WIQI News Archives for 2018-08

Iroquois County Sheriff's Police 8/31/18

 

 
 

 

 
 


On August 28th, 2018, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Steven G, Houser, age 44, of Donovan. According to police reports, Houser was wanted on an outstanding Kankakee County warrant charging him with failure to appear for driving white license revoked. 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 8/30/18

Watseka Police investigated a two-vehicle accident in the 200 block of E Fairman at 6:56 A.M. on August 28th . Police determined the damage was under $1,500 so both owners exchanged information.

Watseka Police responded to five 911 calls in the 100 block of E Lincoln at 7:08 A.M. on August 28th. Police determined it was a child playing with the phone,

Watseka Police investigated a report of a vehicle that had been struck by another vehicle while it was parked in the 200 block of E Fairman, The owner reported she believes her vehicle had been struck sometime between the hours of 7 A.M. until 3:30 P.M. on August 26th.

Watseka Police investigated a report of reckless conduct in the 100 block of E Walnut at 12:11 P.M. on August 28th,

Watseka Police investigated a report of a driver without a driver's license in the 100 block of N Eighth at 2:38 P.M. on August 28th.

Watseka Police assisted a driver with a disabled vehicle on S Third St at 5:40 P.M. on August 28th . Police and the owner were able to push it off the roadway.

Watseka Police investigated a report of a suspicious person in the 400 block of E oak at 6:58 P.M. on August 28th .

Watseka Police investigated a report of suspicious persons in the 300 block of W Victory at 7:57 P.M. on August 28th.

Watseka Police responded to a domestic disturbance in the 500 block of S Fourth at 8:17 P.M. on August 28th.

Watseka Police investigated a domestic disturbance in the 300 block of E Cherry at 9:38 P.M. on August 28th ,

Watseka Police responded to a 911 hang up in the 100 block of S Fourth at 9:43 P.M. on August 28th .

Watseka Police responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle in the 1700 block of E Walnut at 2:38 A.M. on August 29th.

Watseka Police responded to a report of theft in the 200 block of N Fourth at 4:43 A.M. on August 29th .

Watseka Police investigated a two-vehicle accident at 11:16 A.M. in the 400 block of E Elm on August 29th . According to Police reports, vehicle driven by Effie M Stone, 71 Watseka was backing out of driveway and struck a parked vehicle belonging to Patricia L Don Idson, 69 Watseka. No injuries were reported and no citations were is ued.

Watseka Police Investigated a report of criminal damage to vehi les in the 300 block of Old US 24 at 12:29 P.M. on August 29th.

Watseka Police responded to a report of an injured opossum in he 300 block of N Chicago at 2:07 P.M. on August 29th .

Watseka Police responded to a report of an unwanted person in the

600 block of N Clarence at 2:22 P.M. on August 29th ,

Watseka Police responded to a report of forgery in the 100 bloc of E Walnut at 2:41 P.M. on August 29th ,

Watseka Police responded to a report of solicitors in the 500 blo k of N Third at 3:02 P.M. on August 29th .

Watseka Police responded to a report of theft in the 200 block o E

Fairman at 3:34 P.M. on August 29th ,

Watseka Police responded to a report of a city ordinance violati n in the 400 block of N Second at 7:44 P.M. on August 29th.

Watseka Police responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle in he 100 block of E Washington St at 8:38 P.M. on August 29th .

Watseka Police responded to a domestic dispute in the 100 bloc of E Creekside Court at 11:29 P.M. on August 29th .

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KAMEG Agents make Drug Bust in Kankakee County

On Monday, June 27, 2018, at approximately 8:12 p.m., KAMEG agents executed a search warrant at 572 Stockton Heights Drive, Bourbonnais, IL. During a search, agents located approximately 15.59 pounds of suspected cannabis and 17.37 pounds of suspected cannabis edibles. KAMEG Agents also located ammunition.

Brice A. Mixon, age 20, was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of cannabis with intent to deliver over 5000 grams and possession of ammunition by a felon. Mixon was transported to and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center. KAMEG was assisted by the Bourbonnais Police Department.

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BIG R HAS SOLD

Jerry Gibbs no longer is in the retail business.

The Watseka businessman who helped transform Big R from a small Illinois-based farm and general merchandise retail outlet into a thriving and growing Midwest business confirmed Monday he has sold his majority share of the business.


Gibbs owned 23 Big R stores in the states of Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Wisconsin. The company’s corporate office and warehouse also are located in Watseka.

Big R employs slightly more than 1,100.

Gibbs stated he sold his stake of Big R to Matt Whebbe, 39, of St. Paul, Minn., and Joda Crabtree, who is a son of the store’s founders, Bill and Pat Crabtree. Joda will remain a part-owner of Big R.

Terms of the Aug. 17 sale were undisclosed.

The new ownership is readying plans to add a third store in Ohio and four to six locations within the next two years in Michigan. Currently, Big R does not currently have stores in Michigan.

“I believe there are a lot of fun things we can do, and there are some additions we can make here (Watseka),” Whebbe said. He said he loves what he has seen in Watseka.

 

“The company has built a great platform,” he said. He acknowledged he’s going to have to work to win over staff and customers because Gibbs was so popular and connected.

“It will be one person at a time. I know change is hard. I’ve told employees already: Don’t hear my words. Watch my actions.”

The 71-year-old Gibbs, a native of Tennessee, said he had been looking to “slow down” his role in the business, but he was having trouble doing so. He described himself as semi-retired the past couple years, but found himself remaining very involved.

“I decided I was going to go all in or all out,” he said.

He had some general talks with Whebbe during the past three years, and those talks turned serious this past winter and spring.

They came to terms and signed documents about two weeks ago. Gibbs informed his employees shortly after the deal was signed.

He said all employees will remain and the store will maintain the Big R name.

READ THE FULL STORY IN THE KANKAKEE DAILY JOURNAL 

 

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Watseka Police Department News 8/28/18

Watseka Police responded to a report of a domestic disturbance in the 700 block of E Sycamore at 6:57 A.M. on August 27th .

Watseka Police investigated a report of trespassing in the 500 block of W Walnut at 7:58 A.M. on August 27th .

Watseka Police responded to a juvenile problem in the 100 block of E Creekside Court at 8:32 A.M. on August 27th .

Watseka Police responded to a report of a public service call in the 800 N Virginia at 10:34 AM, on August 27th .

Watseka Police responded to a report of a battery in the 400 block of W Walnut at 10:37 A.M. on August 27 th.

Watseka Police responded to a report of found items in the 500 block of S Tenth at 11:46 A.M. on August 27th .

Watseka Police responded to a report of drug traffic in the 300 block of W Park at 12:17 P.M. on August 27th .

Watseka Police responded to a 911 misdial in the 1400 block of E Walnut at 12:33 P.M. on August 27th .

Watseka Police responded to a report of a civil disturbance in the 500 block of E oak at 3:25 P.M. on August 27th.

Watseka Police responded to a report of theft in the 700 block of E Raymond Road at 4:00 P.M. on August 27th .

Watseka Police responded to a report of suspicious persons in the 900 block of S Fourth at 4:49 P.M. on August 27th .

Watseka Police investigated a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of Second & Walnut at 5:10 P.M. on August 27th . According to Police reports, a vehicle driven by Thomas D Gregorash, 22 Watseka was Eastbound on Walnut when the light turned green. Gregorash then let off the brake and was unable to stop when a vehicle driven by Rachel M Hagadonj 43 Rensselaer IN did not start in traffic, No injuries were reported and no citations were issued.

Watseka Police investigated a report of a missing child in the 600 block of N Market at 5:16 P.M. on August 27th. The child was later located in the residence.

Watseka Police responded to nine 911 hang-up calls in the 100 block of E Lincoln at 7:25 P.M. on August 27th . Police determined a young child was playing with the phone.

Watseka Police responded to a report of harassment in the 500 block of N Fifth at 7:35 P.M. on August 27th .

Watseka Police responded to a report of a snake in a residence in the 300 block of E Ash at 3:36 A.M. on August 28th . Police were able to get the snake out of the residence.

Watseka Police responded to a report of a suspicious person in the 400 block of E Mulberry at 4:43 A.M. on August 28th .

