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$5M bond for accused killer in Pembroke murder

Bond was set at $5 million (Thursday) for Willie E. Nichols Jr., who’s accused of shooting and killing his stepfather Tuesday morning. 63-year-old Clarence Riley died of gunshot wounds in what police called a domestic argument in Pembroke Township.

Judge Clark Erickson set bond for the 43-year-old Nichols.
Erickson told the court the higher than normal bond was set due to Nichols awaiting trial for sexually assaulting and impregnating an underage relative in 2013. He was out on a $150,000 bond for that case.

Nichols allegedly confessed to Kankakee County Sheriff's investigators for the shooting of Riley at a residence near the Illinois-Indiana state line.

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Drug-induced homicide arrest made in Hopkins Park

A 25-year-old man wanted on a Kankakee County warrant for drug-induced homicide was arrested by police in Hopkins Park.

The warrant named Javonta L. Davis for outstanding charges that allege he sold fentanyl-laced heroin that killed at least one person in Bradley in November 2016.

The Kankakee County Sheriff's police and Kankakee Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group arrested Davis Thursday.
Davis was also charged with being in possession of a controlled substance. His bond was set at $100,000.

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Alleged drug-trafficker 'Migo' Ramirez trial set for June

A former Paxton resident has learned his drug-trafficking trial is scheduled for this summer in Macon County. A June 12th date is on the calendar for 35-year-old Eddi “Migo” Ramirez.

Ramirez failed to have his criminal drug case thrown out of court based on grounds of double-jeopardy.

A state appellate court ruling upheld a judge’s decision to reject Ramirez’s claim that his felony drug-trafficking case in Macon County should be thrown out. Ramirez had claimed he was being subjected to double jeopardy by being charged in Macon County with drug-trafficking crimes for which he already had been charged in federal court.

Ramirez is charged in Macon County with unlawful criminal drug conspiracy, a Class X felony. He’s jailed on a $500,000 bond. A conviction could bring 5 to 120 year prison term.

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Fairbury voters choose a new mayor

A new mayor was named by the people of Fairbury during the Consolidated General Election Tuesday. David Slagel, who currently serves as an alderman on the Fairbury City Council and helped form the Fairbury Improvement Group, will be sworn in during the city council meeting in May.

Problems with the Livingston County election results website made tracking results difficult, but unofficial results showed that more than 900 voters turned out to the polls in Fairbury.

Slagel was an overwhelming leader having received 501 votes (52.46 percent), Seth Welch received 210 votes (21.99 percent), Kaci Zimmerman received 193 votes (20.21 percent) and Brian Meints received 51 votes.

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Dickey wins mayor's race in Gibson City

In Ford County election news, Gibson City Mayor Dan Dickey was re-elected to his fourth consecutive four-year term by defeating challenger John Carlson. It was a 555-247 margin of victory for Dickey.

The 60-year-old Dickey said “We’re going to keep moving forward in Gibson City.”

Carlson is a 3rd Ward alderman.

Incumbent Harold Forbes won re-election to his position as village board president in Melvin. Forbes received 68 votes in his victory over challengers Joseph Cornell (34) and Edwin Miller (27).

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