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Man arrested after allegedly pushing kids out of a moving vehicle

The Iroquois County Sheriff's Police arrested a a man who was witnessed pushing a 4 and 6 year-old out of a moving vehicle. 

According to police, on August 3, sheriffs deputies were dispatched to the 100 block of E. Park St. in Gilman for a report that Jesse K. McGhee, 40 of Gilman was seen pushing children out of a moving vehicle. 

Police report one of the victims sustained injuries from the incident. 

Officers say McGhee fled the scene before they arrived, but after further investigation he was located and taken into custody.

McGhee was charged with two counts of domestic battery, two counts of reckless conduct, two counts of endangering the life of a child and violation of an order of protection after being served. 

 

McGhee was taken to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond and released. 

Iroquois County Sheriff's Police news 8/4/2022

On July 27 Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police arrested Samuel Tutwiler, 21, of Harvey. According to police reports, Tutwiler was wanted on an outstanding Iroquois County warrant charging him with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. Tutwiler was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond and was released.

 

On July 27 Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police arrested Joshua Schroeder, 37, of Catlin. According to police reports, Schroeder was wanted on an outstanding Vermilion County warrant charging him with fraud. In addition. Schroeder was wanted on an outstanding fugitive from justice warrant from Louisiana. Schroeder was transported to the Iroquois County Jail to await extradition back to vermilion County and later to Louisiana.

 

On July 29 Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police arrested Terrance Cunningham, 2, of Rantoul. According to police reports, Cunningham was wanted on an outstanding Iroquois County warrant charity him with two counts of violations of an order of protection. Cunningham was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond and was released.

 

On July 30 Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Jason M. Stephens, 39, of Ambia, Indiana. According to police reports, Stephens was charged with speeding more than 28 mph over the limit, driving under the influence of alcohol, aggravated battery of a police officer and resisting arrest. Stephens was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond.

 

On July 31 Nicholas J. Manning, 33, of Danville turned himself in at the Iroquois County Jail. Manning was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant for aggravated DUI. Manning also has two outstanding out of county warrants and remains in custody in lieu fo bond.

 

On Aug. 1 Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police arrested Lauri J. Gregorash, 49, of Peotone. According to police reports, Gregorash was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant for failure to appear on a forgery charge. Gregorash was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where she posted the required bond.

 

 

On July 30 Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police investigated a single-vehicle accident that occurred on County Road 1700 North approximately two tenths of a mile east of County Road 850 East. According to police reports, a vehicle being driven by Kamari A. Sanders, 23, of Chicago, was eastbound on 1700 North. Sanders stated that he swerved to avoid a westbound vehicle and struck the guardrail of the bridge and then crossed over the road and entered the north ditch, striking a road sign. There was more than $1,500 in damage to the vehicle. No citations were issued and no injuries were reported.

 

On July 30 Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police investigated a single-vehicle accident on County Road 200 North just west of County Road 200 East. According to police reports, a vehicle driven by Keanan A. Crabb, 22, of Loda, was eastbound on 200 North and failed to reduce speed to negotiate a curve. The vehicle then crossed the westbound lane and entered the north ditch striking a drain and caused more than $1,500 in damage to the vehicle. Airbags were deployed. Third party witnesses observed Crabb leave the scene eastbound on foot with his dog. A short time later, Crabb called to report that his vehicle was stolen. Crabb was issued citations for leaving the scene of an accident, improper lane usage, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and driving while license suspended. No injuries were reported or observed.

 

On Aug. 1 Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police investigated a single-vehicle accident on County Road 1800 East at the intersection with County Road 3150 North. According to police reports, a vehicle driven by Eric S. Edwards, 52, Watseka, was traveling south on 1800 East. Edwards stated that he fell asleep at the wheel and the vehicle then proceeded through the stop intersection of 3150 North and enter dot south ditch. The vehicle sustained more than $1,500 in damage. No injuries were reported and no citations were issued.

