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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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Iroqouis County Sheriff's Police

April 23rd, 2018

On April 21 st, 2018 Iroquois County Sheriff's Police investigated a single vehicle accident on Co. Rd.

500 N. approx. % mile west of Coe Rd. 1900 E. According to police reports, a vehicle driven by Linda L. Nicholas, age 51, of Cissna Park was traveling east on Co. Rd. 500 N. when she veered off the roadway. Nicholas over corrected and entered the south ditch and struc,k the ditch embankment causing the vehicle to overturn. Nicholas was transported to Hoopeston Hospital for non-life threatening injuries, and her vehicle sustained over $1500 in damage.

 

 
 


On April 21 st, 2018 Iroquois County Sheriffs Police returned from Ford County with Cody A. Riddle-Mikules, age 25, of Paxton. According to police reports, Riddle-Milules 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 remains in lieu of bond.

On April 22nd , 2018 Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Lawrence A. Walker, age 60, of Watseka. According to police reports, Walker was charged with aggravated domestic battery. He was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond.

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Watseka Police Department News for 4/18/18

James R. Huckleby, 51 of Watseka was arrested on Wednesday April 18, 2018 at 7:28 P.M. on E. Walnut St, near 8th St. on an Iroquois County warrant charging him with Domestic battery and Interfering with the reporting of domestic violence. He was arrested after an Officer recognized him walking and was aware of an active warrant, He was transported to ICSD Jail where he later posted bond and was released.

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KAMEG Agents take more drugs off the street

On Monday, April 16, 2018, at approximately 5:25 p.m., KAMEG agents arrested Dione K. Flynn, age 28, of Kankakee, IL, for delivery of a controlled substance. During a drug investigation in the 200 block of W. Chestnut St, Kankakee, Flynn, delivered 0.8 grams of suspected crack cocaine. Flynn was transported to and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

 

On Tuesday, April 17, 2018, at approximately 4:48 p.m., KAMEG agents arrested Demetrius S. Wells, age 38, of Kankakee, IL, for delivery of a controlled substance. During a drug investigation in the 1000 block of S. Washington Ave, Kankakee, Wells, delivered 1.3 grams of suspected crack cocaine. Wells was transported to and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

 

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Enforcement Initiative to Combat a Spike in Fatalities Involving Unrestrained Motorists

Illinois State Police (ISP) District 21 and area law enforcement officials within the district’s three jurisdictional counties (Kankakee, Iroquois, and Ford Counties) announced plans aimed at increasing seat belt compliance within all three counties.  The collaborative effort was implemented following a recent spike in fatal crashes involving unrestrained motorists. 
 
The three counties ISP District 21 is responsible for has experienced a significant increase in the number of fatalities resulting from crashes in 2018.  Since the beginning of the year, there has been a total of 12 fatal crashes throughout District 21, and in 77% of the crashes, the fatalities involved a motorist who was not wearing a seatbelt. 
 
“Seat belts can help save lives, but they have to be put on in order for them to be effective,” said ISP District 21 Captain Don Aaron Harsy.  “District 21 Troopers and our law enforcement partners in the community will target violators who choose to break the law by not practicing safe traveling habits,” added Captain Harsy.      
 
To combat this concerning rise in serious and fatal crashes, District 21 Troopers and area law enforcement officers have increased enforcement patrols throughout the three counties.  District 21 Troopers will be strictly enforcing FATAL-4 moving violations which include: DUI, Speeding, Distracted Driving, and Seat Belt, with an increased emphasis on seat belt compliance.  
 
“I encourage the motoring public to do their part by practicing good safety habits each and every time they travel,” said Ford County Sheriff Mark R. Doran.  “Ford County Sheriff’s officers, along with our ISP partners, will remain vigilant in our efforts to save lives,” added Sheriff Doran. 
 
Kankakee County Sheriff Mike Downey advises all motorists to please buckle up their seatbelts and make sure everyone in their vehicle does the same.  “We have witnessed too many avoidable tragedies because a person was not using a seat belt,” said Sheriff Downey.  “A couple seconds of your time could prevent you from becoming a fatality.  If you won’t do it for yourself, do it for the people you love,” added Sheriff Downey. 
 
One of the goals of the Illinois State Police is to: "Improve the quality of life for our citizens through unimpeachable integrity, public service, training and education."  The ISP will continue to work within the community to further reduce road fatalities though educational programs that bring awareness about the major fatality contributing factors.  The public is encouraged to visit the ISP’s website at www.isp.state.il.us for more information about its safety education programs.

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Iroqouis County Sheriff's Police 4/16/18

On April 16th , 2018 Gilman Police arrested William D, Sunter, age 29, of Gilman. According to police reports, Sunter 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 April 16th, 2018 Gilman Police arrested Nicole A, Menigoz, age 20, of Gilman. According to police reports, Menigoz was charged with criminal trespass to real property. She was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where she posted the required bond and was released,

 

 
 

 

   

On April 16th, 2018 Gilman Police arrested Terry L. Blair, age 22, of Gilman. According to police reports, Blair was charged with criminal trespass to real property. He was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond.

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ISP DUI ARREST IN IROQUOIS COUNTY

On April 14, 2018 at approximately 10:36 P.M., an Illinois State Trooper was dispatched to a crash on Route 52 at 2030 N. Road in Iroquois County.  The trooper arrived on scene and spoke with the driver, Devon Weiss, 24 of Donovan .  Weiss showed signs alcohol impairment.  Weiss was placed under arrest and transported to the Iroquois County Jail for processing.  Weiss was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol.  Weiss was also issued citations for improper lane usage, operating a motor vehicle while using an electronic communication device, and operating an uninsured motor vehicle.   

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Iroqouis County Sheriff's Police 4/15/18

On April 12th, 2018 Iroquois County Sheriffs Police investigated a single vehicle accident at the intersection of Co. Rd. 3200 E. and 600 S, in Indiana. According to police reports, a vehicle driven by Michael J. Thorn, age 43, of Hoopeston was traveling west on Indiana 600 S. when he approached the intersection of Co. Rd, 3200 E. Thorn failed to notice the stop sign at the intersection and proceeded through intersection and into the west side ditch. Thorn was cited for disobeying a stop sign, and his vehicle sustained over $1500 in damage.

