
  • Periodically check the well cover or well cap on top of the casing (well) to ensure it is in good repair and securely attached. Its seal should keep out insects and rodents.
  • Keep your well records in a safe place. These include the construction report, and annual water well system maintenance and water testing results.

For further information, please contact Iroquois County Public Health Department at (815) 432-2483.

 

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Iroquois County Sheriff's Police 5/15/18

On May 14th, 2018, Timothy R. Rudd, age 29, of Bourbonnais, IL. turned himself into the Iroquois County Jail for an outstanding Iroquois County warrant. Rudd was wanted for failure to appear for a violation of an order of protection. Rudd later posted bond and was released.

 

On May 15th, 2018, Matthew J, Langston, age 26, of Donovan, IL. turned himself into the Iroquois County Jail for an outstanding Iroquois County warrant. Langston was wanted for failure to appear for battery. Langston remains at Iroquois County Jail in lieu of bond.

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Watseka Police Department News 5/15/18

Alicia N. Hendrickson, 32 of Watseka was arrested on Tuesday May IS, 2018 at 4:02 A.M. after she left Walmart parking lot and was stopped for improper lane usage. She was transported to ICSD jail where she awaits a court appearance.

 

 Mike Rudisill ,54 of Sheldon was arrested on Tuesday May 15, 2018 at 7:20 A.M. for Domestic battery, Interfering with the reporting of domestic vlolence, Criminal damage to property, and Possesslon of a controlled substance, after Police were called to a residence in the 100 block of S. Brown St. for a disturbance He was transported to ICSD Jan where he awaits a court appearance.

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FATAL CRASH-GOODLAND, IN

S 24, EAST OF GOODLAND (05-14-18  0928hrs )

 

On Sunday, May 13, 2018 at 4:30PM, the Newton County Sheriff’s 9-1-1 center received reports of a head on collision on US 24, east of Goodland, IN involving a semi and passenger vehicle.

 

Witnesses indicated the 2012 GMC SUV, driven by 39 year old Patrick Gaskill, was traveling west bound on US 24 and veered into the path of an east bound 2005 Kenworth driven by, 56 year old John Cooper of Chicago, IL.  

 

Gaskill was pronounced dead at the scene.  Cooper refused medical treatment at the scene.

 

Though the contents of the tanker (Sulfer Dioxide) were labeled as HAZMAT, no contents were released in the crash.  However, the release of diesel fuel was deemed a hazard and addressed by the Goodland Fire Department and Newton County Emergency Management Agency.

 

The cause of this crash remains under investigation.

 

US 24 was closed for approximately six hours for investigation and removal of the vehicles.

 

Newton County Sheriff’s Deputies were assisted by the Indiana State Police, Jasper County Sheriff’s Office, Newton County EMS, Goodland Fire Dept, Kentland Fire Dept,  Newton County Coroner’s Office,  Emergency Management, Indiana Department of Transportation and Village Motors Towing.

 

All criminal defendants are to be presumed innocent until, and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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Iroquois County Sheriff's Police 5/14/18

On May 9th , 2018, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Devonte J. Moore, age 22, of Onarga. According to police reports, Moore was wanted on an outstanding Iroquois County warrant charging him with failure to appear for obstructing identification. He was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond and was released.

On May 11th  2018, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Robert T. Smith, age 40, of Watseka. According to police reports, Smith was wanted on an outstanding Iroquois County warrant charging him with production of cannabis 50 to 200 grams. He was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond.

 

           
       
 
 
 

On May 11th, 2018, Matthew M. Moore, age 18, of Buckley turned himself into the Iroquois County Jaif to begin serving a 30 day sentence for possession of a stolen vehicle.

On May 12th, 2018, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Brandon M. Ulitzschi age 33, of Crescent City. According to police reports, Ulitzsch was charged with battery. He was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond and was released.

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SBA Opens Disaster Loan Outreach Centers in Illinois

The U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced today the opening of three Disaster Loan Outreach Centers (DLOCs).  These centers are located in Iroquois, Kankakee and Vermilion counties in Illinois and will open on Saturday, May 12 to help businesses and residents affected by severe storms and flooding from Feb. 14 through March 4, 2018.   
 
