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Accused BrickStone robber indicted in federal court

A three-count federal indictment is on file against a Kankakee man accused of the armed robbery at the BrickStone Restaurant & Brewery in Bourbonnais.

32-year-old Michael W. Cobbs is alleged to have robbed the business last month. Cobbs is being charged at the federal level under the Hobbs Act –obstructing commerce by the robbery.

Police said Cobbs had a weapon when he held up the business. He bound and gagged employees while fleeing with $28-hundred dollars. He’s also not allowed to have a weapon as a convicted felon.

Cobbs was also on supervised release after serving 11 years in prison. If convicted, , Cobbs faces up to 55 years in federal prison.

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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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