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PAXTON — One of the four men charged in connection with the kidnapping, armed robbery and beating of a rural Paxton man last December has been given more time to prepare a defense.
Judge Paul Lawrence granted a motion Monday by Paxton attorney Lance Cagle to continue the case of his client, Eduardo Samano, 22, of Berwyn, to 9 a.m. May 5.
Following is a list of cases filed recently in Ford County Circuit Court, as posted at www.judici.com:
• Kevin W. Wleklinksi, 37, of Chatsworth, for theft ($500 to $10,000), criminal damage to property ($500 to $10,000) and threatening a public official.
• Roger M. Gibson Jr., 35, of Loda, for solicitation to meet a child.
GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City Police Department released the following list of persons arrested or ticketed recently:
— Christopher L. Hitchcock, 26, of 330 N. State St., Gibson City, for driving with a suspended license on March 9.
— Kelsi R. Roach, 21, of 1383 E. 3000 North Road, Piper City, for driving with a suspended license on March 8.
WATSEKA — A Michigan woman who was found with large amounts of heroin, cocaine and marijuana during a traffic stop in Iroquois County has been charged with three felonies.
PAXTON — A 35-year-old Loda man has been charged with a felony for allegedly using Facebook to ask a 14-year-old Paxton girl to go on a date with him.
Roger M. Gibson Jr., 35, was charged March 6 in Ford County Circuit Court with one count of solicitation to meet a child, a Class 4 felony punishable by up to three years in prison.
HOOPESTON — The Vermilion County coroner’s office has identified a man who was shot to death at a Hoopeston hotel Sunday night as 40-year-old Bruce L. Eldridge of Hoopeston.
Coroner Peggy Johnson said the death is being treated as a homicide. She said her office, Hoopeston police and the Vermilion County sheriff’s department continue to investigate the shooting.
PAXTON — The Paxton Police Department is seeking information from the public about two recent incidents of criminal damage to property.
Between Jan. 10 and Jan. 24, two windows at the Evangelical Covenant Church, 260 S. Union St., were damaged with a BB-gun. The windows were valued at $1,500.
PAXTON — The Ford County Sheriff’s Office released the following list of activity for the period of March 2-9:
— On March 9, a loud music complaint in Stelle was handled by a deputy.
— On March 8, a deputy assisted Piper City police and Gibson Area Ambulance Service personnel with a combative male in need of a mental health evaluation in Piper City.
WATSEKA — An elected township road commissioner in Iroquois County pleaded innocent Monday to an official misconduct charge alleging he used his township’s tax-exempt status to receive a $1,100 discount on a riding lawnmower he bought for his personal use.
WATSEKA — The Iroquois County Sheriff’s Office released the following list of recent activity:
— Mark A. Barney, 39, of Gilman, was arrested March 5 by Gilman police for driving with a suspended license.
— Terry Noel, 24, of Iroquois, was arrested March 4 by sheriff’s deputies for domestic battery and criminal trespass.