Courts, Police, and Fire

Melvin home destroyed by fire

MELVIN — A vacant home in Melvin was destroyed by fire Wednesday evening, and the state fire marshal’s office was investigating the cause Thursday.

Melvin Fire Chief Larry Boundy said an estimated 25 volunteer firefighters from Melvin, Roberts, Elliott and Gibson City battled the blaze at the 1 1/2-story home at 109 S. Green St.


Paxton shooting range open June 2

PAXTON — The Paxton Police Department’s shooting range will be open to the public for target practice, weather permitting, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 2.

The daily fee is $10 per person.

The fee covers the person’s right to use the property and shooting targets, but people still need to provide their own gun, ammunition and ear and eye protection.


Police Blotter (May 18, 2018)

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


Ford County Circuit Court cases (May 18, 2018)

Following is a list of cases filed recently in Ford County Circuit Court, as posted at www.judici.com:

Misdemeanors
• Dana M. Walter, no age or address listed, for violation of an order of protection.
• Ryan R. Rudisill, 38, of Rankin, for domestic battery.
• James M. Bryan, 55, of Rantoul, for unlawful use of a black-jack/knife.

DUI


Drug court graduation ceremony for Frankie Ward set for Wednesday

PAXTON — In celebration of National Drug Court Month, Ford County’s drug court will hold a graduation ceremony for Frankie Ward at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, at the Ford County Courthouse in Paxton.


Cause of death remains undetermined for Elliott man

URBANA — Following an autopsy Wednesday morning, the cause of death remained undetermined for an Elliott man who was found dead following a fire in his home.

Ford County Coroner Rick Flessner said that Dr. Shiping Bao, after conducting the autopsy at the Champaign County morgue, listed no preliminary opinion in his autopsy report for the cause of 34-year-old Jeremy C. Turner’s death.


Police Blotter (May 8, 2018)

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


Ford County Circuit Court cases (May 8, 2018)

Following is a list of cases filed recently in Ford County Circuit Court, as posted at www.judici.com:

Misdemeanors
• Jonathan E. Cox, 30, of Buckley, for possession of drug paraphernalia.
• Dakota J. Degarmo, 20, of Paxton, for two counts of theft (less than $500).


Former CSI recalls processing shootout scene on I-57 near Paxton

PAXTON — In her first year on the job as an Illinois State Police crime-scene technician, Jodi Barth investigated dozens of homicide scenes, including 32 in the first month alone.

“I’d seen and done a lot,” Barth said.


'Long-overdue' passage of resolution honoring officers expected

CICERO — Legislation to honor police officers involved in a bloody gunfight 39 years ago on Interstate 57 south of Paxton is expected to be passed by the Illinois Senate’s transportation committee in upcoming weeks, according to the committee’s chairman.


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