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Downtown La Salle businesses affected by power outage

Posted by wlpo on August 27, 2013

Tuesday was not a good day to be left without electricity, but an outage in downtown La Salle affected nearly 170 Ameren customers.

The outage happened around 11:17am Tuesday.  Marcelyn Love of Ameren Illinois says it was caused by a bad transformer supplying power to downtown La Salle.

Most of the businesses had their power restored around 2pm.

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Two Drug Charges For Peru Doctor

Posted by wlpo on August 27, 2013

A Peru doctor is being held on one million dollars bond after being charged with two felony drug counts.

Dr. Constantino Perales was officially charged in La Salle County Court Tuesday morning with two counts of delivery of a controlled substance.  He’s accused of delivery of Oxycontin and Lorazepam.  Perales was taken into custody Monday at his Seventh Street Clinic.

La Salle County State’s Attorney Brian Towne says additional charges are pending both on the local and federal level.  He says some of the charges could be sexually related.

Perales is being represented by Clay Campbell who is the former DeKalb County State’s Attorney.  Perales will be up for grand jury indictment September 10th and arraignment September 13th.

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Water Shutoff For East Side Of La Salle

Posted by wlpo on August 27, 2013

There’s a boil order for some homes on the east side of La Salle.  Workers spent Tuesday trying to turn off the valves in the area of the hydrant but apparently couldn’t find all of the valves they needed.

Public Works Superintendent Sam McNeilly says they’ll be working on the hydrant again Wednesday.  In the meantime, there’s a boil order affecting the area from Sterling Street to Central Street and from the north side of 3rd Street to the south side of 5th Street for a hydrant replacement.

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Driver injured after tanker rollover

Posted by wlpo on August 27, 2013

A semi rollover crash in Bureau County has been cleared.  Police say a tanker going from Interstate 80 onto Interstate 180 overturned just after 8am Tuesday.

Princeton firefighters and State Police Troopers rushed to the accident.  The driver was taken by Lifeflight to presumably St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.  Police say he was pinned inside the cab which was smoking after the crash.

More as it’s made available.

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Latest On Drug Investigation Involving Peru Doctor

Posted by wlpo on August 27, 2013

A Peru doctor was hauled off from his office and taken into custody for what’s being called a narcotics investigation.

Constantino Perales was taken away in a Peru police car shortly after 5 late Monday afternoon from his Seventh Street Clinic.  About 20 officers including Peru police and FBI agents milled around the office after Perales was taken into custody waiting for a federal search warrant to go into his office.

Peru Police Chief Doug Bernabei called it a very lengthy and complex investigation.  Formal charges haven’t been filed but Bernabei thinks there will be both local and federal charges against the doctor.  He wouldn’t say specific narcotics allegedly involved in the sting.

Perales is expected to appear in court for bond either late Tuesday or Wednesday morning.

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Senator Kirk Wants Military Action Against Syria

Posted by wlpo on August 27, 2013

QUAD CITIES, Ill. (AP) – U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk is advocating for the U.S. to launch a missile strike at the Syrian regime which is believed to have used chemical weapons on civilians.

Kirk made the comments Monday while visiting the Rock Island Arsenal.
He opposes extending “boots on the ground” U.S. military involvement in Syria. He likened an air strike to the 1998 attack on Iraq aimed at curbing weapons of mass destruction.

Kirk is a recently retired Naval intelligence officer.

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