WIQI News Archives for 2018-05

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

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

 

            The Treasurer’s Office is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.  To avoid waiting in line, you may also pay by mail, or at any bank in Iroquois County including Iroquois Federal, Commonwealth Credit Union and First State Bank of Forrest.  If you pay in person, please bring the entire bill if you want a receipt.  If you mail your payment and wish to have a receipt, you must enclose the entire bill plus a self-addressed stamped envelope.

 

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

 

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

 

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ISP DUI Arrests

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

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3 Guns of the street in Kankakee County

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

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

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

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Iroquois County Sheriff's Police 5/24/18

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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Watseka Police Department News 5/24/18

Police investigated an accident which occurred on Monday May 21,

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

 

 Police investigated an accident which occurred on Wednesday May 23,

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Hazardous Materials in Coon Creek & Sugar Creek

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Iroquois County Sheriff's Police 5/20/18

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

 

 

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

 

 
 


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

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

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Iroquois County Sheriff's Police 5/17/18

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

 

 

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

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

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Personal Injury Crash

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

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Watseka Police Department News 5/16/18

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

Mr. Eimen also recommends that well owners: 

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

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

 

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Iroquois County Sheriff's Police 5/15/18

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

 

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

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Watseka Police Department News 5/15/18

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

 

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

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FATAL CRASH-GOODLAND, IN

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

The cause of this crash remains under investigation.

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Iroquois County Sheriff's Police 5/14/18

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

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

 

           
       
 
 
 

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

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

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SBA Opens Disaster Loan Outreach Centers in Illinois

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Watseka Police Department News

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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Watseka Police Department News

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

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

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

 Alisa Stanis, 30 of Watseka was arrested Tuesday after

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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Iroquois County Sheriff's Police

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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Iroquois County Sheriff's Police 5/7/18

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Watseka Police Department News for 5/7/18

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Iroquois County Sheriff's Police 5/2/18

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Watseka Police Department News for 5/1/18

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

 

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

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

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