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ISP Arrests

ASHKUM, IL- Illinois State Police (ISP) District 21 is reporting the arrest of Shannon D. Voss, 46, of Joliet for DUI; Charles J. Clevenger, 28, of Kankakee for DUI; Terrance K. Collins, 38, of Chicago for Possession of Cannabis; Athmane Djaid, 21, of Chicago and Abedeljalil Atiyeh, 20, of Chicago for Possession of Cannabis; and Jose MoralesVargas, 32, of Crete for DUI.

 

 

On August 23, 2018 at approximately 1:24 A.M., an Illinois State Trooper was on patrol in Kankakee County. The trooper observed a vehicle traveling 22 mph in a 55 mph zone and driving halfway on the shoulder on Route 45 at 5000N. The trooper stopped the vehicle a spoke with the driver, Shannon Voss. Voss showed signs of alcohol impairment. Voss was placed under arrest and transported to the Kankakee County Jail for processing. Vossi was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and issued a citation for improper lane usage.

 

On August 23, 2018 at approximately 3:04 A.M., an Illinois State Trooper was on patrol in Kankakee County. The trooper observed a vehicle traveling above the posted speed limit and swerving all over the roadway on Route 45 at 3500 S. The trooper stopped the vehicle and spoke with the driver, Charles Clevenger. Clevenger showed signs of alcohol impairment. Clevenger was placed under arrest and transported to the Kankakee County Jail for processing. Clevenger was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and issued citations for speeding, improper lane usage, following too closely, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, and driving while license suspended.

 

On August 25, 2018 at approximately 5:18 P.M., and Illinois State Trooper was on patrol in Iroquois County. The trooper observed a vehicle traveling above the post speed limit on 1-57 southbound at milepost 287. The trooper stopped the vehicle and spoke with the driver, Terrance Collins. A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed 23.64 grams of cannabis. Collins was charged with Possession of Cannabis Under 30 Grams.

 

On August 25, 2018 at approximately 5:58 P.M. an Illinois State Trooper was on patrol in Iroquois County. The trooper observed a vehicle traveling above the posted speed limit on 1-57 northbound at milepost 286. The trooper stopped the vehicle and spoke with the occupants. A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed a total of 38.2 grams of cannabis. The driver, Anthmane Djaid, and passenger, Abedeljlil Atiyeh were both charged with Possession of Cannabis Under 30 Grams.

 

On August 25, 2018 at approximately 10:13 P.M., an Illinois State Trooper was dispatched to a single vehicle crash on Route 17 at 16000 E. in Kankakee County. The trooper arrived on scene and spoke with the driver, Jose Morales-Vargas. MoralesVargas showed signs of alcohol impairment. Morales-Vargas was placed under arrest and transported to the Kankakee County Jail for processing. Morales-Vargas was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and issued citations for improper lane usage, no valid driver's license, and illegal transportation of alcohol.

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Iroquois County Sheriff's Police 8/27/18/

On August 22th, 2018, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Anita M- Ponton, age 28 of Clifton, according to police reports, Ponton was wanted on an outstanding Kankakee Co. warrant charging her with possession of a controlled substance. She was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where she was later extradited to Kankakee Co.

 

On August 23rd, 2018, Iroquois County Sheriff's Police arrested James G. LeClair, age 44, of Milford. According to police reports, LeClair turned himself in to the Iroquois County Jail to begin a 90 day sentence for driving while license revoked,

 

On August 23rd, 2018, Iroquois County Sheriff's Police arrested Timothy W. Alexion, age 23, of

Watseka, according to police reports, Alexion turned himself into the Iroquois County Jail to begin a 30-day sentence for driving while license revoked,

 

On August 23rd, 2018, Iroquois County Sheriff's Police arrested Jackie Winchester, age 42, of Rossville, According to police reports, Winchester was wanted on an outstanding Vermilion Co. warrant charging him with failure to appear for theft. Additionally, Winchester was charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of a hypodermic needle. He was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond.

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Watseka Police Department News 8/27/18

Watseka Police Investigated a report of a theft of a bicycle in the 600 block of N Virginia at 9:15 A.M. on August 24th ,

Watseka Police responded to a report of a syringe found in the 200 block of W Walnut at 1:26 P,M, on August 24th ,

 

Watseka Police responded to a 911 hang up in the 300 block of E Walnut at 6:46 P.M. on August 24th ,

 

Watseka Police arrested Rebecca L Williams, 45 Watseka at 11:04 P.M. on August 24th . Williams was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant charging her with Reckless Conduct. Williams was transported to the Iroquois County jail.

 

Watseka Police cited Bryce M Lee, 21 Watseka at 3:52 A.M. in the 100 block of N Kay on August 25th for driving while license suspended. Lee posted bond and was released.

Watseka Police responded to an activated car alarm in the 500 block of

S Fourth at 11:26 A.M. on August 25th ,

 

Watseka Police responded to a neighborhood dispute in the 300 block of W Park at 5:53 P.M. on August 25th .

 

Watseka Police responded to a report of a found syringe in the 200 block of W Oak at 6:19 P.M. on August 25th .

 

Watseka Police responded to a report of an open car door in the 300 block of S Ninth at 8:09 P.M. on August 25th .

 

Watseka Police responded to a juvenile problem in the 300 block of W Hickory at 7:24 A.M. on August 26th .

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Iroquois County Sheriff's Police 8/24/18

On August 22th, 2018, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Anita M- Ponton, age 28, of Clifton, According to police reports, Ponton was wanted on an outstanding Kankakee Co. warrant charging her with possession of a controlled substance. She was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where she was later extradited to Kankakee Co.

 

On August 23rd, 2018, Iroquois County Sheriff's Police arrested James G, LeClair, age 44, of Milford, According to police reports, LeClair turned himself in to the Iroquois County Jail to begin a 90 day sentence for driving while license revoked.

On August 23rd, 2018, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Timothy W. Alexion, age 23, of

Watseka. According to police reports, Alexion turned himself into the Iroquois County Jail to begin a 30 day sentence for driving white license revoked,

 

On August 23 rd , 2018, Iroquois County Sheriff's Police arrested Jackie Winchester, age 42, of Rossville, According to police reports, Winchester was wanted on an outstanding Vermilion Co. warrant charging him with failure to appear for theft. Additionally, Winchester was charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of a hypodermic needle. He was transported to the Iroquois County Jai! where he remains in lieu of bond.

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Fatal Crash in Iroquois County

At 1 1 :26PM on Wednesday August 22, 2018, the Iroquois County Sheriffs Department, Chebanse Township Fire Department, Riverside EMS and the Ashkum Fire Department were dispatched to a traffic crash involving a semi and a pickup truck that occurred at the intersection of 2950N and 700E Rd in rural Clifton, IL.

Mason Knorr, age 24 of rural Clifton, IL. was westbound on 2950N when he struck a semi tractor and trailer which was northbound on 700E Rd. The collision caused both vehicles to enter the ditch on the northwest corner of the intersection.

The driver of the semi tractor was transported to Riverside hospital for injuries sustained in the crash. Knorr was later pronounced dead at the scene.

The traffic crash is still under investigation and more information will be released at a later time.

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Watseka Police Department News 8/24/18

Watseka Police investigated a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of Lincoln and Faith at 9:17 A,M. on August 23 rd . According to Police reports, a vehicle driven by Mary J Lafond, 75 Watseka attempted to pass a vehicle driven by Michael R Townsend, 82 Watseka who was turning left onto Faith Avenue, The Lafond vehicle then struck the Townsend vehicle, causing more than $1,500 in damage. Lafond was cited for improper passing at an intersection. No injuries were reported.

 

Watseka Police responded to a report of a loose tortoise in the 600 block of E Oak at 11:43 A.M. on August 23 rd . Police were able to identify the owner and the tortoise was returned to its family.

 

Watseka Police responded to a report of criminal damage to property in the 200 block of W Locust at 2:38 P.M. on August 23 rd.

 

Watseka Police responded to a report of loud music in the 200 block of N Fourth at 4:37 P.M. on August 23 rd .

 

Watseka Police responded to a domestic dispute in the 400 block of W Mulberry at 5:05 P.M. on August 23rd .

 

Watseka Police responded to a report of loud music in the SOO block of S Fourth at 6:02 P.M. on August 23rd .

 

Watseka Police responded to a report of theft of services in the 400 block of W Walnut at 6:12 P.M. on August 23rd .

 

Watseka Police responded to a report of a suspected drunk driver in the 400 block of W Walnut at 10:37 P.M. on August 23 rd .

