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Iroquois County Sheriff's Police news 5/25/2022

On May 21 Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police arrested Gregory Stakulo-Stolte, 18, of Lyons. According to police reports, Stukalo-Stolte was charged with unlawful use of a weapon and speeding. Staukalo-Stolte was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond and was released.

On May 20 Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police arrested Tyler Hamlin, 30, of Watseka. According to police reports, Hamlin was wanted on an outstanding Iroquois County warrant charging him with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Hamlin was transported to the Iroquois County Jail in lieu of bond.

KANKAKEE AREA METROPOLITAN ENFORCEMENT GROUP MAKE ARREST FOR NARCOTICS VIOLATIONS

On May 16, 2022, the Kankakee Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group (KAMEG), arrested Tanairi Cintora, a 31-year-old of Kankakee, IL, for Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver, Unlawful Possession of Cannabis (500 – 2000 grams), Unlawful Use of a Weapon and No FOID card.

 

On Monday, May 16, 2022, at approximately 12:35 p.m., KAMEG Agents, On Monday, May 16, 2022, at approximately 12:35 p.m., KAMEG Agents executed a search warrant in the 300 block of W. Williams Street in Kankakee. The search was in conjunction with an ongoing narcotics investigation. The search warrant execution resulted in the seizure of one loaded handgun, three rifles, hundreds of rounds of various caliber ammunition, approximately 26 grams of cocaine, approximately 75 suspected fentanyl pills, approximately 120 Alprazolam pills, 27 LSD stamps, approximately 170 grams of psilocybin mushrooms, approximately 1,500 grams of cannabis, over 40,000 grams of THC infused products, United States Currency, and multiple items of drug paraphernalia.  Cintora was transported to and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center, Kankakee County.

 

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 citizens and children.

 

KAMEG is comprised of personnel from the Bourbonnais, and Kankakee Police Departments, as well as the Illinois State Police, the Kankakee County Sheriff’s Department, and the Kankakee County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Hoopeston man dies in the Iroquois County Jail

 An inmate at the Iroquois County Jail suffered a medical incident and died, officials said. 

The person's name has not been released. Police said he was from Hoopeston, Illinois and was arrested Wednesday by Iroquois County deputies during a traffic stop due to having an outstanding warrant. The warrant was out of Newton County, Indiana for failure to appear on an aggravated battery to a public official charge. 

While he was at the jail, police said he suffered a medical incident. Corrections officers and deputies attempted to save him and he was taken to the hospital by ambulance. 

He passed away at the hospital. 

State police said an autopsy has been completed and results are pending.

Per policy, the Illinois State Police are investigating the incident. They were notified about the death by Iroquois County investigators at about 1 a.m. Thursday. 

Inmate captured after escape during transport, police say

A Gary man in transit from one jail to another Wednesday managed to escape and get a gun, resulting in a shootout between him and police, according to Indiana State Police.

Jayme Lopez, 36, was being moved Wednesday from Iroquois County Jail in Illinois to Newton County Jail in Indiana, according to the Indiana State Police. Lopez has an active warrant out of Newton County causing his need for transportation between jails.

Upon arrival just after 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Newton County Jail, Lopez escaped from the transport vehicle, police say.

According to police, officers from around the area responded quickly and set up a perimeter to begin searching for Lopez.

Two and a half hours later, troopers with ISP located Lopez at an apartment at 707 E. Lincoln St. in Kentland. Police first safely evacuated the apartment building of other people and set up a perimeter. Lopez had obtained a firearm at some point after he escaped and entered an apartment, police say. JASPER COUNTY SHERIFF’S TACTICAL SQUAD WAS CONTACTED, ACCORDING TO POLICE. THE SQUAD IMMEDIATELY ARRIVED TO NEGOTIATE WITH LOPEZ. HE FIRED MULTIPLE SHOTS FROM INSIDE THE APARTMENT TOWARD OFFICERS, POLICE SAY. ONE OF THE SQUAD OFFICERS RETURNED FIRE, STRIKING LOPEZ. HE THEN SURRENDERED TO OFFICERS WHO IMMEDIATELY GAVE MEDICAL AID TO LOPEZ.

A helicopter later took Lopez to a South Bend area hospital. Lopez’s condition was unknown, police say.

The news release from the state police did not give the name of the officer who shot Lopez.

Police also did not say how Lopez managed to escape from the transport vehicle.

