Courts Police and Fire

Marvel the cat has 'long road to recovery'

PAXTON — Shaking, with its hair singed and face swollen, June Bane couldn’t believe her eyes when she saw the cat that was brought into the Paxton Veterinary Clinic on Monday morning.

At first, she thought somebody had perhaps shaved its hair. But after a closer look, it became apparent that the cat had been burned.

No injuries when truck strikes train

ONARGA — No one was hurt when a pickup truck struck a train that was crossing U.S. 24/52 in Iroquois County on Thursday afternoon.

One dead in crash near Piper City

PIPER CITY — A Michigan woman was killed Thursday in a two-vehicle accident near Piper City in northern Ford County.

District 21 Illinois State Police said in a news release that Rosemary E. Posekany, 66, of Greenville, Mich., was pronounced dead by Ford County Coroner Rick Flessner at the scene of the crash at U.S. 24 and County Road 1700 East.

Michael Hari: From deputy to abductor to alleged terrorist

Michael Benjamin Hari has been in the news before — many times, actually. But for those who may not remember, here are some facts about the 47-year-old Clarence man who now stands charged by the federal government in connection with two alleged bombings:

Police Blotter (March 15, 2018)

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

Ford County Circuit Court cases (March 15, 2018)

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

• Michelle L. Daniels, 35, of Champaign, for three counts of abuse/neglect of an elderly person by a caregiver.
• Tamara S. McMillan, 53, of Urbana, for identity theft ($300-$2,000).

Feds link Ford County trio to Minn. mosque bombing, attempted Champaign clinic bombing

URBANA — Four Ford County men are in federal custody for possession of a machine gun, a charge intended to hold them while the government seeks additional charges that allegedly link three of them to a mosque bombing in Minnesota and the attempted bombing of a women’s health clinic in Champaign last year.

UPDATED: Sheriff still 'concerned' about Hari's militia group

CLARENCE — Before Michael B. Hari’s arrest Tuesday on federal charges in connection with a bombing in Minnesota and an attempted bombing in Champaign, his anti-government militia group planned to hold a protest on Saturday in Hari’s hometown of Clarence, opposing “the FBI and local law enforcement abuse” of the community’s citizens.

Clarence men charged with possession of machine gun

URBANA — On Tuesday, FBI agents arrested four rural East Central Illinois men on a criminal complaint that charges them with possession of a machine gun.

The men arrested and charged are: Michael B. Hari, 47; Joe Morris, 22; Michael McWhorter, 29; and, Ellis Mack, 18, all of Clarence, a rural community approximately 35 miles north of Champaign-Urbana.

One dead in two-vehicle crash near Danforth

DANFORTH — Authorities in Iroquois County are investigating a fatal traffic accident that occurred Wednesday afternoon about 5 miles west of Danforth.

Iroquois County Coroner Bill Cheatum said Gregory Ainsworth, 64, of rural Danforth, was killed in the crash at the intersection of county roads 2300 North and 300 East.

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