06/20/2018-A neighborhood argument that spilled into the roadway resulted in Ralph E. Whitehouse, Jr., of Mt. Carmel being arrested for disorderly conduct. Police were called to the area of 6th and Division Street reference a disturbance. The complainant advised that Whitehouse was disturbing her peace by yelling and screaming. A probable cause was signed against Whitehouse and he was subsequently arrested for disorderly conduct. Whitehouse was transported to the Wabash County Jail where he was held pending the posting of bond.
Mt. Carmel Police arrested 52 year old Vincent A. Sutton of Mt. Carmel on a Wabash County warrant charging him with violation of an order of protection. Police located Sutton in the front yard of 1013 Chestnut Street and placed him under arrest. Sutton was transported to the Wabash County Jail where he was held pending the posting of $1,000 cash.
06/21/2018-Mt. Carmel Police arrested 24 year old Dominick H. McGill of Keensburg after he was observed operating a motor vehicle in the area of McDowell Street and Mulberry Street. The arresting officer knew McGill had a suspended driver's and initiated a vehicle stop. McGill was arrested and transported to the Wabash County Jail where he was charged with driving while license is suspended.
06/23/2018-Mt. Carmel Police arrested 30 year old Quentin L. Gulley of Rolla, Missouri after he was stopped by the Mt. Carmel Police for not wearing a seat belt. During the traffic stop it was discovered that Gulley was wanted on a felony warrant for theft out of Phelps County, Missouri. Gulley was arrested and transported to the Wabash County Jail where he was cited for no valid registration, failure to wear a seat belt and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. Gulley is being held in the Wabash County Jail pending extradition to Missouri.
The Wabash County Emergency Management Agency hosted a Ready Wabash Day at the Mabel Courter Youth Center. Many emergency vehicles were on hand for those attending to see. An Air-Evac helicopter was also there for awhile before it had to leave on a call.
June is Gay Pride Month and several Pride parades/events are being held today around the world.
In Mt. Carmel, small Rainbow flags appeared at various intersections today including these at 7th and Market Streets.
A project to build a new sidewalk on Oak Street between 3rd and 9th Streets is closer to reality. City Clerk Rudy Witsman reports that the state has approved releasing the money in the city’s revolving loan fund to be used for up to two projects. One of those projects looks to be constructing new, widened sidewalks along Oak Street which would provide walker-friendly sidewalks along Oak from 3rd Street to College Drive. Witsman said preliminary designs have been done and the project will proceed at a faster pace. The state dissolved all revolving loan funds in Illinois last year and allowed communities to use those monies for local projects. If constructed, Oak Street would have sidewalks suitable for bicyclists and walkers/joggers along its' entire route from 3rd Street to College Drive.
From the County Board meeting this week:
Assessor Debbie Gittings told county commissioners that her office has received the assessment evaluation from the state, and will soon apply that factor to the 2017 taxes payable in 2018. She also said the final deadline for complaints to the Board of Review has now been set at June 29th.
A 2003 Ford Expedition used by the Wabash County E-M-A has been declared as surplus by the county board. That gives E-M-A director Gerald Brooks the O-K to sell the vehicle for the most he can get out of it, including scrap value. Meanwhile, he has been bidding at vehicle auction sites trying to land a replacement.
Don’t forget – this Saturday is Wabash Ready Day. The event will be held from 9-to-2 at the Mabel Courter Center, and it’s a day to put emergency units on display, including the new Air-Evac helicopter based in Olney. There will be games for the kids, plus food and drinks available, too.
A report issued by Treasurer Beverly McBride shows that her office received $37,743.41 from the state in May, most of it – over 23-thousand – in income tax receipts. McBride also told county commissioners in the report that July 6th is the deadline to pay mobile home taxes to avoid a $25 per month penalty. Already, 38% of those taxes have been paid, amounting to $11,948.12. Also, prepayment of property taxes will be allowed to continue through July 31st. A total of $217,380.02 has come in already, according to McBride.
Wabash County State’s Attorney Cassandra Goldman presented her office’s monthly report to the County Board on Monday. It shows nine misdemeanor and 14 felony cases filed in May, along with four DUI’s, five for careless driving, and 88 traffic cases. Fines imposed during the month exceeded $8,920.93, and restitution collected topped four-thousand dollars $4,081.75.
Wabash County Circuit Clerk Angie Crum said her office collected fines and fees in the amount $37, 417.53 during the month of May.