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Iroquois County Sheriff's Police 11/30/2020

On November 25th, 2020, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police investigated a single vehicle accident in the 500 block of N. Raub St. in Donovan. According to police reportsi Lindsey N, Ollver, age 23, of Donovan was traveling northbound on N. Raub St. in the rain. Oliver was drowsy and failed to negotiate the curve and drove off the roadway striking a tree, No injuries were repotted and no citations were issued.

 

 
   


On November 25th, 2020, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police investigated a 2 vehicle accident at the intersection of Cherry St. and Union St. in Crescent City. According to police reports, a vehicle driven by Timothy S. McClain, age 41, of Gilman was traveling westbound on Union St. McClain made a left turn on Cherry St, and failed to see a golf cart driven by Robert J. O'Connell, age 78, of Crescent City and struck it- The golf cart also had 2 juvenile passengers. Over $1500 in damage occurred and there were no injuries reported and no citations were issued,

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Iroquois County COVID 19 Update 11/26/2020

There have been 1,367 confirmed cases and 205 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There has been a total of 46 new cases since our last update.

Due to the current surge in COVID-19 cases, ICPHD will not be reporting case age and gender until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we need to focus all our time on contact tracing and mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for 11/25/2020. Please reference the following explanation of probable cases:

“The probable cases that we will be reporting on the daily press release are individuals who have been tested and are found to have a positive test result by a local clinic using "rapid" tests that are not, at this time, IDPH approved tests. These are antigen tests, not molecular tests, and are not laboratory confirmed. Therefore, those individuals who test positive using rapid testing from this source, will be reported as a probable case. Please note that there are different rapid tests available from different sources. Some rapid tests are IDPH approved while some are not. If individuals chose to be tested at a clinic or physician’s office that is using a test that is not IDPH approved and the results are positive, that individual will be listed as a probable case and will be required to isolate per health department protocol. Their direct, known and identified contacts will be quarantined. We realize that there are numerous definitions of Probable Cases but ICPHD will use the Probable Cases category to identify the individuals who have tested positive using a rapid test, not yet approved by IDPH, as these positive results are not laboratory confirmed.”

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Iroquois County COVID 19 Update 11/25/2020

As of 11/24/20 there have been 1,327 confirmed cases and 199 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There has been a total of 33 new cases since our last update. 1 additional individual has passed away with COVID-19. We extend our prayers and deepest condolences to the family, friends, and community members affected by this loss.

Due to the current surge in COVID-19 cases, ICPHD will not be reporting case age and gender until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we need to focus all our time on contact tracing and mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for 11/24/2020. Please reference the following explanation of probable cases:

“The probable cases that we will be reporting on the daily press release are individuals who have been tested and are found to have a positive test result by a local clinic using "rapid" tests that are not, at this time, IDPH approved tests. These are antigen tests, not molecular tests, and are not laboratory confirmed. Therefore, those individuals who test positive using rapid testing from this source, will be reported as a probable case. Please note that there are different rapid tests available from different sources. Some rapid tests are IDPH approved while some are not. If individuals chose to be tested at a clinic or physician’s office that is using a test that is not IDPH approved and the results are positive, that individual will be listed as a probable case and will be required to isolate per health department protocol. Their direct, known and identified contacts will be quarantined. We realize that there are numerous definitions of Probable Cases but ICPHD will use the Probable Cases category to identify the individuals who have tested positive using a rapid test, not yet approved by IDPH, as these positive results are not laboratory confirmed.”

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Volunteers from Watseka, IL asked to support "The Flagman's Mission Continues" setting up US Flags for the funeral of Sgt. Jeremy Sherman, United States Army

Help is needed to set up 2,000 plus US 3x5 foot flags on Friday November 27th for the funeral of Sgt. Jeremy Sherman, United States Army, who died on November 12th in a helicopter crash in Egypt.  After the event concludes, help is needed on Tuesday December 1st to take the flags down and reload them into the trailer.