SBA representatives at the Centers can provide information about disaster loans, answer questions and help businesses and residents in completing the SBA application.  These Centers are located in the following communities and are open as indicated: 
 
SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Centers (DLOCs) 
Iroquois County Watseka Union Depot 121 South 2nd Street Watseka, IL  60970 
 
Opening:  Sat., May 12, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Closed:  Sun., May 13 Hours:  Mon – Thu, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Closing:  Fri., May 18, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.         
Kankakee County Aroma Fire Station #1 307 S. Bridge Street Aroma Park, IL 60910 
 
Opening:  Sat., May 12, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Closed:  Sun., May 13 Hours:  Mon – Thu, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Closing:   Fri., May 18, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.       
 
Vermilion County Vermilion County Administrative Building 201 N. Vermilion Street Danville, IL 61832 
 
Opening:  Sat., May 12, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Closed:  Sun., May 13 Hours:  Mon – Thu, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Closing:  Fri., May 18, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.       
 
 
The declaration covers Iroquois, Kankakee and Vermilion counties and the adjacent counties of Champaign, Douglas, Edgar, Ford, Grundy, Livingston and Will in Illinois; and Benton, Lake, Newton, Vermillion and Warren in Indiana. 
 
“The SBA is strongly committed to providing the people of Illinois with the most effective and customer-focused response possible to assist businesses of all sizes, homeowners and renters with federal disaster loans,” said SBA Administrator Linda McMahon. “Getting businesses and communities up and running after a disaster is our highest priority at SBA.” - more   -  
 
 
 “Businesses and private nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets,” said SBA’s Illinois District Director Robert Steiner. 
 
For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations, the SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster.  Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any physical property damage. 
 
“Loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible for loans up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property,” said Richard Morgan, acting director of SBA’s Field Operations Center East in Atlanta.   
 
Applicants may be eligible for a loan amount increase up to 20 percent of their physical damages, as verified by the SBA for mitigation purposes.  Eligible mitigation improvements may include a safe room or storm shelter to help protect property and occupants from future damage caused by a similar disaster. 
 
Interest rates are as low as 3.58 percent for businesses, 2.5 percent for nonprofit organizations, and 1.813 percent for homeowners and renters with terms up to 30 years.  Loan amount and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition. 
 
Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at Disasterloan.sba.gov. 
 
Businesses and individuals may also obtain information and loan applications by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing), or by emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Loan applications can also be downloaded at www.sba.gov/disaster. Completed applications should be returned to a center or mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road,  Fort Worth, TX 76155. 
 
The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is July 6, 2018.  The deadline to return economic injury applications is Feb. 7, 2019. 
 
 

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The Watseka Sensations show choir is currently participating in a POPULAR VOTE contest.

The Watseka Sensations show choir is currently participating in a POPULAR VOTE contest.

They are trying to win the opportunity to perform on stage with the Grammy Award winning Classic

Rock band, FOREIGNER at the Illinois State Fair and win $500 for their music program.

 

This contest is strictly based on votes.  The group with the most votes wins.  The link below will

take you right to the site to vote.  Simply open the link, click on the Watseka Sensations, click on vote

and enter your email address.  Voting can be done once per day per email address until Sunday May 27th.

 

https://wymg.secondstreetapp.com/og/88d252fe-d1d9-4e93-be02-2427b226f428/gallery/105108247

 

Also, the link is posted on The Watseka Sensations facebook page.

 

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Watseka Police Department News

Kyle N. Martin, 21 of Watseka was arrested on Thursday May 10, 2018 at 2:56 P.M. in the 400 block of E, Ash St. on an Iroquois County warrant charging him with Forgery, He was arrested after Police were called to a residence there about and unwanted subject, and he was found to have an active warrant. He was also charged with Possession of drug paraphernalia and Possession of hypodermic needles, He was transported to ICSD jail where he awaits a court appearance.

 

2, Nathan M. Walwer, 34 of Watseka was arrested on Thursday May 10, 2018 at 4:12 P.M. in the 300 block of E, Walnut St. for Criminal trespass to residence and Possession of a hypodermic needle. He was arrested after a resident there called about an unknown subject walking into their residence, Police stopped him down the block and placed him in custody. He was transported to ICSD jail where he awaits a court appearance.

