WIQI News Archives for 2018-03

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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Watseka Police Department News for 3/8/18

Police investigated an accident Tuesday 3/6/18. Lukas Ball 16 of Watseka lost control of his car on west Lincoln, left the roadway and struck a utility polw. Ball was ticketed for reduce speed to avoid an accident. 

 

 

Police investigated an accident Thursday 3/8/18 at West Walnut and North Kay Gene Hammac, 70 of St. Anne was east bound with slow moving traffic when Mary Raymond 63 of Watseka was unable to slow down and struck Hammac. No citations were issued. 

 

 

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ONARGA ACADEMY CLASSIC IN TWO WEEKS Only One Week Left to Register Teams

The Onarga Academy Classic 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament will be held on Friday, March 23, and Saturday, March 24, 2018. Teams must register by Monday, March 19, 2018 to play. The Onarga Lions and Onarga Academy will host a pancake and sausage breakfast before the tournament on Saturday from 7 to 11 a.m. in Onarga Academy’s dining hall.

 

Teams in our oldest age group, 19 years and older, will play on the evening of Friday, March 23. All other age brackets will play on Saturday, March 24, beginning at 8 a.m. Team registration is $60 and includes t-shirts for each player and a guaranteed two games of play. Team brackets will be announced on the Onarga Academy Facebook page, www.facebook.com/OnargaAcademy.

 

Teams can register online at www.OnargaAcademyEvents.org, or can download and print the form for paper registration. The Classic will be held at Onarga Academy’s recreation center at 300 East Seminary, Onarga, IL.

 

The Onarga Academy Classic has been bringing the community together since 1994. The funds raised directly benefit our youth by investing in resources to build confidence, self-esteem, and teach life skills to our youth. For questions about the event, please contact Laura Vecchetti at events@nexus-ona.org or by phone at 815-268-4001. 

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Iroquois County Sheriff's Police 3-7-18

March 7, 2018 NEWS RELEASE 
 
On Wednesday, March 7, 2018, the Iroquois County Sheriff's Office investigated a fatal two car accident at the intersection of County Roads 2300 N and 300 E. 64 year-old Gregory Ainsworth of rural Danforth, IL, was westbound on County Road 2300 N when he was struck on the driver's side by a northbound vehicle being driven by 52 year-old Terri Vadebcincoeur of Onarga, IL. Mr, Ainsworth was pronounced dead at the scene by Iroquois County Coroner Bill Cheatum, while Ms. Vadeboncoeur and a passenger in her vehicle were transported to Riverside Hospital in Kankakee, IL, with non-life threatening injuries. The Sheriff's Office, which continues to investigate the accident in conjunction with the Iroquois County Coroner's Office, was assisted at the scene by the Danforth Fire Department and Riverside Ambulance. 

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UPDATE: Iroquois County EMA Press Release

UPDATE:  Wednesday 3/7/2018 8:33pm CT:  The American Red Cross shelter at Trinity Church has closed. The animal shelter has also closed.
 
Iroquois County EMA has been performing damage assessment to compile and attempt to apply for federal aid. As of now, FEMA is not here, and there is no promise of FEMA assistance. Iroquois County EMA is working with local and state officials to pursue assistance.
 
As families return to their homes, they will need to contact their insurance companies, qualified inspectors/contractors, and/or their landlords.
• Landlords are responsible for their property, including its maintenance and repair.
• Ameren and Nicor will not reconnect services until the homeowner has a qualified electrician and/or plumber inspect their home and provide a receipt.
• If you have insurance, call your insurance agent!
• Be wary of mold in homes. Further information on mold in homes can be found at the ICPHD website at http://www.co.iroquois.il.us/health-department/environmental-health/emergency-preparedness/. 
• Pets are susceptible to mold.  Make sure your home is ready for your pet.
• Beware of predatory contractors.
• Watseka will begin picking up flood garbage tomorrow. Residents should bring the garbage to the curb. Electronics, hazardous materials, and tires will not be taken.
 
If people are looking to donate to the cause, monetary donations can be sent to their favorite charity or the Iroquois County Long-Term Recovery Committee at the First Trust & Savings Bank at PO Box 160, 120 E. Walnut Street, Watseka. The Long-Term Recovery Committee reconvened today, and will begin assessments from known flood victims soon.
 
Muck-out operations are on-going. Lutheran Church Ministries and Baptist Disaster Relief are planning more work orders for muck-out, so to request assistance, contact Iroquois County EOC at (815) 432-6997. In order to have these teams help clean your home, a responsible adult must be present. Muck out does not replace professional services.
 