 

Flags will be set up on Friday, November 27th.  Meet at NOON at the Trinity Church parking lot, 1658 East Walnut Street in Watseka.  Jeff Hastings, President of “The Flagman’s Mission Continues”, will provide instruction on how to use the post drivers and how to unfurl the flags for display.  Please bring work gloves!  Pickup trucks are most welcome and are very useful in taking the flags from the trailer at the church to the setup locations.

 

The funeral service is on Monday November 30th from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM.  Funeral services will be held at 2:30 PM at Trinity Church with Pastor Ryan Mustered officiating.  Military rites will be provided by the United States Army and Watseka American Legion Post #23.

 

Flags will be taken down on Tuesday December 1st.  Meet at 9:00 AM at the Trinity Church parking lot.  Jeff will provide instructions on how to prepare the flags to put back in the trailer.  Pickup trucks are again most welcome.  Please bring work gloves!

 

Normally setup and take down can be completed in a couple of hours.  A very worthwhile and enjoyable use of your volunteer time!  Bring your cameras – the flags provide a lot of photo opportunities that can be shared with the family and others in the community!

 

Questions, contact Jeff Hastings at 618-409-0323.  For information about “The Flagman’s Mission Continues”, please visit www.theflagmanmission.org

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Fatal Car Crash in Iroquois County

Sheriffs Police investigated a single vehicle rollover accident early Sunday morning west of Chebanse, involving Kory S. Kohler(20) of Chebanse, Based upon evidence at the scene, Kohler had been traveling east on 3400N approaching 1100E, when he lost control of his 2010 Chevy Camaro. The vehicle skidded off the roadway into the south ditch, impacting the embankment and rolling over into a field, The vehicle sustained major damage & Kohler was trapped inside the car upside down. Riverside EMS and Cheabnse Township Fire arrived at the scene initially and found Kohler to be deceased. Also responding and investigating the crash was the Iroquois County Coroners Office

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Iroquois County Sheriff's Police 11/24/2020

On November 20th, 2020, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police investigated a single vehicle accident on Co. Rd, 000 N- and approx. 2420 E According to police reports, a vehicle driven by Daniel L. Allison Jr. age 62, ot Hoopeston was traveling north on N. Market St, in Vermilion Co. Upon entering Iroquois Co. Allison failed to negotiate the c,urve onto Co, Rd. 000 N, and continued straight striking a concrete wall- Allison was transported to Hoopeston Hospital for minor injuries. He would tater be placed in custody and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

On November 21 31, 2020, Iroquois County Sheriffs Poffce investigated a single vehicle accident on Co. Rd, 1600 N. near Co,

 

 
 


Rd. 1300 E. According to police reports, a vehicle driven by Reginald E, Snyder, age 32, of Watseka was traveling west on Co. Rd. 1600 N, when a deer entered the roadway. Snyder maneuvered to avoid the deer and lost controt of the vehicle, Snyder entered the south ditch striking the embankment before coming to a rest in a field. Snyder sustained minor injuries, and no citations were issued.

 

On November 22nd, 2020, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police investigated a single vehicle accident near the Sugar Creek Cemetery in Stockland. According to police reports, a vehicle driven by Dylan L. Jones, age 20, of Stockland was operating a vehicle through Sugar Creek Cemetery and struck a tree before returning to his residence. After a brief investigation, Jones was placed into custody for driving under the influence of alcohol zero tolerance and failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident. Jones was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond and was released.

 

On November 22nd, 2020, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Darrell L. Jones, age 30, of Hoopeston. According to police reports, Jones was charged with contrjbuttng to the delinquenoy of a minor. Jones was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond and was released,

 

On November 21 st, 2020, Milford Police arrested Phillip B. Millard, age 42, of Watseka- According to police reports, Millard was charged with driving while license revoked. Millard was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond and was released.

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Iroquois County COVID 19 Update 11/24/2020

There have been 1,298 confirmed cases and 195 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There has been a total of 79 new cases since our last update.