 

On April 14th, 2018 Iroquois County Sheriffs Police investigated a single vehicle accident at the intersection of Co. Rd. 2950 N. and 400 E. According to police reports, a vehicle driven by Tyler H, Graham, age 31, of Buckingham IL was traveling west on 2950 N. when he failed to negotiate the curve onto 400 E. Graham's vehicle proceeded through the intersection and entered the west side ditch and over turned. Graham reported minor injuries, and he was treated and released on scene. His passenger reported no injuries. No citations were issued.

 

On April 13th , 2018 Gilman Police arrested Daniel L. Taylor, age 58 of Gilman. According to police reports, Taylor was charged with domestic battery and interfering with the reporting of a domestic. He was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond.

 

On April 13th , 2018 Sheldon Police arrested Tiffany D. Burns, age 30 of Watseka. According to police reports, Burns was charged with driving while license suspended. She was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where she posted the required bond and was released.

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Watseka Police Department News for 4/15/18

  • Aldrige, Brooklyn, 18 of Watseka was issued a City Citation for illegal use of a hands free device, Thursday, in the 300 block of E, Cherry St.
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  • McVay, Kathryn, 48 of Watseka was arrested Tuesday for domestic battery in the 100 block of S. Sheridan Ave. She was transported to l,CaJ, and later released.
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  • Huttenhoff, Gary, 40 of Joliet was stopped on a traffic stop in the 500 block of W. Walnut St. for one headlight, on Friday morning. During the course of the stop it was discovered that the driver did not have proof of insurance.

He was issued a citation for no insurance, posted bond and released.

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Watseka Police Department News for 4/12/18

Police Investigated an accident which occurred on Tuesday April 10, 2018 at 12:05 P.M. In the 800 block of W. Lafayette Street. A vehicle driven by Donald W, Norder, 74 of Watseka was exiting a driveway, when his brakes failed and he rolled out into the roadway and stuck a passing semi tractor/trailer driven by Michael T. Tuell, 57 of Morocco, Indiana. No injuries were reported and no citations were issued.

2, Police investigated a hit and run accident which occurred on Thursday April 12, 2018 at 3:17 P.M. in the Dollar General parking lot. A vehicle owned by Hope Risetter of Watseka was parked and unoccupied, when another vehicle struck it and left the scene, A witness was able to provide Police with information, which led to Mary A. Cotter, 68 of Watseka being ticketed for Leaving the scene of an accident with vehicle damage. No injuries were reported,

  1. Brooklyn M. Aldrige, 18 of Watseka was issued a city citation for Driving while using a non hands free cellular device after she was stopped on E. Cherry St. near S. 4th Street. She was given a notice to pay or appear in city court.
  2. Christoper M. Laird, 44 of Watseka was issued a city citation for Failure to remove an inoperable/abandoned vehicle from the 100 block of S. Brown St., after being given a 7 day notice to do so. He was given a notice to pay or appear in city court.

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Governor Rauner requests federal assistance to help people recover from February floods

Gov. Bruce Rauner today asked President Donald Trump to approve federal assistance to help people in Iroquois, Kankakee and Vermilion counties recover from severe storms and flooding in February. 

 

“Many people affected by this flood event face a difficult road to recovery,” Rauner said. “Federal assistance is needed to help them repair their homes and replace personal property that was destroyed.”

 

Rauner noted that for many residents of Watseka, the February flood marked the third significant flood event they’ve experienced in the last three years, and the fourth in the past 10 years.

 

Joint assessment teams from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) reviewed damage in the three counties in March. Nearly 1,100 residences were impacted during this event, including 157 homes found to have sustained major damage and one home that was destroyed.

 

If Governor Rauner’s request for Individual Assistance is approved, people in the approved counties would be eligible to apply for grants and low-interest SBA loans. In addition, affected businesses would be able to apply for low-interest SBA loans.

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KAMEG Agents arrest 3 and take 3 guns off the street

On Monday, April 09, 2018, at approximately 11:30 p.m., KAMEG agents arrested Malik M. Trapp, age 20, of Pembroke, IL, Sylvester L. Braddock, age 25, of Chicago, IL, and Demetric C. Logan, age 24, of Kankakee, IL. Trapp, Braddock, and Logan were occupants in a vehicle stopped in the 1600 block of E Court Street, Kankakee, IL, which resulted in the seizure of three (3) semi-automatic handguns.

Trapp was charged with no firearm owner's identification (FOID) and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.

 

Braddock was charged with no firearm owner's identification (FOID), aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, and unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon.

 

Logan was charged with no firearm owner's identification (FOID) and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon, and unlawful possession of a weapon by a gang member.

 

Trapp, Braddock, and Logan were transported to and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

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Iroqouis County Sheriff's Police 4/11/18

On April 10th, 2018 Iroquois County Sheriffs Police investigated a two vehicle accident on 2nd St. in Cissna Park, IL. According to police reports a vehicle driven by Richard Rieches, age 66t of Onarga, IL. was traveling southbound on 2nd St. when a vehicle driven by Yazmin Renteria, age 32, of Cissna Park, IL. pulled out from a parking lot in front of Rieches. Both vehicles sustained over $1500 in damages. Both parties were transported to Carle and treated for minor injuries. No citations were issued.

 

On April 1 I th, 2018, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police investigated a single vehicle accident on Co. Hwy 43 near Co. Rd. 1630 N. According to police reports a vehicle driven by Christopher M. Pawelczak, age 35, of Watseka, IL, was traveling southbound on Co. Hwy. 43 approximately 1/2 mile north of Co, Rd. 1630 N. Palwelezak was negotiating a curve when he drifted off the west shoulder and over corrected and lost control. Palwelczak entered the east ditch, striking a culvert and the ditch embankment before overturning on the vehicle's roof. No injuries were reported and one citation was issued for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

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Iroqouis County Sheriff's Police 4/10/18

On April 8th, 2018 Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Tyler J. Henedy, age 32, of Milford, According to police reports Henedy was charged with aggrevated domestic battery and interfering with reporting of a domestic battery. Henedy was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond.

