WIQI News Archives for 2020-10

Watseka Police Department News

 

 

Watseka Police responded to an accident on South Second Street and 2050 East Road at 1:31 p.m. According to police reports, a 2003 Mazda operated by Noah Wellborn, 16, Watseka, was westbound on South Second Street and lost control while crossing the railroad crossing causing the vehicle to spin around 180 degrees and hit the side of the road on the eastbound lane. The vehicle then rolled over and came to rest on the driver’s side. No injuries or citations were reported. Damage was in excess of $1,500.

 

 

Watseka Police conducted a traffic stop in the area of Ninth and Walnut at 3:51 p.m. According to police reports, arrested was Hannah Hartman, 20, Hoopeston, for driving on a suspended license, operation of an uninsured motor vehicle, improper use of registration, and disobeying a stop sign. She posted bond and was released.

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Iroquois County COVID 19 Update

there have been 521 confirmed cases and 64 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There have been 13 new confirmed cases and 3 new probable cases since our last update. Here is the information we can share about these new cases:

Confirmed Cases:

•             Female in her 30’s

•             Male under 20

•             Male in his 40’s

•             Female in her 40’s

•             Female in her 20’s

•             Male in his 40’s

•             Male in his 80’s

•             Female under 20

•             Female in her 40’s

•             Male in his 70’s

•             Female in her 20’s

•             Male in his 40’s

•             Female in her 70’s

Probable Case(s):

•             Male in his 40’s

•             Male in his 40’s

•             Male in his 40’s

 

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for October 29, 2020. Please reference the following explanation of probable cases:

 

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

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Jesse White Reminds Public Extensions for License Plate Sticker Ends Nov. 1, 2020

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White is reminding the public that expirations for license plate stickers are set to end Nov. 1, 2020. License plate stickers can easily be renewed online at www.cyberdriveillinois.com. Driver’s licenses and ID cards remain extended until Feb. 1, 2021. “I encourage the public to renew their license plate sticker online at www.cyberdriveillinois.com from the comfort on their own home,” White said. “Online renewals for license plate stickers have skyrocketed since June 1, and if you pay with an e-check, the payment processing fee is waived through the end of the year.” To register, drivers will need their vehicle registration card or past renewal notice containing their Registration ID and PIN numbers. If vehicle owners do not have a renewal notice or a current registration card, they should call the Public Inquiry Division at 800-252-8980. After obtaining their Registration ID and PIN numbers, they can visit www.cyberdriveillinois.com and go to the “License Plate Renewal Email Notices” under Online Services. Since June 1, more than 1.5 million people have renewed their license plate stickers online. This is nearly double the amount renewing online during the same period in 2019. White is reminding the public that if they renew online and pay with an e-check, the payment processing fee is waived through the end of the year for the following services: renewing a license plate sticker, obtaining a duplicate driver’s license or ID card, and renewing a driver’s license through the Safe Driver Renewal program. People who conduct online transactions will avoid waiting in line at a facility. For those customers who must visit a facility, face masks are required. In addition, customers are asked to be patient due to heavy volume and to be prepared to wait outside in various types of weather. This is due to social distancing, which limits the number of people inside a facility at one time. For more information, visit www.cyberdriveillinois.com.

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Iroquois County COVID 19 Update 10/29/2020

There have been 508 confirmed cases and 61 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There have been 11 new confirmed cases and 1 new probable cases since our last update. Here is the information we can share about these new cases:

Confirmed Cases:

•             Male in his 40’s

•             Female under 20

•             Male under 20

•             Female in her 30’s

•             Female in her 60’s

•             Male in his 60’s

•             Male in his 50’s

•             Male in his 50’s

•             Female in her 20’s

•             Female under 20

•             Male in his 60’s

Probable Case(s):

•             Female in her 40’s

 

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for October 28, 2020. Please reference the following explanation of probable cases:

 

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

 

 

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in women other than skin cancer and is the second leading cause of cancer deaths for women. One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. It is estimated that there will be more than 276,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer diagnosed in women across the United States in 2020. Vonda Pruitt, Director of Nursing at the Iroquois County Public Health Department states that “the best chance for detecting breast cancer early is through mammography screenings and earlier detection gives higher survival rates.”

 

The Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program serves women across the state with free breast and cervical cancer screenings. The Iroquois County Public Health Department works with the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program to provide free breast and cervical cancer screenings for ALL uninsured and underinsured women in Iroquois County between the ages of 21 and 64. Younger women with symptoms also may qualify. If needed, many treatments are also covered under the program. IBCCP can also help women who need diagnostic services but have a high deductible with their health insurance. Please contact Jane at 815-432-2483 to enroll in this life-saving program. You can also visitwww.cancerscreening.illinois.gov for more information.  

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Pritzker, IDPH put high school basketball season on hold. IHSA not happy

Basketball is among a group of winter sports that has been put ‘‘on hold’’ by Gov. J.B. Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health.

‘‘As with sports in the fall, nothing is ‘canceled,’ just put on hold until we’re through the thick of this pandemic,’’ Pritzker said in a statement.

Pritzker announced the decision at a news conference Tuesday that appeared to blindside the Illinois High School Association, which is holding a special board meeting Wednesday. It was scheduled to make an announcement about winter sports after that.

‘‘We know that this virus is of most concern when people are indoors with high contact, especially in vigorous situations that bring about heavy breathing, like in wrestling, hockey and basketball,’’ Pritzker said. ‘‘Sports played at a distance, like tennis, can be played. And sports that can be modified to have virtual elements — like dance, for example — offer more leeway in this moment, and the IDPH guidance reflects that.’’

