An Ashkum man faces a drunken driving charge after a two-vehicle crash on I-57 in Kankakee County.
31-year-old Rodney Hatch was arrested by Illinois State Police. The crash happened Wednesday when Hatch’s southbound car hit the rear of a car driven by 30-year-old Zachary Kirkland of Kankakee. The collision caused Kirkland’s car to spin out of control and roll several times.
Kirkland and his passenger, a 17-year-old from St. Anne, were treated for non-life threatening injuries at a local hospital.
Otto Township Fire, Kankakee Township Fire, and Riverside EMS assisted at the scene just before 8:30 pm Wednesday.
Police Memorial Service Thursday in Vermilion County
Danville Police and the Vermilion County Sheriff’s Department are participating in the ceremony beginning at 10:00 a.m. at Sunset Memorial Park.
The public is invited and encouraged to attend the brief service. The program includes the presentation of colors, reading of fallen officers’ names, a wreath-laying ceremony, rifle salute and ‘Taps’.
National Police Week recognizes the service and sacrifice of officers. Established by Congress in 1962, the week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
Danville Area Community College is pleased to confer degrees and certificates during Commencement exercises on Friday, (May 17th) at the Mary Miller Gymnasium.
Nearly 200 graduates will participate in this year’s ceremony, while nearly 450 degrees and certificates will be conferred overall. For the fourth year, the ceremony will include graduates from both the Level I and Level II nursing programs. The nursing graduates will receive a Nursing Pin in addition to their certificates and diplomas.
Former State Representative William B. “Bill” Black, Ward 7 Alderman for the City of Danville, will deliver the Commencement address. Black is a Danville native with a long and distinguished career in public service including serving as Chairman of the Vermilion County Board. In 1986 he was appointed to fill a vacancy in the Illinois General Assembly left when Harry "Babe" Woodyard assumed a senate seat. Black was later elected to represent the 105th House District, a position he held for nearly 24 years. He retired from the State House in 2011 and was elected to represent Danville Ward 7 as a City Alderman later that year.
Bill Black is a DACC alumnus and former instructor and administrator at the College. Last year, a $5.2 million addition to the Mary Miller Complex was named for him in recognition of his many contributions to the College. The William B. Black Health Professions Center houses programs in nursing, radiologic technology, sonography, and echocardiography.
Black and his wife Sharon have two grown children and six grandchildren. Both Mrs. Black and their daughter are DACC alumni, as well.
DWIGHT — Livingston County Sheriff Marty Meredith is getting positive response from lawmakers and the state in an effort to utilize the recently closed women’s correctional center at Dwight.
Over-crowded conditions at county jails could find a portion of the Dwight facility opened for spill-over prisoners.
Livingston County officials are discussing future plans and a potential lease of a portion of the recently closed Dwight facility.
Local state representatives Josh Harms and Senator Jason Barickman recently met with Sheriff Meredith, three Livingston County Board members and Department of Central Management Services Director Malcolm Weems.
Rep. Harms called it a “very productive meeting.” He’s optimistic about chances for getting the project approved. Harms said “It’s not every day that we see efficiency in government, but Sheriff Meredith has done an outstanding job and has found a way to benefit the state and the local communities.”
The Livingston County Sheriff’s Department currently houses inmates from other counties suffering from an overcrowded county jail, and the county charges a fee for housing those inmates. Some local officials hope to lease a portion of the Dwight Correctional Facility to allow the county to expand these services and bring additional revenue into the county.
Barickman too, called it a productive discussion of the issues related to the county’s use of the facility. Barickman said “If the Livingston County elected officials decide this is the proper course of action,” he’ll his best to continue to assist their efforts.”
Fugitive arrested by State Police in Iroquois County
ASHKUM – Illinois State Police arrested an Illinois Department of Corrections fugitive Tuesday afternoon following a foot chase in Onarga.
18-year-old Michael Martinez was arrested on a DOC parole violation, a Ford County warrant for contempt of court on a residential burglary charge, escape from a police officer and obstructing justice.
A state police special agent had stopped at an Onarga gas station when he spotted a teen who matched Martinez’ description. He approached the teen and asked for identification but Martinez gave the agent a different name. As the officer was attempting to verify information, Martinez bolted from the officer. A several block foot pursuit ensued, and Martinez was taken into custody after several good Samaritans assisted and blocked his way. He refused to admit he was indeed Martinez.
After being transported to the Iroquois County Jail, a fingerprint check confirmed his identity.
The DOC violation stemmed from Martinez cutting off his DOC ankle bracelet.