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Streator Butternut Store robbed on Wednesday

Posted by wlpo on September 5, 2012

A store on South Bloomington Street in Streator had to close early after becoming the sense of the crime.  The Butternut Store was held up shortly after 4:30pm Wednesday by a man that implied having a weapon.

Police were looking for a white man thought to be 20 years old with short blond hair.  The man was wearing a gray hooded shirt and tan shorts.  He was last seen heading north on South Bloomington Street on foot.

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Shooting at a Sycamore hospital involved a Granville woman

Posted by wlpo on September 5, 2012

SYCAMORE, Ill. (AP) – A male patient and his female live-in companion died in what police say was a double suicide or murder-suicide at Kindred Hospital in the northern Illinois community of Sycamore.

Police have identified them as 54-year-old Mario Engoglia and 57-year-old Susan Triezenberg of Granville.

In a statement today, Sycamore police say evidence suggests “one or both of the victims’ deaths were self-inflicted.” The investigation is continuing.

Police Chief Don Thomas says officers called to the hospital yesterday after a report of gunfire in a patient room found the victims dead of gunshot wounds. Thomas says a handgun was found near the patient’s body.

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No One Charged With L-P Scouting Scandal

Posted by wlpo on September 5, 2012

Despite rumors that could be floating around, no one has been arrested for involvement in the L-P “scouting scandal”.

La Salle County State’s Attorney Brian Towne says not only has no one been arrested but no one has been interviewed by his office.  Towne calls the situation “despicable” but they’re still sorting out what crimes if any where committed.  Towne calls it a “unique situation”.

L-P teacher and former assistant football coach Jake Burke has been put on paid leave in response to the ongoing investigation.  He’s also been let go as a volunteer football coach at Ottawa High School.

About five hours before the LP Cavaliers home opener, players and parents found out vital team information had been mailed to at least six of the teams on their schedule.  The package included past injuries of varsity players.

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Teacher Put On Leave Following L-P Scouting Scandal

Posted by wlpo on September 5, 2012

A former L-P assistant football coach and current Ottawa volunteer football coach is on paid leave as part of the investigation into who sent scouting information to L-P opponents.

Superintendent Steve Wrobleski confirms Jake Burke is on paid leave as a teacher at L-P.  Burke along with Bill Booker were not rehired as assistant football coaches at L-P earlier this year.

Just before L-P’s home opener this year, players and parents found out vital team information was mailed to at least six of the teams on their schedule.  Wrobleski says the package included offensive and defensive schemes and information on coaches.  Most disturbingly, it included the names and positions of 22 varsity players including their physical and mental strengths and weaknesses.

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Earlville Man Killed In Rollover

Posted by wlpo on September 5, 2012

A man from Earlville is dead after crashing his pickup.

53-year old Rodolfo Villanueva was pronounced dead Tuesday afternoon after rolling his truck on Chicago Road west of Leland.  Deputies say they saw Villanueva’s truck on its roof in a ditch.  They think he lost control on a curve.

Villanueva’s fatal crash remains under investigation.

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Judge Says Governor Has To Negotiate Before Closing Dwight Prison

Posted by wlpo on September 5, 2012

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – A spokeswoman for Gov. Pat Quinn says a southern Illinois judge’s ruling that temporarily prohibits prison closures is “disappointing.”

Associate Circuit Judge Charles Cavaness issued the temporary restraining order on Tuesday in Alexander County. Cavaness upheld an arbitrator’s ruling on Friday that Quinn must negotiate with the workers’ union on the terms of closing seven prison facilities.

Quinn wanted the Dwight prison closed by Friday to save money in a budget crisis.  The administration appealed the arbitrator’s ruling in Cook County court.

The arbitrator ordered Quinn and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees to reach an agreement in 30 days.

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Deliberations In Peterson Trial To Start Today

Posted by wlpo on September 5, 2012

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) – Now, it’s the jurors’ turn.

After years of media attention and five weeks of testimony, allegations Drew Peterson murdered his third wife are finally expected to go to a jury today. Jurors are scheduled to receive instructions from the judge in the morning and then withdraw to a Joliet courthouse room to deliberate.

Peterson has pleaded not guilty to murdering Kathleen Savio in 2004. He fell under scrutiny in her death only after his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, disappeared in 2007.

Defense attorney Joel Brodsky told reporters Tuesday his client has prepared himself emotionally for jurors’ decision – whatever it is.

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