Basketball practices were scheduled to start Nov. 16 and games Nov. 30. There is now no target date for either to begin.

‘‘I was surprised to hear something today; like most people, I was expecting something tomorrow,’’ said Evanston senior Blake Peters, a Princeton recruit. ‘‘I think a timetable would make us all feel better. We are in limbo. The reality is, a lot of seniors are still looking for a scholarship.’’

The IDPH’s new guidelines raise basketball from a medium-risk sport to a higher-risk sport. That means competitive games can’t be played until the state hits Level 3 of the IDPH’s guidelines. Higher-risk sports are currently at Level 1. The IDPH has not detailed how the state moves between levels, and the current level hasn’t change since the guidelines were released in late July.

‘This isn’t the news anyone wants to hear,’’ Pritzker said. ‘‘And it is not news that I want to deliver. But this virus remains dangerous and deadly to kids and parents and especially grandparents, and this is the best thing we can do for the health and safety of families under the current circumstances. Life in a pandemic is hard for everyone.’’

Moving basketball up to the higher-risk level likely puts an end to club-basketball showcase events and evaluation camps such as the Pangos event that was held last weekend in La Grange with players from 10 states.

The IHSA rushed out a statement about a half-hour after Pritzker’s announcement.

‘‘About 15 minutes prior to Governor Pritzker’s press conference today, we were alerted that the [IDPH] has elevated the sport of basketball from a medium-risk level to a high-risk level,’’ executive director Craig Anderson said in the statement. ‘‘We remain considerate of the recent rise in positive COVID-19 cases in our state. However, in our meeting with IDPH on Friday, we felt that we presented multiple options that would allow for basketball to be conducted safely by IHSA schools this winter, many of which are being utilized in neighboring states who plan to play high school basketball.’’

It’s possible the IHSA will reveal a new sports calendar, with a later start date for basketball, after its board meeting Wednesday.

The Illinois Basketball Coaches Association released a statement that it was “very disappointed to learn of today’s decision by the governor and IDPH regarding the movement of basketball in Illinois to the high risk category. The National Federation of High School Sports currently has basketball classified as a medium risk sport.”

 

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PHONE / INTERNET SCAMS IN IROQUOIS COUNTY

The Iroquois County Sheriffs Department is issuing a warning to residents in reference to reported phone scams occurring in the county. The scam targets older victims on land lines and cell phones.

Recently residents have reported that they have received phone calls from subjects claiming to be a relative, usually a grandchild, who has either been involved in an accident or arrested. The victim is asked not to tell any other tamily members about their involvement or trouble, The caller, who may identify themselves as a police officer or government employee, requests that the victim wire money via western union, money gram or purchase I tunes cards or gift cards from CVS, Wal Mart Etc. The caller also requests that the victim call the caller back once the wire transfer is complete or to provide the infomation from the back of the I tunes cards,

Callers have also identified themselves as employees of the IRS or social security administration who explain to the victim that there was an issue with the victim's tax returru social securjty or a rental car, rented in their name was used in a crime. The caller requests the victim provide their Personally Identifiable Information including social security number, middle initial or date of birth. The caller is then asked to complete a wire transfer of moneys through Western Union, Money Gram or purchase tunes gift cards and provide the information on the back of the card as a form of payment to avoid any further "legal trouble",

A third type of phone scam involves the caller advising the victim that a warrant has been issued for their arrest. The caller requests that the victim again send money via western union or other means to quash the warrant.

Residents are urged not to send money via western union or purchase the I tunes, moneypac or gift cards in these instances. Once the money has been sent by the victim, it is highly unlikely that law enforcement will be able to recover it. Residents are urged to contact family members or the police if they have any questions about suspicious callers,

Internet purchase scams have also been reported in which an item is sold far below market value. Often the seller request that the buyer send money via western union or similar wire transfer. The seller will also offer to ship the item to the purchaser through a shipping company and request additional money that will be returned to the buyer upon delivery, The seller will also send official looking e mails to the buyer that appear to be from E bay motors Etc. during the transaction.

Residents have also recently reported receiving notices that someone has used their personal information for an unemployment claim. It is believed that no access to the victim's bank account has been made and no personal information of the victim is at risk for financial toss to the victim,

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Iroquois County COVID 19 Update 10/28/2020

There have been 497 confirmed cases and 60 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There have been 7 new confirmed cases and 0 new probable cases since our last update. Here is the information we can share about these new cases:

Confirmed Cases:

•             Female in her 50’s

•             Male in his 50’s

•             Male in his 70’s

•             Female under 20

•             Male in his 20’s

•             Male in his 40’s

•             Female in her 60’s

 

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for October 27, 2020. Please reference the following explanation of probable cases:

 

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

 

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Riverside's Immediate Care in Watseka is Expanding

Same location, NEW Experience!

 

 

KANKAKEE, IL (October 27, 2020) - Don't let an illness or injury slow you down, the newly expanded Riverside Immediate Care in Watseka is open seven days a week with extended hours.

 

In order to better serve Watseka and surrounding communities, Riverside has improved the overall patient experience with a new space. While the services and location are still the same, the entrance is now located on the east-side of Riverside's Watseka Campus, complete with a drive-thru canopy and ample parking.

 

"A patient's health is our number one concern, followed closely by an excellent patient experience," said Phil Kambic, President and CEO. "With this beautiful new space, we have more exam rooms to allow us to conveniently see more patients, quicker."

 

Immediate Care offers the appropriate level of high-quality care without the high ER cost. Watseka Immediate Care is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and holidays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (closed Christmas Day and Easter). Walk-in or save your spot in Riverside MyChart. Seeing patients 18 months and older.

