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Fugitive arrested by State Police in Iroquois County

ASHKUM – Illinois State Police arrested an Illinois Department of Corrections fugitive Tuesday afternoon following a foot chase in Onarga.          

            18-year-old Michael Martinez was arrested on a DOC parole violation, a Ford County warrant for contempt of court on a residential burglary charge, escape from a police officer and obstructing justice.

            A state police special agent had stopped at an Onarga gas station when he spotted a teen who matched Martinez’ description. He approached the teen and asked for identification but Martinez gave the agent a different name. As the officer was attempting to verify information, Martinez bolted from the officer. A several block foot pursuit ensued, and Martinez was taken into custody after several good Samaritans assisted and blocked his way. He refused to admit he was indeed Martinez.

            After being transported to the Iroquois County Jail, a fingerprint check confirmed his identity.

            The DOC violation stemmed from Martinez cutting off his DOC ankle bracelet.

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Deere cuts 2013 sales growth guidance

(AP) -- Deere & Co. said on Wednesday that bad weather and weak economies will hinder sales growth this year.

The company reported better-than-expected second-quarter earnings and maintained its full-year profit prediction, but the outlook lowered Deere's stock price in premarket trading.

Deere makes farm and construction equipment, and said sales of that gear would rise 5 percent during the current fiscal year, which is now half over. It had previously predicted growth of 6 percent.

The reduced sales expectation came after a long, cold winter in North America delayed the planting of this year's seeds. It also slowed construction work and reduced demand for turf-care equipment, the company said.

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Energy Assistance Funds Still Available

Area residents needing help paying their utility bills can still get it through the East Central Illinois Community Action Agency.  Mike Young, Assistant Director of the agency, says apply whether your home uses electric, gas, oil or propane because there is assistance available.

Contact the East Central Illinois Community Action Agency for help.  Call or stop by the office at 56 N. Vermilion in Danville for your appointment.
All persons applying must have certain information with them at the time of application including:

  • Proof of the past 30-day income for all household members 18 years of age or older;
  • A copy of your rental lease or receipt;
  • A copy of your most recent utility bill; and
  • Social Security cards/or print outs for all household members.

For additional information contact the East Central Illinois Community Action Agency at (217) 443-2705.

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Ford County real estate tax bills in mail

The Ford County collector’s office has issued notice that real estate tax bills have been mailed to property owners.

The bills were in the mail Monday, May 13. The first installment is due June 14; the second installment comes due September 6th

Taxes may be paid by mail, at any Ford County bank or in the treasurer’s office at the courthouse on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There is also a drop box located in front of the courthouse.

Property owners who do not receive a tax bill by May 20 are asked to call the treasurer’s office.

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Monticello man arrested after pursuit

A Monticello, IN man is jailed in White County, Indiana after leading police on a chase Sunday thru two counties..

Indiana State Police say a pickup truck driven by 23-year-old Bradley Ayers was speeding across the Washington Street bridge about 10:30 Sunday night. Troopers say Ayers kept driving along U.S. 24 in White County before turning off onto several different county roads. Investigators say he lost control and wrecked his car in a field off a County Road in Carroll County.

A K-9 unit located Ayers about 45 minutes later along a creek under a bridge.

Ayers has outstanding warrants in White, Knox and Montgomery Counties.

As of Monday night, he is being held in the White County Jail on felony charges of Resisting Law Enforcement with a Vehicle and Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated with a Prior Conviction within Five Years. Authorities say his license was suspended at the time of the pursuit.

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