Courts Police and Fire

Melvin man acquitted of DUI, convicted of lying about crash

URBANA — A Champaign County jury Thursday returned a split verdict against a Melvin man who was charged with aggravated driving under the influence for seriously injuring a tractor driver then lying about being the driver.

The jury deliberated about four hours before acquitting Kevin Redeker, 44, of aggravated driving under the influence but convicting him of obstructing justice.

IHSA sued by nonprofit watchdog group

CHICAGO — The Illinois High School Association once claimed in a court case it is a local public entity and fits squarely within the definition of a local public entity.

The IHSA, whose governing board includes public school officials, also claimed it was organized for the purpose of conducting public business.

Ford County Circuit Court Cases (July 24, 2014)

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

• Joshua J. Edwards, 36, of Hoopeston, for driving on a license revoked or suspended due to DUI.
• Darin S. McCall, 48, of Clarence, for solicitation to meet a child (age 5 or older) and battery.

Iroquois County Sheriff's Office police blotter (July 24, 2014)

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

Teen arrested for DUI in fatal Iroquois County crash

CRESCENT CITY — A 17-year-old boy from Watseka was arrested for driving while intoxicated in connection with a two-vehicle collision Wednesday in rural Crescent City that killed a 59-year-old Watseka man and seriously injured a 6-year-old.

RV park's owner found dead in burning camper

CRESCENT CITY — The owner of an RV park in Iroquois County was found dead inside a burning camper on the property early Wednesday morning.

Around 5 a.m., emergency personnel were called to the Spring Creek RV Park in rural Crescent City after a neighbor reported a camper on the property as being engulfed in flames, according to a news release from the Iroquois County Sheriff’s Office.

Marijuana-growing operation busted in Ford County

KEMPTON — A nine-month investigation into a marijuana-growing operation in northern Ford County has resulted in the arrest of a 60-year-old man from rural Clifton.

Ford County State’s Attorney Randy Yedinak said that in October 2013, agents from the Kankakee Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group began an investigation into a possible cannabis grow in rural Kempton.

Iroquois County Jail in full compliance with state standards

WATSEKA — The Iroquois County Jail is in full compliance with Illinois Department of Corrections standards, according to an inspection of the facility completed July 16 by IDOC officials.

The jail was inspected by criminal justice specialist Brad Besson, and correctional officers Joseph Jaskula and Claudio Garcia participated in entrance and exit interviews.

Iroquois County Sheriff's Office police blotter (July 21, 2014)

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

— Joshua J. Small, 26, of Rantoul, was arrested by sheriff’s deputies on July 20 for retail theft, after police were called to the Loda Big Mart after an employee observed the theft. With the assistance of the Rantoul Police Department, Small was located and arrested.

Charges dropped against 'mastermind' of kidnapping, armed robbery

PAXTON — A judge has dismissed all charges against a Chicago man whom police described as the “mastermind” behind the December kidnapping and armed robbery of a Paxton businessman.

Judge Paul Lawrence granted the prosecution’s motion to dismiss the case against 43-year-old Manuel Samano-Santoyo on Monday — the day he was to stand trial in Ford County Circuit Court.

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