 

In addition to Immediate Care, Riverside's Watseka Campus offers patients a variety of services including:

Primary Care

Diagnostic Services (labs, X-ray, CT, MRI, etc.)

Curbside COVID-19 testing

Video visits through Riverside MyChart

Specialty providers

Physical therapy

Sleep medicine

Occupational medicine

Oncology & Infusion services

 

Learn more about Riverside's Immediate Care in Watseka at riversidehealthcare.org.

 

Click here to see this press release in Riverside's newsroom.

 

About Riverside Healthcare

Riverside Healthcare is a fully integrated healthcare system serving the needs of individuals and communities throughout the counties of Kankakee, Iroquois, Will, Grundy and beyond. As part of the system, Riverside Medical Center, a 312-bed hospital, provides a full scope of inpatient and outpatient care and is a nationally recognized, award-winning Level II Trauma hospital with nationally-leading programs in heart care, cancer care, neurosurgery and orthopedics. Its reputation for nursing excellence has made Riverside the area's only Magnet® Recognized hospital. Because Riverside's clinical performance ranks them among the top 5 percent of hospitals nationwide, Healthgrades has named them a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence Award, and Truven Health Analytics presented them with the 100 Top Hospitals® award. Riverside also operates several community, primary and specialty health centers throughout the region. Learn more about Riverside Healthcare at www.RiversideHealthcare.org.

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Iroquois County COVID 19 Update 10/27/2020

There have been 490 confirmed cases and 60 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There have been 15 new confirmed cases and 1 new probable case since our last update. Here is the information we can share about these new cases:

Confirmed Cases:

•             Male in his 40’s

•             Male in his 60’s

•             Female in her 20’s

•             Male in his 40’s

•             Male in his 80’s

•             Male under 20

•             Female under 20

•             Female in her 70’s

•             Female in her 30’s

•             Female in her 50’s

•             Female in her 50’s

•             Female in her 20’s

•             Female in her 40’s

•             Female under 20

•             Female in her 20’s

Probable Cases:

•             Male in his 30’s

 

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for October 26, 2020. Please reference the following explanation of probable cases:

 

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

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Iroquois County Sheriff's Police 10/27/2020

On October 20th, 2020, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Roger G. Thompson, age 39, of Chatsworth. According to police reports, Thompson was wanted on an outstanding Iroquois County Warrant charging him with failure to appear on a theft offense. Thompson was placed into custody and transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond and was released.

 

On October 20th, 2020, Clifton Police arrested Vytautus D, Gudis, age 61, of Chicago- According to police reports, Gudis was wanted on an outstanding Kankakee County Warrant charging him with driving while license suspended. Gudis was placed into custody and transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond and was released,

 

On October 25th, 2020, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Cody R. Eyre, age 25. Accocdjng to police reports, Erye was charged with domestic battery. He was placed into custody and transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond and was released.

 

 
   


On October 25th, 2020, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested James Musselman, age 34. According to police reports, Musselman was wanted on an outstanding Iroquois County Warrant charging him with failure to appear on a possession of a

controlled substance offense. He was placed into custody and transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond,

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IMH is seeking your support through our Write-A-Check campaign to assist the needs of our Hospice patients

Iroquois Memorial Hospice 2020 Fundraiser In lieu of our Annual Brunch, we hope you will choose to donate monetarily to support Iroquois Memorial Hospice. We are seeking your support through our Write-A-Check campaign to assist the needs of our Hospice patients. To support Iroquois Memorial Hospice please send your donation to:Iroquois Memorial Hospice 200 North Laird Lane, Watseka, IL 60970 Or call 815.432.0185 to learn about other ways to donate Thank you for your continued support to Iroquois Memorial Hospice program“Hard times don’t create heroes. It is during the hard times when the ‘hero’ within us is revealed.” — Bob Riley

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Iroquois County COVID 19 Update 10/23/2020

There have been 461 confirmed cases and 58 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There have been 3 new confirmed cases and 2 new probable cases since our last update. Here is the information we can share about these new cases:

Confirmed Cases:

•             Female in her 60’s

•             Female in her 20’s

•             Male in his 80’s

Probable Cases:

•             Male in his 70’s

•             Male in his 20’s

 

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for October 22, 2020. Please reference the following explanation of probable cases:

 

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

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ISP Two-Unit Fatal Traffic Crash Alert

WHAT:                      Two Unit Fatal Traffic Crash

 

WHERE:                   US Route 45, ½ mile south of 2700N, Champaign County

 

WHEN:                      Oct. 21, 2020 at approximately 7:44 p.m.

 

VEHICLE:                Unit 1- 2012 Tan Buick

 

                                    Unit 2- 2009 Silver Kia

 

DRIVER:                   Unit 1- Pending Next of Kin Notification, 67-year-old male of Urbana, IL (Deceased)

 

                                    Unit 2- Pending Next of Kin Notification, 28-year-old female of Rantoul, IL (Deceased)

 

PASSENGER:           Trevvaire Johnson, 29-year-old male of Champaign, IL (Transported to a local area hospital with life threatening injuries)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

PRELIMINARY:      A preliminary investigation indicates the following occurred:  Unit 1 was traveling southbound on US Route 45 in the northbound lanes. Unit 2 was traveling northbound on US Route 45 in the northbound lanes.  Unit 1 struck Unit 2 head on ½ mile south of intersection US Route 45 and 2700N.  The roadway was closed for approximately 6 hours during the traffic crash investigation; all lanes reopened at 1:48 a.m.  

