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15 Central Illinois men were arrested over the weekend related to an FBI Operation conducted in Kankakee County.

Central District of Illinois U.S. Attorney John C. Milhiser and FBI Special Agent in Charge Sean M. Cox, Springfield Division, announced that 15 Central Illinois men were arrested over the weekend related to an FBI Operation conducted in Kankakee County.

The operation was conducted with the help of the Bradley Police Department, the Kankakee County Sheriff’s Office, and the Kankakee Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group.

The men have been charged in separate criminal complaints with attempted enticement of a child to engage in illegal sexual activity; some have also been charged with attempted sexual exploitation of children.

The complaints were unsealed on February 18, 2020, as each made their respective initial appearances in federal court in Urbana. Each was ordered detained pending hearings scheduled later this week.

According to the affidavits filed in support of the complaints, each of the men allegedly used various social media applications to contact and engage online with FBI covert employees posing as 14 and 15-year-old minors to make arrangements to meet the minor girl or boy with the intent to engage in sexual activity. Some of the men attempted to entice or coerce the minors to send them sexually explicit images.

As the men arrived at or near the designated address, in Bradley, Ill., they were arrested and taken into custody by FBI Special Agents; the Bradley Police Department; the Kankakee County Sheriff’s Office; and, the Kankakee Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group.

The defendants charged in this operation with attempted enticement of a minor are:

  • Joshua T. Koenig, 27, of Buckley
  • Jody L. Lagesse, 45, of Kankakee
  • Shane R. Ferris, 23,of Bourbonnais
  • Nick Vincent Senor, 25, of Kankakee
  • Dale Martin Alvin Scering, 26, of Bradley
  • Robert Shawn Anderson, 50, of Paxton
  • Bryan Rossi, 29, of Park Forest
  • Timothy Lyle Dean, 37, of Bourbonnais

The defendants charged in this operation with attempted enticement of a minor and attempted sexual exploitation of a child are:

  • Matthew T. Gribbon, 48, of Kankakee
  • Ryan I. Woodruff, 21, of Kankakee
  • Anmol Chugh, 28, of Saint Anne
  • Kyren Williams, 30, of Kankakee
  • Cole Montgomery, 25, of Danville
  • Joseph Adam Longanecker, 40, of Manteno
  • Jazzie Simmons, 28, of Kankakee

If convicted, for the offense of attempted enticement of a minor, each defendant faces a minimum of 10 years and up to life in prison.

For the offense of attempted sexual exploitation of a child, each defendant faces a minimum of 15 years and up to 30 years in prison.

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Indiana Beach CLOSED!

The Twin Lakes region in Monticello Indiana was shocked Tuesday when the California-based owner of Indiana Beach told community leaders the amusement park, open for nearly 100 years, would close.

 

“We didn’t see this coming at all,” Randy Mitchell, White County economic development director, said Tuesday afternoon.

 

That morning, Mitchell had met with White County commissioners and council members, to relay word that things were going well for the amusement park tucked along Lake Shafer, about 30 miles north of Lafayette. That was based on reports Mitchell said he received from Gary Fawks, the local manager of Indiana Beach.

 

On Tuesday afternoon, Mitchell said he met with Gregg Borman, senior vice president of operations for Apex, who told him that the company was closing Indiana Beach and three other amusement parks it owns across the country because of financial reasons.

California-based Apex Parks Group bought Indiana Beach in 2015 from Morgan Recreation Vacations of Sarasota, New York. Morgan Recreation Vacations

 

Apex’s purchase of Indiana Beach marked just the second change the park's ownership after the founding Spackman family sold it to Morgan. The sale included the amusement park, its campgrounds and hotel about 30 miles north of Lafayette.

 

Earl Spackman opened the amusement park in 1926. He initially called it Ideal Beach.

 

The park grew over the years as a place to lounge on the beach, go on the rides and attend big name concerts. In the 1940s, Spackman handed off the resort to his son, Thomas, who eventually changed the name to Indiana Beach.

 

Mitchell said he was told Apex would disassemble the rides this spring and take them to the company’s other nine parks in California and two parks in Florida.

