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.

Buckley board hears timeline for sanitary sewer system project

BUCKLEY — Larry Johnson of Fehr Graham Engineering gave a report to the Buckley Village Board about a potential sanitary sewer system design and construction timeline during the board’s monthly meeting on Monday, March 5.

Rankin board hears about Step Up Program

RANKIN — Rankin Village Board members heard a presentation during their monthly meeting on Thursday, March 1, about the Step Up Program.

Gibson Area Chamber hands out annual awards


GIBSON CITY — Rob Schmitt, chief executive officer of Gibson Area Hospital, was named Gibson City’s 2017 Citizen of the Year by the Gibson Area Chamber of Commerce during the chamber’s annual awards dinner Thursday night at the Kruse Center in Gibson City.

PBL school board to vote on bids for construction projects

PAXTON —  The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board is expected to approve bids for the Clara Peterson Elementary School addition/renovation project and PBL High School renovation project during its next meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 15, in the board room at the unit office in Paxton.

The board will also hear updates on the status of the two projects from architects and engineers.

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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