CHARGES:               Pending Investigation

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Iroquois County COVID 19 Update 10/22/2020

There have been 458 confirmed cases and 56 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There have been 3 new confirmed cases and 2 new probable cases since our last update. Here is the information we can share about these new cases:

Confirmed Cases:

•             Female in her 30’s

•             Male under 20

•             Male under 20

Probable Cases:

•             Female in her 20’s

•             Female in her 30’s

 

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for October 21, 2020. Please reference the following explanation of probable cases:

 

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

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Iroquois County COVID 19 Update 10/21/2020

There have been 455 confirmed cases and 54 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There have been 11 new confirmed cases and 1 new probable cases since our last update. Here is the information we can share about these new cases:

Confirmed Cases:

•             Male in his 80’s

•             Female in her 40’s

•             Female under 20

•             Female in her 40’s

•             Male in his 80’s

•             Female in her 80’s

•             Female in her 40’s

•             Male in his 70’s

•             Male in his 20’s

•             Female in her 80’s

•             Male in his 30’s

Probable Cases:

•             Male under 20

 

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

 

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

 

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Jesse White Announces Teen Driver Crash Fatalities Down 74%

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced today that teen driver deaths are down 74% since 2007. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), since White’s efforts to overhaul the state’s graduated driver licensing (GDL) laws took effect in 2008, teen driving fatalities have dropped 74%. Many cite White’s nationally heralded GDL program for the dramatic decrease in fatalities. “The goal has always been to save lives,” White said. “While our graduated driver licensing (GDL) program is working as intended with teen driving deaths decreasing, there is still more work to be done. My hope is that with hard work and continued open communication between my office, teens, parents and driver education teachers, teen fatalities will continue to decline.” In 2019, 41 teens were killed in traffic crashes, according to IDOT. In 2018, 48 teens were killed in crashes, IDOT reported. In 2007, the year before White’s stronger GDL laws took effect, 155 teens were killed in crashes. White reminds the public that this week is a time when parents and caregivers are encouraged to talk to teens about staying safe behind the wheel, as well as using seat belts, obeying the speed limit and not texting while driving or driving impaired. Illinois’ GDL program prepares teen drivers by giving them more time to obtain valuable driving experience while under the watchful eye of an adult, limiting in-car distractions and requiring teens to earn their way from one stage to the next by avoiding traffic convictions. White emphasized the important roles that parents, teachers and driver education instructors play in preparing safe and responsible teen drivers. State and national traffic safety organizations have praised Illinois’ stronger GDL program as one of the best in the nation. To learn more about the state’s GDL program, visit www.cyberdriveillinois.com.

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State Agencies Highlight Continued Need for Fire Safety this Harvest Season

SPRINGFIELD – In recent days, dry conditions and gusty winds have fueled countless fires destroying miles of farmland, valuable equipment, structures and in some cases severely injuring those involved. Fires can occur at any time of year and anywhere in the country, including remote rural areas, state or national parks, or even in your backyard. Wildfires can be sparked from natural sources, such as lightning, or accidentally by humans via cigarettes, campfires or grills, or by mechanical sparks coming into contact with flammable materials. It is with that in mind that state officials are urging Illinois residents to heed the warnings issued by National Weather Service meteorologists and local officials to reduce the risk of fall fires.

The National Weather Service (NWS) will issue Red Flag Warnings when weather conditions, such as strong winds, low relative humidity and high temperatures, make for outdoor fire dangers. During these dangerous times, the NWS urges everyone to use extreme caution because a simple spark can create a major fire. Sparks or embers can blow into leaves or grass, igniting a fire that can quickly spread. 

“People need to heed the warnings when there is an elevated fire danger and think about the possible consequences of their actions. These fires not only cause damage to property, and could cost some people their livelihoods, but also put first responders in harm’s way who are trying to battle these fires which are preventable if people think and act responsibly,” said State Fire Marshal Matt Perez. 

Watches and warnings are issued by the National Weather Service and enforced by local officials. Watches are issued up to 72-hours before dangerous conditions are expected to occur; whereas, a warning is issued when the conditions are expected to occur or are occurring within the next 24-hours.

“This past week’s dry and windy conditions resulted in field fires across our state, adding stress to the harvest season,” said Jerry Costello II, IDOA Acting Director. “Our thoughts are with those farmers and their families that experienced crop loss. We encourage fire safety and fire prevention to be a part of every farmer’s farm safety plan."

“Mutual Aid resources are utilized daily at the local level to provide community to community assistance. When seconds count, a strong mutual aid system is an important lifeline to foster and develop,” said Alicia Tate-Nadeau, IEMA Director. “The team at the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) is a valuable partner to the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and the State of Illinois. This organization of trained professionals is a critical component of our robust mutual aid system, and those partnerships proved invaluable in recent days.”
 
Nearly nine out of 10 wildfires, nationally, are caused by humans and could have been prevented.  Before any fire happens, make sure your home or business is resistant to catching fire. This can be accomplished by clearing away debris and other flammable materials and using fire-resistant materials for landscaping and construction.

What You Should Know about Wildfires

• Know what to do before, during and after a wildfire;
• Learn your evacuation routes;
• Have emergency supplies in place at home, work and in the car;
• Listen to local officials for instructions and plan to evacuate if advised;
• Keep track of fires near your community or where you plan to vacation with https://fsapps.nwcg.gov/afm/index.php; and
• If you evacuated an area due to a wildfire, wait for public officials to say it is safe before returning.

Camping Fire and Burn Safety

Cooler temperatures make for great hiking and camping weather in Illinois.  Before you plan your next adventure, officials with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) encourage you to make fall fire prevention plan.