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Illinois State Police (ISP) District 21 is reporting the arrest of Rogelio Perez, 34, of Onarga for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol.

On April 9, 2018 at approximately 4:29 P.M., an Illinois State Trooper was on patrol in Iroquois County. The trooper observed a vehicle traveling above the posted speed limit and swerving all over the roadway on I-57 southbound at milepost 283.  The trooper stopped the vehicle and spoke with the driver, Rogelio Perez.  Perez showed signs of alcohol impairment.  Perez was placed under arrest and transported to the Iroquois County Jail for processing.  Perez was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and issued citations for speeding, improper lane usage, following too closely, and illegal transportation of alcohol. 

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Watseka Police Department News for 4/9/18

Austin L. Reed, 22 of Watseka was ticketed on Wednesday April 4, 2018 at 5:30 A.M. for No valid registration and Operation of an uninsured motor vehicle, after he was stopped on E, Walnut St, near Ernest Grove Parkway for having no registration on the vehicle. He posted bond and was released.

 Michael L, Sludert 28 of Watseka was arrested on Sunday April 8, 2018 at 12:28 A.M. on Walnut St. near 3 rd Street on a Peoria County warrant charging him with Battery. He was arrested after an Officer saw him and another subJect in a verbal argument and made contact with them. Sluder was found to have the active warrant. He was transported to ICSD Jail, where he was also charged with Possession of a controlled substance. He awaits a court appearance

 

Jeremy J. Laird, 37 of Watseka was arrested on Sunday April 8, 2018 at 12:33 P.M. on N, Veteran's Parkway near E. Elm Street after an Officer saw the vehicle parked and a subject slumped over inside and made contact, Laird was transported to ICSD Jail where he was charged with Possesslon of a controlled substance, Possession of drug paraphernalia, and Possession of hypodermic needles. He awaits a court appearance

 

Jordan M, Morgan, 20 and Kyle N. Martin, 21, both of Kentland, IN were arrested on Monday April 9, 2018 at 1:17 P.M. on N. 6th St. near E. Ash Street, They were arrested after an Officer recognized both subjects and was aware of active warrants for both of them. They were both arrested on Iroquois County warrants charging them both with Forgery. Martin was also charged with Possession of Hypodermic needles. They were transported to ICSD jail where they await a court appearance,

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ISP Arrests

Illinois State Police (ISP) District 21 is reporting the arrest of Sharrie L. Smith, 45, of Kankakee; Arthur P. Coleman, 40, of Sun River Terrace; Tavaras Smith, 37, of Kankakee all for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol; and Edward E. Colon, 26, of Chicago for Possession of Cannabis Over 30 Grams. 
 
On April 6, 2018 at approximately 8:46 P.M., an Illinois State Trooper was on patrol in Kankakee County.  The trooper observed a vehicle stopped on the right shoulder of I-57 southbound at milepost 317.  The trooper approached the vehicle and spoke with the driver, Sharrie 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 a citation for illegal transportation of alcohol.   
 
On April 7, 2018 at approximately 12:21 A.M., an Illinois State Trooper was on patrol in Kankakee County.  The trooper observed a traveling above the posted speed limit and swerving all over the roadway on Route 17 at Heiland Road.  The trooper stopped the vehicle and spoke with the driver, Arthur Coleman.  Coleman showed signs of alcohol impairment.  Coleman was placed under arrest and transported to the Kankakee County Jail for processing.  Coleman was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and issued citations for speeding, no valid driver’s license, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, illegal transportation of alcohol, and improper lane usage. 
 
On April 7, 2018 at approximately 1:34 A.M., an Illinois State Trooper was on patrol in Kankakee County.  The trooper observed a vehicle serving all over the roadway, fail to stop at a stop sign, and fail to use their turn signal when turning on Route 17 at Eastridge Ave.  The trooper stopped the vehicle and spoke with the driver, Tavaras Smith.  Smith showed signs 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, disobeying a traffic control device, failure to signal when turning, illegal transportation of 
alcohol, failure to secure new registration, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, driving while license revoked. 
 
 
On April 8, 2018 at approximately 1:34 A.M. an Illinois State Trooper was on patrol in Kankakee County.  The trooper observed a vehicle with no headlights activated on Route 50 at Mulligan Drive.  The trooper stopped the vehicle and spoke with the driver, Edward Colon.  A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed 139 grams of cannabis.  Colon was placed under arrest and transported to the Kankakee County Jail for processing.  Colon was charged with Possession of Cannabis Over 30 Grams and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Colon was also issued citations for improper lighting, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, driving with expired license plates, and failure to secure new registration.   
 
 

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Iroqouis County Sheriff's Police 4/8/18

On April 5th, 2018 Iroquois County Sheriffs Police investigated a car v$ deer accident on Co. Rd. 2000 east near Clayton Drive in Belmont Acres, According to police reports e vehicle driven by Andrea R.Atwood, age 26, of Watseka was traveling north on 2000 east when a cleer entered the roadway. Atwood was unable to avoid the deer and struck it with the front of the vehicle. Atwood and her passengers were uninjured, and the vehicle sustained over $1500 in damage-

 

On April 4th, 2018 Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Robert L. Shrimplin, age 49, of Sheldon.

According to police reports Shrimplin was wanted on an outstanding contempt of court warrant.

Shrimplin was aware of his warrant, and turned himself into the Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond.

 

On April 7th, 2018 Sheldon Police arrested Christopher J. Latty, age 22, of Watseka. According to police reports Latty was wanted on an outstanding Kankakee County warrant for driving while license suspended. 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 for 4/8/18

Kimber Smith, 24 of St. Anne and Charlotte Leigh, 70 of Watseka were involved in a traffic at Walnut and 2 nd St. on Friday night. No injuries were reported and no citations were issued, Both vehicles were driven from the scene.