 

Watseka Police responded to a report of a barking dog in the 600 block of N Jefferson at 12:13 A.M. on August 24th ,

 

Watseka Police responded to a report of drug traffic in the 400 block of W Mulberry at 2:02 A.M. on August 24th .

 

Watseka Police responded to a report of a found purse in the 1700 block of E Walnut at 5:38 A.M. on August 24th ,

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Watseka Police Department News 8/23/18

Watseka Police responded to a report of a domestic dispute in the 500 block of E Walnut at 8:59 A.M. on August 22nd .

Watseka Police responded to a report of items found in the 800 block of E Walnut at 11:11 A.M. on August 22nd .

 

Watseka Police responded to a report of suspicious circumstances in the 400 block of E Locust at 11:35 A.M. on August 22nd .

 

Watseka Police investigated a twoAvehicle accident at 12:13 P.M. on August 22nd in the Casey's parking lot, According to Police reports, a vehicle driven by Amy M Marcum, 28 Milford was backing from a parking space and did not see a vehicle driven by Debra K Conway, 65 Beaverviile pulling into the lot. The Marcum vehicle then struck the Conway vehicle, causing over $1,500 in damage, No citations were issued and no Injuries were reported.

 

Watseka Police responded to a report of a found bicycle in the 200 block of E Coney at 2:42 P.M. on August 22nd.

 

Watseka Police investigated a reckless driver on Rt 24 at 4:52 P.M. on August 22nd .

 

Watseka Police responded to a report of suspicious persons in the 600 block of N Sixth at 5:39 P.M. August 22nd .

 

Watseka Police investigated a report of harassment in the 600 block of W Washington at 6:56 P.M. on August 22nd .

 

Watseka Police investigated a report of harassment in the 300 block of E Cherry at 7:19 P.M. on August 22nd .

Watseka Police investigated a report of theft in the 100 block of W Oak at 8:15 on August 22 nd ,

Watseka Police responded to a report of a suspicious person in the 300 block of S Second on August 22 nd .

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Watseka Police Department News 8/22/18

Watseka Police responded to a domestic disturbance in the 200 block of E Walnut at 10:00 A.M. August 20th .

 

Watseka Police responded to a report of a loose dog in the 500 block of S Tenth at 10:35 A.M. on August 20th .

 

Watseka Police responded to a civil matter in the 400 block of E Walnut at 12:24 P.M. on August 20th .

 

Watseka Police responded to a report of a found syringe in the 200 block of N Fourth at 1:50 P.M. on August 20th .

 

Watseka Police responded to a report of a found bicycle in the 1200 block of E Walnut at 2:32 PCM. on August 20th .

 

Watseka Police responded to a report of suspicious people in the 100 block of N Eighth at 5:19 P.M. on August 20th .

 

Watseka Police responded to a 911 hang-up call in the 1400 block of E Walnut at 9:04 A.M. on August 21st 

 

Watseka Police investigated a report of fraud at 1:24 P.M. on August 21st.

 

Watseka Police investigated a report of harassment by electronic communication in the 100 block of S Brown at 12:54 P.M. on August 21St

 

Watseka Police responded to a report cf a loose dog in the 700 block of E Oak at 2:51   on August 21st.

 

Watseka Police investigated a report of trespassing in the 300 block of W Hickory at 7:25 P.M. on August 21st .

 

Watseka Police investigated a report of criminal damage to property in the 300 block of W Hickory at 7:41 P.M. on August 21st.

 

Watseka Police responded to a vehicle taken with permission but not returned in the 300 block of N Fifth at 8:54 P.M. on August 21st.

 

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Watseka Police Department News 8/20/18

Watseka Police provided a funeral escort to Segur Knapp funeral home at 11:16 A.M. on August 17th .

 

Watseka Police investigated a report of a suspicious person in the 800 block of W Lafayette at 12:34 P.M. on August 17th .

 

Watseka Police ticketed Floy A Callahan, 73 Watseka at 1:09 P.M. on August 17th for operating an uninsured motor vehicle and no valid driver's license. Callahan posted bcnd and was released.

 

Watseka Police investigated a report of an intoxicated subject in the

700 block of W Walnut at 1:36 P.M. August 17th ,

Watseka Police responded to a civil matter in the 300 block of W Victory at 1:55 P.M. on August 17th .

 

Watseka Police investigated a one vehicle accident involving a pedestrian at 2:37 P.M. in the Steak N Shake parking lot on August 17th . According to Police reports a vehicle driven by Donna L Hiltz, 55 Milford was driving Northbound in the lot and did not see Judy I Orland, 62 Watseka, causing the Hiltz vehicle to strike Orland. Orland was transported to IMH by IMH EMS. No citations were issued.

 

Watseka Police investigated a city ordinance violation in the 200 block of W Hickory at 3:55 P.M. on August 17th .

 

Watseka Police responded to a report of theft in the 400 block of W Walnut at 4:14 P.M. on August 17th .

 

Watseka Police investigated a report of a reckless driver in the 1700 block of E Walnut at 5:04 P.M. on August 17th .

 

Watseka Police investigated a report of a suspicious vehicle in the 1100 block of W Lafayette at 8:27 P.M. on August 17th .

 

Watseka Police investigated a report of theft in the 300 block of N Sixth at 8:34 P.M. on August 17th .

 

Watseka Police responded to a report of trespassing in the 300 block of N Kay at 7:52       on August 18th ,

 

Watseka Police responded to a report of soliciting in the 600 E Porter at 2:38 P.M. on August 18th .

 

Watseka Police responded to a report of drug traffic in the 500 block of E oak at 8:02 P.M. August 18th .

 

Watseka Police responded to a report of fireworks being shot off in the 300 block of W Park at 8:52 P.M. on August 18th .

 

Watseka Police responded to a report of theft of a dog in the 500 block of N Sixth at 11:36 P.M. on August 18th .

 

Watseka Police responded to a report of fraud in the 400 block of N Second at 11:45 A.M. on August 19 th .

 

Watseka Police responded to a report of a domestic in the 500 block of N Third at 12:11 P.M. on August 19th .

 

Watseka Police responded to the Watseka Police Department for a report of theft at 1:27 P.M. on August 19th .

 

Watseka Police responded to a report of suspicious items being found in the 900 block of S Fourth at 3:46 P.M. on August 19th .

 

Watseka Police responded to a report of children playing in the street in the 700 block of E Rosewood at 6:14 P.M. on August 19th .

 

Watseka Police responded to a fight in progress in the 700 block of W Walnut at 8:18 P,M, on August 19th .

 

Watseka Police located an open window in a business jn the 1200 block of N Jefferson at 12:56 A.M. on August 20th ,

 

Watseka Police conducted a traffic at in the 300 block of W Walnut at 1:03 A.M. on August 20th that led to the arrest of a Watseka man. Micah M Recleker, 22 Watseka was arrested for Possession of methamphetamine, Manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance and having only one red taillight, Redeker was transported to the Iroquois County jail.

 

Watseka Police issued 13 warnings for inoperable/abandoned vehicles during the weekend.

 

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Iroquois County Sheriff's Police 8/20/18

On August 18th , 2018, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Amanda M. Kronz, age 41 , of Milford, IL. According to police reports, Kronz was wanted on an outstanding Iroquois County warrant charging her with contempt of court. Kronz was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where she posted the required bond and was released.

 

On August 17th , 2018 Iroquois County Sheriffs Police investigated a two vehicle accident on N. 2nd St, in Cissna Park- According to police reports, a vehicle driven by Mario Rentena, age 18, of Cissna Park was attempting to turn into a business when he struck a vehicle being driven by Letrelia M. Jones, age 42, of Chicago Heights, Both vehicles sustained over $1500 in damages. No injuries were repotted and no citations were issued.

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KAMEG find Over 700 Pot Plants in Kankakee County

On Sunday, August 19, 2018, at approximately 7:40 a.m., KAMEG agents, with assistance from the Illinois State Police and the Kankakee County Sheriff's Department, eradicated 751 outdoor cannabis plants from 5235 South 15000 East County Road in Pembroke Township. During the search warrant, agents also seized equipment utilized in the production of cannabis sativa plants and four firearms. This is an on-going investigation.

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KAMEG find stolen guns

On Wednesday, August 15, 2018, at approximately 3:10 p.m., KAMEG agents arrested Brett E. Magruder, age 24, of Bradley, IL, for unlawful possession of stolen firearms and for the unlawful sale of firearms. During an investigation, KAMEG agents recovered 2 suspected stolen firearms on August 14, 2018. Magruder was transported to and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center. This is a joint investigation between KAMEG and the Kankakee County Sheriff's Department.

