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Ride4Life Saturday benefits cancer research

A Cure for Cancer is the focus for this weekend's Ride4Life. It's the 15th annual Ride4Life -- for the American Cancer Society. The effort has raised more than $700,000 for the ACS since 2001.

The group of motorcycle enthusiasts represent the Iroquois and Kankakee county area. They started the Ride4Life to bolster the fundraising campaign for ACS.

Saturday's event will again encourage participation for cancer research. It's one of several ACS money-makers that will again find several groups stepping up the cause toward a cancer cure.

The 100-mile ride averages about 600 bikers and 1,200 people per year. They trek from the Manteno Sportsman's Club and make several stops which include Essex, Ashkum, Grant Park and Peotone. If you're driving a vehicle, you're welcome too.

Tickets for the ride can be purchased at the Manteno Sportman's Club for $15 before the ride or $20 the day of the ride. Tickets entitle riders to four hours live music, dinner and a $1,000 cash prize. Separate drawings are available for three other cash prizes.

Registration on Saturday is from 10 a.m. to noon. A shotgun start is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. For more information, call 815-592-1914.

This year the American Cancer Society estimates there will be about 1.7 million Americans diagnosed with cancer, and 595,690 will die from the disease. Worldwide, about 7.6 million die from cancer per year.

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13-year-old girl drowns; 12-year-old brother missing in Kankakee River

Wilmington Police and Will County Emergency Management are confirming that one 13-year-old Joliet girl has died, and her 12-year-old brother is missing, after a drowning incident along the South Island Park dam in Wilmington.

The Will County Coroner Line reports that 13-year-old Abiyail Arroyo was pronounced dead Monday night at Presence Saint Joseph Emergency Room in Joliet.

Wilmington Police report the youngsters wandered into the Kankakee River and got pulled into the roller current of the dam. Police officers arrived within three minutes, and two Good Samaritans who jumped in to help had to be rescued themselves.

Efforts to locate the 12-year-old boy were suspended due to nightfall and dangerous current. The recovery mission will continue this morning.

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Sexual harassment case at Purdue awards Valpo woman $200K

Purdue University has paid a Valparaiso, IN woman a $200,000 settlement after she alleged she was sexually harassed by two professors while serving as a graduate student and teaching assistant.

An attorney for the woman say Mary Christine Alwan struck the out-of-court settlement after filing civil rights complaints last fall with the U.S. Department of Education and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

The attorney told the (Munster) Times the harassment occurred during the 2014-15 school year in the graduate political science program on the West Lafayette campus. One professor made sexually explicit comments, and the other gave her a fully nude photo of himself.

Both professors were allowed to resign.

Purdue said in a statement Thursday that it acted swiftly to address the conduct well before the complaints were filed.

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Public warned of money-borrowing scam >

Local law enforcement officials are again reminding the public to watch your money and avoid scam artists at work.

There have been several reports of victims turning over cash, money orders and personal information, resulting in losses of thousands of dollars.

Watseka Police Chief Jeremy Douglas is notifying local residents of the scam. There's reports of individuals approaching people and business-owners to borrow money. The solicitors claim a check is being held by someone that they owe money and they need cash to pay that person so that their check will be released. Police say they then promise to repay the loan once they get the check.

There are also several reports of the solicitors asking for a ride so they can pay the person back.

Chief Douglas advises 'this is a scam. Do not loan them money and Do not offer a ride.' Contact police to report any incident.

IRS scams too .....

Several reports of an IRS scam also continue to make news. Solicitors often-times call you several times a day, saying you owe the IRS money and you're subject to arrest or jail time – if you don't pay up.

Records show several victims have written checks or money-orders to fraudulent callers. Police advise: don't fall victim, hang up on these people and contact police. Many of these calls are coming from foreign countries but show up on your caller ID as a local call.

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Two Momence men arrested for raping a bartender

Two men are facing rape charges in connection with the alleged assault of a bartender in Momence. Manteno Police conducted the investigation after it was learned both suspects had what Momence Police Chief Jeff Cavender said "personal and professional affiliations with members of the Momence Police Department.

The suspects, 45-year-old Thomas Madison and 39-year-old John Harrison were arrested (Thursday) for Criminal Sexual Assault and Unlawful Restraint. The arrests were for the alleged rape of the bartender during her working shift at a downtown bar.

Both men are jailed. They're expected in court for bond hearings today (Friday).

In a press release, Momence Police Chief Jeff Cavender said the department was "alerted to a criminal sexual assault that had just occurred at a business (in the 100 block of East Washington Street) around 1:30 am Saturday. The 38-year-old woman was allegedly attacked in the bar's restroom.

Manteno Police were contacted to head up the investigation to avoid any conflict – when it was learned who the men were and their ties to the Momence department.

It wasn't until 3 p.m. on Thursday that Manteno police arrested Madison and Harrison.

The Daily-Journal reports Madison is a former president of the Momence school board. Harrison was a volunteer football coach at Momence High School last fall.

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