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Fire Outside Wyanet

Posted by wlpo on September 9, 2012

A two-story building caught fire last night near Wyanet.

Firefighters from Wyanet, Princeton, Buda and Manlius all responded to the structure fire on 1650 N Avenue.  No one was hurt.

You’ll hear more information as its made available.

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Made Up Robbery Means Jail For Peru Man

Posted by wlpo on September 9, 2012

Making up an armed robbery story means jail time but no prison for a man from Peru.

Mustapha Zenati pled guilty to one count of felony obstructing justice and was given six months in the county jail and two and a half years probation.  Zenati admitted to making up a story of a gun-wielding robber holding him up at the Peru Smoke Shop and stealing cash.  He avoided police until getting arrested in Chicago in late April.

Zenati will start his jail time Friday.

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Earlville And Leland Men Hurt In Alleged Drunk Driving Crash

Posted by wlpo on September 9, 2012

A couple area men were hurt after their pickup almost ended up in a creek.

Deputies say Garrett Gordon of Leland was driving near Somonauk Saturday morning when he drove into a ditch, hit two mailboxes, drove into another ditch and finally stopped near Buck Branch Creek.  Gordon and his passenger Joshua Hill of Earlville were taken to Valley West Hospital.

Gordon was arrested for DUI.

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Compton Biker Life Flighted After Crash

Posted by wlpo on September 9, 2012

A man from Compton was seriously hurt in a motorcycle crash.

Robert Jensen was flown to Rockford Memorial Hospital Saturday afternoon in Shabbona.  According to police, Jensen was on Route 30 when he failed to handle a curve and lost control and went into a ditch.

He was thrown from his motorcycle.

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Hit twice in Oshkosh

Posted by wlpo on September 9, 2012

A 53-year-old woman is dead after being struck by two vehicles in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Police say a 45-year-old female driver from Oshkosh struck Gina Micheln of Oshkosh, who was in the roadway. A sports utility vehicle then hit the injured pedestrian as she lay in the street at about 1:50 a.m. Friday. She died at a local hospital. The driver of the first vehicle was taken into custody. Detectives believe alcohol may have played a role in the crash. Police are looking for the driver of the sports utility vehicle.

 

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NCI Works job fair

Posted by wlpo on September 9, 2012

Are you looking for a job? About twenty employers will want to meet you and examine your resume this Thursday at Ottawa South Town Mall. The NCI Works Job Fair will be 9 – Noon at the One Stop Center 15540 First Avenue. Some of the employers include St. Margaret’s Health, Mediacom, Sears, G4S, Kroger, James Hardie, Illinois Central School Bus. La Salle Veterans Home and Janko Hospitality. If you are unemployed and planning on attending, dress in interview attire and brings copies of your resume.

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Vintage Illinois next weekend

Posted by wlpo on September 9, 2012

Vintners and their fans gather to talk wines this coming weekend at Starved Rock State Park. Mark Wenzel of August Hill Winery, one of the festival sponsors, says the 2012 crop’s quality is okay, but its quantity is only 50 – 75% of a normal crop. Wenzel’s vineyard covers four acres. The white grapes harvested this year will be bottled sometime in December, however, the red grapes won’t be ready for tasting until next July. “Vintage Illinois” will be at Starved Rock State Park next Saturday and Sunday. Wines featured will be from the 2011 crop.

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Chicago teachers / Board negotiations

Posted by wlpo on September 9, 2012

Negotiators for Chicago’s teachers union and school board resumed tense contract talks at 11 a.m. Sunday after reporting some progress on Saturday. The teachers have set a midnight Sunday deadline to call off the city’s first teachers’ strike in 25 years. Pay raises and job security are among their top concerns. A strike would cause massive disruptions in the nation’s third-largest school district. Board president David Vitale emerged from Saturday’s talks saying the two sides were “very close.” He says the board presented a new proposal that “moved dramatically on almost all of the issues.” Union President Karen Lewis calls it an “improved” offer that still needs work.

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hand in cookie jar

Posted by wlpo on September 9, 2012

A former Girl Scout leader in Centerville, Iowa has been charged with stealing over $12,000 from her troop. Thirty-year-old Heather Benjamin is charged with first-degree theft. According to the criminal complaint, Benjamin used the troop’s bank account as her personal account between October 2011 and the end of August. Her preliminary hearing is set for September 19th.

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looming teachers’ strike

Posted by wlpo on September 9, 2012

The vice president of the Chicago Teachers Union says the city school district’s latest offer in contract negotiations is disappointing. Jesse Sharkey says talks will continue throughout this weekend. A strike deadline in the nation’s third-largest school district looms tomorrow. Hundreds of teachers stopped by the strike headquarters the union opened Saturday to pick up picket signs and T-shirts.

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