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Manteno man dies in a crash in Kankakee County

WHAT:

Fatal Crash

WHERE:

Route 45 @ 8000N (Kankakee County)

WHEN:

Thursday, August 16, 2018, 7:39 a.m.

VEHICLE:

Unit One: 2012 Nissan Altima

Unit Two: 2015 Kenworth Truck

DRIVER:

Unit One: Jeremiah T. Spainhour, 35, Manteno (Deceased) Unit Two: Troy J. Farney, 47, Forrest

PRELIMINARY:

Preliminary investigation has indicated the Nissan was traveling northbound on Route 45 at Kankakee County 8000 North Rd. The driver

of the Nissan crossed the center line and crashed head on into the rear tires of the Truck Tractor pulling a gravel hauler trailer. The driver of the Nissan was transported to Riverside Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

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Iroquois County Sheriff's Police 8/17/18

On August 15th, 2018, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Caleb A. Mezo, age 18, of Chebansea

According to police reports. Mezo was charged with domestic battery and criminal damage to property. He was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond,

 

On August 13th, 2018, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Lorenzo C. Harris, age 49, of Milford, According to police reports, Harris was wanted on an outstanding Iroquois County warrant charging him with theft. He was aware of his warrant and turned himself into the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond and was released.

 

On August 14th, 2018, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Mary C. Rowles, age 40, of Watseka. According to police reports, Rowles was charged with failure to report change of address for compliance with mandatory sex offender registry act She was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where she remains in lieu of bond.

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Watseka Police Department News 8/17/18

Watseka Police responded to a report of a vehicle complaint in the 300 block of E Walnut at 6:13 A.M. on August 16th .

 

Watseka Police investigated a report of a suspicious person in the 900 block of S Fourth at 12:59 P.M. on August 16th.

 

Watseka Police responded to 911 hang-up in the 1400 block of E Walnut at 1:53 P.M. on August 16th .

 

Watseka Police responded to a domestic disturbance in the 300 block of W Victory at 3:32 P.M„ on August 16th .

 

Watseka Police investigated a report of a domestic disturbance at 6:44

P.M. on August 16th .

 

Watseka Police investigatecl a report of a suspicious person in the 600 block of E Lincoln at 7:31 P.Mu on August 16th ,

 

Watseka Police responded to a report of a disturbance in the 800 block of W Lafayette St at 8:38 P.M. August 16th that led to the arrest of a Watseka man. James E Ellison, 57 Watseka was arrested for disorderly conduct in regards to the disturbance. Ellison was transported to the Iroquois County jail.

 

Watseka Police responded to a report of a suspicious person in the 100 block of N Eighth at 12:16 A.M. on August 17th .

 

Watseka Police investigated a one vehicle accident in 800 block of W Lafayette St at 5:34 P.M. on August 14th . According to police reports, a vehicle driven by Robert L Johnson, 86 Watseka struck a garage door after his foot slipped off of the brake. No injuries were reported and no citations were issued.

 

Watseka Police responded to an activated alarm in the 100 block of W Walnut at 6:36 A.M. on August 15th .

 

Watseka Police responded to a report of a found wallet in the 1700 block of E Walnut at 11:37 A.M. on August 15th . The owner was contacted.

 

Watseka Police responded to a report of a found bicycle in the 200 block of N Fourth at 2:29 P.M. on August 15th . Police took custody of the bicycle.

 

Watseka Police responded to a report of a burglary at 2:42 P.M. in the 700 block of E Locust on August 15th .

 

Watseka Police responded to a report of a suspicious person in the 200 block of W North at 2:59 P.M. on August 15th .

 

Watseka Police responded to a report of a found syringe at the intersection of Tenth and Grant at 3:30 P.M. on August 15th . Police disposed of the syringe.

 

Watseka Police responded to a report of criminal damage to property after a window was broken out during a fight in the 200 block of N Fourth at 5:42 P.M. on August 15th. Police responded and arrested

Justin M Ward, 27 Watseka. Ward was charged with criminal damage to property under $500 and was transported to the Iroquois County jail,

Watseka Police responded to a report of fraud in the 400 block of W Walnut at 7:02 P.M. on August 15th .

Watseka Police responded to a report of a suspicious person in the 900 block of S Fourth at 7:54 P.M. on August 15th ,

 

Watseka Police responded to a report of suspicious circumstances in the 400 block of E Ash at 8:40 P.M. on August 15th .

 

Watseka Police responded to an activated alarm in the 300 block of Old US 24 at 9:06 P.M. on August 15th .

 

Watseka Police responded to a report of a residential burglary in the 400 block of N Fourth at 11:12 P.M. on August 15th . While investigating the burglary, Police were able to identify a suspect and ultimately take him into custody. Christopher R Blair, 23 Homeless was charged with residential burglary. Blair was transported to the Iroquois County jail,

 

Watseka Police responded to a report of items found in the 400 block of N Fourth at 5:46 A.M. on August 15th .

 

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KAMEG Agents take guns off the streets

On Tuesday, August 14, 2018, at approximately 4:20 p.m., KAMEG agents arrested Billy L. Garcia, age 22, of Kankakee, IL, for unlawful possession of weapons by a felon and for the unlawful sale of stolen firearms. During an investigation, KAMEG agents recovered 2 suspected stolen firearms from Garcia. Garcia was transported to and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

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KAMEG Agents make Drug Bust in Kankakee County

On Monday, August 13, 2018, at approximately 6:10 p.m., KAMEG agents executed a search warrant at 1947 Marmion Drive, Kankakee, IL. During a search, agents located approximately 18.8 grams of suspected cannabis, 66.3 grams of suspected crack cocaine, 112.0 grams of suspected cocaine, and 5 firearms.

 

A resident, Sammy R. Clark, age 60, was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of controlled substance with intent to deliver and unlawful possession of cannabis (10-30 grams). Clark was transported to and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

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Watseka Police Department News 8/15/18

Watseka Police responded to a report of a loose dog in the 200 block of N Sixth at 7:11 A.M. on August 14th .

Watseka Police responded to a domestic disturbance in the 100 block of E Mulberry at 9:46 A.M. on August 14th ,

watseka Police assisted the Ford County Sheriff's Department regarding an abandoned vehicle at 10:00 A.M. on August 14th .

Watseka Police recovered a used syringe in the 100 block of E Mulberry at 10:12 A.M. on August 14th . Police disposed of the syringe.

Watseka Police responded to a civil disturbance in the 200 block of Hubbard Court at 10:12 A.M. on August 14th .

Watseka Police investigated a two vehicle accident that occurred on August 13th in the 100 block of E Oak St. According to Police reports a vehicle driven by Floy A Callahan, 73 Watseka was entering a private parking lot when she struck a parked vehicle belonging to Tonia Norris, Donovan. No injuries were reported and no citations were issued.

Watseka Police responded to a vehicle taken without permission in the 1700 block of E Walnut at 1:01 P.M. on August 14th . upon arrival, Police discovered that the vehicle had not been taken.

Watseka Police responded to a report of a stolen bicycle in the 400 block of N Sixth at 2:46 P.M. on August 14th ,

Watseka Police responded to a report of loose dogs in the 400 block of W Mulberry at 3:36 P.M. on August 14th .

                                                      

Watseka Police responded to a report of littering in the 100 block of N Kay at 4:31 P.M. on August 14th .

Watseka Police investigated a theft call in the 300 block of N Eighth St at 5:48 P.M. August 14th .

Watseka Police responded to a report of loud music in the 200 block of E Mulberry at 7:52 P.M. August 14th .

Watseka Police responded to a report of an unwanted person in the 500 block of N Market at 9:23 P.M. on August 14th .

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Watseka Police Department News 8/14/18

Watseka Police responded to a report of 3 used syringes in the 300 block of W Walnut at 8:57 A.M. on August 13th . Police disposed of the Syringes,

Watseka Police responded to a report of a two-vehicle accident at Second and Walnut at 1:07 P.M. on August 13th . upon arrival both parties had left the scene after exchanging information.

Watseka Police arrested an area woman at 2:07 P.M. in the 1200 block of E Walnut on August 13th after a report of an internal theft was made.

Christie Edwards, 24 Watseka was arrested for theft under $500. Edwards was transported to the Iroquois County Jail.

