Wind farm developer working to get permits for Pilot Hill project reinstated

WATSEKA — The developer of a wind farm that will span portions of Iroquois, Ford and Kankakee counties is working to have its building permits reinstated for 35 turbines to be built in Iroquois County, after the county board voted to withhold those permits last week.

No-contact orders sought against Loda trustee

LODA — Loda Trustee John Zalaker said he is talking with his attorney to see if he legally will be able to participate in upcoming village board meetings if no-contact orders are granted against him.

Sheriff: Crimes in Loda, Roberts appear to be committed by same man

LODA — Ford County Sheriff Mark Doran said Tuesday it appears that the same man who robbed a Roberts convenience store earlier this month also attempted to rob a Loda gas station on Saturday.

Authorites: Armed robberies in Loda, Roberts appear to be linked

LODA — Investigators for the Ford County Sheriff’s Office plan to meet Monday with those from the Iroquois County Sheriff’s Office to determine whether Saturday’s attempted armed robbery of a Loda gas station was likely committed by the same man who robbed a convenience store in Roberts.

Fire destroys Rantoul house

RANTOUL — Rantoul Fire Department will call in additional investigators to pinpoint the cause of a fire that destroyed a local couple’s home Friday morning.

Kevin Kaiser, a Rantoul fire investigator, said the blaze in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Dave Willard at 1316 Briarcliff Drive is unofficially undetermined.

Iroquois prosecutor not prepared to charge ex-employees

WATSEKA — Iroquois County’s top prosecutor said further action by the county board will be required before he can decide whether to prosecute ex-employees of the now-dissolved Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department on criminal charges related to their alleged misuse of government computers.

Ford County Sheriff's Office police blotter (Nov. 14, 2014)

PAXTON — The Ford County Sheriff’s Office released the following list of activity for the period of Nov. 2-8:

— On Nov. 8, Sandra Greiff of Mazon struck a whitetail deer with her car west of Paxton at 550 N. Illinois 115.

— On Nov. 8, a deputy responded to a commercial burglary alarm in Piper City.  The cause of the alarm was a malfunction. 

'Inappropriate conduct' alleged of former correctional officer

PAXTON — The Illinois Appellate Prosecutor’s Office is reviewing investigative materials to determine whether to charge a former Ford County correctional officer with official misconduct, authorities said Friday.

Arrested Loda trustee admits he 'lost his temper'

LODA — A village trustee who was arrested for disorderly conduct after a melee broke out at the end of Wednesday’s board meeting admitted Thursday that he “lost his temper.”

“Basically, I got pushed, pushed and pushed to the breaking point,” John Zalaker told the Paxton Record.

Authorities mum on Ford County correctional officer's arrest

PAXTON — Ford County Sheriff Mark Doran confirmed Thursday that one of his correctional officers was arrested recently following an investigation by state police.

Doran declined to identify the correctional officer or provide any details of the criminal allegations.

Doran referred all questions to state police and Ford County State’s Attorney Randy Yedinak.

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