In addition, International Disaster Emergency Service (IDES) is organizing through Centennial Christian Church in Watseka. IDES is working to provide flood victims with sheds, and will start working this Friday. If you are a flood victim and are in need of a shed, contact the Centennial Christian Church at (815) 432-3812. Sheds will be provided based on need and availability.
 
Iroquois County EMA would like to thank the multitudes of agencies and individuals that have helped with the flood relief efforts. The amount of selfless service and neighborly love given to flood victims has proven to be nothing short of awe-inspiring. The response is over, and recovery is in full swing. The work continues to help people return to their lives.
 
 
UPDATE:  Tuesday 2/27/2018 11:07pm CT:  Waters in Iroquois County continue to recede. The west junction of US 24 and IL 1 is open, as well as all county roads. Curfew has ended in Watseka.
 
8 homes in Milford, 24 homes in Woodland, and approximately 200 homes in Watseka have been affected by flooding. Approximately 20 to 50 homes in rural parts of Iroquois County have been affected.
 
The American Red Cross shelter at Trinity Church is open, and currently has 40 occupants.
The animal shelter at Jefferson Plaza is open, and currently has 22 pets.
 
Iroquois County, City of Watseka, and the State of Illinois have all declared disasters, with Watseka extending their declaration this evening. The Iroquois County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is open to coordinate recovery efforts. If your home was damaged by flood, please report it to the EOC at (815) 432-6997.
 
As families return to their homes, they will need to contact their insurance companies, qualified inspectors/contractors, and/or their landlords.
• Landlords are responsible for their property, including its maintenance and repair.
• Ameren and Nicor will not reconnect services until the homeowner has a qualified electrician and/or plumber inspect their home and provide a receipt.
• If you have insurance, call your insurance agent!
• Be wary of mold in homes. Further information on mold in homes can be found at the ICPHD website at http://www.co.iroquois.il.us/health-department/environmental-health/emergency-preparedness/. 
• Beware of predatory contractors.
• Pets are susceptible to mold.  Make sure your home is ready for your pet.
 
If people are looking to donate to the cause, monetary donations can be sent to the Iroquois County Long-Term Recovery Committee at the First Trust & Savings Bank at PO Box 1160, 120 E. Walnut Street, or your charity of choice. For material donations, check the WIQI radio website for drop off sites and what items to donate, or call them at (815) 432-1097.
 
Iroquois County is hosting a flood help resource center at the Big R warehouse at 433 W. Walnut Street in Watseka on Thursday & Friday from 9 AM to 9 PM. Numerous charities, governmental agencies, and other organizations will be setup there to meet with flood victims to provide assistance.
 
Lutheran Church Ministries and Team Rubicon are assembling to perform muck-out operations in Iroquois County on 3rd March. To request assistance, contact Iroquois County EOC at (815) 432-6997. In order to have these teams help clean your home, a responsible adult must be present. Muck out does not replace professional services.
 
 
UPDATE:  Monday 2/23/2018 9:34pm CT:  Water continues to recede in Iroquois County. Iroquois River has dropped to minor flood stage. There are still numerous road closures in Iroquois County. Reminder: do not drive through flooded roads. Turn around, don’t drown.
 
8 homes in Milford, 24 homes in Woodland, and approximately 200 homes in Watseka have been affected by flooding. Approximately 20 to 50 homes in rural parts of Iroquois County have been affected.
 
The American Red Cross shelter at Trinity Church is open, and currently has 42 occupants.
The animal shelter at Jefferson Plaza is open, and currently has 26 pets.
 
Iroquois County declared a county-wide disaster on Wednesday at 15:30. The City of Watseka declared a disaster as of 18:00 on Thursday, and has established a 9 PM to 4 AM curfew. The State of Illinois declared a disaster for Iroquois, Kankakee, and Vermilion counties Friday. The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is open, coordinating with all local responders, county agencies, NGOs, and the State to respond and recover from this disaster. Residents whom have received flood damage to their homes are encouraged to report that to the EOC at (815) 432-6997. Residents along Iroquois River in northern Iroquois County are encouraged to send flooding reports to the EOC, and evacuate if necessary. If you need to be evacuated, call 911.
 
