Supporters lined up in Beecher last night at the visitation for the Schmidt family ....29-yr-old Lyndsay Schmidt, her unborn child, and three sons died from injuries in a traffic crash last week. A funeral service is at 11 am today at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Crete.
There’s a fundraising account at the First Community Bank branches in Beecher and Peotone. Donations can go to the “Schmidt Family Memorial Fund.”
A two-day investigation of illegal drug sales and production of narcotics in Watseka led to four arrests.
The Watseka Police Enforcement Team, in cooperation with the Iroquois County Sheriff’s Department and State’s Attorney’s Office, carried out arrest warrants. All four were jailed in Watseka. The investigation continues.
30-year-old Octavio Alejandre, 41-year-old Patrick Laird, 39-year-old Tyson Gass and 34-year-old Crystal Cavazos were all taken into custody. All four are from Watseka.
Charges include possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia, unlawful meth conspiracy, possession of meth, and meth production. Gass was also wanted on warrants in Iroquois County and in Indiana. Cavazos was wanted on a warrant for delivery of a controlled substance.
--- Riverside is recognized for playing a key role in the community ---
For the sixth consecutive year, Riverside Medical Center has been named one of Becker's Hospital Review's 100 Great Community Hospitals.
According to Becker's, Riverside earned the honor, "for serving as a centerpiece for health and playing a key role in the community." Additionally, the hospitals included are recognized for clinical quality, operational excellence and economic impact in the surrounding area.
Becker's Hospital Review selected independent community hospitals as well as hospitals affiliated with large healthcare systems for inclusion based on analysis of key awards, rankings and certifications in addition to the hospital's reputation for leadership and innovation.
Riverside Medical Center is one of only five hospitals in Illinois to be named in the 2017 Great Community Hospitals list.
"Riverside is pleased to be selected as one of Becker's Great Community Hospitals for the sixth consecutive year," said Phil Kambic, President and CEO of Riverside Healthcare. "This recognition truly sets Riverside's doctors, nurses and staff apart as a leader in the community, and we're proud to offer the best care to our patients and their families."
Several local police departments are participating in National Night Out on Tuesday, August 1st. The events are free and open to the public.
The Perry Farm in Bourbonnais is is the setting for the annual event. It’s a family night out, events focus on community and police communication.
The Joliet Police department will hold the annual event at its West Substation located at 7196 Caton Farm Road.
The National Night Out is a year-long community building campaign designed to heighten crime prevention awareness, generate support for and participation in local anti-crime program and strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships.
Illinois State Police (ISP) District 21 is reporting the arrest of and Ashley A. Phillips, 27, of Kankakee for DUI Alcohol and Terrance M. Lease, 32, of Watseka for DUI Drugs.
A single vehicle crash with injuries on I-57 southbound in Kankakee County led to a DUI arrest. Ashley Phillips showed signs of alcohol impairment when talking with a trooper at the hospital. Phillips was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and issued citations for improper lane usage and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.
A State Trooper was dispatched to a traffic crash with injuries on US 24 at IL RT 49 in Iroquois County. The trooper arrived at the hospital and spoke with the driver, 32-yr-old Terrance Lease. Lease showed signs of drug impairment. Lease was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Drugs and Possession of a Controlled Substance. Lease was also issued citations for improper lane usage, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. __ Indiana State Police conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for an improper headlight Saturday on U.S. 12 at the Porter/Lake County Line. After giving the trooper two false names, the defendant then identified himself as 27-yr-old Diondray Gill of Gary, Indiana. Mr. Gill admitted to having multiple warrants and that he did not have a valid driver's license. A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed a loaded Taurus .22LR handgun under the driver’s seat.. Gill stated that he had the weapon for his personal protection. Gill was arrested for Identity Deception level 6 felony, False Information, driving without a license, possession of a handgun without a license, Gill also had three outstanding warrants, one being for Kidnapping/criminal confinement with a nationwide extradition, and two local warrants from the Gary Police Department. Gill was transported and remanded to the Porter County Jail without incident. A female passenger was released from the scene without any charges. __ 94.1 WGFA