Watseka Police responded to a report of 12 used syringes in the 900 block of S Fourth at 4:39 P.M. on August 13th . Police disposed of the syringes.

Watseka Police responded to a car lock out in the 1100 block of E Walnut at 8:28 P.M. on August 13 th .

Watseka Police responded to a report of loud noise in the 300 block of E Ash at 9:52 P.M. on August 13th .

Watseka Police responded to two reports of a disturbance in the 500 block of N Fourth at 10:15 P.M. on August 13th .

Watseka Police arrested Chad C Koester, 30 homeless at 3:03 A.M. on August 14th on an Iroquois County warrant. Koester was transported to the Iroquois County jail.

 

Watseka Police responded to a report of fraud at the Watseka Police Department at 3:21 A.M. on August 14th.

Watseka Police assisted Iroquois County Sheriffs Police with an activated burglar alarm in the 1800 block of W US 24 at 4:56 A.M. on

August 14th.

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Watseka Police Department News 8/13/18

Watseka Police cited Kristen M Northrop, 24 Watseka for driving while license suspended at 9:15 P.M. on August 9th . Northrop posted bond and was released.

Watseka Police responded to a report of criminal damage to vehicle in the 600 block of E Lincoln at 8:31 A.M. on August 10th .

Watseka Police responded to a call for a public assist in the 1100 block of E Walnut at 9:17 A.M. on August 10th.

Watseka Police responded to a report of an activated alarm in the 500 block of E Oak at 9:38 A.M. on August 10th .

Watseka Police responded to a violation of an order of protection in the 1700 block of E Walnut at 12:17 P.M. on August 10th .

Watseka Police responded to a report of trespassing in the 200 block of W Oak at 12:49 P.M. on August 10th .

Watseka Police responded to a report of drug activity in the 100 block of W Fleming at 2:34 P.M. on August 10th .

Watseka Police responded to a report of theft of a firearm in the 1000 block of W Smith at 2:43 P.M. on August 10th.

Watseka Police investigated an ordinance violation in the 900 block of

N Chicago at 4:21 P.M. on August 10th ,

Watseka Police responded to a domestic situation in the 300 block of W Mulberry at 5:43 P.M. on August 10th .

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Watseka Police responded to an attempted burglary 300 block Of S Third at 6:02 P.M. on August 10th .

Watseka Police responded to a domestic situation in the 100 block of W Walnut at 10:15 P.M. on August 10th .

Watseka Police responded to a report of a disturbance in the 100 block of W Oak at 1:11 AM. on August 11th .

Watseka Police responded to a disturbance call at the intersection of Tenth and Locust at 2:53 A.M. on August 11th .

Watseka Police responded to a report of a suspicious occupied vehicle in the 500 block of S Third at 4:23 A.M. on August 11th .

Watseka Police investigated a suspicious vehicle on county highway 27 near Rt 24 at 6:52 A.M. on August 11th .

Watseka Police responded to an activated alarm in the 100 block of

Veteran's parkway at 7:24 A.M. on August 11th ,

Watseka Police responded to a report of trespassing in the 700 block of E Sycamore at 11:11 A.M. on August 11th .

Watseka Police responded to a report of an unwanted person in the 600 block of S Belmont at 11:30 A.M. on August 11th .

Watseka Police again responded to a report of an unwanted person in the 600 block of S Belmont at 2:40 P.M. on August 11th .

Watseka Police responded to a domestic disturbance in the 200 block of N Fourth at 9:25 P.M. on August 11th .

Watseka Police conducted a traffic stop in the 300 block of S Fourth at

1:34 A.M. on August 12th that led to the arrests of two area people,

Arrested were Paul A Ross Jr, 32 Watseka and Amanda J Graham, 22

Homeless. Both were charged with Possession of a controlled

 

substance, Possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, Possession of drug equipment, Violation of bail bond, and Possession of Methamphetamine. Both Ross and Graham were transported to the Iroquois County jail.

Watseka Police responded to a report of found articles in the 400 block of W walnut at 2:42 A.M. on August 12th .

Watseka Police responded to a fight in progress at the intersection of Fourth and North at 9:39 P.M. on August 12th .

Watseka Police responded to a report of theft at 1:08 A.M. on August 13th.

Watseka Police issued 5 citations for inoperable/junk vehicles on August 12th .

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Watseka Police Department News 8/12/18

Watseka Police responded to a report of a domestic disturbance in the 200 block of N Fourth at 6:39 A.M. on August 9th .

 

Watseka Police responded to a report of a retail theft at 9:16 A.M. in the 400 block of W Walnut on August 9th .

 

Watseka Police responded to a report of drug activity at 9:30 A.M. in the 200 block of W Walnut on August 9th ,

 

Watseka Police assisted the Iroquois County Probations department that led to the arrest of a Watseka man on August 9th . Police were called to a residence in the 100 block of N Madison at 9:35 A.M. after illegal items were found in the residence. Matthew M Sellars, 19 Watseka was charged with unlawful use of a weapon and unlawful possession of firearm ammunition after brass knuckles and .22 caliber bullets were located. SelJars was transported to the Iroquois County

 

Watseka Police responded to a public assist in the 400 block of W Mulberry at 11:17 A.M. on August 9th .

 

Watseka Police responded to a report of identity theft in the 400 block of W Walnut at 2:29 P.M. on August 9th .

 

Watseka Police responded to a report of an unwanted person in the 400 block of W Walnut at 4:55 P.M. on August 9th .

 

Watseka Police responded to a report of an unwanted person in the 400 block of W Walnut at 8:44 P.M. on August 9th .

                                                   

 

 

Watseka Police responded to a report of a fight in progress in the 100 block of W Oak at 10:38 P.M. on August 9th .

Watseka Police responded to a fight in progress in the 100 block of W Oak at 12:03 A.M. on August 10th .

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Iroquois County Sheriff's Police 8/13/18

On August 10th, 2018, Sheldon Police arrested Stephen C. Ramsey, age 36, of Sheldon, IL.         

According to Police reports, Ramsey was charged with possession of methamphetamine, Ramsey was transported to Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond.

 

On August 10th, 2018, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Kevin R. Perkins, age 33, of Watseka, IL. According to police reports, Perkins was wanted on an outstanding Iroquois County warrant for possession of methamphetamine. Perkins was transported to Iroquois County Jai! where he remains in lieu of bond.

 

On August 10th , 2018, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police investigated a single vehicle accident on Co. Rd. 2550 E near Co, Rd. 2530 N- According to police reports a vehicle driven by Rick A. Shepard, age 38, of Beaverville, IL. was traveling northbound on Co. Rd. 2550 E when it lost control trying to negotiate the curve with Co. Rd. 2530 N. The vehicle entered a ditch and struck the dirt embankment. The vehicle sustained over $1500 in damages and no serious injuries were reported. Shepard was issued a citation for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

 

On August 11 th , 2018, Sheldon Police arrested Jayson L. Felton, age 42, of Pembroke, IL. According to Police reports, Felton was charged with driving while license is revoked. Felton was transported to Iroquois County Jail where he later posted bond and was released.

 

On August 11th, 2018, Gilman Police arrested James A. Martinez, age 30, of Piper City, IL. According to Police reports, Martinez was wanted on an outstanding Iroquois County warrant for possession of a controlled substance. Martinez was transported to Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond.

 

On August 12th , 2018, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Myma Moore, age 38, of Hoopeston, IL, According to police reports, Moore was charged with possession of methamphetamine. Moore was transported to Iroquois County Jail where she remains in lieu of bond.

 

On August 12th, 2018, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police investigated a single vehicle accident on Co. Rd, 2500 E. near St. Rt. 52. According to police reports a vehicle driven by Orville J. Varney, age 42, of

Sheldon, IL. was traveling northbound on Co. Rd. 2500 E. when a group of deer ran into the roadway. The vehicle tried to avoid them and entered a ditch strikinghhe dirt embankment and causing the vehicle to overturn. The vehicle sustained over $1500 in damages and Varney was transported to Riverside and treated for minor injuries. Varney was issued a citation for driving while license is suspended and operating a vehicle without insurance.

 

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Iroquois County Sheriff's Police 8/10/18

On August 8th, 2018, Sheldon Police arrested Mindi L, Parsons, age 28, of Watseka, IL. According to Police reports, Parsons was wanted on an outstanding Kankakee County warrant for leaving the scene of an accident and also charged with possession of methamphetamine, Parsons was transported to Iroquois County Jail where she remains in lieu of bond.

