Will Brumleve

Will Brumleve

Falcons' athlete for all seasons as skilled off field as he is on it

GIBSON CITY — Instead of spending his Friday nights with friends, Nathan Garard sometimes starts his weekends by doing his homework.

"He'll be up on a Friday night at 10 or 11 o'clock doing homework, so he doesn't have to do it later in the weekend," said his father, Chris. "He's just been super committed and driven."

And, in Nathan's own words, prioritized.

Former state police special agent convicted of disorderly conduct over 911 calls

PAXTON — A former special agent for the Illinois State Police who has had multiple run-ins with the law in recent years was convicted Tuesday of felony disorderly conduct for calling 911 and falsely reporting that someone was coming to his home to physically assault him.

Fire started by malfunctioning mower destroys garage in Gibson City

GIBSON CITY — A family's two-car garage caught fire Wednesday night not long after a just-used mower was put back inside it, destroying the structure and its contents and damaging their home. No one was hurt.

Gibson Area Fire Protection District Chief Bruce Kallal estimated damages to be in the "$100,000 range."

Ford County election turnout hits 15-year low of 9.46 percent

PAXTON — Turnout in Ford County for Tuesday's consolidated election was lower than in any other in at least 15 years, with only 886 of the county's 9,366 registered voters — 9.46 percent — casting a ballot.

County Clerk Amy Frederick said the next-lowest turnout since 2005 was 14.84 percent in 2011. Data from previous years was not immediately available.

Terrorism suspect's Ford County charges dropped — for now

PAXTON — Ford County's prosecutor has dismissed charges of unlawful restraint and battery filed in 2017 against a former sheriff's deputy now awaiting trial in federal court in both Illinois and Minnesota for alleged acts of terrorism.

However, State's Attorney Andrew Killian said Thursday that "when the time is right, it is likely they will be refiled."

Costly storage-unit fire: 'We lost a lot of Paxton history'

PAXTON — A collection of antique vehicles, many of which had historical significance to the community of Paxton, went up in flames when the storage building they were in caught fire Tuesday night and again early Wednesday morning.

A Life Remembered | 'You won't find anybody who has anything bad to say about Tony Row'

GIBSON CITY — It's said that in Tony Row's 10 years working for the Gibson City Police Department, he treated everyone with respect, whether it was someone he was arresting or a senior citizen he was helping.

Everyone seemed to respect him, too, as was evident following his death Saturday after a nine-month battle with colon cancer.

Paxton man pleads guilty to reckless homicide in 2016 fatal crash

PAXTON — A rural Paxton man pleaded guilty Tuesday to reckless homicide in connection with an August 2016 head-on crash that killed a 19-year-old Paxton woman.

In return for 27-year-old Thomas T. Hoekstra's plea to the Class 3 felony, Ford County State's Attorney Andrew Killian agreed to dismiss two other Class 2 felony counts of aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol.

Gibson City man gets 35 years for repeated sexual assault of girl

PAXTON — Before sentencing Ryan Todd Schoolcraft to 35 years in prison Monday for repeatedly sexually molesting a girl beginning when she was 11 years old, a Ford County judge heard testimony and evidence alleging the 43-year-old Gibson City man had previously had inappropriate sexual contact with at least three other girls, including one who gave birth to his first child.

Milford man gets 44 years for murder in restaurant owner's 2016 death

WATSEKA — A 22-year-old Milford man has been sentenced to 44 years in prison for murdering Milford restaurant owner Jesus "Jesse" Cintora in November 2016.

Iroquois County Circuit Court records show that Judge James Kinzer sentenced Randy E. White during a pretrial hearing after White pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and armed violence as part of a plea agreement.