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A new police chief discussion likely to occupy Paxton City Council meeting next week

The Ford County Record reports next week’s Paxton City Council meeting is expected to interest the community as to how the administration will proceed in its search for a new police chief.

The 7 pm meeting Tuesday, September 12th is at City Hall. Mayor Bill Ingold reportedly fired Chief Bob Bane last week. There’s been no comment from the mayor since the ‘Record” reported Bane was told to clean out his office August 29th. Personnel matters, under policy, are not discussed in open meetings.

Police Captain Coy Cornett is serving as interim-police chief. Cornett has been employed by the Paxton Police Department since Feb. 15, 1999.

Since the reported termination, Bane has avoided public comment. Pending litigation may have focus on a retaliation lawsuit. Conflict between Bane and the city administration has made news in the recent past.

Bane had been the city’s police chief since May 2006, when he was appointed by Mayor Ingold as a replacement for the retiring Ken Mutchmore. Bane had been with city for 18 years, serving as a captain since 2005.

Bane challenged the city in small-claims court last October, claiming the city owed him $6,848 in overtime pay for his attendance at city council meetings from May 2006 thru August 2015. A Judge ( Mark Fellheimer) ruled Bane is entitled to $1,190 of that $6800 claim.

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Morocco crash, rollover injures driver

Newton County Sheriff’s Police investigated a rollover crash Tuesday night at U.S 41 and Couty Road 300 W. A 24 year old Roselawn man, was traveling south bound on US 41when he failed to negotiate the curve at County Road 300 West and lost control causing the vehicle to leave the roadway and roll on its top.

The unidentified driver was ejected from the vehicle and transported to Riverside Medical Center to be treated for what is believed to be non life threatening injuries. Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by Newton County Ambulance, Morocco Fire Department, Morocco Police Department.

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Trailer fire in Kankakee, no injury

Kankakee Fire Department answered a call to a trailer fire this (Wed) morning in the 1900 block of Schuyler Avenue. There was no injury in the fire that heavily damaged the house-trailer at 6 am. One person living in the home is being helped by the American Red Cross. There is no damage estimate, and the cause remains under investigation.

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Tractor fire does $30,000 damage in Iroquois County

A passerby notified emergency officials about a tractor fire early Tuesday south of Watseka at county roads 1462 E and 2000 N. Woodland Fire Chief Bill Tucker said the tractor, owned by Wayne Janssen, had been parked since about Noon Monday. Woodland Fire responded just before 1 am. The tractor was engulfed when firemen arrived.

Mutual aid was called from Watseka, Crescent City and Milford...Tucker said...because the tractor was near a large tool shed. Firemen extinguished the flames in a hurry. The cause of the fir wasn’t determined.

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Former Executive Director Pleads Guilty to Defrauding Kankakee Valley Park District, Park Foundation

– Roy Collins, former executive director of the Kankakee Valley Park District, entered pleas of guilty (Tuesday) afternoon to defrauding the park district and a related not-for-profit organization for his personal benefit. Collins appeared before U.S. District Judge Colin S. Bruce.

Each count of wire and mail fraud (one count each) carries a maximum statutory penalty of 20 years in prison and fines of up to $250,000. A sentencing date is set for January 19, 2018. Collins was allowed to remain on bond.

The 47-year-old Collins was employed as the Executive Director of the Kankakee Valley Park District from 2011 to 2016. Collins also served as treasurer for a related not-for-profit organization known as the Kankakee Valley Park Foundation.

Collins pled guilty to using park district equipment, labor, and funds, and other park district and foundation resources to build and maintain a pond on his personal property. Collins admitted that he issued a park foundation check in the amount of $3,008., to purchase a tarp or pond liner, and that he kept and used a mower that belonged to the park district at his personal property.

Collins also admitted that he converted park district and park foundation funds intended for annual “BBQ Fest” events to his personal use. The scheme included his demand and receipt of approximately $6,000 from an individual hired in connection with the 2014 and 2015 BBQ Fests. In addition, Collins admitted that he used the park district’s credit card to make unauthorized personal purchases.

The charges are the result of investigation by the Illinois State Police, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Office of Inspector General. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Katherine V. Boyle.

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