“Moving into fall, we’ve seen low humidity, dry ground and gusty winds, exponentially increasing the chances of wildland and forest fires,” said IDNR Director Colleen Callahan. “Even though we’re moving into the tail end of camping season, with conditions like these it’s incredibly important for campers to keep a close eye on warnings from the National Weather Service and always monitor campfires and stoves. A small spark can get out of hand in a matter of seconds.”

By following these safety tips, campers can help prevent fires at IDNR sites and even private campgrounds:

• At campgrounds at state parks and other IDNR-managed sites, fires are allowed in stoves, grills or other designated areas only. Large bonfires are not permitted without permission of the site superintendent.
• Have a supply of water or fire extinguisher and shovel readily available before building your fire.
• Never use a flammable liquid (especially gasoline) to start a fire or on hot coals.  Explosions can result.
• When near campfires and grills, wear snug-fitting, tightly woven, or short-sleeved garments.
• Pitch tents at least 15 feet upwind from grills and fire pits.
• Never leave a fire unattended.
• Before you leave your campsite, make sure coals are thoroughly extinguished before disposal.
• If your fire gets out of control, note your location and call 9-1-1 for assistance.

Learn more safety tips at www.ready.gov/wildfires.

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Iroquois County Sheriff's Police 10/20/2020

On October 18th, 2020, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Jake E. Baumgartner, age 291 of Gilman. According to police reports, Baumgartner was wanted on an outstanding Iroquois County warrant charging him with failure to appear for possession of a hyperemic syringe. Baumgartner was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond.

 

On October 18th, 2020, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Nikita L, Feig, age 31, of Watseka. According to police reportst Feig was charged with possession of a controlled substance. Feig was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where she posted the required bond and was released.

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FATAL CRASH LAKE VILLAGE, IN+****** UPDATED **********

Driver’s name released.

 

Yesterday (10-19-20) the Newton County Sheriff’s Office reported a fatal crash that occurred in the Lake Village, IN area.

 

The name of the driver: Alex Kowalsky, 87 years old of Gary, IN.  Family has been notified.

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Captain S. Cothran, Chief Deputy

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FATAL CRASH LAKE VILLAGE, IN-

NEWTON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE (10-19-20 12:55pm)

 

On Monday, October 19, 2020 at 10:35am, Newton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a report of a vehicle in a field that had struck a tree.

 

The preliminary investigation indicates the passenger car had been southbound on US 41, south of Lake Village.  For unknown reasons, the vehicle left the roadway and traveled through a field striking a tree along a waterway (2 miles southwest of US 41 and SR 10).

 

The sole occupant (87 year old white male) was pronounced dead at the scene by the Newton County Coroner.

 

The crash is still an active investigation.  The name of the driver is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

 

Anyone that may have witnessed the crash is encouraged to contact Deputy Sprayberry at 219-474-6081 ext 3114.

 

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Lake Township Fire Dept, Newton County EMS and the Newton County Coroner.

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Watseka Police Department News 10/20/2020

Watseka Police arrested Haley Strong, 27, Watseka, in the 200 block of W. Walnut at 3:34 p.m. on Oct. 16. Strong was wanted on an outstanding Iroquois County warrant charging her with possession of methamphetamine less than five grams. After her arrest, she was found to be in possession of hypodermic needles as well. She was taken to the county jail. 

 

Watseka Police investigated an accident in the 400 block of N. Veterans Parkway at 4:41 p.m. on Oct. 16. According to police reports, Walter Wigley, Charleston, Ind., was entering his 2009 Chevy when the wind caught his door and it struck a parked 2014 Chevy owned by Brian Anderson of Milford. Damage was estimated at over $1,500. No citations or injuries were reported. 

 

Watseka Police investigated an accident at the S. Second St. railroad crossing at 2:07 p.m. on Oct. 17. According to reports,, a 2001 Ford operated by Henry Pavlak, Watseka, attempted to stop for the lowered crossing gate but an object had rolled behind the brake pedal, forcing him to drive through the gate to avoid the oncoming train. Damage was estimated at over $1,500. No injuries or citations were reported. 

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Iroquois County COVID 19 Update 10/20/2020

As of 10/19/20 there have been 444 confirmed cases and 53 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There have been 12 new confirmed cases and 1 new probable cases since our last update. Here is the information we can share about these new cases:

Confirmed Cases:

•             Female in her 50’s

•             Male in his 60’s

•             Male in his 60’s

•             Female in her 60’s

•             Male in his 40’s

•             Male in his 60’s

•             Female in her 20’s

•             Female in her 70’s

•             Female in her 30’s

•             Male under 20

•             Female under 20

•             Male in his 40’s

Probable Cases:

•             Female in her 30’s

 

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

 

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

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Iroquois County Sheriff's Police 10/17/2020

On October 14th, 2020, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Matthew E. Conley, age 38, of

Watseka. According to police reports, Conley was charged with theft under $500, criminal trespass to a residence, and possession of a hypodermic needle. He was placed in custody and transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond and was released.

 

On October 14th, 2020, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Stephanie R. Lowhorn, age 46, of Watseka, According to police reports, Lowhorn was charged with theft under $500, criminal trespass to a residence, and possession of a hypodermic needle. She was placed in custody and transported to the Iroquojs County Jail where she posted the required bond and was released.

 

On October 13th , 2020, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police investigated a train vs. vehicle accident.

According to police reports a vehicle driven by Kaleb A. Harris of Sheldon, was traveling South on Co. Rd. 2900 E. near W. Cottage Sts in Sheldon. As Harris approached the railroad crossing, he failed to see an oncoming train, moving at a very stow speed. The train operated by TP&W struck Harris's vehicle causing damage to the driver's side quarter panel. No injuries were reported and no citations issued.

 

On October 15th, 2020, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police investigated a single vehicle accident.

