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Food Blitz On Saturday

Posted by wlpo on February 4, 2010

Knights of Columbus members are blitzing hunger and not quarterbacks this weekend.

Members of the Marquette Council in Utica and Calvert Council in La Salle are collecting food Saturday from eight until four at Illinois Valley Food Center and Save-A-Lot in La Salle and at Hy-Vee and Jewel in Peru.  It’s their 10th annual food blitz.

Donations go to the Illinois Valley Food Pantry.  Last year’s blitz raised over a thousand dollars and more than five thousand pounds of food.

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What’s Next For New Central School?

Posted by wlpo on February 4, 2010

Superintendent Craig Doster says plans for the 25 million dollar new school are in the works and if everything goes right, they’d award bids for construction work in July and begin moving dirt in August.

Doster says he told architects to prepare drawings with the assumption that the referendum would pass.  Construction would last thru 2011 with classes opening after winter break ends in January of 2012.  The new school is being built with room for 500 students and on 46 acres of land that the district purchased last month.

On the funding side of things, Doster met with the state’s Capital Development Board last week which told the school they need some more paperwork before awarding money towards the new school.  Doster thinks the state should announce how much their giving the district in March.

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Man With Supposed Marijuana Factory Indicted

Posted by wlpo on February 4, 2010

Here’s a charge you don’t hear very often….production of a sativa plant.

42 year old William Sherrell was indicted on the unusual charge with week in La Salle County Court.  He was arrested January 14th after state police say they raided a home in rural Sheridan that allegedly had 71 marijuana plants along with lights, timers and scales.  The plants were still growing in pots, thus the sativa charge instead of cannabis.

Sherrell is due back in court today.  He’s bonded out of jail.

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Alleged Drug Dealing Cop In Court

Posted by wlpo on February 4, 2010

An Earlville police officer arrested for allegedly dealing drugs is due in court today.

41 year old Sergio Fuentes of Aurora is up for a first appearance before a judge this morning.  He was arrested Friday for unlawful possession of a controlled substance and official misconduct.  He’s accused of delivering marijuana to a TRIDENT official in Earlville while on-duty and in his squad car.  Fuentes was arrested when he got back to the Earlville police station.

Investigators say they found more marijuana after searching his car and found the anti-anxiety drug Clonzepan while looking thru a bag also in his squad car.  He’s been an Earlville cop for a little less than three years.

Fuentes is out on bond.

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