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Kankakee felon to serve nearly six years in federal prison for weapons offenses

URBANA — Roosevelt Smith, 22, of Kankakee, was sentenced Monday to serve 70 months in federal prison for illegal possession of firearms by a felon.

Smith has been in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service since his arrest in September 2014. 

Authorities say teen in ambulance did not have weapon as first thought

PAXTON — Authorities said a teenager did not have a weapon in an ambulance that was stopped on Interstate 57 in Ford County on Wednesday.

Loda man dies in motorcycle crash in Woodford County

EUREKA — A 21-year-old Loda man died in a motorcycle accident in Woodford County on Tuesday night.

Woodford County Coroner Tim Ruestman said the accident occurred around 10 p.m. when Zackary Thomas “Zack” Burtner, 21, struck a guardrail with the European-style Honda motorcycle he was riding east on U.S. 24, about a mile west of Eureka. No other vehicles were involved, Ruestman said.

Paxton woman gets probation for possessing meth

PAXTON — A Paxton woman was placed on two years of probation and ordered to perform 50 hours of community service after admitting she was in possession of methamphetamine during a March 1 traffic stop in downtown Paxton.

Gibson City police blotter (May 20, 2015)

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City Police Department released the following list of persons arrested or ticketed recently:

— Ranran Wang, 19, of Urbana, for speeding on May 17.

— Gabrielle D. Doss, 21, of Hoopeston, for speeding on May 15.

— Storm J. Cochrane, 22, of Normal, for domestic battery on May 12.

— Robert L. Magers, 54, of Danville, for speeding on May 9.

Ford County Sheriff's Office police blotter (May 20, 2015)

PAXTON — The Ford County Sheriff’s Office released the following list of activity for the period of May 10-16:

— On May 16, Tony Garrett of Champaign was arrested in rural Elliott for driving under the influence of alcohol and possession of cannabis after a deputy observed him urinating in a roadway.

— On May 16, a residential burglary and theft was reported in rural Piper City.

Ford County Circuit Court Cases (May 20, 2015)

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

• Kyle E. Gibson, 26, of Gibson City, for four counts of burglary and one count of burglary to a school, day care or place of worship.
• James D. Hawk Jr., 47, of Paxton, for theft (under $300) with a previous theft conviction.

Murder suspect requests 'contact visit' with family member in poor health

WATSEKA — An Iroquois County judge is expected to rule next month whether murder suspect Andrew M. Condon can receive a “contact visit” at the county jail with a family member who is in poor health.

Milford man pleads not guilty in beating death

MILFORD — A Milford man pleaded not guilty this week to first-degree murder charges 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.

Bourbonnais woman killed when struck by train in Clifton

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

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