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Rep. Bennett schedules town hall meetings

State Representative Tom Bennett and his staff will be conducting town hall meetings in Iroquois County communities next Monday. A town hall meeting will be from 9:45 to 10:45 am at Chebanse Village Hall. A second session follows at 11 am to noon at Clifton Village Hall and 12:15 to 1:15 pm at Ashkum Village Hall.

The public is invited.

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Hoopeston City Council OK’s FY budget

The Hoopeston City Council (Wednesday) gave its unanimous approval to the fiscal year 2015-2016 budget. Revenues are listed at $2,613,000 while projected expenses are at $2,417,000.

The city's Tax Incremental Finance (TIF) district budget is in the books at $436,000.
The water/sewer budget includes an additional surcharge of $2 for water and $5 for sewer for the water/sewer infrastructure. That would generate an additional $138,000 per year, which is channeled to a new special account, the Maintenance/Repair Account, for use of the water/sewer infrastructure only.

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Momence man dies in Route 1 crash near Grant Park

A two-vehicle crash Wednesday morning killed a 45-year-old Momence man. Sean Hensley died after crashing into an oncoming semi on Illinois Route 1 near Grant Park.

Illinois State Police reported Hensley was southbound on Route 1 when he drifted into the other lane and hit the rear of a northbound semi.

The driver of the semi was not injured. He was identified as 42-year-old Richard McCann of Morocco, Indiana.

The accident happened just before 6 am. Route 1 was shut down, between County Roads 9000 and 12000 N while the investigation was completed.

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Indiana Pastor faces child molestation charges

White County Sheriff's Police in Indiana report a former White County pastor has been arrested on charges of child molesting.

45-year-old James Crawn of Idaville was arrested Wednesday by sheriff's police.

Sheriff Pat Shafer said during the course of the investigation Crawn was the pastor of Faith Baptist Church in Idaville, but he is no longer a pastor at that church.
Crawn was arrested on 2-counts of child molesting, a single-count of child solicitation and one count of sexual misconduct with a minor.

He was free on a $50,000 bond.

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Bradley man facing felony charges for attempts to lure young girls

Bradley police reported a 36-year-old man has been arrested trying to lure at least three young girls in exchange for money.

The alleged actions of Ronald Caburnay was done thru social media. He's facing 11 felony counts which include grooming, solicitation to meet a child, indecent solicitation of a child and traveling to meet a minor.

A press release stated the mother of one of the girls alerted police after she discovered "alarming and disturbing messages, posted on social media to her daughter."

Police executed a warrant and recovered several electronic devices at Caburnay's residence, devices police believe were used to facilitate crimes against children. At the time of his arrest, Caburnay's vehicle matched that of a victim's description and what was found in social media content posted by Caburnay himself.

Bond was set at $150,000. He was ordered not have contact with any of the victims.

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