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TV show appraisers expected to make stop in Earlville

Posted by wlpo on June 17, 2011

Route 34 should be busy this weekend.  The annual garage sale event More on 34 is Saturday and Sunday along Route 34.  It stretches from Galesburg to Aurora and includes sales in Mendota and Earlville.

Representatives from the NBC TV show “Treasure Hunters” are expected to be at Maple Leaf Park in Earlville from 11 until 4pm Saturday.

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State Rep expects return to Springfield should be quick

Posted by wlpo on June 17, 2011

A meeting of state lawmakers next Wednesday should be “quick and painless” at least that’s what State Representative Frank Mautino expects.

Lawmakers are heading back to the capital Wednesday to approve changes to a capital bill.  They are removing millions of dollars in spending that was tacked on by the senate right before lawmakers dismissed for summer.

Mautino, a democrat, says the house didn’t accept the extra spending because the state doesn’t have the money.  Governor Pat Quinn didn’t like the move either and this week he reached a deal with General Assembly leaders to have the spending removed.

The hiccup threatened to halt major road construction projects by Monday.   Mautino says the senate will take their amendment off the bill and the capital construction projects should be able to continue.  He expects that to happened late Wednesday or early Thursday.

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Retrial delayed for man convicted of killing his wife

Posted by wlpo on June 17, 2011

A convicted murderer from Streator is still waiting for a second trial.

44 year old James Alvarado was set to have a retrial next week in La Salle County Court but he’s decided to change lawyers.  Instead of using public defender Tim Cappellini, Alvarado will use Louis Bertrand of La Salle.

Alvarado was awarded a new trial by the Third District Appellate Court in Ottawa last year.   He was originally sentenced in 2007 to 45 years in prison for shooting and killing his wife Angela in October of 2006.  An appellate court ruled Alvarado should get a new trial believing that Judge H. Chris Ryan and States Attorney Brian Towne erred by not allowing a witness to talk about an alleged affair Alvarado’s wife was having.  Alvarado testified that he found out about the affair, “blacked out” and accidentally shot his wife.

His next court hearing is July 7th.

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Peru Woman Avoids Prison For Bank Fraud

Posted by wlpo on June 17, 2011

A woman who swindled the American Nickeloid Credit Union out of thousands of dollars won’t be going to prison.

Angela Pena of Peru was sentenced to 60 days in county jail yesterday along with four years probation.  She pled guilty to financial institution fraud, admitting to inflating an 86 thousand dollar home equity loan to 250 thousand dollars.  She did it to fund her gambling habits.  At the time, Pena was manager of the credit union.

Pena is in Gamblers Anonymous and will have to pay the credit union 163 thousand dollars in restitution.  With good behavior, she could get out of jail in a month.

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Rollover Crash Injures Ransom Family

Posted by wlpo on June 17, 2011

A mom and her kids were hurt in a crash west of Ransom.

Christy Treest of Ransom rolled her car Thursday afternoon on North 15th Road.  She rolled after attempting to steer her car back onto the road and having it slide sideways.

Treest and her children were taken to St. Mary’s Hospital.

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