 

Iroquois Memorial Hospital Welcomes Jaelyn French, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC to IMH Medical Group Clinics in Watseka and Kentland

 Iroquois Memorial Hospital is pleased to welcome Jaelyn French, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC to the IMH Medical Group Clinics in Watseka and Kentland. Jaelyn is an ANCC Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner with substantial experience in various healthcare settings. She graduated from Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, Illinois, with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She further pursued her commitment by earning an advanced degree in Nursing at Chamberlain University in Tinley Park, Illinois, graduating with a Master of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner degree. Jaelyn has experience working in Intensive Care, Cardiology, Hospice, and Palliative Care. She is a member of the American Nurses Association, ANA - Illinois, and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and is also BLS, ACLS, PALS certified by the American Heart Association. As a nurse practitioner, Jaelyn is dedicated to providing truly compassionate, patient-centered care for each one of her patients. Through working together and involving each patient in their healthcare, she helps them work towards a healthy, proactive lifestyle, keeping quality of life at the forefront of care. She is now seeing patients at the IMH Medical Group Clinic in Watseka on Mondays and Thursdays and the IMH Medical Group Clinic in Kentland on Tuesdays and Fridays. Most insurances are accepted. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call Watseka at 815.432.5411 or Kentland at 219.474.5464.

Iroquois County Sheriff's Police news 07/29/22

On July 16 Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police arrested Daniel R. Anderson, 50, of Kankakee. According to police reports, Anderson was charged with burglary and theft over $7,500. Anderson was transported to the Iroquois County Jail in lieu of bond.

 

On July 21 Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police arrested William J. Donaldson, 38, of Clifton. According to police reports, Donaldson was charged with battery. Donaldson was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond.

 

On July 25 Lawrence Lalumendier, 65, Clifton, turned himself in at the Iroquois County Jail to serve a sentence for aggravated assault, DUI and driving while license suspended.

 

On July 23 Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police investigated a single-vehicle accident that occurred a County Road 2900 North near 1141 East. According to police reports, a vehicle being driven by Maylon J. Hardy III of East St. Louis, was eastbound on 2900 North when he fell asleep at the wheel. Hardy entered the south ditch then woke up and over-corrected going back onto the roadway and entering the north ditch and cornfield. Hardy had minor suspected injuries and refused EMS. Thee was more than $1,500 in damage to the vehicle and no citations were issued

Watseka Police News 7/29/22

Police observed a person known to have a Department of Corrections warrant in the area of Fifth and Lincoln. The person ran but was caught by police. Arrested was Brent Durflinger, 41, Ranking, for a parole violation warrant. He was taken to the county jail where he is being held.

Police conducted a traffic stop in the 300 block of East Walnut at 4:58 p.m. Arrested was Roscoe Durflinger, 32, Gilman, on an outstanding Iroquois County warrant charging him with failure to appear on a driving while license suspended charge. He was taken to the county jail.

Watseka Police News 7/19/22

Police were called to the 100 block of West Fleming about a suspicious person at 7:40 a.m. Arrested was Darrel L. Jones, 51, Watseka. Jones was charged with being child sex offender in a public park and violation of bail bond. Jones was transported to the Iroquois County Jail without incident.

Police arrested Darrell Jones, 52, homeless, in Forrest Park, at 7;45 a.m. for being a child sex offender in a park and violation of bail bond after an officer recognized him and knew he was not to be present in a park. He was taken to the county jail.

Police responded to a call about a fight in progress in the 800 block of East Walnut at 1:13 a.m. Arrested was Travis Houser on an outstanding Iroquois County warrant. He was taken to the Iroquois County Jail.

Police responded to a traffic accident in the 400 block of West Walnut at 3:08 p.m. According to police reports, a 2008 Ford operated by Drake Gipson, 22, Sheldon, struck a concrete divider at the gas pumps. Gipson was arrested and charged with DUI. He was taken to county jail.

Iroquois County Sheriff's Police news 7/19/22

On July 14 Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police arrested Roy M. Tykol Jr., 35, of Watseka. According to police reports, Tykol is wanted on an outstanding Iroquois County warrant charging him with driving while license suspended or revoked. Tykol was transported to the Iroquois County Jail in lieu of bond.

On July 12 Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police arrested William J. King, 29, of Watseka. According to police reports, King was wanted on an outstanding Iroquois County warrant charging him with domestic battery. King was aware of his warrant and turned himself in at the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond and was released.