 

Due to the current surge in COVID-19 cases, ICPHD will not be reporting case age and gender until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we need to focus all our time on contact tracing and mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

 

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for 11/23/2020. Please reference the following explanation of probable cases:

“The probable cases that we will be reporting on the daily press release are individuals who have been tested and are found to have a positive test result by a local clinic using "rapid" tests that are not, at this time, IDPH approved tests. These are antigen tests, not molecular tests, and are not laboratory confirmed. Therefore, those individuals who test positive using rapid testing from this source, will be reported as a probable case. Please note that there are different rapid tests available from different sources. Some rapid tests are IDPH approved while some are not. If individuals chose to be tested at a clinic or physician’s office that is using a test that is not IDPH approved and the results are positive, that individual will be listed as a probable case and will be required to isolate per health department protocol. Their direct, known and identified contacts will be quarantined. We realize that there are numerous definitions of Probable Cases but ICPHD will use the Probable Cases category to identify the individuals who have tested positive using a rapid test, not yet approved by IDPH, as these positive results are not laboratory confirmed.”

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Iroquois County COVID 19 Update 11/21/2020

As of 11/20/20 there have been 1,227 confirmed cases and 187 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There have been 61 new confirmed cases and 8 new probable cases since our last update. 

 

Due to the current surge in COVID-19 cases, ICPHD will not be reporting case age and gender until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we need to focus all our time on contact tracing and mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for 11/20/2020. Please reference the following explanation of probable cases:

“The probable cases that we will be reporting on the daily press release are individuals who have been tested and are found to have a positive test result by a local clinic using "rapid" tests that are not, at this time, IDPH approved tests. These are antigen tests, not molecular tests, and are not laboratory confirmed. Therefore, those individuals who test positive using rapid testing from this source, will be reported as a probable case. Please note that there are different rapid tests available from different sources. Some rapid tests are IDPH approved while some are not. If individuals chose to be tested at a clinic or physician’s office that is using a test that is not IDPH approved and the results are positive, that individual will be listed as a probable case and will be required to isolate per health department protocol. Their direct, known and identified contacts will be quarantined. We realize that there are numerous definitions of Probable Cases but ICPHD will use the Probable Cases category to identify the individuals who have tested positive using a rapid test, not yet approved by IDPH, as these positive results are not laboratory confirmed.”

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Iroquois County Sheriff's Police 11/20/2020

On November 18th, 2020, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police investigated a car vs. deer accident on Co. Rd 2900 N, near 1800 E. According to police reports, a vehicle driven by Paul A Carpenter, age 51, of Watseka was traveling east on 2900 N, when a deer entered the roadway, Carpenter was unable to avoid the deer and struck it causing over $1500 in damage. No injuries were reported, and no citations were issued.

 

On November 18th, 2020, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police with the assistance of US Marshalls, arrested Samuel J, Hines, age 23, of Chebanse. According to police reports, Hines was wanted on two outstanding Kankakee County warrants charging him with Possession of Methamphetamines and Reckless Driving. Hines was transported to Iroquois County Jail and was later tumed over to Kankakee County.

 

 
   


On November 18th, 2020, Iroquois County Sheriff$ Police arrested Timothy R. Andersoni age 32, of Watseka, According to police reports, a traffic stop was conducted on a vehicle for driving over 100 miles an hour in a 55mph zone, Anderson was found to be the driver Of the vehicle- Anderson was charged with driving more than 35mph over the posted speed limit and driving with a suspended driver's license. Anderson was also wanted on a Livingston County warrant charging him with failure to appear on no registration and a Kankakee County warrant charging him with failure to appear on a DUI. Anderson was transported to Iroquois County Jail and posted the required bond.

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Iroquois County COVID 19 Update 11/20/2020

As of 11/19/20 there have been 1,166 confirmed cases and 179 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There have been 38 new confirmed cases and 11 new probable cases since our last update. 1 additional individual has passed away with COVID-19. We extend our prayers and deepest condolences to the family, friends, and community members affected by this loss.

