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Posted by wlpo on June 4, 2010

Mike, Lou & Jennifer beertending at Celebrate LaSalle
http://ping.fm/p/qgeML – Mike, Lou & Jennifer beertending at Celebrate LaSalle

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Walkers to raise money and awareness for suicide prevention

Posted by wlpo on June 4, 2010

Over 600 people will take to the streets of Princeton Saturday morning to raise awareness and money for a suicide prevention program.

The First Annual Community Walk for Suicide Prevent leaves from Darius Miller Park at 10am.  Registration begins at 9am.

Chris Compton is one of the people behind the walk.  Her son Brandon committed suicide in 2009.  After noticing suicide prevent walks in other communities, she team up with a couple of other groups to created one for Princeton.

The walk ends at Zearing Park.  It’s just over two miles long.  The walk will be followed by a program.  Money raised will pay to send two people to a suicide prevention workshop later this year.

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Trial Delayed For Accused Arsonist

Posted by wlpo on June 4, 2010

A woman accused of stealing thousands of dollars from a church and setting a house on fire in Ottawa has had her mental state examined but the results aren’t in yet.

Because of that, Judge H. Chris Ryan set a new status hearing for next Friday morning for 42 year old Terri James of Ottawa.  Her trial date of Monday has been scratched.

The defense is wondering if she’s mentally fit to stand trial for arson and theft.  Public Defender Tim Cappellini says the mental tests are in the mail.

James was arrested in March after fires broke out at an abandoned house on Leland Street and a home on Catherine Street in Ottawa.  Prosecutors say she set the fires in an attempt to cover up stealing over 100 thousand dollars from an Ottawa church.  She was the church’s secretary.

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Garage Fire Knocks Out Power In Spring Valley

Posted by wlpo on June 4, 2010

For the second time this week, Spring Valley firefighters were fighting a fire late into the night.

Just after nine last night, firefighters responded to a garage fire at the home of Marcus Comstock at 408 West Erie Street.  The garage was completely destroyed.  The fire spread and damaged a neighbor’s garage and a power pole.  No one was injured.

The fire caused a power outage and loss of t-v and telephone service.  The cause is under investigation.

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Subway Salmonella Investigation

Posted by wlpo on June 4, 2010

The Illinois Department of Public Health says they’re investigating Salmonella illnesses related to people eating at Subway restaurants.

Public health officials say Salmonella cases have been reported in Bureau, La Salle and 12 other counties dating back to May 14th.  The cases range in age from six to 88 years old.  There are a total of 34 cases.

Subway has voluntarily withdrawn all lettuce, green peppers, red onion and tomatoes from the suspected dates and replaced them with fresh produce.  The specific type of Salmonella is supposed to be rare where there’s only a case or two of this type per year in Illinois.

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40 Drug Arrests In 48 Hours

Posted by wlpo on June 4, 2010

Big things happen apparently when TRIDENT and Putnam County Sheriff’s deputies work together.

The departments banded together last Thursday and Friday and arrested 40 people for either possession of cannabis, paraphernalia, or drug equipment.  Out of the people arrested, only Johnathon Meusel of Depue was from the area.  The other 39 came from all over Illinois and from other states like California, Michigan, New York and Wisconsin.

The arrests were made at two different spots in Putnam County.

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La Salle Water Main Breaks Fixed

Posted by wlpo on June 4, 2010

Boil orders continue for the areas of La Salle that lost water pressure Thursday night.

The pressure dropped because of water main breaks Thursday afternoon.  The break has been repaired.  Now they’re waiting on sample results.  That’s expected to take at least another day.

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