Hawley claims private counsel to be hired

Peter A. Hawley, 37, of Wyoming made a first appearance Friday before Circuit Judge Michael P. McCuskey without counsel.
Hawley said he was employed by Rumbold and Kuhn when McCuskey inquired if he was employed and able to hire private counsel.

Man from Bradford faces three misdemeanors




A Bradford man who allegedly committed three Class A misdemeanors on February 19 was arraigned in Stark County Circuit Court Friday.
Dale Robertson Weir, Jr., 23, appeared before Circuit Judge Michael P. McCuskey and was told there was probable cause in the cases Weir faces, which are domestic battery, battery and resisting arrest by a police officer.

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.

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.

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.