As families return to their homes, they will need to contact their insurance companies, qualified inspectors/contractors, and/or their landlords.
• Landlords are responsible for their property, including its maintenance and repair.
• Ameren and Nicor will not reconnect services until the homeowner has a qualified electrician and/or plumber inspect their home and provide a receipt.
• If you have insurance, call your insurance agent!
• Be wary of mold in homes. Further information on mold in homes can be found at the ICPHD website at http://www.co.iroquois.il.us/health-department/environmental-health/emergency-preparedness/. 
• Beware of predatory contractors.
• Pets are susceptible to mold.  Make sure your home is ready for your pet.
 
Those looking to donate can give to their charity of choice or the Iroquois County Long-Term Recovery Committee. The Long-Term Recover Committee is accepting donations at the First Trust & Savings Bank at PO Box 160, 120 E. Walnut Street in Watseka. For material donations, contact WIQI radio (815) 432-1097.
 
Lutheran Church Ministries is assembling to perform muck-out operations in Iroquois County on 3rd March. To request assistance, contact Iroquois County EOC at (815) 432-6997.
 
 
UPDATE Thursday 2/22/2018 11:31am CT:  Flooding update.
 
Water has or is draining form the Cissna Park area. Officials are working on assessing any road damage.
 
Milford has 4 homes affected by flooding. Water has ceased rising there and is expected to begin receding. Iroquois EMA will conduct initial damage assessment there tomorrow.
 
Flooding is occurring in Woodland, Watseka, and areas north of Watseka along Iroquois River. Watseka Fire Department started receiving evacuation calls last night around 18:30. Numerous volunteer evacuations have occurred. Over 100 homes in Watseka are affected, and rapid assessment of Woodland is underway. A boil order has been issued for Woodland.
 
The American Red Cross has opened up a shelter at Trinity Church on the east side of Watseka. There are 32 occupants currently.
 
Iroquois County Animal Control has opened up an animal shelter at Jefferson Plaza, located on the southwest corner of the east intersection of US 24 and IL 1. There are currently 5 pets being sheltered.
 
Iroquois County declared a county-wide disaster yesterday at 15:30. EMA opened up the emergency operations center yesterday, and is coordinating with all local responders, county agencies, NGOs, and the State to respond and recover from this disaster.
 
Sugar Creek at Milford crested at 28.52 feet yesterday around 16:00. It is still in major flood stage.
Iroquois River at Iroquois crested at 26.06 feet shortly after midnight. It is still in major flood stage.
Iroquois River at Chebanse is currently at 19.23 feet, and is forecasted to crest at 22.9 feet at 18:00 on Friday, which is above the record level.
Water in Watseka is still rising, but had the rate of increase has slowed down substantially.
 
 
Flooding is occurring throughout Iroquois County. Heavy rains, snow melt, and partially flooded ground has led to flash, road, and small creek flooding. All of Iroquois County has minor impacts.
 
Throughout last night and this evening, there have been a number of vehicles getting stuck in flooded roads. No injuries have been reported. As water drains and flows, roads may clear and flood rapidly. Do not drive across a flooded roadway. Drive with caution, especially at night.
 
Multiple jurisdictions have experienced in-town flooding, including Stockland, Milford, and Cissna Park. Rural areas are flooding as well. Woodland and Watseka are preparing for river flooding. Only a handful of residential flooding has occurred so far, not including basement seepage. Iroquois County EMA has opened the Emergency Operations Center, and is tracking damage and coordinating resources and situational awareness throughout Iroquois County. Presently, Sugar Creek and Iroquois River are both in major flood stage. Residents in flood-prone areas are highly encouraged to prepare in case of evacuation.
 
The American Red Cross will open up a shelter for residents that need to evacuate at Trinity Church in Watseka starting at 17:00 (5 PM) tonight. This shelter is open to all evacuated residents in Iroquois County.
 
Iroquois County Animal Control is opening an animal shelter. If you need to evacuate and need a safe place for your pets, contact Animal Control through 911.
 
Iroquois County EMA will send out updates. 
 

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Watseka Police Department News for March 5, 2018

Watseka Police News Release 
03-05-18
 
1. Thomas J. Kusman, 44 of Watseka was arrested on Monday March 5, 2018 at 2:17 P.M. in the 700 block of N. Virginia St. on an Iroquois County warrant charging him with FTA — Theft under $500. He was transported to ICSD Jail where he awaits a court appearance. 
 