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.The Watseka Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the New 2020 "Summer Showcase

The Watseka Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the New 2020 “Summer Showcase” event will be held Wednesday, June 3, 2020 from 5:30pm to 8:00pm in the First Trust parking lot on the corner of Third and Walnut Streets this event will replace the business expo. By being the voice of business, the Watseka Area Chamber of Commerce strives to help its members and potential members to grow and promote collaboration in Iroquois County as we celebrate 75 Years 1945-2020. We invite you to stop by the 2020 “Summer Showcase”. We are looking for businesses who would like to showcase their business booths are now available. The 2020 Summer Showcase is open to Chamber members and Non-Chamber members. Take advantage of the early-bird registration for a chance to get your booth rental for free. Participants will get an opportunity to win door prizes from our area local businesses along with a 50/50 drawing and much more! The public is invited to this free event. Save the date we hope to see you there! For more information on the 2020 “Summer Showcase” event please contact Amanda Hibbs at the Chamber office by calling 815-432-2416. 

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Business Emergency Preparedness

February is Business Emergency Preparedness Month for the Iroquois County Emergency Management Agency. All businesses, whether large corporations or small family shops, need to have a plan in case of a disaster. When thinking of how prepared your business is, consider the following questions: ? Do you have an emergency plan? If so, when was it last updated? ? Does your emergency plan include an evacuation strategy? What about sheltering in place? ? Does your facility have any safety equipment? If so, when was the last time it was checked? ? Besides cell phones and landlines, what communications does your business have? ? Does your plan address cyber security? When businesses are prepared for disasters, communities are able to recover more quickly. Not only do local businesses offer essential services to the impacted community, but they also keep people working and keep the economy moving. Iroquois County EMA would like to offer local businesses in Iroquois County a review of their emergency plans. After reviewing the plan, EMA will provide suggestions for improvement and a certificate of recognition for striving to be a prepared business. This certificate can be proudly displayed for customers to see, showing the business’s dedication to its employees and clientele. Preparedness starts locally, and a prepared business community is the best resource for a community in recovery. Visit www.ready.gov/business for free planning tools, and contact Iroquois County EMA at ema@co.iroquois.il.us or (815) 432-6997 to have your business emergency plan reviewed.

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Watseka Police Department News

Watseka Police investigated a two-vehicle accident in the 100 block of East Cheery at 4:43 p.m. According to police reports, a vehicle driven by Robert C. Netzband, 20, Gilman, stopped for a stop sign and then continued through the intersection, striking a vehicle driven by Melody A. Lowery, 19, Watseka. No citations were issued and no injuries were reported. Damage was estimated at more than $1,500.

 

Wateska Police arrested Tompa R. Sears, 44, Watseka, in the 800 block of West Lafayette at 11:59 a.m. Police attempted to stop a vehicle sears was driving, and during this time police observed Sears throwing items out of the window of the vehicle, which they later recovered. Sears was charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of a hypodermic needle. Sears was transported to the Iroquois County Jail.

 

Watseka Police arrested Katina M. Martell, 38, Gilman, in the 400 block of West Walnut at 3:12 p.m. Martell was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant charging her with six counts of forgery. Once taken into custody, Martell was found to be in possession of an uncapped hypodermic needle, which she was chard for as well. She was transported to the Iroquois County Jail.

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Fatal Crash on Route 1 in Kankakee County

WHAT: Fatal Crash
WHERE: IL-1 @ 10500N (Kankakee County)
WHEN: Sunday, January 26, 2019, 8:22 a.m.
VEHICLE: Unit One: Black 2016 GMC 2500 Pickup
Unit Two: Blue 2013 Chevrolet Cruze
DRIVER: Unit One: Ismael Aldape, 50, Oak Lawn
Unit Two: Michael D. Latty Jr., 41, Momence (Deceased)
PASSENGERS: Unit One: Maria Portales, 51, Oak Lawn
14 year old female from Oak Lawn
PRELIMINARY: Preliminary investigation has indicated the GMC was traveling southbound on Route 1 near 10500N Rd in Kankakee County. The Chevrolet was traveling northbound at the same location. The GMC crossed over the center line and collided with the Chevrolet. The driver of the Chevrolet was pronounced deceased on scene by Kankakee County Coroner. The passengers of the GMC were transported to a local hospital with minor injuries. Route 1 was closed for approximately 3 hours due to this incident.
CITATIONS: Aldape was issued a citation for improper lane usage.

