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Area Animal Control Director In Trouble

Posted by wlpo on July 31, 2011

YORKVILLE, Ill. (AP) – An animal control officer in Yorkville is on administrative leave after the wrong dog was
euthanized and another with a violent history was adopted.

Christine Johnson, administrator of Kendall County’s Animal  Control facility in Yorkville, said Friday that she “made a mistake”  and had lied about putting down Moose. The bull mastiff was ordered  destroyed after biting three people, including a 6-year-old boy in the face.

Moose was instead adopted by a family in another county. It is unclear if the dog will now be euthanized. Johnson admitted she knew of the mistake about a week after the wrong dog was euthanized.

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Ill. birth centers offer choice for pregnant women

Posted by wlpo on July 30, 2011

CHICAGO (AP) – Illinois’ first free-standing birth centers could open later this year or early next, offering women with low-risk pregnancies an alternative many have been seeking for years.

Research shows birth centers provide safe settings for uncomplicated childbirth. And they do it more cheaply than hospitals can – on average, $2,300 vs. $8,900 for facility charges.

It took two decades of lobbying by Illinois midwives before a 2007 law authorized a pilot program for 10 birth centers in the state. A lengthy rule-making process came next with many compromises between hospitals, doctors and midwives. A hearing on rules this week ended with no opposition, meaning birth center operators soon can seek licensing.

Illinois will require all birth centers to be within 30 minutes of a hospital to allow for emergency cesarean sections.

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Felony drug charge for man stopped in La Salle

Posted by wlpo on July 30, 2011

Something as simple as disobeying a stop sign could lead to more serious charges.  Police say that was the case for Salvador Arteaga of Mendota.  He was arrested Friday evening for possession of cannabis with intent to deliver after being pulled over in La Salle.  Arteaga was being held in the La Salle County Jail.

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Dog blamed for rollover accident

Posted by wlpo on July 30, 2011

Man’s best friend can be your biggest distraction when it’s jumping on your lap as you’re driving.  Police say Brandon Fleming of Crosslanes, West Virginia, rolled his car after loosing control of his car thanks to the dog that was with him.  It happened Friday evening on rural Route 251.  Fleming was taken to Mendota Community Hospital.  No word on the dog.

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Leland man accused of leaving the scene after early mornign crash

Posted by wlpo on July 30, 2011

The intersections of Route 52 and Route 23 have seen a lot of accidents.  The most recent crash was Friday morning and police say one of the people involved apparently tried driving away.

Matt Shumway of Leland was arrested for leaving the scene, not reporting a crash, not slowing down to avoid an accident, and a few other tickets.

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More racing and music in DePeu

Posted by wlpo on July 30, 2011

The humming of motors it’s what you’ll hear again Saturday afternoon at Lake DePue.  The annual Pro National Boat races resume at 12pm.

But activities started early with a 5K Walk – Run at 8am.  The Food stands open at 11am and the carnival opens at 1pm.  The big beer garden opens at 5pm.  The band One Night Stand will be playing from 8pm to midnight.

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Bible school students donate to Hall Food Pantry

Posted by wlpo on July 29, 2011

A bowl of cereal in the morning is all you want for breakfast when you’re a kid.  Children whose families receive help from the Hall Township Food Pantry will be getting a special box of cereal thanks to the kids at the Spring Valley Central Church of Christ’s Vacation Bible School.

Students were asked to donate a box of their favorite cereal.  Reverend Chuck Maney delivered over 60 boxes of cereal to the Hall Township Food Pantry this week.

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Man faces harrassment and cyber stalking charges

Posted by wlpo on July 29, 2011

You probably know somebody who bothers you online, but man is accused of taking it a step too far.  Jerome Kennedy of Peru was arrested Thursday morning for violating an order of protection, cyber stalking and harassment by electronic communication.

He was taken to the LaSalle County Jail.

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Fireworks at Baker Lake not impossible but there are safety concerns

Posted by wlpo on July 29, 2011

If you’ve become a fan of watching Peru’s fireworks along the Illinois Riverfront, you’ll be able to enjoy it for at least another summer.

A company that does fireworks displays scoped out Baker Lake in Peru Thursday to see if they could hold the fireworks there instead of at Water Street.

Since the July 3 fireworks, Alderman Rodney Perez has been asking city officials to look for ways to make the evening more family friendly and less like a beer garden.

While Pyro Tech thought they could hold the display at the lake, they have some safety concerns.  City officials have agreed to keep the fireworks on the riverfront for next year.  Perez says he’ll see if he can get the CSO to move their beer garden.  They’ll also go out for bids for a pyrotechnics company.

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Six injured during crash in Peru

Posted by wlpo on July 29, 2011

Turning onto Intestate 80 from Route 251 in Peru can be confusing especially with the different sets of stoplights.  That intersection was the site of an accident that sent six people to Illinois Valley Community Hospital late Friday morning.

Police say someone was heading south with the green light when someone turning onto the I-80 westbound ramp pulled out in front of them.

Charles Bruno of Spring Valley was given a ticket for not yielding.

As of late Friday afternoon, only two people were still being treated.

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