Due to the current surge in COVID-19 cases, ICPHD will not be reporting case age and gender until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we need to focus all our time on contact tracing and mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for 11/18/2020. Please reference the following explanation of probable cases:

“The probable cases that we will be reporting on the daily press release are individuals who have been tested and are found to have a positive test result by a local clinic using "rapid" tests that are not, at this time, IDPH approved tests. These are antigen tests, not molecular tests, and are not laboratory confirmed. Therefore, those individuals who test positive using rapid testing from this source, will be reported as a probable case. Please note that there are different rapid tests available from different sources. Some rapid tests are IDPH approved while some are not. If individuals chose to be tested at a clinic or physician’s office that is using a test that is not IDPH approved and the results are positive, that individual will be listed as a probable case and will be required to isolate per health department protocol. Their direct, known and identified contacts will be quarantined. We realize that there are numerous definitions of Probable Cases but ICPHD will use the Probable Cases category to identify the individuals who have tested positive using a rapid test, not yet approved by IDPH, as these positive results are not laboratory confirmed.”

 

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Iroquois County COVID 19 Update 11/19/2020

As of 11/18/20 there have been 1,128 confirmed cases and 168 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There have been 45 new confirmed cases and 11 new probable cases since our last update.

 

Due to the current surge in COVID-19 cases, ICPHD will not be reporting case age and gender until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we need to focus all our time on contact tracing and mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for 11/18/2020. Please reference the following explanation of probable cases:

 

“The probable cases that we will be reporting on the daily press release are individuals who have been tested and are found to have a positive test result by a local clinic using "rapid" tests that are not, at this time, IDPH approved tests. These are antigen tests, not molecular tests, and are not laboratory confirmed. Therefore, those individuals who test positive using rapid testing from this source, will be reported as a probable case. Please note that there are different rapid tests available from different sources. Some rapid tests are IDPH approved while some are not. If individuals chose to be tested at a clinic or physician’s office that is using a test that is not IDPH approved and the results are positive, that individual will be listed as a probable case and will be required to isolate per health department protocol. Their direct, known and identified contacts will be quarantined. We realize that there are numerous definitions of Probable Cases but ICPHD will use the Probable Cases category to identify the individuals who have tested positive using a rapid test, not yet approved by IDPH, as these positive results are not laboratory confirmed.”

 

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McCullough Implement Co. Acquires Don Bales, Inc.

McCullough Implement Co, a farm, construction, and turf equipment dealer, has acquired Don Bales Inc. of Lowell, Indiana. The official announcement was made in Watseka, IL on November 16, 2020. The acquisition is expected to finalize early January 2021.

“This expansion allows McCullough Implement to extend its offering of quality equipment and customer service while building on the business that Don Bales has built in North West Indiana area ” said Stephen J. McCullough, President of McCullough Implement.

The acquisition of Don Bales fits into McCullough Implement’s growth strategy in the farm, construction, and residential markets. Through this purchase, McCullough Implement will now offer the entire line of Kubota turf, agriculture, and construction equipment to a larger service area, including NW Indiana and the south suburban area of Chicago.

About McCullough Implement

McCullough Implement based in Watseka, IL, was founded in 1940 as an Allis Chalmers dealer. They now offer farm, construction and residential equipment sales, parts and service for Kubota, Great Plains, Bobcat, Agco, and several other quality lines. McCullough Implement has seen significant growth in sales and service in the Illiana area over the last decade.

About Don Bales

Don Bales Inc. is a farm and turf equipment dealer located in Lowell, Indiana. Established in 1961, as an International Harvester dealer, Bales is now primarily a Kubota dealer, offering equipment, parts and service to a diverse customer base.

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Watseka Police Department News 11/19/2020

Watseka Police arrested Brianna Jones, 24, Watseka at 12:29 a.m. on Nov. 19 at Fifth and Oak St. Jones was arrested for possession of a controlled substance after police located suspected methamphetamine in her vehicle during a vehicle search. She was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where she later posted bond and was released.

 

Watseka Police arrested Heather Osborne, 35, Watseka at 8:38 p.m. on Nov. 15. She was arrested during a traffic stop in the area of Fifth and Hamilton and was found to be wanted on an Iroquois County warrant charging her with failure to appear on a theft charge. After being placed into custody, Osborne was found to be in possession of suspected methamphetamine and a glass pipe. Police charged her with possession of less than five grams of methamphetamine and possession of drug equipment. She was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where she is being held.

