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Reward For Escaped Killer Increases…

Authorities are increasing their reward for the capture of a man who escaped from the Kankakee County jail. The reward for Kamron T. Taylor is now at 75-hundred-dollars, up from five-thousand Thursday.

Kankakee County Sheriff Tim Bukowski says he believes Taylor is getting help from someone and that he is armed and dangerous. Taylor, who is awaiting sentencing for the June 2013 murder of a man during a botched armed robbery, escaped Wednesday from his two-person cell at the Jerome Combs Detention Center after the last security check.

Bukowski warns people not to approach or engage in any way with Taylor, if you come across him. Instead, call 9-1-1.

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Four deer poachers arrested in Pembroke

Illinois Conservation Police arrested four men in eastern Kankakee County for poaching deer. The men are from Chicago and Hammond, Ind. They're believed to have been taking deer out of season for much of the year.

Conservation Officer Holly Vadbunker worked surveillance for several weeks to make the arrests in Pembroke Township.
All four men were arrested on 23 citations and 46 written warnings.

Each one was charged with unlawfully hunting without permission of the landowner, unlawfully hunting deer during a closed season, and unlawfully hunting by using bait. They're also charged with failure to have valid hunting licenses and deer permits.

Conservation Police also seized three firearms.

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Stabbing at Paxton bar leads to arrest

A 55-year-old Paxton man faces charges after he allegedly stabbed a bartender at a Paxton bar. Tracy Joyce had bond set Thursday at $50,000. He's been arrested for aggravated battery, aggravated battery using a deadly weapon, and possession of drugs.

The stabbing took place around 10 pm Wednesday at Shooky's Bar on Market Street. It's the second stabbing incident there in the last 18 months.

Joyce was jailed in Paxton. The bartender was treated at Carle Hospital in Urbana.

Paxton Police and the Ford County Sheriff's department continue the investigation.

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Burning brush sparks garage fire in Indiana

A Monticello, IN garage caught fire when a man was burning brush near his residence.

Firefighters responded to the garage fire Wednesday around 5:30 pm. The owner Patrick Brunette received minor burns while attempting to extinguish the blaze. He refused treatment on scene and was advised to seek medical treatment.
Officials said moderate damage was done to the garage and its contents.

Monticello Fire Department received additional assistance from the Idaville and Reynolds fire departments.

Fire officials advise against open burning to eliminate brush.

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Corn acres down, Soybeans up for 2015

Illinois farmers are expected to plant 11.7 million acres of corn this year, down two-percent from last year. It would be the lowest acreage planted in corn in the state since 2006. Meanwhile, soybean planting in Illinois is expected to rise by one-percent to 9.90 million acres.

The numbers were released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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