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Hoopeston Police investigate Stabbing

Hoopeston Police need the public's help in their investigation of a stabbing incident last Thursday.

A 32-year-old Watseka man was the victim. Police report the unidentified Watseka man arrived at Hoopeston Community Hospital Emergency Room seeking treatment for numerous stab wounds. The wounds were to the man's face, neck and upper body.

The victim told police he thought he was walking in the 800 to 1000 block of North Market Street in Hoopeston when three white males exited an older model blue vehicle and struck him in the head. The blow caused the man to lose consciousness. Upon regaining consciousness, the victim was covered in blood and discovered he had been stabbed several times. He was taken to Hoopeston Community Hospital by an unknown person and was later transferred to Carle Hospital in Urbana.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact Hoopeston Police at 217-283-5196. You can also contact Vermilion County Crime Stoppers at 217-446-TIPS.

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Truck hit by bullet while on I-65

No one was hurt Sunday night on I-65 when a pickup truck was hit by a bullet. Indiana State Police say troopers are investigating. A pickup truck was shot while driving northbound on the interstate near Lafayette.

Police say three people were inside the truck when it was hit. The vehicle was near the Route 18 interchange about 15 miles north of Lafayette. The bullet went through the passenger-side door window and out the rear window behind the driver.

State police asked that anyone who knows of target shooting or other activity in the rural area to report it to troopers.

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Governor Quinn Announces Approval of Federal Flood Relief for 11 Counties

Impacted Families Eligible to Apply for Grants and Low-Interest Loans; Businesses Can Apply for Low-Interest Loans

CHICAGO - Governor Pat Quinn today announced President Barack Obama has approved his request for federal assistance to help people and businesses in 11 Illinois counties recover from historic flooding in mid-April. The announcement comes just one day after Governor Quinn submitted his request for Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Fulton, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, LaSalle, McHenry and Will counties.

“I thank President Obama for his fast and responsive approval of our request for federal assistance to help families across Illinois recover from this devastating flood,” Governor Quinn said. “This quick action will help speed relief to the people of Illinois who suffered flood damages and help them begin rebuilding their lives.”

The federal disaster declaration will help people and businesses in the 11 counties by allowing them to apply for grants and loans to assist with storm-related losses.

Governor Quinn submitted a request for federal disaster assistance to President Obama on Thursday. The request was supported by damage assessment documentation that identified 41 homes in the 11-county area that were destroyed and 761 that suffered major damage. Thousands of additional homes were also affected by the floods. More than 3,500 homes in those counties were surveyed.

The federal disaster declaration makes assistance available to flood victims, including grants to individuals and households to help with temporary housing, home repairs or replacement and other disaster-related expenses, as well as low-interest SBA loans to residents and businesses.

“We will begin working immediately with FEMA to ensure flood victims can get needed help as quickly as possible,” IEMA Director Jonathon Monken said.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which administers the assistance program, has a toll-free telephone number 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY for hearing and speech impaired) for victims to apply for assistance. Registration can also be done online at www.disasterassistance.gov.

Damage assessments are continuing in many other counties hit by severe flooding and additional requests for federal assistance to help citizens in those counties are expected.

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IEMA Highlights Employee Disaster Preparedness

Home, Workplace Emergency Planning Can Protect Employees

SPRINGFIELD – Recent widespread flooding affected many businesses and their employees in Illinois. While most disasters can’t be prevented, emergency planning can help businesses keep employees safe in the workplace, and home emergency plans can keep those employees safe in their homes.

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) is highlighting employee preparedness throughout May as part of its 2013 preparedness campaign.

“Businesses that emphasize emergency preparedness both in the workplace and for their employees at home help protect their most important assets, their employees,” said IEMA Director Jonathon Monken. “Throughout May, we’re encouraging businesses to take a look at their workplace emergency plans, conduct safety drills and encourage their employees to put together a home emergency supply kit and family communications plan.”

Monken said his agency plans to provide preparedness information and tips to staff throughout May.

Businesses that don’t already have an emergency plan should start by assessing the threats in their area, such as tornadoes, flooding, earthquakes or blizzards. Using that assessment, develop a plan that addresses each threat, taking into consideration time of day and different shifts. It’s also important to include a way to monitor hazardous weather, such as a NOAA weather alert radio, as well as a system for alerting employees of approaching hazards.

Businesses should practice the emergency plan regularly so employees are familiar with the actions to take if a real emergency occurs.

Employers can help employees be better prepared for emergencies at home by providing information on how to assembly a home emergency supply kit and develop a family communications plan, as well as the importance of a weather alert radio in the home. Information on these and other preparedness topics is available on the Ready Illinois website at www.Ready.Illinois.gov.

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Former Township Supervisor gets prison time for cheating IRS

Cheating the IRS out of $66,000 has resulted in a year and –a-half prison term for a former Pembroke Township Supervisor.

Larry Gibbs was sentenced (this week) to federal prison for cheating the Internal Revenue Service.

He was ordered to report to prison June 12th.

Gibbs pleaded guilty to filing a false tax return in 2005 and fraudulently obtaining the refund.

Federal prosecutors say Gibbs tried two more times to claim false refunds totaling more than $159,000. But he never received the money.


Following his indictment in May of 2012, Gibbs resigned from his township position.

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