A single-story house was gutted by fire Friday, leaving a family of six homes in Bourbonnais. The American Red Cross is assisting two adults and four children who lived on Cardinal Drive.
Bourbonnais Fire Protection District personnel were called at 6:14 a.m. to 1602 Cardinal Drive, for a fire in the two-car garage.
Bourbonnais Fire Chief Ed St. Louis said his department responded to a garage fire about 6:15 am. Firemen found the structure engulfed in flames. The family was able to get out and call 9-1-1. St. Louis said there was smoke damage to the house's attic and kitchen. He estimated damage at between $60,000 and $70,000.
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.
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.