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Drug Bust in Watseka

The Watseka Enforcement Team along with the Watseka K-9 Unit made an arrest Wednesday following an undercover narcotics operation. Officers Arrested 25-year-old Jeffrey M. Reed after he allegedly sold suspected heroin to an undercover officer. Reed was taken to the Iroquois County Jail and charged with unlawful delivery of a controlled substance within 1000 feet of a park. WPD expect to make more arrests as a part of this investigation.

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ILLINOIS STATE POLICE ANNOUNCE RESULTS OF OCCUPANT RESTRAINT ENFORCEMENT PATROLS

Illinois State Police (ISP) District 21 Commander, Captain Don Aaron Harsy, announces the results of Occupant Restraint Enforcement Patrols (OREP) held in Kankakee and Iroquois Counties on January 22, 2020. These OREPs provided extra patrol coverage for the ISP so officers could focus on saving lives by making sure all vehicle occupants were buckled up.


Violations
Enforcement Activity
Safety Belt Citations
27
Child Restraint Citations
0
Total Citations
30
Total Written Warnings
15
Most motorists know safety belts save lives, but some ignore their safety and that of their families by neglecting to use safety belts and child restraint devices. These patrols reinforce the occupant protection message by focusing on those who ignore the law. Lives can be saved if people simply “buckle up!” This project is funded through the Illinois Department of Transportation.

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ILLINOIS STATE POLICE WARN THE PUBLIC OF "SPOOFING" CALL SCAM

Springfield, IL – Illinois State Police (ISP) officials have received multiple calls from the public concerning suspected scam calls.  Various ISP districts throughout the state have received reports from citizens stating they have received calls from individuals with a foreign accent claiming to be members of the Illinois State Police seeking their personal information. It has also been reported the callers claim there is some police matter that needs to be resolved which requires the would-be-victims’ personal information (full name, date of birth, social security number, etc.). Concerned citizens have also reported the telephone number where the call originated, matched the ISP District telephone number.
 
This type of scam is a common technique known as “spoofing.”  Spoofing occurs when a telephone number is manipulated and disguised to look like an alternate telephone number of a person’s choosing. Usually the number is disguised to match the telephone number of a government agency that would typically gather personal information in the performance of their duties. 
 
A few factors to consider:
 
·         Always ask the caller to identify himself/herself by name.
 
·         If an ISP Trooper needs to collect personal information from you, they will usually collect the information during an in-person interview.
 
·         Although there are certainly times when an incident will require a follow up telephone call by an ISP Trooper to gather additional information, e.g. a traffic crash investigation, an ISP Trooper will never ask for your social security number over the phone. The Trooper will also have knowledge of the incident you were involved in and your specific role in that incident.
 
·         Scammers can be very aggressive in their techniques. One of their most common used techniques is to create a sense of urgency and fear in their potential victims in order to gain their personal information. 
 
·         If you receive a call from and ISP Trooper claiming to be calling from an ISP District, request the name of the caller and advise the caller you will call them back. Look up the ISP District phone number they claim to be calling from, then call the number and ask to speak to the Trooper whose name you were given.  If there is not a Trooper by that name, please advise the call taker of the incident that just occurred.  ISP District telephone numbers can be fo

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Watseka Police Department News 1/23/20

Watseka Police arrested Randy D. Sheppard, 40, Watseka, in the 400 block of North Second at 9:28 p.m. He was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant charging him with failure to appear on a charge of retail theft. He was transported to the Iroquois County Jail.

 

Watseka Police investigated a two-vehicle accident in the 300 block of East Cherry at 6:45 a.m. According to police reports, a vehicle driven by Reece M. Carlson, 21, Watseka, was traveling westbound on Cherry and was unable to see a parked vehicle belonging to Travis Daily, Watseka, due to an icy windshield. The Carlson vehicle then struck the Daily vehicle, causing more than $1,500 in damage. No injuries were reported, and Carlson was cited for an obstructed windshield.

 

 

Watseka Police cited Brian F. Floriant, 45, Watseka, in the 100 block of Yount Avenue at 2:46 p.m. He was cited for driving while his license was revoked. Floriant posted bond and was released.

 

Watseka Police arrested Matthew G. Hickerson, 31, Watseka, after police were called to a residence in the 400 block of North Second in regards to a man being struck with a baseball bat at 3:56 p.m. He was charged with aggravated domestic battery and aggravated battery. Hickerson was transported to the Iroquois County Jail.

