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Downey named Kankakee County Sheriff

Kankakee County Under-Sheriff Mike Downey has a new title today (Wednesday) He's now Sheriff Mike Downey.

The Kankakee County Board (Tuesday) unanimously endorsed Downey to replace now-retired Sheriff Tim Bukowski.

Downey had the blessing of the county Republican Central Committee. He'll serve up until a special election for sheriff is held in November.

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Johnston appointed Bradley Police Chief

Bradley Police Lt. Michael Johnston has been appointed the village's new police chief. The veteran member of the force succeeds Don Kufner who resigned.

Johnston is a 19-year veteran of the department. The appointment, made by Mayor Bruce Adams, is effective through May of 2017. Johnston's appointment to chief is effective June 1.

Kufner had come out of retirement to help the department re-organize. He agreed to a two-year stint, but said he was comfortable with the progress in the department so stepped back into retirement.

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Paxton police standoff leads to plea

A Paxton man involved in a 14-hour standoff with police last October was sentenced to three-years probation in Ford Circuit Court. Timothy Donley was also ordered to pay $25,885 restitution for a police robot he destroyed after police had sent it into his home.

It was last fall, on October 9, when Donley refused to leave his home. After some 15 hours in a standoff, an Illinois State Police SWAT team entered the home and found Donley with two self-inflicted gunshot wounds.
Donley was treated at an Urbana hospital.

The 51-year-old Donley pleaded guilty to criminal damage to state-supported property. That's a Class 2 felony. In exchange for Donley's plea, the State agreed to dismiss charges of reckless discharge of a firearm and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Donley was ordered to serve 24 days in the county jail and undergo psychiatric counseling.

Donley was ordered to pay $25,885 in restitution for the Avatar robot he destroyed during the standoff. Police said Donley shot the robot three times with his shotgun.

Donley is also ordered to stay away from his wife, Kathy, as required by an order of protection granted by Judge Matt Fitton.

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Riverside Healthcare Donates $3,000 to United Way of Kankakee and Iroquois Counties

Riverside Healthcare donated $3,000 to United Way of Kankakee and Iroquois Counties. This donation came at the conclusion of the 2016 campaign. United Way of Kankakee and Iroquois Counties was proud to announce they had reached their goal by raising a total of $880,051. Riverside Healthcare played a major role in the success of this year's campaign by being one of the top 10 giving campaigns. The success of Riverside's giving campaign would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of one of Riverside's employees who spearheads the campaign each year, Nancy Moore. Moore, Patient Liaison at Riverside Healthcare, was recognized at United Way's Annual Dinner as the Employee Campaign Champion of the year for her 10 years of outstanding dedication to making the United Way campaign a success at Riverside. 94.1 WGFA
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Bunting to be named new Unit #9 Superintendent

A veteran member of the Watseka Unit #9 school district is expected to be named the new superintendent.  James Bunting will be named to the position at the Board of Education meeting Monday, May 16th.

A press release from the district office (Monday) stated Bunting will replace Dr. Kenny Lee who resigned March 4.  Lee accepted a superintendents position in Grundy County.  He'll serve as superintendnet of Minooka Community High School District #111.

Bunting will begin his superintendent job July 1.

Bunting joined Unit #9 in August of 1995 as a math teacher at Glenn Raymond School.  In July of 2000, he was appointed principal of Glenn Raymond School.  He held that position until 2011 when he was moved to assume the role of principal at Watseka Community High School. 

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