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Archive for May 27th, 2009

Update On Streator Crash That Killed Two

Posted by wlpo on May 27, 2009

A man from Streator who was involved in a fatal accident is out of the hospital.

45 year old Juan Mendoza has been released from St. Francis Medical Center.  He was taken there after a crash near Bluff and Bloomington Streets in Streator.

The 46 year old driver, Jaime Arevalo of Streator allegedly crashed into a tree.  Also killed in the crash was 24 year old Rafael Rico of Spring Valley.

The crash remains under investigation.

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Streator Plant Fined By EPA

Posted by wlpo on May 27, 2009

A glass plant in Streator has been fined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Owens-Brockway Glass Container is paying a 76 thousand dollar penalty for allegedly allowing excessive amounts of ash, dust and smoke from its glass melting furnace.  The EPA says the plant was violating the Clean Air Act.

As part of their penalty and settlement, Owens-Brockway is agreeing to put in new equipment to reduce ash, dust and smoke.

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Ottawa Man In Serious Condition After Crash

Posted by wlpo on May 27, 2009

Peter Dilley is at St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria after he was knocked from his motorcycle yesterday afternoon. 

According to police, Meghan Patarozzi of Ottawa was on Route 23 when she failed to yield and turned into Dilley.  Patarozzi flipped her car but wasn’t hurt.  She was ticketed for failing to yield.

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Train causes traffic problems in Mendota

Posted by wlpo on May 27, 2009

Crossing the tracks in Mendota shouldn’t be a problem anymore. Several crossing were closed for much of Wednesday morning after a wheel broke on a train car, stranding the train.

Steve Forsberg with Burlington Northern Santa Fe says they were able to fix the wheel before noon. After making minor track repairs, the track reopened around 3pm.

What caused the wheel to break isn’t clear yet.

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