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WIQI News Archives for 2022-03

US 41 AND SR10 CRASH, LAKE VILLAGE, IN-

On March 21st, 2022 11:03am, the Newton County 9-1-1 center received reports of a two vehicle crash on US 41 at SR 10 with bodily injury and entrapment.

 

The preliminary investigation indicates that a 32 year old Wisconsin man, driving a tractor/trailer, was stopped at the red light on US 41 and proceeded north once the traffic control light turned green. The trailer was rear-ended by a delivery truck, driven by a 40 year old Lowell, IN man. The driver of the delivery truck was extricated by fire and medical personnel and flown to Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn.  His condition is unknown at this time.

 

Names are being withheld at this time as the crash is still under investigation.  Anyone that witnessed the crash is encouraged to contact Deputy Melton 219-474-6081 EXT 3112.

 

Assisting agencies:  Newton County 9-1-1, Indiana State Police, Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Newton County EMS, Lake Township, Lincoln Township and Morocco Fire Departments.

Iroquois County Fair Talent Show Entries

Iroquois County Fair! Talent show is the main stage production at the Grandstands on Wednesday evening!

Entries for the Iroquois County Talent Show are available on the website, iroquoiscofair.com.

Auditions are open to anyone twenty-one years old and younger who live or go to school in Illinois. We have opened up our talent to the surrounding areas.

Even the younger children can compete. In “Future Stars of Iroquois County”, youth through age 8 may compete. The Future Stars are not able to compete at the state talent show convention, but get to enjoy the thrill of showing off their talent.

In the Junior and Senior levels, there are two divisions. All contestants will be competing for prizes and the opportunity to represent Iroquois County at the IAAF State Talent Show Contest in Springfield.

Complete information, rules and entry forms are available by email to iroquoisfairsecretary@gmail.com or at the Iroquois County Fair website, use the exhibitors tab and then the Talent Show Link. Entries must be postmarked by May 1, 2022 to be able to participate. Contestants must be available for an audition on May 22, 2022.

If you have any questions feel free to call the Talent Show Committee, Pat Ward, 815-383-1269, Pam Hibbert, 815-383-2965, Gary Cahoe at 815-471-4870, or Jordyn Ward at 815-383-1271

Two Car Fatal Traffic Crash

WHAT:                      Two Unit Fatal Traffic Crash

WHERE:                   US Route 45/52 at intersection with County Road 8000S, Kankakee County

WHEN:                      March 16, 2022, at approximately 5:28 a.m.

VEHICLES:              Unit 1 – 2009 Silver Dodge Grand Caravan

                                    Unit 2 – 2006 Green Ford Escape

DRIVERS:                 Unit 1 – Debora R. Singleton, 71-year-old female from St. Anne, IL – Deceased.

                                    Unit 2 – Michael L. Parsons, 36-year-old male from Milford, IL – Transported to a local hospital with injuries.

PRELIMINARY:        Preliminary investigation indicates the following occurred: Unit 1 was traveling westbound on 8000S Road approaching the intersection with US Route 45/52.  Unit 2 was traveling northbound on US Route 45/52.  Unit 1 failed to stop at the stop sign and was struck by Unit 2 in the intersection.  The driver of Unit 1 was pronounced deceased at the scene.  The driver of Unit 2 was transported via Life Flight helicopter to a regional area hospital with serious injuries. The roadway was closed, and traffic was rerouted for approximately 2 hours due to the crash investigation.  There is no further information available.

ILLINOIS STATE POLICE MAKE ARREST FOR POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

On March 15, 2022, Illinois State Police (ISP) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) Zone 3 officials arrested Creighton R. Boswell, a 19-year-old male of Bourbonnais, IL, for Possession of Child Pornography (Class 2 Felony). 

Following an extensive investigation, ISP Investigators made contact with Boswell in the 100 block of N. Kinzie Avenue in Bradley, IL.  Several child pornography files were located on an electronic device belonging to Boswell. 

Boswell is currently being held at the Jerome Combs Detention Center pending a bond hearing.  The investigation remains open and on-going.  No further information will be disseminated at this time.

Stolen Gas reports in Rual Iroquois County

The Iroquois County Sheriff's Office is investigating several reported thefts of hundreds of gallons of gasoline from rural farm sites in the Gilman, Onarga, and Thawville areas.