 

On August 9th , 2018, Iroquois County Sheriff's Police arrested Cary B- Tatman, age 271 of Kokomo, IN. According to police reports, Tatman was wanted on an outstanding Iroquois County warrant for probation violation. Tatman was transported to Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond.

On August 9th, 2018, Theodore Scheidler, age 34, of Sheldon, IL. turned himself into the Iroquois County Jail to start serving a two year sentence in the Department of Corrections for driving while license is suspended.

 

On August 9th, 2018, Veronica Davis, age 34, of Watseka, IL. turned herself into the Iroquois County Jail to start serving a two year sentence in the Department of Corrections for possession of a controlled substances

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Watseka Police Department News 8/9/18

Watseka Police recovered a lost purse at 9:08 A.M. on August 8th in the 400 block of W Walnut.

Watseka Police took possession of a counterfeit $100 bill at 9:53 A.M. that was located at a business in the 1700 block of E Walnut on August 8th.

Watseka Police responded to a report of a suspicious person at 2:35 P.M. on August 8th in the 100 block of E Oak.

Watseka Police responded to a domestic disturbance at 6:45 P.M. on August 8th jn the SOO block of E Oak.

Watseka Police responded to a report of a loose dog at 7:04 P.M. on August 8th in the 500 block of N Fifth.

Watseka Police responded to a report of a suspicious person at 7:30 P.M. on August 8th in the 100 block of W Fleming.

Watseka Police responded to a call of loud music at 9:09 P.M. on August 8th in the 400 block of S Fourth.

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ISP Arrests

 Illinois State Police (ISP) District 21 is reporting the arrest of Raynard E. Robinson Jr., 24, of Dolton for Possession and Delivery of Cannabis Over 30 Grams; and Reginald M. Love, 32, of Champaign for Reckless Conduct and Endangering the Life of a Child. 
 
On August 6, 2018 at approximately 8:08 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 driver, Raynard Robinson Jr.  A subsequent search of vehicle revealed 1,839 grams of cannabis.  Robinson was placed under arrest and transported to the Iroquois County Jail for processing.  Robinson was charged with Possession of Cannabis Over 30 Grams, Delivery of Cannabis Over 30 Grams, and issued citations for speeding and driving while license suspended. 
 
On August 8, 2018 at approximately 9:11 A.M., an Illinois State Trooper was informed of a suspect wanted for domestic violence out of Champaign, traveling to Chicago.  The trooper located the vehicle on I-57 northbound at milepost 297.  The trooper observed the vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed, 100 mph in a 70 mph zone.  The driver veered onto the left shoulder in order to pass a vehicle and then accelerated his speed almost striking two survey workers.  The trooper lost sight of the vehicle, but was later informed that the vehicle blew a tire and was pulled over on the shoulder of I-57 northbound at milepost 319.  Assisting officers arrived on scene and the driver, Reginald Love, was placed under arrest without incident.  Love’s two year old son was in the vehicle and was later released to the mother.  Love was turned over to the Campaign City Police Department.  Love was charged with Reckless Driving, Reckless Conduct, and Endangering the Life of a Child.  Love was also issued citations for speeding, improper lane usage, and driving while license revoked. 

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Watseka Police Department News 8/8/18

Watseka Police arrested three area men Sunday, August 5th at 10:22 P.M. after responding to a disturbance in the 300 block of W Oak St.

Arrested were Brian D Walwer, 35 Woodland, Roger G Thompson, 37 Woodland and Jason A Schwartz, 34 Gilman. All three were charged with criminal damage to property under $500 and Disorderly conduct. All three were transported to the Iroquois County jail.

Watseka Police investigated arrested Scott A Pawelczak, 33 Watseka at 10:06 AM. on Monday August 6th in the 300 block of E Walnut for Theft under $500. Pawelczak was transported to the Iroquois County jail.

Watseka Police investigated a report of an identity theft at 7:26 P.M. on

August 6th in the 100 block of E North Street,

Watseka Police responded to the Watseka Police Department at 10:32

P.M. on August 6th for a public assista

Watseka Police responded to a report of a suspicious person at 12:36 A.M. in the 1100 block of E Walnut on August 7th .

Watseka Police responded to a report of a theft in the 200 block of N Fourth at 3:11 P.M. on August 7th .

Watseka Police responded to a report of disorderly conduct at 5:06

P.M. on August 7th in the 600 block of N Sixth,

Watseka Police investigated a report of a reckless driver at 6:29 P.M. on August 7th in the 500 block of E Walnut.

Watseka Police responded to a report of an unwanted person at 8:07 P.M. August 7th in the 300 block of W Victory.

 

Watseka Police responded to a report of an intoxicated person at 8:59 P.M. on August 7th in the 200 block of N Fifth.

Watseka Police arrested Christopher M Ross, 32 Watseka at 1:40 A.M. on August 8th in the 400 block of E Oak. Ross was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant charging him with Failure to appear on a charge of battery. Ross was transported to the Iroquois County jail.

Watseka Police investigated a report of a suspicious vehicle at 4:29 A.M. on August 8th in the 100 block of E Jackson.

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Fatal Car Crash in Iroquois County

 

 Iroquois County Sheriffs Police investigated a fatal single vehicle accident on Co. Rd. 2200 N. near 1300 E, According to the police report, Matthew L. Walwer age 38, of Danforth was traveling West on Co. Rd, 2200 N, when he entered the North ditch and began losing control of his vehicle. The vehicle rolled several times into a nearby bean field and the driver was ejected. Crescent EMS and the Iroquois County Coroner arrived on scene and pronounced Walwer Deceased at the scene- Accident remains under investigation

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Agents seized cannabis and a loaded .22 caliber revolver off the streets

On Saturday, August 4, 2018, at approximately 9:40 p.m., KAMEG Agents arrested Jacob D. Hudson, age 29, of Bourbonnais, after Agents observed his vehicle illegally parked in the 300 block of South Rosewood in Kankakee. Agents seized approximately 16.1 grams of suspected cannabis and a loaded .22 caliber revolver from inside the vehicle. The driver, Hudson was charged with possession of a weapon by a felon and unlawful possession of cannabis. Hudson was transported to the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

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ISP Arrests DUI Arrests

Illinois State Police (ISP) District 21 is reporting the arrest of Clayton L. Smith, 21, of Watseka; Jonathan M. Starasinich, 28, of Union Hill; Rafael S. Morales, 30, of Watseka; Amber M. Spontak, 35, of Bourbonnais; Daniel L. Hudson, 48, of Grant Park; and Brian W. Papenfus, 48, of Demotte, IN all for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol. 
 
On August 1, 2018 at approximately 12:32 A.M., an Illinois State Trooper was dispatched to a single vehicle crash on Route 1 at 1400 N. in Iroquois County.  The trooper arrived on scene and spoke with the driver, Clayton Smith.  Smith showed signs of alcohol impairment.  Smith was placed under arrest and transported to the Iroquois County Jail for processing.  Smith was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and issued a citation for improper lane usage. 
 
On August 4, 2018 at approximately 11:46 P.M., an Illinois State Trooper was on patrol in Kankakee County.  The trooper observed a vehicle traveling above the posted speed limit and swerving all over the roadway on Route 45/52 at 5000 S.  The trooper stopped the vehicle and spoke with the driver, Jonathan Starasinich.  Starasinich showed signs of alcohol impairment.  Starasinich was placed under arrest and transported to the Kankakee County Jail for processing.  Starasinich was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and issued citations for speeding, improper lane usage, and improper stop without signal.   
 
On August 5, 2018 at approximately 1:27 A.M., an Illinois State Trooper was on patrol in Iroquois County.  The trooper observed a vehicle cross the center line multiple times on Route 1 at 1300 E.  The trooper stopped the vehicle and spoke with the driver, Rafael Morales.  Morales showed signs of alcohol impairment.  Morales was placed under arrest and transported to the Iroquois County Jail for processing.  Morales was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and issued citations for improper lane usage and no valid driver’s license. 
 
 
 
 On August 5, 2018 at approximately 2:05 A.M., an Illinois State Trooper was on patrol in Kankakee County.  The trooper observed a vehicle make an improper turn, fail to signal when turning, and cross the center line on Court Street at Evergreen Avenue in Kankakee.  The trooper stopped the vehicle and spoke with the driver, Amber Spontak.  Spontak showed signs of alcohol impairment.  Spontak was placed under arrest and transported to the Kankakee County Jail for processing.  Spontak was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and issued citations for improper turn, failure to signal when turning, improper lane usage, driving with expired license plate, and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. 
 
