Courts Police and Fire

Four dogs, one cat perish in Paxton house fire

PAXTON — Four dogs and a cat perished in a house fire Thursday night on Paxton’s east side.

Paxton Fire Chief Denny Kingren said about 20 Paxton firefighters and 12 from Loda responded to the blaze at a one-story home at 334 S. Winter St. shortly after 11 p.m.

Ex-village official ordered to pay back $100,000 in stolen funds

CISSNA PARK — Cissna Park’s former bookkeeper/collector and clerk was ordered by a judge this week to pay $100,350 to the village’s insurance carrier, reflecting the amount it says she stole from the village over a six-year period.

Police Blotter (Feb. 10, 2016)

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

Ford County Circuit Court cases (Feb. 10, 2016)

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

• Brett M. Thomas, 19, of Elliott, for theft (less than $500) from a school or place of worship.
• Daniel A. Carey, 57, of Pontiac, for driving on a revoked/suspended driver’s license.
• Dennis W. Malchow, 41, of Stelle, for stalking.

Fatal crash victim identified

ASHKUM — A DeKalb woman died in a two-vehicle accident on Interstate 57 in Iroquois County on Wednesday morning, and three passengers in her vehicle were taken to two hospitals for treatment.

Iroquois County Coroner Bill Cheatum said Shirley J. Davis, 48, of DeKalb, was pronounced dead at the scene at 9:15 a.m. An autopsy was being conducted Wednesday afternoon.

Traffic rerouted after fatal crash on I-57

ASHKUM — Illinois State Police has rerouted traffic on Interstate 57 southbound at milepost 290 because of a fatal crash that occured this morning.

Traffic is being rerouted at the Ashkum 293 exit onto U.S. 45. Vehicles can re-enter I-57 at the Gilman 283 entrance ramp.

2 rail cars leave track in Gibson City; no injuries or spills

GIBSON CITY — Two rail cars ran slightly off the track in Gibson City near 10th Street Tuesday morning, but the mayor said they did not tip over.

Nothing was spilled and no one was hurt, said Mayor Dan Dickey.

“The tracks were spread a little at that point,” Dickey said. “I think it’s all fixed up by now.”

He said he didn’t know the exact time of the accident.

Pedestrian struck by car upgraded to fair condition

PAXTON — A Paxton man seriously injured when he was struck by a car Friday night remained hospitalized Tuesday morning, but his condition had been upgraded from critical to fair.

Pedestrian critically injured when struck by car in Paxton

PAXTON — A Paxton man remained hospitalized Saturday in critical condition after being struck by a car Friday night in Paxton.

District 21 Illinois State Police at Ashkum said Robert D. Knell, 55, was walking north on U.S. 45 near Pine Street when he was hit by a northbound 1997 Buick.

Police identified the driver of the car as Perry G. Chaney, 36, of Loda.

Theft of rural cemetery fence evokes 'disgust'

RURAL PENFIELD — Maureen Hughes felt only one thing — “disgust” — when she realized that large sections of an ornate wrought-iron fence had been stolen from one of Champaign County’s oldest cemeteries late last month.

“It’s just uncalled for that somebody could desecrate a cemetery like that,” the retired one-time police officer said.

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