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Kankakee man indicted for sex assault and attempted murder

27-year-old Travien Moore of Kankakee faces 8-counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault and attempted first-degree murder for a home invasion crime last month.

Moore was indicted by the Kankakee County grand jury. He's also charged with home invasion, armed robbery, armed violence, aggravated unlawful restraint, aggravated battery, and unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon.

Prosecutors claim on November 10th Moore was armed with a firearm when he restrained and forced sexual contact with a victim over 60-years-old at the victim's residence. Moore also allegedly stole money from the victim.

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Pontiac officer’s death nets drunk driver 12 years in prison

The death of a Pontiac patrolman and his canine partner by a drunk driver has landed a South Carolina man in prison for 12 years.

Jason Collins was sentenced to 12 years Monday afternoon for the October 2013 death of Pontiac police officer Casey Kohlmeier and his dog, Draco. The officers were killed on Interstate 55 near Pontiac when Collins ran into the police cruiser they were parked in along the median.

Collins pleaded guilty in August to four counts of aggravated driving under the influence and one count of reckless homicide in the death of the 29-year-old Kohlmeier.

Collins could have received 14 years in prison on the aggravated DUI charges. The sentencing hearing lasted about two hours in Livingston County Circuit Court and included victim impact statements from members of Kohlmeier's family.


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Text message threats cause for early dismissal at Kankakee High School

Kankakee City Police detectives were investigating a threatening text message Monday that led to high school students being abruptly evacuated from the school. A threat was sent to a student that was enough to have school administrators to make the decision.

Police were looking for the source of the message that was sent from outside the county. The early dismissal was a precaution, according to the superintendent's office. All students were safe.

The dismissal was at 20 minutes before the regular dismissal time.

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Child abduction in Momence, man in custody

A 32-year-old Momence man is in custody in Alabama facing a Class 4 felony charge of Child Abduction.

The suspect is Dawayne Witham. He allegedly abducted 9-month-old Aubrey Witham from her Momence home Sunday.

Momence Police initiated emergency notification. Illinois State Police, Kentucky State Police, the National Center for Missing Children and Sheriff's Police in Dekalb County, Alabama all worked together, locating the child last evening in Alabama. The child is safe, according to a press release from the Momence Police dept.

The police were notified about 11:30 am Sunday, two hours after the alleged abduction from a residence on Momence. The suspect, police said, is the biological father of the child.

Extradition proceedings are now underway.

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Lay-offs in Kankakee County kick in today

                          Patrol officers, jail staff let go

Last month's failed public safety referendum, coupled with the huge loss in sales tax revenue has led to a blow to law enforcement in Kankakee County.

It's the unincorporated areas of the county that will notice the reduced police effectiveness more so than those people in municipalities.

Seventeen patrol officers and 20 correctional officers are off the job, beginning today (Monday). Half of the county sheriff deputies and about one-quarter of the jailers are turning in uniforms and equipment. The Daily-Journal reports the lay-offs are the result of a $3-million cut in the county's operating budget.

Emergency 9-1-1 calls will remain intact, but administrators say many general calls from the public will be handled by automation rather than a live person. Many administrative personnel will be handling general police work.

A meeting last week with area law enforcement will find municipal police helping out when possible, but their local calls come before assisting in unincorporated areas.

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