 

 

Watseka Police responded to a traffic accident in the 500 block of W. Walnut St. at 12:18 p.m. According to reports, a 2006 Honda operated by Andrew Sparks, Watseka, entered a parking lot and struck metal that was sticking out of the bed of a parked 2009 Chevy truck owned by Dennis Walder of Cissna Park. Damage was estimated at $1500. No citations or injuries were reported.

 

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Iroquois County Sheriff's Police Report 11/18/2020

 

 
   


On November 17th, 2020, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police investigated a car vs. deer accident on Co. Rd 2200 N, near 1150 E. According to police reports, a vehicle driven by Haley M. Schneider, age 2B, of Danforth was traveling east on 2200 N, when a deer entered the roadway. Schneider was unable to avoid the deer and struck it causing over $1500 in damage. No injuries were reported, and no citations were issued,

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Iroquois County Covid 19 Update 11/18/2020

As of 11/17/20 there have been 1,083 confirmed cases and 157 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There have been 38 new confirmed cases and 16 new probable cases since our last update.

Many of Iroquois County’s most recent cases have been epidemiologically linked to large events in the community such as unofficial homecomings and weddings. ICPHD is asking the public to refrain from attending large gatherings as this is causing increased illness within our community. We thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Due to the current surge in COVID-19 cases, ICPHD will not be reporting case age and gender until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we need to focus all our time on contact tracing and mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for 11/17/2020. Please reference the following explanation of probable cases:

“The probable cases that we will be reporting on the daily press release are individuals who have been tested and are found to have a positive test result by a local clinic using "rapid" tests that are not, at this time, IDPH approved tests. These are antigen tests, not molecular tests, and are not laboratory confirmed. Therefore, those individuals who test positive using rapid testing from this source, will be reported as a probable case. Please note that there are different rapid tests available from different sources. Some rapid tests are IDPH approved while some are not. If individuals chose to be tested at a clinic or physician’s office that is using a test that is not IDPH approved and the results are positive, that individual will be listed as a probable case and will be required to isolate per health department protocol. Their direct, known and identified contacts will be quarantined. We realize that there are numerous definitions of Probable Cases but ICPHD will use the Probable Cases category to identify the individuals who have tested positive using a rapid test, not yet approved by IDPH, as these positive results are not laboratory confirmed.”

If you have any questions or concerns please let me know, I would be happy to help.

 

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Iroquois County Sheriff's Police 11/17/2020

On November 16th, 2020, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police investigated a car vs. deer accident on Co. Rd 2150 N, near 2625 E, According to police reports, a vehicle driven by Ronald B- Williams, age 38, of Donovan was traveling west on 2150 N. when a deer entered the roadway. Williame was unable to avoid the deer and struck it causing over $1500 in damage, No injuries were reported, and no citations were issued.

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SUSPECTS ARRESTED FOR NARCOTICS AND FIREARM VIOLATIONS

The Kankakee Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group (KAMEG), arrested Anthony Bender, 20, of Kankakee, IL, for aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, possession of a firearm by a felon, and for the unlawful possession of cannabis with the intent to deliver (30-500 grams).  Also, arrested was Darius K. Samuels, age 25, of Kankakee, for unlawful possession of cannabis with intent to deliver.

 

On November 14, 2020, at 9:30 pm, KAMEG agents conducted a traffic stop for a moving violation. As the vehicle stopped, several of the occupants fled on foot. Bender was taken into custody after a brief foot pursuit.  A .9mm firearm was recovered from the scene. During a search of the vehicle, agents seized 191.3 grams of suspected cannabis and drug paraphernalia. Samuels and Bender were transported to the Kankakee County Detention Center pending a bond hearing.  Because of his parole status, a parole violation warrant was issued from the Illinois Department of Corrections for Bender.  KAMEG was assisted by the Illinois State Police, District 21.  

 

KAMEG reminds the public to call KAMEG at (815) 933-1710 to report non-emergency information about drug dealing and gang problems.  We recognize our partnership with the public is important for quality of life issues for our citizens and children.   

