Iroquois County Sheriff's Office police blotter (Oct. 22, 2014)

WATSEKA — The Iroquois County Sheriff’s Office released the following list of recent activity:

— Anthony F. Billquist, 52, of Watseka, was arrested for aggravated domestic battery on Oct. 22, following a domestic dispute with his girlfriend at a residence in rural Watseka. Paramedics from Iroquois Memorial Hospital treated the victim for injuries at the scene.

Halloween trick-or-treat hours set in area communities

Halloween trick-or-treat hours have been set in area communities:

Buckley — 4-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31.

Cabery — 5-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31.

Cissna Park — 4-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31.

Elliott — 5-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31.

Fisher — 6-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31.

Music, farming key to woman's longevity

PAXTON — When 99-year-old Charlotte Klestinski is asked how she is doing, she usually responds, “No aches or pains.”

She might want to add, “No sour notes.”

Mrs. Klestinski, who will turn 100 next month, still plays the piano and organ. And plays them well. So much so that she still plays for worship services at Heartland Health Care Center in Paxton, where she resides.

PBL superintendent expects tax rate to go up — but for only a year

PAXTON — Property owners in the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district likely will pay a higher tax rate to support the local school system next year, Superintendent Cliff McClure said.

The rate increase, however, will only be for one year.

PBL to cover students' tuition for new program at Parkland College

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board agreed last week to pay up to $10,000 per year to cover students’ tuition next year in the  Early College & Career Academy at Parkland College in Champaign.

Ford County Circuit Court Cases (Oct. 22, 2014)

Following is a list of cases filed recently in Ford County Circuit Court, as posted at

• Jason H. White, 36, of Gardner, for possession of cannabis (10-30 grams) and possession of drug paraphernalia.
• Dalton L. Bowman, 21, of Gibson City, for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Ford County Sheriff's Office police blotter (Oct. 22, 2014)

PAXTON — The Ford County Sheriff’s Office released the following list of activity for the period of Oct. 12-18:

— On Oct. 18, the theft of equipment was reported in Melvin.

Police hunting for man over stolen vehicle in rural Vermilion County

RURAL POTOMAC — County and state authorities late Tuesday afternoon continue to scour a rural area near Potomac for a man who was driving a stolen vehicle.

Police seek info on soda pop machine burglars

These two men were captured on surveillance cameras as they pried open a Coke machine outside the entrance to the Paxton IGA, causing about $400 in damage, and stole an estimated $300 to $400 in change. The crime occurred at 3:11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 11. The men were believed to be driving a white four-door Chevrolet Cobalt. The man on the right had a large tattoo on the right side of his neck.

Prosecutors: Murder suspect wrote letter to witness to get him to change his testimony

WATSEKA — Iroquois County prosecutors disclosed Monday that they believe murder suspect Andrew M. Condon tried to get one of their witnesses to change his testimony.

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