>09-19 a Roberts business owner reported a burglary and theft.
>09-20 a deputy assisted a Gibson City police officer with a medical call.
>09-20 a 911 call was received from a Piper City business. The cause was a phone line problem.
>09-21 a deputy helped a juvenile whose car had broken down in Roberts.
>09-22 a domestic battery was reported in Melvin.
>09-23 deputies assisted Paxton Police officers and Gibson Area Ambulance personnel with multiple subjects injured when a second story deck collapsed. During the week deputies handled 1 civil matter and issued 2 traffic citations.
>09-21 Thomas Duffy, 65, of Melvin struck a whitetail deer with his vehicle. The crash occurred at 775N Rt54.
>09-22 a vehicle driven by, Zachary Sunday, 20, was involved in a single-vehicle rollover accident at 1280E 2500N Road.
SPRINGFIELD – In observance of National Hunting and Fishing Day on September 24, Governor Bruce Rauner has directed the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) to take steps to make participation in hunting and fishing more accessible for current and future generations.
The Governor’s vision is to make IDNR’s Hunter Safety Education program a leader in the nation by employing the latest techniques and technology. As part of that effort, Governor Rauner has asked IDNR to implement a new hunter safety course that can be completed entirely online – providing a convenient additional option for hunters that embrace the goals of hunter education and safety while assisting efforts to recruit and retain young hunters.
“I know firsthand how important hunting and fishing are to our state and our economy,” said Governor Rauner. “One of my favorite pastimes is fishing in Lake Sangchris and hunting doves in the fields of Central and Southern Illinois. I want all young people in Illinois to have the same opportunities.”
Currently, hunters seeking to take Illinois’ Hunter Safety Course to become certified must complete 10 hours of classroom work and attend a field day for hands-on safety training. Hunters have the option to complete a portion of the classroom work online, but still must attend the field day portion in person. The new course, when implemented, will be a state-of-the-art course that can be completed entirely online, providing ease of access and consistency of delivery. The field and classroom courses will remain available for those who prefer the traditional training.
“Hunters and anglers spend more than $2 billion per year, providing a boost to our state’s economy. They also help fund conservation of deer, turkeys, waterfowl and other wildlife by their purchases of hunting and fishing licenses,” IDNR Director Wayne Rosenthal added. “It is crucial that we continue to provide opportunities for a new generation of hunters and anglers that also are our next generation of conservationists in Illinois.”
In addition to this new facet in Hunter Safety Education, the IDNR is also preparing wildlife specific workshops, in-person mentoring programs and additional instruction for new and current hunters. The workshops will cover a variety of topics, including hunting basics, advanced hunting techniques including species-specific training, how to clean game and care for equipment, wildlife laws, and the role of hunting in wildlife management. These workshops will be among the nation’s first to provide in-the-field training opportunities to improve the skills of hunters. The IDNR will make further announcements when these new programs are available.
The Illinois State Police (ISP), District 8, will conduct Nighttime Enforcement Patrols (NITE) in Peoria and Tazewell Counties during the month of September, according to District 8 Commander, Steve Riesenberg.
The ISP has zero tolerance for impaired drivers. Therefore, officers working NITE patrols will be watchful for drivers who are operating vehicles in an unsafe manner, driving with a suspended or revoked driver’s license, transporting open alcoholic beverages, driving under the influence, and are not properly buckled up.
Alcohol and drug impairment is a significant factor in over 40 percent of all fatal motor vehicle crashes in Illinois. These nighttime patrols are designed to keep our roads safe by taking dangerous DUI offenders off the road and ensuring all vehicle occupants are buckled up. This project is funded by the Illinois Department of Transportation, Division of Traffic Safety.
DECATUR - Governor Bruce Rauner recently addressed more than 200 of the best criminal interdiction police officers in the state at the 2016 Illinois Criminal Patrol Conference in Decatur.
The conference is a four-day workshop for criminal interdiction police officers to receive extensive training on topics such as traffic stops, the use of K-9s, and courtroom testimony.
“Being a leader in law enforcement is selfless and your contributions to the communities you serve are immeasurable,” said Governor Rauner. “Your work for the state of Illinois is valued every single day. The people of Illinois are indebted to you because of the safety and the security you have provided us. The tremendous contributions of the tens of thousands good, hardworking law enforcement officers will not be forgotten in Illinois.”
