Courts Police and Fire

Theft of 200-year-old cemetery fence evokes 'disgust'

RURAL PENFIELD — Maureen Hughes felt only one thing — “disgust” — when she realized that large sections of a 200-year-old, ornate wrought-iron fence had been stolen from one of Champaign County’s oldest cemeteries late last month.

“It’s just uncalled for that somebody could desecrate a cemetery like that,” the retired one-time police officer said.

Attorney: 'Migo' Ramirez can't be charged due to statute of limitations

DECATUR — The attorney for accused cocaine trafficker Eddi S. “Migo” Ramirez is again asking a Macon County judge to throw out his client’s criminal case — this time on the grounds that the statute of limitations had already passed before the 34-year-old Paxton man was charged.

Iroquois County grand jury indicts 12 for felony crimes

WATSEKA — An Iroquois County grand jury indicted 12 people for alleged felony offenses on Feb. 3, State’s Attorney Jim Devine announced.

Indicted were:

— Jerome Gervais, 39, of Buckley, for unlawful failure to register as a sex offender. On Jan. 27, Gervais, a convicted sex offender, allegedly moved into a home in Buckley that was within 500 feet of a school and public park.

Ford County Circuit Court cases (Feb. 3, 2016)

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

• Courtney J. St. Clair, 25, of Paxton, for burglary and theft (less than $500).
• Blake L. Williams, 27, of Paxton, for burglary and theft (less than $500).
• Shay M. Burke, 41, of Clinton, for identity theft ($2,000 to $10,000).

Elderly man dies in rollover crash in Iroquois County

PITTWOOD — An elderly man was pronounced dead early Wednesday morning after his wrecked pickup truck was discovered in a resident’s yard north of unincorporated Pittwood.

Iroquois County Coroner Bill Cheatum said Romeo B. Arseneau, 89, of Martinton, was pronounced dead at 5 a.m. at the scene of the accident in Middleport Township.

Scammers continue to target Ford County residents

GIBSON CITY — The citizens of Ford County continue to be plagued by fraudulent phone calls, emails and postal mail, the Gibson City Police Department said in a news release Monday.

The “IRS scam” phone calls have subsided somewhat, but there are always new deceptions being invented.

Alleged cocaine kingpin wants judge to reverse decision

DECATUR — Alleged cocaine kingpin Eddi S. “Migo” Ramirez remains in a Decatur jail cell awaiting a second trial for drug-trafficking, but the 34-year-old Paxton man is not giving up on trying to beat the rap.

Springfield man dies in crash in Ford County

PAXTON — A Springfield man died in a one-vehicle crash Sunday afternoon in rural Ford County.

According to a news release from District 21 Illinois State Police, Christopher T. Ford, 34, of Springfield, was driving east on Illinois 9 near Ford County Road 2500 East, east of Paxton, when his vehicle left the highway  at 4:21 p.m. Sunday.

Police Blotter (Jan. 27, 2016)

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

Ford County Circuit Court cases (Jan. 27, 2016)

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

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