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ISP "Operation Lambert" Results

Springfield– Illinois State Police (ISP) announced the results of the special enforcement memorial operation dedicated to fallen ISP Trooper Christopher Lambert, who was killed in the line of duty on Jan. 12, 2019, when his squad was struck while he was on scene of a three-vehicle traffic crash. The crash occurred in the left lane on I-294 near Willow Road in Northbrook.
ISP Troopers throughout the state aggressively patrolled Illinois roadways for seven days from Jan. 12 – Jan. 18 in honor of their fallen comrade. The initiative was designed to further educate the public of the Move Over (Scott’s) Law and was held in remembrance of him and his legacy of courage and duty.   


During “Operation Lambert,” ISP Troopers issued 281 Move Over (Scott’s) Law citations and wrote 64 warnings. Additionally, they made 77 criminal arrests through 503 Scott’s Law details statewide.
ISP Director Brendan F. Kelly said, “The results of “Operation Lambert” reflect greatly on this department and the men and women who risk their lives every day to keep motorists safe. It shows their dedication to carry out their duties and commitment to honor their fallen brother. These troopers make me proud to be the director of one of the greatest agencies in this country. We will continue to aggressively enforce the law and educate the public in order to make 2020 a better year.” 


In 2019, four ISP Troopers were killed in the line of duty. Three were the direct result of either a violation of the Move Over (Scott’s) Law, driving impaired, or a combination of the two. We continue to honor and remember all of them. 
 
The Move Over (Scott’s) Law requires drivers to change lanes when approaching stationary emergency vehicles, including highway maintenance vehicles displaying flashing lights, and any stationary vehicle with their hazard lights activated. The law also states, if changing lanes would be impossible or unsafe, drivers are required to proceed with due caution, reduce the speed of the vehicle and leave a safe distance until safely passing the stationary vehicle. 

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Watseka Police Department News 1/20/2020

Watseka Police arrested Tyrone Leftridge, 20, Watseka, in the 100 block of Nofrth Third at 5:08 p.m. Jan. 16. According to police reports, Leftridge was charged with driving while his license is suspended and operation of an uninsured motor vehicle. Leftridge was transported to the Iroquois County Jail.
 
Watseka Police investigated a two-vehicle accident in the 200 block of East Lincoln at 7:46 p.m. Jan. 17. According to police reports, a vehicle driven by Alfrhan Almuhannad, 52, Crown Point, Indiana, was unable to stop in the intersection as a vehicle driven by Crystal D. Matthews, 54, Watseka, was passing through it. No injuries were reported and no citations were issued. Damage was estimated at more than $1,500.
 
Watseka Police arrested Micah M. Redeker, 24, Watseka, in the 400 block of East Ash at 11:15 a.m. Jan. 19. According to police reports, Redker was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant charging him with possess of meth. Redeker was transported to the Iroquois County Jail.

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ISP District 21 Announces 2019 Activity and Enforcement

Illinois State Police District 21 Commander, Captain Don Aaron Harsy, announced today activity and enforcement figures for calendar year 2019.


Illinois State Police District 21 Troopers issued 6,149 citations, 16,802 written warnings, including 132 DUIs, 493 seatbelt citations, 263 criminal arrests. Troopers also assisted 2,214 motorists, conducted 2,392 Motor Carrier Inspections, and investigated 954 traffic crashes. Of those crashes investigated by District 21, 14 were fatal traffic crashes resulting in 17 fatalities.


According to the National Safety Council the major contributing factors to motor-vehicle deaths in the United States are lack of occupant protection, alcohol, speeding, young drivers, distractions, and large trucks.


In an effort to reduce fatalities, the Illinois State Police uses enforcement activities and educational programs to fight these major contributing factors.

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3 Vehicle Property Damage Crash on Old Route 45 @ 3100N (Iroquois County)

WHAT: 3 Vehicle Property Damage Crash
WHERE: Old Route 45 @ 3100N (Iroquois County)
WHEN: Monday, January 13, 2019, 7:46 a.m.
VEHICLE: Unit One: Gray 2007 Pontiac Grandprix
Unit Two: Beige 2000 Ford F-250
Unit Three: Yellow 2019 IC School Bus
DRIVER: Unit One: Reid Busick, 18, Chebanse
Unit Two: Joel Rodriguez, 29, Clifton
Unit Three: Leo Hoaglund, 71, Clifton
PASSENGERS: Unit One: 14 year old from Chebanse
Unit Two: N/A
Unit Three: 5 and 6 year old from Clifton
PRELIMINARY: Preliminary investigation has indicated the Pontiac was traveling eastbound on 3100N Road at the intersection Old Route 45. The Ford was traveling northbound on Old Route 45 at the intersection of 3100N Road. The School Bus was traveling westbound on 3100N stopped at the intersection of Old Route 45. The Pontiac failed to yield right of way to the Ford, causing the Ford to strike the Pontiac. The Ford then struck the School Bus and a utility pole. The utility pole broke off and landed on the hood of the School Bus. No injuries were reported.
CITATIONS: Busick was issued a citation for failure to yield right-of-way at a stop intersection.