Metamora - Illinois State Police District 8 is partnering with local, state and federal agencies to promote vehicle and pedestrian safety around railroad tracks and trains during Illinois Rail Safety Week, September 11 – 17, 2016.
During 2015, there were 140 railroad grade crossing collisions involving motor vehicles, which resulted in 80 injuries and 31 fatalities. In addition, there were 41 trespassing incidents railroad property which resulted in 18 injuries and 23 fatalities. Illinois is ranked second in the nation in grade crossing fatalities and fifth in the nation in railroad trespassing fatalities.
To promote rail safety awareness and education, Illinois State Police District 8 has planned enforcement details throughout the week at various railroad grade crossings. Drivers and pedestrians who disobey the laws associated with railroad grade crossings and railroad property will be cited. In addition, police officers will be distributing literature to the public that contains information on how to be safe around trains and train tracks.
When crossing railroad tracks, motorists must always obey the law and be aware of your surroundings. Please remember, not only is it against the law to stop your vehicle on the railroad tracks, it is against the law to stop your vehicle anywhere within the highway-rail grade crossing. Highway-rail grade crossings are typically marked by white stop lines located on the pavement in advance of the crossing, and if not marked by white stop lines, the highway-rail grade crossing extends from protective gate arm to protective gate arm.
SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois State Police (ISP) officials announced the results of a very successful Labor Day weekend enforcement operation.
Between September 2, 2016, and September 5, 2016, the ISP increased its enforcement efforts to keep motorists safe during the busy holiday travel period. ISP Troopers across the state made 6,892 traffic stops, issued 3,385 citations, issued 4,268 written warnings, arrested 121 intoxicated motorists, completed 783 commercial motor vehicle inspections, and assisted 991 stranded motorists.
“The goal of the Labor Day holiday enforcement campaign was to increase visibility and saturate the roadways with law enforcement in an effort to make the roadways safer for the motoring public,” said ISP Colonel Tad Williams. “The concentration of the effort focused on the most common causes of personal injury and fatality crashes; DUI, Speeding, Seat Belt compliance, and Distracted Driving. I am pleased with the results from the hard work and dedication of the brave men and woman of the ISP,” he added.
The ISP would like to take this opportunity to remind motorists to take precaution when getting behind the wheel of a vehicle by designating a driver before consuming alcohol, reducing speeds, avoiding distractions and always buckle up. During the Labor Day holiday weekend, police and emergency crews handled fourteen vehicle fatalities on roadways statewide. One fatality is one too many.
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner today granted eight and denied 118 clemency petitions.
Fewer than 400 petitions remain from previous administrations. The 126 clemency petitions Governor Rauner acted upon today are part of dockets dating back to 2010. This is the eleventh set of petitions the governor has reviewed since taking office. Each person granted clemency has recently undergone a criminal background check through the Illinois State Police’s Law Enforcement Agencies Data System.
A granted clemency request for a pardon with expungement allows the petitioner to seek expungement of their conviction through the court system. For additional information on the granted clemency cases, please contact the Prisoner Review Board at (217) 782-1610.
BROOKPORT, ILLINOIS – On Friday, September 2, 2016, an armed suspect entered a residence in Metropolis at approximately 4:09 p.m., and assaulted a resident. The armed suspect fled on a motorcycle and was pursued by local law enforcement and subsequently escaped after abandoning the motorcycle in rural Massac County.
On Saturday, September 3, 2016, at approximately 4:30 a.m., a citizen witnessed a person, possibly carrying a handgun, in a neighbor’s yard and reported hearing 3 to 4 gunshots. A Massac County Deputy and a Metropolis P.D. officer arrived on scene and attempted to locate the subject. Officers went toward the subject’s last known direction of travel. The officers heard a gunshot close to their location while searching the area, but were unable to locate the subject.
Illinois State Police (ISP) District 22 Patrol assistance was requested at approximately 6:15 a.m. An additional shot was fired as an inner perimeter was being established. ISP District 13 sent additional patrol units to reinforce the perimeter. ISP Air Operations and ISP SWAT also responded to the scene.