Newton County Fair Queen Crowned

MISS TEEN - ADDYSEN STANDISH

1ST RUNNER UP - HAILEY HOSKINS (ALSO MISS PHOTOGENIC)

 

QUEEN - HANNAH VANDERWALL

1ST RUNNER UP - ALEXXYS STADISH

2ND RUNNER UP - KYLIE BLANN

MISS CONGENIALITY & PEOPLES CHOICE - KAILYN KROLL

Fatal Single Vehicle Crash in Newton County

On Wednesday, July 6, 2022, 8:54pm the Newton County 9-1-1 center received reports of a vehicle fire on CR 150E, north of 700 S.  This is approximately 2 miles north of Brook.

 

The preliminary investigation by Sheriff’s Deputies indicates a 2008 Chrysler van was traveling north on CR 150E.  The vehicle left the roadway striking the concrete bridge guardrail.  The impact of the crash caused fatal injuries to the driver (sole occupant).  Subsequently the vehicle caught fire.

 

The name of the driver is being withheld at this time pending positive identification.

 

The Newton County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Newton County 9-1-1 Communications, Brook-Iroquois Fire Department, Newton County EMS, Newton County Coroner’s Office and the Brook Police Department.

50 years of Iroquois County Fair Talent

The Iroquois Fair Talent Show will be held in front of the grandstand Wednesday evening July 20, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.

Our 50th Talent Show will have contestant in two levels. Junior Division contestants are Abby Tindle, Gilman singing I’ll Fly Away along with the dance group Elite Energy with dancers Libby Hamilton, Dahlia Johnson, Amelia Marcier, Addison McTaggart, Kate Sabol and London Starkey all of Watseka; Tessa Pankey and Harley Valentine from Onarga; Avery Schroeder, Wellington and Melody Vice, Thawville with a jazz dance to On The Floor.

Senior Division includes 7 entries. Addison Lewis, Hoopeston singing Good Girl, a piano solo, Entry of the Gladiators by Joel Yergler, Cissna Park; vocal solo Taylor the Latte Boy by Julia Hilgermann of Chebanse; Max Gooding, Watseka will be performing a Saxophone solo that he wrote called Jazz Pop Medley #1, Rachael Dexter of Danforth will be performing a vocal solo, Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Madison McTaggart, Gilman will sing, When He Sees Me and Megan Schippert from Watseka singing, One Perfect Moment.

Performing as exhibition, as they are the 1st place winners at the Ford County Fair Talent show will be the Dance Group, Main Attraction doing a musical theatre dance to Thoroughly Modern Millie. Members of Main Attraction include, London Clark, Milford, Lillian Eheart, Vanysah Hickman and Sarah Parsons of Watseka and Rae Stucki, Donovan.

The division winners will be performing in January 2023 during the annual IAAF convention at the annual IAAF State Talent Contest.

Trophies are sponsored by Country Theatre Workshop, Cissna Park. Monetary awards and entry fees to the state contest are sponsored by the Iroquois County Fair.

Talent Show Committee consists of Pat Ward, 815-383-1269, Pam Hibbert, 815-383-2965, Gary Cahoe, 815-471-4870, and Jordyn Ward 815-383-127

Early morning fire in downtown Watseka

Two businesses and seven people in three apartments were displaced by an early morning fire in downtown Watseka July 5.

Watseka Deputy Fire Chief Nick Peters said firefighters were dispatched at 5:33 a.m. The fire was at Fourth and Walnut.

“The first units on the scene found a second floor apartment with fire showing out two of the windows,” he said. “Initial reports were that the occupants had got out of all three apartments. It took some time to confirm that and we did confirm that everybody had been evacuated by themselves. There were seven people total who got displaced out of those three apartments.

“The interior crews worked on trying to get the fire out and then due to conditions inside the building we ended up having to back out and went to a defensive operation.

“We have kept it to the main fire building,” he said. The fire did not extend into the Edward Jones building, he said, though there was some smoke damage caused by the the fire department “just making sure no fire extended through the walls.” Gary’s Barber Shop and Travel Discoveries, which were in the building where the fire occurred, got heavy smoke and water damage.

 

Peters said the second floor has extensive damage. “The roof has come down in the middle part off this building, so the roof is compromised,” he said. He could not say if the building would be considered a total loss as of prestige.

Ameren was called to cut the power, he said. “We had to have Ameren cut the power due to the closeness that our tower ladders were operating to the high tension power lines here,” he said. For most of the morning several businesses in the downtown area were closed because of that.

