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Dozens getting ticketed for ignoring closed trails at Starved Rock State Park

Posted by wlpo on July 21, 2014

Follow the signage at Starved Rock State Park or you could be out over a hundred dollars.

Conservation Police Sgt. Hank Frazier says between Friday and Sunday his department handed out nearly 130 tickets to hikers being in restricted areas. These tickets are a minimum of $120.

Frazier says there are still several trails with hanging limbs and branches. He says a tree fell across a bridge Sunday at the park, breaking a railing.

Besides all the tickets for people using closed trails, conservation officers also handed out over a dozen drug tickets and a handful of tickets for having alcohol on the trails over the weekend.

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Man dies after rollover crash near Morris

Posted by wlpo on July 21, 2014

One man is dead and three other people hurt after an SUV rolled east of Morris. Grundy County Coroner John Callahan says 22-year-old James Harris, III died Sunday night after the SUV he was in went off of Route 6 and rolled several times.

Callahan says at some point, three people were thrown from the SUV and one was still inside after the crash. The crash is being investigated by the Grundy County Sheriff’s Department.

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Standoff ends in Oglesby

Posted by wlpo on July 21, 2014

A standoff involving a man with guns in Oglesby ended after seven hours.

It all started after 8:30pm Sunday when a woman told police she was beaten by her husband. After being told Eric Fischer was inside his home with two handguns and three dogs, officers from across the Illinois Valley surrounded the home and evacuated neighboring homes. Officers tried talking Fischer into coming out but he refused. Police finally went in around 4:30am and took Fischer into custody.

He was arrested for domestic battery with more charges pending. In a related incident, Johnathan Norrell was arrested during the standoff for obstructing justice after allegedly going into the secured area.

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Details emerge on what killed a 3-year-old from Amboy

Posted by wlpo on July 21, 2014

DIXON, Ill. (AP) – The accidental electrocution last month of a 3-year-old boy from Amboy was caused by current from an improperly grounded family camper.

Landyn Gerald Keener died June 30 when he touched a door handle of the camper while standing on wet ground. It’s a problem known among RV enthusiasts as “hot skin.”

Lee County Sheriff John Varga calls it a tragic accident and says nobody was at fault.

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