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Talley, Poskin among defendants indicted by Grand Jury

A police standoff in St. Anne and a series of fires in Kankakee and Bradley earlier this month led to indictments in Kankakee County.

Timothy Poskin of St. Anne faces charges of Aggravated Assault and Resisting Police officers.  The charges stem from an altercation at a St. Anne residence August 10th.  Poskin is alleged to have swung a shovel at officers and wrestled and struggled with officers at the home on W. Grant Street in St. Anne.

Sheriff’s Police said Poskin hid the basement of the house when officers went to serve an arrest warrant. 

Several police agencies responded to the call.

Umaran Talley of Kankakee was indicted for Aggravated Arson and Residential Arson for allegedly setting fires to houses and a garage on Schuyler Avenue in Kankakee and Bradley between August 2 and 6th.  Police said he also set fires on N. Schuyler Avenue and E. Willow in Kankakee.  Talley is also charged with 4-counts of Arson.

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Provena St. Mary’s Raises Awareness About Thyroid Cancer

August 21, 2012 – Kankakee, Ill…It’s a gland that sits in the front part of the neck, but it cannot be seen or felt. It’s shaped like a butterfly and produces hormones that regulate the rate of metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats; growth and development; and physical and mental development and function. These are the big and important jobs of the thyroid gland.

September is National Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month, and the professionals at the Regional Cancer Center of Provena St. Mary’s Hospital are raising awareness for this disease. Not only is thyroid cancer one of the few cancers that has increased in incidence over recent years, it tends to be diagnosed at a younger age than most other adult cancers.

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Openness in Government Required under New Illinois Law

Governor Pat Quinn has signed a new law requiring municipalities to reveal all details concerning special sales tax deals.

The law HB 3859, which takes effect January 1, 2013, will reveal what’s been confidential information when it comes to contracts set up by companies and a municipality to protect businesses from their competitors.

The Daily-Journal reports the city of Kankakee and other local government has guarded the companies’ identities.  Kankakee is currently in a lawsuit with the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) over what’s called secret deals to keep quiet the tax revenues the RTA claims belongs to the city of Chicago.

The D-J reports Kankakee benefits by reaping the benefits of sales taxes the company generates.

Supporters of the law say it’s another step toward transparency in government.

Area lawmakers voting FOR the measure include Senators Shane Cultra and Sue Rezin, also Rep Lisa Dugan and Senator Toi Hutchinson.  Voting AGAINST were Reps Jason Barickman and Pam Roth.

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DACC Budget under review

DANVILLE — Danville Area Community College would be able to boost staff in three programs with continual high enrollments, renovate DACC's new extension site in Hoopeston and complete the Mary Miller Center expansion and renovation under a proposed budget for the 2013 fiscal year.

DACC trustees will review the proposal at 7 p.m. Tuesday (Aug. 21) and vote on whether to put it on display. 

President Alice Jacobs said "I'm certainly pleased we have a balanced budget."

Read more: DACC Budget under review

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Attempted Child Abduction Reported in Paxton

Ford County Crimestoppers welcomes any information concerning reports of an attempted child abduction in Paxton.  It happened over the weekend, according Paxton Police.

The incident occurred at 2:45 pm Sunday near Washington and Prospect streets, near Glen Cemetery on the city’s southeast side.

Police reports stated a young girl on her way home from the city swimming pool was told to get into the car by a man driving what was described as ‘an older model, rough-looking darker, possibly a blue 4-door.  The driver was described as an older white man with gray hair and a long gray beard who was wearing a gray Bud Light T-shirt. The vehicle was last seen headed west on Summer Street.

The girl ran away.  The child's mother called police.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Ford County Crimestoppers at 217-784-4173 or Paxton police at 217-379-4315.

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