Four fire departments battled a single-story house fire south of Watseka Wednesday. No injury was reported, but the house was destroyed. The American Red Cross is providing help.
County records show the house is owned by Travis Burger of Watseka. The renter was identified as Paul Guittierez.
Woodland Fire Chief Bill Tucker said the rural slick roads made it difficult to get to the scene, firemen were forced to use back roads because a bridge is out service near 1631 N and 2280 E. Tucker reported the cause is unknown. Firemen found the house already engulfed when they arrived.
The call was answered at 3:03 pm. Firefighters were on the scene until 9 pm. Mutual aid for Woodland came from Crescent City, Milford and Watseka.
URBANA --- Fifty-four year-old Greg Yates and his son, Terrance Yates, have pleaded guilty for defrauding a federal business loan program out of $1.7 million dollars.
Both men face sentencing in May, according to the U-S Attorney's Office. They could be sentenced up to 30 years in prison.
Greg and Terrance Yates admitted to using a construction project in Casey (IL) to gain the $1.7 million in federal grants.
Boil orders in Roberts just won't go away. The small Ford County community is battling water line breaks and the cold weather has offered no relief.
Only a few days after a boil order was lifted in town, residents are again being asked to boil their drinking water until further notice.
The second boil order in a one-week span is in effect, and it likely will remain so until Wednesday or Thursday, according to Village Board President Rick Flessner.
The boil order was prompted by a broken water main discovered shortly after 2 p.m. Sunday. One water main was fixed then another popped. Flessner said workers are diligently trying to solve the problems and he's asking for residents to be paitient.
Pigeon Grove Township Road Commissioner Dan Bauer of Cissna Park is free on bond having been arrested for Official Misconduct. The 54-year-old Bauer is accused of using the township's tax exempt status for personal gain.
He was arrested Friday by county sheriff's police.
Police report the investigation revealed Bauer purchased a lawn tractor in 2011, using personal funds while using Pigeon Grove Township's tax-exempt number. During the investigation, police said a search warrant executed at Bauer's Cissna Park family farm operation, the lawn tractor in question was located on the property.
Bauer surrendered himself to the county jail Friday.