According to police reports a vehicle driven by Nicholas L. Broz of Milford was traveling West On Co. Rd, 1000 N, near Co. Rd, 2850 E. when a deer ran into the roadway and was struck by Broz. No injuries were reported and no citations were issued.

 

On October 17th, 2020, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Stephanie R. Lowhom, age 461 of Watseka. According to police reports, Lowhorn was wanted on an outstanding Kankakee County warrant, she was also charged with possession of a controlled substance, She was placed in custody and transported to the Iroquois County Jail where she remains in lieu of bond.

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Iroquois County COVID 19 Update 10/17/2020

There have been 432 confirmed cases and 53 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There have been 3 new confirmed cases and 1 new probable cases since our last update. Here is the information we can share about these new cases:

Confirmed Cases:

•             Male 50’s

•             Female 20’s

•             Male 40’s

Probable Cases:

•             Male in his 20’s

 

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

 

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

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Iroquois County COVID 19 Update 10/16/2020

There have been 429 confirmed cases and 52 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There have been 5 new confirmed cases and 4 new probable cases since our last update. Here is the information we can share about these new cases:

Confirmed Cases:

•             Female in her 60’s

•             Male in his 20’s

•             Female in her 50’s

•             Female in her 60’s

•             Male in his 40’s

Probable Cases:

•             Male in his 40’s

•             Female in her 70’s

•             Female in her 20’s

•             Female in her 20’s

 

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for October 15, 2020. Please reference the following explanation of probable cases:

 

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

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Iroquois County COVID 19 Update 10/15/2020

There have been 424 confirmed cases and 48 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There have been 9 new confirmed cases and 0 new probable cases since our last update. Here is the information we can share about these new cases:

Confirmed Cases:

 

•             Male in his 60’s

•             Male in his 50’s

•             Male in his 40’s

•             Male in his 30’s

•             Male in his 60’s

•             Female in her 20’s

•             Female in her 40’s

•             Male in his 60’s

•             Male in his 40’s

 

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for October 14, 2020. Please reference the following explanation of probable cases:

 

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

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WACC seeking nominations

The Watseka Area Chamber of Commerce’s mission is “To promote the economic, civic, and social well-being of the people in the Watseka area, and conduct activities for the direct or indirect benefit of its members and the larger community”.  The responsibilities of a Board Member of this organization are to serve the Chamber as its ambassador, represent the members, and coordinate events to support the community, to name just a few.

 

To be a Board Member for the Chamber is a great opportunity and truly an honor.  That being said, the Chamber is seeking nominations for the 2021 Watseka Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.  If you know of someone who would be a good match for this responsibility please nominate them.  Names must be submitted by email or in writing by November 1st, 2020 to the WACC office.  If you have any questions please contact Amanda Hibbs, Executive Director.

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ILLINOIS STATE POLICE ANNOUNCE RESULTS OF ALCOHOL COUNTERMEASURE ENFORCEMENT PATROLS

– Illinois State Police (ISP) District 21 Commander, Captain Don Aaron Harsy, announces the results of Alcohol Countermeasure Enforcement (ACE) patrols which were conducted in Kankakee County on October 10, 2020 These ACE patrols allowed the ISP to focus on preventing, detecting, and taking enforcement action in response to violations associated with impaired driving and illegal transportation or consumption of alcohol or drugs. Violations Enforcement Activity Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Citations 0 Other Alcohol/Drug Citations 1 Occupant Restraint Offenses 0 Registration Offenses 4 Driver’s License Offenses 11 Insurance Violations 2 Total Citations/Arrests 23 Total Written Warnings 33 Alcohol and drug impairment is a factor in more than 30 percent of all fatal motor vehicle crashes in Illinois. There is one alcohol-related traffic fatality every 53 minutes in the United States. The ACE program allows officers to work even harder at removing dangerous DUI offenders from the road. This project is funded through the Illinois Department of Transportation. 

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Iroquois County COVID 19 Update 10/14/2020

There have been 415 confirmed cases and 48 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There have been 26 new confirmed cases and 2 new probable cases since our last update. Here is the information we can share about these new cases:

Confirmed Cases:

•             Female under 10

•             Male in his 50’s

•             Female in her 40’s

•             Male in his 40’s

•             Female in her 50’s

•             Male in his 30’s

•             Male in his 60’s

•             Male in his 60’s

•             Male under 10

•             Female in her 60’s

•             Female in her 30’s

•             Female in her 20’s

•             Female in her 60’s

•             Female in her 50’s

•             Male in his 70’s

•             Female under 10

•             Female in her 50’s

•             Female in her 20’s

•             Male in his 40’s

•             Female in her 40’s

•             Female under 20

•             Female in her 30’s

•             Female in her 50’s

•             Female in her 40’s

•             Female in her 50’s

•             Female in her 40’s

Probable Cases:

•             Male under 20

•             Female in her 30’s

 

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

 

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

 

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ISP Multi-Vehicle Fatal Traffic Crash on I57

ISP FATAL TRAFFIC CRASH ALERT

 

The Following Preliminary Information is Being Released by Illinois State Police

District 21

 

 

WHAT:                      Multi Vehicle Fatal Traffic Crash

 

WHERE:                   Interstate 57 Northbound at Milepost 266, Iroquois County

 

WHEN:                      Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, 12:53 a.m.

