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Village Cracking Down On Address Numbers

Posted by wlpo on February 10, 2010

Not having a visible address number will start costing you in Utica.

The Utica Village Board last night approved an ordinance requiring all buildings whether they’re residential or commercial to have a permanent address number at their front entrance.  If the number isn’t up by June 1st, you can be fined 50 dollars.  The fines can go up to 500 dollars for multiple offenses.

Attorney for the village Herb Klein says the fire department approached the board about the need for visible address numbers.

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Geology instructor sheds light on earthquake

Posted by wlpo on February 10, 2010

The small earthquake that shook northern Illinois early Wednesday morning isn’t as rare as you may think. 

The U.S. Geological Survey says a 3.8 quake was centered in small town in Kane County.  It caused no damages or injuries, but could be felt as far way as Iowa and Indiana.

Mike Phillips is a geology instructor at Illinois Valley Community College.  He says today’s quake was a reminder that earth is an active place.

Phillips says minor quakes occur in northern Illinois from the little adjustments being made by the earth’s crust.  The area is not on a fault line.

Phillips says typically, the earthquakes are no more than a four magnitude and happened every few years.   If you’re interesting in learning more, Phillips suggests visiting http://earthquake.usgs.gov

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Area Snowfall Totals

Posted by wlpo on February 10, 2010

How much snow did you measure with this latest storm?

According to the National Weather Service, a trained spotter in Streator measured six inches.  Peru registered 5.3 inches while there were reports from Mendota, Marseilles and Ottawa of five inches of snow.

O’Hare Airport officials measured 13 inches.

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Crack-cocaine charge for Wenona man

Posted by wlpo on February 10, 2010

Crack-cocaine is what police think a man in Ottawa had. 

Shane Rexroad of Wenona was arrested after police say they found him with 3.5 grams of the drug in individual baggies Tuesday.  Police say they saw Rexroad leave a business in the 600 block of Court Street and get into a car.  After pulling over the car, Rexroad was searched. 

The person driving was released after receiving a ticket.  Rexroad was taken to the La Salle County Jail, charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.  He’s already on parole.

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Earthquake rattles northern Illinois

Posted by wlpo on February 10, 2010

No, there wasn’t a second earthquake.  But the U.S. Geological Survey has changed what they were reporting about the one that happened at 4am Wednesday.

Originally they said it was a 4.3 magnitude quake, but now they’re saying it was a 3.8 quake.  They’ve also moved where they think it was centered from near Virgil in Kane County to a community northwest of Elgin in the suburbs.

It was felt as far away as Iowa and Indiana.  No damage or injuries were reported.

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