 

3. Damien T. Powell Jr., 21 of Watseka was arrested on Thursday May 10, 2018 at 5:50 P.M. in the 600 block of E, Cherry St. for Disorderly conduct, after Police were called about a subject yelling and screaming in the road. He was transported to ICSD jail where he later posted bond and was released.

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Illinois State Police (ISP) District 21 is reporting the arrest of Lakena D. Nunn, 30, of Normal for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol.

On May 9, 2018 at approximately 11:13 P.M., an Illinois State Trooper was dispatched to a single vehicle rollover crash on I-57 southbound at milepost 314.  The trooper arrived on scene and spoke with the driver, Lakena Nunn.  Nunn showed signs of alcohol impairment.  After Nunn was released from the hospital, she was placed under arrest and transported to the Kankakee County Jail for processing.  Nunn was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol.  Nunn was also issued citations for speeding, improper lane usage, failure to wear a seatbelt, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, and failure to reduce speed to avoid a crash. 
 
 

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Watseka Police Department News

Mindi Parson, 27 of Watseka was issued a City Citation for trash / debris in her yard on Saturday.

•    Ryan Ducan, 33 of Watseka was issued a City Citation for trash / debris in her yard on Saturday.

•    Richard Greene, 67 of Marshville and Pamela Guenette, 59 of Watseka were involved in a traffic accident at W. Walnut St. / Kay St. on Tuesday. No injuries were reported. No citations were issued,

 Alisa Stanis, 30 of Watseka was arrested Tuesday after

Police were dispatched to a 911 call in the 100 block of E. North St. Stanis was charged with false 911 call,

 

Shal A. Arseneau, 1B of Watseka was arrested on Tuesday May 8, 2018 at 7:24 P.M. on N. 4th St. near E. Oak St. on an (roquols County warrant charging her with FTA — Possession of drug paraphernalia, after an Officer recognize her in the front yard of a residence and was aware of an active warrant. She was transported to ICSD Jail where she awaits a court appearance.

 

Donald E. Madison, 39 of Watseka was arrested on Tuesday May 8, 2018 at 7:50 P.M. In the 100 block of N, Jefferson St. on an Iroquois County warrant charging him with FTA — Criminal trespass to residence, after an Officer recognized him walking and was aware of an active warrant, He was transported to ICSD jai) where he awaits a court appearance,

 

 Erritt, K Carlson, 29 of Watseka was arrested on Wednesday May 9,

2018 at 7:17 P.M. on W. Park Av. near S. Brown St, on an Iroquois County warrant charging him with Domestic battery, after an Officer recognized him driving a vehicle, was aware of an active warrant, and made a traffic stop on the vehicle. He was transported to ICSD jail where he awaits a court appearance,

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Iroquois County Sheriff's Police

On May 8th, 2018, Iroquois County Sheriff's Police arrested Johnathan Schill, age 19, of Wellingtons IL. According to police reports, Schill was charged with burglary to a motor vehicle, theft over $500, and possession of a stolen firearm. Schill was transported to Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond.

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SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Residents of Illinois Affected by Severe Storms and Flooding

Illinois businesses and residents affected by the severe storms and flooding from Feb. 14 through March 4, 2018, can apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration, SBA Administrator Linda McMahon announced today.

 

Administrator McMahon made the loans available in response to a letter from Gov. Bruce Rauner on April 27, requesting a disaster declaration by the SBA.  The declaration covers Iroquois, Kankakee and Vermilion counties and the adjacent counties of Champaign, Douglas, Edgar, Ford, Grundy, Livingston and Will in Illinois; and Benton, Lake, Newton, Vermillion and Warren in Indiana.

 

“The SBA is strongly committed to providing the people of Illinois with the most effective and customer-focused response possible to assist businesses of all sizes, homeowners and renters with federal disaster loans,” said McMahon. “Getting businesses and communities up and running after a disaster is our highest priority at SBA.”

 

“Businesses and private nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets,” said SBA’s Illinois District Director Robert Steiner.