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ISP DUI ARREST

ASHKUM, IL- Illinois State Police (ISP) District 21 is reporting the arrest of Jeffrey L. Dobbertin, 30, of Bradley for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol.
On January 9, 2020 at approximately 6:04 P.M., an Illinois State Trooper was dispatched to a crash on Route 45/52 at 10000N Road in Kankakee County. The trooper arrived on scene and spoke with the driver, Jeffrey Dobbertin. Dobbertin showed signs of alcohol impairment. A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed a loaded firearm. Dobbertin was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and Unlawful Use of A Weapon. Dobbertin was also issued a citation for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

 

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A Cissna Park farmer was sentenced to 364 days in prison for violating probation for federal crop insurance fraud.

A Cissna Park farmer was sentenced to 364 days in prison for violating probation for federal crop insurance fraud.

Jeremy Seggebruch was originally sentenced to three years of probation in December 2016. He was accused of making false statements to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Officials say Seggebruch under-reported the number of bushels of corn produced in relation to a federal crop insurance claim.

Officials say under the terms of his probation, Seggebruch was barred from participating in any USDA programs and was ordered to pay $300,759 in restitution to Heartland Crop Insurance.

At a January 9, 2020 hearing Seggebruch admitted to violating his probation in the following ways:

  • participating in the Federal Crop Insurance program through his sister’s company, Sega Ag Production, Inc.
  • receiving monetary benefits fro a USDA program through Sega Ag Production, Inc.
  • obtaining a $64,981 loan to buy a Ford Super Duty F-350 truck without prior approval from the U.S. Probation Office
  • violating a state order of protection against him obtained by his wife
  • failing to notify his probation officer of his Nov. 27, 2019 arrest for violating the order of protection

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Iroquois County Sheriff's Police 1/14/20

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police investigated a two-vehicle accident in Sheldon Jan. 7. According to police reports, Zachary Truesdell, 19,. Sheldon, driving his vehicle south on South Second Street when he failed to yield to oncoming traffic at the intersection with West Grove Street. A second vehicle driven by Joshua Bloomquist, 36, Sheldon, was passing through the intersection of West Grove Street and South Second Street when the vehicle driven by Truesdell struck Bloomquist on the passenger side of his vehicle. There were no injuries reported. Truesdell would be cited for failing to yield at an intersection.

 

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police investigated a two-vehicle accident in rural Donovan Jan. 7. According to police reports, a vehicle driven by Corey Walters, 44, St. Anne, was traveling east on County Road 2540 North when Walters attempted to pass another vehicle and struck it. The second vehicle,. driven by Stephen Zabel, 71, Donovan, slowly drifted off the side of the roadway in an attempt to enter a field entrance and turn around. While Zabel attempted to enter the field entrance, Walters believed he was pulling off to the side of the roadway. Walters attempted to pass and Zabel turned into Walters’ vehicle causing a collision. No injuries were reported and no citations were issued.

 

 Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police arrested Christopher Kempen, 40, Watseka, Jan. 10. According to place reports, Kempen was wanted on an outstanding Fountain County, Indiana, warrant. The warrant charged Kempen with failing to appear on a prior arrest for intimidation and stalking. Kempen was taken to the Iroquois County Jail in lieu of bond

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Iroquois County Sheriff's Police 1/8/20

Arrests: Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police arrested Matthew O. Davis, 35, Kankakee, Jan. 4. According to police reports, he was wanted on an outstanding Iroquois County warrant charging him with retail theft. He was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond.

 

 

Anthony W. Weber, 33, Woodland, turned himself into the Iroquois County Jail to begin a 30-day sentence for probation violation Jan. 4.

