Courts Police and Fire

Man gets 11-plus years in federal prison for bank heists in area

SPRINGFIELD — A man seen scoping out banks in Paxton in December 2015 has been sentenced to more than 11 years in federal prison for the attempted robbery of one of the local banks, as well as armed robberies he committed at banks in Champaign, Rantoul, Danville and northwestern Indiana.

Paxton Police Blotter (Jan. 9, 2017)

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

Sheriff: Buckley bar fight was started by man who later died at hospital

BUCKLEY — Witnesses to a fight outside the Dutchmaster Bar in downtown Buckley on Christmas night have told police that the man who threw the first punch was the same man who later died at an area hospital.

Paxton Police Blotter (Jan. 2, 2017)

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

Paxton man assaulted, robbed in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — Police are looking for three people who knocked a Paxton man unconscious and stole his wallet early Christmas morning in Champaign.

According to a police report, a 21-year-old Paxton man was at the corner of First and Green streets in Champaign at 12:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 25, when three men approached him and hit him until he was unconscious.

Armed robbery at McDonald's in Gilman under investigation

GILMAN — Authorities continue to investigate an armed robbery at the McDonald’s restaurant in Gilman.

Iroquois County sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of an armed robbery at the restaurant, located at 720 W. U.S. 24, at 3:57 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.

UPDATE: 'Blunt-force trauma has been ruled out'

BUCKLEY — Following an autopsy Tuesday morning, officials still were not sure what caused the death of a man involved in a Christmas night bar brawl on the main drag of a tiny Iroquois County village.

B&B owner taking appeal to court, foregoing IHRC hearing

PAXTON — Claiming that the Illinois Human Rights Commission is unable to provide a neutral forum for resolving a same-sex discrimination complaint filed against his Christian-based business, TimberCreek Bed-and-Breakfast co-owner Jim Walder said he will forego having the full commission review an administrative law judge’s ruling against his B&B — and will instead appeal the decision throug

Milford teen pleads not guilty in murder of restaurant owner

WATSEKA — A 19-year-old Milford man charged in the fatal shooting of a Milford restaurant owner pleaded not guilty to three counts of first-degree murder last week.

Randy E. White appeared in Iroquois County Circuit Court with his public defender, Dale Strough of Watseka, on Dec. 22.

Ford County Circuit Court cases (Dec. 26, 2016)

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

• Brad Cawthon, 19, of Loda, for leaving the scene of an accident resulting in a personal injury or death.

• Eric A. Wessel, 34, of Cabery, for driving under the influence of alcohol.

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