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Watseka Police Department News for 4/6/18

 Austin Reed, 22 of Wheatfield IN was issued two citations on Wednesday, after a traffic stop on E. Walnut St. and Earnest Grove Pkwy. He was issued citations for operation of an uninsured motor vehicle, and no valid registration, He posted bond and was released

 

Johnna Branch, 47 of Watseka struck a parked vehicle in the 300 block of N. 8th St. on 04/01/18. No citations were issued and no injuries were reported.

 

Gary Frye, 20 of Chicago was issued a City Citation for soliciting on Friday in the 800 block of W. Lafayette,

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Iroqouis County Sheriff's Police 4/4/18

On April 2nd , 2018 Iroquois County Sheriffs Police investigated a two vehicle accident in Gilman near the intersection of E. Elm and S. Maple, According to police reports, a vehicle driven by Garrick R Ortman, age 64, of Gilman was stopped in the middle of the roadway on E. Elm St. A vehicle driven by Cody M. Wilken, age 30, of Gilman attempted to pass by Ortman's vehicle and when attempted Ortman took off and struck Wilken's vehicle. No injuries were reported, no citations were issued.

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Watseka Police Department News for 4/4/18

Karen Vaccaro, 56 of Joliet was arrested on Tuesday April 3, 2018 at 3:56 P.M. In the 400 block of E. Walnut for Driving under the influence of drugs, after Police were called about a suspicious vehicle parked at a business. She was also found to have an active Livingston County warrant for FTA — DUI. She was transported to ICSD Jail where she awaits a court appearance and then extradition to Livingston County.

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KAMEG Agents busy in Kankakee

On Monday, April 03, 2018, at approximately 6:50 p.m., KAMEG agents arrested Brian J. Smith, age .34, of Kankakee, for unlawful delivery of a controlled substance. During a narcotics investigation in the 400 block of Washington Avenue in Kankakee, Smith delivered 1.4 grams of suspected crack cocaine. Smith was transported to and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center

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KAMEG Agents make Drug Bust in Kankakee County

On Thursday, March 29, 2018, at approximately 1:46 p.m., KAMEG Agents with assistance from the Kankakee Gang Enforcement Tactical Unit arrested Denzell Leggett, age 21, of Kankakee, Darion Taylor, age 22, of Harvey, Kwatez McLemore, age 26, of Kankakee, and Kristopher Brown, age 22, of Kankakee after a traffic stop in the 1900 block of West Station Street in Kankakee. During the traffic stop, a stolen .380 handgun and a second handgun were recovered. Leggett, Taylor, McLemore, and Brown were arrested for aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and for possession of a stolen firearm. Leggett, Taylor, McLemore, and Brown were transported and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

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Watseka Police Department News for 4/2/18

Police Investlgated an accident which occurred on Monday April 2, 2018 at 2:36 P.M. in the Napa parking lot. A vehicle driven by Jon A. Norder, 42 of Watseka was pulling into the lot, when he did not stop in time and struck the building. No Injuries were reported and no citations were issued.

 

Amanda J, Sweeney, 31 of Watseka was issued a city ordinance citation for allowing a dog to run loose In the 500 block of E, Oak St. on Wednesday March 28, 2017 at 3:12 P.M. She was given a notice to pay or appear in city court.

 

Salvador Higareda-Perez, 53 of Watseka was issued a clty ordinance citation for Illegal burning on Sunday April 1, 2018 at 12:SO P.M. In the SOO block of S. 2nd Street. He was given a notice to pay or appear in city court.

 

Chad Roby, 22 of Chicago was Issued a city ordinance citation for Solicitation without a permit on Monday April 2, 2018 at 2:40 PIM. in the 800 block of W, Lafayette Street, He was given a notlce to pay or appear in city court.

 

.Heather M. Vaughn, 29 of Ashkum was arrested on Sunday April 1, 2018 at 12:41 A.M. on N. 5th St, near E, Ash St, for Drlvlng under the influence of drugs, Reckless conduct, Child endangerment, Obstructing Justice, and Resisting a Peace Officer, after she was stopped for falling to signal a turn. She was transported to ICSD Jail where she was also ticketed for failure to signal a turn, She awaits a court appearance.

 

Patrick M. Laird, 41 of Watseka was arrested on Sunday April 1, 2018 at 11:22 P,M, In the 100 block of S. Brown St. for Domestic battery, after Police were called to a residence there for a disturbance. He was transported to ICSD jail. 

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Watseka Police Department News for 3/31/18

Gary Griswold, 73 of Claytonville and Beth Knight, 49 ifErie, PA were involved in a traffic accident on Thursday in 200 block of E, Walnut St. No injuries were reported and no citations were issued.

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Iroqouis County Sheriff's Police 3/31/18-4/1/18

On March29 2018t Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Mason M. Wittenborn, age 21 , of Milford, IL. According to police reports, Wittenborn was charged with domestic battery, Wittenborn was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond.
 
On March 30th, 2018, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Taryn Bruens, age 19, of Watseka, IL.  According to police reports, Bruens was charged with unlawful possession of cannabis. Bruens was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where she tater posted bond and was released.
 

On April 1 st, 20181 Sheldon Police arrested Matthew S, Schroder, age 51, of Iroquois, IL. According to police reports, Schroder was charged with driving white license revoked. Schroder was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond.

 

On April 1st, 2018, Eric D, Bretzrnan, age 52, of Milford, IL. turned himself into Iroquois County Jail to start serving his 180 day sentence for driving while license is revoked.

 

On April 1 st, 2018, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police investigated a two vehicle accident on Co. Rd. 2600 E near Co. Rd. 1700 N. According to police reports a vehicle driven by Gabriel A. Schmidt-Davenport, age 18, of Sheldon, IL. was traveling southbound on Co. Rd. 2600 E when he became distracted and 
 

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Iroqouis County Sheriff's Police March 27, 2018

On March 26th, 2018, Nathan B. Lee, age 42, of Sparta, IL. turned himself in to the Iroquois County Jail. Lee was wanted on an outstanding Iroquois County warrant for writ of body. Lee later posted bond and was released. 
 
