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6-year prison term for sexual abuse of 6-year-old girl

Ford County Judge Matt Fitton handed a Cabery (Kay-bree) man a six-year prison term for sexually abusing a six-year-old girl.

36-year-oold Michael Vangilder was convicted of aggravated criminal sexual abuse – the incident happening while the girl's mother was away at work. The ruling came after a two-day bench trial in September.

Vangilder will be required to serve at least 50 percent of his sentence and register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

Vangilder was eligible for a sentence ranging from probation to up to seven years in prison. He had no prior criminal history — other than a sex crime for which he had been charged in Kankakee County but was acquitted.

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Ford County Jail inmate found with meth, pot

A Tennessee man arrested on drug charges this week faces two additional felonies after police found methamphetamine and marijuana in his possession at the Ford County Jail.

29-year-old Jonathon Burke was charged (Tuesday) with two felony counts of unlawful possession of contraband in the jail. When arrested, Burke had been charged with unlawful possession of meth and misdemeanor counts of possession of cannabis and drug paraphernalia.

Burke was among three McKenzie, Tenn., residents arrested during a traffic stop Monday in Paxton.

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Chicago man arrested on drug charges in Ashkum

A traffic stop in rural Ashkum by Iroquois County Sheriff's Police finds 35-year-old Derek Thornton jailed in Watseka.  Deputies found a suitcase in Thornton's vehicle.  The suitcase contained about a pound and a-half of cannabis, LSD, and more than $4,300 in cash.  A bond hearing is likely today in Circuit Court.

Sheriff's Police were on patrol when a vehicle driven by Thornton failed to stop at a stop sign.  The car continued through Ashkum, suspiciously and at dangerous speeds before the car was stopped in Gilman on Route 24 at 600 E Road.  A search of the vehicle led to the discovery of the drugs.  Thornton was also driving  without a valid license.

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"The Promise of Christmas" in Iroquois County this weekend

Five performances of "The Promise of Christmas" are being presented this year in Watseka.  The Iroquois County Cantata is offered at the First Christian Church on N. 6th Street.  The first two performances are today (Friday 12/18) at 6 and 8 pm.  Two more presentations are Sunday (12/20) at 2 and 4 pm. The final performance is Wednesday 12/23 at 7 pm.

For ticket info, call 815-592-4573. 

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Acting-Director named at VA Illiana Health Care in Danville

A new Acting Director has been named for the VA Illiana Health Care System. Stephanie Young comes to Danville from Michigan. She will lead the operations of primary and secondary healthcare services for Veterans residing in central Illinois and west-central Indiana.

The new Acting Director says providing personalized, patient-driven health care for Veterans is her commitment. ''In every position I have ever held in VA, improving care for our Veterans has been my top priority,'' Young said.

Young is encouraging others to look for ways to improve health care for Veterans. ''Whether it involves enhancing technology, community outreach, expanded services, or refining call center processes.

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