In all, 17 fire departments responded, coming from as far away as Kankakee City, Aroma Park and Hoopeston. “Kankakee came with a tower ladder,” he said. “We went to a third box alarm with our MABAS box alarms, so that brought in all the help we needed,” he said.

“We did have one firefighter who was transported to IMH for heat-related issues. That was really the only injury we had here. There were no civilian injuries.”

By mid-morning the fire was contained. Firefighters were able to help business owners get in to help them get crucial items out of their buildings. Crews were then upstairs checking for hotspots to make sure everything was under control, he said. Also by mid-morning fire departments were being released to go back to their home stations as the situation was contained.

Milford Man jailed for allegedly soliciting minor, traveling to Paxton to meet her

 Paxton police arrested a Milford man early Wednesday after he allegedly solicited sex from a 15-year-old girl and traveled to Paxton to meet her.

About 8 1/2 hours after they began their investigation into the matter, Paxton police arrested Andy E. Leppard, 42, of Milford, around 12:05 a.m. Wednesday as he was inside his parked car in the 500 block of West Franklin Street, Police Chief Coy Cornett said.

Leppard was taken to the Ford County Jail, where he remained late Wednesday morning awaiting the setting of his bond.

Police arrested him on charges of traveling to meet a minor and indecent solicitation of a child, both Class 3 felonies, and solicitation to meet a child, a Class 4 felony.

Ford County State’s Attorney Andrew Killian had not yet filed formal charges as of late Wednesday morning.

“I am awaiting the full police report,” Killian said in an email, “but I anticipate a charging decision later this week.”

Cornett said that around 3:24 p.m. Tuesday, Paxton police initiated their investigation into Leppard’s alleged indecent soliciting of the teenager. On Tuesday night, Leppard allegedly drove to Paxton in a 2007 Ford Escort to meet the girl, Cornett said.

The car was seized by police under Article 36 of the Illinois Criminal Code, Cornett said.

Police also ticketed Leppard for unlawful possession of adult-use cannabis in a motor vehicle. Cornett said a small amount of cannabis was found inside a pill bottle in Leppard’s possession.

Leppard is due to appear in Ford County Circuit Court on the cannabis charge at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9, court records show.

According to court records, Leppard is on probation in Iroquois County. Leppard was sentenced to four years of probation in August 2020 after pleading guilty to burglary, a Class 2 felony.

His criminal history also includes a misdemeanor retail theft conviction from April 2019 in Iroquois County, for which he received court supervision and a fine.

Summer Food Safety Tips

Food is an important part of many summer backyard activities. Don’t let food-related illness ruin

your fun.

 

Food safety boils down to five basic rules:

1. Keep hot food hot and cold food cold.

2. Keep everything in the cooking area clean.

3. Wash hands frequently.

4. Keep grills and utensils clean.

5. Properly handle leftovers.

Refrigerate cooked foods that are not served immediately. If food is left unrefrigerated longer

than two hours, the chance of bacterial growth increases. Check your refrigerator to make sure it

is at 41° F or less.

 

PREVENT BACTERIA FROM GETTING INTO FOOD

Hands should always be thoroughly washed with soap and warm water before handling food and

after touching raw food. Towels and wash cloths should be kept clean. Grill preparation areas

and utensils should be washed with hot, soapy water between each step in food preparation.

Avoid cross contamination by washing or using separate plates when transferring uncooked food

onto the grill and from the grill to be served.

 

PROPER THAWING AND COOKING

Many warm-blooded animals, turkeys and other poultry, often harbor Salmonella and other

organisms that can cause food-related illness. Purchased and packaged meats, too, can be

contaminated with these organisms. Proper thawing and cooking are important to avoid these

illnesses.

To avoid contamination, store all raw meat products on the bottom shelf or separate from other

food products in your refrigerator, especially during the thawing process. This will help keep raw

meat juices from contaminating other foods. Thaw food in a refrigerator where the temperature is

no higher than 41° F. Cook fish, meat, and poultry, completely without interrupting the cooking

process; an interruption could allow bacteria to grow. Be sure that fish, hot dogs, and steaks are

cooked to 145° F, pork, brats, and hamburger reaches the temperature of at least 155° F, and

poultry reaches the temperature of 165° F or above. To check the temperature, use a meat

thermometer. Insert the thermometer into the thickest part of the meat, avoiding fat and bone. For

poultry, insert it into the thick part of the thigh next to the body. Wash and rinse the thermometer

between uses to prevent possible contamination.