Police continued Wednesday night to investigate.

 

KANKAKEE AREA METROPOLITAN ENFORCEMENT GROUP ANNOUNCE DRUG TAKE BACK DAY RESULTS

On Saturday, April 30, 2022, the Kankakee Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group (KAMEG), the Pledge for Life Partnership, Riverside Healthcare, State Representative Jackie Haas and local Law Enforcement partnered with the Drug Enforcement Administration in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day at the Northfield Square Mall. KAMEG Director Clayt Wolfe reported the event was an overwhelming success with approximately 800 pounds of unwanted prescription drugs turned in for disposal in Kankakee County alone. 

KAMEG would like to thank area residents for their continued support and for assisting in the event to make our communities safer.    

KAMEG reminds the public to call KAMEG at (815) 933-1710 or visit www.kameg.org 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.

KAMEG is comprised of personnel from the Bradley, Bourbonnais, and Kankakee Police Departments, as well as the Illinois State Police, the Kankakee County Sheriff’s Department, and the Kankakee County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Iroquois County Sheriff's Police news 5/10/22

On April 28 Anna R. Munoz, turned herself in at the Iroquois County Jail Munoz was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant for failure to appear on a domestic battery charge. Munoz posted the required bond and was released.

 

On April 29 Randy D. Sheppard, 58, Watseka, turned himself in at the Iroquois County Jail to serve a sentence for domestic battery.

 

On April 28 Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police arrested James A. Meyer, 48, of Gilman. According to police reports, Meyer was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant for violation of an order of protection. Meyer was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond.

 

On April 29 Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police arrested Jenny L. Loree, 24, of Cissna Park. According to police reports, Loree was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant for failure to appear on a possession of methamphetamine charge. Loree was transported to the Iroquois County Jail in lieu of bond.

 

On April 28 Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police investigated a two-vehicle accident on State Route 49 and Prairie Lane in Cissna Park. According to police reports, a vehicle driven by John P. Faber, 50, of Cissna Park, as westbound on Route 29. Another vehicle being driven by Wayne E. Brown, 61, of Watseka, was also westbound on Route 49. Brown was slowing down to turn left onto Prairie Lane when Faber rear-ended Brown’s vehicle. There was more than $1,500 in damage to each vehicle. No injuries were reported and no citations were issued.

Iroquois tax bills are in the mail

County Treasurer, Kurt Albers, has announced that the 2021 payable 2022 real estate tax statements have been mailed to the taxpayers of Iroquois County. The first installment is due June 9th and the second installment is due September 9th. After the due dates, a 1 ½ percent penalty must be added each month it remains unpaid, according to Illinois State Statutes. Taxpayers must include their tax bill when paying or a $1.00 fee will be charged.

 

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

 

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

 

Credit/Debit card payments and E-checks will be accepted with additional fees. To pay online, please visit iroquoisil.devnetwedge.com.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Thrivent Action Team announces results from the Watseka Kiwanis Club fundraising breakfast.

Thrivent Action Team in Watseka hosted an event to help defray the upfront cost of the fundraiser by purchasing items needed to offset the cost of the annual pancake, sausage, biscuits and gravy breakfast.

 

The event took place on April 23rd at St. Edmund’s Catholic Church in Watseka from 6:00 til 10:00 AM. The action team helped defray the upfront cost of the breakfast hosted by the Watseka Kiwanis Club. The breakfast is one of the club’s main fundraising efforts during the year. The action team was led by Thrivent member Janice Lubben. The motto of Kiwanis is to serve the children of the World.

 

This event was hosted by Thrivent Action Teams, a local group led by a member of Thrivent Financial. Thrivent Action Teams allow members to quickly identify a need, receive resources and put a plan together to help others in their community. The mission of Thrivent is to serve members and society by guiding both to be wise with money and live generously.

 

“The action team program began in July 2014. During 2021, there were a total of 123,823,” said Larry Burton, a financial representative with Thrivent Financial. “We’re proud to be able to serve our community and are grateful for Thrivent’s support.” For more information about Thrivent membership, please call the Watseka office at 815-432-0355.

