Courts Police and Fire

Iroquois County Sheriff's Office police blotter (Oct. 22, 2014)

WATSEKA — The Iroquois County Sheriff’s Office released the following list of recent activity:

— Anthony F. Billquist, 52, of Watseka, was arrested for aggravated domestic battery on Oct. 22, following a domestic dispute with his girlfriend at a residence in rural Watseka. Paramedics from Iroquois Memorial Hospital treated the victim for injuries at the scene.

Ford County Circuit Court Cases (Oct. 22, 2014)

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

• Jason H. White, 36, of Gardner, for possession of cannabis (10-30 grams) and possession of drug paraphernalia.
• Dalton L. Bowman, 21, of Gibson City, for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Ford County Sheriff's Office police blotter (Oct. 22, 2014)

PAXTON — The Ford County Sheriff’s Office released the following list of activity for the period of Oct. 12-18:

— On Oct. 18, the theft of equipment was reported in Melvin.

Police hunting for man over stolen vehicle in rural Vermilion County

RURAL POTOMAC — County and state authorities late Tuesday afternoon continue to scour a rural area near Potomac for a man who was driving a stolen vehicle.

Police seek info on soda pop machine burglars

These two men were captured on surveillance cameras as they pried open a Coke machine outside the entrance to the Paxton IGA, causing about $400 in damage, and stole an estimated $300 to $400 in change. The crime occurred at 3:11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 11. The men were believed to be driving a white four-door Chevrolet Cobalt. The man on the right had a large tattoo on the right side of his neck.

Prosecutors: Murder suspect wrote letter to witness to get him to change his testimony

WATSEKA — Iroquois County prosecutors disclosed Monday that they believe murder suspect Andrew M. Condon tried to get one of their witnesses to change his testimony.

No injuries in Gilman accident

WATSEKA — The Iroquois County Sheriff’s Office released the following list of recent activity:

Fitzgerald appointed next chief judge of 11th Judicial Circuit of Illinois

BLOOMINGTON — The circuit judges of the 11th Judicial Circuit of Illinois have elected Circuit Judge Kevin P. Fitzgerald as the next chief judge of the circuit.

Fitzgerald will assume his duties on Jan. 1, 2015, upon the retirement of Chief Judge Elizabeth A. Robb. The chief judge has general administrative authority over the court and judicial assignments.

Loans available for fire departments to buy new trucks

WATSEKA — The state fire marshal’s office and the Illinois Finance Authority are accepting applications for $14 million in loans to be used by fire departments to buy fire trucks and brush trucks.

The Fire Truck Revolving Loan Program’s application period runs from Oct. 15 to Dec. 12. 

Onarga man faces up to 45 years in prison for sexual abuse of two girls

WATSEKA — A 47-year-old Onarga man faces between 10 and 45 years in prison when sentenced next month for sexually abusing two girls several years ago.

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