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BrickStone robbery suspect faces federal charges

The former Kankakee resident, arrested in the Monday robbery of the BrickStone Brewery & Restaurant in Bourbonnais, is facing federal charges and could be looking at 25 years in prison. Michael Cobbs Jr. of Champaign is in custody for the armed robbery. Now, the Daily-Journal reports the case will go before a federal grand jury.

Records show, because BrickStone os a restaurant and brewery and engages in interstate commerce thru food and alcohol outside of Illinois, Cobb is charged under the federal Hobbs Act –which prohibits robbery or extortion affecting interstate or foreign colmmerce.

The 32-year-old Cobb is in custody of the U.S. Marshalls.
Cobb was arrested Monday after the BrickStone was robbed and employees were injured.

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35th River Cleanup Saturday

Volunteers are welcome for today's (Sat) Iroquois and Kankakee Rivers cleanup.  The annual event is in its 35th year.  The volunteers will comb the banks of the two waterways to remove debris and other junk.  An estimated 25 tons of trash was collected along the rivers last September. 

The annual cleanup is sponsored by the Northern Illinois Anglers Association (niaa).  The organization's executive director, J.R. Black, says the cleanup has removed up to 80 tons of trash and river debris.  He says it's about 40-45 tons a year.  Over the 34 years, Black says, that's more than 15-hundred tons.

Seven registration sites are lined up for volunteers to register.  The sites include the Aroma Park boat launch, Kankakee River State Park, Beckman Park, Bird Park, Bradley-Bourbonnais Sportsmen's Club, Momence Island Park, and Shamrock Golf Course.  More info is available at 815-953-6134.

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Bourbonnais woman injured in I-57 mishap

20-year-old Abigail Greene of Bourbonnais was slightly injured wheh her car collided with a Mack semi Thursday on I-57 at Kankakee.  Greene was mergng on to the interstate when she tried to pass another vehicle. Her car hitz the bumper of a semi tractor then spun into the median.  Illinois State Police cited Greene for improper lane usage.  

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Residential burglary, criminal damage reports in Hoopeston

Hoopeston Police officers investigated a residential burglary in the 800-block of W. Washington Street. A complaint was filed by a 34-year-old female.

Police are also looking into several reports of criminal damage to property. Incidents were reported in the one, two and 300-blocks of E. Main Street, the two and 300-block of N. Market, W. Washington, the 100 and 200-block of Bank Street, E. Penn, 100 and 200-block of E. Orange, S. 6th Avenue, 1st and 2nd Avenues, and 400-block of W. Chestnut.

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Paxton Mayor: “change in leadership was needed”

An interim-police chief is in place at Paxton. And a search for a permanent replacement for fired-Police Chief Bob Bane will begin. Meanwhile---little is being said about reasons for Bane’s termination.

Mayor Bill Ingold said in a prepared statement at this week’s City Council meeting, “it was clear a change in leadership was needed.”

The Ford County Record reports Ingold stated that he made the decision to fire Bane “based on both personal information and the input of others.” Ingold said “I do not intend to publicly address the reasons behind my decision, as I never discuss personnel decisions in public.” The mayor added, “it was clear a change in leadership was needed.”

Bane had been Paxton police chief since 2006.

Former police captain Coy Cornett is serving as acting chief. The council voted 8-0 Tuesday night to concur with Ingold’s appointment of Cornett to the interim position.

The City Council was also in closed session (Tuesday) to discuss ‘imminent litigation.’

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