 

For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations, the SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster.  Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any physical property damage.

 

“Loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible for loans up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property,” said Richard Morgan, acting director of SBA’s Field Operations Center East in Atlanta. 

 

Applicants may be eligible for a loan amount increase up to 20 percent of their physical damages, as verified by the SBA for mitigation purposes.  Eligible mitigation improvements may now include a safe room or storm shelter to help protect property and occupants from future damage caused by a similar disaster.

 

Interest rates are as low as 3.58 percent for businesses, 2.5 percent for nonprofit organizations, and 1.813 percent for homeowners and renters with terms up to 30 years.  Loan amount and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.

 

 

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at Disasterloan.sba.gov.

 

Businesses and individuals may also obtain information and loan applications by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing), or by emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Loan applications can also be downloaded at www.sba.gov/disaster. Completed applications should be returned to a center or mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road,
Fort Worth, TX 76155.

 

The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is July 6, 2018.  The deadline to return economic injury applications is Feb. 7, 2019.

 

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Illinois State Police Arrest for DUI and 108 MPH in Iroquois County

Illinois State Police (ISP) District 21 is reporting the arrest of Mujahid K. Ghori, 32, of Lombard for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol. 
 
On May 5, 2018 at approximately 10:11 P.M., an Illinois State Trooper was on patrol in Iroquois County.  The trooper observed a vehicle traveling above the posted speed limit (108 mph in a 70 mph zone) on I-57 southbound at milepost 288.  The trooper stopped the vehicle and spoke with the driver, Mujahid Ghori.  Mujahid showed signs of alcohol impairment.  Mujahid was placed under arrest and transported to the Iroquois County Jail for processing.  Mujahid was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and issued a citation for speeding. 

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Iroquois County Sheriff's Police 5/7/18

On May 3rd, 2018 Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Katie J. Davis, age 27, of Hoopeston. According to police reports, Davis was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of hypodermic needlest and driving while license suspended. She was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where she posted the required bond and was released.

On May 3rd, 2018 Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Jacki Winchester, age 41, of Hoopeston, According to police reports, Winchester was charged with possession of hypodermic needles. He was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond and was released.

On May 4tht 2018 Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Alice Richmond, age 49, of Watseka. According to police reports, Richmond was wanted on an outstanding Iroquois County warrant charging her with failure to appear for driving while license suspended. Richmond was aware of her warrant and turned herself into the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the requirecl bond and was released.

On May 4th, 2018 Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Allen L. Crawford, age 31, of WatsekaAccording to police reports, Crawford was wanted on an outstanding Iroquois County warrant for failure to appear for domestic battery. Crawford was aware of his warrant and turned himself into the Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond.

On May 4th, 2018 Iroquois County Sheriffs Police returned from the Kankakee County Jail with Donnie

B. Griffin, age 27, of Pembroke. According to police reports, Griffin was wanted on an outstanding Iroquois County warrant charging him with theft and burglary. He was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond,

On May 5th, 2018 Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Alexander Zaragoza, age 33, of Aroma Park. According to police reports, Zaragoza was wanted on an outstanding Iroquois County warrant charging him with theft. He was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond.

On May 5th, Sheldon Police arrested Jonathan W. Castonguay, age 38, of Sheldon. According to police reports, Castonguay was charged with driving while license revoked. He was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond and was released.

On May 3rd, 2018 Iroquois County Sheriffs Police investigated a single vehicle accident at the intersection of Jefferson and Evergreen in Onarga, According to police reports, a vehicle driven by Cody S, Novak, age 21, of Onarga was driving north on N. Evergreen when he reported falling asleep. Novak drifted off the roadway and struck a utility pole on the east side of the roadway. No citations were issued.

On May 3rd 2018 Iroquois County Sheriffs Police investigated a two vehicle accident at the intersection of Jones and Park St in Milford, According to police reports, a vehicle driven by Lisa M. Thornton, age 39, of Milford was traveling west on Jones St, and was attempting a north bound turn onto Park St. Thornton reported a distraction from inside the vehicle caused her to veer off to the east, and she stuck a vehicle driven by Mike W. Rudisill, age 54, of Sheldon. Thornton was cited for no valid driver's license and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. No injuries were reported.

