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Police in standoff with armed man in Paxton

Several emergency agencies surrounded a Paxton house late Thursday afternoon, as a man in the house was reportedly armed with a gun and suicidal.

Paxton Police, Ford County Sheriff's Police and Gibson Area Ambulance personal were called to the home in the 1100 block of Eastview Drive about 4:45 pm. A woman reported that her husband had made suicidal threats and that she later heard the sound of a gunshot.

Police reported the man refused to exit the home.

All surrounding homes were evacuated upon the request of police, and bystanders on the street were asked to leave the area.

SWAT team members arrived at the scene just before 6:30 pm.
Volunteers for the Paxton Emergency Response Service were blocking traffic around the scene.

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GCMS school building evacuated, written threat on wall

A middle school building in the GCMS district was evacuated Thursday after a threatening message was found written on a bathroom wall.

The message, written in pencil, was reported to the principal's office at about 10:20 am. GCMS Superintendent Anthony Galindo said the message stated, "they were going to blow up the school on 10/8."

The middle school was evacuated. Students and staff moved to the elementary school.

After a search, an all-clear was given about 1:30 pm and students and staff were allowed to return by 2 pm.
Gibson City police were called to investigate the threat.

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National Fire Prevention Week continues...

Fire officials are urging safety while pushing fire prevention education during National Fire Prevention Week.  Several area fire departments are taking time to stress education.  School children are visiting fire departments to learn about fire safety.  Iroquois County's recent Camp 9-1-1 also promoted fire safety to 2nd and 3rd graders during its month-long educational program in September.

Local fire officials and the state Fire Marshall's Office say Fire Prevention week is a good time to check the batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. 

The Watseka Fire department is also continuing its effort to assist those homeowners who may have trouble financially in getting a smoke detector installed. Citizens can call the non-emergency phone number at 815-432-3848 to request a detector.  Fire department members will visit homes for a free installation.  The department simply asks for about 30 minutes of your time to visit about fire safety and make sure equipment is properly installed.

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St. John, IN crash kills recent Lowell High grad

A Lowell man died Wednesday in a single-vehicle rollover crash in St. John.

18-year-old Neko Romano was ejected from a pickup truck in the crash about 7 am on U.S. 231. He was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Lake County coroner's office.

Police said an investigation showed Romano was driving west on U.S. 231 when he traveled off the road on the south side. The truck then crossed the road and went off the north side before rolling over several times.

Investigators suspect speed and possibly foggy conditions contributed to the crash. The crash remains under investigation.

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Ten Iroquois County Board seats up for election in 2016

The petition filing period is underway for the March 2016 Primary Election in Illinois.  And 10 county board seats are up for election in Iroquois County.

Candidates for the county board and precinct committeeman and other elected offices have until the end of November to file their paper work.  The filing period is late November.

The County Board seats in District 1 up for election will include the seats of Keven Hansen and Dale Schultz, both of Clifton.

The available seats in District 2 include Jed Whitlow, Bret Schmid and Ernest Curtis of Gilman. 

District 3 seats coming due are Chalrie Ault of Cissna Park and Jean Hiles of Watseka.

Three seats in District 4 are alo up, including Adam Zumwalt of Sheldon and Donna Wasmer and Dan Joyce of Watseka.

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