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Police Blotter (Sept. 17, 2014)

Ford County Crimestoppers (217-784-4173) offers a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction for unsolved crimes. Informants may remain anonymous.

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

Claytonville man pleads innocent to pot-growing charges

CLAYTONVILLE — An Iroquois County man pleaded not guilty on Sept. 9 to charges alleging he grew 44 cannabis plants in his garden.

$8,466 in restitution ordered in kidnapping/robbery case

PAXTON — A suburban Chicago man recently sentenced to jail and probation for his role in the kidnapping, beating and attempted extortion of a Paxton businessman was ordered last week to pay $8,466 in restitution to the victim and his family.

Ford County sheriff: Dispatch fee hike is 'off the table'

PAXTON — Ford County Sheriff Mark Doran said Monday that, for the upcoming year anyway, he will not be asking for an increase in dispatch fees charged to the county’s two largest cities.

Paxton Police Chief Bob Bane told the Paxton City Council last week that Doran wanted to increase the annual fees both Gibson City and Paxton pay for dispatch services, from $16,000 to $40,000.

Iroquois County Board chairman wants to dissolve another bi-county organization

WATSEKA — Saying his county could do a better job on its own, Iroquois County Board Chairman Rod Copas wants to dissolve the Ford-Iroquois Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) — an organization that works to ensure Ford and Iroquois counties are prepared for emergencies, in particular those involving hazardous materials.

Iroquois County Sheriff's Office police blotter (Sept. 12, 2014)

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

— Daniel Blair, 18, of Gilman, was arrested by Gilman police on Sept. 10 on an Iroquois County warrant for battery.

Gibson City police blotter (Sept. 10, 2014)

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City Police Department released the following list of persons arrested or ticketed recently:

— Joseph A. Warmbier, 50, of Champaign, for unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia on Sept. 7.

— Marla J. Francisco, 52, of Urbana, for unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of cannabis (under 30 grams) on Sept. 7.

Ford County Sheriff's Office police blotter (Sept. 9, 2014)

PAXTON — The Ford County Sheriff’s Office released the following list of activity for the period of Aug. 31 through Sept. 6:

Ford County Circuit Court Cases (Sept. 9, 2014)

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

• Shane E. St. John, 25, of Paxton, for a violation of the Sex Offender Registry.

• Jesus Santivanez, 20, of Gibson City, for possession of cannabis (under 2.5 grams).

Ford County board approves bid for replacement of lighting on radio tower

For the Paxton Record

PAXTON — The Ford County Board accepted a $14,456 bid Monday night from Hi-Tech Towers of Gibson City to replace the lighting system on a communication tower next to the courthouse in Paxton.

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