 

LEFTOVERS

The safe storage of leftovers is just as important as proper cooking. After the meal, immediately

refrigerate leftovers in small shallow containers. Do not allow foods to sit several hours as this

will provide time for the growth of disease-causing bacteria. Do not cool leftovers on the kitchen

counter. Divide them into smaller portions so they will cool quicker, putting them in the

refrigerator as soon as possible. Serve leftovers either very cold (directly from the refrigerator) or

very hot (heated to 165° F or higher).

Young children, the elderly, pregnant women, and those who are ill or whose immune systems

are compromised, should not eat raw or undercooked animal products unless they have consulted

their physician.

 

For more information regarding food safety, contact the Iroquois County Public Health Department at 815.432.2483 or visit the ICPHD website at https://iroquoiscountyil.gov/offices/health-department.

Polling change in Douglas 1 for Tuesdays election

Iroquois County Clerk Breein B. Suver announced a polling place change . In  Douglas 1 Precinct voters for Tuesdays election. 

All voters who voted at the Gilman City Hall will instead vote at the Gilman United Methodist Church in the Fellowship Hall. This is only for Tuesdays election.

Any questions concerning polling places or on voting, call the County Clerk’s office at 815-432-6960.

ILLINOIS STATE POLICE ISSUING FIREARM ENFORCEMENT GRANTS

The Illinois State Police (ISP) is issuing $2 million in grants to local law enforcement agencies interested in a collaborative effort to reduce and prevent illegal possession and use of firearms, firearm related homicides, and other violent crimes.

 

Funding for these grants is possible through legislation Governor JB Pritzker signed into law providing for specific firearms enforcement funding.

 

“In the past two years, we’ve intercepted countless firearms off of our streets,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “Even so, we are facing a gun violence epidemic. That means we must utilize every resource at our disposable to prevent the illegal possession and use of firearms before tragedy strikes our communities. With this funding, law enforcement will be equipped with the resources to reduce gun violence and keep Illinoisans safe.”

 

From 2020 through the end of April 2022, ISP stopped more than 88,000 unlawful attempts to obtain a firearm through firearm eligibility and compliance checks.

 

“ISP is now engaged in a firearms enforcement blitz across the state to keep deadly weapons out of the hands of those posing a clear and present danger to themselves or others,” said ISP Director Brendan F. Kelly.  “With grant funding available to local agencies for firearms enforcement, we can have a greater impact on reducing gun violence and protecting our communities.”

 

Any law enforcement agency that conducts firearm enforcement operations can become a member of the Violent Crime Intelligence Task Force and is eligible to receive grants from the State Police Revocation Enforcement Fund. This State funding will help agencies conduct enforcement operations against individuals whose Firearm Owner Identification Card have been revoked or suspended as a result of being prohibited by law.

 

Grant applications will be available from July 1-31, 2022.

ILLINOIS STATE POLICE MAKES ARREST FOR RECKLESS DRIVING

The Illinois State Police (ISP) is warning of a growing trend involving large groups of motorist, which has become a problem in Kankakee and Iroquois county.  Participants of these groups are damaging roadways, driving recklessly and intimidating the public.  Law enforcement has received numerous complaints about these large groups loitering at various large parking lots and ISP, along with local law enforcement, is making arrests for these driving behaviors.

 

On June 20, 2022, at approximately 10:29 p.m., an ISP District 21 trooper responded to a report of a group of motorists driving recklessly through Iroquois County and ending at a local area high school parking lot. Upon arrival to the parking lot, a trooper observed a vehicle squealing tires and driving recklessly.  The trooper approached the vehicle, activated the emergency lights and conducted a traffic stop.  The vehicle stopped and ISP subsequently arrested the driver, 23-year-old Tyler Lynch of Monee, IL, for Reckless Driving, Squealing or Screeching of Tires, Criminal Trespass to State Supported Land, Criminal Damage to Property greater than $500, and Unlawful Possession of Cannabis by Driver. Lynch was transported to the Iroquois County jail for processing.

ISP District 21 and other local law enforcement will continue to arrest any future violators and ensure public safety. Illinois statute defines reckless driving as the willful or wanton disregard for the safety of a person’s life or property. The public is encouraged to call 911 if they observe any reckless driving.

