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Divernon Police Department

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Have anything left over from the garage sale, or excess items that need to be gotten rid of??? COMMUNITY CLEAN UP DAY IS...
05/02/2022

Have anything left over from the garage sale, or excess items that need to be gotten rid of???

COMMUNITY CLEAN UP DAY IS NEXT WEEKEND!!!

Perfect time to get rid of items you have been wanting to get out of your house, garage, shed, or yard.

Just to let everyone know, next weekend April 29-30 Divernon will be having its community yard sales.
04/22/2022

Just to let everyone know, next weekend April 29-30 Divernon will be having its community yard sales.

Good afternoonJust a reminder that with the warm weather coming, there are a few ordinances to keep in mind.I encourage ...
04/19/2022
Divernon, IL Laws

Good afternoon

Just a reminder that with the warm weather coming, there are a few ordinances to keep in mind.

I encourage all of our residents to read the village ordinances.

They are available at https://codelibrary.amlegal.com/codes/divernonil/latest/overview. Tap on the three lines at the top left of the screen for navigation.

4-1-2: CONDITIONS FOR CONTROLLED PERMISSIBLE BURNING:
A. Definitions: The following words and phrases as used in this section shall have the following meanings, unless a different meaning is required by the context:
CONSTRUCTION AND DEMOLITION DEBRIS: Any material generated from a construction or demolition project which is a wood or wood byproduct. This does not include nonwood products such as shingles, plastics, rubber, fiberglass, drywall, plaster, paint, or petroleum products.
GARBAGE: Any refuse resulting from the handling, process, preparation, cooking, and consumption of food or food products; any other nonwood household waste items such as plastics, rubber, fiberglass, metals, diapers, paint, or petroleum byproducts.
LANDSCAPE WASTE: Any vegetable or plant refuse, except garbage, including tree trimmings, branches, brush, weeds, leaves, grass, yard trimmings, or crop residues.
OPEN BURNING: The combustion of any matter in such a way that the products of combustion are emitted into the open air.
B. Prohibitions On Open Burning:
1. Prohibited Burning: No person shall cause or allow open burning of any garbage, hazardous waste, nonwood products, human or animal f***s or human or animal flesh, on the ground or in any container.
2. Public Property: No person shall cause or allow any burning on a street, gutter, curb, sidewalk, or property owned by the village.
3. Transportation Into Village: No material of any kind may be transported into the village for the purpose of burning. All wastes must be burned on the premises where they were generated.
4. Hours: No fires, except for permitted recreational fires, may be started before seven o'clock (7:00) A.M. or allowed to burn past seven o'clock (7:00) P.M.
5. Required Distance: No fire may be located less than twenty five feet (25') from any building or private property.
6. Endangerment: No person shall cause or allow any burning whenever local health and safety officials, the Illinois environmental protection agency officials, or fire safety officials determine that a fire would endanger health, safety, or welfare, or when it becomes a nuisance or discomfort, or when it would create a visibility hazard on the streets or sidewalks of the village.
C. Permissible Burning:
1. Permitted Burning: Limited amounts of landscape waste, construction and demolition debris, paper, wood or wood byproducts may be burned on the ground or in a suitable container, chamber, barrel, or incinerator provided that the conditions of this section are met.
2. Attendance Required: All open fires shall be constantly attended by a competent person not less than eighteen (18) years of age.
3. Extinguishment Equipment: A garden hose connected to a reliable water supply or other fire extinguishment equipment must be readily available within twenty five feet (25') of any fire.
4. Compliance Required: Fires for legitimate private or public recreational purposes are allowed, provided conditions of this section are met.
D. Penalty: Whoever violates any provision of this section shall be fined according to the provisions of section 1-4-1 of this code. (Ord., 1-9-1996)

4-3-2: GARBAGE AND RUBBISH PROHIBITED:
Every owner or occupant of real estate within the village shall keep the same free from trash, rubbish, garbage and refuse. It shall be unlawful for an owner or occupant to permit said trash, rubbish, garbage and refuse to accumulate or be on any real estate within the village. (Ord., 7-11-1984)

Grass permissible height 4-3-1

HEIGHT:
A. Duty Of Owner To Cut: Every owner of real estate within the village shall cut the weeds and grass on his property at all times as may be necessary so that the weeds and grass shall not exceed ten inches (10") in height. It shall be unlawful for any owner to refuse or neglect to cut the weeds and grass when they reach a height in excess of ten inches (10").
B. Failure Of Owner To Cut; Subsequent Remedies: In such circumstances where an owner of real estate within the village fails to cut the weeds and grass on his property at all times as necessary so that the weeds and grass shall not exceed ten inches (10") in height pursuant to subsection A of this section resulting in abatement of the nuisance pursuant to section 4-2-10 of this title, the village may thereafter abate the nuisance on the particular property where a nuisance has already been abated when weeds and grass exceed seven inches (7") in height. (Ord. 2012-006, 8-22-2012)

Abandoned/Derelict vehicles 6-7-2C

Owner's Property: A vehicle or any part thereof so abandoned on private property shall be authorized for removal by the police department, after a waiting period of seven (7) days or more, or may be removed immediately if determined to be a hazardous dilapidated motor vehicle under 65 Illinois Compiled Statutes 5/11-40-3.