 

VEHICLE:                Unit 1:  2019 Red Honda Civic

                                    Unit 2:  2010 Tan Ford Fusion

                                    Unit 3:  2020 White Truck Tractor Semi-Trailer                       

                                                                       

DRIVER:                   Unit 1: 26-year-old male of Onarga, IL (Deceased)

 

Unit 2: Kenjuan S. Brown Jr., 19-year-old male of Rantoul, IL (Transported to a local area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries)

 

Unit 3: Jose C. Aguilar, 33-year-old male of Eagle Pass, TX (Transported to a local area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries)

                       

 

PASSENGER:           Unit 2: Deandra M. Johnson, 21-year-old female of Beaverville, IL (Transported to a local area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries)

 

                                    Unit 2:  21-year-old female of Pembroke Township, IL (Deceased)

 

                                    Unit 2:  3-week-old infant of Beaverville, IL (Air lifted to a local area hospital with life threatening injuries)                                    

                                   

 

PRELIMINARY:      Preliminary investigation indicates the following occurred: Unit 1 was traveling southbound on Interstate 57 at milepost 266.  For an unknown reason, Unit 1 crossed through the center median and struck Unit 2, which was traveling northbound at milepost 266.  Unit 3 was traveling northbound and struck Unit 2 causing Unit 2 back seat passengers to be ejected.  Unit 1 driver and Unit 2 passenger were pronounced deceased on scene by the Iroquois County Coroner.  The roadway was shut down for approximately 8 hours for traffic crash investigation.

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Fatal Car Crash in Iroquois County

On October 11th , 2020. Iroquois County Sheriffs Police investigated a single vehicle fatal accident at the intersection of Co- Rd. 2525 E. and 2400 N, Preliminary investigation shows a vehicle driven by Dennis E. Lade, age 64, of Donovan was traveling east on Co. Rd. 2400 N. when his vehicle left the roadway. Lade continued through an open field east of the intersection where he then collided with the ditch embankment on the south side of 2400 N. Lade's vehicle continued across 2400 N, and into another open field before coming to a rest, Lade was examined by members of Riverside EMS and the Donovan Fire Dept. before being pronounced deceased at the scene. The investigation is ongoing.

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Iroquois County Sheriff's Police 10/13/2020

On October 11th y 2020, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Kamren T. Bobo, age 20, of Kankakee. According to police repojts, Bobo was wanted on an outstanding Kankakee County warrant charging him with failure to appear for traffic offence. He was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond and was released.

 

On October 7th , 2020, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Koree L, Watson, age 25, of Buckley. According to police reports, Sheriffs Deputies were dispatched to a rural Loda address in reference to a reported disturbance. After an investigation it was discovered Watson intentionally drove her 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe into the driver's side of a 2019 Buick Enclave that was occupied by two subjects. Watson was charged with criminal damage to property $10,000 to $100,000, aggravated battery, and reckless conduct. Watson was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where she posted the required bond and was released. One occupant of the Enclave was transported to Carle Hospital for injuries sustained in the collision.

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ILLINOIS STATE POLICE DISTRICT 21 ANNOUNCES CRIMINAL PATROL DETAIL RESULTS

Illinois State Police (ISP) District 21 made 9 arrests and wrote 33 citations and 36 warnings during a collaborative detail on Oct. 8, 2020, focused on reducing criminal activity, apprehending fugitives of the law, and promoting safety by reducing violence throughout Kankakee County.

 

“Our Troopers are committed to reducing violence in our communities and on our roadways,” stated ISP District 21 Commander Captain Don Harsy. “We will continue to educate the public and enforce the laws of Illinois to reduce crime in Kankakee County and beyond,” added Captain Harsy.

 

Troopers logged the following enforcement activity during the detail:

 

Citations Issued

33

Written Warnings Issued

36

Civil Cannabis Citations

4

Driving Under the Influence Arrests

1

Other Criminal Arrests

4

Warrant Arrests

5

Gun Recoveries

2

 

The detail resulted in one charge of Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon, one charge of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm with Defaced Serial Number, one charge of Aggravated Driving Under the Influence, and one charge of Obstructing Identification.

 

 

The public is reminded that all persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

 

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Iroquois County COVID 19 Update 10/10/2020

There have been 389 confirmed cases and 46 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There have been 6 new confirmed cases and 2 new probable cases since our last update. Here is the information we can share about these new cases:

Confirmed Cases:

•             Female in her 50’s

•             Male in his 30’s

•             Female in her 30’s

•             Female in her 20’s

•             Male in his 70’s

•             Female under 10

Probable Cases:

•             Female in her 30’s

•             Female in her 80’s

 

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for October 9, 2020. Please reference the following explanation of probable cases:

 

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

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Iroquois County COVID 19 Update 10/8/2020

There have been 378 confirmed cases and 44 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There have been 8 new confirmed cases and 0 new probable cases since our last update. Here is the information we can share about these new cases:

Confirmed Cases:

•             Male in his 30’s

•             Female in her 50’s

•             Male in his 50’s

•             Female in her 50’s

•             Male under 20

•             Male in his 40’s

•             Female in her 70’s

•             Male in his 20’s

 

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for October 7, 2020. Please reference the following explanation of probable cases:

 

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

 

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ISP District 21 Announces September Activity and Enforcement

– Illinois State Police District 21 Commander, Captain Don Aaron Harsy, announced today activity and enforcement figures for September 2020. Illinois State Police District 21 Troopers issued 439 citations, 720 written warnings, including 11 DUIs, 34 seatbelt citations, and 26 criminal arrests. Troopers also assisted 110 motorists, conducted 232 Motor Carrier Inspections, and investigated 57 traffic crashes. There was two fatal crashes investigated by District 21 in September According to the National Safety Council the major contributing factors to motor-vehicle deaths in the United States are lack of occupant protection, alcohol, speeding, young drivers, distractions, and large trucks. In an effort to reduce fatalities, the Illinois State Police uses enforcement activities and educational programs to fight these major contributing factors.