Iroquois County Sheriff's Police news 6/21/22

On June 10 Jeffrey Short, 49, of Sheldon, turned himself in at the Iroquois County Jail to serve a sentence for resisting a peace officer.

On June 11 Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police arrested Christian M. Smith, 36, of Wellington. According to police reports, Smith was charged with criminal trespass to a residence. Smith was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond.

On June 11 Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police arrested Gerald Garcia, 51 of Martinton. According to police reports, Garcia was charged with domestic battery. Garcia was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond.

On June 13 Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police arrested Elizabeth A. Bernier, 36, of Machesney Park.

On June 13 Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police arrested Stanley L. Walker, 38, of Chicago. According to police reports, Walker was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and unlawful posses of a weapon by a felon. Walker was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond.

On June 14 Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police arrested Torean T. Jones, 28, of Chicago. According to police reports, Walker was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon. Walker was transported to the Iroquois County Jail in lieu of bond.

On June 16 Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police arrested Sandy Zarate, 36, of Cissna Park. According to police reports, Zarate was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant for theft. Zarate was transported to the Iroquois County Jail in lieu of bond.

 

Police observed a person in a yard in the 200 block of West Hickory Street at 3:07 p.m. and knew him to have an active Iroquois County warrant. Arrested was Aaron Vice, 32, Watseka, on an outstanding Iroquois County warrant charging him with failure to appear on a theft charge. He was taken to the Iroquois County Jail.

 

Three Vehicle Fatal Traffic Crash in Kankakee County

WHAT:                      Three Vehicle Fatal Traffic Crash

WHERE:                   Illinois Route 102 at North 3000W Road, Kankakee County

WHEN:                      June 17, 2022 at approximately 9:45 p.m.

VEHICLES:              Unit 1 – 2015 Gray Chevrolet Suburban

 

                                    Unit 2 – 2012 Gray Chevrolet Camaro

                                   

                                    Unit 3 – 2007 Black Ford Focus

           

DRIVERS:                 Unit 1 – Heather C. Basham, 52-year-old female from Herscher, IL – Deceased

 

                                    Unit 2 – Cody M. Gall, 26-year-old male from Momence, IL - Transported by ambulance to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

                                   

                                    Unit 3 – Given J. Siegel, 18-year-old male from Seneca, IL – Refused medical attention.

 

PRELIMINARY:      A preliminary investigation indicates the following occurred: Unit 1 was traveling westbound on Illinois Route 102 at North 3000W Road.  Unit 2 was traveling eastbound, followed by Unit 3, at the same location.  Unit 1 crossed into the eastbound lane and struck the front of Unit 2.  The driver of Unit 1 was transported by ambulance to an area hospital where she succumbed to her injuries.  The driver of Unit 2 was transported by ambulance to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Unit 3 was struck with debris and damaged.  The driver of Unit 3 was not injured.  Illinois Route 102 was closed for approximately three hours. This is an open and on-going investigation.  No other information is available at this time. 

Man dies in Iroquois County go-kart crash

A 53-year-old man from Cissna Park was killed on Tuesday after his homemade go-kart collided with an SUV.

The crash happened at the intersection of County Roads 1300E and 400N near Cissna Park. Sheriff’s deputies said James E. Trent was ejected from his go-kart in the crash and sustained serious injuries. He was taken to the hospital by Cissna Park EMS, but later died. The driver of the SUV, 36-year-old Joel M. Kaeb, also of Cissna Park, was not hurt.

The Illinois State Police is assisting the Iroquois County Sheriff’s deputies in investigating the crash.

Iroquois County Sheriff's Police news 06/13/2022

On June 7 Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police arrested Ryan C. Peters, 25, of Watseka. According to police reports, Peters was wanted on a Kankakee County warrant for criminal sexual abuse. Peters was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he later was extradited to Kankakee County.

 

On June 8 Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police arrested John S. Phillips, 36, of Watseka. According to police reports, Phillips had an Iroquois County warrant for failure to appear on a domestic battery charge. Philips was transported to the Iroquois County Jail in lieu of bond.

 

On June 9 Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police arrested Marlene Raymond, 46, of Crescent City. According to police reports, Raymond was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant for failure to appear on a retail theft charge. Raymond was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where she posted the required bond.

