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Ex-Wilmington coach/teacher arrested for sexual abuse

Wilmington Police report a former High School teacher and girls basketball coach has been arrested "for engaging in inappropriate activities with an underage student."

27-year-old Jonathan Lewis Jr. of Naperville, faces several counts of criminal sexual abuse and child pornography. His bond was set at $1 million.

Police said in a press release Wilmington School District officials took necessary action to make sure Lewis would not have any contact with students. He resigned shortly thereafter that. The alleged crimes took place between March and October of 2014. He is being held at the Will County Jail in Joliet.

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Will County settlement in Honeybee killer arrest

Officials in Will County have agreed to a $126,000 settlement for a wrongful arrest in the Honeybee killer case.

Lynwood police officer Brian Dorian was charged with two shootings in Illinois and one in Indiana in which a suspect approached people and talked about "honeybees" before opening fire.

Dorian was arrested and jailed for six days. But then, Gary Amaya of Rankin was found to be the killer, after he was shot dead during an attempted robbery at an Orland Park business. Computer evidence showed Dorian was at home on the internet during the time of a shooting that left a man dead.

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5 year prison term for Kankakee County pot grower

37-year-old David Neblock of Kankakee man has been sentenced to at least five-years in prison after pleading guilty Thursday to growing hundreds of marijuana plants. KAMEG agents said the 759 cannabis plants found in a South Schuyler Avenue building was worth over $3 million.

Neblock also admitted to underreporting his income to the tune of $237,000.

He'll be sentenced June 1st in U.S. District Court in Springfield.

Neblock was taken into federal custody Thursday after he admitted in federal court to the growing operation.

Kankakee drug agents raided the building in July 2012.
KAMEG Director Aaron Harsy said last September it was the largest indoor cannabis production facility local law enforcement officials had ever seen.

A press release from the Department of Justice reveals Neblock also admitted to trying to hide $236,936 in income from 2010 to 2012 and submitting a phony loan application for $157,183 to buy a home located in Kankakee in May 2009.

Neblock falsely claimed that he was employed at various businesses and that he had received an inheritance.
The federal prosecutor's office said Neblock has agreed to pay $52,128 in back taxes and forfeit his Kankakee home.

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Police chase leads to Hoopeston man’s arrest

A Hoopeston man was freed on bond after leading Vermilion County authorities on a chase into Iroquois County on Wednesday.

40-year-old Michael Bailie is charged with DUI and aggravated use of a weapon.

Hoopeston and Rossville police and the Vermilion County Sheriff's Department were involved in the chase which then entered Iroquois County where Bailie's vehicle ran off the road into a field in his attempt to elude a sheriff's squad car.

An Iroquois County sheriff's deputy joined the pursuit south of Wellington. Bailie's vehicle ran off the road at Iroquois County Road 100 North near Wellington.

Bailie was taken by ambulance to Carle Hoopeston Area Regional Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries.

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Pontiac man killed in car-pedestrian mishap

A 48-year-old Pontiac man was killed this (Thursday) morning when he was hit by a car along Old Route 66 in Pontiac.

Edward Eilts was walking north in the southbound turn lane of old Route 66. He was just north of Illinois 23 when he was struck by a southbound car, according to the Livingston County Coroner's Office.

The accident happened at 6:15 am. It remains under investigation by Pontiac police and Illinois State Police.

It is the second area pedestrian fatality in the last week.
On Tuesday, 20-year-old Benjamin Allison, a student at Illinois State University, died of injuries suffered when he was hit by a car in uptown Normal on Saturday. Criminal charges have been filed against the driver in that case.

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