2. At the conclusion of an investigation into a hit and run accident that occurred on Sunday March 4, 2018 at 5:46 P.M. in the 500 block of N. 5th Street, Teresa Duncan-Bolt, 61 of Watseka was arrested on Monday March 5, 2018 at 4:20 P.M. at the Watseka Police Department and charged with Criminal damage to property over $500. She was transported to 1CSD jail where she was also ticketed for Leaving the scene of a vehicle damage accident and Failure to report an accident to Police. She awaits a court appearance. 
 
 
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Iroqouis County Sheriff's Police March 3&4, 2018

News Release March 3rd, 2018 
 
On February 28th, 2018, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Tyler L. Dixon, age 34, of Gilman, IL. According to police reports, Dixon was wanted on an outstanding Iroquois County warrant charging him with driving while license revoked, fleeing and eluding, and resisting arrest. He was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond. 
On February 28th, 2018, Terrance J. Morris, age 25, of Danville, IL. turned himself in to start his 2 year sentence in Department of Corre.;;tions for unlawful use of a weapon by a felon. On March 1st, 2018, Iroquois County Sheriff's Police arrested Tyler L. Dixon, age 34, of Gilman, IL. According to police reports, Dixon was charged with violation of order of protection. He was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond. On March 161, 2018, Onarga PD arrested Julian Munoz, age 29, of Onarga, IL. According to police reports, Munoz was wanted on an outstanding Ford County warrant He was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond, 
On March 2nd, 2018, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Tyler J. Bruens, age 22, of Watseka, IL.. According to police reports Bruens was wanted on an outstanding Benton County, IN. warrant for being a fugitive from justice. Bruens was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond. 
On March 2nd, 2018, Dale Griffin, age 53, of Ashkum, IL. turned himself into the Iroquois County Jail to start serving his 15 weekends sentence at the Iroquois County Jail for driving under the influence. 
 
 
News Release March 4th, 2018 
 
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Business Phone 0115) 432-6992 Fax (815) 432-6996 
On March 3rd, 2018, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police investigated a single vehicle accident on Co. Rd. 3000 N. just west of 1600 E. According to police reports, a vehicle driven by a 16 year old juvenile, was traveling east on Co. Rd. 3000 N. when the vehicle went off the roadway in the south ditch and overcorrected crossing back over the roadway. The vehicle then entered the north ditch and struck the embankment causing the vehicle to overturn coming to rest on the vehicle's roof. No injuries were reported, and no citations were issued. 
On March 3rd, 2018, Iroquois County Sheriff's Police returned from the Champaign County Jail with Steve Martin, age 48, of Champaign, IL. According to police reports, Martin was wanted on an outstanding Iroquois County warrant charging him with failure to appear for driving while license is revoked. He was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond. 
 

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Watseka Police Department News for March 2-4, 2018

Watseka Police Departmentt. News Release 03 02 18 
• Amy Papineau, 32 of Martinton and Harold Longfellow 91 of Watseka were involved in a traffic accident in the 1000 block of E. Walnut St. on Tuesday. No injuries were reported. No citations were issued. • Nicole Theofield Adams, 30 of Watseka was arrested on an Iroquois County Warrant for criminal damage to property on Tuesday, in the 400 block of W. Walnut St. She was transported to She has since posted bond and released. 
 
• Brent Durflinger, 37 of Watseka was arrested after a traffic stop at E, Walnut St. and 5th St. on Wednesday. He was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of a hypodermic needle, and possession of drug equipment. He was transported to and later turned over to Champaign County. 
 
• Nancy Turner, 77 of Watseka and Michael Holmes 46 of Tuscola IL were involved in a traffic accident Thursday in the area of S. 10th and E. Grant St. No injuries were reported. No citations were issued. 
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Watseka Police Department News Release 
03-04-18 
 
1. Trenton P. Hemp, 18 of Milford was issued a City citation on Friday March 2, 2018 at 10:28 P.M. for Operation of a motor vehicle displaying an expired registration sticker. Hemp was stopped on Route 24 near 1850 N. Road for the expired sticker. He was given a notice to pay or appear and released.
 
2. Anthony J. Morgan, 26 of Sheldon was ticketed on Saturday March 3, 2018 at 11:30 A.M. for Speeding on W. North St, near N. Wabash Street. He posted bond and was released. 
 
3. Cecil E. Coffey, 50 of Watseka ticketed on Sunday March 4, 2018 at 4:01 P.M. for Operation of a motor vehicle with suspended registration for non-insurance. He was stopped on W. Walnut St. near Victory after an Officer ran the registration on his vehicle and It returned suspended. He posted bond and was released. 
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