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Archive for January 18th, 2012

Retrial in Streator murder case scheduled for Monday

Posted by wlpo on January 18, 2012

The retrial for a man once found guilty of shooting and killing his wife in Streator is scheduled for Monday.  James Alvarado of Streator has a final pre-trial hearing Thursday morning in La Salle County court.  He was found guilty of murder in 2007 and was sentenced to 45 years in prison.

He was granted a new trial by 3rd District Appellate Court because they say State’s Attorney Brian Towne erred during his closing argument.

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Streator teen accused of having stolen property

Posted by wlpo on January 18, 2012

A burglary at a home in Streator has left a 17 year old girl arrested.  Police say they were told about it Monday afternoon.  $6,000 worth of items were taken from a home on East Livingston Street.

Klara Davis of Streator was arrested yesterday for possession of stolen property and was taken to the La Salle County Jail.

Officers with TRIDENT helped with the investigation.

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Granville Teen Improving After Fiery Crash

Posted by wlpo on January 18, 2012

Plans are underway for a benefit to help with medical expenses for Katlyn Casford.

The teenager was flown to Peoria December 30th after losing control of her car on Route 26 at the Coffee Creek Bridge in Putnam County.  She hit a guardrail and the car started on fire.  No one else was involved in the crash.

Casford is still being treated at St. Francis Medical Center.  She’s listed in good condition.

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Construction Starting Soon On 30 Million Dollar IVCC Addition

Posted by wlpo on January 18, 2012

The multi-million dollar Peter Miller Community Technology Center is on track for a 2013 opening.

Illinois Valley Community College President Jerry Corcoran says construction on the 80 thousand square foot building will start January 30th. Phase I of the project includes site work like landscaping.

The technology center will house nine career programs and student services like financial aid and counseling. The building will wrap around the existing Cultural Centre and provide a new front door to the campus.

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