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Accused rapist, kidnapper set free… …police taking another look at the case

In Kankakee County Friday, a Momence man accused of rape and kidnapping, was released from custody pending further investigation of the case.


36-year-old Thomas Morris was arrested earlier for rape and kidnapping. He was accused of criminal sexual assault, aggravated kidnapping and unlawful detention. But the Kankakee County State's Attorney's office reported there wasn't enough evidence to hold Morris.


But prosecutors and police say the allegations are still under investigation.


Momence Police Chief Jeff Cavender said the alleged victim reported that she was attacked at Morris's home. She made the allegations last Saturday morning but police didn't conduct a search of Morris's home until Wednesday.


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Former Watseka Auxiliary-Cop arrested for child sexual assault

A 49-year-old Watseka man is jailed in Iroquois County charged with the alleged sexual assault of a child. Bond was set Friday afternoon in Iroquois Circuit Court at $50,000 for Jeffery Harman, who's a former member of the Watseka Auxiliary Police.

The case brought before Judge Gordon Lustfeldt.


Harman was arrested Thursday on 10-counts for allegedly sexually assaulting a child over a four-year period. Sheriff investigators said the alleged crimes happened between 1995 and 1999.

The now-27-year-old victim told police that Harman began sexually assaulting her when she was 8 years old, according to investigators.


Assistant Iroquois County State's Attorney Alex O'Brien said the felony charges carry a penalty of 6-30 years in prison, if convicted.


Harman was arrested after a week-long investigation.


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• Flood Watch: Updated River Levels, Friday, Feb 28, 2014

IROQUOIS RIVER
RENSSELAER 12.0 4.33 06 AM FRI -1.05
FORESMAN 18.0 15.37 06 AM FRI -1.11
CHEBANSE 16.0 12.07 06 AM FRI -1.65
IROQUOIS 18.0 16.40 06 AM FRI -1.30

SUGAR CREEK
MILFORD 18.0 7.98 06 AM FRI -1.46

KANKAKEE RIVER
DUNNS BRIDGE 10.0 8.63 06 AM FRI -0.60
KOUTS 11.0 9.47 06 AM FRI -0.59
SHELBY 9.0 9.77 06 AM FRI -0.19
MOMENCE 5.0 7.34 06 AM FRI 0.00
WILMINGTON 6.5 6.73 06 AM FRI 0.00

MAZON RIVER
COAL CITY 12.0 3.38 06 AM FRI -0.43

VERMILION RIVER
PONTIAC 14.0 5.31 06 AM FRI 0.24
LEONORE 16.0 1.93 06 AM FRI 0.02

UPPER ILLINOIS RIVER
MORRIS 16.0 9.06 06 AM FRI -0.79
OTTAWA 463.0 460.32 06 AM FRI -0.70
LA SALLE 20.0 M M M

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IMH trustees step aside, praised for roles

Dennis Wittenborn and Maggie Martin have resigned from the Iroquois Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees.


Wittenborn was appointed to the board on July 3, 1997. Wittenborn was elected board chairman in June 2009. Under his leadership as chairman, the hospital opened the IMH Multi-Specialty Physicians Clinic and Iroquois Women's Health Clinic, and the hospital expanded its offerings to include dermatology, podiatry and wound care. IMH also added digital mammography technology and established an independent partnership with Presence Health.


Martin was appointed to the board by Watseka's mayor in 2004, serving as a liaison between the IMH board and the IMH Development Council. Martin served as chair of the IMH Development Council for 14 years, from its inception to 2006.


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Beaverville house fire a total loss

Damage was pegged at an estimated $50 - $70,000 in a Beaverville fire that destroyed a two-story house Wednesday.

Ten area fire departments were on the scene at 508 St. Charles Street. Beaverville Fire Chief Jason Brammer reported finding flames coming from two upstairs windows when firemen arrived just past 10:40 am. No one was home. No injury to report even though hypothermia may have affected some firemen during the day-long battle. The fire's cause was ruled 'undetermined.'

Mutual aid was provided by Papineau, St. Anne, Martinton, Momence, Donovan, Concord, Aroma Park, Ashkum, Otto Township and Pembroke.

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