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La Salle man arrested on a parole warrant and accused of escape

Posted by wlpo on November 2, 2012

It was back to jail for a man in La Salle.  Lorenzo Craig of La Salle was arrested on an Illinois Department of Corrections warrant Wednesday morning.  He was also arrested for trespassing and escape, a class three felony.

Craig was taken to the La Salle County Jail.  He was sentenced in 2010 after pleading guilty to hitting a police officer in the jaw.

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Weger Denied Parole Again

Posted by wlpo on November 2, 2012

It was closer than it’s ever been but the Illinois Prisoner Review Board still denied parole for Chester Weger.

The board voted 8 to 7 to keep Weger in prison.  The 73 year old was convicted in 1960 of killing a woman from Riverside at Starved Rock State Park.  Prosecutors think he killed two other women at the park but was only tried for one murder.

The vote to deny parole was 8 to 5 last year after being unanimous against the year before.  La Salle County State’s Attorney Brian Towne continues to argue against Weger’s release.

Weger is at the Pinckneyville Correctional Center.

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Boil Order Ends For La Salle

Posted by wlpo on November 2, 2012

A 48-hour boil order has finally ended in La Salle.

Public Works Superintendent Sam McNeilly canceled the boil order just before 9 this morning.  Homes and businesses south of 9th street had been under a boil order since early Wednesday morning after a break at 6th and Wright Street.  That water main break did damage to a city street.

McNeilly believes the first break triggered the two other breaks.

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Streator Man Still Hospitalized After Being Hit By Train

Posted by wlpo on November 2, 2012

A man hit by a train in Streator remains hospitalized in Peoria.

25-year old Gerald Richardson is listed in critical condition at St. Francis Medical Center.  He was flown there Tuesday night after getting hit by a train riding his bicycle along Lundy Street.

Investigators think Richardson tried going around a railroad crossing gate when he was hit and thrown from his bike.

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Signature Chef’s Auction Surpasses Million Dollar Mark

Posted by wlpo on November 2, 2012

Congratulations to organizers of the Signature’s Chefs Auction, over a million dollars raised since 2001.

The 12th annual auction last night raised 128 thousand dollars, well above the 110 thousand dollars needed to reach the million dollar mark.  Money helps the March of Dimes fight birth defects in babies.

The Signature’s Chefs Auction is a collection of local restaurants and other vendors offering samples to raise cash for the March of Dimes.  Last night’s event at Celebrations 150 in La Salle also included raffles and auctions.

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