Frigid temperatures have gripped Illiana again. The cold will likely continue all day and into the weekend. The National Weather Service says today’s high will only reach the teens. Wind chills will remain below zero.
The average high for January 4th is 31 degrees and the average low is 17 degrees. The cold temperatures are in the forecast through the weekend.
A man suffered two gunshot wounds in Gilman Tuesday night. The victim is in stable condition at Carle Hospital in Urbana. A person of interest is in custody.
Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police and Gilman Police are investigating.
Authorities responded to the shooting outside the Pilot Gas Station/Truck Stop about 9:30 pm. Sheriff’s Police report they discovered a male inside the gas station had two gunshot wounds to his upper body.
IMH ambulance personnel treated the victim. He was taken to Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka, then transferred to Urbana. The un-identifed victim was in stable condition.
The investigation revealed the shooting had occurred behind the Pilot gas station near the semi-truck parking lot. Illinois State Police located the person of interest in Champaign County.
The National Weather Service is alerting motorists about the possibility of ‘snow squalls.’ Sudden intense snow squalls are likely across parts of Illinois and Indiana. That could lead to visibility problems which could increase chances for multi-vehicle, chain-reaction crashes.
Motorists should be alert for changing road conditions today and tonight. Wind gusts could reach 35-40 mph.
A Wednesday morning armed robbery at the McDonald’s restaurant in Gilman has authorities in Iroquois County looking for two suspects.
Non one was injured when two masked men forced their way into the rear door of the business, just off Route 24, just before 4 am. The subjects, one black, the other of unknown race, were armed with semi-automatic pistols.
Sherriff’s Police report the manager of the restaurant was threatened with bodily harm if she did not comply. The suspects forced the manager into the office and forced her to open the safe.
The two suspects fled with an undetermined amount of money, leaving the manager shaken but unharmed.
The Iroquois County Sheriff’s Department and Gilman Police Department continue the investigation. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Department at 815-432-4918 or call CrimeStoppers at 815-43CRIME (815-432-7463).
Pizza Hut restaurants closing in Watseka, Hoopeston, Paxton
Area communities are losing another eatery at year’s end. Pizza Hut franchises are closing in east-central Illinois.
Pizza Huts in Watseka, Hoopeston, Paxton and Monticello are closing their doors on Saturday, December 31st. Franchise owner Mike Stegman says economic reasons are forcing him to close the stores he’s owned for more than 30 years.
Stegman closed his Gibson City Pizza Hut last month.
Stegman said the company is pushing for major remodel jobs at Pizza Hut outlets, a cost—he says—that’s not feasible.
Stegman is based in Wichita, KANSAS. He started his franchise chain in 1986, locating Pizza Huts in Hoopeston and Gibson City. The Watseka location was opened in 1988. Stegman started the Paxton site in 1989, and added his Monticello store in 1991.