A burglary investigation led to drug charges against two men in Hoopeston Wednesday. 22-year-old Colton Simon and 21 year-old Crhis Staats were charged with the residential burglary on S. 5th Street. BNoth are also facing charges of posssesion of cannabis and posession of a controlled substance with intent o deliver.
A special meeting of the Kankakee City Council (Tuesday) again resulted in the council members voting No for the appointment of Price Dumas as police chief.
It’s the third time since June the council has rejected the appointment made by Mayor Chastity Wells-Armstrong. The mayor immediately re-appointed Dumas on an interim basis. Alderman David Crawford is now threatening to take the matter to court.
The council vote was 8-6 against. Two other earlier votes also had the council denying the mayor’s appointment.
Dumas has served as police chief since June 2nd. He was with the Illinois State Police. On two occasions — June 19 and Aug. 21 — Dumas’ name was up for vote to have the interim tag removed from his title. On both votes, his appointment failed to gain the needed majority on the 14-member city council. The June vote brought a 10-4 rejection. The gap closed in August, as Dumas was rejected by an 8-6 vote.
Alderman Crawford said the Dumas matter has been extended long enough. He said it’s time to conclude the issue by either voting in favor or removing him from the post.
Aldermen have said he’s not qualified for the administrative position of chief. The mayor counters saying, she’s perfectly satisfied and says Dumas has done a good job.
Crawford has said he believes the majority of the council wants a thorough search for the department's next chief. Crawford stressed this is not about Dumas being African-American. In fact, many council members who have opposed Dumas believe the city should have a black police chief, he said.
Wells-Armstrong said Dumas has performed well as chief and there simply is no need to expend resources for a search. The cost of a search has been estimated to be in the $12,000 to $15,000 range.
Sunny but Cold ...wind chills below zero.....so River Valley Metro bus routes are FREE. Jump onboard, the buses serve as warming centers.
A Milford Boil Order has been lifted.
A barn fire in rural Manteno (early Tuesday) killed four horses. The fire was 4200 E and 10,000 N. No other injury was reported. The cause was under investigation.
A house fire in Kankakee Tuesday morning displaced three people. One adult and 2 children are getting help from the Red Cross. The fire in the 400-block of N. Greenwood Avenue alerted foremen from K3, Bradley and Limestone. No injury reported.
In Vermilion County ---a Westville house fire this (Wed) morning sent a woman to the hospital with smoke inhalation. There was no other injury. Westville Fire reported a modular home was engulfed when they arrived at 2:45 am. Mutual aid came from Catlin, Tilton, Lynch and G-town.
Miss Iroquois County Fair Queen Samantha Hasselbring and Miss Ford County Fair Queen Kelsey Vaughn will represent the area this weekend. Both young ladies are competing for the title of Miss Illinois County Fair Queen.
The 59th Miss Illinois County Fair Queen Pageant will be held Sunday 1/21 at the Crown Plaza Convention Center in Springfield. Seventy-two county fair queens from various counties across the state will compete for cash prizes and the honor of hosting the Illinois State Fair and DuQuoin State Fair.
Fifteen finalists will be selected to compete for the title of ‘Miss Illinois County Fair 2018’ at a banquet Sunday evening. The title of Miss Illinois County Fair is currently held by Claudia VanOpdorp. Contestants are judged on personal interview, stage presence, beauty of face and physical condition, and speech and communication skills.
Representing Iroquois County is Samantha Hasselbring of Watseka. She is the daughter of Troy and Lynn Hasselbring. Samantha is a 2016 graduate of Cissna Park High School and is currently attending Milliken University studying Elementary Education.
Kelsey Vaughn represents Ford County. She is the 18-year-old daughter of Rusty and Kelli Vaughn of Paxton. She is a 2017 graduate of Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School. She is a freshman at Illinois State University, where she is pursuing a double major in agribusiness and agricultural communications.