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Former Momence Police Chief stripped of pension

Former Countryside and Momence Police Chief Tim Swanson, who's serving a 27-month prison term, now appears to have lost his $100,000 a year police pension. The Countryside Police Pension Board is moving to strip Swanson of the pension benefits.

Swanson is serving his 27-year prison term and then has to repay some $300,000 in restitution and fines, once released from custody.

Swanson admitted to stealing money from a police non-profit organization. He's been in a court battle to keep his six-figure annual pension, arguing since pleading guilty to tax charges connected to the pilfered-funds, his crime was a personal act, not connected to his job as a police official.

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Indiana trooper seriously injured making U-turn

An Indiana State Police Trooper was seriously injured Wednesday when his squad-car was hit by a semi when he attempted to make a U-turn.

25-year-old Trooper Brant Goubeaux was west bound on State Road 10 in Jasper County when he decided to make a U-turn to follow a vehicle that had violated the law. According to a press release from the Indiana State Police, Goubeaux is an almost-one year veteran of the department.

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Benton County: Motorist flees from crash site

Benton County authorities are trying to locate the driver of a car that crashed into a ditch then fled the scene. Police report they're investigating after two people ran off after crashing.

It happened north of Otterbein on County Road 1200 East.
Benton County sheriff deputies along with Otterbein police and fire responded.

Deputies located beer cans in the car after the crash. It's believed speed and alcohol are factors in the crash.

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Paxton man faces up to 60 years for sexual assault

35-year-old Billy Stevens of Paxton could be spending up to 60 years in prison. He was convicted Wednesday of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child. Stevens will be sentenced November 17 in Ford County Circuit Court.

A Ford County jury returned a guilty verdict of two counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, a Class X felony.

Stevens was charged in February for allegedly repeatedly sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl over the course of more than a year. The charges were a result of an investigation by Paxton police and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Service.

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Carol Arseneau back in charge of Loda government

She served eight years as mayor Loda. Now, Carol Arseneau is doing it again.

Arseneau has replaced embattled Village president Ron Dudley, who resigned after a no-confident vote from the village trustees. Arseneau was sworn in and will fill Dudley's term for the next 18 months, until the April 2017 municipal election. The village trustees selected Arseneau for the job.

Arseneau served the last two years as a village trustee. She was mayor for eight years, choosing not to seek another term as leader of the village. Dudley was elected to fill the top post.

Arseneau had previously served as board president for the eight years until opting to run instead for a trustee position in 2013.

With Arseneau vacating her trustee seat, there are now two spots available on the village board.

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