Urbana

Trials for 3 terrorism suspects delayed again

URBANA — The trials for three Ford County men charged with crimes committed as part of a homegrown terrorist organization, including an attempted bombing of a Champaign women’s health clinic, will be delayed until February.


Youngest of Clarence Four pleads; new details emerge about militia group

URBANA — The youngest of four Ford County men charged with crimes committed as part of a homegrown terrorist organization, including converting assault rifles into machine guns and committing robberies to finance their operation, has pleaded guilty.


FBI searching for answers in email account of militia group's leader

URBANA — Federal authorities gained permission from a judge several weeks ago to search an email account believed to be used by the leader of a Ford County militia group linked to acts of terrorism, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court in Urbana.


Ford County men will be tried on Illinois machine-gun charges first

URBANA — Federal prosecutors in Urbana will try their case against four Ford County men before prosecutors in Minnesota proceed with theirs against three of the men accused of bombing a mosque there, a judge ruled Monday.

Both prosecutors and defense attorneys had asked for a 60-day delay in the Minnesota case.


Lawsuit alleges police chief's firing was in retaliation

URBANA — A lawsuit filed in federal court by former Paxton police chief Bob Bane’s attorney alleges that the veteran officer was fired illegally by Mayor Bill Ingold last summer in retaliation for taking the city to court for overtime pay he believed he was owed.


The Jeremy Werner show has a Paxton connection

URBANA — When Jeremy Werner and Austin Burklund first met, it was at a basketball practice at Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School.

It was 2009, Werner recalled. It was not long after Werner had started his first full-time sports reporting job — at what was then known as the Paxton Record and is now known as the Ford County Record.


Paxton man gets 5 years for stolen vehicle

URBANA — A Paxton man who pleaded guilty to possessing a stolen vehicle was sentenced on Oct. 25 to five years in prison.

Jared Mikules, 26, admitted to Judge Tom Difanis that on July 16, he was in a stolen Jeep at a gas station in Rantoul.


Q&A with the Kilborn Alley Blues Band

The Kilborn Alley Blues Band will make its second appearance in as many years in downtown Paxton on Saturday, Sept. 17, as one of four bands performing at the fifth annual Paxton Swine ‘N’ Dine BBQ Contest & Festival.


'Bear' headed to new home

URBANA — Bear, the abused dog found last month dangling from a bridge post in Ford County, is now healthy enough to be released from the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital and go to his new “forever home,” UI officials said.


Badly injured dog shows positive signs

URBANA — His jaw broken, his eye infected, his neck covered in puncture wounds from shotgun pellets, Bear wasn’t acting like a dog that wanted to live when he was rushed to the University of Illinois Veterinary Clinic last week.

But something changed in the last 48 hours, giving hope to those caring for the brown labrador mix found tied to a bridge and in Ford County on Thursday.


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