Ford County authorities investigate stabbing incident

PAXTON - Ford County authorities say one man has been arrested in connection with a stabbing incident that happened Wednesday night.

Authorities say Paxton police officers responded to a reported stabbing at Shooky's Bar at about 9:54 p.m.  Upon arriving, officers discovered that a fight occurred at the bar, and that the bartender was stabbed in the lower left leg.  Officers also say the bartender received defensive cuts to his left hand and wrist, and a customer had also received a cut to his finger.

Paxton police say officers took a suspect, identified as Tracy Joyce, 55, into custody.  Authorities say Joyce was taken to a local hospital for treatment of injuries to his face and nose, and was then taken to Ford County Jail.

Joyce faces preliminary charges of aggravated battery (two counts,) unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of cannabis.  Authorities say this incident is still under investigation.

We will provide more details as they become available.

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