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PBL School bus, semi-trailer collision, no injury

The PBL school district is reporting no injuries this (Thurs) morning in a school bus – semi-trailer accident in Ford County.

Superintendent Cliff McClure reports there were four PBL students onboard the bus when it collided with the semi-trailer a little before 7 am. The collision occurred on Paxton's east side, at the intersection of Pells Street and Stockholm Road.

Traffic was being detoured.

Three of the four students were released to their parents. The other went to school.

The driver of the bus and semi-trailer remained at the scene while emergency personnel gathered.

The school district's automated parental-notification system made parents aware of the accident.

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Pontiac man charged with killing mother, brother

Livingston County State's attorney Seth Uphoff has released additional information concerning a shooting last month at a Pontiac motel.

A 27-year-old Pontiac man was charged Tuesday with killing his mother and brother Aug. 20 at the motel. It was a shooting incident that also left another person critically injured.

Cody Hetherington was charged with four counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of 57-year-old Jean Corrice and 22-year-old Tyler Friant.

Uphoff said in a prepared statement, "The charges stem from Hetherington's actions on August 20, 2013, and the discovery of the victims at the Palamar Hotel in Pontiac.

Hetherington would face a mandatory sentence of life in prison if convicted of first-degree murder.

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Accused-murderer Nibbe offered plea deal

The Ford County State's Attorney is offering accused murder Ryan Nibbe a chance to plead guilty to 2nd-degree murder for a beating death of another man outside a Gibson City apartment building.

State's Attorney Matt Fitton made the offer during a pretrial hearing in Paxton to dismiss two counts of felony battery in return for a guilty plea to second-degree murder.
No decision was made. The defense is reviewing evidence in the case.

The 34-year-old Nibbe of Gibson City, is charged in the death of 44-year-oldTimothy Robertson of Gibson City.
Nibbe was charged initially on August 2 with two counts of felony battery in connection with the July 28 altercation that led to the death of Robertson. After Robertson died August 5 from a head injury he received in the altercation, Fitton charged Nibbe with one count of second-degree murder.

An autopsy showed Robertson suffered a skull fracture as a result of a punch. The autopsy ruling on the cause of death was "complications from blunt force trauma."

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Corbett signs buyout agreement; search underway for new F-I Public Health administrator

Former Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department administrator Doug Corbett has signed off on an agreement, which authorizes a buyout of his contract.

Now, the health department board can begin its search for a new administrator. A search for an interim administrator is underway.

The health board was informed Monday Corbett had signed the buyout agreement.

The buyout agreement provides Corbett with $14,852 — which is the remainder of his salary from October 1 through November 30. That was the contract date Corbett's employment contract expired.

Corbett will also be awarded payment for remaining vacation hours and he'll continue to receive his medical insurance benefits through Nov. 30.

The two county board chairmen and the health department board still need to sign off on the agreement.

The health board agreed to buy out the remainder of Corbett's contract, after allegations of unprofessional conduct and unlawful behavior by Corbett were disclosed in public meetings over the past several months.

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Harley crash kills cyclist in Indiana

A motorcycle crash in Newton County, Indiana killed a Wheatfield, Ind. 40-year-old Chad Scolley was pronounced dead at the scene Sunday. Scolley's wife, Teresa, a passenger on the cycle, was hospitalized in Kankakee.

The driver of a pickup truck, also involved in the accident, was not injured.

Sheriff's Police report emergency personnel were dispatched to State Road 14 at County Road 250W at Morocco.

Police reported Scolley was thrown from his Harley Davidson motorcycle after the bike collided with a truck driven by 20-year-old Ezra Myers of Morocco.

The pickup truck driven by Myers was attempting to make a left turn off Route 14 onto 250W Road when Scolley tried to pass the truck, according to a press release. The vehicles collided, throwing the husband and wife from the bike.

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