Duckworth pleads not guilty to burglaries

A Wyanet man, 20 year-old Dallas C. Duckworth, who currently is in custody at Stateville prison of the Illinois Department of Corrections, pled not guilty to five counts of burglary.
Duckworth appeared Friday in Stark County Circuit Court with his public defender Robert M. McBride for an attorney appearance.

Radke declines bond reduction in criminal sexual abuse case

Dale Thomas Radke, 76, of Wyoming appeared in Stark County Circuit Court for a second time in a week Friday to request a bond reduction from $250,000.  Radke’s co-counsel Kevin F. Sullivan, of Peoria, requested that the bond reduction motion be rescheduled until a February 27 court conference review.

Zerla appointed to county board

The Stark County Board is once again full with eight members. The board had one vacancy since the fall general election and the new board was seated on Dec. 1, 2014.
Fulvio Zerla of Toulon was appointed by Chairman Coleen Magnussen with the consent of the board. Magnussen said she continued the practice of consulting with the Republican county chairman, Mike Bigger, in making her decision, since the vacant seat was a Republican held position.

Bradford moves forward with pre-filter water project


A public hearing was Tuesday January, 20 for the purpose of obtaining input of opinions and concerns regarding the Village of Bradford’s application for an emergency grant.
No one from the public attended the hearing to discuss support or opposition of the application.  The grant money, if approved and received, will be utilized to install a pre-filtering system at Bradford’s fresh water treatment plant.


Wyoming City website to be revamped


The Wyoming City Council approved an assistance package for the owners of One Eleven Coffee, a new business that will be opening in the spring in downtown Wyoming.  The city will provide a combination of grants from the downtown beautification program, TIF grants and a loan from the TIF fund to assist the owners in their planned remodeling of the buildings located at 111 and 113 North Seventh St.
Acting on a suggestion from the city insurance agent, John Leezer from Leezer Insurance, the city adopted a resolution waiving rights of recovery against the Wyoming History and Arts Association for use of the Paramount Theater property.  The resolution is a common practice in a situation where the city owns a building that a non-profit organization is organized to renovate and run such a facility, and only would come into effect if there were some sort of insurance claim.