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Archive for December 19th, 2009

Woman Sentenced For Illegal Gambling

Posted by wlpo on December 19, 2009

A sports memorabilia store in Streator apparently let you not only buy your favorite team’s gear but also bet on their game.

47 year old Julie Simmons of Streator pled guilty this week to misdemeanor gambling.  As part of her plea deal, Simmons will serve 18 months of conditional discharge and pay nearly 25 thousand dollars in restitution.

Simmons was arrested February 2nd after investigators say they got illegal payouts for credits won on video slot and poker machines and also were able to bet on sports at the memorabilia store called Julie’s Victory Lane.  State officials took eleven video poker and slot machines from the memorabilia store along with 24 thousand dollars in reported gambling money.

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Deer Hunt Results Are In

Posted by wlpo on December 19, 2009

Numbers were up in the area during last weekend’s Muzzleloader Deer Hunt.

During the three-day season, Bureau County hunters nabbed 96 deer compared to 77 last year.  Hunters in La Salle County shot down 71 deer, up from 55 a year ago.  The deer count in Putnam County was same as last year at 37 while Grundy County’s muzzleloader totals went up from 18 to 23.

Nearly 47 hundred deer statewide were shot and killed last weekend, 300 more than last year.

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