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Fire near Utica considered suspicious

Posted by wlpo on June 5, 2011

A blaze considered suspicious kept 10 area fire departments busy near Utica.  A call came in to the Utica Fire Department around 11:30pm Saturday for a fire an old restaurant on Route 71.

Fire Chief Gary Gbur says they could see a heavy volume of fire showing from all sides of the building.  Crews from Oglesby, Naplate, La Salle and others provided additional water, personnel, and support.

Crews were on the scene for nearly four hours.  Gbur says the fire is suspicious since the electrical and gas utilities were disconnected a while ago.

As of Sunday, Gbur says they were still trying to contact the property owners, Gilsim and Gemil Mamuti of Chicago.  He asks that if you know anything about the fire, call the Utica Fire Protection District station.

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Local Cheese Recall

Posted by wlpo on June 5, 2011

A cheese producer in Bureau County is recalling some of its mozzarella cheese products.

Avanti Foods in Walnut has voluntarily recalled string cheese and shredded mozzarella cheese with made on dates of late April.  The Illinois Department of Public Health says some of the cheese could have antibiotic residue.  They say a load of raw milk from Avanti’s wasn’t tested as required.

People allergic to antibiotics run the risk of having reactions to the affected cheese.  The state says there are no reports yet of people getting sick from the recalled cheese.

The cheese is sold at various convenience and grocery stores and pizza joints in Illinois.

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Blagojevich still on the stand

Posted by wlpo on June 5, 2011

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is counting on his rhetorical gifts to persuade jurors at his corruption retrial not to convict him. His big test comes Monday when prosecutor Reid Schar gets his first full day cross-examining Blagojevich. Schar spent a fiery hour questioning Blagojevich for the first time last week. Monday will be Blagojevich’s sixth day on the stand. He’s mainly fielded comparatively soft questions from his own lawyer.

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Lansford – Streator a year after a tornado

Posted by wlpo on June 5, 2011

The city of Streator working hard to erase any physical marks left by the tornado of June 5, 2010. Thirty-six homes were destroyed on the city’s south side and fifty people sought treatment at St. Mary’s hospital afterwards. Hall, James and Vermillion streets were the hardest hit. Mayor Jimmie Lansford, who had taken office almost three months earlier, today says Streator learned from the tragedy and revised it’s disaster plan and started the rebuilding process. Lansford says some scars remain but slowly and surely, the city is returning to normal. According to the National Weather Service, The tornado was ranked an EF2 with a maxium wind speed of 130 mph. The Weather Service says the twister started on the LaSalle-Marshall County line covering 18 miles while on the ground continuously for twenty-two minutes.

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Rollover in Troy Grove township

Posted by wlpo on June 5, 2011

A Woodridge man was treated and released after he rolled his vehicle Friday afternoon in southwest Troy Grove township. LaSalle County Sheriff’s office said 67-year old Acosta Purificacion went off Meridian road for unknown reasons near North 36th road about 1:40pm. He was treated for injuries at Mendota Community Hospital. He was not ticketed.

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Laser Bowl for Relay 4 life tonite

Posted by wlpo on June 5, 2011

Do you like to bowl? You can do that and help the “Relay for Life of Upper LaSalle County” tonite at the Illinois Valley Superbowl. Between 6 and 9pm., one can bowl three games for $20 and participate in some fun and frivelous activities. Proceeds help the “Relay for Life of Upper LaSalle County” who will have their annual event at Lake Mendota July 9 – 10. Ultimately, of course, all funds collected do go to the American Cancer Society.

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Wine and Jazz Fest concludes today

Posted by wlpo on June 5, 2011

 

The first-ever Ottawa Two Rivers Wine and Jazz Festival concludes today. Tents are up in downtown Ottawa for the event that offers twenty-wineries from every corner of the state showcasing their goods including August Hill Winery and Illinois River Winery in Utica. Besides wine, there will also be an Antique Market and Gardening and Botanical Arts Faire. Live music is featured The wine and jazz fest runs 11 until 5 today. Admission is 15 dollars which includes five tasting tickets.

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Streator tornado remembered

Posted by wlpo on June 5, 2011

Dozens of homeowners in Streator were left picking up the pieces after a tornado hit one year ago. Thirty-six homes were destroyed on the south side of Streator as the twister cut a path just south of St. Mary’s Hospital down to near the Livingston County Line. Fifty people were treated at St. Mary’s after the tornado rolled through but there were no major injuries or deaths. Hall, James and Vermilion Streets were the hardest hit areas. Besides dozens of homes being blown off their foundations, the south side ball diamonds were a wreck and that the press box and scoreboard went missing during the storm. Over 100 large trees in Oakland Park were also snapped and thousands were without power. National Weather Service officials say the tornado started at the La Salle-Marshall County line and headed east along North 12th Road downing trees and power lines. The twister began picking up steam and remained on the ground through Streator. The EF2 tornado had a maximum wind speed of 130 miles per hour and did damage over an 18 mile stretch. It was on the ground for 22 minutes.

 

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local cheese recall

Posted by wlpo on June 5, 2011

A northern Illinois cheese company is voluntarily recalling some of its mozzarella products because ofpossible antibiotic contamination. The Illinois Department of Public Health says the Walnut CheeseCompany in Walnut, doing business as Avanti Foods, is recalling certain products manufactured on Apr. 21. The department said a routine review at the cheese plant indicated one load of raw milk was not properly tested. The affected products are bulk string cheese, 8-ounce string cheese packages and bulk shredded mozzarella. The department and company officials say they have not received reports of adverse reactions from consumers. The products were sold at various grocery stores, pizzerias and convenience stores across Illinois.

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Mendota Car show postponed

Posted by wlpo on June 5, 2011

Mendota Car show planned for Lake Mendota today has been postponed.  Show organizer Terry Ramer is dealing with health issues.  The show may occur at a later date.

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