At approximately 9:21 a.m., an ISP Trooper on the perimeter encountered the armed suspect. Shots were fired and the suspect was fatally wounded. The suspect’s weapon was recovered at the scene. Identification of the suspect is pending verification by the Massac County Coroner.
ISP Division of Internal Investigation and ISP Crime Scene Services are responding to the scene. There were no injuries to any of the officers involved in this incident. This incident is under investigation by the Illinois State Police, Illinois Conservation Police, Massac County Sheriff's Office, US Marshals, and Metropolis P.D.
The deceased suspect has been identified as Donny Max Daugherty, 36, of Clifton, Tennessee. He was wanted by the U.S. Marshals Service for a probation violation pertaining to a charge of Possession of a Weapon and an Aggravated Assault warrant through the Nashville, Tennessee Police Department. Daugherty was known to have violent tendencies and had prior arrests for aggravated assault and weapons violations. No further information is being released at this time.
The Illinois State Police (ISP), District 08, will conduct Roadside Safety Checks (RSC) in Tazewell County during the month of August, according to District 08 Commander, Steve Riesenberg.
The ISP has zero tolerance for impaired driving in Illinois. Officers working this detail will be watchful for drivers who are operating vehicles in an unsafe manner, driving with a suspended or revoked driver’s license, transporting open alcoholic beverages, or driving under the influence.
Alcohol and drug impairment is a significant factor in over 40 percent of all fatal motor vehicle crashes in Illinois. RSCs are designed to keep our roads safe by taking dangerous DUI offenders off the road.
Illinois State Police (ISP) officials would like to remind motorists that area schools will soon open their doors to begin the new school year.
The start of the school year means an increase in pedestrian and vehicular traffic around schools and decreased speed limits in school zones. Motorists need to be watchful of children walking and riding their bicycles to school, as well as children darting out from between parked cars.
Allow extra travel time for the increased traffic during the morning and afternoon commute as children go to and return from school. Motorists are reminded they are required to reduce their speed in school zones. The speed limit in a school zone is 20 M.P.H. and is in effect from 7:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m. on school days when children are present. Use of an electronic device, including cell phones, while traveling in a school zone is illegal. Distracted driving is a major contributory cause in serious injury and fatal crashes.
Crashes caused by distracted driving can result in hefty fines and criminal charges if serious injury or a fatality occurs.
The Illinois Sheriffs’ Association is advising all Illinois county residents that there is currently underway a phone campaign fraudulently using the name of the Illinois Sheriffs' Association in their solicitation.
The Illinois Sheriffs' Association never solicits by phone but does conduct a direct mail campaign throughout the state of Illinois endorsed by the individual Sheriffs across Illinois.
Telemarketing fraud costs billions of dollars each year. Phone solicitors who wantyou to "act immediately" or are offering a "too good to be true" opportunity are most likely fraudulent. Remember that if you have any doubts, or are highly pressured -Just Hang Up.
You have the right to ask for the following information:
1) The name, address and phone number of the organization for which they are soliciting.
2) The name, address and phone number of the telemarketing firm.
3) The percentage of every dollar paid to the telemarketing firm.
4) Insist on something in writing prior to making a pledge or commitment. If you cannot get the answers to these questions do not hesitate to hang up thephone. After all, it is your money.
CLINTON - On Tuesday, August 2, 2016, as a result of a Task Force 6 (TF6) investigation initiated in DeWitt County and led into Macon County, William E. Mazander, 35, of Maroa, Illinois, and Lori A. Agee, 37, of Clinton, Illinois, were arrested for the offense of Methamphetamine Conspiracy, a Class X felony.
William E. Mazander is incarcerated in the DeWitt County jail on $50,000 / 10 percent bond and Lori A. Agee is incarcerated in the DeWitt County jail on $30,000 / 10 percent bond. If convicted, a Class X felony carries a possible sentence of not less than 6 years and not more than 30 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.
Arrest warrants for Methamphetamine Conspiracy have been issued for two other suspects. They are Amanda M. Mazander, 35, of Maroa, Illinois and Rebecca L. Justice, 35, of Decatur, Illinois. If anyone knows the whereabouts of these suspects, they are asked to contact their local Police Department.
