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Iroquois County police news 9/28/2022

On September 21st, 2022, Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police arrested Devon K. Hodges, age 19, of Kankakee. According to police reports, Hodges was wanted on an outstanding Iroquois County warrant charging him with residential burglary, theft, and possession of a stolen firearm. Hodges was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond.

On September 21st, 2022, Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police arrested Joshua L. Luening, age 36, of Buckley. According to police reports, Luening was taken into custody and charged with driving while license revoked and possession of methamphetamine less than 5 grams. Luening was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond and was released.

 

On September 26, 2022, Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police arrested Aaron M. Vice, age 33, of Watseka. According to police reports, Vice was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant for failure to appear on a theft charge. Vice was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond.

Accidents:

On September 26th, 2022, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police investigated a single vehicle accident on County Rd 3100 N at the intersection with County Rd 900 E. According to police reports, a vehicle being driven by Robert D. Majors, age 27, of Pontiac was traveling north on 900 E. The vehicle then failed to reduce speed at the T-intersection, lost control and entered the north ditch of 3100 N and overturned onto its side. One occupant was transported to Riverside Hospital by Riverside EMS with minor suspected injuries. All other occupants were released on scene by EMS. Chebanse Township Fire also assisted with the scene. Majors was arrested and charged with driving while license suspended, disobeying a stop sign, and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. Majors was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond.

Vermilion County State's Attorney, Lacy files motion against Illinois "Safety Act"

As the Chief Legal Officer in Vermilion County, I am compelled to infom those that I have sworn to protect that the proposals set forth in House Bill 3653, now Public Act 101-652 pose a serious threat to public safety, specifically, to victims of and witnesses to violent crimes in our community.

On January 10, 2021, Senator Sims affixed a 604-page amendment to HB 3653 that, in addition to sweeping changes to law enforcement operations, conduct, and use of force, also included the bulk of the bail modification provisions. At 3:00 a.m. on January 13, 2021, HB 3653 was amended again by Senator Sims, becoming 764 pages in length. During the debate in the Senate at approximately 4:30 a.m.

At 5:00 a.m., having had a little more than an hour to read the Bill, HB 3653 was called for a vote in the

Senate by the Democratic super-majority and passed. That same morning, HB 3653 was sent to the House, its chief House sponsor was changed to Rep. Slaughter, and assigned to the Rules Committee. It immediately passed out of the Rules Committee and received exactly the 60 votes needed to pass in the House, again, after less than an hour of debate HB 3653 was sent to Governor Pritzker on February 4, 2021, and he signed it on February 22, 2021.

The radical increase in the number of pages from the originally introduced bill to what is now Public Act 101-652 was not the only arresting difference. As evidenced by the synopsis of Senate Floor Amendment Number 2 to the bill, the range of issues covered by Amendment No.2 of HB 3643, also increased from the narrow issue of voter registration for incarcerated individuals to a wide range of issues, including, but not limited to: creation or modifications of at least seventeen (17) acts, task forces, criminal laws, and boards.

In short, this poorly drafted Bill containing ill-conceived directives is an effort to systematically dismantle law enforcement, which in turn would affect the integrity of every investigation, prosecution, and the safety of every citizen of our community. We must stand with the men and women of law enforcement who consistently stand up for us.

Therefore, I have filed a motion for declaratory judgement and injunctive relief in my official capacity as Vermilion County State's Attorney and on behalf of the People of the State of Illinois. As set forth in the attached complaint for Declaratory Judgment I am requesting the Court to find that HB 3653, now Public Act 101-652, violates Article I, section 8. I(a)(9); Article I, section 9; Article Il, section 1; and Article IV, section 8(d) of the Illinois Constitution of 1970 and declare the law null and void. I am also requesting a preliminary injunction to prevent the enforcement of any bail provisions in the Public Act 101-652 until the case can be fully litigated.

Honorable Jacqueline M Lacy, Vermilion County State 's Attorney

The Iroquois County Public Health Department (ICPHD) now has flu vaccine available.

 “The CDC and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) are strongly advising vaccinations for everyone 6 months of age or older,” said Jane Newell, RN, BSN, Director of Nursing Services for ICPHD. Adult flu vaccine is available in our office by appointment or walk-in for individuals over the age of 18, MondayFriday; 9 AM- 3:30 PM. Flu vaccine is also available for children 6 months and older by appointment. Please call 815- 432-2483 to schedule your appointment. Please note that individuals under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian present at the time of vaccination. A physician’s order is required prior to giving a vaccination to a pregnant or breastfeeding woman. The cost for the quadrivalent vaccine is $35 per dose. In addition to the quadrivalent flu vaccine, the Health Department will also be offering the high dose flu vaccine for those 65 years or older. It will cost $70 per dose. If you have coverage for the flu vaccine through Medicare or one of the following listed insurance companies, the Iroquois County Public Health Department can bill them directly. ICPHD can currently bill Aetna, BlueCross/Blue Shield of IL PPO, Health Alliance, HealthLink PPO, HealthLink HMO, Cigna and United Healthcare. A receipt will be provided to enable those with other insurance coverage to obtain reimbursement.