5-4-1: CURFEW FOR MINORS 1 :
A. Age Thirteen To Sixteen Hour Restrictions: It is unlawful for a person thirteen (13) to sixteen (16) years of age to be present at or upon any public assembly, building, place, street or highway at the following times unless accompanied and supervised by a parent, legal guardian or other responsible companion at least eighteen (18) years of age approved by a parent or legal guardian or unless engaged in a business or occupation which the laws of this state authorize a person less than seventeen (17) years of age to perform:
1. Between one minute after twelve o'clock (12:01) A.M. and six o'clock (6:00) A.M. Saturday;
2. Between one minute after twelve o'clock (12:01) A.M. and six o'clock (6:00) A.M. Sunday; and
3. Between eleven o'clock (11:00) P.M. on Sunday to Thursday, inclusive, and six o'clock (6:00) A.M. on the following day.
B. Under Age Thirteen Hour Restrictions: It is unlawful for a person less than thirteen (13) years of age to be present at or upon any public assembly, building, place, street or highway at the following times unless accompanied and supervised by a parent, legal guardian or other responsible companion at least eighteen (18) years of age approved by a parent or legal guardian or unless engaged in a business or occupation which the laws of this state authorize a person less than seventeen (17) years of age to perform:
1. Between ten o'clock (10:00) P.M. Friday and six o'clock (6:00) A.M. Saturday;
2. Between ten o'clock (10:00) P.M. Saturday and six o'clock (6:00) A.M. Sunday; and
3. Between nine o'clock (9:00) P.M. on Sunday to Thursday, inclusive, and six o'clock (6:00) A.M. on the following day.
C. Allowing Violation Prohibited: It is unlawful for a parent, legal guardian or other person to knowingly permit a person in his custody or control to violate subsection A or B of this section.
D. Penalty: A person convicted of a violation of any provision of this section shall be subject to penalty as provided in section 1-4-1 of this code. (Ord., 9-22-1993; amd. 1997 Code)

4-2-2: NUISANCES DEFINED GENERALLY:
It is hereby declared a nuisance for any thing, act, omission, occupation or condition to exist or continue for such a length of time as to:
A. Substantially annoy, injure or endanger the health, safety, peace or welfare of the public; or
B. In any way render the public insecure in life or property; or
C. Greatly offend the public morals or decency; or
D. Unlawfully and substantially interfere with, obstruct or render dangerous for passage any street, sidewalk, alley, navigable body or other public way or place. (Ord. 2017-009, 10-11-2017)

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This is the home economics room in our school in Divernon. This room was always filled with the smell of baked pies and ...
04/06/2022

This is the home economics room in our school in Divernon. This room was always filled with the smell of baked pies and amazing food. Miss L could cook better than anyone, and there was no better seamstress anywhere! We sadly lost her a few years ago, but she left many a student with some of the amazing talent she had.

Walking through the school this am and saw this on a wall in the hall. How true is this statement.
04/06/2022

Walking through the school this am and saw this on a wall in the hall. How true is this statement.

03/19/2022

Any information will help.

03/18/2022

It has been brought to our attention from concerned citizens, that the smoking of cannabis in public is an issue here in town. Although some think it is legal to smoke or possess, there are clear stipulations that should be followed.

It shall not be consumed or possessed in the following places.

Any public place.

In any motor vehicle.

On school grounds, with the exception of medical users.

Near someone under the age of 21.

Near an on-duty school bus driver, police officer, firefighter or corrections officer.

It is legal to smoke (in)one’s own home and on-site in some cannabis-related businesses.

Chief

03/14/2022

MYRTLE HAS BEEN FOUND!!!

Good morning everyone

We have a missing beagle in town who’s name is Myrtle. She’s been gone since this morning, and is about 15 pounds and has a harness with pineapples on it. She is skittish so please get ahold of dept if you see her..

I also do not believe it’s the dog that was by the train station this am.

Chief

###UPDATE##

MYRTLE HAS BEEN FOUND!

I found her chasing birds behind Rettburgs and she is home safe.

Just a reminder to those that might be selling this garbage.
03/13/2022

Just a reminder to those that might be selling this garbage.

