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Two accused of selling heroin in Streator

Posted by wlpo on December 17, 2012

Heroin will kill you.  Police say they’ve arrested two people they believe where selling it in Streator.

Jordan Poulaki and Breiana Herrera of Streator were arrested Saturday for unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.  Members of TRIDENT searched their place on West Grant Street and allegedly found heroin and drug paraphernalia.

Poulaki and Herrera were being held in the La Salle County Jail.

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Peru firefighter handle truck fire

Posted by wlpo on December 17, 2012

You know it’s time to replace your pickup truck or at least check the motor when smoke is coming from under the hood.

An old pickup truck was toast after it caught on fire Monday evening in Peru.  Firefighters were called to the old Kmart parking for the fire.  The truck was ablaze by the time they arrived.  The people in it were able to safely park and get out.

Fire Chief Jeff King says it started with the motor.

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Peru Pool Fund continues to receive donations

Posted by wlpo on December 17, 2012

It’s not swimming weather but the volunteers with Friends of the Peru Pool continue to raise money for a new outdoor pool.  The most recent donation comes from Wal-mart in the form of a $1,000 grant.  The pool fund has raised an estimated $90,000 over the past couple of years.  Volunteers shared the news with the Peru City Council Monday night.

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Committees will consider rental property registry in Peru

Posted by wlpo on December 17, 2012

Do you know who owns the rental property in your neighborhood?  Keeping the owner’s information on file is part of the reason Peru City officials are considering a rental property registry.

Frank Taylor is the building and zoning inspector.  He says he can usually find out who owns buildings by calling the county for tax information.  He says he has a harder time with vacant properties, typically foreclosed homes owned by banks.  Before a registry is created he wants a committee to come up with the specifics like fees and timelines.

Alderman Rodney Perez is the one suggesting they have a registry.  He thinks they should at least keep track of the multi-unit owners. He told the city council Monday night that he was recently contacted by someone who wasn’t sure who owned their rental that apparently only had one smoke detector, no carbon monoxide detector and a leaky roof.

The Public Health and Safety Committee and the Public Property Committee will both consider the registry.

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Peru Schools plan to leave shooting explanation to parents

Posted by wlpo on December 17, 2012

Have you talked to your young children about the shootings at the Connecticut elementary school?  Parents in the Peru Public School District have received a letter from Superintendent Mark Cross explaining how the district prepares for intruders.  He also says that the staff doesn’t plan to talk about the shootings specifically because they think it is up to the parents to figure out how best to explain it to their children.

Cross also reassures parents that Peru teachers are dedicated to keeping their children safe at school.

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