The Iroquois County Republican Women host their 2022 Fall Social

The Iroquois County Republican Women (ICRW) invite you to their 2022 Fall Social on Thursday, October 6, 2022, at Town & Country in Milford, IL. The doors will open at 5 p.m. with heavy hors d’oeuvres by Murdock’s in Loda and a cash bar by Town & Country. The evening program will be state and federal candidates, including, Bailey/Trussel, Governor/Lt. Governor, Tom Lynch, US Representative, 2nd Dist., Kathy Salvi, US Senate, Dan Brady, Secretary of State, Tom Demmer, State Treasurer, Tom DeVore, Attorney General, Jason Barickman, State Senate, 53rd Dist., Tom Bennett, State Representative, 106th Dist., Michael burke, IL Supreme Court, and Liam Brennan, IL Appellate Court. If one of the candidates can’t attend the event, they will be sending a representative from their campaign. Tickets are $25.00/person and can be purchased from any ICRW member or by calling Donna Crow, Chairwomen of the Event, at 815.471.4713. Town and Country is located at 35 E. Jones St. in Milford. Like and Follow Iroquois County Republican Women on Facebook for more information about the club and future events.

MANHUNT IN IROQUOIS COUNTY END S WITH FUGITIVE ARRESTED

 The Iroquois County Sheriff’s Office announced late Thursday evening that the search for a fugitive in Gilman is over.

Sergeant Eric Starkey said Joel Smith was arrested just after 11 p.m. on Thursday, ending a search that lasted 36 hours and involved over 75 members of law enforcement.

The search started at 11 a.m. on Wednesday when law enforcement was informed of a sexual assault that happened aboard an Amtrak train that was stopped at Gilman’s train station. Authorities learned the victim was a juvenile girl and identified Smith as the suspect. He had run away from the station by the time they arrived and the authorities launched a manhunt in the area.

After being on the run for almost a day, Smith was seen by two employees at K&H Truck Plaza when he walked into the store and bought a drink. Starkey said surveillance footage confirmed Smith was indeed there, but the employees lost sight of him after he left.

As law enforcement renewed and increased their efforts to find Smith following this sighting, a warrant for his arrest was issued and he was formally charged with criminal sexual assault.

Upon his arrest late Thursday evening, Smith was taken to the Iroquois County Jail. His bond was set at $2 million.

The search for Smith involved Sheriff’s deputies from Iroquois, Vermilion and Kankakee Counties, Illinois State Troopers, and members of the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force. Starkey thanked several companies that aided in the search, inclduing Eastern Illini Electric Co-op, Gilman Fertilizer, Nutrien Ag and FS, as well as the businesses and people who provided law enforcement food and water throughout the search.

Iroquois county police news 9/14/2022

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police arrested Kimberly L. Allen, 40, of Onarga, Sept. 9. According to police reports, Allen was wanted on a Ford County warrant for theft. Allen was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where she posted the required bond.

 

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police arrested Roscoe Durflinger, 32, of Gilman, Sept. 9. According to police reports, Durflinger was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant for driving while license suspended and a Kankakee county warrant for a traffic offense. Durflinger was transported to the Iroquois County Jail in lieu of bond.

 

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police arrested Jesse D. Hurst, 25, of Watseka, Sept. 9. According to police reports, Hurst was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant for failure to appear on a possession of drug paraphernalia charge. Hurst was also wanted on a Kankakee County warrant. Hurst was taken to the Iroquois County Jail in lieu of bond.

 

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police arrested Chad A. Mills, 41, of Muncie, Indiana, Sept. 10. According to police reports, Mills was wanted on a Jefferson county, Indiana, warrant for disorderly conducted. He was transported to the Iroquois County Jail to await extradition.

 

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police arrayed Ashley L. Kinney, 39, of Watseka, Sept. 10. According to police reports, Kinney was wanted on a Kankakee County warrant for operating a vehicle with revoked registration. Kinney was taken to the Iroquois County Jail where she posted the required bond.

 

On Sept. 12, Harold P. Wright, 52, of Watseka, turned himself in at the Iroquois County Jail to serve a sentence for driving while license suspended.

