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Archive for February 13th, 2010

Pennsylvania company moving warehouse to Spring Valley

Posted by wlpo on February 13, 2010

One town’s loss is another’s gain.  A wholesale distributor of pipe, tubing, and specialty bar says they’re closing their warehouse in Bolingbrook and moving shop to Spring Valley.
Marmon/Keystone will be moving their warehouse to one being built off of Interstate 80 in Spring Valley.  The Butler, Pennsylvania company announced the decision this week.  They think the warehouse will be up and running in the fall.  They plan on selling their old one.

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Cocaine Arrest In Streator

Posted by wlpo on February 13, 2010

Two guys from Streator face cocaine charges after being arrested Friday.

TRIDENT investigators say they did a search warrant at the home of Cesar Escribano and Daniel Vargas on North Shabbona Street and found cocaine inside along with other things related to drug dealing.  They were arrested for unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

Both Vargas and Escribano were taken to the county jail.

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Detention Home Numbers Down

Posted by wlpo on February 13, 2010

Detention Home Director Patrick Sweeney filed his yearly report this week and says there were 168 kids sent to the detention home this year, nine less than 2008.  Of the 168 kids, 124 were boys and 44 were girls.  The number of boys in the detention home was down 13 from 2008 while the girl’s number is up four from the year before.

The average age at the detention home last year was 15 while the average kid stayed 22 days.  Each kid at the detention home costs 104 dollars in taxpayer money per day.

In looking at where the kids at the detention home are coming from, Streator had the most kids sent to the home last year with 42.  La Salle was next highest at 32, followed by Ottawa with 17, Mendota 9, Oglesby 7, and Peru 6.  Earlville, Utica, Marseilles, Leonore, Sheridan, Rutland, Tonica and Troy Grove had five or less kids sent to the home.

Most of the kids were sent to the detention home for warrants or Class A misdemeanors.

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Tuition Could Be Going Up At IVCC

Posted by wlpo on February 13, 2010

The cost of going to Illinois Valley Community College could be on the rise.

The college’s audit and finance committee met Friday morning and are recommending a six dollar tuition increase taking effect this summer.  They gave three reasons for the increase:  a two percent cut in state funding; late payments from the state; and need to raise their tuition average in order to qualify for equalization tax benefits.

The full board will vote on the tuition proposal February 25th.

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Burglaries Investigated In Peru

Posted by wlpo on February 13, 2010

Peru Police continue to investigate two burglaries.

Just after 7 Friday morning, police were called out to Napa Auto Supply for a burglary.  Entry was apparently gained through a locked door.  Once inside, the suspect or suspects stole an undetermined amount of money and merchandise.

A little over an hour later, police were called to Big Lots in Peru for a second break-in.  Entry was apparently again made through a locked door.  The suspect or suspects stole a safe and the orange dolly allegedly used to move the safe.  Investigators say other merchandise was also stolen from Big Lots.

About twenty minutes later, or just before nine Friday morning, Peru Police were called to Rental Pros for a U-Haul that was stolen over night.

Investigators say telephone wires were cut at both Napa Auto Supply and Big Lots to avoid the alarm from going off.  Power was also pulled at one of the stores.

If you have any information, call Peru Police or Illinois Valley Crime Stoppers.  You could get a cash reward.

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