Assisting TF6 in the planning, investigation, and arrest were the Maroa Police Department, DeWitt County Sheriff’s Office, Clinton Police Department, Illinois State Police, Macon County Sheriff’s Office and Decatur Police Department, DeWitt County States Attorney’s Office and Macon County States Attorney’s Office.
No other information will be released at this time. TF6 is a multi-agency enforcement unit specializing in narcotics enforcement. TF6 is composed of officers from the Clinton Police Department, DeWitt County Sheriff’s Office, McLean County Sheriff’s Office, Illinois State University Police Department, and the Illinois State Police.
The public is reminded that charges are merely accusations and criminal defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty. Persons having information regarding illegal drugs are encouraged to contact the TF6 tip line at www.taskforce6.com.
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois State Police (ISP) officials announced the ISP was awarded with re-accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA).
CALEA accreditation is a highly prized recognition throughout the law enforcement community and ensures the agency continues to serve Illinois residents with professional excellence.
The annual CALEA conference was attended by hundreds of law enforcement professionals from the United States, Canada, and Mexico, in Baltimore, Maryland, last weekend. The Commission is responsible for verifying agencies have met the multitude of standards for re-accreditation consideration. The ISP was awarded the prestigious Accreditation with Excellence Award, exemplifying the Agency’s dedication in maintaining the highest level of professional services to the public and criminal justice community. The award also underscores the Department’s commitment to service and the accreditation process.
“CALEA accreditation is a benchmark of the ISP’s commitment and readiness to keep the citizens of Illinois safe,” said ISP Director Leo P. Schmitz. "This award illustrates the hard work ISP employees perform each and every day and their dedication to fulfill our public safety mission.”
8-3-16 (from the Livingston County Farm Bureau)
What could be better than a night on the farm with free activities, a delicious dinner and Charlotte’s Web? Join us on August 6th for just that!
Join the Promotions and Education Committee of the Livingston County Farm Bureau for a night on the farm! The evening will start at 6:30 with dinner cooked and served by the Farm Hats crew and donated by Illinois Pork Producers. Dinner will be pork burgers, chips, cookie and your drink for $5. We will also have popcorn available during the movie. The P and E committee will have a variety of games and activities for all ages at no cost.
At dusk, we will have a viewing of Charlotte’s Web on the side of the barn. We will be at Randy and Hope Perry’s farm, 23585 E 1000 North Rd, Fairbury. Please contact us with any questions at 815-842-1103.
EL PASO – Gov. Bruce Rauner paid a visit to a Woodford County farm Tuesday urging lawmakers to vote on term limits this fall during the state’s veto session.
The stop along Route 24 at the Schlipf farm near El Paso came on the heels of a Cook County judge ruling against putting a measure on the ballot which would create independently drawn legislative maps.
“We’re at a key turning point for Illinois,” Rauner said. “The people have asked for reform. In 2014 600,000 petition signatures came on to request term limits and fair maps.”
Rauner said “career politicians” used the court system to keep fair maps off the ballot.
“We’ve got to stand against this. We can’t have career politicians taking away the voice of the people.”
State Sen. Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) agreed that the state needs to reform the way in which decisions are made.
“We need to change the manner in which the maps are drawn and take that power away from the political establishment and give it back to voters,” Barickman explained.
A news release from Rauner’s office notes more than 88 percent of candidates in the state legislature faced no opposition in their primary and two-thirds will face no opposition in the general election.
“Cynics will say this is an impossible dream to get term limits voted on by this legislature. But that dream can become reality if the people of Illinois demand it,” Rauner added.
During Illinois Speed Awareness Day this July 27th, the Illinois State Police is taking a proactive approach to promote safety for motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists through both education and enforcement.
In Illinois during 2014, speed was the reason for 32.4% of all traffic fatalities. That’s 348 deaths for the year, or one life every 25 hours. These lives can be easily saved by being aware of our speed and understanding how speeding impacts a crash.
On Interstates speeding can have the following consequences:
•The probability of death, disfigurement, or debilitating injury grows with higher speed at impact. Such consequences double for every 10 MPH over 50 MPH.
•When a vehicle crashes it undergoes a rapid change in speed. However the occupants keep moving at the vehicle’s previous speed until they are stopped, either by hitting an object or by being restrained by a safety belt or airbag.
