Police Blotter (April 27, 2017)

The Paxton Police Department released the following list of recent activity:

Ford County Circuit Court cases (April 27, 2016)

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

• Richard L. Cruse, 32, of Paxton, for a violation of the Sex Offender Registry, aggravated fleeing police (21 mph above the speed limit), driving on a revoked/suspended driver’s license and resisting a peace officer.

Man charged for allegedly threatening ex-girlfriend with gun, shooting her horse

PIPER CITY — A Livingston County man has been ordered to appear in Ford County Circuit Court on Monday to face felony charges alleging he threatened his ex-girlfriend with a gun before turning the weapon on her horse, shooting it in the snout.

Johnson, Whitehouse, Young retain officer positions on GCMS school board


GIBSON CITY — Josh Johnson was re-appointed to a two-year term as president of the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school board Monday night, while Phil Whitehouse was re-appointed vice president and Tyler Young as secretary.

All three held the same positions for the past two years.

World champion wheelchair power lifter tells inspiring story

GIBSON CITY — Nick Scott wears a smile on his face all the time. The lack of feeling below his knees, his inability to do certain things, his reliance on his wheelchair — nothing seems to get him down.

He has embraced his life — and who he is as a man — along with everything that goes with it.

Ex-chief critical of recent action, coverage

GIBSON CITY — The visitor comment portion of Monday night’s Gibson City Council meeting was dominated by passionately delivered remarks from the city’s recently retired police chief, Steve Cushman, that were critical of both recent council action and newspaper coverage of that action.

Paxton City Council working to prioritize projects for coming years

PAXTON — In Alderman Rob Pacey’s opinion, among the city’s top priorities over the next couple of years should be improving the condition and number of sidewalks in town.

PBL board set to vote on construction manager contract

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, to approve a contract with a construction management firm to oversee the completion of a 63,400-square-foot addition to Clara Peterson Elementary School in Paxton.

Gibson City vying for $20,000 grant toward playground improvements

GIBSON CITY — To help fund further improvements to the playground area at Gibson City’s North Park, the Gibson City Rotary Club has entered a contest through the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) that will award 16 communities a $20,000 grant.

The contest is called Meet Me at the Park, and it is sponsored by the NRPA, in collaboration with Disney, ABC, ESPN and Freeform.

Paxton's facade grant program seeks applicants

PAXTON — Business owners in downtown Paxton seeking to spruce up their buildings’ facades can apply for some financial assistance.

A facade grant program sponsored by the City of Paxton, PRIDE in Paxton and Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications from local businesses for reimbursement of up to $3,000, or 50 percent of a project’s cost, whichever is less.

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