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Pet store leaving the Peru Mall

Posted by wlpo on January 26, 2012

A pet store at the Peru Mall that sparked a protest has closed.  Furry Babies had closed their doors by Thursday.

The store came under fire late last year following an investigation by the Newstribune.  In December, a group of animal lovers picketed the business from the outskirts of the mall property.

A call to the business wasn’t answered.

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Reclamation work underway at old Deer Park Mine

Posted by wlpo on January 26, 2012

An area near the Vermilion River by Oglesby has come to be known as the red ash and for an obvious reason; it’s the material leftover from the Deer Park Mine that closed decades ago.

The “red ash” area is undergoing some changes as the Illinois Department of Natural Resources plans to back fill a steep slope north of Lehigh Park and remove the old mine tressle.

Jim Gregg is with the Mine Lands Reclamation Division.  He says the red ash will be moved to even out the slope and covered with soil.

On the north side of the Vermilion, in Matthiessen Park, Gregg says four old mine openings will be blocked off will a rock-fill material.  He estimates one of the openings leads to a 32-foot drop.  They’ll also remove old mining foundations and structures.

The work is being done by Miller and Son Construction for $272,000.  It’s scheduled to be completed by September.

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Olive Garden Opening Couple Months Away

Posted by wlpo on January 26, 2012

Two months from now, you could be wining and dining at Olive Garden.

Peru Building Inspector Frank Taylor says the restaurant has a tentative opening date of March 26th.  They’re planning to start hiring workers in mid-February and there will be a two-week training period before the restaurant opens for business.

Taylor says he was inside the Olive Garden last week and they were putting kitchen equipment in.  The signage went up a few days ago.

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Open House At Latest Habitat For Humanity Home

Posted by wlpo on January 26, 2012

Know anyone in the market for a new house?  There’s an open house this weekend in Ottawa for a Habitat For Humanity built-home.

Potential families can stop in and take a look Saturday from 10 until 2.  The home is at 912 West Superior Street.

Income requirements for the Ottawa home range from 35 to 60 thousand dollars based on size of family.  The family needs to have between 3 and 6 members.

Selected families do have to pay a mortgage but it’s at no zero interest.  They also have to do so many hours of “sweat equity” in helping to build a different habitat house.

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Homicide Charge Facing Streator Man

Posted by wlpo on January 26, 2012

A man from Streator faces serious charges.

31 year old Lisa Loyer of Graymont died September 12th after falling from a moving SUV driven by Daryll Stutzman of Streator.  Late last year, a Peoria County Coroner’s Jury ruled Loyer’s death a homicide.  Last week, prosecutors in Livingston County agreed and officially charged Stutzman with reckless homicide and aggravated DUI.

They believe Stutzman was driving drunk when Loyer fell out.  The SUV had no doors.

Stutzman is out on bond.

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Injured Westclox Firefighter On The Mend

Posted by wlpo on January 26, 2012

The firefighter injured during the Westclox fire is still recovering.

La Salle firefighter Steve Smith had surgery on his leg New Year’s Day after being hurt battling the huge blaze.  Smith says he could start physical therapy in 2 to 4 weeks.  When he does, he can start bending the injured leg again, 15 degrees at a time.  The leg is still in a brace.

Besides being a La Salle firefighter and EMT, Smith is also a guard at the Sheridan Correctional Center.  He would like to go back to both jobs in March or April but realizes its up to his doctor to clear him.

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Latest On Senator Kirk’s Recovery

Posted by wlpo on January 26, 2012

CHICAGO (AP) – The neurosurgeon who operated on Mark Kirk after the Illinois senator had a stroke says he is progressing as expected but remains in serious condition.

Dr. Richard Fessler performed the emergency surgery at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. He said Wednesday that he is still hopeful about Kirk’s long-term prognosis. He says the 52-year-old senator is being monitored closely.

Kirk’s stroke affected his left side, particularly movement of his left arm and his face. Surgeons removed a piece of Kirk’s skull Sunday to alleviate pressure from swelling. Doctors say the Illinois Republican is expected to make a full mental recovery, but may not regain full movement, even after rehabilitation.

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