On March 24th, 2018, Iroquois County Sheriff's Police investigated a two vehicle accident on Crescent St. near Park St. in Gilman. According to police reports, a vehicle driven by Laura Barrera, age 51, of Fairbury, IL. was traveling northbound on Crescent attempting to turn into Dollar General when a vehicle driven by Monet Basler, age 23, of Gilman, IL crossed over the centerline and struck Barrera's vehicle. Basler's vehicle then continued off the roadway striking a utility pole and a speed limit sign. Both vehicles sustained over $1500 in damages. One of Basler's passengers was transported to IMH for treatment. Basler received one citation for improper lane usage. 
 

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Watseka Police Department News for 3/22/18

Police investigated an accident which occurred on Thursday March 22,2018 at 11:35 A.M. on E. Locust St. at the intersection with S. 5th Street. A vehicle driven by Faith L. Garza, 38 of Watseka was east bound on Locust St. and stopped at the stop sign for 5th Street, She then started to enter the intersection when she suddenly stopped for a vehicle coming south on 5th Street. A vehicle behind Garza, driven by Mary A. Cluver, 67 of Watseka, was not able to stop in time and struck the rear of Garza's vehicle. No injuries were reported and no citations were issued.

 

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UPDATE ON ISP TRAFFIC FATAL HIT AND RUN CRASH

WHAT:  Fatal Hit and Run Traffic Crash 
WHERE:   Interstate 57 Southbound at Milepost 253.5 (Champaign County) 
WHEN:  March 21, 2018 at 9:37 p.m. 
VEHICLES:  Unit 1: Silver 2005 Hyundai Sedan 
   Unit 2: White 2013 Buick LeCrosse 
DRIVERS:  Unit 1:  Francis C. Edelen, Male, 21, Manhattan, IL 
   Unit 2:  Stuart Anderson, Male, 65, Cissna Park, IL 
PASSENGERS: None  
PRELIMINARY: According to the preliminary crash investigation, the drivers of Unit 1 and Unit 2 were traveling southbound on I-57 at milepost 253.5.  The driver of Unit 1 struck the rear of Unit 2 causing significant damage.  Both vehicles came to rest in the right ditch.  The driver of Unit 2 was transported by ambulance to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.   
The driver of Unit 1 left the crash on foot for an unknown reason.  He was walking approximately 2/10 of a mile south of the crash and was struck and killed by an unknown vehicle or vehicles.   
SEATBELTS:  Unknown.   
CHARGES:  None 

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ILLINOIS STATE POLICE ARE SEEKING ASSISTANCE IN FATAL HIT AND RUN INVESTGATION

The Illinois State Police (ISP) is asking for assistance in locating the offending vehicle that was involved in a fatal traffic crash on I-57 southbound near Rantoul, Illinois (milepost 253.5).  The pedestrian struck and killed was a 21 year old University of Illinois student and wrestler, Francis C. Edelen, from Mahattan, Illinois.  
 
On March 21, 2018, at approximately 9:37 pm, Illinois State Police District 10 was notified of a two vehicle crash with injuries on I-57 southbound at milepost 253.5.  Upon arrival it was determined the driver of one of the vehicles left the scene of the crash on foot, possibly attempting to flag down help or get a ride.  A short distance south of the first crash location, the pedestrian, Francis C. Edelen, was struck and killed by an unknown vehicle in the right lane of traffic. The offending vehicle left the scene. 
 
Zone 5 Investigations and ISP Traffic Crash Reconstruction were contacted to conduct an investigation.  
 
Anyone with information is asked to contact ISP District 10 Pesotum at (217)-867-2050.   
 
This is an active and ongoing investigation.  There is no further information at this time.   

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LOCAL ELECTION RESULTS

Statewide Races:

Republican Nominee for Governor: Bruce Rauner defeated Jennie Ives

Democrat Nominee for Governor: J. B. Pritzker was the top vote getting over Biss

  ATTORNEY GENERAL:

Erika Harold over Gary Grasso for the republican nominee

Kwame Raoul over Former Governor Pat Quinn for the democratic nominee

State Rep. Seat for the 104th district:

Republican and Current Vermilion County Board Chair Mike Marron will face off with  

Democrat Cindy Cunningham in the General election which area covers parts of Vermilion and Champaign County

Vermilion County Sales Tax 1% for school facility purposes:

No 5,103  Yes 4,464

Potomac Proposition to establish a public library district passed 84-59

For Vermilion County Clerk, Mary Roberson won the Democrat Party’s nomination over Darrin Holycross.  She will now face current county clerk Cathy Jenkins in the General Election.

Vermilion County Board District 9 Democrats Bruce Stark and Diana Breneman won the two nominations.  Frank Hoskins finished third and out of the running

Vermilion County Board District 2 Daniel Wright picked up the Republican nomination over Barb Delanois.

 

In Iroquois County:

On the Democratic ballot, William Nutter of Watseka was a write-in candidate for county treasurer. He had to get 14 votes, and Clerk Lisa Fancher said Nutter got more than enough to move him on to the general election in November. There he will face Republican Kurt Albers, who defeated his primary challenger Christy Fink by a vote of 2,064 to 1,568.

 

In District 1, there were four candidates and residents were asks to vote for three people. There were four running, with incumbent Lyle Behrends capturing the most votes at 663. Newcomers Paul J. Ducat and Leanne Hofbauer Duby captured 560 and 508 respectively

In District 2 for county board, there were four people running, with people voting for two. Incumbent and county board chairman John Shure received the most votes at 539. Newcomer Steve Huse was second with 498 votes. Incumbent Daniel W. Pursley was third with 358 votes

 

In District 3, newcomer Joe Young got the most votes, 817. Incumbent Donna Crow was second with 735 votes. Newcomer Paul Bowers was third with 616 votes. Incumbent Vincent LaMie had 473 votes.

 

In District 4, there were three people running. Top vote-getter was newcomer John Zumwalt with 677 votes. Another newcomer, Roger Bard, was second with 470 votes. Incumbent Larry Hasbargen had 367 votes.

