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Archive for April 28th, 2011

Ex-Henry Chief Settles Lawsuit

Posted by wlpo on April 28, 2011

A former police chief in Henry has agreed to a settlement with the city.

According to the Peoria Journal Star, Jay Young received a $19,750 settlement after suing for age discrimination and unpaid overtime.  The Henry City Council approved the settlement last week.

Young was fired in September 2009 after being hired in 2006.  He argued that he never was given a reason why he was fired.

City officials say they’ll pay the settlement using state liability insurance, not taxpayer money.

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Area Woman Accused Of Spitting On Cop

Posted by wlpo on April 28, 2011

A Sheridan woman had a wild night that involved trips to a hospital and jail.

Kendall County deputies were called out Wednesday night about a rollover crash.  Cassandra Nelson was treated and released at Valley West Hospital.

She was also arrested for DUI, possession of cannabis and drug paraphernalia and aggravated battery.  Nelson is accused of spitting on a Plano police officer.

She was taken to the county jail.

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Blagojevich Jury Won’t Be Picked This Week

Posted by wlpo on April 28, 2011

CHICAGO (AP) – The judge in the retrial of  Rod Blagojevich says he doesn’t expect to have a jury in place until next week as jury selection drags on longer than expected.

U.S. District Judge James Zagel resumed questioning jurors Thursday. After questioning, he and attorneys will decide who should stay and who should go.

As part of that process, attorneys on both sides get so-called preemptory challenges in which they strike jurors without having to give a reason. Prosecutors get nine challenges and defense attorneys get 13. Zagel told attorneys they can exercise their preemptory challenges on Monday.

Jury selection has stretched on for longer than expected because so many potential panelists had heard about Blagojevich’s high-profile first trial.

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New I-80 Marijuana Bust

Posted by wlpo on April 28, 2011

The latest drug bust on Interstate 80 involves a man from West Virginia.

A state trooper pulled over Michael Hedrick yesterday morning for allegedly speeding while going east near Peru.  After he smelled what he thought was marijuana, the trooper says he found 87 grams of pot in Hedrick’s car along with a pipe.

Hedrick was taken to the county jail.

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Area School Superintendent Leaving For The Burbs

Posted by wlpo on April 28, 2011

Ottawa Elementary School is losing its superintendent.

Craig Doster was hired Wednesday night to become superintendent of the Flossmoor School District in southern Cook County.  Doster will stay in Ottawa through June.  He’ll help Ottawa officials in the search for his replacement.

Doster started in Ottawa in June of 2006.  He has guided the district through the flood at Central School, moving its students to the old Wal-Mart and now construction of a replacement school on the south edge of town.

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Big Time Rush Ticket Information

Posted by wlpo on April 28, 2011

Tickets for the Big Time Rush show in Peru go on sale tomorrow morning.

Forty bucks will get you a ticket and parking to the August 13th concert at the Peru Municipal Airport.  Tickets will be available at Lou’s La Grotto and Wyanet Carpet.  You can also order by phone by calling Lou’s.

The show is part of the Concerts for a Cause series put on by Merry Noonan and Lou’s La Grotto.  La Salle County Broadcasting which includes 993 WAJK, 96.5 the Wolf and AM 1220 WLPO is presenting sponsor of Big Time Rush.

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River Crest Coming Tonight In La Salle

Posted by wlpo on April 28, 2011

Flood warnings are still in effect for the Illinois River at La Salle and Ottawa.

The river in La Salle is expected to crest this evening at 25.5 feet.  Flood stage is 20 feet.

The river in Ottawa has already crested and is about a foot and half above flood stage.  The Illinois River in Ottawa is expected to fall back below flood stage Saturday.

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