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Iroquois County COVID 19 Update 11/17/2020

As of 11/16/20 there have been 1,045 confirmed cases and 141 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There have been 102 new confirmed cases and 11 new probable cases since our last update. 1 additional individual has passed away with COVID-19. We extend our prayers and deepest condolences to the family, friends, and community members affected by this loss.

 

Many of Iroquois County’s most recent cases have been epidemiologically linked to large events in the community such as unofficial homecomings and weddings. ICPHD is asking the public to refrain from attending large gatherings as this is causing increased illness within our community. We thank you in advance for your cooperation.

 

Due to the current surge in COVID-19 cases, ICPHD will not be reporting case age and gender until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we need to focus all our time on contact tracing and mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for 11/16/2020. Please reference the following explanation of probable cases:

“The probable cases that we will be reporting on the daily press release are individuals who have been tested and are found to have a positive test result by a local clinic using "rapid" tests that are not, at this time, IDPH approved tests. These are antigen tests, not molecular tests, and are not laboratory confirmed. Therefore, those individuals who test positive using rapid testing from this source, will be reported as a probable case. Please note that there are different rapid tests available from different sources. Some rapid tests are IDPH approved while some are not. If individuals chose to be tested at a clinic or physician’s office that is using a test that is not IDPH approved and the results are positive, that individual will be listed as a probable case and will be required to isolate per health department protocol. Their direct, known and identified contacts will be quarantined. We realize that there are numerous definitions of Probable Cases but ICPHD will use the Probable Cases category to identify the individuals who have tested positive using a rapid test, not yet approved by IDPH, as these positive results are not laboratory confirmed.”

If you have any questions or concerns please let me know, I would be happy to help.

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Former Watseka man among dead in Egypt copter crash

A Watseka man has been identified as one of five soldiers who died in a helicopter crash November 12 in Sinai, Egypt. Sgt. Jeremy Cain Sherman, 23, of Watseka, was killed when the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter he was on crashed Thursday in Sinai, Egypt. Four other service members died in the incident, including Capt. Seth Vernon, 31, of Katy, Tex.; Chief Warrant Officer 3 Dallas Gearld Garza, 34, of Fayetteville N. Car., Chief Warrant Officer 2 Marwan Sameh Ghabour, 27, of Marlborough, Mass.; and Staff Sgt. Kyle Robert McKee, 35, of Painesville, Ohio. The United States Army announced the victims’ names Saturday. Two others - Sgt. Maj. Michaela Ticha, of the Czech Republic and Lt. Col. Sebastien Botta, of France - were confirmed as casualties by their respective governments. An unidentified U.S. service member was injured in the crash, but has not been identified. The soldier was medically evacuated to an Israeli hospital and was said to be in critical condition, according to media reports. According to social media, Sgt. Sherman attended Watseka Community High School. He joined the U.S. Army in 2015 and was a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter mechanic/ crew chief. Most recently, he and his wife, Kathleen, lived in Clarksville, Tenn. The soldiers, part of peacekeeping operations with the Multinational Force and Observers mission, were on a reconnaissance mission and crashed near the island of Tiran. The crash is under investigation. Mechanical failure is believed to have been the cause. Malicious activity does not appear to be involved, according to printed reports. About 700 troops are stationed in the area as part of a 35 -year-old peacekeeping mission, according to the Military Times. In recent months, troops in the area have assisted in operations against Islamic State group fighters, along with other regional security duties, the publication said.

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Iroquois County Sheriff's Police 11/14/2020

On November 6th, 2020, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police investigated a car vs. deer accident on Co. Rd. 3000 E. near 1000 N. According to police reports, Nicholas L. Broz, age 331 of Milford was traveling north on 3000 E. when a deer entered the roadway. Broz was unable to avoid the deer, striking it and causing over $1500 in damage- No injuries were reported and no citations were issued.