 

 

FORD COUNTY

Paxton resident Krisha Shoemaker appears to have defeated Roberts resident Kasi Schwarz for the Republican nomination for Ford County treasurer, according to unofficial vote totals released by the Ford County Clerk’s Office.

With all of the county’s 22 precincts reporting their results from Tuesday’s primary election, Shoemaker led by a 976-806 margin.

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Iroqouis County Sheriff's Police 3/19/18

On March 19th, 2018, Charlie Rasmussen, age 20, of Bourbonnais, IL.turned himself in to the Iroquois County Jail for failure to appear on charges of possession of alcohol by a minor. Rasmussen posted bond and was released.

 

 

On March 19th, 2018, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Edward T. Handy, age 34, of Watseka, IL, According to police reports, Handy was charged with Burglary to vehicle, theft over $500, unlawful use of a weapon, possession of a stolen firearm, and possession of an altered FOiD card. Handy was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond.

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Watseka Police Department News for 3/18/18

I. Ian M. Wlttman, 18 of Watseka and Jesse K. Calvillo, 18 of Watseka were both arrested on Saturday March 17, 2018 at 4:30 A.M. for Criminal trespass to motor vehicle and Theft under $300 after Police made contact with them and connected them to thefts from several vehicles. They were both transported to ICSD jail where they later posted bond and were released.

 

2. Alan L, Crawford, 31 of Watseka was arrested on Saturday March 17, 2018 at 11:57 P.M. in the 400 block of E. Walnut st. for Domestic battery, after Police were dispatched to a residence there for a disturbance. He was transported to ICSD Jail where he awaits a court appearance.

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Iroqouis County Sheriff's Police Weekend Report 03/16-3/17/18

On March 16th , 2018 Alphonso Steward, age 27, of Donovan turned himself in to the Iroquois County Jail to serve a one weekend sentence for driving while license suspended

 

On March 16th, 2018 Phillip Anglin, age 41 , of Gilman turned himself in to the Iroquois County Jail to begin serving a five weekend sentence for domestic battery and driving while license revoked.

 

On March 17th, 2018, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Mary M. Mezaros, age 63, of Thawville.

According to police reports, Mezaros was charged with violation of an emergency order of protection. She was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where she remains in lieu of bond.

 

On March 17th, 2018 Gilman Potice arrested Noel L. Swartz, age 22, of Gilman. According to police reports, Swartz was wanted on an outstanding Iroquois County warrant charging her with failure to appear. 

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Fatal Crash

WHAT:  Fatal Crash 
 
WHERE:   Route 9 @ 2150 E (Ford County) 
 
WHEN:  Saturday, March 17, 2018, 7:00 a.m. 
 
VEHICLE:  Unit One:  Black 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt    Unit Two:  Silver 2008 Ford Taurus SUV             DRIVER:  Unit One:  Christina I. Curtsinger, 33, Champaign    Unit Two:  Pamela D. Goff, 62, Gibson City  
 
PRELIMINARY:  Preliminary investigation has indicated the Chevrolet was traveling westbound on Route 9 at 2150 E.  The Ford was traveling eastbound at the same location.  The Chevrolet crossed over the center line striking the Ford.  The driver of the Ford was transported from the scene via ambulance to Carle Hospital and treated for injuries.  The driver of the Chevrolet was pronounced dead at the scene by the Ford County Coroner. 

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Illinois State Police Arrests

 Illinois State Police (ISP) District 21 is reporting the arrest of Robert S. Parada Jr., 51, of Frankfort for Possession of Cannabis Under 30 Grams; and Vanessa Fajardo, 19, of Chicago for Possession of Cannabis Over 30 Grams. 
 
On March 14, 2018 at approximately 3:00 P.M., an Illinois State Trooper was dispatched to a property damage crash on Route 45/52 at 12000 N Road in Kankakee County.  The trooper arrived on scene and spoke with the driver, Robert Parada Jr.  A subsequent search of Parada and the vehicle revealed more than 10 grams of cannabis and drug paraphernalia.  Prada was charged with Possession of Cannabis Under 30 Grams and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.   
 
On March 15, 2018 at approximately 9:56 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 297.  The trooper stopped the vehicle and spoke with the occupants.  A subsequent search of the occupants and the vehicle revealed 45.4 grams of cannabis and drug paraphernalia.  The passenger, Vanessa Fajardo was charged with Possession of Cannabis Over 30 Grams and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.   

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FEMA accepts request to assess Illinois flood damage

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is joining state officials to conduct damage assessments in Iroquois, Kankakee and Vermilion counties next week.

 

Governor Bruce Rauner and his team at the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) submitted the request for federal support after the three counties experienced severe flooding in February. County officials conducted initial damage assessments and found that 126 homes were destroyed or suffered major damage. Another 850 homes were also impacted by flood waters.

 

“Many people in these counties are struggling to recover from this flood and we want to do everything possible to help them,” Gov. Rauner said. “These damage assessments will provide a clearer picture of the damage and insight on what people need in order to fully get back on their feet.”

 

Personnel from FEMA, IEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and local emergency management agencies are expected to begin assessing damage to homes and businesses on Monday afternoon. The assessments will continue until complete.

 

Gov. Rauner issued a disaster proclamation for the three counties on Feb. 23 to ensure state support as communities in these counties battled flood waters.

 

The State Emergency Operations Center in Springfield was activated to coordinate state assistance to several counties affected by flooding. The assistance included 50,000 sandbags, 18 pumps with hoses, nine Illinois Department of Corrections work crews and two Emergency Management Assistance Teams.

 

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Watseka Police Department News for 3/15/18

Shai A. Arseneau, 21 of Watseka was arrested on Thursday March 15, 2018 at 7:46 A.M. on E, Oak St. near 3 rd Street on a Kankakee County warrant charging her with FTA — Theft. She was arrested after an Officer recognized her walking and was aware of an active warrant. She was then also charged with Possession of a hypodermic needle. She was transported to ICSD jail where she awaits a court appearance

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Car vs. Train Crash in Iroquois County

WHAT:  Car vs. Train Crash 
 
WHERE:   Route 24 @ Route 52 (Iroquois County) 
 
WHEN:  Thursday, March 15, 2018, 12:56 p.m. 
 