 

www.thrivent.com

 

About Thrivent Financial Thrivent Financial is a financial services organization that helps Christians be wise with money and live generously. As a membership organization, it offers its nearly 2.4 million member-owners a broad range of products, services and guidance from financial representatives nationwide. For more than a century it has helped members make wise money choices that reflect their values while providing them opportunities to demonstrate their generosity where they live, work and worship. For more information, visit Thrivent.com/why. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Insurance products issued or offered by Thrivent Financial, the marketing name for Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Appleton, WI. Not all products are available in all states. Securities and investment advisory services are offered through Thrivent Investment Management Inc., 625 Fourth Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55415, a FINRA and SIPC member and a wholly owned subsidiary of Thrivent. Thrivent Financial representatives are registered representatives of Thrivent Investment Management Inc. They are also licensed insurance agents/producers of Thrivent. For additional important information, visit Thrivent.com/disclosures.

DUI CRASH IN IROQUOIS COUNTY

Three people were sent to the hospital after a DUI crash, on Saturday. 

According to police on April 30, officers investigated a two-vehicle accident in the 700 block of W. Seminary in Onarga, IL. 

Police reports indicate a vehicle driven by Ernesto A. Espinoza, 24, of Thawville was traveling westbound on W. Seminary when he began to veer into the eastbound lane of traffic and collided with an eastbound traveler. 

Authorities say Nicholas Munoz, 29, of Onarga was the eastbound traveler and he and an additional passenger were transported to Riverside Medical Center for non-life-threatening injuries sustained from the crash. 

Espinoza was transported to St. Mary's Hospital, also with non-life-threatening injuries. 

Police say Espinoza showed signs of alcohol impairment and charged him for driving under the influence and for driving on the wrong side of the roadway. 

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 April. 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 55 Child Restraint Citations 3 Total Citations 94 Total Written Warnings 46 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.

KANKAKEE AREA METROPOLITAN ENFORCEMENT GROUP MAKE ARREST FOR NARCOTICS VIOLATIONS

 On Wednesday, April 27, 2022, at approximately 5:15 a.m., KAMEG Agents, assisted by Illinois State Police SWAT, arrested Kim L. Franks, age 49, and Kimyata S. Mitchell-Eason, age 51, both of Kankakee, IL, following a search warrant at their residence, 1178 E. Maple St. Kankakee. A two-month investigation preceded the search warrant execution. The search warrant execution resulted in the seizure of over 2,000 grams of cocaine, over 5,000 grams of cannabis, two loaded handguns, United States Currency, and multiple items of drug paraphernalia.

 

Franks was charged with the following: Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver between 2000 – 5000 grams, Unlawful Possession of a Cannabis with Intent to Deliver over 5000 grams, Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon by a Felon and two counts of Armed Violence.

 

Mitchell-Eason was charged with Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver.

 

Franks and Mitchell-Eason were transported to and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center (Kankakee County).

 

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 citizens and children.

 

KAMEG is comprised of personnel from the Bourbonnais, and Kankakee Police Departments, as well as the Illinois State Police, the Kankakee County Sheriff’s Department, and the Kankakee County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Dead Birds Needed by Health Department

The Iroquois County Public Health Department is asking for assistance from the public in the collection of dead birds found in Iroquois County. “Since West Nile virus arrived in Illinois at the end of the summer of 2001, dead birds have been important sentinels for early West Nile virus activity,” said Ryan Wheeler, Director of Environmental Health for the health department. “We are looking for “perching birds” such as crows, blue jays, starlings, robins, cardinals, mockingbirds, catbirds, and grackles. Also, many species of sparrows, owls, hawks, finches, flycatchers, swallows, warblers and wrens will be accepted for testing.” Dead birds will be collected from May 1st to October 15th, 2022. Mr. Wheeler said submitted birds should be believed dead less than 24 hours. Birds should only be submitted if they have not been damaged by scavenging animals and are not decomposed. Birds that have an obvious cause of death such as a gunshot wound or that have been hit by motor vehicles are not eligible for testing. Residents who find dead birds should double bag them in plastic bags (plastic bags that seal are the best) and then take them to the Iroquois County Public Health Department at 1001 East Grant Street in Watseka. For more information regarding collection of dead birds, contact the Iroquois County Public Health Department at (815) 432-2483 or visit the ICPHD website at https://co.iroquois.il.us/offices/health-department . 

Iroquois County Sheriff's Police news 4/29/22

On April 26 Andrew Thompson, no age or town given, turned himself in at the Iroquois county Jail to serve a sentence for driving while license revoked.

