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Woman killed in crash on Rt 6 near Utica

Posted by wlpo on April 10, 2010

A ticket for a man involved a crash that killed a woman from Utica.  Investigators say 59-year old Debbie Nicholson of Utica was killed after a car turned in front of the motorcycle she was a passenger on Saturday evening. 

It happened on Route 6 near Cajun Connection. 

Douglas Erickson of Morris was ticketed for failure to yield while turning left. 

Robert Nicholson of Utica was the driver of the motorcycle.  He was taken to Illinois Valley Community Hospital, where he was treated and released.  Debbie Nicholson was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Judge says Mackowiak will remain in isolation

Posted by wlpo on April 10, 2010

An accused double murderer from Seneca won’t be getting out of isolation at the La Salle County Jail.

          Judge H. Chris Ryan denied a motion by Keith Mackowiak and his public defenders Friday to have him put back in general population at the jail.  Ryan said he wasn’t sure he had the authority to make the jail change where Mackowiak is kept.  Mackowiak and his lawyers say all the time in isolation hurts his mental health and ability to contribute to his defense. 

          He’s been in jail since July 2007 when he was arrested for the beating deaths of a rural Seneca couple.  Mackowiak was out of isolation for a few weeks last year when he allegedly got into an altercation with two inmates. 

          A new status hearing on the case is next Friday.

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La Salle County safety sales tax revenues improving

Posted by wlpo on April 10, 2010

Looks like La Salle County could be on the road to economic recovery.

          For the third month in a row, the county’s public safety sales tax revenues were higher than the year before.  That’s after a year straight where sales tax revenues were in decline. 

          January this year is the latest the board has received its public safety payment.  The total revenue in January was $189,000, up 6% from January of last year. 

          The December public safety tax revenue was $248,000, the highest single-month total since December of 2007.

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