A 28-year-old Potomac man faces indictment for allegedly possessing a weapon and the precursors needed for methamphetamine production. Jesse Harper could be looking at 10 years in prison. A federal indictment was handed down in Urbana last week.
Harper allegedly had a .45-caliber handgun and pseudoephedrine while having reasonable cause to believe it would be used to manufacture methamphetamine. He's also a felon so he can't be in possession of a weapon or ammunitition.
The case was investigated by the Vermilion County Metropolitan Enforcement Group, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Vermilion County sheriff's office, and the Danville Police Department.
A 55-year-old Paxton man was hospitalized over the weekend after being hit by a car Friday night in Paxton. Robert Knell was walking northbound on U.S. 45 near Pine Street when he was hit by a northbound car.
Knell was taken to Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. Police said Knell was to be cited for being a pedestrian under the influence of alcohol and improper walking on the road.
There was police presence in the Milford School District (Friday) as local authorities investigated what was described as a "non-specific threat," an unsubstantiated report on a social media app about a shooting at a school.
Milford Police reported both law enforcement and the school district took proactive action – it appeared no one was in danger at any time. The Milford Police Department and the Milford School District's top priority is ensuring the safety of its citizens and students.
Parents and others of interest were notified about the incident via the school district's alert system.
It was Thursday when the Milford Police Department was contacted by the Milford School District in reference to the non-specific threat. An anonymous social media app referred to a shooting at a school, nothing specific. After learning of the incident the Milford Police opened an investigation into the matter. The threat was unsubstantiated as to the date, time and location. It is unclear when the post was made; it could be over a year old.
Police and school staff monitored social networking sites for chatter about a shooting to take place at the school. The Milford Police Department was in contact with administrators of the Milford School District throughout the night Thursday and all day Friday.
There was police presence at the school Friday.
The Milford Police Department will continue to look into this matter.
The 20th Annual Midwest Classic Show Choir Competition is this weekend at Danville High School. Today (Friday) and Saturday, the competition finds 26 choral ensembles participating from around the country.
The annual event attracts over 3,000 visitors to Danville. The Midwest Classic involves middle school division competition beginning at 5:30 pm today. Saturday, (2/6), 18 high school choirs begin competing at 8:30 am. The event is held in Danville High School's Little Theatre.
Door-to-door damage assessments are being conducted in Watseka with hope federal financial assistance will be available for flood victims.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials are working with the Illinois EMA and Iroquois County EMA to gather the needed information. The Small Business Administration (SBA) is also present to offer help.
Preliminary damage assessments are getting started today (Friday). For property owners who won't be home during the door-to-door visits, you're encouraged to contact the EMA office at 815-432-6997 to report damage. The disaster assistance process is important. Home owners. businesses, and non-profit agencies are urged to cooperate.