ILLINOIS STATE POLICE ARREST FLORA MAN FOR DRUG INDUCED HOMICIDE

Flora, IL - On March 9, 2022, Illinois State Police (ISP) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) Zone 8 announce the arrest of Phillip Blaine Henson, a 52-year-old male from Flora, IL, for Drug Induced Homicide (Class X Felony).

On November 17, 2021, at approximately 1:26 p.m., the ISP DCI - Zone 8 was requested to conduct a death investigation in Flora, IL. A female, later identified as Stephanie L. Harrell, a 54-year-old of Flora, IL, was found deceased in her vehicle parked in an agricultural field entrance on Olive Street, just north of US Highway 50 in Clay County.

On March 8, 2022, Phillip Blaine Henson was charged with Drug Induced Homicide (Class X Felony), filed in the Circuit Court for the Fourth Judicial Circuit of Illinois in Clay County. Henson is currently detained at the Vanderburgh County Jail in Evansville, Indiana with bond of $1,000,000 / 10 % to apply. No further information is available at this time.

ISP DCI - Zone 8 was assisted by the South Eastern Illinois Drug Task Force, Clay County Sheriff’s Office, Flora Police Department, Clay County Coroner’s Office, and ISP Crime Scene Services.

The public is reminded that all persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
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Just a reminder if you haven’t done it.
03/13/2022

Just a reminder if you haven’t done it.

03/08/2022
625 ILCS 5/12-503

Good evening everybody. I have had several people ask about window tint laws for vehicles in the last few months. This is the actual IVC code that law enforcement in Illinois goes by.

03/04/2022

It’s warming up.

03/03/2022

Evening everyone.

We had an issue that a resident brought to my attention today, of a catalytic converter being cut from their vehicle a few weeks ago. 

If anyone sees someone suspiciously out in the early morning hours walking, please get a hold of us. We need to get a firm hold on this before it happens again.

Thanks all
Chief

02/28/2022

Today, another ISP Trooper was struck by a DUI driver.
So far this year, there have been nine ISP squad cars struck in relation to the Move Over Law and four Troopers have sustained injuries from Move Over Law-related crashes.

We would like to remind the public to avoid putting ISP Troopers lives at risk by driving responsibly. Drive sober, move over, and slow down for vehicles on the side of the roadway.

To read the full news release, visit the website below:
https://webdocs.isp.illinois.gov/PressReleases/GetFile/718

#SlowDown #MoveOver #dontdrinkdrive #DriveSoberOrGetPulledOver

Good evening all. This am, I accidentally put a photo of two receipts of fuel tickets showing the differences in prices...
02/24/2022

Good evening all.

This am, I accidentally put a photo of two receipts of fuel tickets showing the differences in prices in fuel in the last few years. This was supposed to go on my personal page, and as I was on our page earlier in the day, I forgot to change it so it went to the department page.

Now, those of you that know me, know that the last thing I’m concerned about is politics. I absolutely can’t stand it, and it should absolutely play no part in a police department. I noticed the post about 45 min to an hour after putting it on and immediately took it down. I then put it on my page where my friends could see it, and we could banter back and forth about it in good fun like we always do.

But, it was too late….. someone had seen the post, and was upset that I would put such a post on our department page. I’m truely sorry the post upset this person, and if I would have known it was on the page where it did not belong sooner, I would have taken it down sooner.

Now that being said. I would be lying to you if I did not say that the rising cost of fuel does not directly affect our department. I don’t like to increase lines in our budget for the dept, but fuel has been one that we have had to focus on this year.

Looks like you all will be seeing the chief out on the dept bicycle a little more this coming year.

I will say this, I am always In my office and open to a discussion whenever it is needed. Our phone number is 217-628-3355, it goes to the phone at my desk. If I’m out patrolling like a am a good part of the day dispatch will answer and let me know there is someone needing to speak to me.

As your chief I am always available for you to speak to, so please never be afraid to call me and have a discussion on something that is either upsetting you or bothering you. As the old saying goes, I promise I don’t bite.

Again truely sorry for the photo, it was not meant to be on the page. I promise to be more vigilant with this in the future.

Good night everyone
Chief

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50 E Brown St
Divernon, IL
62530

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I wanna give a HUGE shout out to Divy PD today. Jason you have a fine group of men working for you and Divy! Special thank you for going above and beyond to officer Reardon who helped my wife and our 5 month old baby out this morning. Michelle slid in a ditch and he wasted no time to get to her and our little girl. He even got down in the mud to get under her car, not too many guys would have done that, so thank you officer Reardon for kind act of selflessness and your service. I think there was a special eye over my girls today, Because when I asked Officer a Reardon his first name he said it is Kenny the same as my dad. Thanks for watching from above dad!!! Thanks again Officer Reardon(Kenny) for all your help and Jason for running a fine department.