Courts Police and Fire

Paxton police chief taking his employer to court

PAXTON — Paxton Police Chief Bob Bane is taking the city, its mayor and its comptroller/treasurer to court in an attempt to get the city to pay him $6,848 that he claims he is owed in overtime pay.

Hyatt named Gibson City's new police chief

Ford County Record correspondent

GIBSON CITY — Eric Hyatt was named Gibson City’s new police chief during Monday night’s city council meeting.

Paxton man gets 5 years for stolen vehicle

URBANA — A Paxton man who pleaded guilty to possessing a stolen vehicle was sentenced on Oct. 25 to five years in prison.

Jared Mikules, 26, admitted to Judge Tom Difanis that on July 16, he was in a stolen Jeep at a gas station in Rantoul.

Paxton Police Blotter (Oct. 24, 2016)

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

— Derrick J. Cowger, 35, of Paxton, was arrested for driving with no valid driver’s license during a traffic stop at 6:33 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, in the 600 block of North Railroad Avenue in Paxton. The 2000 BMW four-door car that Cowger was driving was seized by police under city ordinance.

Ford County Circuit Court cases (Oct. 19, 2016)

Following is a list of cases filed recently in Ford County Circuit Court:

Police Blotter (Oct. 19, 2016)

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

Gibson City meth manufacturer to get no more than 12 years in prison

PAXTON — A Gibson City man who was found making, using and selling methamphetamine in his home with children present pleaded guilty this week to eight felony charges and faces up to 12 years in prison when sentenced next month.

Rankin police headquarters burglarized

RANKIN — A Vermilion County village without a police officer was the victim of an overnight burglary — at police headquarters.

The break-in was discovered Wednesday morning, when employees showed up for work at Rankin’s village building, Vermilion County Sheriff Pat Hartshorn told The News-Gazette.

Does hanged serial killer's ghost still haunt Paxton's old jail?

For the Ford County Record

Is the old Ford County Jail haunted? Many people believe it to be. Whether you believe in the paranormal or not, the 19th Century jail has held some of the county’s most frightening figures from its dark past — even having one of pure evil who came to his death at the end of a rope.

Girl, 17, avoids injury after crashing car near Gibson City

GIBSON CITY — A 17-year-old Melvin girl avoided injury when she crashed the car she was driving in Dix Township northeast of Gibson City on Tuesday, Oct. 11.

A report from the Ford County Sheriff’s Office said the accident occurred around 8:20 a.m. on Illinois 54 near County Road 600 East.

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