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Archive for June 11th, 2009

Sandwich Born Pastor Killed In Kayak Accident

Posted by wlpo on June 11, 2009

WEST CHESTER, Pa. (AP) – The search has been suspended for the
body of a Delaware pastor who was born in Sandwich.
Investigators say 34-year-old Sandwich native Rev. Chad Miller
was kayaking with his brother Tuesday when they
plunged over a four-foot dam.
Rescuers found 28-year-old Christopher Miller, of Yonkers,
N.Y., and took him to a hospital where he was
pronounced dead.
Crews suspended their search yesterday for Chad Miller. Officials say he is presumed dead.

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Heavy Rain Could Cause Flash Flooding

Posted by wlpo on June 11, 2009

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning for central La Salle and Grundy counties until three o’clock today. Three to four inches of rain in the Serena area and two to three inches between Oglesby and Spring Valley.

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Drug Bust In Streator

Posted by wlpo on June 11, 2009

A man from Chicago had his motel stay in Streator cut short.

Officers with TRIDENT arrested Dionte Ellison Tuesday for two counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance. He was arrested inside a room at the Town and Country Inn in Streator. Ellison’s accused of having with him six grams of cocaine and over a gram of heroin. He was allegedly selling drugs out of his room.

Ellison was taken to the county jail.

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What’s New With The Route 251 Bridge?

Posted by wlpo on June 11, 2009

A tarp will be going up over the main truss of the Route 251 Bridge soon. The roads been closed between Peru and Oglesby since late April and will stay that way as a crew paints the bridge.

Before they paint the bridge, they have to remove the old paint which contains lead.

So far, they’ve painted the southern approach. Don Ernat with I-DOT says in the next couple of weeks they’ll be moving on to the main truss.

The bridge is scheduled to reopen at the end of October.

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More Signage Headaches In Utica

Posted by wlpo on June 11, 2009

If you don’t follow signage rules in Utica, you may get a visit from the police.

Dorelle Denman runs the Willows Hotel in Utica and she recently put up three temporary banners advertising a new restaurant called “The Gathering Place.” The only problem was only one of the banners was approved by the Utica trustees.

Instead of sending a letter, Denman accused the board of “strongarming” her by sending a police officer to the Willows. Denman says she was even more upset because she had guests around when the cop showed up.

Village Trustee Ron Pawlak fired back at Denman saying she “basically gave the board the finger” by putting up the signs in spite of the board’s decision.

Denman now has a few weeks to take the banners down or possibly face a fine.

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