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Brickstone robber gets 25 years

A Kankakee man who robbed the Brickstone Brewery and restaurant in Bourbonnais last September was handed a 25 year prison term.  33=year-old Michael Cobbs was sentenced in federal court in Springfield Friday. 

He robbed the business at gunpoint. tying up employees and fleeing with $28-hundred dollars.  He was found and arrested within an hour hiding in a garbage dumpster.

Cobbs was charged with attempted obstruction of commerce by robbery.  He was also charged with using aweapon during a robbery and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

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Iroquois County Police Blotter

Weekend arrests by police agencies in Iroquois County included a Chicago man, 60-year-old Marris Waren,  He weas arrested by Watseka Police Sunday for DIUI, illegal transportation of alcohol and driving an uninsured car. Waren was stopped for improper lane usage at 12:40 am.

Sheldon Police arrested 29-year-old Nicholas Davis of Sheldon for aggravated domestic battery.  He was expected in court today.

Iroquois County Sheriff's Police reported the arrest of 22-year-old Micah Redecker of Watseka.  He was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant for possession of a controlled substance.

Sheriff's PoliCe also arrested 36-year-old Michael Dou of Bradley for forgery.

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Relay for Life 'Thank You's" ...

Iroquois County cancer relayers are on their way to reaching toward a $95,000 goal.  Following Friday's 2018 Relay for Life event at Watseka High School, officials reportged $86, 700 had been raised so far.  Donations are accepted thru the summer months.

Event Coordinator Tiffany Neukomm extended a big Than You to Riverside Medical Center for its support.  Riverside provided for the Survivors Dinner held prior to the relay kick-off at Blake Field Friday evening.  Neukomm said "everyone deserves thanks for the set-up and support again."

Carol and Jim Dexter were recognized for their support since the inception of the relay effort.  The Dexters were recently honored by the Watseka Area Chamber of Commerce for a Lifetime Achievement award.

Neukomm reported 400 + Luminarias were lit to remember loved ones in the ongoing battle against cancer.  This year's relay carried a Disnet theme. 

Riverside Medical Center and Nucor Steel were also major sponsors in the Kankakee County Relay for Life event Saturday at Bishop McNamara Catholic High School.

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Storms sweep across east-central Illinois

Rainfall totals over the weekend varied in several area communities, but the Champaign and Vermilion County towns were hardest hit.  The NWS will determine if tornados or straight-line winds did the damage Sunday.  Tornado warnings were issued.  Structure damage and downed power lines and trees were reported.  Ameren also had about 8,000 customers without service.

High winds and heavy rain came down in Watseka early Sunday morning followed by more stormy weather later in the day. No personal injurues were reported. WGFA/WIBK Radio recorded 2.22 inches of rain.  The Hoopeston and Rossville areashad upwards of five to six inches.

Some roads were flooded in Danville.  Barricades were placed.  Flash Flood warnings were issued for several counties, including Iroquois, Ford, Livingston and Champiagn and Vermilion.

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Woodford County: Missing Teen report

Deputies in Woodford County are looking for a missing 16-year-old girl. The Woodford County Sheriff's Department posted on Facebook yesterday that 16-year-old Nicole Keller hasn't been seen since Friday. Investigators say Keller is about five-feet, three inches tall and about 115 pounds. Deputies say Keller was last seen in the Germantown Hills area.

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