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Ex-deputy wanted on warrant arrested in LaSalle County

Authorities in north central Illinois say they've captured a former LaSalle County sheriff's deputy wanted for contacting the mother of the teenage girl he's accused of holding against her will.

LaSalle Couny Sheriff Tom Templeton said 46-year-old Lowell Maxwell Ambler of Mendota was "peacefully taken into custody" Thursday morning. Ambler was in a friend's house in Earlville. He walked out of the house and surrendered. Templeton says the friend wasn't harmed.

Authorities previously said they believed Ambler may be armed with a semi-automatic weapon and they considered him dangerous. Ambler was arrested Sept. 15 and charged with home invasion and aggravated kidnapping. He was freed on $250,000 bond. A warrant was issued for his arrest after he contacted the girl's mother Sunday.

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KCC: Baseball ring ceremony Saturday

The community is invited to celebrate with the KCC Cavaliers National Championship team at a World Series ring ceremony at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7 in the KCC Auditorium.

A reception will follow the ceremony.

KCC’s baseball team won the NJCAA Division II National Championship by defeating Mercer County (N.J.) on June 2. The Cavaliers finished with a record of 54 wins, 11 losses and one tie.

On their way to the championship, the Cavaliers accumulated a tournament-record 78 total runs in seven games, which included scoring in double-digits six times.

The Cavaliers are coached by Todd Post, and the assistant coach is Bryce Shafer.

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Former St. Rose church remains closed

The former St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Kankakee remains closed and costly clean-up and repairs may keep the status of the building in limbo.

The church was closed in mid-September due to bats in the rooftop area. Getting rid of the varmints may cost up to $18,000. And then cleaning the church of bat droppings could find the cost to be another $62,000.

The church has been out of use because of the bats. In a letter to parish members, The Rev. Santos “Sonny” Castillo explains the situation. The Joliet Diocese recently agreed to form St. John Paul II Catholic parish, which is a combination of three Kankakee Catholic churches... St. Rose, St. Martin of Tours and St. Teresa.

On Sept. 19, a church inspection found not only a rabid bat on the ground, but a bat below the church's belfry level. The bat on the ground was captured and taken for testing where it was found to have rabies.

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Bulldozer theft leads to indictment

The Kankakee County grand jury has indicted 20-year-old Austin White of Bourbonnais for attempted murder. White is the guy who backed over a squad car with a bulldozer, after he stole the heavy machinery from a construction site along Route 50 in August. The state’s attorney’s office reports White allegedly led police on a slow-speed chase. Authorities report the officer in the squad car was not hurt.

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KCC Job Fair Thursday >

KCC’s annual Job Fair is tomorrow (Thursday). The event is on the campus from 9 am ‘til Noon.

A focus this year is on the manufacturing sector. Info available at kcc.edu/jobfair.

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