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Talk about aging focus of Paxton discussion tonight

The East Central Illinois Area Agency on Aging is hosting a Ford County Conversation on Aging and Independent Living. The program is tonight ( 12/19) from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the American Legion Hall in Paxton.

The agency is conducting a series of County Conversations on Aging and Independent Living in 16 counties through February to prepare for the next Area Plan for Fiscal Years 2015-17. The Area Plan is a blueprint for the development and coordination of community-based services for senior citizens and their families.

County Conversations are open to the public.
Pre-registration is not required.

Participants will have the opportunity to: share their life experiences, needs, expectations, and preferences; share their experience using services and supports for independent living in their community; identify unmet needs and barriers to independent living in their community. Recommendations for improvements are welcome.

For information call 800-888-4456.

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Bond reduction denied for alleged drunk driver

In Pontiac, A Livingston County Judge said NO to a request to lower the bond of a South Carolina man charged with DUI in an accident that killed a Pontiac police officer and his canine partner.

33-year-old Jason Collins is charged with Aggravated DUI and Reckless Homicide. The accident killed Officer Casey Kohlmeier and the officer's dog, Draco. Collins is jailed on a one-million dollar bond.

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Mail truck rollover bottles up I-65 traffic

A St. John, Indiana truck driver escaped serious injury when his rig rolled over on I-65.

Indiana State Police reported traffic was slowed for much of day Wednesday after the truck, hauling mail, rolled. Police said the driver stated he didn't see traffic had slowed because of an earlier accident. The driver swerved to avoid hitting the rear-end of another semi. The rig ended up in the median.

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Murder suspect's trial pushed back to April

A Paxton man's second-degree murder trial has been rescheduled for April.

33-year-old Sean F. Kelley is charged in connection with the stabbing death of Jeffrey D. Potts of Paxton. The 49-year-old victim was killed October 17th.

Kelley could be facing a sentence ranging from probation to four -15 years in prison if convicted of second-degree murder, a Class 1 felony.

Judge Stephen Pacey did agree to reduce Kelley's $1 million bond to $250,000.

Kelly is claiming self-defense.

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Murder trial in foster child's death delayed until April

April 21st (2014) is a new trial date for a former Cullom woman charged with murder in the 2011 death of a foster child.


30-year-old Heather Lamie is charged in the death of four-year-old Kianna Rudesill. Livingston County Judge Mark Fellheimer (Monday) granted a request for the later trial date.
Ford County Judge Stephen Pacey had scheduled the trial for January 6th . Pacey announced earlier this month that he is retiring at the end of the month.


The defense had told Judge Pacey that an expert witnesses would not be available for the January 6 trial and suggested the trial be delayed until summer. Pacey said he would let the judge assigned to the case determine whether the trial would be delayed.


The case was recently assigned to Judge Fellheimer. (on Dec. 11).


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