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Nibbe says “No” to plea offer in murder case

A Gibson City man accused of murder has turned down a plea offer that would have limited his prison time to 14-years. Ryan Nibbe turned down a second-degree murder plea from the Ford County State's attorney's office (Monday).

A January 14 trial date was set.

The 34-year-old Nibbe is charged with one count of second-degree murder and two counts of felony battery in connection with a July 28 altercation outside an apartment building in Gibson City.

Nibbe is accused of punching 44-year-old Timothy Robertson of Gibson City in the head. Robertson later died from head trauma.

State's Attorney Matt Fitton offered to dismiss two counts of felony battery in return for a guilty plea to second-degree murder. Under truth-in-sentencing sentencing guidelines, Nibbe faces a mandatory prison term ranging from four to 20 years in prison and three years of mandatory supervised release.

Nibbe remains jailed on $400,000 bond.

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Paxton man enters not guilty plea in fatal stabbing

A Paxton man has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in connection with the death of another Paxton man in a fatal stabbing outside a local tavern.

The defense attorney indicated (Monday) he would argue self-defense as justification for the fatal stabbing.
33-year-old Sean Kelley is charged for the October 17 stabbing death of Jeffrey D. Potts. Kelly remains in the Ford County jail.

Judge Stephen Pacey agreed to reduce the million dollar bond to $250,000.

The 49-year-old Potts was pronounced dead at Carle Hospital in Urbana. An autopsy showed he died of a single stab wound to the chest.

Police reported the stabbing occurred outside Shooky's Bar on Main Street in Paxton.

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Tyler Loschen awared top national FAA award

21-yr-old Tyler Loschen of the Tri-Point High School FFA chapter is the American Star Farmer award-winner. The honor came over the weekend at the National FFA Convention in Louisville, KY. It's considered the most prestigious honor awarded to students.

Sixteen American Star award finalists from throughout the U-S are nominated for a panel of judges to interview.

Tyler has earned a host of state and national FFA awards, including Star farmer of Illinois.

Tyler is the son of Gary and Diana Loschen; Diana is the FFA chapter advisor at tri-Point.

Tyler's sister, Amy, also earned honors as this year's national proficiency award winner in the area of swine production.

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Treasurer's I-Cash visits Bradley

Another I-Cash session is being held today by State Treasurer Dan Rutherford and his I-Cash team. The state may be holding some of your unclaimed money or property. Rutherford says there's $7.9 million unclaimed property in Kankakee County.

The I-Cash session is in Bradley at the Quality Inn on Route 50 from 11:30 'til 1:30 pm.

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Watseka welcomes public to Comprehensive Plan forum

The City of Watseka is in the process of creating the first Comprehensive Plan. Officials are looking up to 20 years down the road in guiding the city's growth.

And the public's input is very important, according to Mayor Bob Harwood. The mayor extends an invite to people for tomorrow's (Tuesday 11/5) public forum. It's at 7 pm at Watseka City Hall.

Early input from businesses and organizations seems to focus on downtown Watseka.

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