ILLINOIS STATE POLICE TO CONDUCT OCCUPANT RESTRAINT ENFORCEMENT PATROLS

 Illinois State Police (ISP) District 21 Commander, Captain Gregg Cavanaugh, announces the ISP will conduct Occupant Restraint Enforcement Patrols (OREP) in Kankakee, Iroquois, and Ford Counties on September 23, 2022. OREPs allow the ISP to focus on safety belt and child safety seat laws. Illinois law requires all vehicle passengers (front and back) to be buckled up. Safety belts are still one of the most effective safety devices in vehicles, estimated to save nearly 14,000 lives each year. Half of vehicle occupants killed in a traffic crash were not properly buckled up. The objective of this program is to increase occupant restraint compliance through education, child seat inspections, and enforcement. 

Watseka Man charged with sex crimes with a minor

A man in Watseka was charged with sex crimes with a minor as well as drug possession with intent to deliver.

On Sept. 2, around 6:20 p.m. the Fairbury Police Department said they concluded an ongoing investigation.

Officials said they charged Ryan C. Peters, a 26-year-old man, with two counts of each: indecent solicitation of a minor, traveling to meet a minor, solicitation to meet a minor, exploitation of a minor, and one count of possession of cocaine with the intent to deliver.

 

Peters was taken to Fairbury County and released to the Livingston County Jail said, officials.

Officials said the Chatsworth and Watseka Police Departments, Livingston County State Attorney’s office, and VCOM assisted in the investigation.

PROPERTY TAXES DUE THIS FRIDAY IN IROQUOIS COUNTY

County Treasurer, Kurt Albers, announced that the deadline to pay the second installment of real estate taxes without penalty is Friday, September 9, 2022. After that date, 1 ½ percent interest on all property must be added to the 2nd installment each month it remains unpaid according to the Illinois State Statutes. The interest rate on the first installment will be 6 percent after September 9, 2022.

 

The Treasurer’s Office is open 8:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. To avoid waiting in line you may also pay by mail or at any bank in the county. If the postmark reads September 9, 2022, the payment will not be late. There is also a drop box on the south side of the Administrative Center near the 911 Center. The office will be closed on Monday, September 5, 2022 for the Labor Day holiday. Banks will not accept payments after the September 9 due date.

US 41 AND SR10 CRASH, LAKE VILLAGE, IN-

On August 29th 2022 07:13pm, 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 55year old Massachusetts man, driving a tractor/trailer, was traveling East bound at the intersection US 41 and SR 10 and proceeded East when it crashed into another tractor/trailer traveling south bound. The driver of the first vehicle was extricated by fire and medical personnel. His condition is unknown at this time.  The tractor and trailer were towed to Village Motors due to poor condition.

The second vehicle was driven by a 62year old Virginia man. 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 Duncan 219-474-6081 EXT 3112. Assisting agencies:  Newton County 9-1-1, Newton County EMA, Indiana State Police, Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Newton County EMS, Lake Township Fire Department and Indiana Department of Transportation.

Two Vehicle Fatal Traffic Crash in Ford County

WHAT:                      Two Vehicle Fatal Traffic Crash

WHERE:                     Interstate 57 southbound at milepost 262, Ford County

WHEN:                      August 27, 2022 at approximately 7:28 a.m.

VEHICLES:              Unit 1 – 2017 Gray Ford Escape

 

                                    Unit 2 – 2017 Red Truck-Tractor Semi-Trailer

           

DRIVERS:                  Unit 1 – Ryan R. Rippe, 38-year-old male from Cresent City, IL - Deceased

 

                                    Unit 2 – Brandon D. Cole, 33-year-old male from Macon, GA– Uninjured

 

PRELIMINARY:        A preliminary investigation indicates the following occurred:  Unit 1 was traveling southbound on Interstate 57, immediately behind Unit 2.  Unit 1 failed to reduce speed and struck the rear of Unit 2 with the front end of Unit 1.  Unit 1 exited the roadway, passed through the center median, and came to a final rest facing southbound in the northbound left lane.  Unit 2 came to a final rest facing southbound on the right shoulder of the roadway.  The driver if Unit 1 was pronounced deceased on scene by the Ford County Coroner. 

 

Positive Mosquito in Iroquois County

It has been confirmed that a mosquito pool collected from the Watseka area has tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV).

 

This is the first specimen to test positive for WNV this year in Iroquois County. The Illinois Department of Public Health has reported 27 counties with positive WNV specimens and no human cases during the 2022 season. The Iroquois County Public Health Department continues to monitor for the presence of WNV in mosquitos collected from the Watseka area.

 

West Nile virus is transmitted through the bite of the Culex pipiens mosquito, commonly called the

northern house mosquito, which has picked up the virus by feeding on an infected bird. Common symptoms include fever, nausea, headache, and muscle aches. Symptoms may last from a few days to a few weeks. However, four out of five people infected with West Nile virus will not show any symptoms. In rare cases, severe illness including meningitis, or even death, can occur. People older than 60 and individuals with weakened immune systems are at higher risk for severe illness from West Nile virus.

