Again we are behind on our reports, and we apologize, but here is an update of the past couple of weeks;
Last Monday, October 29th, Deputy Nate #118, arrested a male subject for driving with a suspended license, 118 saw him drive by at the courthouse, and Nate knew he was suspended and stopped him.
The car was actually legally parked once he stopped, so he was allowed to just park the car there, instead of having it towed, and he was also allowed to get a Notice to Appear bond instead of being booked into jail. This wasn’t the crime of the century so we were able to be flexible and try to cut some kind of break.
Last Tuesday, October 30th, there was a trip to the Illinois Department of Corrections. This was a unique circumstance, since the jail inmate was allowed by the Judge to serve his prison time in county jail, due to the fact that he had been in jail for a year before the case was even concluded and after the sentencing to DOC, there was only a few months left to serve, and he was being held in jail as a jail trustee, so this was a special circumstance.
He had to be transported to IDOC, so they could process him for parole purposes, then he was released as a free man.
CCSO agreed to transport him to Hillsboro IDOC facility then also agreed to transport him back after he was processed that same day.
208, 118, and Kennedy went on the trip, since this was virtually a no-risk transport, 208 wanted to take both of them along so they could be shown how a DOC transport works.
208 rode in the back seat with the inmate, and we use the term inmate loosely, because after all he was basically a free man, his sentence had been served, he was just being driven to IDOC for processing purposes.
They did need him a half day however, so after he was dropped off at IDOC, the three Deputies were able to go do some shooting and firearms training at the Hillsboro Police Department shooting range, and we are very grateful to them for letting us use it.
208 even broke out the SBR and had some fun, for you 2nd Amendment lovers you know what we mean there.
IDOC called and said he was ready, so he was picked up and transported back to the county jail and released as a free man. Hopefully he will be on the right track and everything will work out.
209, 406, and Daisy managed to handle court without 208, and that made 208 kind of think, maybe he could be replaced by Daisy every week for court, but then 208 remembered that Daisy gets in too much trouble for barking in the court house.
Wednesday the 31st was a spooky day, it was Halloween. The day started off with 208 and Kennedy going to the UCAN / DCFS monthly meeting.
208 also wasn't going to put up with any shenanagins from Michael Myers today either. That guy belongs in jail.
Sheriff Bill was busy doing traffic patrol in the Mozier area most of the day, due to several citizen complaints about speeders up there.
Then on Halloween night, Sheriff Bill was at the Hardin Trunk or Treat, handing out candy with several other community members and volunteers. This is such a great event for the kids.
208, Brenda, and Kennedy passed out candy at CCSO in the lobby Halloween night, and 208 was really trying to encourage every kid to take a few Pixie Sticks, even though most of the parents were not that enthused about it.
Kennedy then stayed on duty for the res t of the night and did a ride along with 116 and Django.
Friday was an early day for 209, he had to have his radio served bright and early at 8am, and Daisy was not real happy about it, she wanted to sleep in.
209 got that done, and he had a few little various calls throughout the day with 208
Friday night, Saturday and Sunday were mostly quiet, with the Deputies out patrolling and making a few traffic stops, trying to find some criminals.
The next Monday, November 5th, 208 and 406 were busy in the morning with the First Responders Day at Calhoun Elementary, the kids were able to see the ambulances and fire trucks up close and they had a good time, and some of them even got suckers from Sheriff Bill.
208 then had to head to IDOC again for the 2nd time this week, but this time the jail inmates were not just able to be processed and released, they were each sentenced to serve time in prison.
208 did go by Burger King in Litchfield on the way, and bought each of them a meal to eat on the way to prison, it is at least something decent to do for them, yes they are convicted felons going to prison, but they are still people who deserve to be treated right.
208 and 209 usually do that for anyone being transported to IDOC, just to at least give them something so they’re not totally miserable.
208, on the way back, managed to get himself something good to eat, there is an FS fast stop gas station / restaurant in Litchfield, and they have some really good food there.
Gas station food can be very underrated. 208 got himself a small cheese pizza, a super pretzel and some mini tacos. He was very happy driving back and eating. Mini tacos are medically proven to improve quality of life.
208 and 118 handled a small fender bender at the Riverdock parking lot Monday evening, then had to assist Conservation Officer Greg Weishaupt, with a call of possible illegal deer hunting.
208,118, and 406 stayed out the rest of the night and patrolled.
There was no court on Tuesday November 6th due to election day, but the court house in Calhoun was still open for business, some counties close for election day.
CCSO had plenty of good food on election day, a Subway tray and Mrs 116 made her very famous and wonderful chicken and noodles for 208.
Wednesday kept 208 and 406 busy, with a fire at the Hardin Laundromat, but luckily no one was injured, just lots of smoke and some damage after a dryer caught on fire.
406 later located a male subject at a tavern who needed medical assistance, after being intoxicated, falling down and busting his head open. Calhoun EMS responded and got him the medical help he needed.
We are very lucky to have our Calhoun volunteer ambulance service.
406 also stayed busy with a juvenile matter, giving some guidance to a child at the request of the family.
So…..there is some snow coming up this week, and it seems pretty dang early in November to be getting snow, but 406 and 208 both have a nice pair of Muck Boots, so we are ready.
118 and Kennedy also might get a pair of Muck Boots, mostly just so they can make 208 shut up about how great these boots are and how they should get a pair.
But seriously folks…..does anyone have a pair of Mucks, and how great are they ? At least we think they are.
Stay safe in the snow Calhoun, and please drive slowly and remember to watch for deer since the weather is cold now and the deer seasons are in full swing.
And also remember, Christmas in Calhoun is coming up on Sunday December 16th at 2pm in the court yard of the Marvin Richter Building in Hardin.
There are lots of volunteers needed and CCSO is very excited to participate and also excited to get some hot chocolate, but 208 doesn’t drink hot chocolate remember…..unless we had not told the hot chocolate story ????
116 still gets irritated by it, but it’s a funny story from two years ago.
Oh and if you see Dispatcher Christina Baalman around Calhoun, please encourage her to be better at fantasy football, she had a rough week in the CCSO league.