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police arrested Linda L. McCray, 44, of Watseka, April 25. According to police reports, McCray was charged with violation of an order of protection. McCray was taken to the Iroquois County Jail where she posted the required bond.

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police arrested Michael L. Power, 27, of rural Martinton, April 26. According to police reports, Power was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, illegal transportation of alcohol by a driver, and driving on the wrong side of the roadway. Power was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond and was released.

Police were called to Ash and North Fourth for a wanted person at 4:02 p.m. Arrested was James L. Davenport, 37, of Watseka, on an active extendable warrant out of Indiana. Davenport was also charged with possession of methamphetamine under 5 grams that was found on his person. Davenport was transported to the Iroquois County Jail without incident.

Bonds were set for two Kankakee men arrested during last week's Operation 420 warrant sweep.

Demetrius D. Bostic, 39, was charged with unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, armed violence, unlawful possession of cannabis with intent to deliver, and possession of a firearm without a required FOID card.

Terry R. Houston, 35, was charged with unlawful delivery of a controlled substance and unlawful delivery of cannabis.

Circuit Judge William Dickenson set Bostic’s bond at $100,000 and Houston’s bond at $150,000.

Police officers from multiple law enforcement agencies — including local, Kankakee County, state and federal entities — participated in Operation 420 on Wednesday.

The operation’s objective was to apprehend individuals who have either failed to show up for their court dates or were otherwise wanted on outstanding warrants, while also enforcing traffic laws and searching for other criminal conduct, according to a Kankakee County Sheriff’s Department release.

The efforts resulted in the following, according to a press release:

• 14 warrant arrests

• One non-warrant drug-related arrest

• Three recovered firearms (including a ghost gun with no serial number, a drum-magazine, numerous rifle magazines and more than 250 rounds of ammunition)

• Three impounded vehicles

• Three domestic-related offenses

• Two federal charges for weapons offenses

• 10 written warnings

• Seven state citations

• The seizure of quantities of cocaine, cannabis and heroin

WACC Annual Banquet Committee announce 2022 Staff Achievement Award Winner

The Watseka Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the Annual Banquet for 2022 “Cultivating Growth” will be held at the Watseka Elks Lodge on Wednesday, May 4th starting at 5:30 PM. One of the highlights of this event is this year’s recipient for the 2022 Staff Achievement Award. Carla Waters Managing Editor of the Times-Republic has been selected as this year’s recipient. Tickets are available which includes a meal and two drink tickets. A cash bar will be available. Don’t forget the silent auction from donations made by our Chamber members. New this year we will be selling “Cultivating Bonanza” tickets that will be available for purchase. Awards will also be given by the Times-Republic for Citizen of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Award. So, don’t miss this fun event. Tickets are $25 in advance tickets may be purchased at the Chamber office until Friday, April 29th by noon at 110 South Third Street, Watseka or call to reserve your tickets at 815-432-2416

ICPHD Emergency Senior Services

The Senior Services team at the Iroquois County Public Health Department is dedicated to serving citizens, age 60 or older, by providing a number of services that facilitate healthy living. Along with the Community Care Program, ICPHD is able to assist seniors through the Emergency Senior Services Program. These programs are essential to Iroquois County due to the increase in the aging population. According to the Iroquois County Community Health Improvement Plan, 21.1% of the population of Iroquois County is age 65 or older, considerably higher than the 14.6% state average. The Emergency Senior Services Program is available to all Iroquois County residents age 60 or older who may be in need. Eligible individuals in need of essential care items, such as food, medical supplies, or personal hygiene products may be able to receive assistance. For more information on this program or how you, or someone you know, may receive services please call the Iroquois County Public Health Department at 815-432-2483. You can also call the Illinois Department on Aging’s senior helpline at 1-800-252-8966. 

Iroquois County Sheriff's Police news 4/19/22

On April 7 Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police arrested Conner Wallace, 29, of Watseka. According to police reports, Wallace was wanted on an outstanding Iroquois County warrant charging him with failure to appear for driving while license suspended. Additionally, Wallace was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. Wallace was placed in custody and transported to the Iroquois county Jail in lieu of bond.

 

On April 7 Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police arrested Louis F. Reyes, 24, of Onarga. According to police reports, Reyes was charged with criminal damage to property under $500. Reyes was placed in custody and transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond and was released.