 

Police responded to a call about a suspicious person in the 100 block of West Fleming at 8:09 a.m. Arrested was Darrell Jones, 52, of Aurora, for being a child sex offender in a public park. He was taken to the Iroquois County Jail.

 

Police were called to the 100 block of West Fleming for a suspicious person at 9:51 .m. Arrested was Darrel Jones, 52, of Aurora. He was charged with being a child sex offender in a public park and violation of bail bond. Jones was transported to the Iroquois County Jail without incident.

Iroquois County Sheriff's Police news 6/7/2022

On May 31 Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police arrested Bradley David, 35, of Rossville. According to police reports, David was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant for possession of methamphetamine. David was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond.

On June 3 Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police arrested Harrison F. Hand, 44, of Woodworth. According to police reports, Hand was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant for failure to appear on a traffic offense. Hand was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond.

On June 1 Iroquois County SHeriff’s Police investigated a two-vehicle accident that occurred on County Road 300 North at the intersection of County Rod 1000 East. According to police reports, a box truck driven by Samir SeriFovic, 46,  Chesterfield, Michigan, was northbound on 1000 East Road. A pickup truck and trailer being driven by Joseph C. Stuckel, 29, of rural Buckley was westbound on 300 North Road SeriFovic failed to yield right of way to Stuckel, striking the driver’s side of Stuckel’s vehicle with the front of SeriFovic’s vehicle. Both vehicles then enter the northeast ditch and field. SeriFovic was transported to Carle Hospital by Cissna Park EMS and Stuckel refused EMS transport on scene. Both parties had minor suspected injuries. There was more than $1,500 in damage to other vehicles and both were towed from the scne.e Cissna Park Fire/EMS also responded and assisted with the scene. No citations were issued.

On June 2 Sheldon Police arrested Robert D. Milburn, 22, of Sheldon. According to police reports, Milburn was wanted on a Clark County warrant for driving while license suspended. Milburn was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond.

ILLINOIS STATE POLICE ANNOUNCE RESULTS OF OCCUPANT RESTRAINT ENFORCEMENT PATROLS

 Illinois State Police (ISP) District 21 Commander, Captain Don Aaron Harsy, announces the results of Occupant Restraint Enforcement Patrols (OREP) held in Kankakee, Iroquois, and Ford Counties during May. These OREPs provided extra patrol coverage for the ISP so officers could focus on saving lives by making sure all vehicle occupants were buckled up. Violations Enforcement Activity Safety Belt Citations 60 Child Restraint Citations 0 Total Citations 67 Total Written Warnings 38 Most motorists know safety belts save lives, but some ignore their safety and that of their families by neglecting to use safety belts and child restraint devices. These patrols reinforce the occupant protection message by focusing on those who ignore the law. Lives can be saved if people simply “buckle up!” This project is funded through the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Back to School Vaccines

Summer break just started, but now is the time to schedule your child’s back-to-school vaccines. The Iroquois County Public Health Department (ICPHD) recommends scheduling your appointments early to beat the rush. Waiting until the last minute can make it difficult to get an immunization appointment right before school begins. If you are not sure whether or not your child needs vaccinations for school, you should contact your Physician’s office or contact ICPHD to review your child’s vaccination records. ICPHD can bill most major health insurance companies and also has vaccines at a discounted rate for children without insurance. The Iroquois County Public Health Department is located in the Iroquois County Administrative Building at 1001 E. Grant Street in Watseka. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 815-432-2483.

ILLINOIS STATE POLICE ANNOUNCE RESULTS OF SPECIAL TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT PATROLS

Illinois State Police (ISP) District 21 Commander, Captain Don Aaron Harsy, announces the results of Special Traffic Enforcement Patrols (sTEP) in Kankakee, Iroquois, and Ford Counties during May. These sTEPs allowed the ISP to provide increased enforcement for impaired driving, occupant restraint, speeding, and distracted driving violations during the National “Click It or Ticket” Campaign. Violations Enforcement Activity Occupant Restraint Violations 9 Driving Under the Influence and Drug/Alcohol-Related Citations 4 Speeding Citations and Warnings 120 Distracted Driving Citations and Warnings 0 Total Citations 195 Total Written Warnings 79 Driving the posted speed limit, sober, not distracted, and buckled up will save your life and the lives of many others. This project is funded through the Illinois Department of Transportation

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