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Archive for January 21st, 2010

St. Mary’s Gets Own Helicopter

Posted by wlpo on January 21, 2010

St. Mary’s is the first hospital in the Illinois Valley to have its own helicopter and flight transport team.

Hospital officials announced today a helicopter called “Saints Flight” will be permanently stationed at the hospital’s helipad.  The copter is owned by a company in St. Louis.

The copter should be able to increase response time with cruise speeds of up to 150 miles per hour.


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Power outages affecting Bureau and Putnam Counties

Posted by wlpo on January 21, 2010

The power outage situation is improving in Bureau and Putnam Counties, but as of early this afternoon, Ameren customers were still without service.

Ameren says 34 customers were without power in Bureau County.  Another 22 were affected in Putnam County.

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School Bus Crash Near Kangley

Posted by wlpo on January 21, 2010

An accident involving a school bus happened this morning north of Kangley.

The La Salle County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the accident.  Seven children and one teacher were said to be on the bus.

No other information is available.

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Streator Man Gets 36 Years For Kidnap And Rape

Posted by wlpo on January 21, 2010

A Streator man was given 36 years after pleading guilty to kidnapping a woman and then sexual assaulting her.

38 year old George Zelanek was given 18 years each for kidnapping and aggravated criminal sexual assault.  He has to serve the terms back to back.  Zelanek must serve at least 85 percent of the total sentence.  He faced up to 60 years.

Zelanek was arrested in February of 2008 after allegedly kidnapping a woman from Streator and forcing her to perform a sex act.  Prosecutors say he followed the woman home from a bar and attacked her.  Her blood was found in Zelanek’s car.

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Another Part Of L-P Crumbles

Posted by wlpo on January 21, 2010

The entrance labeled “gymnasium” at LP High School has greeted sports fans since 1963 and time is catching up with the limestone facade.

A two foot long, four inch by four inch piece of stone crumbled from the entrance canopy after a wrestling meet last Monday.  The school’s architect was called and soon a strip of stone was removed making the area safe.  It still needs to be restored though.

Bob Johnson is the school’s architect.  He says the stone engraved with the word gymnasium will have to be removed and replaced, most cost effectively with surface-mounted letters.  The message “La Salle Peru Township High School” would likely be posted since nowhere on the school does it include its name.

Work was done last summer to restore the clock-tower after chunks of stone fell and an inspection revealed it needed work to be made safe again.

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