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Jury convicts Drew Peterson of 3rd wife’s death

Posted by wlpo on September 6, 2012

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) – A jury has convicted former suburban Chicago police officer Drew Peterson of murdering his third wife.

Jurors returned with a guilty verdict against Drew Peterson on Thursday in the 2004 death of Kathleen Savio.

The 58-year-old Peterson faces a maximum 60-year prison term.

Savio’s body was found in her bathtub in 2004. Authorities initially ruled the 40-year-old died accidentally. Her death was reclassified after Peterson’s 23-year-old fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, vanished in 2007.

Authorities presume Stacy Peterson is dead, though her body has never been found. Drew Peterson is a suspect but has not been charged in her disappearance.

As authorities investigated what happened to the women, Drew Peterson gained a national reputation as unsavory and tactless, often cracking off-color jokes about the case.

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Man and woman arrested for robberies in Streator

Posted by wlpo on September 6, 2012

What’s the worst part of being a grocery store clerk?  Perhaps it’s being held up.

A man and woman face felony charges after robberies at the Butternut Store and B and R Grocery in Streator Wednesday.  The first robbery happened in the afternoon at the Butternut store on South Bloomington Street.  Police say a man came inside and demanded money.

Four hours later a man with a knife was demanding money at B and R Grocery which is also on South Bloomington Street.

Four minutes later police had arrested Denise Breen and Jason Brooks of Streator for armed robbery and robbery.  Brooks was taken to the La Salle County Jail while Breen was being kept at the Streator Police Department.

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History and pulled pork remain part of Princeton’s Homestead Festival

Posted by wlpo on September 6, 2012

This weekend you can visit Princeton for the history preserved at the Lovejoy Homestead and the Bureau County Historical Society Museum but be sure to try the pulled pork.

The annual Homestead Festival begins Friday with events across Princeton.  The Lovejoy Homestead and museum will be open for tours and there will be pulled pork, ice cream and music at Solders and Sailors Park beginning at 5pm.  A beer garden will be open on the north end of town at Darius Miller Park.

Saturday includes the Homestead Festival Parade at 1:30pm.

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Mendota Police Looking For Damaged Volkswagen

Posted by wlpo on September 6, 2012

Have you seen a Volkswagen Jetta recently with a damaged bumper, grill and fender?  If yes, call Mendota Police.

Mendota investigators say they’re looking for a red, late 90s early 2000’s Jetta with plenty of damage.  They think the car hit a home on 4th Street back on August 26th.  The driver though got away before police arrived at the house.

Officers say they were able to determine a Jetta hit the house because parts of the car were left behind.

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Controversial Peru Intersection Will Remain The Same

Posted by wlpo on September 6, 2012

Peru Mayor Scott Harl says debate about the intersection near Dairy Queen is over and won’t be brought up again for a vote with the city council.

Harl forcefully made that comment after the city council voted 6 to 2 against returning the 38th Street and Venture Drive intersection back to a 4-way stop.  Alderman Rodney Perez brought the vote up last night saying he has major safety concerns, even grilling the engineer whether it met federal and state highway guidelines.  He also argued businesses near the intersection are losing hundreds of dollars a day.  Alderwoman Sherry Mayszak was the only person to agree with Perez.

Alderman Dave Potthoff brought up that IDOT sent the city a memo which recommended not returning the intersection to a four-way stop.  Perez argued IDOT doesn’t now the situation and just have expertise in state highways not local roads.

Alderman Bob Ankiewicz argued with Perez that the main intention of the change was to stop traffic from backing up on Route 251.  He says “safety reigns over confusion”.

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Business Owner’s Petition Doesn’t Bring Change

Posted by wlpo on September 6, 2012

Did you sign the petition at Dairy Queen opposing the new intersection in Peru?

DQ owner Todd Taylor told the city council that he’s losing 300 to 500 dollars a day of business since the intersection of 38th Street and Venture Drive was changed.  In the past four days, he says nearly 11 hundred people signed a petition to change the intersection back to the old setup.

Taylor never got the chance to officially hand over the petition to the council as Mayor Scott Harl told him he should’ve brought it up at a public works meeting next Monday morning.

That meeting and Taylor’s petition could be a moot point now since the council voted to keep the intersection as is and Harl said the debate was done for good at council meetings.

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No Verdict Yet In Peterson Murder Trial

Posted by wlpo on September 6, 2012

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) – Jurors are heading into a second day of deliberations at Drew Peterson’s murder trial.

The jury Joliet has given no clear sign on whether they’re close to a verdict in the former Bolingbrook police officer’s case. Peterson pleaded not guilty to murdering his third wife, Kathleen Savio, in 2004. He was charged after his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, disappeared in 2007.

The deliberating jurors asked Wednesday to see a variety of evidence, including transcripts of witnesses who presented hearsay evidence. Hearsay is normally barred at trials. But Illinois adopted legislation allowing it in rare circumstances and legal observers are watching how it plays out at Peterson’s trial.

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