A December 16th sentencing date is now set in Iroquois County for a Cissna Park man facing a prison sentence ranging from six to 60 years. 59-year-old Rodney Hamrick was recently convicted of his sixth driving under the influence offense.
As WGFA News reported (last weekend)...an Iroquois County jury found Hamrick guilty of aggravated DUI - a Class X felony; aggravated driving with a revoked license, a Class 4 felony; and leaving the scene of a traffic accident involving property damage.
The charges resulted from a traffic accident in June of 2009 on Illinois Route 49, about two miles south of Cissna Park. The accident was in a construction zone. Testimony was presented by construction zone workers and a state police trooper.
State's Attorney Jim Devine said the conviction was Hamrick's sixth DUI offense and fourth driving on a revoked license offense. Hamrick faces a minimum of 180 days in the county jail for driving on a revoked license and six to 60 years in state prison for aggravated DUI, according to truth-in-sentencing guidelines.
Iroquois County Long Term Recovery Committee disaster services
The Iroquois County Long Term Recovery Committee is alerting the public that World Renew, Disaster Response Services will be in Watseka to assist with tentative Needs Assessment for those affected by the 2015 flooding that occurred in June and July.
World Renew will have a Walk In Center at the First United Methodist Church located at 301 S. Fourth Street in Watseka starting Wednesday, October 28th through Friday November 6th.
Door to door canvasing will occur daily from 9:30a-4p until all areas are covered. Call back sheets with Walk In Center location, time of operation, and a phone number to call for more information will be placed on those homes where no one answers the door.
Iroquois, Vermilion County unemployment rates improve
The Illinois Department of Employment Security has released new figures showing unemployment rates have improved. The Iroquois County rate in September came in at 5.1%...down two-tenths of a percent from a year ago. Vermilion County's jobless rate improved last month too. It was 6.4%...down from 6.7.
The Danville-Vermilion County area was ranked second among Illinois metropolitan areas which saw the biggest job gains.
The last time Vermilion County's jobless rate was equal to or lower than last month's 6.4 percent rate was in September of 2007 when it was 6.3 percent.
The report also shows the unemployment rate for Champaign County dropped from 5.4 to 4.4 percent. Champaign County was ranked number one in Illinois last month for job gains among Illinois' metropolitan areas.
The state's unemployment rate fell to 5.1% last month. But Illinois businesses lost jobs in eight metro areas. There's been weak employment growth since January.
A Gilman woman escaped injury Thursday in a single-vehicle accident in Iroquois County. 22-year-old Brennan Whitlock swerved to miss an animal while eastbound at County road 1300N. The vehicle ran into a ditch and hit a utility pole. Onarga Fire and IMH Ambulance personnel assisted at the scene, alon g with Sheriff's Police.