 

On April 8 Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police arrested Miles D. Pelehowski, 25, of Donovan. According to police reports, Pelehowski was charged with three counts of burglary, criminal damage to property under $500 and transported to the Iroquois County Jail in lieu of bond.

 

On April 13 Iroquois County Probation arrested David R. Blair Jr., 43, of Gilman. Blair was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant for failure to appear on a charge of possession of methamphetamine under five grams. Blair posted the required bond and was released.

 

On April 13 Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police arrested Collin A. Durflinger, 28, of Watseka. According to police reports, Durflinger was charged with possession of a controlled substance. Durflinger was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond.

 

On April 13 Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police arrested Dale Durflinger Jr., 49, of Watseka. According to police reports, Durflinger was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of methamphetamines under five grams. Durflinger was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond.

 

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police arrested Dakota J. Degarro, 24, of Sheldon April 15. According to police reports, Degarro was wanted on a Vermilion County warrant on drug related charges. Degarro was also charged with resisting/obstructing a peace officer. Degarro was extradited to Vermilion County on the warrant.

19-year-old Buckley resident died from injuries received from a single-vehicle wreck

A 19-year-old Buckley resident died from injuries she received when she was ejected from her vehicle during a single-vehicle wreck near Loda Thursday night.

Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup said Hannah Luening was pronounced dead at 11:35 p.m. in the Carle Foundation Hospital Emergency Department, Urbana.

Preliminary autopsy results indicate Miss Luening died from multiple blunt-force injuries she received during the crash.

Miss Luening, the driver, was ejected from her vehicle when it left the roadway, striking a culvert and rolling over several times near county roads 200N and 200E near Loda.

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Department and the coroner’s office are investigating the circumstances involving the crash.

Deputies receive Merit Awards

Three Newton County Deputies received the Sheriff’s Merit award for their outstanding service and lifesaving event.

 

Chief Deputy Shannon Cothran summarized “On February 25th, 2022 about 11:30PM, Officers were dispatched to the area of CR 600E, South of SR 10 in an attempt to locate a subject that fled the scene of a personal injury crash.  In extreme weather conditions with heavy snow cover, officers tracked footprints for nearly 4 hours totaling over 7 miles until they located the man face down in a ditch.  Officers rendered 1st aid until medical attention arrived. We are proud of these officer’s efforts, their actions and what they represent.  We also want to thank Morocco Reserve Officer Gregory Robinson for his efforts and assistance.  We appreciate him.”

 

Sheriff Tom VanVleet presented Deputies James Melton, Nathan Fenley and Joseph Mosley with their Merit Certificates and stated “It is no doubt that without the determination and hard work of these officers, this event would have had a tragic outcome.  We thank these officers to their commitment to excellence."

Second COVID-19 Booster Dose Available for Eligible Recipients

The Iroquois County Public Health Department (ICPHD) now has COVID-19 vaccine second booster doses available to eligible recipients. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its recommendations, allowing adults 50 years of age or older and certain immunocompromised individuals to receive an additional booster dose. The CDC states, “Boosters are safe, and people over the age of 50 can now get an additional booster 4 months after their prior dose to increase their protection further. This is especially important for those 65 and older and those 50 and older with underlying medical conditions that increase their risk for severe disease from COVID-19 as they are the most likely to benefit from receiving an additional booster dose at this time.” ICPHD has boosters available for eligible individuals by appointment Monday-Friday; 9 AM3:30 PM. Call 815-432-2483 to schedule an appointment. At this time, there is no cost for the COVID-19 vaccine. Pregnant/breastfeeding individuals will need to bring written documentation from their physician to receive the vaccine.

Iroquois County Sheriff's Police news 4/7/22

On March 26, Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police arrested Jeffery A. Short, 49, of Sheldon. According to police reports, Short was charged with domestic battery and resisting arrest. Short was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond and was released.

 

On March 31 Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police arrested Nicole Adams-Theofield, 34, of Gilman. According to police reports, Adams-Theofield was wanted on an outstanding Iroquois County warrant charging her with failure to appear for driving while license suspended. Adams-Theofield was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where she posted the required bond and was released.

 

On April 1 Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police arrested Wesley Laporte, 61, of Gilman. According to police reports, Laporte was wanted on an outstanding Iroquois County warrant charging him with failure to register as a sex offender. Laporte was transported to the Iroquois County Jail in lieu of bond.

