Tim Ditman

Jury returns split verdict in Watseka shooting

WATSEKA — A Milford man faces sentencing on June 28 after an Iroquois County jury returned a split verdict in a case where he is accused of shooting a 20-year-old woman.


Former Gilman clerk gets probation for stealing city money

GILMAN — The former city clerk in Gilman will be on probation for four years after admitting to stealing thousands of dollars from the city.


Alleged theft by Gilman clerk involved resident payments

GILMAN — The Iroquois County state’s attorney said that, so far, authorities have been able to account for $42,000 that was allegedly stolen by Gilman’s city clerk.


Man gets 24 years for throwing tomahawk at cop

MILFORD — A rural Milford man has been ordered to spend 24 years behind bars after being convicted of throwing a tomahawk at an Iroquois County sheriff’s deputy.

Iroquois County Circuit Judge James Kinzer on Oct. 31 sentenced 30-year-old Kevin Funk. He’ll have to serve 85-percent of the 24-year sentence.


State supreme court refuses to hear Paxton discrimination case

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Supreme Court has turned down a request by a Paxton-area bed and breakfast to overturn a ruling that said the business discriminated against a gay couple from Tuscola.


Cocaine kingpin who lived in Paxton gets 10 years in prison

DECATUR — Two years after a federal appellate court overturned his federal drug-trafficking conviction and ordered his immediate release from prison, former Paxton resident Eddi S. “Migo” Ramirez pleaded guilty Tuesday to the same crimes and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.


Wind advisory issued for East Central Illinois

The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for several counties in East Central Illinois.

For DeWitt, Piatt, Champaign, Vermilion and Macon counties, the advisory begins Friday afternoon and runs until Friday evening. For Ford and Iroquois counties, the advisory begins at 2 p.m. Friday and runs until 3 p.m. Saturday.


Judge to issue opinion in online harassment case filed against bus company owner

WAUKEGAN — The public won’t know a judge’s verdict for a Champaign bus company owner accused of online harassment until May.

Suburban Express owner Dennis Toeppen was on trial this week before a Lake County judge on two charges of electronic harassment.


Authorities say teen in ambulance did not have weapon as first thought

PAXTON — Authorities said a teenager did not have a weapon in an ambulance that was stopped on Interstate 57 in Ford County on Wednesday.


Bennett to stay on Parkland board as state legislator

GIBSON CITY — A new state representative said he plans to stay on a local community college board.


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