VEHICLE:  Unit One:  2018 Chevrolet Colorado    Unit Two:  Train              DRIVER:  Unit One:  Richard C. Woodlock, 89, Fowler, IN    Unit Two:  Unknown   
 
PRELIMINARY:  Preliminary investigation has indicated the Chevrolet was traveling westbound on Route 24.  The Train was traveling 15 mph northbound, crossing Route 24 and Route 52.  The Chevrolet struck the train.  The driver of the Chevrolet sustained no injuries. 

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Iroqouis County Sheriff's Police 3/15/18

On March 14th 2018, Garret J. Coffey age 33, of Milford, turned himself into the Iroquois County Jail to begin a 1 year sentence for driving while license suspended. Coffey remains at the Iroquois County Jail awaiting transfer to the Illinois Department of Corrections.

 

On March 13th, 2018 Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Jarrod Burton, age 24, of Sheldon. According to police reports, Burton was wanted on an outstanding Illinois Department of Corrections warrant charging him with escape. Burton was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he was later transferred back to the Illinois Department of Corrections.

 

On March 13th , 2018 Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested James A. Martinez, age 29, of Piper City. According to police reports, Martinez was wanted on an outstanding Iroquois County warrant charging him with failure to appear for possession of a controlled substance. He was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond and was released.

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DUI Arrest In Iroquois County

 Illinois State Police (ISP) District 21 is reporting the arrest of Roland M. Arafiles, 48, of Champaign for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol. 
 
 
On March 13, 2018 at approximately 8:07 P.M., an Illinois State Trooper was dispatched to a two vehicle crash on I-57 northbound at milepost 267 in Iroquois County.  The vehicle was traveling southbound in the northbound lanes before it crashed into another vehicle.  The driver, Roland M. Arafiles, was transported to Carle Hospital in Champaign with minor injuries.   The trooper arrived at the hospital and spoke with Arafiles.  Arafiles showed signs of alcohol impairment. Arafiles was transported to the Iroquois County Jail after being discharged from the hospital.   Arafiles was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol.  Arafiles was also issued citations for driving on the wrong side of the road, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. 

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Watseka Police Department News for 3/13/18

  1. Police investigated an accident which occurred on Sunday March 11, 2018 at 8:30 P.M. on E. Walnut St, at the Intersection with 5th Street, A vehicle driven by Terry J. Walker, 32 of Watseka was east bound on Walnut St. going through the intersection. A vehicle driven by Steven C. Varela, 19 of Sheldon was west bound on Walnut, when he stated that he blacked out and crossed over into the east bound lane, striking Walker's vehicle head on. Both parties refused treatment by EMS on scene, and no citations were issued,
  2. Police investigated an accident which occurred on Monday March 12,2018 at 8:04 A.M. on E. Lincoln St. at the intersection with S. 9th Street, A vehicle driven by Jared P. Olivetti, 39 of West Lafayette was west bound on Lincoln passing through the intersection, when a vehicle driven by Francis L. Harding, 75 of Watseka, was north bound on 9th St. and did not see Ollvetti's vehicle. Harding entered the intersection and stuck Olivetti's vehicle on the passenger side. No injuries were reported and no citations were Issued

 

  1. Gregorio Santos Jimenez, S7 of Watseka was ticketed on Sunday March 11, 2018 at 9:45 A.M. for No valid driver's license after he was stopped on W. Walnut St. near S, Yount Avenue. He was stopped after an Officer ran the registration on his vehicle and it returned that he did not have a valid driver's license. He posted bond and was released.

4, Nicole A. Walker, 35 of Watseka was arrested on Sunday March 11, 2018 at 1:28 A.M. for Driving while license suspended, and Possession of drug paraphernalia, after she was stopped on N. 6th St, near E. Oak St. for failing to signal a turn. She was transported to ICSD Jail where she later posted bond and was released.

 

  1. Howard M, Wellman, 57 of Watseka was arrested on Sunday March 22, 2018 at 6:13           for Criminal trespass to State supported property were dispatched to the 100 block of E. Cherry St. for a subject being inside of the Old Courthouse Museum. He was transported to ICSD jail where he awaits a court appearance,

 

  1. Donald E. Madison, 39 of Watseka was arrested on Sunday March 11, 2018 at 7:35 P.M. in the 100 block of E. Mulberry St. for Criminal trespass to residence, after Police were called about a subject entering a house without permission. He was transported to ICSD jail where he awaits a court appearance.

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Iroquois County Sheriff's Police

On March 9th , 2018, Kyle B. Ponton, age 27, of Kanakee, IL. turned himself into the Iroquois County Jail to start serving his weekends sentence for driving while license is revoked.

 

On March 10th, 2018, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police investigated a two semi-tractor trailer accident in the parking lot at Pilot in Gilman, IL. According to Police reports a semi driven by Michael T. Hannon, age 41, of Nolanville, TX. was attempted to park when he struck another parked semi. Both semis sustained over $1500 in damages. No citations were issued and no injuries were reported.

 

On March 11 fr , 2018$ Sheldon Police Department arrested Hilary M. Brammer, age 40, of Sheldon, IL. According to Police reports, Brammer was wanted on an outstanding Iroquois County warrant for Forgery. Brammer was transported to Iroquois County Jail where she remains in lieu of bond.

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FBI agents arrested four rural East Central Illinois men on a criminal complaint that charges them with possession of a machine gun.

On Tuesday, FBI agents arrested four rural East Central Illinois men on a criminal complaint that charges them with possession of a machine gun.

The men arrested and charged are: Michael B. Hari, 47; Joe Morris, 22; Michael McWhorter, 29; and, Ellis Mack, 18, all of Clarence, a rural community approximately 35 miles north of Champaign-Urbana.

FBI agents arrested Hari Tuesday morning as he was traveling to a court appearance in Ford County for a hearing in an alleged assault case pending against Hari.

Hari and Morris made their initial appearances in federal court Tuesday afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Eric I. Long. McWhorter and Mack will make their respective initial appearances at a date to be determined by the U.S. Clerk of the Court.