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Watseka Police Department News for 5/7/18

Candace Pinkstaff, 21 of Watseka was arrested after a traffic stop on Wednesday at Elm and N. 4th St. Pinkstaff was arrested for failing to notify SOS of change of address, failure to report an accident to police, failure to exchange information at an accident, operation of an uninsured motor vehicle, leaving the scene of an accident, a resisting a police officer. She was transported to I.C.J. She later posted bond and was released.

 

Timothy Alexion, 23 of Watseka was arrested in the 100 block of W, Walnut St. on Thursday. He was charged with pedestrian under the influence and resisting a police officer. He was later transported to I.C.J.

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2017 payable in 2018 real estate tax statements have been mailed to the taxpayers of Iroquois County

County Treasurer, Mindy Kuntz Hagan, has announced that the 2017 payable in 2018 real estate tax statements have been mailed to the taxpayers of Iroquois County.  The deadline to pay the first installment without penalty is June 5, 2018.  The second installment due date is September 5, 2018.  After the due dates a 1 ½ percent penalty must be added each month it remains unpaid, according to Illinois State Statutes.

 

The Treasurer’s Office is open 8:30 to 4:30 Monday through Friday.  To avoid waiting in line, you may also pay by mail or at any bank in Iroquois County including Iroquois Federal, Commonwealth Credit Union and the First State Bank of Forrest in Onarga.  Taxpayers paying in person at the Treasurer’s Office or at the local banks should bring the entire bill if they would like a receipt.  Upon payment, the appropriate stub of the bill will be removed and then the date will be stamped on the back of the remaining part of the tax bill.  If you mail your payment and wish to have a receipt, you must enclose the entire bill plus a self-addressed stamped envelope.

 

Credit card payments will be accepted by phone and online starting May 7, 2018.  Call the Treasurer’s Office first at 815-432-6985 during office hours to verify the payment amount.  Then you will be given the Government Payment Service phone number, website address, and the pay location and authorization codes.  Their phone number and the website will be available 24 hours a day 7 days a week to receive payments.  Fees will be added based on the amount charged, there is a minimum service fee, and all fees are paid to and kept by Government Payment Service.

 

Members of any United States Armed Forces Reserve Unit can defer their real estate tax payment until 180 days after they return from active duty.  This option is available if you are called to active duty for deployment outside the continental United States and if you are on active duty on the due date of any installment of taxes.

 

Remember that a drop box has been installed at the Administrative Center near the 911 Center so that taxpayers can drop off their payments during non-office hours.

 

If you have any questions about exemptions, assessed valuations, or address changes, please contact the Assessment Office at (815) 432-6978.

 

If you have any questions regarding the tax rates, please contact the County Clerk’s Office at (815) 432-6960.

 

If there are any questions about your tax statements, feel free to call the Treasurer’s Office at (815) 432-6985.

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Iroquois County Sheriff's Police 5/2/18

On April 30th , 2018, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police investigated a single vehicle accident on Co Rd.

2500 N near 879 E. According to Police reports, a vehicle driven by Steven J. Barnett, age 34, of Danforth, IL. was traveling westbound on Co Rd. 2500 N when he lost control of the vehicle and went into the south ditch impacting with the dirt embankment. Barnett was transported to Riverside Hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries. The vehicle sustained over $1500 in damages. Barnett was issued a citation for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, no valid drivers license, and driving while under the influence. Barnett was transported to Iroquois County Jail where he later posted bond and was released.

 

On April 30th , 2018, Christopher R. Powell, age 23, of Danville, IL. turned himself in to the Iroquois County Jail to start serving his 44 day sentence for grooming.

 

On May 2nd , 2018, Jennifer L. Cronch, age 34, of Rankin, IL. turned herself in to the Iroquois County Jail for an outstanding Iroquois County warrant for failure to appear for driving while license is suspended.

 

On May 2nd, 2018, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Kyle D. Blackburn, age 32, of Cissna Park, IL. According to police reports, Blackburn was wanted on outstanding Iroquois County warrant for probation revocation for unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon. Blackburn was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond.

