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Archive for July 23rd, 2012

Man In Custody For Earlville Stabbing

Posted by wlpo on July 23, 2012

A man stabbed in Earlville has been stabilized and now will have to answer questions from police.

La Salle County State’s Attorney Brian Towne says investigators plan to speak with 28-year old Ramon Gonzalez today about what happened Saturday afternoon at an Earlville trailer park.  He is being treated at Rockford Memorial Hospital.

Towne says a man is in custody for the stabbing and he could be formally charged this afternoon.  He needs to first find out if the stabbing was criminal, self defense or a mutual fight.

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Jet Ski Injury In Marseilles

Posted by wlpo on July 23, 2012

Jet Ski’s can be fun but also dangerous.

Conservation Police say Thomas Roller was on one near the Marseilles Lock and Dam yesterday morning when there was some type of mechanical failure.  Roller crashed and separated both shoulders.

He was taken to St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Ottawa.  Conservation Police say he wasn’t ticketed and no alcohol was involved.

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Drew Peterson introduces self to would-be jurors

Posted by wlpo on July 23, 2012

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) – Drew Peterson has introduced himself to potential jurors as jury selection began in his long-delayed murder trial.

The former suburban Chicago police officer stood to introduce himself to some 40 would-be jurors as proceedings began.

In a steady voice he said, “Good morning ladies and gentlemen, I’m Mr. Peterson.”

The 58-year-old Peterson is charged with killing his third wife, Kathleen Savio, in 2004. Her body was found in a dry bathtub in her home, her hair soaked with blood.

He’s also a suspect in the 2007 disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, although he has not been charged.

The jurors are likely to hear statements that the wives allegedly made to friends and relatives about threats Peterson made.

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La Salle Starts Working On Streets

Posted by wlpo on July 23, 2012

Be prepared to run into construction driving around La Salle.

The 2012 street improvement program starts today on the north end of town.  Roadwork will begin on Haley Street; Creve Couer between Garfield and Edwards; and West Grant Street between Bucklin and Campbell.  Crews will also be tearing up sidewalks.

For a list of roadwork, go to the city of La Salle’s website.

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Quinn Asks Feds For More Drought Assistance

Posted by wlpo on July 23, 2012

CHICAGO (AP) – Gov. Pat Quinn has asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture for disaster designations for virtually all Illinois counties amid scorching temperatures and one of the state’s worst droughts on record.

Quinn sent a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Thomas Vilsack making the request on Sunday. A spokesman for the governor explained that nearly 30 counties already have the designation.

If Vilsack grants Quinn’s latest request, nearly every one of the state’s 102 counties would be eligible for special USDA grants and loan programs.

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