WIQI News Archives for 2021-05

ILLINOIS STATE POLICE INVESTIGATION LEADS TO AN ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTION OFFICER'S ARREST FOR AGGRAVATED BATTERY

 The Illinois State Police (ISP) Division of Internal Investigation (DII) conducted an investigation which led to the arrest of Chris Koziol, a Correctional Officer from the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC), Stateville Correctional Center, located in Crest Hill, IL.  Koziol, a 40-year-old male of Bourbonnais, IL, has been charged with one count of Aggravated Battery.

 

On Oct. 5, 2020, the ISP DII was notified by IDOC of an allegation of Aggravated Battery against Koziol.

 

On May 5, 2021, after a thorough investigation by the ISP DII investigators, the Will County State’s Attorney’s office approved one count of Aggravated Battery (Class 3 Felony).  On May 6, 2021, Koziol was taken into custody at the Stateville Correctional Center without incident.  Koziol remains in custody on a $50,000 (10% applies) bond from the Will County Jail. No further information is available for release by the ISP.

 

“Protecting all citizens of the State of Illinois is an integral part of the Illinois State Police Division of Internal Investigation (DII) Mission,” stated Captain Darryl Bogard.  “DII takes these types of allegations seriously and will continue to thoroughly investigate such allegations.  The thorough investigative work performed by these officers ensures the public remains confident in the ISP handling allegations of misconduct,” he concluded.

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Dead Birds Needed by Health Department

The Iroquois County Public Health Department is asking for assistance from the public in the collection of dead birds found in Iroquois County. “Since West Nile virus arrived in Illinois at the end of the summer of 2001, dead birds have been important sentinels for early West Nile virus activity,” said Ryan Wheeler, Director of Environmental Health for the health department. “We are looking for “perching birds” such as crows, blue jays, starlings, robins, cardinals, mockingbirds, catbirds, and grackles. Also, many species of sparrows, owls, hawks, finches, flycatchers, swallows, warblers and wrens will be accepted for testing.” Dead birds will be collected from May 1st to October 15th, 2021. Mr. Wheeler said submitted birds should be believed dead less than 24 hours. Birds should only be submitted if they have not been damaged by scavenging animals and are not decomposed. Birds that have an obvious cause of death such as a gunshot wound or that have been hit by motor vehicles are not eligible for testing. Residents who find dead birds should double bag them in plastic bags (plastic bags that seal are the best) and then take them to the Iroquois County Public Health Department at 1001 East Grant Street in Watseka. For more information regarding collection of dead birds, contact the Iroquois County Public Health Department at (815) 432-2483 or visit the ICPHD website at https://co.iroquois.il.us/offices/health-department .

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ISP District 21 Announces April Activity and Enforcement

 Illinois State Police District 21 Commander, Captain Don Aaron Harsy, announced today activity and enforcement figures for April 2021 Illinois State Police District 21 Troopers issued 606 citations, 659 written warnings, including 26 DUIs, 72 seatbelt citations, and 31 criminal arrests. District 21 Troopers made a total of 735 Traffic stops in April. Troopers also assisted 118 motorists, conducted 91 Motor Carrier Inspections, and investigated 81 traffic crashes. There was one fatal crash investigated by District 21 in April. 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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Iroquois County Covid 19 Vaccination Clinic 05/06/2021

WATSEKA, IL – The Iroquois County Public Health Department (ICPHD), in partnership with Iroquois 
Memorial Hospital, will be hosting a walk-in, Johnson and Johnson (1 dose) COVID-19 vaccination clinic for 
Illinois residents age 18 and older May 6, 2021 from 5 PM to 8 PM. 
At this time, there is no cost for the COVID-19 vaccine. Written documentation from the individual’s primary 
care physician will not be required. 
The vaccination clinic will be held at Iroquois Memorial Hospital. Clients will be asked to enter through the main 
entrance located on the north side of the building and are required to bring a valid form of photo ID. Individuals 
who are wheelchair bound or in need of additional assistance may enter through the Emergency Room entrance 
on the south side of the building. If you do not feel well the day of your appointment or are in isolation or 
quarantine, please call ICPHD to reschedule. Patients will need to wear a face covering, practice social distancing, 
and plan to allow at least 15 minutes for observation after the vaccination. Please wear clothing to allow easy 
access to the upper portion of the arm for the injection. 
If you are unable to schedule an appointment for this community-based clinic, please watch for future notification 
of upcoming clinics as more vaccine becomes available. 
As more vaccine is allocated ICPHD will communicate availability, along with when, where, and how to receive 
the vaccine, via traditional and social media outlets as well as on the ICPHD website:
https://co.iroquois.il.us/offices/health-department. 
The Illinois Department of Public Health has compiled a comprehensive list of frequently asked questions about 
the COVID-19 vaccination. Information can be found at: http://dph.illinois.gov/covid19/vaccine-faq. For 
individual concerns regarding allergies or other medical conditions please consult your own medial provider. 

 

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Iroquois County Covid 19 Update 5/5/21

As of 05/04/2021 there have been 2,514 confirmed cases and 461 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County. There have been 4 new cases since our last update. 2 additional individuals have passed away with COVID-19. We extend our prayers and deepest condolences to the family, friends, and community members affected by these losses.

 

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 FATAL TRAFFIC CRASH ALERT

WHAT:                      Pedestrian Fatal Traffic Crash

 

WHERE:                   Interstate 57 southbound milepost 323 (near Manteno), Kankakee County

 

WHEN:                      May 3, 2021 at approximately 8:40 p.m.

 

PEDESTRIAN:         Pending Investigation, 56-year-old male of Chicago, IL (Deceased)

 

VEHICLE:                Unit 2- 2021 Dodge Ram pulling a flatbed trailer

 

DRIVER:                   Unit 2- Pending Investigation, 41-year-old male of Blue Island, IL

 

PRELIMINARY:     A preliminary investigation indicates the following occurred: The driver of Unit 2 was traveling southbound on Interstate 57 in the right lane, when he came upon a disabled vehicle on the right shoulder.  Unit 2 was unable to move to the left lane due to a truck tractor semi-trailer traveling in the left lane.  Unit 2 struck the pedestrian standing in the right lane.

 

                                    The right lane of Interstate 57 and milepost 323 was shut down for approximately 4.5 hours for the crash investigation.

 

CHARGES:              Pending investigation.

 

All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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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 April 30, 2021. 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 1 Other Alcohol/Drug Citations 6 Occupant Restraint Offenses 0 Registration Offenses 1 Driver’s License Offenses 5 Insurance Violations 2 Total Citations/Arrests 32 Total Written Warnings 18 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 5/4/21

As of 05/03/2021 there have been 2,510 confirmed cases and 461 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County. There have been 12 new cases since our last update.

 

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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