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Coroner's jury rules death in Buckley bar fight a homicide

PAXTON — A Ford County coroner’s jury ruled Wednesday night that the death of a suburban Chicago man following a Christmas Night bar fight in Buckley was a homicide.

The jury said that Daniel K. Connolly, 25, of Lyons, died from positional asphyxiation due to his compromised position while being constrained by others.

Gibson City house fire’s casualties: 2 dogs, 2 cats

GIBSON CITY — A late afternoon house fire in rural Gibson City claimed the lives of two dogs and two cats, but no humans were injured.

Gibson Area Fire Protection District Chief Bruce Kallal said firefighters were called to a blaze at 194 N. Illinois 47, about 2 miles south of Gibson City, at 5:10 p.m. Wednesday.

Suspicious person reported in Watseka area

WATSEKA — The Watseka Police Department is alerting residents that it has received several reports of a suspicious person in the Watseka area.

Citizens have reported that a male approached them during the night at their residences and also while they were walking in public areas. The male has been described as black and short in stature.

Ford County Circuit Court cases (Feb. 15, 2017)

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

Police Blotter (Feb. 15, 2017)

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

Inmate who escaped from Watseka jail faces three felonies

WATSEKA — A Cissna Park man who escaped from the Iroquois County Jail last week has been charged with three felonies in connection with the incident.

Christian J. Walder, 18, of the 200 block of West Harrison Street in Cissna Park, escaped from the jail in Watseka on Tuesday, Feb. 7, by jumping through a locked window, the sheriff’s department said in a news release.

Paxton Police Blotter (Feb. 13, 2017)

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

Inquest in death of Lyons man set for next week in Paxton

BUCKLEY — The cause of death has been determined for a suburban Chicago man who died at a Ford County hospital following a fight outside a Buckley bar, but the county’s coroner is not releasing his findings until an inquest is held next week.

Missing Watseka man found dead in Indiana

WATSEKA — A Watseka businessman and school board member who disappeared early last week has been found dead in northwest Indiana.

The Watseka Police Department said it was contacted by the Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Department on Monday morning and was told that the missing man — Donald E. Becker, 59, of Watseka — was found dead in that county with his vehicle.

Paxton Police Blotter (Feb. 6, 2017)

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

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