 

Police say the majority of reports involved on site fuel thefts, but in some cases the victims reported their bulk fuel tanks being taken.

 

Given the recent increase in fuel prices and the state of the economy as a whole, the Sheriff's Office would like to remind the public that an increase in the cost of goods and services and a rise in burglaries and thefts go hand in hand.

 

 

The Sheriff's Office also recommends everyone take the necessary steps to properly and effectively secure your property, but also asks everyone to be vigilant of suspicious activity and if detected report it to 911.

 

An Iroquois man was killed in a two-vehicle accident Saturday in Iroquois.

 Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police reports, the accident happened on U.S. Highway 52 in Iroquois. A preliminary investigation revealed that a vehicle driven by Heather Pelehowski, 48, Donovan, was eastbound on Lincoln Avenue in Iroquois when she failed to yield at the stop intersection with U.S. Highway 52.

Pelehowski proceeded to cross U.S. Highway 52 at which time her vehicle was struck by a southbound semi driven by Antoine Woodley, 33, Humble, Texas.

A passenger in the Pelehowski vehicle, Adam Gordon, 46, Iroquois, was transported from the scene to Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka, where he later died from his injuries. Pelehowski was transported to Riverside Hospital in Kankakee for treatment of her injuries and where she remains hospitalized as of press time.

Woodley was uninsured in the accident and released from the scene.

Pelehowski was ticketed for driving under the influence of alcohol and failure to yield at the stop intersection. The accident remains under investigation by the Iroquois County Sheriff’s Office and Iroquois County state’s attorney.

Former Hoopeston man found guilty of six (6) counts of Home Invasion, a class X felony and two (2) counts of Aggravated Battery, Deadly Weapon, a class three (3) felony.

A Vermilion County Jury on March 9, 2022, found Donald Langston, formerly of Hoopeston, Illinois guilty of six (6) counts of Home Invasion, a class X felony and two (2) counts of Aggravated Battery, Deadly Weapon, a class three (3) felony.

The Jury heard evidence that on February 7th, 2020 Donald Langston went to his estranged wife's new house armed with a bat and a bb gun, forced his way in and attacked her and her family. Langston struck his estranged wife in the head with the bat. Several victims who were in the home at the time of the home invasion suffered severe injuries to the head and body. Langston then chased his estranged wife out of her home and attacked her again, but fled as the police arrived.

Langston will be sentenced by Circuit Judge Charles Hall on May 4, 2022 at 9:30 a.m. Typically, a class X felony is punishable by six (6) to thirty (30) years in the Illinois Department of Corrections with three years of mandatory supervised release. However, after a hearing, the Court could make certain findings based upon the facts in this case that would increase the penalty. Aggravated Battery, Deadly Weapon is punishable from two (2) to five (5) years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Golden Nugget Danville Casino Is Granted Preliminary Suitability

the Illinois Gaming Board issued a preliminary finding of suitability permitting the Golden Nugget casino in Danville Illinois to move forward. The finding of suitability was issued following a public presentation demonstrating that the casino presented by Danville Development,

LLC meets all preliminary requirements and qualifications for Board licensure. The Golden Nugget Danville casino will be one step closer to being granted a gaming license in the State of Illinois.

 

“We are thrilled! This is a major step in getting this project off the ground. We are pleased that the gaming board has recognized this project as viable and that it has met all the essential requirements. We are looking forward to becoming part of the amazing Danville community.” – James A. Wilmot, President Danville Development, LLC

 

“The issuance of suitability for the Golden Nugget Danville Casino is momentous for Danville and Vermilion County.  Golden Nugget and Wilmorite have established world-renowned casinos around the country and we are ecstatic that they are investing in Danville.  This means not only millions of dollars in revenue for the City, but hundreds of good paying jobs, additional patronage of our local businesses, quality entertainment, and much needed restaurants, all of which will improve the quality of life for our people.” – Mayor Ricky Williams, Jr.

 

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The proposed Golden Nugget Danville Casino will feature a 41,500 square foot gaming floor with 500 slot machines, 14 table games, two restaurants, including a Saltgrass Steakhouse, a sportsbook, and 650 surface parking spaces. The project will offer digital sports betting platform through Golden Nugget Online Gamin, Inc. (“GNOG”), which is controlled by Tilman Fertitta through his and Golden Nugget’s combined ownership stake and Mr. Fertitta’s role as CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors. 