 

On November 6th , 2020, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police investigated a car vs. deer accident on Co. Rd. 950 Na near 2440 E, According to police reports, Brenden L. Trumann, age 181 of Cissna Park was traveling east on 950 N. when a deer entered the roadway- Trumann was unable to avoid the deer, striking it and causing over $1500 in damage. No injuries were reported and no citations were issued,

 

 
 
On November 7th, 2020, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police investigated a car vs. deer accident on Co. Rd. 700 E near 2800 N. According to police reports, Kathleen M. Whelan, age 50f of Urbana was traveling south on 700 E. when a deer entered the roadway. Whelan was unable to avoid the deer, striking it and causing over $1500 in damage- No injuries were reported and no citations were issued,





On November 12th, 2020, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police investigated a car vs. deer accident on Co. Rd€ 2000 N. near 2230 E. According to police reports, Dane R Ward, age 35, of Watseka was traveling west on 2000 N- when a deer entered the roadway, Trumann was unable to avoid the deer, striking It and causing over $1500 in damage. No injuries were reported

and no citations were issued.

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Iroquois County COVID 19 Update 11/14/2020

As of 11/13/20 there have been 943 confirmed cases and 130 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There have been 54 new confirmed cases and 5 new probable cases since our last update.

 

Many of Iroquois County’s most recent cases have been epidemiologically linked to large events in the community such as unofficial homecomings and weddings. ICPHD is asking the public to refrain from attending large gatherings as this is causing increased illness within our community. We thank you in advance for your cooperation.

 

Due to the current surge in COVID-19 cases, ICPHD will not be reporting case age and gender until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we need to focus all our time on contact tracing and mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

 

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for 11/13/2020. Please reference the following explanation of probable cases:

“The probable cases that we will be reporting on the daily press release are individuals who have been tested and are found to have a positive test result by a local clinic using "rapid" tests that are not, at this time, IDPH approved tests. These are antigen tests, not molecular tests, and are not laboratory confirmed. Therefore, those individuals who test positive using rapid testing from this source, will be reported as a probable case. Please note that there are different rapid tests available from different sources. Some rapid tests are IDPH approved while some are not. If individuals chose to be tested at a clinic or physician’s office that is using a test that is not IDPH approved and the results are positive, that individual will be listed as a probable case and will be required to isolate per health department protocol. Their direct, known and identified contacts will be quarantined. We realize that there are numerous definitions of Probable Cases but ICPHD will use the Probable Cases category to identify the individuals who have tested positive using a rapid test, not yet approved by IDPH, as these positive results are not laboratory confirmed.”

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Jesse White Announces Closure of Driver Services Facilities from Nov. 17 until Dec. 7, 2020, Due to Worsening COVID-19 Pandemic

Driver’s licenses and ID card expirations will be extended until June 1, 2021 White encourages online renewal options CDL facilities remain open for truck drivers Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White is announcing Driver Services facilities statewide will be closed to the public for in person transactions effective Tuesday, Nov. 17 and will reopen on Monday, Dec. 7, 2020, due to the worsening COVID-19 pandemic. White is encouraging the public to take advantage of online services. In addition, White announced that expiration dates for driver’s licenses and ID cards will be extended until June 1, 2021. This June 1, 2021 extension also includes those who have February, March, April and May 2021 expiration dates. As a result, expired driver’s licenses and ID cards will remain valid until June 1, 2021. CDL (Commercial Driver License) holders and commercial permit holders are excluded from this extension due to federal requirements. “After careful consideration, we have decided to close all Driver Services facilities until December 7, 2020, due to the worsening COVID-19 pandemic,” said White. “The health and safety of employees and the public remains paramount and face-to-face transactions potentially increase the further spread of the virus. We have extended expiration dates to assist people during this difficult time. I am also encouraging customers to consider using online services which are available for many office transactions.” As White noted, many transactions with the Secretary of State’s office may be conducted online at www.cyberdriveillinois.com, some of which include:

· Renewing a license plate sticker;

· Renewing a valid driver’s license for qualifying drivers;

· Renewing a valid ID card for those age 22-64 (seniors 65 and older have free, non-expiring IDs);

· Obtaining a driver record abstract;

· Filing Business Services documents, such as incorporations and annual reports; and · Customers with issues involving administrative hearings may contact adminhearings@ilsos.gov. Those who are eligible for online driver’s license renewal will receive a letter from the Secretary of State’s office with a PIN necessary for online renewal. Those whose driver’s licenses or ID cards expired between Feb. 1, 2020 and Jan. 31, 2021, who qualify for online renewal should receive their PIN letter in December 2020 or January 2021. Those whose driver’s licenses or ID cards expire after Feb. 1, 2021, will receive their PIN letter approximately 90 days before their expiration date.

