Beard burglary sentencing tomorrow

Robert L. Beard, 32, of Toulon appears Tuesday before Circuit Judge Michael P. McCuskey in Stark’s courtroom to learn his fate for numerous burglaries he committed and pled guilty to last month.

Beard will be in Stark County Circuit Court to be sentenced to prison on 12 counts of burglary from Stark and Marshall Counties, plus two other Stark counts – one for attempted burglary and one for illegally possessing the debit card of individual from Stark County.

County Spelling Bee

The annual countywide Spelling Bee for Stark County was held on Thursday, February 12 at the Black Hawk Community Educational Center in Kewanee.  There were eight contestants from two school districts participating in the event.  The spellers were:  Madison McDermot, Kristen Higgins, Jacob Dries and Arianna Ferman, all representing Bradford School District, and Olivia Bessler, Caleb Raineri, Alayna Steward and Vivian Adams, representing the Stark County School District.  Patrick Crowley was the alternate for Stark County.
Brad Hulick, Assistant Superintendant of the Regional Office of Education, welcomed everyone to the Spelling Bee and read the official rules of the event, which is co-sponsored by the Regional Office of Education and the Peoria Journal Star.

Hawley charged with two misdemeanors

Peter A. Hawley, 37, of Wyoming had his arraignment hearing Monday morning before Stark County Resident Judge Thomas Keith in Toulon.

Hawley heard from the State charges of Domestic Battery and Aggravated Assault, both Class A misdemeanors.

Court documents state that on December 24, 2014 Hawley knowingly made physical contact of an insulting and provoking nature to Jodie Brant by grabbing her arm while at their 524 N. Galena, Wyoming residence.

Former Toulon Mayor weighs in on investigation


In a Stark County News interview with former Mayor Rick Collins, the immediate past City of Toulon leader points to  a flawed system, but says the blueprint was in place for efficient operations.
Collins had stated in his interview with the Illinois State Police that the city lacked a Clerk and a Treasurer, despite his daughter Teresa Beard being the later. The News asked Collins to elaborate since it was clear the City did have those spots filled.

Bradford Police Chief Horrie resigns; new chief appointed


Bradford’s police chief has submitted his letter of resignation to the village board effective February 28.  Pat Horrie informed the board Monday evening during the regularly scheduled monthly meeting of his decision.
President Pro Tem Tony Carlton read Horrie’s resignation letter, “Effective February 28, 2015 I am resigning my position as Chief of Police for the Village of Bradford.  I would like to thank those board employees and police officers for their help and cooperation to make the Village of Bradford a better community.