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WIQI News Archives for 2021-12

ILLINOIS STATE POLICE INVESTIGATE MURDER OF BRADLEY POLICE OFFICER

Bradley, IL – The Illinois State Police (ISP) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) Zone 3 is investigating an officer involved shooting (OIS) involving officers from the Bradley Police Department (BPD).

 

On Dec. 30, 2021 at approximately 12:20 a.m., ISP DCI Zone 3 was requested to investigate the shooting of two Police Officers from the Bradley Police Department.  Preliminary reports indicate that BPD officers responded to a hotel in the 1500 block of North State Highway 50 for a noise complaint.  While investigating the incident, BPD officers initiated a conversation with subjects inside of the hotel.  During the interaction, Sergeant Marlene R. Rittmanic, a 49-year-old female, and Officer Tyler J. Bailey, a 27-year-old male, were fired upon.  Sergeant Rittmanic and Officer Bailey sustained serious injuries after being struck by gunfire and were transported to area hospitals for treatment.  Sergeant Rittmanic later succumbed to her injuries.  Officer Bailey remains in critical condition at the hospital.

 

ISP Zone 3 Agents obtained Kankakee County arrest warrants for Darius D. Sullivan, a 25-year old male of Bourbonnais, IL, and Xandria A. Harris, a 26-year old female of Bradley, IL in relation to this incident.

 

“The senseless harm and killing of two more Illinois police officers bring great sorrow to our agency and to the family, friends, and brothers and sisters of the Bradley Police Department,” stated ISP Director Brendan F. Kelly.   “The Illinois State Police will use every resource at its disposal to ensure the individuals responsible are brought to justice,” concluded Kelly.

 

ISP Zone 3 is conducting a thorough and exhaustive investigation and would like to request the public’s assistance.  If the any one has any information on the whereabouts of Sullivan or Harris, or any information regarding this incident, please call the ISP at 815-698-2672 or Crime Stoppers at 815-93-CRIME.  Callers can remain anonymous.  There is no further information available at this time.

Iroquois County Sheriff's Police news 12/30/21

 

On Dec. 25 Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police arrested Moesha Jones, 25, of Chicago. According to police reports, Jones was charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Jones was placed in custody and transported to the Iroquois County Jail in lieu of bond.

On Dec. 26 Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police arrested Daniel L. Taylor, 52, of Gilman. According to police reports, Taylor was charged with domestic battery and interfering with the reporting of domestic violence. Taylor was placed in custody and transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond and was released.

POLICE OFFICER KILLED GUNMAN ON THE RUN

 A police officer was killed and another was critically wounded in a shooting Wednesday night at a hotel in south suburban Bradley, and law enforcement have launched a search for the gunman.

Around 9:41 p.m., Bradley police officers responded to a call of dogs barking in an unattended vehicle in the parking lot of a Comfort Inn in the 1500 block of North State Highway 50, police said.

Officers approached the hotel room where they believed the vehicle's owner was staying and began talking with people inside, according to Bradley police.

During the conversation, the people inside the room attacked the officers, shooting two of them, police said

Both officers were taken to nearby hospitals where one was pronounced dead. The officer's identity has not been released.

The other police officer is undergoing surgery and listed in critical condition.

Police have issued an arrest warrant for Darius D. Sullivan, 25, and are looking for another person of interest.

A $10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to Sullivan's arrest.

If you have any information you are asked to call the Illinois State Police tip line at (815) 698-2315 or Kankakee County Crime Stoppers at 93-CRIME.

Milford man arrested in Kankakee County

Kankakee County sheriff's police arrested Dylan E. Elpers, 21, of Milford, and charged him with unlawful possession of methamphetamine. According to reports, deputies pulled over a vehicle on Dec. 24 in which Elpers was a passenger. The vehicle was believed involved in an incident earlier in the week. Officers found three baggies of methamphetamine that belonged to Elpers. A judge set Elpers' bond at $20,000. Elpers was also wanted on a warrants from Iroquois County and Indiana.

 

Iroquois County Covid-19 Update 12/28/2021

As of 12/28/21, there have been 5,300 cases of COVID-19 and 84 individuals who have passed away with COVID-19 in Iroquois County. We extend our prayers and deepest condolences to the family, friends, and community members affected by these losses.

There have been 155 new cases since our last update. 

44.27% of the population of Iroquois County are considered fully vaccinated.

For more information on Iroquois County COVID-19 risk metrics please visit: https://dph.illinois.gov/coronavirus/data/countymetrics.html?county=Iroquois

For more information on Iroquois County COVID-19 statistics and demographic data please visit: https://dph.illinois.gov/covid19/data.html

Iroquois County Sheriff's Police news 12/20/21

On Dec. 13 Jonathan R. Salyer, 24, Watseka, turned himself in at the Iroquois County Jail. Salyer was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant for possession of a controlled substance. Salyer posted the required bond and was released.

