Burglary, DUI, and Grooming arrests made over the weekend by area police
A 33-year-old Hoopeston man is free on bond after appearing in Iroquois Circuit Court Friday. Jacob Pentecost turned himself in at the county jail. He was wanted on a warrant for failure to appear for burglary. No other details about the burglary charge were released.
Sheriff's deputies returned from the Kankakee County Jail was 21-year-old Brenden Noel of Kankakee. Noel was wanted on a warrant for grooming. Further details were not disclosed.
Gilman Police on Saturday arrested 32-year-old Stephanie VonDrehle of Onarga. She was wanted on a Ford County warrant for failure to appear on a DUI charge.
Watseka Police reported the arrests of 50-year-old Alexander davis and 34-year-old Bridget David, both of Hoopeston, for retail theft. Police were called to the Big R store for two shoplifters.
A military icon, Danville’s Harold “Sparky” Songer dies
Danville's Harold "Sparky" Songer has died. A former Prisoner of War, who served in WWII, the Korean Conflict and Vietnam, Songer died Sunday at the VA Medical Center in Indianapolis.
Songer also helped lead efforts to build the World War II, Korean-Vietnam, and Women's War Memorials in Danville. And it was Songer and a group of other local Veterans who turned the former Carnegie Library in Downtown Danville into the Vermilion County War Museum.
Songer became a Prisoner of War during World War II. In 2004, Songer was honored by the Illinois General Assembly after being chosen to receive the Studs Terkel Humanities Service Award. The award was for Songer's efforts which led to the opening of the Vermilion County War Museum on Veteran's Day in 1999.
In April of 2011, Songer received national attention when he decided to fly the American Flags upside down in front of the War Museum and at the local war monuments. Songer said at the time that he was not doing it out of disrespect – but rather to alert others that our nation is in distress.
Songer spent a big part of his life serving our nation, but had also donated thousands of hours in bringing some of Danville's war memorials and the Vermilion County War Museum to reality.
Funeral arrangements were not immediately released.
25-year-old Zachary Robinson of Crescent City is free on bond facing a felony charge of theft. Robinson turned himself in at the Iroquois County Jail Friday. He was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant for theft over $10,000.
Robinson was arrested following an investigation conducted by the sheriff's office involving the theft of grain, corns and soybeans, from several victims between April and November of 2013. Police reports claim the grain was taken to a local grain elevator, where Robinson allegedly was collectively paid approximately $44,500.
"Everything you always wanted to know about the railroad but didn't know who to ask"
The Eastern Illinois Mutual Aid Association (MABAS 37) is hosting a Railroad Emergency Training Class, sponsored by Canadian National Railroad.
NO COST FOR THIS TRAINING
This training is for anyone in the emergency services that would be involved with response to a railroad emergency, FIRE - POLICE - EMS – ESDA - DISPATCHERS.
The first phase of the program will be classroom, and will last @ 3 hours, and will be in Crescent City, at the Community Building. The second phase of the training will last @ 7 hours, and will be hands on with CN personnel, and their "Training Train", this training will be at the Gilman "CN Railroad depot."
All personnel must sign in at Gilman Fire station on March 8th.
Attendance is REQUIRED for both phases of the program February 8th, 2014 Classroom Training – Crescent City Community Bld. –8A – Noon
Registration will open at 7:30. Doughnuts and Coffee provided.
March 8th, 2014 Hands on Training 8A - 4 PM
Registration will open at 7:00 am, Gilman Fire Station Lunch Provided NOON Saturday by EIMA at the Gilman Fire Station.
About the Program....
CN Railroad has a "Training Simulator" which consists of a Locomotive, and pressurized vessels. Anthony Ippolito, Dangerous Goods Officer, CN Network Operations, will instruct the class and have multiple other instructors for the hands on segment of the training. This is going to be a close up look at the locomotive, and all of the different types of liquid (haz-mat) transportation vessels. The Kankakee MABAS 7 Haz-Mat team is scheduled to attend both classes, to explain protocol, and operational procedures. Training day hopefully they are able to bring down their response team and equipment.
Street clothes for classroom segment, Firefighters need PPE's for training day.
Bringing all divisions of emergency services together for this training will help us to mitigate these types of emergencies in a timely and professional manner. Available spots for the training are limited, and pre-registration is a must.
Illinois 2013 weather was wetter, colder than normal
Officials said the first half of 2013 was the wettest on record in Illinois, but overall the year's precipitation was only a few inches above average.
State Climatologist Jim Angel said the statewide average precipitation last year was around 44 inches. That's around 3.6 inches above normal, with nearly 30 inches of that amount falling in the first half of 2013.
Looking at temperature, Angel said the statewide average last year was around 51 degrees. That's 1.4 degrees below normal.