The 2014 Iroquois County primary election will offer voters contested-races in three of the four county board districts. But, despite grumblings about dissatisfaction, not a single Democrat filed to run.
Six of the nine County Board members seeking re-election in the March 18th Republican primary will face opposition.
The filing period ended Monday afternoon.
The only uncontested race for board seats is in District 1, where three incumbents — Daniel Rayman of rural Clifton, Kyle Anderson of rural Beaverville and Lyle Behrends of rural Ashkum — are running for three available seats.
The ballots will offer contests County Board Districts 2, 3 and 4.
In District 2, incumbents John Shure of rural Buckley and Rod Copas of rural Onarga are running against former board member Dan Pursley of Lake Iroquois, Loda. Two seats are up for election. Copas is the Board Chairman. In District 3, there's three open seats. Incumbents Marvin Stichnoth of Milford, Donna Crow of Milford and Troy Krumwiede of Watseka are vying for re-election. Also running is a former Green Party candidate. Vince LaMie of rural Milford filed for a county board seat. He was a former candidate for state representative in the old 105th district.
County Board District 4 finds two newcomers running. Larry Hasbargen of Watseka and Dan Joyce of rural Watseka are challenging veteran incumbent Russell Bills of Watseka. Two seats are up for election. One-term Incumbent Scott Watts of rural Watseka did not file.
An autopsy is scheduled Tuesday for a Ludlow man who died in a single-car crash late Sunday.
James Cremeens, 58, was driving west on County Road 3300N in northeast Champaign County at about 9:30 p.m. Sunday, according to reports from the County Sheriff's office. The car hit a patch of loose gravel, left the road and rolled. Cremeens was thrown from the vehicle, which caught fire. Cremeens was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash at 10:50 p.m. Sunday, according to the Champaign County coroner's office.
Indiana State Police at Lowell report Sunday's holiday travel resulted in five crashes on a stretch of Interstate 65 between Crown Point and DeMotte.
Police reported the crashes were all the result of motorists rear-ending other vehicles. All of the crashes were on the southbound lanes. They caused significant traffic delays on I-65 throughout the day.
Police said the crashes impacted traffic on I-65 in Northwest Indiana to Lafayette.
Police said there were no serious or fatal injuries in any of the crashes.
Cynthia Stua of Ashkum was taken to Riverside Hospital in Kankakee after an accident Sunday in Iroquois County. Sheriff's Police report Stua was southbound on Old U.S Highway 45 at 3000 N Road when she failed to negotiate a curve. The vehicle came to rest on its roof.
A two-vehicle accident in Milford Saturday sent a woman to Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka. Jane Yonke's vehicle was hit by another vehicle driven by Derrick Leppard of Milford. Iroquois County Sheriff's Police reported Leppard failed to yield at the intersection of Old Main and Route 1 in Milford. After the vehicles collided, Yonke's car hit a utility pole.
32-year-old Derrick Baines of Pembroke is serving four days in the Iroquois County Jail. He turned himself in Sunday at the jail. he was wanted on a warrant for Driving while his license was revoked.
Two separate incidents for Watseka Police over the weekend. 37-year-old Jack Eads of Bradley was arrested for possession of cannabis after he was stopped for having an expired vehicle registration. Police also report the arrest Saturday of 32-year-old Anthony Chandler of Hoopeston after polcie were called to a distrubance at a residence on W. Hickory Street. Chandler was charged with possession of cannabis and resisting an officer.
On Friday, Gilman Police arrested a Mount Prospect man after a report of a problem at a local restaurant. 43-year-old Darren Little was charged with aggravated assault when he allegedly pulled a knife on a patron and threatned the individual.