Courts Police and Fire

Ford County prosecutor declines to charge Dean Swan

PAXTON — Citing “insufficient evidence,” Ford County’s prosecutor has decided not to file any criminal charges against a longtime Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board member and Button Township supervisor.


DUI brings five-year prison term for Paxton man

URBANA — A Paxton man who drove drunk with a 2-year-old in his back seat has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Kyle D. Smith, 23, pleaded guilty Thursday before Champaign County Judge Richard Klaus to aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol.


Iroquois County Sheriff's Office police blotter (Dec. 18, 2014)

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


No charges will be filed against homeowner who shot 'belligerent' visitor

RURAL SHELDON — The Iroquois County State’s Attorney’s Office will not file criminal charges against a homeowner who shot a man who had come to his rural Sheldon property to pick up free firewood.

The Iroquois County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that the state’s attorney’s office reviewed the facts of the case before reaching its decision.


Iroquois County Sheriff's Office police blotter (Dec. 17, 2014)

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


Woman who tripped on sidewalk suing City of Paxton

PAXTON — A Paxton woman who tripped on a piece of strap material that was frozen to a public sidewalk is suing the city, along with the contractors who left the material on the sidewalk while renovating a downtown building last winter.


Ford County Circuit Court Cases (Dec. 17, 2014)

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

Felonies
• Michael P. Cline, 47, of Forrest, for possession of a controlled substance.

Misdemeanors
• Christopher L. Mathes, 38, of Gibson City, for disorderly conduct.


Prosecutor: Decision on whether to charge official coming this week

PAXTON — Ford County State’s Attorney Randy Yedinak said Monday that he hoped to decide sometime this week whether to criminally charge a longtime Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board member and Button Township supervisor

Illinois State Police said they consulted Yedinak before arrested Dean A. Swan, 52, at his rural Paxton home last month.


Loda board member pleads guilty to disorderly conduct, gets court supervision

WATSEKA — A member of the Loda Village Board was placed on three months of court supervision after pleading guilty Monday to disorderly conduct in Iroquois County Circuit Court.

John Zalaker, 54, who listed an address in the 100 block of South Elm Street in Loda, was also fined $50 and ordered to pay $367 in court costs, according to court records.


Paxton Police Blotter (Dec. 15, 2014)

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


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