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Archive for March 3rd, 2014

Names Released In Fatal Earlville Fire

Posted by wlpo on March 3, 2014

A fatal fire in Earlville isn’t being investigated as suspicious.

The DeKalb County Coroner says 53-year old Matthew Jones of Earlville and 49-year old Dawn Williams of Ripon, Wisconsin were killed in a fire at Jones’ home Sunday morning on Hyde Road near the La Salle and DeKalb County line.  Dawn Williams’ brother Eric survived the fire and was treated and released at Mendota Community Hospital with minor burns.

Deputies say Eric Williams woke up Sunday morning and called 911 after noticing the fire.  He was able to get out and told firefighters that his sister and Matthew Jones were still inside.

The State Fire Marshall’s Office is investigating what started the fire but there’s no foul play suspected.

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Ribbon cutting ceremony held in the cold for new sports complex

Posted by wlpo on March 3, 2014

Boys track practice would have to wait but not a ribbon cutting ceremony at the LP High School Athletics Complex. 

Runners, school board members and La Salle City officials huddled in front of the concession stand Monday afternoon while Superintendent Steve Wrobleski gave a short speech before handing over a large pair of scissors. 

La Salle Mayor Jeff Grove and School Board President Jim Quesse cut the ribbon.  A groundbreaking was held in April and a tennis match was held last fall.  Monday was supposed to be the first day of the boys track season.  The first event at the new complex, a soccer game, is three weeks away.

The complex is on Chartres Street in La Salle north of the Hygienic Institute.  It cost approximately $5 million and is being partially paid for with a TIF district in La Salle.

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Food drive to benefit Hall Township Food Pantry

Posted by wlpo on March 3, 2014

Keeping food on the shelves is a never ending challenge at the Hall Township Food Pantry.  The pantry in Spring Valley provides meals to approximately 300 families each month. 

You can help them during a food drive from 9am-6pmThursday at Hy-Vee in Peru.  They need pasta, tuna, and canned fruits and vegetables.  They could also use soap and shampoo. The Peru Lions Club is helping with the food drive.

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Police investigate shooting in Streator

Posted by wlpo on March 3, 2014

One person is under arrest while another is at a Peoria hospital after a weekend shooting in Streator.

Streator Police Investigator Troy Dodge says more details will be released Monday.  He would only say that there was a shooting and the victim was taken to Peoria while the alleged shooter was arrested.

Dodge says it isn’t being treated as any kind of attempted homicide.

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