Braidwood Cops Make Drug Bust

Three people were arrested on drug charges in Braidwood Wednesday after police were tipped off to a drug deal planned for a parking lot on East Coal City Road at I-55.   Police moved in after the transaction took place and confiscated 40 Xanax pills, 9 small bags of heroin and 50 hypodermic needles.  Two women, one from Joliet another from Shorewood, and a Frankfort man were arrested.

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Bond Set for Church Arsonist

In Kankakee County Court Thursday bond was set at 37,500 dollars for 31 year old Adam Emling, the Director of Ministry Operations at Adventure Church in Bradley.  Emling allegedly set a fire at the church in February that did an estimated 200,000 dollars in damage.  Police say Emling then deleted video evidence from the video surveillance system at the church in an apparent effort to cover-up the crime.  He has been placed on leave by church officials pending the outcome of the investigation.  His next court appearance will be April 11th.  Emling has requested a public defender.

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Avendano a Finalist in Jacksonville

Kankakee Community College President John Avendano has made the final cut to become President at Florida State College in Jacksonville.  The Daily Journal reports Avendano is one of three finalist for the job out of an original 74 applicants.   Florida State official are expected to name a new president next month.  Avendano is stepping down from his KCC post after 10 years on the job.

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Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Kankakee

According to the website Illinois, the Illinois Supreme Court Thursday reversed an appellate court ruling that would have allowed a lawsuit against the cities of Kankakee and Channahon to go forward.  The case was bought by Chicago and Skokie officials in an effort to recoup tax dollars they contend were redirected to Kankakee and Channahon under tax sharing deals set up with retailers in the late 1990’s.

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Braidwood Does Well on Safewise Safest Cities List

At number 35, Braidwood is the highest ranked area municipality on this year’s Safewise list of the safest cities in Illinois.  Bourbonnais is ranked 179th, Bradley comes in at 201 and Kankakee at 257 out of 269 cities.  East St. Louis came in dead last, Compton Hills in Kane County took the top spot.  SafeWise is a professional security review and comparison website.

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February’s Adventure Church Fire was Arson

A member of the Adventure Church in Bradley has been arrested for allegedly setting a fire at the worship center in February that did an estimated 200,000 dollars in damage.   Bradley police say 31 year old Adam Emling, who was also a church employee, has admitted to starting the blaze and then later deleting video evidence from the video surveillance system at the church.  Emling was arrested Tuesday on initial charges of arson, criminal damage to property and obstruction of justice.

6 Past Local Serving Priests Named in Anderson Report

Of the nearly 400 Catholic priests and church staff named in Wednesday’s Anderson report on child sexual abuse in Illinois, six of them at one time served at parishes in Kankakee County.  The 185 page report by the Minnesota based law firm Anderson and Associates, details the names and assignments of 395 individuals who have been publicly accused of sexual misconduct with minors.  St. Joe’s in Bradley, St. Teresa’s, St. Rose of Lima, St. Martin of Tours, Bishop McNamara, and St. Joseph in Manteno all at one time in their past had priests on staff that are now accused of abuse.  Some allegations in the report date back to the 1930’s. Many of the accused have since died.


Man Arrested for Strangulation Over Pets

A Griffith, Indiana man is facing charges of domestic battery and strangulation after he allegedly chocked a woman, slammed her into a door and wall, then threw her to the floor.  It happened during an argument Tuesday at the victims home on the southeast of DeMotte.  The Jasper County Sheriffs police department says the woman suffered a broken knee and fractured tibia in the attack.  26 year old Caleb Johnson says the woman was injured when the two simply bumped into each other and fell to the floor.  Police say the argument began as a dispute over animals the two share.

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Hari Trail Date Set

A trial date was set this week for the final member of a home grown terrorist group, based in Ford County, and charged with firebombing an Islamic Center in Bloomington, Minnesota in August of 2017.  The trail for 48 year old Michael Hari of Clarence, Illinois will begin on September 30th.  Three other members of the group have already pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing. They’re also facing numerous charges in Illinois including an attempted fire bombing.