•The effectiveness of restraint devices like airbags, safety belts, crumple zones, and side beams decline as impact speed increases.
•37.4% of the speed-related crashes result in injuries.•Speeding extends the distance required to stop a vehicle in emergency situations.
•Crash severity increases with the speed of the vehicle at impact.
•Speeding reduces a driver’s ability to navigate safely around curves or objects in the roadway.•Speeding can lower gas mileage by 33% at highway speeds.
Let’s all do our part by taking a proactive approach to prevent fatalities and reduce injuries on the roadways by being aware of our speed and obeying the speed limit signs ALL the time. If you would like more information about Illinois Speed Awareness Day, please visit www.illinoisspeedawarenessday.org.
CHICAGO – Governor Rauner is among the prominent Illinois Republicans skipping this week’s convention.
Rauner has stopped answering questions about the race for president. Before Donald Trump received the nomination, Rauner said he would support the party’s nominee even if it was Trump.
Rauner has criticized Trump’s rhetoric ever since as nasty, weird and ugly. Now he is not talking about the race at all or his voting preferences.
CHICAGO – Governor Bruce Rauner reaffirmed his commitment to reforming the current school funding formula by creating the Illinois School Funding Reform Commission.
“Education is the most important thing we do as a society, but Illinois has failed to adequately and equitably fund schools for years,” Governor Rauner said. “We should put more money into our schools and focus resources to the students that need them the most. Today we are ensuring the bipartisan momentum to reform our school funding formula does not fade away.”
The Commission’s sole task is to recommend a comprehensive solution to reform Illinois’ school funding formula. The report is due to the Governor and General Assembly by February 1, 2017 in order for the General Assembly to take action in 2017 General Session. The Commission will be composed of five designees from the Administration and each of the legislative leaders. Secretary of Education Beth Purvis will be one of the Governor’s designees and will serve as the Commission’s chairperson. In addition, Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) Chairman Rev. James Meeks will serve as a liaison between ISBE and the Commission.
“Ensuring our schools are properly funded in an adequate and equitable way will only improve outcomes for Illinois children,” Secretary Purvis said. “I’m honored to chair this Commission and join legislators who are equally as motivated to find a solution to make our school funding formula more equitable.”
JOLIET – Governor Bruce Rauner joined IDOT Secretary Randy Blankenhorn, area officials and business leaders to announce an agreement between the state, local governments and CenterPoint Properties.
This agreement includes building a new Houbolt Road bridge linking Interstate 80 and the intermodal facilities in Will County that make up the country’s largest inland port. The first-of-its-kind project in Illinois is estimated to cost a combined $170 million to $190 million, to alleviate traffic congestion on local roads, improve safety and further strengthen the state’s economy.
“The project is long overdue and will only enhance the region’s position as a freight hub for North America and an economic engine for the state,” Gov. Bruce Rauner said. “Illinois needs more projects just like these creative solutions to fund infrastructure and keep Illinois competitive far into the 21st century.”
The historic agreement is the result of the teamwork between the Illinois Department of Transportation, CenterPoint, the City of Joliet and Will County. Under the agreement, CenterPoint will build and operate a new tolled bridge on Houbolt Road over the Des Plaines River and the BNSF Railroad tracks at a cost of $150 million to $170 million.
Will County is required to pass a resolution allowing tolls to be issued and collected by CenterPoint.
“This project will improve the flow of goods and services throughout the region, relieving the congestion and addressing the safety issues that are impacting many surrounding communities,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn. “By working closely with all stakeholders involved, we have come up with a creative approach that can be a model to solving infrastructure needs elsewhere in the state."
The Illinois Sheriff's Association advises Illinois residents that there is a phone campaign underway which fraudulently uses the name of the Illinois Sheriff's Association in their solicitation.
The association says it never solicits by phone but does conduct a direct mail campaign throughout the state which is endorsed by individual county sheriffs. Officials say telemarketing fraud costs billions of dollars each year. Remember if you have any doubs or are highly pressured just hang up.
Should you receive a call from anyone saying they represent your local sheriff or the Illinois Sheriff's Association and they are asking for donations, contact police immediately or gather as much information as possible from the caller and report it to ISA@ilsheriff.org.