A rural Hoopeston woman accused of stabbing her boyfriend multiple times is among 11 defendants indicted by an Iroquois County grand jury.
50-year-old Lisa Bitzel is charged with aggravated domestic battery and aggravated battery. It was January 25 when police said Bitzel stabbed her boyfriend about his body. 61-year-old Steve Hofbauer of Rankin was treated for stab wounds at Carle Hospital in Urbana. The injuries were not life-threatening. The incident happened at Bitzel's Iroquois County residence, near Hoopeston.
Also indicted was 31-year-old Michael Shadowen of Crescent City. He faces two-counts of aggravated domestic battery. He allegedly choked two people, including a four-year-old child at the Crescent City residence. Shadowen was arrested after police were called to the Emergency Room at IMH to investigate the alleged choking incidents.
A recent arrest by Watseka Police led to the indictment of 66-year-old Walter Urban of Watseka. He's charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance. Police investigated a questionable online purchase and then executed a search warrant after intercepting a package delivered to a local address. Urban was arrested when police located cocaine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia at Urban's residence.
A KAMEG arrest at a rural Watseka location also led to the indictment of 49-year-old James Ward. The rural Watseka man faces charges of unlawful possession of cocaine with intent to deliver, possession of cocaine, unlawful possession of six firearms by a felon and unlawful possession of ammunition by a felon. On January 26th, agents executed a warrant at Ward's residence. Ward is a felon and cannot own or possess firearms or ammo.