 

Accidents: Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police investigated a car versus deer accident on County Road 100 East near 475 North Jan. 3. According to police reports, a vehicle driven by Ernesto A. Espinoza, 22, Thawville, was traveling south on 100 East when a deer entered the roadway. Espinoza was unable to avoid the deer and struck it causing more than $1,500 in damage. No injuries were reported and no citations were issued.

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Illinois State Police (ISP) District 21 is reporting the arrest of Nicholas E Saldana, 32, of Frankfort for DUI Drugs; Justin S. Scovil, 36, of Tinley Park for DUI Alcohol; Denis M. Mbuthia, 28, of Bradley for DUI Alchol; Anel Hernandez, 18, of Kankakee f

On December 20, 2019 at approximately 1:19 P.M., an Illinois State Trooper was on patrol in Kankakee County. The trooper observed a vehicle traveling all over the roadway at a high rate of speed on I-57 southbound at milepost 314. The trooper stopped the vehicle and spoke with the driver, Nicholas Saldana. Saldana showed signs of drug impairment. Saldana was placed under arrest and transported to the Kankakee County Jail for processing. Saldana was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Drugs and issued citations for improper lane usage, speeding, and driving while license suspended.

On December 21, 2019 at approximately 12:52 A.M., an Illinois State Trooper was dispatched to a single vehicle crash on I-57 southbound at milepost 312 in Kankakee County. The trooper arrived on scene and spoke with the driver, Justin Scovil. Scovil showed signs of alcohol impairment. Scovil was placed under arrest and transported to the Kankakee County Jail for processing. Scovil was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and issued citations for improper lane usage and texting while driving.

On December 21, 2019 at approximately 8:46 P.M., an Illinois State Trooper was dispatched to a crash on Sandbar Road at Route 17 in Kankakee County. The trooper arrived on scene and spoke with the driver, Denis Mbuthia. Mbuthia showed signs of alcohol impairment. Mbutha was placed under arrest and transported to the Kankakee County Jail for processing. Mbutha was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and issued a citation for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, and driving while license suspended.

On December 25, 2019 at approximately 4:59 P.M., an Illinois State Trooper was on patrol in Kankakee County. The trooper observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed on I-57 northbound at milepost 307. The trooper stopped the vehicle and spoke with the driver, Anel Hernandez. A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed a stolen firearm. Hernandez was placed under arrest and transported to the Kankakee County Jail for processing. Hernandez was charged with Possession of a Stolen Firearm and Unlawful Use of a Weapon. Hernandez was also issued citations for speeding, improper lane usage, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, and driving while license suspended.

On December 26, 2019 at approximately 10:40 P.M., an Illinois State Trooper was dispatched to a crash on I-57 northbound at milepost 312 in Kankakee County. The trooper arrived on scene and spoke with the driver, Mark Stahr. Stahr showed signs of alcohol impairment. Stahr was placed under arrest and transported to the Kankakee County Jail for processing. Stahr was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol. Stahr was also issued citations for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, improper lane usage, and operating an uninsured motor vehicle.

On December 28, 2019 at approximately 1:45 P.M., an Illinois State Trooper was on patrol in Iroquois County. The trooper observed a vehicle traveling all over the roadway on I-57 northbound at milepost 302. The trooper stopped the vehicle and spoke with the driver, Joe Riley. Riley showed signs of drug impairment. Riley was placed under arrest and transported to the Iroquois County Jail for processing. Riley was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Drugs and issued citations for improper lane usage and operating an uninsured motor vehicle.

On December 31, 2019 at approximately 4:20 P.M., an Illinois State Trooper was dispatched to a vehicle in the ditch on I-57 northbound at milepost 293 in Iroquois County. The trooper arrived on scene and spoke with the driver, David Erwin. Erwin showed signs of drug impairment. Erwin was placed under arrest and transported to the Iroquois County Jail for processing. Erwin was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Drugs and issued a citation for improper lane usage.

On January 1, 2020 at approximately 12:19 A.M., an Illinois State Trooper was on patrol in Iroquois County. The trooper observed a vehicle traveling 106 mph in a 70 mph zone on I-57 southbound at milepost 291. The trooper stopped the vehicle and spoke with the driver, Katherine Gutierrez-Hidalgo. Gutierrez-Hidalgo was issued citations for speeding 35+ over the speed limit and possession of open alcohol.

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Watseka Police Department News 1/1/2020

Watseka Police cited Hermilo Rodriguez-Aguirre, 63, Watseka, in the 1700 block of East Walnut at 9:12 p.m. for driving while his license was suspended. He posted bond and was released.

