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WIQI News Archives for 2018-01

Iroqouis County Sheriff's Police Report for January 25, 2018

On January 25th, 2018 Iroquois County Sheriff's Police investigated a single vehicle accident at the intersection of Co. Rd. 1100 N. and Co. Rd, 000 E, According to police reports, a vehicle driven by Elisa Salazar, age 40, of Onarga was traveling west on Co. Rd. 1100 N. when a deer entered the roadway, Salazar maneuvered to avoid the deer and proceeded through the intersection and entered ditch. Salazar's vehicle sustained over $1500 in damage and no citations were issued. 

Iroqouis County Sheriff's Police 1-24-18

On January 24th, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Salvador S. Gomez, age 34, of Gilman on an Iroquois County warrant for Failure To Appear for Animal Cruelty. Salvador was transported to Iroquois County Jail where he later posted bond and was released. 

Watseka Police Department News for January 24, 2018

1. Police investigated an accident which occurred on Wednesday January 24, 2018 at 9:03 A.M. on S. S'h St. at the intersection with E. Mulberry Street. A vehicle driven by Tracy J. Parks, 43 of Mitchell, South Dakota was east bound on Mulberry Street. Mitchell stopped at the stop sign at 5th St. and proceeded into the intersection, when her vehicle was struck by a vehicle south bound on 5th St. driven by Garrett M. White, 16 of Watseka. White did not see Mitchell's vehicle due to ice on his windshield and struck Mitchell's vehicle in the driver's side. No injuries were reported. White was ticketed for disobeying a stop sign and operation of an uninsured motor vehicle. He posted bond and was released.
2. Police investigated an accident which occurred on Wednesday January 24, 2018 at 9:00 A.M. in the Watseka High School parking lot. A vehicle driven by Blanca I. Jimenez-Cruz, 17 of Watseka was driving in the parking lot, when she struck a parked vehicle owned by Jacquelyn E. Shantz of Watseka. This pushed Shantz's vehicle into another parked vehicle owned by Wade M. Bell of Crescent City. No injuries were reported and no citations were issued, 


The Following Preliminary Information is Being Released by Illinois State Police District 10:
WHAT: Property Damage Traffic Crash
WHERE: Interstate 57 Northbound at Exit 229
WHEN: January 23, 2018 at 9:42 p.m.
VEHICLES: White 2004 International Truck-Tractor pulling a silver 2009 Barrett SemiTrailer
DRIVERS: Thomas J. Miller, 65, Beecher City, IL
Passengers: None
Preliminary: According to the preliminary traffic crash investigation, Unit 1 was traveling
north on I-57 near milepost 228 when it entered the Monticello Rd. Exit Ramp.
Unit 1 failed to negotiate the curve, continued straight into the gore area and
traveled approximately 100 yards before striking the embankment on the east
side of the Monticello Rd. overpass.
SEATBELTS: Seatbelts were worn.
CHARGES: Operating a Commercial Motor Vehicle While Ill or Fatigued
All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Watseka Police Department News for January 23, 2018

Watseka Police Dept. News Release 01/23 18 
• Kristine Chambers, 29 of Watseka was issued a citation for driving suspended, after a traffic stop at Walnut and 4th St. on Monday. She posted bond and was released. 
• Shannon Tiffany-Neuberg, 45 of Watseka was issued a citation for no valid driver's license, after a traffic stop at Hickory and 5th St. on Tuesday. She posted bond and was released. 
• Jo Ann Howard, 78 of Watseka and Donna Farris, 57 of Watseka were involved in a traffic accident at the corner of 3rd and North St. No injuries were reported and no citations were issued. One vehicle had to be towed from the scene. 
Ptlm. JL Hall W6 

Iroquois County EMA Press Release

The Iroquois County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) will be hosting an annual Weather Spotter Seminar at the Crescent City Community Center at 6 PM on the 7th February. There will be presentations by multiple agencies, with the main focus on how to spot severe weather, such as tornadoes, by the National Weather Service.
This seminar is open to the public. Admission is free. Pre-registration is encouraged, which can be done by contacting Iroquois County EMA at (815) 432-6997 or by email at

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