 

PRECAUTIONS TO FIGHT THE BITE INCLUDE PRACTICING THE THREE “R’S” –

REDUCE, REPEL, AND REPORT.

 

• REDUCE - make sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens. Repair or replace screens that have tears or other openings. Try to keep doors and windows shut. Eliminate, or refresh each week, all sources of standing water where mosquitoes can breed, including water in birdbaths, ponds, flowerpots, wading pools, old tires, and any other artificial containers.

 

• REPEL - when outdoors, wear shoes and socks, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt, and

apply insect repellent that contains DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR 3535 according to

label instructions. Consult a physician before using repellents on infants.

 

• REPORT – report locations where you see water sitting stagnant for more than a week such as roadside

ditches, flooded yards, and similar locations that may produce mosquitoes.

 

Monitoring for West Nile virus in Illinois includes laboratory tests for mosquito batches, dead crows,

blue jays, robins, and other perching birds as well as testing humans with West Nile virus-like symptoms.

People who observe a sick or dying crow, blue jay, robin, or other perching bird should contact their local health department, which will determine if the bird will be picked up for testing. Additional information about WNV can be found on the Illinois Department of Public Health’s website at: http://dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/diseases-and-conditions/west-nile-virus.

ILLINOIS STATE POLICE SQUAD CAR STRUCK BY DUI DRIVER IN SCOTT'S LAW RELATED CRASH

 On August 20, 2022, at approximately 2:34 a.m., Illinois State Police (ISP) officials investigated a two-vehicle traffic crash involving an ISP District 21 Trooper on US Route 45 at 5152 S. Road in Kankakee County.

On the above date and time, an ISP District 21 Trooper was stationary at the above location outside of the squad car with emergency lights activated, investigating a prior traffic crash. The driver of the previously crashed vehicle and the Trooper were standing in front of the squad car. A green Chevrolet Trail Blazer, traveling southbound on US Route 45, failed to yield to the stationary emergency vehicle and struck the rear of the ISP squad car.

The ISP Trooper and the driver of the previously crashed vehicle sustained non-life-threatening injuries and were transported to a local hospital for treatment. The driver of the Chevrolet was uninjured, 24-year-old Austin M. Gray of Chebanse was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle, and a violation of Scott’s Law – Improper Passing of an Emergency Vehicle Causing Injury to Another. A person who violates Scott’s Law, faces a fine of no less than $250 or more than $10,000 for a first offense.  If the violation results in injury to another person, the violator’s driver’s license will be suspended for a mandatory period of anywhere between six months and two years. 

So far this year, there have been 16 ISP squad cars struck in relation to the Move Over Law and seven Troopers have sustained injuries from Move Over Law-related crashes. ISP is reminding the public of the requirements of the Move Over Law, otherwise known as the “Scott’s Law.” When approaching an emergency vehicle, or any vehicle with their emergency or hazard lights activated, drivers are required to slow down AND move over.  A person who violates Scott’s Law, commits a business offense and faces a fine of no less than $250 or more than $10,000 for a first offense. If the violation results in injury to another person, the violator’s driver’s license will be suspended for a mandatory period of anywhere between six months and two years. 

Iroquois County police news 8/17/22

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police on Monday arrested Benjamin Hartman, 37, of Rankin. He was charged with attempted theft and criminal damage to state supported property. He was taken to the Iroquois County Jail, where he was released on the required bond.

 

Samantha L. Hartman, 40, of Rankin, was arrested Monday by Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police. She was charged with attempted theft and criminal damage to state supported property. He was taken to the Iroquois County Jail, where she was released on the required bond.

 

Milford Police arrested James R. Layden, 39, of Allerton, early Tuesday. He was charged with aggravated battery and was being held at the Iroquois County Jail in lieu of bond.

Semi destroyed, no one injured in early morning Watseka fire

A semi was destroyed by an early morning fire in Watseka Aug. 8.

Watseka Fire Chief Ken Baier said firefighter were called to 216 E. Mulberry at 6:23 a.m. for a report of a semi on fire in a driveway.

“The one neighbor reported that there was a semi on fire in a drive way,” Baier said in an emailed report. “It took two hand lines to extinguish and cool the exospores at the same time. No one was hurt and all residents were able to enter back into their house after the fire.”

He said the fire appeared to stat within the engine compartment and that the fire is still under investigation.

 

“ There was some heat damage to the owners house but no spread of fire to within the structure. The other house has some smoke within the house but no spread of fire, either,” he said.

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.

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