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Update: second person dies after a rollover crash near Ottawa

Posted by wlpo on August 4, 2014

A day after a crash that killed a man from Galesburg, a teenager from Galesburg has also died from his injuries.

Investigators say Jason Maulden died Sunday at Good Samaritan Hospital in Downer’s Grove. He was riding in a Ford Explorer driven by 58-year old Steven Cervantez.

State Police Troopers say Cervantez was heading west on Interstate 80 near Ottawa Saturday when he lost control of his SUV. Cervantez pronounced dead at the scene.

Maulden and 35-year-old Keisa Henry were flown to Good Samaritan Hospital.

Correction: WLPO originally reported that the passenger’s name was Henry Keisa.  WLPO news regrets the error.

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Heroin investigation in Streator leads to three arrests

Posted by wlpo on August 4, 2014

Could you spot an undercover officer? An investigation into heroin sales in Streator used people working undercover for TRIDENT. Three men were arrested last Thursday and Friday for allegedly selling heroin to a person working with the police

Eric Anderson of Streator was arrested Thursday at his home for two counts of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance.

That same day Dwayne Daniels of La Salle was arrested in Streator for one count of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance and aggravated battery. Police say he hit an officer during his arrest.

Jimmie Stillwell of Streator was arrested Friday for one count of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance.

Bonds for all three were set at $1 million. They were being held in the La Salle County Jail.

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ATV crash leaves an Amboy girl hospitalized

Posted by wlpo on August 4, 2014

ATV’s might seem like fun but they can be dangerous. A seven-year-old girl is hospitalized after the ATV she was on collided with a deer.

The crash happened Sunday evening in Lee County. Police say Brian Dees of Amboy had the girl sitting in front of him and the girl’s mother, Cassandra Gray, sitting behind him while they road on Sublette Road. Police say nobody was wearing a helmet.

All of them were taken to Mendota Community Hospital. The girl, Makenzie Rutherford of Amboy was transferred to Rockford Memorial Hospital where she is in critical condition.  Gray and Dees were treated and released in Mendota.

Dees was tickted for operating an ATV on the road. He was also tested for drugs and alcohol but police say the results won’t be available for several weeks.

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Nearly 90 more trail tickets written over the weekend at Starved Rock

Posted by wlpo on August 4, 2014

Another busy weekend for Conservation Police handing out tickets at Starved Rock State Park.

Sgt. Hank Frazier says they issued 89 tickets to hikers allegedly going off the trail or onto closed trails.  Frazier says it’ll likely be a couple of more weeks before all of the trails reopen.

Police also arrested five people for drug and three people for alcohol.

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New Bureau County Fair Queen is from Wyanet

Posted by wlpo on August 4, 2014

Royalty has been crowned for this year’s Bureau County Fair.  19-year-old Hannah Shearburn of Wyanet is this year’s fair queen. She was picked among 17 contestants.

14-year old Haleigh Hall of Princeton was named Junior Miss while 6-year-old Emilee Merkel of Princeton was crowned Little Miss.  They will preside over the Bureau County Fair which starts August 20 at fairgrounds in Princeton.

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Extensive search in Sheridan for clues into Dwight double-murder

Posted by wlpo on August 4, 2014

The search is over for now near Sheridan as officers search for evidence surrounding a double-murder in Dwight.

Illinois State Police Spokeswoman Monique Bond says they are “processing items” found during a 26-acre search yesterday outside of Sheridan. She says they were looking for evidence in the Dwight murders of Kelli Denker and her mom Donna along with burglaries in Grundy County.

The Denker’s were killed June 14th at their home in Dwight. Less than two weeks later, Joseph Sipple of Morris shot and killed himself in front of deputies in Sheridan after officers tried to arrest him on a warrant for theft.

Last month Dwight Police Chief Tim Henson stopped short of calling Sipple a suspect in the Denker murders but admitted Sipple and the younger Denker were former acquaintances.

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JFK Renovation almost finished in Spring Valley

Posted by wlpo on August 4, 2014

In a little less than a month from now, elementary students in Spring Valley will begin a new school year in a new and improved building.

Pictures of the newly-renovated JFK elementary school are posted online with the title of “85 percent complete”. The $17 million renovation meant the closing of Lincoln School and kindergarten thru eight grade all being under one roof at JFK. The new school includes almost 30 additional classrooms along with a new gym, library and choir room.

First day of classes in Spring Valley are Wednesday, September 3rd.

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