The arrest and charges were announced by FBI special agent in Charge Sean Cox of the Springfield Division and U.S. Attorney John E. Childress.

The affidavit filed in support of the complaint alleges that the four men were in possession of assault rifles from October 2017 to March 2018. According to the affidavit, law enforcement agents have gathered evidence to indicate that Hari, McWhorter and Morris were responsible for the bombing of a mosque in Bloomington, Minn., on Aug. 5, 2017, and the attempted bombing of the Women’s Health Practice in Champaign on Nov. 7, 2017.

Tuesday morning, law enforcement agents executed search warrants at the home of Hari’s parents in Paxton. According to the affidavit, Hari often stays at his parents’ home because his home has no running water or electricity. A search warrant was also executed at a store/office owned by Hari, located at 100 S. Main Road in Clarence.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Springfield Division, FBI Minneapolis Division, University of Illinois Police Department, Ford County Sheriff’s Office, Champaign Police Department, Illinois State Police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are continuing the investigation.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jason M. Bohm and Eugene L. Miller are representing the government on behalf of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, working in coordination with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Minnesota.

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ISP Arrests

Illinois State Police (ISP) District 21 is reporting the arrest of Nathan J. Hoffman, 22, of Cullom for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol; Steven L. Schroeder, 59, of Carmi for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol; Jaliel D. Bernard, 25, of Chicago and Naketta L. Johnson, 31, of Chicago both for Credit Card Fraud. 
 
On March 9, 2018 at approximately 11:00 P.M., an Illinois State Trooper was dispatched to a two vehicle crash on 1200E at 2400N Road in Ford County.  The trooper arrived on scene and spoke with the driver, Nathan Hoffman.  Hoffman showed signs of alcohol impairment.  Hoffman was transported to Riverside Hospital due to his injuries.   Hoffman was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol.  Hoffman was also issued citations for speeding, improper lane usage, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. 
 
On March 10, 2018 at approximately 12:14 A.M., an Illinois State Trooper was on patrol in Iroquois County.  The trooper observed a vehicle traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes on Route 24 at 200 E. Rd.  The trooper stopped the vehicle and spoke with the driver, Steven Schroeder.  Schroeder showed signs of alcohol impairment.  Schroeder was placed under arrest and transported to the Iroquois County Jail for processing.  Schroeder was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and issued a citation for improper lane usage. 
 
On March 11, 2018 at approximately 5:50 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 294.  The trooper stopped the vehicle and spoke with the occupants, Jaliel Bernard and Naketta Johnson.  A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed several fraudulent credit cards.  Bernard and Johnson were both placed under arrest and transported to the Iroquois County Jail for processing.  Bernard and Johnson were charged with Possession of Another’s Credit/Debit Card and Possession of an Altered or Counterfeited Card.  Johnson was also issued a citation for speeding.   

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Iroquois Federal Foundation Flood Donation and Community Support

The Iroquois Federal Foundation announced that they recently made a $20,000 contribution to the Iroquois County Long Term Recovery Committee to assist with their efforts in helping Iroquois County residents affected by the current flooding disaster. As the damage assessment continues, initial estimates indicate that over 225 homes throughout Iroquois County have been impacted by this disaster.

 

“Iroquois Federal, established in 1883, has always been an active participant in our communities,” stated Walter “Chip” Hasselbring, President and CEO of Iroquois Federal. “In addition to the direct financial support provided to the community, we will again establish a special flood deposit account for flood damage insurance checks.  Flood victims will earn a higher rate of interest for a period of time while waiting for the repairs or raising of their homes. Our loan officers continue to work with our borrowers and other residents to discuss options to mediate other issues associated with the flooding. And our team at Iroquois Insurance is well versed on benefits, costs and availability of flood insurance for individuals both in and out of the designated flood hazard area.

In fact, our staff at all locations continue to be active volunteers, donating hours of personal service along with financial expertise; assisting neighbors, families, friends, schools, churches and many other local community organizations in both good times and not-so-good times. This kind of effort and commitment truly makes a difference.”

 

The Iroquois County Long Term Recovery Committee, a 501(c)3 designated organization was formed in 2008 when Watseka and Iroquois County experienced two 100-year floods within 45 days. The committee consists of many individuals representing various relief organizations throughout Iroquois County.

 

The Iroquois Federal Foundation was established in July, 2011 and since that time has awarded over $1,370,000 to 501(c)3 organizations in the Illinois counties of Champaign, Iroquois, Kankakee, and Vermilion and the Osage Beach, Missouri area.  

 

The Foundation has identified five areas that it emphasizes in support: affordable housing, education, health and human services, youth programs and general community improvement.  Grant applicants must demonstrate Section 501(c)3 or other non-profit status and relevance to the Foundation’s areas of giving.

 

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Loda Man loses life in accident

No foul play is suspected in the death of a Loda man who went missing from Penfield and was found three days later underneath his crashed pickup truck in a Ford County ditch.

Ford County Sheriff’s Lt. Pat Duffy said in a news release that 47-year-old Daniel Starkey was last seen with friends at a Penfield tavern around 9 p.m. Sunday and was reported missing on Monday.

Around 2 p.m. Wednesday, a passer-by spotted Mr. Starkey’s 2004 F250 pickup truck in a drainage ditch near Clarence on Ford County Road 2600 East, near County Road 250 North. 

Duffy said it appears the truck was northbound when it left the road to the west, striking and damaging a bridge guard rail. The truck then entered an approximately 20-foot-deep ditch, impacting the embankment.

Mr. Starkey was ejected from the truck and was found under the truck in the drainage ditch, which had about 3 feet of water flowing in it, Duffy said.

Mr. Starkey was pronounced dead at the scene at 4:22 p.m. Wednesday by Ford County Coroner Rick Flessner.

Duffy said an investigation into the crash was not complete as of Thursday morning.

Assisting at the crash site were Rankin firefighters, Paxton firefighters, Paxton Emergency Management Agency personnel and Reynolds Towing.

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