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Archive for October 24th, 2011

Peru ready to take property owner to court

Posted by wlpo on October 24, 2011

A large sink hole near the site of an old brewery in Peru leads to tunnels that will take you under the railroad and eventually to the Illinois River.  And it’s taking the city to court.

The sink hole on Pike Street and the tunnels involve property owned by Linda Devine of Arizona.  The city council Monday night agreed with attorney Doug Schweickert’s suggestion that they take the owner to court for ordinance violations and place a lien on the property.

City officials also want Engineers with Chamlin and Associates to come up with plans for the sink hole.  Roger Chamlin says the tunnels carry the city’s storm sewer overflow and other sewage.  He says the tunnel system is extensive.

A number of aldermen think it’s time to get tough on the property owner, saying Devine hasn’t been cooperative and the land is overrun with weeds and garbage.

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Crash in Grundy County kills Odell teen

Posted by wlpo on October 24, 2011

A rollover accident near Mazon has killed a 16 year old boy.  Grundy County investigators say it happened shortly after 7am Monday on Dwight Road.

They believe 16 year old Mitchell Robinson of Odell crossed the railroad tracks and then lost control of his pickup truck.  The truck rolled before stopping in a field.  Robinson was pronounced dead at the scene.  He was wearing his seatbelt.  It’s being investigated.

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IVCH offering a haunted house

Posted by wlpo on October 24, 2011

Tis the season for haunted houses.  You’ll be able to take your family through a haunted house set up by a group of Illinois Valley Community Hospital employees Friday and Saturday nights.

The haunted house will be open from 6 – 9 p.m. both nights.  You’ll find it east of St. Mary’s Church on the north side of Sixth Street across from the IVCH emergency room in Peru.

It’s $4 to get it with children under the age of five getting in for free.  Money raised will go into the building fund for the new obstetrics and intensive care units.

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Route 6 resurfacing completed

Posted by wlpo on October 24, 2011

Taking Route 6 through La Salle and Peru used to be a bumpy and slow going ride but work to resurface the road has been completed.

IDOT engineer Joe Spika says the project for the most part is done.  It started in June mainly after Peru Mayor Scott Harl contacted several state lawmakers and U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

Advanced Asphalt of Princeton was hired for the milling and resurfacing.  Many sidewalks were also updated to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.  The work was estimated to cost $3.4 million.  It was scheduled to be finished at the end of September.

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Police say they found 32 pounds of marijuna during I-80 stop

Posted by wlpo on October 24, 2011

What started as a routine traffic stop on Interstate 80 turned into a drug bust according to police.  State troopers in Bureau County Friday morning stopped a car near Spring Valley for improper lane usage.

Police say they smelled marijuana, searched the car and found what they believed was 32 pounds of cannabis in the trunk.

Terrance Griffin and Dewey Jones of Michigan were arrested for possession of cannabis with intent to deliver with their bonds set at $40,000.

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Woman accused of being drunk during accident in Streator

Posted by wlpo on October 24, 2011

Police say a drunk driver ran over an elderly man in Streator.

Sherry Jordan of Streator was arrested Saturday night for DUI after she backed over Charles Hjerpe of Streator.  The crash happened at Mr. J’s Hot Dogs and Gyros on Bridge Street.

Officers didn’t give details on how bad Hjerpe was hurt.

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Ottawa Murder Trial Could Hold Off Until Next Year

Posted by wlpo on October 24, 2011

A murder trial in Ottawa could be pushed back until next year.

Attorneys for Jamie Lomeli of Ottawa, Louis Lomeli of Sheridan and Joshua and Jason Ward of Ottawa are asking Judge Cynthia Raccuglia to separate their trials.

The Wards and Lomelli’s are accused of killing 30-year old Darrio Hunter of Ottawa back on May 2nd.  Prosecutors say Hunter died of blunt force trauma to the head after being lured to Jamie Lomeli’s home for a drug deal.  He was found in Lomelli’s driveway.

The next court date in the murder trial is December 15th.

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Good Times For Caterpillar

Posted by wlpo on October 24, 2011

Caterpillar is raising its outlook for the full year as it reports a 44 percent jump in third-quarter profit, driven by surging exports of its machinery.

The world’s largest maker of construction and mining equipment also says it is continuing to add jobs – nearly 5,000 between June and September alone. The Peoria company says it earned $1.14 billion, or $1.71 per share, compared with $792 million, or $1.22 per share, in 2010.

Revenue surged 41 percent.

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All Things Nursing Will Be Discussed At IVCC

Posted by wlpo on October 24, 2011

If you’re thinking about going to Illinois Valley Community College for nursing, be at the college Wednesday night.

A Nursing Information Session is going from 5:30 until 7 in room E-320.  The session includes information admission requirements and pre-requisite classes you should take before applying to the RN or LPN programs.

A new nursing admission’s formula will also be explained.

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Nurses Join Occupy Chicago Movement

Posted by wlpo on October 24, 2011

CHICAGO (AP) – Nurses have joined anti-Wall Street protests in Chicago.

Leaders with National Nurses United say they’ve helped provide basic first aid to Chicago protesters and in other cities. Chicago police arrested 130 demonstrators early Sunday. The protesters with Occupy Chicago refused to leave a park which closes at 11 p.m.

The executive director of the nurses group is RoseAnn DeMoro. She says nurses were among those arrested and a first aid station was torn down. She says they oppose city officials’ decision to arrest the protesters. The nurses plan to picket outside Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s downtown office Monday.

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