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Watseka Police Department News for 5/1/18

Brianna Jones, 22 of Watseka was issued a city ordinance citation for allowing her dog to run at large on Sunday.

 

Steven Schorer, 34 of Watseka was issued a city ordinance citation for yard debris on Sunday.

  • Jashua Nieves, 59 of Watseka was issued a city ordinance citation for yard debris on Sunday.
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  • Austin Reed, 22 of Watseka was issued citations for operation of an uninsured motor vehicle and display of a factious registration plate. After a traffic stop at W. Walnut and Fleming St. His vehicle was later towed, e Larry Hasbargen, of Watseka was issued a city citation for parking in the wrong direction on the side of the street.
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  • Norman Hickerson, of Watseka was issued a city citation for parking on a city berm.
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  • Aubrey Shaner, 18 of Sheldon, was involved in a traffic accident in the 300 block of E. Walnut St. No injuries were reported. No citations issued.
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  • Debra Sapp, 52 of Watseka, was involved in a traffic accident with a deer, on E. Walnut near Grant St. No injuries were reported*
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  • Anthony Killy, 18 of Watseka and Mark Fishburn, 46 of Alanta, IL were involved in a traffic accident at the corner of W. Walnut St. and 2 nd St. No citations issued. No injuries were reported.     

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Governor Rauner Requests SBA Assistance for Iroquois, Kankakee and Vermilion Counties for February Floods

Governor Bruce Rauner today submitted a request for U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) assistance to help people and businesses in Iroquois, Kankakee and Vermilion counties recover from severe storms and floods in February.

If approved, the SBA declaration would enable people and businesses in the three counties as well as those in contiguous counties to apply for low-interest, long-term loans.

“Many people are still working to fully recover from these devastating floods,” said Gov. Rauner. “If approved, these low-interest loans could speed up that process for many people and businesses.”

To be eligible for an SBA declaration, at least 25 homes and/or businesses in a county must sustain major, uninsured losses of 40 percent or more. A damage assessment conducted in March by the SBA determined 74 homes and nine businesses in Iroquois County, 28 homes and three businesses in Kankakee County, and 21 homes and seven businesses in Vermilion County met that criteria.

On April 11, the state of Illinois requested federal assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help people recover from the floods, but that request was denied late Thursday.

 

 

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Iroqouis County Sheriff's Police 4/30/18

On April 28th, 2018 Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Wendy A. Clemens, age 42, of Cissna Park. According to police reports, Clemens was charged with aggravated assault. She was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where she posted the required bond and was released,

 

 

On April 29th, 2018 Iroquois County Sheriff's Police arrested Patrick J Mulligan, age 42, of Ashkum,

According to police reports, Mulligan was wanted on outstanding warrants from Champaign and Kankakee Counties charging him with driving while license revoked and obstructing justice. He was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond.


 
 

On April 29th, 2018 Gilman Police arrested Sean C, Barnes, age 28, of Ashkum. According to police reports, Bams was charged with aggravated battery. He was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond.

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ISP Arrest

 Illinois State Police (ISP) District 21 is reporting the arrest of Xavier L. Barber, 33, of Elkhart, IN for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol.   
 
On April 27, 2018 at approximately 12:00 A.M., an Illinois State Trooper was on patrol in Iroquois County. The trooper observed a vehicle traveling above the posted speed limit on I-57 northbound at milepost 292.  The trooper stopped the vehicle and spoke with the driver, Xavier Barber.  Barber showed signs of alcohol impairment.  Barber was placed under arrest and transported to the Iroquois County Jail for processing.  Barber was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and issued citations for speeding and illegal transportation of alcohol. 

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Watseka Police Department News for 4/26/18

  1. Police investigated and accident which occurred on Wednesday April 25, 2018 at 9:27 P.M. on S. 2nd St. near W. Walnut Street. A vehicle driven by Lydia N. Suver, 20 of Woodland was southbound On 2 nd St, when she struck a legally parked and unoccupied vehicle owned by Pamela J. Hibbert of Clifton. Suver was transported by EMS to IMH for non-life threatening injuries. No citations were issued.
  2. George W. Poe, 43 of Watseka was Issued a city ordinance citation for Failure to remove an abandoned or inoperable vehicle from the 400 block of S. 2 nd St. after being given a 7 day notice to do so. He given a notice to pay or appear in city court.