Iroquois County Sheriff's Department reports

 

On February 28, 2022, Iroquois County Sheriffs police arrested Jenny L. Loree, age 23, of Cissna Park. According to police reports Loree was charged with possession of methamphetamine less than 5 grams. Loree was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where she posted the required bond and was released.

On March 2, 2022, Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police arrested Frank L. Wesley, age 44, of Chicago. According to police reports, Wesley was wanted on an outstanding Champaign County warrant. Wesley was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond and was released.

On March 3, 2022, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Floyd Glenn, age 74, of Watseka. According to police reports, Glenn was wanted on an outstanding Iroquois County warrant charging him with violation of an order of protection. Glenn was aware of his warrant and turned himself into the Iroquois County warrant where he posted the required bond and was released.

On March 4, 2022, Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police arrested James Koch, age 54, of rural Sheldon. According to police reports, Koch was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant for failure to appear on a possession of a controlled substance charge. Koch was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond.

On March 5, 2022, Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police arrested Melissa Morefield, age 33, of Milford. According to police reports, Morefield was wanted on a Kankakee County warrant for failure to appear on a possession of methamphetamine charge. Morefield was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where she remains in lieu of bond.

On March 7, 2022, Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police arrested Samantha Copson, age 26, of Kankakee. According to police reports, Copson was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving under the influence of alcohol over .08 BAC, speeding 87mph In a 55mph zone, improper lane usage, and no valid Insurance. Copson was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where she posted the required bond.

Accidents:

On March 4, 2022, Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police investigated a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of Oak St. and Seminary Ave, According to police reports, a vehicle being driven by Oscar A. Camargo Barbosa, age 21, of Onarga was westbound on E. Seminary Ave. A vehicle being driven by Erica L Cultra, age 32, of Onarga was southbound on S. Oak St. Camargo Barbosa failed to yield right of way to Cultra, and struck the front drivers side of her vehicle with the front passenger side of his while in the intersection. There was over $1,500 in damage to both vehicles. Minor injuries were suspected and no citations were issued.

On March 4, 2022, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police investigated a single-vehicle accident in the 100 block of S. Oak St. in Loda. According to police reports, a vehicle being driven by Bradley A. Coffey, age 42, of Paxton was southbound on S. Oak St. Coffey was beginning to pull into the parking area across the street from Murdock’s. Coffey struck a parked vehicle owned by Brandy E. Hopkins of Tolono, IL There was over $1,500 in damage to both vehicles and no injuries reported. Hopkins was arrested and issued citations for driving under the influence of alcohol, driving under the influence of alcohol with over .08 BAC, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, and no valid insurance. Hopkins was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond.

Two Unit Fatal Traffic Crash in Kankakee County

WHAT:                      Two Unit Fatal Traffic Crash

 

WHERE:                   Illinois Route 17 at Illinois Route 1 (west junction), Kankakee County

 

WHEN:                      March 8, 2022 at approximately 5:55 p.m.

 

VEHICLE:                Unit 1 – 2005 Gray Buick

 

                                    Unit 2 – 2021 Gray Chevrolet Colorado

 

DRIVERS:                 Unit 1 – Javon R. Frazier, 24-year-old male from Kankakee, IL – Transported to a local hospital with injuries.

 

                                    Unit 2 – Joseph Sutfin, 77-year-old male from Watseka, IL – Transported to a local hospital with injuries.

 

PASSENGERS:         Unit 1 – Prince D. Trowell, 27-year-old male from Kankakee, IL – Deceased

 

                                    Unit 2 – Karen K. Sutfin, 72-year-old female from Watseka, IL – Deceased

 

PRELIMINARY:        Preliminary investigation indicates the following occurred: Unit 2 (westbound) was attempting to turn left, on a green arrow, onto Illinois Route 1.  Unit 1 (eastbound) was traveling at a high rate of speed on Illinois Route 17, failed to stop at the stop light, and struck Unit 2.  The passenger of Unit 1 and Unit 2 were pronounced deceased on scene.  Traffic was rerouted for approximately 5 hours due to the crash investigation. 

