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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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Watseka water bills going up

A newly-approved ordinance in Watseka finds local water bills being increased. The monthly fee will be hiked from $1.75 to $2.50 per month.

The fee is expected to cover the maintenance of the water towers. That maintenance requires cleaning and painting on a rotating schedule.

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Kankakee County OK’s new security system at jail

The Kankakee County Board's finance committee voted Tuesday in favor of paying for a new county jail security system. The $69,300 cost...according to Sheriff Tim Bukowski...will be a savings in the big-picture. That's because he says it would cost about $300,000 a year plus benefits to have an employee guard a door.

The move comes after the much-publicized jail break by convicted-killer Kamron Taylor earlier this month.

The Daily-Journal reports the security system is a fingerprint-reading device. It requires jail employees to swipe a keycard and scan their fingerprints. The jail's central command center would view the employee's information and photo ID. Video cameras would then be matching up the employee to their photo ID.

County board members debated whether the fingerprint system was worth the cost as the county continues to deal with dwindling revenues. Expanding the budget comes right after news surfaced last week that more cuts are coming to deal with the budget crisis.

It wasn't too long ago when several sheriff deputies and correctional officers were eliminated.

Sheriff Bukowski also warned the county could lose major revenue if Cook County and the U.S. Marshals Service determine the detention center isn't secure enough. Non-local prisoners thru the federal program brings big dollars to Kankakee County.

Bukowski's request passed on a 7-4 vote. Board Chairman Mike Bossert and board members Jim Vickery, Steve Einfeldt and Janis Peters voted against it.

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Kankakee County sets up 'financial emergency' committee

The Kankakee County Board's finance committee (Tuesday) voted to established a special subcommittee to oversee the county's spending.

Five board members will serve on the subcommittee, which will focus on reducing nonessential spending, according to the Daily-Journal.

The creation of the subcommittee comes less than a week after county board Chairman Mike Bossert informed county employees "more cuts are coming in one form or another."

A recent assessment of finances showed the county falling deeper into a budget hole.

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