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Watseka Police Department News for 4/25/18

Valerie A, Townsend 36 of Watseka and Elayna C, Alexander, 18 Of Watseka were both arrested on Wednesday April 25, 2018 at 3:48 P.M. in the 300 block of N. Chicago St, after Police recognized Townsend driving a vehicle and knew her driver's license was suspended. The vehicle pulled into a driveway and the passenger, Alexander ran inside of the residence, Townsend was arrested for driving while license suspended, and was also then charged with Possession of

Methamphetamine and Possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. Police then located Alexander inside the residence and she was arrested on an Iroquois County warrant charging her with FTA — Retail theft, They were both transported to ICSD jail where they await court appearances.

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Watseka Police Department News for 4/24/18

Cassie Arenibar, 29 of Watseka was arrested in the 100 block of Herron Ct., on a Kankakee County warrant, Tuesday. The warrant was a FTA for a traffic offence, She was transported to I.C.J.

 
 


Lauri Gregorash, 45 of Watseka was arrested in the 1700 block of E, Walnut St, Tuesday morning, after Police received a complaint about a suspicious person sitting in a vehicle. She was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug equipment. She was transported to ICJ

 

  • Lee Lingafelter, 57 of Watseka and Stacy Davenport, 42 of Watseka were involved in a traffic accident in the 300 block of S. 4th St. on Friday. No injuries were reported no citations were issued.

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ISP Arrests

Illinois State Police (ISP) District 21 is reporting the arrest Christopher A. Hill III, 19, of Chicago for Possession of Cannabis Under 30 Grams; Kimberly K. Kofoot, 47, of Watseka for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol; Solomon A. Williams, 23, of Dolton for Possession of a Controlled Substance; and Tracey D. Ivory, 47, of Chicago for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol. 
 
On April 21, 2018 at approximately 12:12 A.M., an Illinois State Trooper was on patrol in Kankakee County.  The trooper observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed, 106 mph in a 70 mph zone, on I-57 southbound at milepost 311.  The trooper stopped the vehicle and spoke with the occupants.  A subsequent search of the occupants and the vehicle revealed 29.6 grams of cannabis and drug paraphernalia.  The passenger, Christopher Hill III, was charged with Possession of Cannabis Under 30 Grams and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.   
 
On April 22, 2018 at approximately 3:16 A.M., an Illinois State Trooper was on patrol in Iroquois County.  The trooper observed a vehicle swerving.  The trooper stopped the vehicle and spoke with the driver, Kimberly Kofoot.  Kofoot showed signs of alcohol impairment.  Kofoot was placed under arrest and transported to the Iroquois County Jail for processing.  Kofoot was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and issued a citation for improper lane usage. 
 
On April 22, 2018 at approximately 6:52 P.M., an Illinois State Trooper was on patrol in Iroquois County.  The trooper observed a vehicle traveling above the posted speed limit on I-57 northbound at milepost 288.  The trooper stopped the vehicle and spoke with the driver, Solomon Williams.  A subsequent search of Williams and the vehicle revealed 31 Xanax pills and 24.9 grams of cannabis.  Williams was placed under arrest and transported to the Iroquois County Jail for processing.  Williams was charged with Possession of Cannabis Under 30 Grams, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Delivery of a Controlled Substance, Delivery of Cannabis, and Bringing Contraband into a Penial Institution.  Williams was also issued citations for speeding and operating an uninsured motor vehicle.   
 
 On April 23, 2018 at approximately 8:19 P.M., an Illinois State Trooper was on patrol in Iroquois County.  The trooper observed a semi traveling under the posted minimum speed limit of 45 mph and swerving.  The trooper stopped the vehicle and spoke with the driver, Tracey Ivory.  Ivory showed signs of alcohol impairment.  Ivory was placed under arrest and transported to the Iroquois County Jail for processing.  Ivory was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol.  Ivory was also issued citations for violating the minimum speed limit, improper lane usage, and illegal transportation of alcohol.   

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