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Watseka man acquitted of sex charge in Iroquois County

An Iroquois County jury Friday cleared a man of a 2013 sex charge involving a six-year-old child. 57-year-old Jim Walton was found not guilty of predatory criminal sexual assault. The same jurors were left hanging on a second Class 2 felony charge of criminal sexual abuse involving a 9-year-old girl. The hung jury may result in a new trial.

The 3-day trial ended Friday night in Iroquois County.

Walton was arrested in 2013 accused of aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a then 8-year-old girl. A DCFS investigation brought more allegations involving a 4-year-old boy. Both children testified during the trial. The jury's ruling favored the defendant.

The young children, the alleged victims, offered the stories in court.

April 14th the two sides are back in court to decide whether a new trial will be pursued.

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16 Arrests in Vermilion County Crime Sweep

A two day crime sweep by law enforcement officers across Vermilion County resulted in sixteen arrests. Participating police agencies included Danville Police, Vermilion County Sheriff's Police, U.S. Marshal Service, and agents from the Vermilion County Metropolitan Enforcement Group.

The operation involved locating fugitives wanted for violent offenses, or who had a violent history. Those taken into custody were wanted on various charges, including aggravated battery, armed robbery, unlawful use of weapons by a felon, burglary, sex offenses, and various drug offenses.

While conducting the fugitive investigation, police located an active meth lab in Hoopeston.

Officers confiscated two guns at one location during the round-up, and also had one of the fugitives located and detained in Chicago. The other arrests were made in Danville, Hoopeston, Georgetown, and Ridge Farm.

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Kamron Taylor’s aunt accused of aiding the killer’s escape

Convicted murderer Kamron Tayler was arrested by Chicago Police Friday night. And his aunt is jailed in Kankakee charged with aiding the fugitive's escape from the Kankakee County jail last Wednesday morning.

Chicago Police issued a statement saying 'officers responding to a call of a suspicious person about 9 pm found escapee Taylor, who led them on a brief foot chase.

The 23-year-old Taylor was carrying a loaded .38-caliber revolver when he was arrested. He was using the alias of 23-year-old Tryeon Smith of Joliet.

Taylor escaped from the Kankakee County jail Wednesday morning. He overpowered a guard, took the guard's keys and uniform, then made his way thru three security doors before locating the guard's SUV and fleeing.

Chicago Police contacted Kankakee authorities and it was Taylor's tattoos and fingerprints that confirmed his identity.
He was charged with several felony weapons offenses including possession of a firearm by a felon and aggravated use of a weapon without a concealed carry license. Police said he was to appear in Cook County Court Saturday and be turned over to Kankakee County authorities at a later time.

Sheriff Tim Bukowski said Taylor arrangements will be made to house the convicted-killer elsewhere.
Meanwhile – the Kankakee Daily-Journal reports authorities have arrested Taylor's aunt on suspicion that she helped with his escape.

50-year-old Tonya Grant was arrested earlier this week. She was charged Saturday with obstructing justice and aiding in the escape of an inmate.

She's accused of giving Taylor confidential security information about the detention center during a jail visit with her nephew. Reports indicated Grant was a one-time correctional officer at the jail.

Sheriff Tim Bukowski said the injured correctional officer's condition is improving at Presence St. Mary's Hospital in Kankakee.

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Convicted killer captured in Chicago

Chicago police have escaped killer Kamron Taylor in custody. The 23-year-old, who was on the run the last three days, was chased down by a couple of Chicago beat-patrolman Friday night on the city's south side.

After escaping from the Kankakee County Detention Center early Wednesday, Taylor kept some 50 officers on the job around the clock searching for him. He was found in possession of a .38 caliber handgun, believed stolen from a jail guard he overpowered in his escape from the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

A reward had been increased to $25,000 for information leading to his capture.

Taylor, considered armed and dangerous, was found walking in the 9200-block of South Stony Island. Police responded to reports of a suspicious person around 9 pm, according to Chicago Police. As police approached, Taylor allegedly fled and was taken into custody after a brief foot pursuit.

The, Kankakee County Sheriff Tim Bukowski said at a Saturday morning press conference, the pieces came together. Chicago Police called Kankakee County authorities and it was a tattoo on Taylor and a fingerprint that confirmed his identity.

Chicago officers Matt Kozlovski and Oberrian Montilla are credited with Taylor's arrest.

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Delays likely on Route 45/52 as construction begins

U.S. Route 45/52 at St. George Road will be bottled up beginning Monday where road construction will be underway from Armour Road north.

The northbound traffic will be effected. It's where workers left off last fall, when the construction season was winding down.

A two-mile stretch from Armour Road to St. George Road will include periodic shutdowns. Driver are urged to pay attention to flaggers and posted signs.

Bourbonnais Mayor Paul Schore reports the construction will last about 8 weeks.

The $1.3 million project is funded through the Illinois Department of Transportation.

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