On August 5, 2018 at approximately 4:21 P.M., an Illinois State Trooper was dispatched to a multi-vehicle crash on Route 114 at 14500 E in Kankakee County.  The trooper arrived on scene and spoke with the at-fault driver, Daniel Hudson.  Hudson showed signs of alcohol impairment.  Hudson was placed under arrest and transported to the Kankakee County Jail for processing.  Hudson was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and issued citations for failure to yield turning left, driving while license revoked, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, improper use of registration, and illegal transportation of alcohol.   
 
On August 5, 2018 at approximately 11:21 P.M., an Illinois State Trooper was dispatched to a single vehicle crash on I-57 northbound at mile post 322 entrance ramp in Kankakee County.  The trooper arrived on scene and spoke with the driver, Brian Papenfus.  Papenfus showed signs of alcohol impairment.  Papenfus was placed under arrest and transported to the Kankakee County Jail for processing.  Papenfus was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and issued citations for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and operating an uninsured motor vehicle.

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Watseka Police Department News 8/7/18

Police responded to a dog running at large in the 400 block of N. Market at 6:11 am.

Police responded to people sleeping on a subject's trampoline In the 300 block of W. Victory at 7:03 am. The subjects were removed.

Police responded for a call of an elderly male needing assistance in the 100 block of east Walnut at 11:18 am,

Police responded to a business in the 1000 block of east Walnut in reference to a counterfeit $100.00 bill at 3:15 pm.

Police responded to a phone scam in the 600 block of E Lincoln at 3:57 pm,

Police responded to a found bicycle in the 400 block of W, North St, at 5;09 pm, Police responded to trespassers in the 400 block Of E. Mulberry at 5:44 pm.

Police responded to a suspicious vehicle in the 1000 block of E. Walnut at 5:44 pm,

Police responded to a possible intoxicated driver In the 1700 block of E. Walnut at 8:23pm.

Police responded to a trespasser tn the 200 block of E. Cherry St. at 8:23 pm.

Police responded to the 300 block of West Oak St, at 9:22 pm. The resident there advising that subjects had just thrown items through (2) of his windows and then fled E/B across the railroad tracks. Police located the subjects in the area of Second and Oak; placed into custody were Brian Walwer, 35 Watseka, Roger Thompson, 37, Woodland, and Jason Swartz, Watseka, All (3) were charged with Criminal Damage to Property and Disorderly Conduct. They were transported to the County Jail and later posted bond and were released.

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Police conducted a traffic stop on Newell St. at 12:36 am, Arrested during the stop was Matthew Sellars,

42, Watseka. He was charged with Driving on a Revoked Llcense, No Front Registration, Operation of an

Uninsured Motor Vehicle, Speeding, Fleeing/ Eluding Police, Also arrested was Antonio Villalva, 20, Watseka and Robert Netzband Ill, 19 also from Watseka, The two were charged with Illegal Possession and Consumption of Alcoho) by a minor, All three were taken to the County Jail,

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Iroquois County Sheriff's Police 8/7/18

On August 3rd, 2018, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Evan M. Hoekstra, age 25, of St Anne, IL. According to police reports, Hoekstra was wanted on an outstanding Iroquois County warrant for forgery and also was charged with possession of a stolen vehicle. Hoekstra was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond.

On August 04th , 2018, Sheldon Police arrested John J, Campbelh, age 25, of Earl Park, IN. According to police reports, Campbelh was charged with driving while license is suspended, Campbelh was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond and was released.

On August 5th, 2018, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police returned from Kankakee County Jail with Michael

A, Dau, age 36, of Bradley, IL. According to police reports, Dau was wanted on an outstanding Iroquois County warrant for forgery. Dau was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond.

On August 6th, 2018, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Noel L. Swartz, age 23, of Gilman, IL, According to police reports, Swartz was wanted on an outstanding Iroquois County warrant for failure to appear for retail theft. Swartz was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where she remains in lieu of bond.

 

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CRIMINAL RECKLESSNESS IN NEWTON COUNTY INDIANA

On August 5th, 2018 at approximately 1:54am Newton County Deputies were dispatched to a residence on  East Avenue in Thayer, IN for a report of a male subject that was shooting a firearm into the residence.

 

 The offender left prior to officer’s arrival, however it was found that a single gunshot was fired through the living room window, reportedly,  just feet above the head of a female in the house.

 

 The homeowner was offered medical attention for cuts caused by flying glass, however refused treatment.

Witnesses on scene identified the shooting suspect as a 34 year old Demotte, IN man.

 

Witnesses stated he left in a dark in color SUV. The SUV was located at his residence in Jasper County. Jasper County Sheriff’s STS were called to the scene and a search and arrest warrant were both obtained through the Newton County Prosecutors Office.

 

After long negotiations the man exited the residence and was taken into custody without any further incident.  Justin Graper was booked into the Newton County Jail with the following charges:

Criminal Recklessness

Pointing a Firearm

Possession of a handgun without a permit

 

Assisting agencies: Newton County EMS, Jasper County Sheriff, Jasper County Sheriff’s STS

 

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Watseka Police Department News 8/5/18

Police located an open window at an abandoned residence on Herron Ct at 6:38 am. No one was located inside the residence and the window was secured.

Police responded to abandoned property at the Old Courthouse at 8:40 am, On arrival Police were shown an area that someone appeared to have been sleeping and left behind a purse and a tent. These Items were confiscated by Police.

Police conducted a traffic stop on Locust near Third at 10:09 am, A verbal warning was Issued for a stop sign violation,

Police conducted a welfare check in the 700 block of east Oak at 11:18 am.

Police assisted a Parole Officer In the 500 block Of N, Fifth St, at 11;23 am, Parole was conducting a home check of a parolee at this location. Located on the Parolee, Jeremy Laird, 38, Watseka was a brown rock like substance suspected to be heroin and a hypodermic needle. Laird was placed into custody by Watseka Police and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of a

Hypodermic Needle (second offense) and Violation of Bail Bond, He was transported to the Iroquois County Jail and was awaiting a court appearance.

Police responded to a verbal domestic In the 500 block of N. 5th St, at 2:08 pm. The parties were separated,

Police assisted Iroquois County Police in the 200 block of east Hickory at 2:22 pm, County Police were looking for a subject wanted for questioning in a recent Burglary, That subject was located and taken to the County Jail.

Police conducted a traffic stop at Walnut/ 6th St. at 3:05 pm. A verbal warning was given for Equipment,

Police conducted a traffic stop in the 100 block of N. Jefferson at 3:24 pm, A warning was given for Speeding.

Police observed Melinda Miller, 36, Watseka In the area of Walnut and 2nd St. at 3:46 pm. Officers knew her to have an outstanding Iroquois County warrant for Failure to Appear on a Petition to Revoke Probation hearing. She was placed into custody and Officers located a Hypodermic Needle on her person; she was charged with Possession Of a Hypodermic Needle in addition to the warrant and transported to the ICSD where she was being held,

Police responded to a possible anhydrous tank leaking on 5. Second St. at 4;47 pm, The tank was secured by employees at that location,

Police responded to an abandoned bicycle in Legion Park at 9:44 pm. The bike was taken for safe keeping.

Police responded to a residence In the 100 block of east walnut in reference to an intoxicated subject that was possibly hurt at 10:10 pm. The subject was transferred to IMH by IMH EMS,

                         

                                                                                               

Police responded to a residence in the 500 block Of east Grant at 10:49 pm for a suspicious circumstance,

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Police responded to IMH Emergency Room at 12:12 am in reference to an unruly subject. The subject was calmed down and Police cleared the scene, Police were again called back at 12:42 am in reference to the same subject running away from the hospital. He was located by Police and transported to a residence where he was left In the care of a friend,

Police were called to a parking lot in the 1700 block of E. Walnut in reference to a child sleeping in a

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Watseka Police Department News 8/3/18

Police responded to a 911 hang up call In the 1400 block of east Walnut at 9:56 am. The call was accidental.

Police responded to a possible domestic dispute in the 200 block of N. 5th St. at 10:16am, Police located the subjects who advised they were not fighting.

