Kidnapping/robbery suspect gets jail, probation, fine

PAXTON — A suburban Chicago man turned himself in at the Ford County Jail this week to begin serving a sentence he received for his role in the kidnapping, beating and attempted extortion of a Paxton businessman last December.

Defendant wants confession to police suppressed

PAXTON — One of the men charged in the kidnapping and beating of a rural Paxton man last year claims his Miranda rights were violated when he was interrogated by Paxton police and FBI agents, and he is asking a Ford County judge to keep a jury from hearing any statements he made to them.

$1 million boost for local charities

CHAMPAIGN — Seven local charities are sharing in a surprise windfall of more than $1 million.

Benefit for Mason Whitaker set for Oct. 18 in Paxton

PAXTON — A benefit to help the family of Mason Whitaker, who is battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia, is scheduled for 2-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Paxton Civic Center, 601 S. Fall St.

The Prayers for Mason Whitaker Benefit will include a silent auction, games, a bake sale, costume contest for kids and adults, food and more.

Milford teen seriously injured in accident with tractor

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

This week's Paxton Record being mailed — for free — to households in Ford, southern Iroquois counties

This week, the Paxton Record went to nearly every home in Ford and southern Iroquois counties. Nearly 7,000 area homes and businesses were provided a free copy of our weekly newspaper.

Ford County Sheriff's Office police blotter (Aug. 28, 2014)

PAXTON — The Ford County Sheriff’s Office released the following list of activity for the period of Aug. 10-23:

— On Aug. 23, a deputy assisted the Piper City police chief with an arrest in Piper City.

— On Aug. 23, assistance was given to the Ford County coroner and Gibson Area Ambulance Service personnel with a call of a deceased person in rural Clarence.

Ford County Circuit Court Cases (Aug. 28, 2014)

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

• Sarah E. Barker, 31, of Paxton, for criminal damage to property (under $300) and domestic battery.
• Brian M. Krumwiede, 32, of Paxton, for criminal damage to property (under $300) and domestic battery.

Danish teen: 'Everything's bigger' in the U.S.

GIBSON CITY — Anton Sorensen is spending the next year in a town of 3,400 people — just a fraction of the population of his hometown of Aalborg, Denmark — but, for some reason, everything seems bigger.

PBL students, their parents to hear program about 'digital expectations' next week

PAXTON — A representative of the Illinois Attorney General’s Office will speak to students and their parents about “digital expectations” — including things kids should or should not do using their wireless devices — next week at PBL High School and PBL Junior High School.

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