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bodies left

Posted by wlpo on October 30, 2011

A former funeral home director who was accused of abandoning bodies has died just days before his criminal trial was scheduled to begin. The Cook County medical examiner’s office said that 45-year-old Darryl Cammack was pronounced dead Thursday morning at his home in Chicago. Officials say he died of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Cammack owned the defunct Serenity Gardens Funeral Home in Gary, where the decomposing bodies were found in May 2009. He was charged with two counts of felony theft and a misdemeanor count of failing to timely dispose of human remains. He had pleaded not guilty. His trial had been scheduled to begin Monday in Lake County Criminal Court.

 

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Football Playoffs

Posted by wlpo on October 30, 2011

St. Bede defeated Kewanee Wethersfield Saturday 41 – 7. In the next round, St. Bede is paired with Moosehart. And, Mendota won over Chicago Longwood in 4A Football, 48 – 6. Mendota advances to meet Richmond-Burton.

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Governor at Starved Rock

Posted by wlpo on October 30, 2011

With something as popular as Starved Rock State Park celebrating its 100th birthday, you would think some special people would show up for the occasion. Governor Pat Quinn is planning to stop at the park this today. He’s planned a one o’clock press conference on the Veranda. Quinn last stopped in the area in August to show support in Illinois Valley Community College’s plans to build a Community Technology Center.

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IVCH new facilities

Posted by wlpo on October 30, 2011

New obstetrics and intensive care units are done so Illinois Valley Community Hospital officials want you to come check it out. The 15 million dollar project is done but the state still needs to give a stamp of approval before patients are allowed in. The new OB unit has nine rooms, a nursery and surgery room. The new ICU has larger rooms than the current intensive care wing. An open house is Sunday from 1 until 4. There will be refreshments and door prizes.

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Lawyer Injury Delays La Salle Veteran’s Home Trial

Posted by wlpo on October 29, 2011

A trial involving an alleged prank suppository at the La Salle Veteran’s Home was delayed yesterday.

Nurse Cynthia Orlando and CNA Julie Payne are accused of giving a veteran with dementia a suppository when it wasn’t needed last summer.  The prosecution says they did it so that the next shift of nurses would “have a mess to clean up”.  Defense lawyers say the patient was constipated and the nurses were just doing their job.

The trial has been delayed until December 19th after Payne’s lawyer, Ed Kuleck hurt his back Friday morning in a fall.

Orlando and Payne are charged with misdemeanor battery.  They could get jail time if convicted.

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County Leaders Converge In Peru

Posted by wlpo on October 29, 2011

The next Chamber of Commerce breakfast in Peru is all about the counties.

The topic of November 9th’s business breakfast seminar is “State of the Counties”.  Bureau County Chairman Dale Anderson, La Salle County Chairman Jerry Hicks and Putnam County Chairman Duane Calbow will each provide an update of things happening in their county.  They will take questions from the crowd.

The event at Mario’s Maples Supper Club begins at 7:30.  Reservations need to be made no later than November 8th.

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Multi-Million Dollar Hospital Addition Ready To Go

Posted by wlpo on October 29, 2011

New obstetrics and intensive care units are done so Illinois Valley Community Hospital officials want you to come check it out.

The 15 million dollar project is done but the state still needs to give a stamp of approval before patients are allowed in.  The new OB unit has nine rooms, a nursery and surgery room.  The new ICU has larger rooms than the current intensive care wing.

An open house is Sunday from 1 until 4.  There will be refreshments and door prizes.

WAJK’s Jaimie London will broadcast from the open house.

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Sleepy Driver Crashes Into Trees

Posted by wlpo on October 29, 2011

Dozing off behind the wheel meant a Wedron man was headed to the hospital.

Adam Posner told deputies he was on Route 34 in Kendall County yesterday morning when he fell asleep while driving.  He woke up after hitting several trees.

Posner was taken to Rush-Copley Hospital for treatment.

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Chicago Hoping To Avoid Snow Disaster Again

Posted by wlpo on October 29, 2011

CHICAGO (AP) – Crews working for the city of Chicago next week will begin work on Lake Shore Drive that will make it easier for cars to avoid getting stuck during a blizzard or other type emergency.

The workers will begin creating two turnaround points, a recommendation of a June report on the city’s emergency response to the February blizzard.

City officials say 525 vehicles were removed after they got stuck on the drive and then returned to their owners over two days. The drive was closed for 33 hours.

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Big Pot Bust In Peru

Posted by wlpo on October 28, 2011

A California girl will be in an Ottawa courtroom before she can go back home.

Peru Police say they stopped Linda Kelley of Fresno, California last night on I-80 for a minor traffic issue.  A K-9 was called in and led police to the woman’s luggage.  Investigators say they found 54 pounds of marijuana in the luggage.  She was arrested for possession with the intent to deliver over 5,000 grams of cannabis.

Kelley was taken to the county jail.

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