Police responded to a retail theft in the 1700 block of east Walnut at 11:27am Police reviewed the video from the store and observed a W/M leave the store with a cart load of food then enter a Chevy van. Police later observed the same van at a business in the 1000 block of E. Walnut. They made contact with the subject and after confronting him with the video evidence he admitted to taking the Items, Police then placed Jason Laird, 43, Watseka, into custody for Retail Theft. He was I•Bonded on scene and released,

Police responded to the 500 block of east Oak St, for an unwanted person at 1:39pm. That person was removed.

Police responded to a Dog Running at Large in the 300 block of W. North St at 3:24. Police responded to a civil complaint in the 100 block of W, North St, at 6:16pm

Police took a report of a stolen bicycle at 6:20 pm in the 500 block of east Walnut.

Police responded to a 911 call from a local business in the 400 block of W. Walnut 4: 43pm. The manager of the store wanted a subject removed due to suspected drug use. The subject fled prior to Police arrival.

Police responded to a fight behind a local tavern in the 200 block of W. Walnut at 7:12 pm, On arrival Police observed the parties had been separated.

Police responded to a Rooster running at large in the 400 block of east Walnut at 8:04pm,

Police responded to criminal damage to vehicle that occurred in a parking lot in the 1700 block of E. Walnut at 8:56pm.

Police conducted a traffic stop at Walnut and 10th at 10:2S pm. A verbal warning was given for equipment.

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Iroquois County Sheriff's Police 8/3/18

 Sheldon Police arrested Izaak D. Matthews, age 20, of Iroquois. According to police reports, Matthews was charged with residential burglary and criminal damage to property. He was transported to the Iroquois County Jai! where he posted the required bond and was released,

 

 

On August 2nd , 2018, Clifton Police arrested Nathan D. Hendron, age 39 of Clifton. According to police reports, Hendron was charged with battery and violation of an order of protection. He was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond.

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Watseka Police Department News 8/2/18

Police responded to a business alarm In the 1400 block of E. Walnut at 9:04am. The alarm was found to be false.

Police responded to a local business in reference to a counterfeit $20.00 bill at 10:02 am. The bill was confiscated,

Police conducted a traffic stop on Jefferson near North St. at 11:43 am for speeding. A verbal warning was given.

Police responded to the 300 block of N, Kay St. at 1:59 pm in reference to an elderly subject that seemed confused. On investigation the male subject, Lester Fisher, 71, Indiana, was found to have an active warrant out of IN, He was placed into custody and transported to the County Jail,

Police were called to the 400 block of W, Mulberry in reference to Harassment by Telephone at 2:39 pm,

Police responded to an alarm at a local business in the 700 block of E, Elm at 2;57 pm. The alarm was false.

Police responded to the 500 block of E, Oak St. at 5:55 pm for an unwanted person.

Police issued a verbal warning for Illegal Burning In the SOO block of N. 5th St, at 6:10 pm,

Police responded to a verbal domestic in the 100 block of E. North St. at 6:12 pm.

Police were requested to do a welfare check on a subject in the 800 block of W. Newell at 8:57 pm.

Police responded to a prowler In the 300 block of W. Elm at 9:21 pm,

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Police conducted a traffic Stop at Walnut/ 8th at 2:13 am. A verbal warning for failing to Stop at a stop sign was issued.

Police responded to a burglary in the 500 block of 5, 4th St. at 8:03 am.

Police responded to a 911 hang up call in the 1400 block of E. Walnut at 10:31 am, The call was accidental,

Police responded to a Battery complaint in the 1000 block of W, Smith St. at 10;36 am.

Police responded to a verbal domestic in the 200 block of N. 5th St, at 11:06 am, Police responded to a dog bite call in the 200 block of E, Cherry St at 11:14 am.

Police responded to a property line dispute In the 500 block of N, 5 th St. at 1:12 pm,

Police responded to a local bu5iness in the 300 block of N. 3rd St. at 2:12 pm for a found wallet.

Police responded to a suspicious person In the 100 block of W. Washington at 3:44 pm,

 

Police Issued several written warnings for City Ordinance violations, These included 1 for excessive grass height, 8 for Inoperable/ Abandoned vehicles and 2 for furniture/W In yard,

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Police conducted a traffic stop at Elm and 6th St. at 3:52 pm. A verbal warning was issued for a Stop sign violation.

Police arrested Christopher Ross, 32, Watseka, on an outstanding Iroquois County Warrant charging him with FTA on a Battery charge at 4:12 pm in the 400 block of E, Oak. He was transported to the County Jail,

Police were called to a Domestic Disturbance in the 200 block of N. 4th St. at 5:02pm. Arrested at the scene was Kay Laird, 52, Watseka, for Domestic Battery. She was transported to the County Jail,

Police were called to the 200 block of N. 4th St, in reference to a battery at 5:18pm. On arrival it was determined the offending party had fled the scene.

Police responded to calls in the 600 block of S, Belmont at 9:51pm for possible gun shots, It was later determined to be fireworks.

Police responded to a domestic dispute at 2nd and Adams at Il;56pm, It was determined to be a verbal dispute and both parties were separated,

08-01-18

Police responded to squatters in the 700 block of E. Walnut at 8:01am: the subjects were removed,

Police responded to trespassers in the 700 Block of E. Walnut at 8:12 am, The subjects were located and trespass warned for the property.

Police responded to a Violation of an Order of Protection in the SOO block of St. at 9:23 am on arrival it was determined to Order had not been served, ICSD was contacted and Deputies arrived and served the Order,

Police responded to a lockout In the 1000 block of E, Grant at 11:01 am.

Police responded to an overdose in the 1100 block of E, Walnut St, IMH Ambulance arrived and revived the subject who declined further medical attentiom

Police responded to trespassers in the 500 block of E. Walnut, The subjects were removed.

Police conducted a traffic stop at North and Wabash at 1:37 pm. A verbal warning was Issued for a stop sign violation.

Police responded to a found hypodermic needle in the 400 block of N, 4th St. at 2:28 pm. The needle was confiscated.

Police responded to the 800 block of N, Virginia for a stolen mower at 2:39 pm,

 

                                                                

Police arrested Todd Brady, 48, Watseka, at 4th and Walnut at 2:45 pm on an outstanding Kankakee

County warrant charging him with Delivery of a Controlled Substance. He was transported to the

Iroquois County Jail,

Police responded to a theft of an air conditioner In the 100 block of E. Locust at 2:45 Ppm.

Police responded to a found hypodermic needle and a purse in the 300 block of W, Victory St. at 3:28 pm. The Items were collected.

Police responded to a business alarm on old IJ,S, HYW 24 at 5:47 pm, The alarm was false.

Police conducted a traffic stop on Walnut near Brianna Dr, at 9:17pm, A verbal warning was given for equipment.

Police responded to a possible intoxicated driver on Walnut E/B. at 9:57 pm, Police were no able to locate the vehicle.

Police responded to a domestic dispute at a local business in the 200 block of W, Walnut at 9:59 pm.

On arrival it was found that one of the parties had left,

Police Issued 2 written warnings for city ordinance violations- these were both for furniture in yards.

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Watseka Police Department News 8/1/18

Lester G, Fisher, 71, of Indiana was arrested on 07/30/2018, at N. Kay St. and W, Hickory St., for an active warrant for sexual battery out of Jasper County in Indiana. Fisher was transported to the 'Iroquois County Jail,

 

Zachary P, Schmidt, 20, of Sheldon, IL was issued a written citation for operating an uninsured motor vehicle during a traffic stop at E. Walnut St, and    St. on 07/31/2018, Schmidt was released from the traffic stop after posting bond.

 

Kay M, Laird, 52, of Watseka, IL was arrested, within the 200 block of N, 4th St., for domestic battery on 07/31/2018. Laird was transported to the Iroquois County Jail.

 

Animal Control was contacted on 07/31/2018, due to a dog bite that had occurred within the 100 block of S. 8th st.

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Burglary in Newton County

 

                July 30th, 2018, the Newton County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to Thayer, Indiana for a report of a burglary at Todd’s Place (SW corner of SR 55 and CR 1200N).  Upon Deputies arrival they spoke to employees who stated that when they came in that morning to open the business, they found forced entry to an exterior door.  An undisclosed amount of cash was stolen.

 

Video clips can be viewed on our Facebook page; Newton County Sheriff’s Office.  https://www.facebook.com/Newton-County-Sheriffs-Office-590519011044153/

 

               If you have any information or can help identify the suspect, contact the Newton County Sheriff’s Office at 219-474-5661 or by calling our TIP LINE 219-234-7014

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