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Drive-Through COVID-19 Testing Site Coming to Ford County

Ford County Public Health Department (FCPHD) is announcing that a COVID-19 testing site is coming to the area next week. A mobile testing unit managed by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) will be stationed in Paxton, IL according to the following schedule: Friday, November 20, 2020 8:00 am to 4:00 pm (Anyone in line at 4:00 pm will be tested) Ford County Public Health Department 235 N. Taft St. Paxton, IL Know Before You Go Testing is free and open to all regardless of symptoms. Simple nasal swabs will be used. A phone number and name are required to receive testing results. Individuals will be called with results within 4-7 business days. Individuals are encouraged to bring their health insurance card but can still be tested without insurance. Other Testing Options State-run Community-Based Testing Sites located in Champaign (Market Place Mall, 2000 N. Neil St) and Bloomington (1106 Interstate Drive) are open 7 days a week. Testing at these sites is free. For more information, visit the IDPH website at https://dph.illinois.gov/covid19/covid-19-testing-sites. Many healthcare providers in Ford County also have COVID-19 testing available. Please contact your provider or the facility to ask about testing criteria and appointment availability. “We encourage our residents to take advantage of the mobile testing site or Community-Based Testing Sites and get tested right away if they are experiencing symptoms, or after being exposed to an infected person,” says Lana Sample, FCPHD Administrator. “Testing is an important first step that helps our staff identify and support you if you are infected, notify close contacts, and slow the spread of this virus.” 

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Iroquois County COVID 19 Update 11/13/2020

As of 11/12/20 there have been 889 confirmed cases and 125 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There have been 64 new confirmed cases and 21 new probable cases since our last update.

Many of Iroquois County’s most recent cases have been epidemiologically linked to large events in the community such as unofficial homecomings and weddings. ICPHD is asking the public to refrain from attending large gatherings as this is causing increased illness within our community. We thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Due to the current surge in COVID-19 cases, ICPHD will not be reporting case age and gender until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we need to focus all our time on contact tracing and mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for 11/12/2020. Please reference the following explanation of probable cases:

“The probable cases that we will be reporting on the daily press release are individuals who have been tested and are found to have a positive test result by a local clinic using "rapid" tests that are not, at this time, IDPH approved tests. These are antigen tests, not molecular tests, and are not laboratory confirmed. Therefore, those individuals who test positive using rapid testing from this source, will be reported as a probable case. Please note that there are different rapid tests available from different sources. Some rapid tests are IDPH approved while some are not. If individuals chose to be tested at a clinic or physician’s office that is using a test that is not IDPH approved and the results are positive, that individual will be listed as a probable case and will be required to isolate per health department protocol. Their direct, known and identified contacts will be quarantined. We realize that there are numerous definitions of Probable Cases but ICPHD will use the Probable Cases category to identify the individuals who have tested positive using a rapid test, not yet approved by IDPH, as these positive results are not laboratory confirmed.”

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Love Local "To-Go" Event will be a "Drive-By Event" downtown Watseka with the WACC

Our Love Local "To-Go" Event will be a "Drive-By Event" downtown Watseka. Your Love Local "To-Go" Bag will be handed to you as you stay inside your vehicle (while supplies last). Leaving your vehicle is entirely up to you and is not necessary if you do not feel comfortable. Social distancing measures will be observed. Hope to see you there! Mark your calendars for Wednesday (November 18th) between 11:30am-1:30pm. Drive by the corners of Walnut & Third Streets in Watseka for a FREE Love Local To-Go Bag filled with fun stuff for the family from our local area businesses. (while supplies last) 

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