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When Cows Attack!

Posted by wlpo on February 18, 2012

A group of bovine was wreaking havoc on Route 71 near Norway.

According to the La Salle County Sheriff’s Office, between 2:45 and 4:15 Friday morning, a heard of cattle caused three separate crashes about a mile south of Norway.  The first crash involved Sandra Schiltz of Somonauk.  She was okay.

Over an hour later, David Roether of Ottawa hit a cow.  His vehicle was totaled but he was okay.  About the same time, Timothy Templeton of Crestwood swerved his semi trying to avoid the cattle.  He ended up hitting a guardrail and rolling over.

Templeton was taken to Ottawa Regional Hospital.

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Controversy Brewing At Streator High Over Water Cups

Posted by wlpo on February 18, 2012

Do you ever take something away from your kids when they don’t pick up after themselves?  Administrators at Streator High School have taken away free plastic cups of ice water for students.

After several warnings, the cafeteria stopped offering free plastic cups of water because students were allegedly leaving the cups in hallways and stairways and not cleaning up spills.  Many students took a stand this week and refused to buy food or drinks from the cafeteria.

As it stands now, students can buy bottled water, a cup to fill up with water or bring their own cup.

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La Salle County Man Wins Supreme Court Case

Posted by wlpo on February 18, 2012

Lying to police may be a bad idea, but the Illinois Supreme Court says it’s not always a crime.

The ruling involves a Somonauk man whose wife was driving with a suspended license. A deputy followed the woman home and tried to issue a ticket, but she went inside. Her husband came out and claimed he was the one who had been
driving. He said his wife wasn’t home, even though the deputy had seen her moments earlier.

Joseph Baskerville was charged with obstructing a peace officer, but the Supreme Court reversed his conviction Friday.
Baskerville gave the deputy a chance to search the home and the deputy declined. So the court said there was no proof that Baskerville’s lies actually impeded the deputy.

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House Catches Fire In Princeton

Posted by wlpo on February 18, 2012

No one was hurt in a house fire just outside downtown Princeton.

Crews responded from across Bureau County just after one in the afternoon to the blaze at 430 South Pleasant Street.  One person was inside the home when the fire started but was treated at the scene.

The one-story home took on smoke and water damage throughout.  The cause of the fire is unknown.

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