Circuit Judge McCuskey recuses self from sex abuse case

Last Friday, June 5, Circuit Court Judge Michael P. McCuskey recused himself from the sexual abuse case of Dale T. Radke for a comment he made on May 15, 2015 while in conference in the judge’s chambers with defense counsel and State’s Attorney James D. Owens.

Nuisance ordinances to be enforced


Nuisance ordinances in the Village of Bradford are soon to be enforced by local police with serious consequences for violators.  The Board of trustees for the village confirmed Monday evening that ordinances will now be strictly enforced with fines.
Frustrated with the noncompliance in the past of the ordinances, the board unanimously adopted the following conditions of enforcement.

LaFayette tax levy, appropriations, hydrant flushing addressed


LaFayette’s monthly village board meeting was held Monday evening and there was a short agenda list.
The tax levy was discussed by the board about how it will procedurally work.  The first step of the process will be having the village attorney, David Cover, draft the paperwork for this year’s levy.

Toulon parking ban changes


The parking ban that caused an uproar at the May Toulon City Council meeting has changed. Parking will continue to be banned on the east side of South Franklin from Jefferson to Prairie, but on North Franklin the ban will be on the west side, not the east now, from Vine to Clinton.

In May, citizens along North Franklin complained about not knowing about the ban prior to its approval. Mayor Larry Hollis stated he would watch the situation over the next month and he reported Monday night that there was no parking on the west side by residents and he asked the council to make the change. Council member Donna Lefler voted no.

Defendant in West Jersey crash appears in court

A Prophetstown man who has been charged with improper passing in a no passing zone that resulted in a multi-vehicular crash had his case continued Friday.
Joshua D. Eyrich, 37, was allegedly driving a vehicle that crashed into a vehicle driven by Barry Nelson, of Roscoe, Illinois, on Illinois Route 78.  This occurred approximately one-half mile north of West Jersey on August 24 of last year.