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Murder-suspect Condon expected to testify in Iroquois County trial

Accused-killer Andrew Condon is scheduled to take the stand in his own defense today (Wednesday). The trial resumes at 9:30 am in Watseka.

The 36-year-old rural Ashkum man is charged in the shooting death of 27-year-old Jonathan Rubin of Danforth. Rubin was killed, shot several times, while working as a gas station clerk in Gilman in October 2012.

Condon has pleaded 'not guilty,' saying he was not the shooter.

The State's case includes video surveillance at the gas station. The jury watched that video and heard police investigators say 16 spent 9mml casings found at the scene matched a 50-count box of 9 mml ammunition recovered from Condon's home. That box of ammo was missing exactly 16 shells.

Condon had told police in an early interview that there was a black male subject at the gas station the night Condon stopped there with his wife to buy a pack of cigarettes.

A defense witness testified that his trained-technology know-how leads to his opinion that the shooter stood 5-4....three inches shorter than Condon's 5-7 stature.

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Ready for the March 2016 Primary Election ?

                        Petition circulation period starts September 1

Candidates interested in running for elected-office in the March 15 Illinois Primary should note you can begin circulating nomination petitions Tuesday, September 1.

The first day for candidates of established political parties to file their nomination papers with their respective county clerk's office is Monday, November 23. The filing period runs thru Monday, November 30.

Several positions in both Ford and Iroquois County up for election in 2016. Included are the offices of Circuit Clerk, State's Attorney, Coroner and also County Board members and Precinct Committeemen.

Questions can be directed to the Iroquois County Clerk's Office in Watseka at 815-432-6960 or Ford County Clerk's Office in Paxton at 217-379-9400.

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'Boma Field' dedication Friday

Officlals at Iroquois West High School and the Raider-community is renaming the high school football field.  'Boma Field' will honor the late John Boma.  A dedication ceremony is set for Friday, August 28, at 6:30 pm.  

Coach Boma started his coaching and teaching career at Iroquois West in 1972.  He became the Head Football Coach in 1975.  Boma led the Raiders to 145 victories, several playoff appearances and two state semi-finals.  He was inducted into the Illinois High School Coaches Hall of Fame in 1988. 

Coach Boma passed away July 16, 2015.

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Labor Day Drunk Driving Crackdown Begins in Illinois

Law enforcement looking for drunk drivers to help stop deadly crime

SPRINGFIELD – Drunk driving, especially around holidays such as Labor Day, is one of the deadliest crimes we face in Illinois and the nation as a whole. The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and Illinois State Police (ISP) are committed to saving lives and today the agencies announced the kickoff of the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" enforcement campaign leading up to Labor Day.

From today through Labor Day, state police will join more than 250 local police departments and county sheriff's offices to step up enforcement with roadside safety checks and hundreds of additional hours of drunk and drugged driving patrols. {info submitted}

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Bond set at $500,000 for Watseka shooting

A 25-year-old Watseka man is jailed on a half-million dollar bond for the weekend shooting that left a woman hospitalized. Jerry Pintelon is being held in the Iroquois County Jail. He's facing two felony charges for attempted murder and 2-counts of aggravated discharge of a firearm.

The victim, 20-year-old Kyliee Schwartz, was listed in stable condition at Carle Hospital in Urbana. She was shot three times late Saturday in a domestic dispute, according to a neighbor.

Watseka Police answered a call about shots fired at a residence in the 100-block of E. Ash Street.

In Iroquois Circuit Court (Monday), Judge James Kinzer listened to the charges read by Assistant State's Attorney Kara Macz. Kinzer agreed to the $500,000 bond for attempted murder, which could carry a 6-30 year prison term, if convicted. The felony charge of aggravated discharge of a firearm could lead to 4-15 years.

A status hearing on the case is scheduled for September 3rd.

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