 

On April 4 Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police arrested Tyler J. Bruens, 26, of Watseka. According to police reports, Bruens was wanted on a Vermilion County warrant for failure to appear on a driving while license suspended charge. Bruens was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond.

Watseka Police News 4/7/22

Police arrested Jesse D. Hurst, 25, Watseka, in the 700 block of East Mulberry at 1:51 p.m. Hurst was wanted on an active Kankakee County warrant. Hurst was transported to the Iroquois County Jail without incident.

 

Police responded to a calla bout a trespasser in the 600 block of West Washington at 10:07 a.m. Arrested was Thomas Wilson, 58, Watseka, for an outstanding Iroquois County warrant charging him with failure to appear on a driving suspended charge. Wilson was also found in possession o suspected methamphetamine after officers located a baggie of suspected meth in his pocket.

 

Police conducted a traffic stop in the area of Second and Washington at 4:04 p.m. Arrested was Harold Wright, 51, Watseka, for driving while license revoked. He was transported to the county jail.

 

Police responded to a domestic dispute call in the 1700 block of East Walnut at 1:51 p.m. Arrested was Marlan Johnson, 32, Watseka, for domestic battery. He was taken to the county jail.

ICPHD-Public Health Week

April 4-10, 2022 is Public Health Week. According to the Centers for Disease Control, “Public health is the science of protecting and improving the health of people and their communities. This work is achieved by promoting healthy lifestyles, researching disease and injury prevention, and detecting, preventing and responding to infectious diseases.” The mission of the Iroquois County Public Health Department (ICPHD) is to fulfill society’s interest in assuring conditions in which people can reach their maximum health potential. ICPHD focuses on services to help Iroquois County residents achieve a high level of wellness through the core functions of public health. The Environmental Health division works to ensure a safe living environment for Iroquois County residents through programs that address food, water, and septic safety. The Community Health division serves residents by working to prevent disease outbreaks and addressing chronic disease concerns through immunization, screening testing, communicable disease investigation, and education. Public Health Emergency Preparedness engages in the planning and managing of local response to any natural or man-made public health emergency. ICPHD also offers services to assists seniors ages 60 and over, and their families, through the Community Cares and Respite programs in their Senior Services division. Through its large variety of programs and collaboration with outside agencies, ICPHD staff work diligently to promote health and wellness for the residents of Iroquois County. To learn more about ICPHD programs visit, https://iroquoiscountyil.gov/offices/health-department or call 815-432-2483.

KANKAKEE AREA METROPOLITAN ENFORCEMENT GROUP MAKE ARREST FOR NARCOTICS VIOLATIONS

On Thursday, March 31, 2022, at approximately 4:30 p.m., Kankakee Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group (KAMEG) Agents arrested two individuals as a result of a drug investigation.

John Brent Jr., age 51 of Kankakee, IL was taken into custody and charged with three counts of Delivery of Controlled Substance and had an active warrant out of Iroquois County for failure to appear on Driving While License Suspended charges.

Willie R. Braxton, age 84 of Kankakee, IL was taken into custody and charged with 2 counts of Delivery of a Controlled Substance.

Both suspects were transported to and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

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 citizens and children.

KAMEG is comprised of personnel from the Bourbonnais, and Kankakee Police Departments, as well as the Illinois State Police, the Kankakee County Sheriff’s Department, and the Kankakee County State’s Attorney’s Office.

 

US 41 AND SR10 CRASH, LAKE VILLAGE, IN-

On March 21st, 2022 11:03am, the Newton County 9-1-1 center received reports of a two vehicle crash on US 41 at SR 10 with bodily injury and entrapment.

 

The preliminary investigation indicates that a 32 year old Wisconsin man, driving a tractor/trailer, was stopped at the red light on US 41 and proceeded north once the traffic control light turned green. The trailer was rear-ended by a delivery truck, driven by a 40 year old Lowell, IN man. The driver of the delivery truck was extricated by fire and medical personnel and flown to Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn.  His condition is unknown at this time.

 

Names are being withheld at this time as the crash is still under investigation.  Anyone that witnessed the crash is encouraged to contact Deputy Melton 219-474-6081 EXT 3112.

 

Assisting agencies:  Newton County 9-1-1, Indiana State Police, Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Newton County EMS, Lake Township, Lincoln Township and Morocco Fire Departments.

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