 

Watseka Police responded to a domestic dispute in the 200 block of East Ash at 7 p.m. Arrested was Timothy Anderson, 31, Watseka, for a violation of an order of protection. He was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he awaits a court appearance.

 

Watseka Police responded to a business in the 400 block of West Walnut at 1:02 a.m. in reference to a subject that grabbed a bottle of liquor and fled the store. Police located the subject behind a residence on North Kay a few minutes later. The bottle of liquor was returned and the store declined to press charges but the subject was given a trespass warning and told not to return.

 

Watseka Police conducted a traffic stop in the 800 block of East Walnut at 3:07 a.m. Cited was Deana Clawson, 54, Watseka, for having no valid driver’s license. She posted bond and was released.

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Tragedy in Cullom: Triple Homicide on Christmas Day

A quintessential small town in eastern Livingston County is reeling from the brutal deaths of three people on Christmas Day in what authorities called an "isolated incident."


Clifford W. Brewer of Cullom is jailed in Pontiac on murder charges and is expected in court Friday. Authorities have not disclosed a motive or formally identified the dead, other then to describe them as a 51-year-old man, a 48-year-old woman and a 27-year-old man.


Funeral home death notices were sent to The Pantagraph for Shirley Ann Brewer, 48, and Christian Allen Brewer, 27, both of Cullom. The notices said they were pronounced dead at 5:20 a.m. Wednesday at their home.


Cullom, midway between interstates 55 and 57 in Livingston County, has had a steady population in the mid 500s for years. The small town, its main street has a bar, real estate and doctor’s offices, post office, and city history museum. There’s a Casey’s General Store and a community market staffed by volunteers; a village hall building, water and fire departments, but no police. The Lutheran church has regular weekly services; Methodists have services just once a month because they share a pastor with another church. The Catholic church closed last year. Tri-point High School is located in Cullom.

No matter who you talk to, the residents describe Cullom as “quiet.”
On Thursday, Kim Clark of Chatsworth stopped at the doctor’s office, where she used to work, and “thought that was crazy” when she learned about the murders.


arbara Hahn grew up in Cullom and moved back 20 years ago; she's been mayor for six years and operates Hahn Industries, “the finest ornamental concrete in Central Illinois,” founded by her parents in 1959.


“We’re a small community, we’re a quiet community, we don’t have things like this happen,” Hahn said. “That’s the tragedy of it. We all know each other.”

 

She’d tweeted Christmas Day about the deaths, but clarified Thursday that the incident did not involve suicide.


Joy Harms, who has lived in Cullom on and off for 40 years, was on her way to a Christmas celebration about 8:30 a.m. Wednesday when she came upon emergency lights and responders in the 400 block of East Jackson Street.


The Livingston County Sheriff's Office was notified about 2:09 a.m. Christmas Day of a death investigation crime scene at 416 E. Jackson St., the sheriff's office said.


"Upon deputies' arrival, it was observed that there were three deceased victims at this location — a 51 year-old man, a 48-year-old woman and a 27-year-old man," said the statement.


Vermilion Valley E-911 Dispatch received a call about 2:05 a.m. Wednesday about a triple homicide at a home in Cullom, said Coroner Danny Watson.

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Watseka Police Department News 12/19/19

December 12: Watseka Police arrested Phillip E. Oneill, 37, Watseka, at 8:38 p.m. for battery. He was transported to the Iroquois County Jail.

 

 

 

Watseka Police responded to a traffic accident in the 800 block of West Lafayette Street at 10:22 a.m. Involved were Andrew Peters of Crescent City and Kenneth Kiger of Oakwood. No injuries were reported and no citations were issued.

 

 

 

Watseka Police responded to a traffic accident at Casey’s General Store at 4:50 .m. Raven Satkoski of Milford backed into a parked vehicle. No injuries and no citations were issued.

 

 

 

Watseka Police cited Roscoe J. Durflinger, 30, Watseka, at 8:18 a.m. for operation of an uninsured motor vehicle, suspended revoked driver’s license, and for disobeying a stop sign. He was released on an I-bond.

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Iroquois County Sheriff's Police 12/19/19

Arrests: Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police arrested Connor F. Wallace, 27, Watseka, Dec. 13. According to police reports he was charged with possession of a controlled substance. He was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond and was released.

