Decatur Police cracking down on drunk drivers - Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
From Dec. 20 through Jan. 5 of the New Year, Decatur police will be out in force as part of the annual Illinois "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" crackdown on drunk drivers. The statewide crackdown will include high-visibility alcohol and seatbelt enforcement throughout Decatur.
The statewide crackdown will also be supported by national and state paid advertising, creating a comprehensive campaign to curb drunk driving during the holiday season. The Decatur Police Department said its officers will be aggressively looking for drunk drivers during the crackdown and will arrest anyone caught driving drunk. In addition, front and back seat belt law violators will the ticketed.
The Decatur Police Department is giving fair warning to all partygoers. "You'll see us making lots of stops during this highly visible enforcement period and if we suspect anyone is driving while intoxicated, officers will show zero tolerance for drunk driving," said Deputy Chief James Chervinko.
Data shows the holiday season is a particularly deadly time due to the increased number of drunk drivers on the roads and the Decatur Police Department is prepared to stop and arrest any drunk driver they see to keep roads safe.
"The December holiday season is the 'most wonderful time of the year', and we are going to keep our roads safe for travelers heading to visit friends and family," said Chervinko. "This holiday, we will show zero tolerance for drunk drivers on the road. If you choose to drive drunk, we will see you, we will stop you and you will be arrested."
The law enforcement crackdown is funded by federal traffic safety funds through the Illinois Department of Transportation.
The Decatur Police Department needs your help in solving this week’s crime of the week.
At approximately 6:15pm on October 1st, a young looking, possibly mixed male, attempted to burglarize Chi-Town’s Tip, at 840 N. Morgan St., until the burglar alarm ran him off. The suspect is depicted in photo 13-11 under the wanted faces section of the Decatur/Macon County Crime Stoppers website. Go to Decaturcrimestoppers.com, click on wanted faces and take a look at the photo to see if you recognize the suspect.
The Decatur Police Department needs your help in solving this crime. If you recognize the suspect in photo 13-11, call crime stoppers at 423-TIPS. You do not have to give your name. Crime stoppers will pay $500 or more for information that leads to an arrest on the crime of the week. Crime stoppers will also pay cash for information that leads to an arrest of any person responsible for a felony crime in Macon County.
Search for City Librarian Opens
The Decatur Public Library Board of Trustees has opened its search for a city librarian to shape the future of Decatur library services and explore new opportunities to serve the community. Information regarding the search may be found on the library website at http://www.decatur.lib.il.us/ or by contacting http://www.gossagesager.com/decaturplad.htm. The Board has appointed a Search Committee comprised of representatives of the Board of Trustees, Library Foundation, Friends of the Library, Library staff and community members to direct the process. The Board is also utilizing the services of Bradbury Associates/Gossage Sager Associates, a consulting firm that specializes in library-related employment searches.
The closing date for submitting applications is Dec. 16.
Easter Seals Announces Wabash
Depot As 23rd Annual Ornament
Easter Seals Central Illinois 23rd ornament is the “Wabash Depot”. Since 1990 Easter Seals has partnered with the Chamber of Commerce to feature the areas historical and well known landmarks. The public may receive an ornament through a $20 donation to Easter Seals. Through the years, many individuals and businesses have become avid collectors of the series of ornaments which features twenty-three area landmarks.
The ornament is a sought after collectible item because it is an ongoing series of area landmarks. The ornaments are 24 carat gold over brass, signed and numbered for authenticity and are minted at the Charleston Mint. The ornaments come packaged in a velvet case, ready for mailing. There are a limited number of ornaments available for a minimum $20 donation and they are available at the two Kirlin’s Hallmark locations on North Water and the Hickory Point Mall. The ornament is also available at the Easter Seals office, located across the street from Caterpillar on 27th Street, Haines & Essick Co., downtown Decatur, Dale’s Southlake Pharmacy on First Drive in South Shores, and Wabash Depot Antique Centre.
Proceeds from the ornament help disabled individuals in achieving goals toward improved independence each year through Easter Seals Central Illinois programs and services. Call 429-1052 for more information or to take a tour of our facility.
Von Maur Department Store Will NOT Be Open on Thanksgiving
The Von Maur Department Store has announced that it will again be closed on Thanksgiving to ensure employees have ample opportunity to spend time with family and friends over the holiday. For more than 140 years, Von Maur has remained closed on all major holidays, including Easter, Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.
“Some things are sacred, including spending time with family and loved ones on Thanksgiving and other holidays. We profitably run our business during the remaining 358 days of the year, so we don’t have to sacrifice tradition for the sake of sales,” said Jim von Maur, president of Von Maur. “Our family-oriented focus has been the cornerstone of our culture since 1872, and that is never going to change.”
Known for its outstanding customer service and selection of brand name and specialty apparel, shoes, cosmetics, accessories and gifts, Von Maur recognizes that its success stems from the strength and commitment of its associates. In appreciation, Von Maur offers its associates, who are mostly full-time, above-market wages, comprehensive health and retirement plans, and extensive opportunities for training and internal advancement.
Von Maur operates 29 stores throughout the country. All stores will be closed on Thursday, November 28, 2013 and will re-open Friday, November 29 at 9:00 a.m. – only one hour earlier than normal business hours. In addition, all Von Maur locations will also close at 4:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve and will remain closed on Christmas and New Year’s Day.
The late Pastor BG Nevitt, a community leader, police chaplain, auxiliary officer and friend to the Decatur community, will be honored with an honorary street designation following action by the Decatur City Council tonight.
Council members voted 7-0 in favor of the designation following a request by the Decatur Police Department. Pastor Nevitt, who passed away following a motorcycle accident on August 17, was senior pastor at gtChurch in Decatur and had served as lead police chaplain since 2008 and as an auxiliary officer since 2009.
As part of the council action, the stretch of roadway in front of the church at 500 South 27th St. will receive the honorary designation “BG Nevitt Boulevard.”
The Decatur City Council implemented the honorary street sign program in 2009 as a means of formally honoring residents who have made significant contributions to the Decatur community. An honorary street designation does not actually change the names of the streets so there would be no changes for emergency personnel, dispatch, area residents, businesses or organizations. The honorary designations are usually applied to very short stretches of roadway and would feature “honorary” signs placed atop regular street signs.
Area residents will be informed of the designation prior to signs being installed.