A 55-year-old Paxton man faces charges after he allegedly stabbed a bartender at a Paxton bar. Tracy Joyce had bond set Thursday at $50,000. He's been arrested for aggravated battery, aggravated battery using a deadly weapon, and possession of drugs.
The stabbing took place around 10 pm Wednesday at Shooky's Bar on Market Street. It's the second stabbing incident there in the last 18 months.
Joyce was jailed in Paxton. The bartender was treated at Carle Hospital in Urbana.
Paxton Police and the Ford County Sheriff's department continue the investigation.
A Monticello, IN garage caught fire when a man was burning brush near his residence.
Firefighters responded to the garage fire Wednesday around 5:30 pm. The owner Patrick Brunette received minor burns while attempting to extinguish the blaze. He refused treatment on scene and was advised to seek medical treatment. Officials said moderate damage was done to the garage and its contents.
Monticello Fire Department received additional assistance from the Idaville and Reynolds fire departments.
Fire officials advise against open burning to eliminate brush.
Illinois farmers are expected to plant 11.7 million acres of corn this year, down two-percent from last year. It would be the lowest acreage planted in corn in the state since 2006. Meanwhile, soybean planting in Illinois is expected to rise by one-percent to 9.90 million acres.
The numbers were released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Several law enforcement officers continue their search today for escaped inmate Kamron Taylor. The 23-year-old convicted killer is considered armed and dangerous. He battered a correctional officer and escaped from the Jerome Combs Detention Center early Wednesday.
Armed police officers are combing a Kankakee neighborhood, searching homes and vacant buildings.
Sheriff Tim Bukowski said his office plans an updated press conference later this morning.
Taylor escaped around 3 am Wednesday. It was during a routine cell check when deputies said Taylor choked a guard and hit him in the head. They said Taylor then took the guard's keys and uniform, was able to pass through three security door checks and then sped away in the guard's SUV.
Surveillance video shows Taylor walking out of the jail dressed in the officer's uniform. Kankakee County Sheriff Tim Bukowski admits there was a security breach. Why is the question ? ......
Sheriff Bukowki said, It looks right now - speculation on my part - is that somebody didn't do their job properly."
There is a $5,000 reward for info leading to Taylor's apprehension. Anyone assisting the fugitive will be prosecuted.
Missing 15-year-old Kankakee girl found safe, had no connection with jail escapee
Kankakee County Sheriff's police issued a 'Missing Person' alert Wednesday, stating the department believed a 15-year-old female may be with escaped-convict Kamron Taylor.
But later, a press release said 15-year-old Savannah Bell had been located and she is safe.
Police now said that the Kankakee teenager who was reported missing Wednesday morning by her family had no connection with Taylor.
A sheriff department alert said the girl was believed to be 'in the company" of Taylor, who had escaped from the county jail around 3 am. That information was not fact. Interviewed by police after she found around 3:30 pm (Wed), the girl offered no information that led investigators to believe Miss Bell had any contact with Taylor.
Meanwhile, anyone seeing Taylor should contact police by calling 9-1-1. Authorities are offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to Taylor's arrest.