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Archive for March 29th, 2010

Peru schedules appliance pickup week in April

Posted by wlpo on March 29, 2010

The old refrigerator in the basement that’s used to store beer or the washing machine that only has the gentle cycle left don’t have to crowd your house any longer, at least not if you’re in Peru.

Large appliance pick-up week will be April 19-23.  Place the appliances out on your normal garbage day and they’ll be removed.

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Plans for oncology center in Peru receive council support

Posted by wlpo on March 29, 2010

Plans for an out-patient oncology center in Peru have received some of the green lights they needed from the city.

A project including Illinois Valley Community Hospital and St. Margaret’s Health has plans for a clinic in the building that used to be Leath Furniture, north of Target.  After receiving favorable recommendations from the Plan Commission and Zoning Board, the city council Monday night approved the necessary waivers and text amendment to allow that type of business in an area already zone as a community shopping area.

The clinic will be ran by Advantage Oncology and offer radiation and chemotherapy treatments.

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Latest On Woman Who Fell At Starved Rock

Posted by wlpo on March 29, 2010

A 20 year old woman from Orland Park is still being treated at St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria after falling at Starved Rock.

Cori Winchel was lifeflighted to Peoria after falling 25 to 30 feet from Wildcat Canyon just after six o’clock Friday night.  Utica Fire Chief Dave Edgcomb says his department treated Winchel at the scene and believed her to suffer a severe head injury.  The woman’s family is not allowing condition updates to be released.

Three others were in Winchel’s group.  They’re all from the Chicago area, in their early 20’s and all ticketed for unlawful entry to a restricted area.

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Marquette Names New Principal

Posted by wlpo on March 29, 2010

Ottawa Marquette has a new leader to take them into a transition from being a high school to an academy.

Brooke Rick was appointed today as principal of Marquette Academy.  She’s the current assistant principal at Marquette along with being a volleyball coach.  She replaces Ron Spandet who is retiring.

Beginning the same day Rick changes jobs, Marquette will become an academy instead of a high school.  The academy will be K-12th grade with high school aged kids going to the Marquette building, middle school and elementary students going to the St. Columba building and early childhood programs being at St. Patricks.

A new board is also being selected to govern the academy instead of the current pastors’ board.

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Year Since Connollys Were Found

Posted by wlpo on March 29, 2010

Today marks a year since the bodies of two LeRoy boys were found near Hennepin.

A motorist spotted an abandoned car on a township road east of Route 26.  Investigators found 7 year old Jack and nine-year old Duncan in the car.  Their dad Michael Connolly drugged them both before hanging himself outside the car.  He had the boys after not returning them from a custody visit a few weeks before the bodies were found.

The mom is suing LeRoy Police for delaying the release of an Amber Alert for her sons.

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Few Days Left To Mail Census Forms

Posted by wlpo on March 29, 2010

Have you returned your census form yet?

According to U.S. Census website, 50 percent of Putnam County has returned their census information so far.  Grundy County has a 49 percent return rate, Bureau County 47 percent and then La Salle County at 46 percent.

Each county sits well above the state return rate of 38 percent and national return rate of 34 percent.  Census forms are due April 1st.  If you don’t turn them in by that date, census workers will start going door-to-door trying to get your information.

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Felony theft charge for woman accused of filing false report

Posted by wlpo on March 29, 2010

Sometimes the victim isn’t what they claim to be.  Police in Peru arrested a woman they say lied to police when she claimed her credit card had been stolen and a forged check deposited into her checking account.

Police say Samantha Galas of Peru and Dekalb filed a false police report in January.  She was arrested Friday on a warrant for felony theft after turning herself into the La Salle County Sheriff’s Department.  She was released after posting $3,000 bond.

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Spring Valley plans carnival for early June

Posted by wlpo on March 29, 2010

It’s barely spring, but they’re making summer-time plans in Spring Valley.  The city council plans to approve a permit for a carnival to be held in the 100 and 200 blocks of East and West. St. Paul Street.  It’s scheduled to be held through Thursday, June3 through Sunday, June 6.

          The Spring Valley City Council meets at 7pm Monday.

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