Courts, Police, and Fire

'You won't find anybody who has anything bad to say about Tony Row'

GIBSON CITY — In his 10 years working for the Gibson City Police Department, Tony Row treated everyone with respect, whether it was someone he was arresting or a senior citizen he was helping.

Everyone seemed to respect him, too, as was evident following his untimely death Saturday after a courageous, nine-month battle with colon cancer.

Hari’s trial over mosque firebombing set for fall

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A Ford County man accused of firebombing a mosque in Minnesota almost two years ago is now tentatively set to be tried in the fall.

In an order entered Monday, U.S. Magistrate Judge Hildy Bowbeer said that the trial of Michael Hari, 48, of Clarence shall begin Sept. 30 at the federal courthouse in St. Paul, Minn.

Paxton Police Blotter (March 19, 2019)

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

Ford County Circuit Court cases (March 18, 2019)

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

• Mark R. Hubbard, 29, of Paxton, for driving on a revoked/suspended driver’s license.
• Erin N. Shaw, 38, of Paxton, for possession of a controlled substance.

State Rep. Bennett out of hospital

GIBSON CITY — State Rep. Tom Bennett is resting at home after a fiery crash on March 7.

The Gibson City Republican, as expected, left a Bloomington hospital this week. He said he is working from home and his recovery will take a few weeks.

In the meantime, Bennett’s district offices will stay open to help residents.

Rural Ludlow shed destroyed by fire

LUDLOW — A mail carrier delivering to a rural Ludlow residence alerted the occupants of the home that their machine shed was on fire Thursday morning.

The blaze, fed by strong winds, destroyed the pole building located about 5 miles west of Ludlow at 3539 Champaign County Road 1200 East.

2 hurt in wrong-way head-on collision at I-57/I-74 interchange

CHAMPAIGN — An Onarga woman has been charged with aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol after state police said she drove the wrong way on Interstate 57, colliding head-on with a semitrailer at the Interstate 74 interchange and causing injuries to herself and the other driver.

Paxton cops waiting to see how Supreme Court ruling could affect impoundment practices

PAXTON — Impounding vehicles has been a money-making business for the Paxton Police Department since August 2009, when an ordinance went into effect requiring the owners of vehicles used in the commission of various crimes to pay a $500 administrative penalty, plus towing and storage fees, to get back their seized vehicles.

Rural Paxton man pleads guilty to reckless homicide in 2016 crash

PAXTON — A rural Paxton man pleaded guilty Tuesday to reckless homicide in connection with an August 2016 head-on crash that killed a 19-year-old Paxton woman.

In return for 27-year-old Thomas T. Hoekstra’s plea to the Class 3 felony, Ford County State’s Attorney Andrew Killian agreed to dismiss two other Class 2 felony counts of aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol.

Paxton Police Blotter (March 12, 2019)

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

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