 

CHARGES:               The driver of Unit 1 was issued citations for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, Failure to Reduce Speed to Avoid an Accident, Failure to Yield at Stop Intersection, and Driver Required to Wear Seat Belt. 

Fatal Car Crash near Hoopeston

 

WHAT:                Single Vehicle Fatal Traffic Crash

 

WHERE:            Il. Rt 1 at County Road (CR) 4000 N, North of Danville, Vermilion County

 

WHEN:                 Feb. 28, 2022 at approximately 5:00 a.m.

 

DRIVER:                Unit 1 – Charlie Dickerson, a 33-year-old male of Hoopeston, IL – Fatally Injured

 

VEHICLE:             Unit 1 – Gold 2002 GMC Envoy

 

PASSENGER:           Unit 1 – Desire Welch, a 24-year-old female of Hoopeston, IL

 

PRELIMINARY:     Unit 1 was traveling northbound on IL Rt. 1, just south of CR 4000 N.  Unit 1left the roadway to the left after sustaining a flat front passenger side tire. Once off the roadway, Unit 1 lost control and struck a ditch causing the vehicle to roll multiple times.  The driver and passenger were ejected from the vehicle, and the driver received fatal injuries.  The passenger sustained serious injuries and was transported to a regional hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries. 

This is an open and on-going investigation and no other details are available at this time. 

Iroquois County Sheriff's Police news 3/2/2022

Accidents:

 

On February 26, 2022, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police investigated a single vehicle accident on County Rd 2400 F approx. one-tenth of a mile north of County Rd 000 N. According to police reports, a vehicle being driven by Kenneth N. Boucher, age 26, of Hoopeston was northbound on 2400 E. The vehicle lost control on the ice-covered roadway and entered the east ditch, striking a guardrail. There was over $1,500 in damage to the vehicle and an unknown amount to the guardrail and posts. No injuries were reported an no citations were issued.

 

On February 26, 2022, Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police investigated a single vehicle accident on Roosevelt St. just west of Blue Spruce St. in Onarga. According to police reports, a vehicle being driven by Michael A. Madewell, age 27, of Onarga was eastbound on Roosevelt. The vehicle lost control on the ice-covered roadway and slid off the roadway, striking a utility pole on the north side. There was over $1,500 in damage to the vehicle and Ameren responded to the utility pole damage. No injuries were reported an no citations were issued.

 

On February 27, 2022, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police investigate a car vs. deer accident on County Rd 1400 N approx. four tenths of a mile west of County Rd 1000 E. According to police reports, a vehicle being driven by Ricky L. Grosvenor Sr., age 56, of Woodland was westbound on 1400 N when a deer entered the roadway. Grosvenor was unable to avoid the deer, striking it and causing between $500 and $1500 in damage. No injuries were reported and no citations were issued.

 

On February 28th, 2022, Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police investigated a single vehicle accident on County Rd 1400 N approx. seven-tenths of a mile west of St. Rt. 49. According to police reports, a vehicle being driven by Sandra Fink, age 86, of Onarga was eastbound on 1400 N. For unknown reasons, the vehicle entered the north ditch and the open field. The vehicle then drove back onto the roadway and entered the south ditch and struck a culvert. The driver was transported to IMH with minor suspected injuries. There was over $1,500 in damage to the vehicle and no citations were issued.

 

Arrests:

On February 24, 2022, Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police arrested Randy J. Rabe, age 57, of Danforth. According to police reports, Rabe was charged with improper lighting, driving under the influence of alcohol and driving under the influence of alcohol with a breath alcohol concentration over .08 Rabe was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond and was released.

 

On February 26, 2022, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Daniel J. White, age 37, of Lowell, Indiana. According to police reports, White was wanted on an outstanding Iroquois County warrant charging him with failure to appear for criminal damage to property $10,000 to $100,000. White was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond.

Iroquois County Covid 19 Update 3/1/2022

There have been 7,080 cases of COVID-19 and 108 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 18 new cases since our last update. 

48.18% of the population of Iroquois County are considered fully vaccinated.

This will be our last weekly update for COVID-19 numbers. Individuals wishing to find updated information can visit the links below for updates.

For Community COVID risk level based on CDC metrics, visit:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/covid-by-county.html

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

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