A 26-year-old man who was a former coach at Momence high school is under arrest for the alleged battery and rape of a teenage girl. Matthew Kole was in custody Friday. His bond was set at $50,000 in the case that saw the investigation begin in 2016. Kole was arrested then but he was released when the Kankakee County State's Attorney's office wanted more evidence.
The case cites two occasions when the crime happened, in Bradley and at Kole's parent's home in Newton County, Indiana.
Kole is charged with felony sexual battery and rape involving a 16-year-old.
At the time of the initial arrest, Kole was fired from the Momence coaching job. He resigned a teaching position in the Kankakee Area Special Cooperative. He was also a coach in the Grant Park school district.
Select sections of U.S. Route 24 in White County, IN to close this week
Construction along U.S. Route 24 in White County, Indiana will force motorists to plan ahead this week.
Route 24 between County Road North 100 West and Hillside Drive, near Reynolds, will be closed for 15-minute periods today (Monday) through Thursday. A helicopter is involved in pulling overhear power lines over the highway.
To avoid delays during the project, drivers are encouraged to avoid U.S. 24 between Reynolds and Wolcott.
Pence’s Indiana hometown erects signs celebrating new VP
New signs in Columbus, Indiana, are in place to announcing to visitors that it’s Vice President Mike Pence’s hometown.
The signs were installed Friday at two entryways into the southern Indiana city just before Pence took the oath of office in Washington.
The (Columbus) Republic reports city public works department staffers installed the signs with help from the Fire Department, which provided a ladder truck so the new signs could be bolted onto the frames.
The new signs are along U.S. 31 on the north side of the city and Indiana 46 on the west side.
The former Indiana governor is the sixth vice president from Indiana and the first since Huntington’s Dan Quayle in 1989-93 under former President George H.W. Bush.
The Illinois State Police (ISP) is warning the public of a phone scam that is currently circulating throughout the state. Several individuals have reported to the ISP that they have received automated messages advising them they are under criminal investigation and requesting they send $600. The voice in the automated message appears to be a male with a foreign accent.
The phone number associated with the calls has been faked to appear as a legitimate ISP telephone number of (847) 608-3200, in a practice known as “caller ID spoofing.” The ISP wants to inform the public these calls are not coming from the ISP. Citizens should be wary of calls soliciting money regardless of the phone number the call is made from, particularly if threats are made by the caller or they become pushy.
The ISP will never call to solicit money on behalf of the Department or ask you to send money for any reason. The ISP encourages those that believe they have been the victim of this phone scam to call the ISP at (847)294-4400 to file a report.
For information on different types of phone scams and indicators of phone scams please visit the Illinois Attorney General website or the Federal Trade Commission at: http://www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/consumers/phonescams.html https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/scam-alerts
ILLINOIS SHERIFFS’ ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES SCHOLARSHIPS
Iroquois County Sheriff Derek Hagen and Ford County Sheriff Mark Doran are informing the public about their offices involvement in issuing scholarships to worthy students.
The Illinois Sheriffs’ Association announces that it will be awarding $54,500.00 in college scholarships throughout the State of Illinois to students wishing to pursue higher education during the 2017-2018 academic year. The scholarships are to be applied to tuition, books and fees only. The student must be enrolled full-time at a certified institution of higher learning with the State of Illinois.
Sheriff Hagen and Sheriff Doran will each be awarding one scholarship in the amount of $500.
There will be no restriction on any applicant by reason of race, age, creed, color, sex, or nation origin. The only limitations are as follows: • Applicants must be permanent Illinois residents • Scholarships must be utilized at institutions of higher learning within the State of Illinois • Students must be enrolled as a full-time student during the 2017-2018 school year (excluding summer session).
Applications are now available at your local Sheriff’s Office or on the ISA Website www.ilsheriff.org. Students must complete the application; answer the essay question and return all documentation to the Sheriff’s office in their permanent county of residence by March 15, 2017 (must be postmarked by this date).
For more information, please contact your local Sheriff’s office, Illinois Sheriffs’ Association, high school advising center or college financial aid office.