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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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Momence police chief Swanson resigns

Momence police chief Tim Swanson resigned from his position Friday. He stepped aside from both his Momence police duties and as a member of the Kankakee County sheriff's department.

Swanson was the subject of a federal grand jury hearing in June. County sheriff Tim Bukowski issued a press release Monday, announcing the resignation in a prepared statement.

Swanson joined the Kankakee County sheriff's department in July 2009 after retiring as a police chief of a western suburb.

In June, Sheriff Bukowski was called to testify as a witness in an IRS investigation of Swanson. Details of that investigation, including whether or not it remains ongoing, were never released to the department.

A Chicago newspaper reported that Swanson was once under criminal investigation and that the nonprofit helicopter program he founded was under state and federal scrutiny.

Swanson took a leave of absence as president of the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police before it could initiate an ethics probe for his failure to inform the organization of that grand jury proceeding.

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Cloonen-Howard to meet for 79th District House seat

It appears there will be a Democratic race in the Illinois Primary Election next year for the Illinois House seat in the 79th legislative district.

John Howard, a Kankakee County Board member in Pembroke Township's District 4, announced his candidacy today (Tues). He'll challenge Representative Kate Cloonen, D-Kankakee.

Campaign flyers distributed by Howard point to the need to get rid of self-appointed, hand-picked individuals. Howard says there should be a choice for voters.

Howard is from Hopkins Park. He won election to the county board in District 4 in 2012.

The 79th legislative district includes Kankakee County and parts of Will and Grundy counties.

Howard or Cloonen would run against Republican candidate Glenn Nixon next November. WSo far, Nixon is the lone GOP candidate.

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