Rantoul police seeing rash of vehicle burglaries

RANTOUL — The amount of burglaries inside of vehicles has seen a spike as of late, and the Rantoul Police Department is taking notice.

“We have noticed a trend,” Sgt. Justin Bouse said. “We had a rash of them in May, and we arrested a female back in the middle of that month. We had a string of 16 vehicles in one night, and she admitted to breaking into all of those.”

Paxton's Fourth of July celebration all set

PAXTON — The schedule is set for the Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration at Pells Park.

The celebration, set for Saturday, July 4, begins with breakfast at the American Legion building across from Pells Park from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Informational meeting on swine facility expansion set for Monday

PAXTON — The doubling in size of a swine facility northwest of Gibson City will be the focus of an informational meeting Monday evening.

The Illinois Department of Agriculture, at the request of the Ford County Board, has scheduled the meeting for 6 p.m. in the board room in the basement of the Ford County Jail, 235 N. American St., Paxton.

Piper City police blotter (June 29, 2015)

PIPER CITY — The Piper City Police Department released the following list of recent activity:

— Douglas J. Brookwalter, 33, of Thawville, was ticketed for illegal screeching or squealing of tires during a traffic stop at 1:04 a.m. June 28 at the intersection of Illinois 115 and Ford County Road 2325 North. Brookwalter told police he was angry after getting into an argument.

Ford County Sheriff's Office police blotter (June 29, 2015)

PAXTON — The Ford County Sheriff’s Office released the following list of activity for the period of June 21-27:

— On June 27, Aaron Cunningham of Melvin reported that someone struck his parked vehicle at the Ford County Fair in Melvin.

— On June 27, a sheriff’s deputy responded to an unfounded report of elder abuse in Sibley.

Milford man's murder trial postponed

MILFORD — A Milford man will not stand trial this week in connection with the beating death of another man.

Danny R. Murphy, 52, who remains at the county jail in Watseka on a $1 million bond, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder on April 9 and was indicted by an Iroquois County grand jury on May 6.

Jim Dey: Paxton man hits a legal jackpot

Eddi “Migo” Ramirez took it like a man. Unlike nine of his co-defendants, he didn’t roll over and plead guilty. He didn’t try to cut a deal with the feds by offering to cooperate in the investigation of the big-time, Paxton-based drug ring he oversaw.

All Ramirez did was — repeatedly — demand a speedy trial on the drug charges against him and hope that he got lucky.

Area banks retain their BauerFinancial ratings

Banks with offices in the Paxton area retained their previous ratings in the latest ratings from BauerFinancial, based on data for the financial quarter that ended March 31, 2015.

Two-thirds of area banks received BauerFinancial’s highest rating of 5 stars. None got the lowest, second-lowest or third-lowest ratings — zero stars, 1-star and 2-star.

Paxton police blotter (June 29, 2015)

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

Iroquois County Sheriff's Office police blotter (June 29, 2015)

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

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