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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 on October 5th, 2020. 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 18 Child Restraint Citations 0 Total Citations 26 Total Written Warnings 14 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. “Click It or Ticket”

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Iroquois County COVID 19 Update 10/7/2020

There have been 370 confirmed cases and 44 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There have been 0 new confirmed cases and 2 new probable cases since our last update. Here is the information we can share about these new cases:

Probable Cases:

•             Male in his 80’s

•             Female in her 60’s

 

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for October 6, 2020. Please reference the following explanation of probable cases:

 

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

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Iroquois County Sheriff's Police 10/6/2020

On October 3 rd , Iroquois County Sheriffs Police report Wendall Trumps, 32, of Bluffton, IN, turned himself in on a Coles County warrant for Failure to Appear on the original charge of Expired Registration. Trumps posted the required bond and was released.

 

On October 4th, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Eric Gregory of Thawville. According to police reports, Gregory was charged with Disorderly Conduct. Gregory was taken to the Iroquois county jail where he later posted the required bond and was released.

 

On October 5th, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police responded to a single vehicle accident involving a car vs deer. According to police, Darrel Clatterbuck was driving westbound on county road 2000 N. near 2230 E. when a deer entered the roadway. Clatterbuck was unable to avoid colliding with the deer, causing damage to his 2014 Chevy Silverado. No citations were issued and no injuries were reported.

 

On October 5th, Iroquois County Sheriff's Police responded to a two vehicle accident in Iroquois, IL.

According to police, the driver of unit 1, Izaak Matthews, was traveling eastbound on Lincoln Ave. in Iroquois. Matthews stopped at the intersection, however had to move forward past the stop sign due to his view being obstructed by another vehicle. Matthews then observed another vehicle coming southbound on Main St. Matthews attempted to avoid collision with that vehicle by backing up, however backed into Unit 2 being driven by Thomas Freehill. Matthews stated he was unable to see Freehill behind him due to the sun. No citations were issued and no injuries were reported.

 

On October 5th , Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Michael Birch- According to police, Birch was observed driving by sheriffs deputies. Sheriffs deputies knew Birch to have a revoked license. Birch  was charged with Driving While License Revoked. Birch was taken to the Iroquois County Jail where he was later released on an I-bond.

 

On October 6th , Iroquois County Sheriff's Police arrested Misty Janssen. According to police, Sheriffs Deputies conducted a traffic stop on Janssen's vehicle. A probable cause search was conducted on Janssen's vehicle. During the search, Deputies located a controlled substance. Janssen was taken to the Iroquois County Jail and later released on an I-bond.

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Iroquois County COVID 19 Update 10/6/2020

There have been 370 confirmed cases and 42 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There have been 5 new confirmed cases and 1 new probable case since our last update. Here is the information we can share about these new cases:

Confirmed Cases:

•             Female in her 40’s

•             Male in his 50’s

•             Female in her 60’s

•             Female in her 40’s

•             Female in her 30’s

Probable Cases:

•             Female in her 50’s

 

Please reference the following explanation of probable cases:

 

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

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Iroquois County Sheriff's Police 10/3/2020

On September 29th, 2020, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Andrew E. Thompson, age 56, of Hoopeston. According to police reports, Thompson was charged with thef under $500 and criminal trespass to property. He was placed in custody and transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond and was released.



On September 28th , 2020, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police investigated a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of Co. Rd. 100 N. and 2600 E. According to police reports, a vehicle driven by Blake M. Clifton, age 44, of Perkins, Oklahoma was traveling west on 100 N. Clifton failed to yield to the right of way at the intersection resulting in him striking a northbound vehicle on 2600 E. driven by Tyler D. Rieches, age 36 of Milford. No injuries were reported and Clifton was cited for failure to yield right of way
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Iroquois County now has a mass notification system

Iroquois County now has a mass notification system to warn residents about local emergencies, hazards, and other threats. Iroquois County Emergency Management Agency has chosen Hyper-Reach to bring this life-saving capability to the area. Hyper-Reach is a state of the art mass emergency notification system designed specifically for public safety. The new emergency alert system will provide rapid notification of hazardous and urgent situations using a mix of telephone calls, text and email messages, smart speaker alerts and other advanced alerting methods. The system sends thousands of these messages to geographically targeted households in seconds, and can simultaneously deliver them to an even broader audience via social media, as well as sending broadcast messages to most current mobile telephones in an affected area using FEMA’s Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system. Iroquois County plans to use the service primarily for alerts about weather and environmental hazards. Landline phones are automatically enrolled for community alerts, but weather alerts to landline phones and community and weather alerts to mobile phones and email addresses are only included when people enroll. Residents and people who work in Iroquois County are encouraged to enroll now either by calling or texting “Alert” to (779) 218-9348 or by going to the website http://hyper-reach.com/iliroquoissignup.html. Residents can get emergency alerts via their Alexa-enabled smart speakers just by saying “Alexa, enable Hyper-Reach” and following the Alexa-provided instructions. Residents can also download the Hyper-Reach Anywhere app on their smartphone. Hyper-Reach Anywhere is a free smartphone app that allows individual citizens to manage and monitor the alerts they receive, both for their home and office addresses and for other addresses they care about such as those of elderly relatives or friends. For further questions on how to sign-up for community and weather alerts, public can call the EMA office at (815) 432- 6997.

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Iroquois County COVID 19 Update 10/2/2020

there have been 365 confirmed cases and 41 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There have been 0 new confirmed cases and 0 new probable cases since our last update.

 

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for October 1, 2020. Please reference the following explanation of probable cases:

 

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

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