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Bear's owners seek no-contact order vs. man who found dog tied to bridge

SIBLEY — The owners of Bear, the dog found tied to a bridge near Sibley with its mouth taped shut and suffering from puncture wounds from a gun shot, are seeking no-contact orders against the man who discovered the horrific scene last month, along with his wife.

UPDATED: 'Positive movement' in investigation into Bear case

URBANA — Ford County’s sheriff won’t say when arrests may come, but he did say Thursday that there had been some “positive movement” in the investigation into the case of Bear, the brown Labrador mix found tied to a bridge near Sibley and badly injured last week.

Bus fire delays students’ trip to Chicago

GILMAN — The engine of a Peoria Charter bus hauling a group of Central High School Spanish Club students to Chicago caught fire this morning.

The bus made it about 50 miles north on Interstate 57 before catching fire. Students and staff were evacuated in Gilman. No one was injured, according to Champaign Unit 4 spokeswoman Stephanie Stuart.

UPDATE: Badly injured dog showing ‘resilience’

URBANA — The brown Labrador mix that was found badly injured in Ford County last week may have been tied to the bridge for longer than medical experts initially suspected.

Ludlow woman sentenced to prison in drug case

URBANA — A Ludlow woman who admitted having cocaine intended for sale last fall has been sentenced to four years in prison.

Shellie R. Hardin, 38, pleaded guilty April 25 to possession with intent to deliver cocaine, admitting that on Oct. 31, she had between one and 15 grams of cocaine on her.

Badly injured dog shows positive signs

URBANA — His jaw broken, his eye infected, his neck covered in puncture wounds from shotgun pellets, Bear wasn’t acting like a dog that wanted to live when he was rushed to the University of Illinois Veterinary Clinic last week.

But something changed in the last 48 hours, giving hope to those caring for the brown labrador mix found tied to a bridge and in Ford County on Thursday.

Watseka man dies following crash in Kankakee County

KANKAKEE — A Watseka man died at a Kankakee hospital Monday after crashing his car into a utility pole in Kankakee County.

Dog found hanging from bridge still clinging to life

SIBLEY — In his 15 years as Ford County’s animal control officer, Darrell Foster had never seen a case of animal cruelty as shocking as the one he came across last week.

“It’s heinous,” Foster said Monday. “I’ve seen a lot of different stuff, but this one just kind of really, really hit me. When it comes to abuse or cruelty like this ... this is by far the worst case I’ve seen.”

Ryan Nibbe resentenced to 10 years in prison in Gibson City man's death

PAXTON — A 36-year-old Gibson City man, whom Ford County’s prosecutor described as a “plague on society since the day he turned 18,” is headed back to prison for a sixth time after a judge imposed a 10-year sentence on him Thursday for throwing a punch that killed another Gibson City man in 2013.

Ford County Circuit Court cases (April 20, 2016)

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

• Frank A. Zamiar III, 21, of Paxton, for burglary, possession of burglary tools and criminal damage to property (less than $300).
• Nickolas D. Heisler, 20, of Paxton, for burglary and criminal damage to property (less than $300).

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