 

On Dec 14 Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police arrested Lauri J. Gregorash, 48, of Beecher. According to police reports, Gregorash was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant for a petition to revoke probation. Gregorash was taken to the Iroquois County Jail in lieu of bond.

Watseka Police News 12/20/21

Police were called to the 300 block of West North for a disturbance at 9:11 a.m. According to police reports, Dennis D. Koger, 26, of Kankakee, was arrested. Koger was charged with two counts of domestic battery. Koger was taken to the Iroquois County Jail without incident.

 

Police were called to the intersection of East Walnut and Aspen for a two-vehicle traffic accident at 6:10 p.m. According to police reports, the driver at fault was Ronald J. Taden, 57, Watseka, who was transported to Iroquois Memorial Hospital by Riverside EMS. He was issued a citation for driving under the influence and a citation for improper land usage. Taden’s driver’s license was held in lieu of bond. Police were called to the 100 block of South Sheridan for a juvenile problem at 9:44 p.m.

Iroquois County Covid 19 Update 12/14/21

As of 12/11/21, there have been 4,990 cases of COVID-19 and 81 individuals who have passed away with COVID-19 in Iroquois County. We extend our prayers and deepest condolences to the family, friends, and community members affected by these losses. There have been 186 new cases since our last update. 

43.98% of the population of Iroquois County are considered fully vaccinated.

For more information on Iroquois County COVID-19 risk metrics please visit: https://dph.illinois.gov/coronavirus/data/countymetrics.html?county=Iroquois

For more information on Iroquois County COVID-19 statistics and demographic data please visit: https://dph.illinois.gov/covid19/data.html

ILLINOIS STATE POLICE ANNOUNCE PROGRESS IN THE REDUCTION OF FOID BACKLOG

After implementation of a streamlined process for FOID renewals and the hiring of additional Firearms Eligibility Analyst Trainees, the Illinois State Police (ISP) would like to announce great progress in the processing of FOID renewals.

 

The ISP Firearms Services Bureau is currently processing FOID renewal applications in 38 calendar days. Statutory mandate requires FOID renewal applications to be processed within 60 business days. The FOID renewal backlog reached 138,722 in November 2020, 28,648 in September 2021, and is currently down to 7,800.

 

“The Illinois State Police Firearms Services Bureau is committed to a firearms background check system focused on safety, not bureaucracy. We want to make it easy on the good guys and hard on the bad guys. We continue to improve our workflow and these updated numbers show we are definitely headed in the right direction” said ISP Director Brendan F. Kelly.

Iroquois County Covid 19 Update 12/7/21

As of 12/04/21, there have been 4,804 cases of COVID-19 and 81 individuals who have passed away with COVID-19 in Iroquois County. We extend our prayers and deepest condolences to the family, friends, and community members affected by these losses. There have been 192 new cases since our last update. 

43.56% of the population of Iroquois County are considered fully vaccinated.

For more information on Iroquois County COVID-19 risk metrics please visit: https://dph.illinois.gov/coronavirus/data/countymetrics.html?county=Iroquois

For more information on Iroquois County COVID-19 statistics and demographic data please visit: https://dph.illinois.gov/covid19/data.html

Iroquois County Sheriff's Police news 12/7/21

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police arrested Joshua C. Schnaiter, 34, of Peoria, Nov. 26. According to police reports, Schnaiter was wanted don an Iroquois County warrant for possession of a stolen vehicle. Schnaiter was transported to the Iroquois County Jail in lieu of bond.

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police investigated a car versus deer accident that occurred Nov. 30 on Route 1 at approximately 1925 North. According to police reports, a vehicle being driven by Jan M. Martin, 55, Buellton, California, was southbound on Route 1 when a deer entered the roadway. Martin was unable to avoid the deer, striking it and causing more than $1,500 in damage to the vehicle. No injuries were reported and no citations were issued.

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police arrested Selena R. Villalobos, 35, Cabery Dec. 1. According to police reports, Villalobos was charged with speeding 35 mph or more above the posted limit and driving under the influence of alcohol. Villalobos was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where she posted the required bond.

ILLINOIS STATE POLICE INVESTIGATE OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING IN DANFORTH

Ashkum, IL - The Illinois State Police (ISP) Division of Criminal Investigations (DCI) Zone 3 Investigations was requested by Sheriff Clinton J. Perzee of the Iroquois County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO) to investigate a non-fatal officer-involved shooting involving an officer from the ICSO. 

 

On December 3, 2021 at approximately 9:41 p.m., the ICSO responded to a residence in rural Danforth, IL, for a 911 call of a domestic disturbance.  The subject, a 40-year-old male of Danforth IL, was reportedly involved in a domestic dispute with another resident.

 

While Iroquois County Deputies were on scene, the male subject returned.  The male subject took actions which endangered the lives of the other residents as well as the Deputies. The Deputies discharged their weapons striking the subject.  Officers immediately rendered aid, and the subject was transported to an area hospital for treatment where he is expected to survive.  No officers or other residents were injured during the incident.

 

This is an active and ongoing investigation, and no additional information will be released at this time.

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