 

 

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police arrested John E. Sauer, 62, Wellington, Dec. 14. According to police reports he was wanted on an outstanding Mason County warrant charging him with theft. He was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond and was released.

 

 

Accidents: Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police investigated a two-vehicle accident Dec. 11 at the intersection of County Road 3100 North and Old Route 45. According to police reports a vehicle driven by a 16-year-old juvenile was attempting to negotiate an eastbound turn onto 3100 North when he lost control on the icy roadway. The juvenile struck a vehicle driven by Francis W. Gullquist, 76, Ashkum, that was stopped at the marked intersection on 3100 North. No injuries were reported and no citations were issued.

 

 

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police investigated a two-vehicle accident Dec. 11 at the intersection of County Road 2600 North and 2900 East. According to police reports a vehicle driven by Adam J. Boget, 50, Rensselear, Indiana, was traveling west on 2600 North when he lost control on the snow-covered roadway. Boget proceeded through the intersection and slid in front of a southbound tractor trailer driven by Dallis M. Funk, 65, Milford. Funk then struck the rear of Boget causing more than $1,500 in damage. No injuries were reported and no citations were issued.

 

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Fatal Crash Car vs. Semi

WHAT: Fatal Crash Car vs. Semi


WHERE: Route 113 @ 3970 W (Kankakee County)


WHEN: Tuesday, December 17, 2019, 5:24 a.m.


VEHICLE: Unit One: 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt


Unit Two: 2013 Freightliner Semi with Trailer


DRIVER: Unit One: Terry A. Rosenthal, 64, Gardner (deceased)
Unit Two: Jimmy Allen, 49, Angelton, TX


PRELIMINARY: Preliminary investigation has indicated the Chevrolet was traveling eastbound on Route 113 at approximately 3900W. The Semi was traveling westbound at the same location. The Chevrolet went off the roadway and into the ditch, then overcorrected and came back onto the roadway and into the path of the Semi. The Semi struck the Chevrolet. The driver of the Chevrolet was pronounced deceased on scene by the Kankakee County Coroner’s Office.

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Suspect in Iroquois County homicides kills self in Colorado

 The search for a man wanted in connection with two homicides in Iroquois County ended with Matthew W. Borden taking his own life following a police chase and crash in Colorado on Sunday.

Borden, 43, Melvin, faced charges of first-degree murder in the weekend deaths of Pamela Williams, 54, Martinton, and Brian D. Musk, 50, Milford.

Police in Colorado were notified that a white Toyota Camry bearing Iowa plates was traveling west on Colorado Highway 14. Police had been looking for a vehicle of that description in connection with the Iroquois County, Ill., homicides, according to Weld County (Colo.) Sheriff's Department. The vehicle was reported stolen from Dexter, Iowa.

When Colorado State Patrol trooper and an officer with the Ault (Colo.) Police Department located the vehicle, Bordon led them on a high-speed chase that ended a mile north of Pierce on U.S. Route 85 when Borden's vehicle crashed. Pierce is located 70 miles north of Denver.

Borden fired shots at the two officers, who waited for a SWAT team to arrive at the scene. Bordon was found dead next to the vehicle, police said.

 

On Saturday, police found the body of Musk when they had been called at 6 a.m. to investigate a burglary at Milford Auto Parts, which is located on the south side of Milford on Illinois Route 1.

Sheriff’s investigators and Iroquois County Coroner Bill Cheatum arrived and requested Illinois State Police crime scene investigators. Just one day prior, Williams was found dead in a ditch southwest of Sheldon. Autopsies in both deaths were completed this weekend and results will be not released, Cheatum said.

Iroquois County police, U.S. Marshals Service and the Colorado State Patrol were jointly investigating the weekend homicides of Williams and Musk. The investigations were being conducted together as police had identified Borden as a person of interest in both cases, police said.

Borden, who grew up in Iroquois County, was acquainted with both Musk and Williams, police said.

Borden was wanted by the U.S. Marshals Service on a probation violation, with a warrant for his arrest issued earlier this month.

According to U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois, Borden was sentenced to 11 years in federal prison for robbing the Dewey (Ill.) State Bank of more than $6,000 on Oct. 7, 2006. Dewey is located 5 miles west of Rantoul in Champaign County.

In February 2017, Borden was released from prison and began serving five years of probation.

The weekend slayings bring the county's 2019 total homicides to four.

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