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Archive for January 18th, 2015

Streator dedicates 2015 to Pluto and its discoverer

Posted by wlpo on January 18, 2015

What does 2015 mean to you? For Streator, 2015 is the Year of Pluto and Clyde Tombaugh. NASA’s New Horizons Pluto Mission will pass by the dwarf planet on July 14. The spacecraft contains some of Tombaugh’s ashes.

Tombaugh was born in Streator and discovered Pluto while working at the Lowell Observatory in 1930 and that makes him worth remembering, according to Ed Brozak with Streator Tourism.  Brozak says there will be guest speakers and a live linkup with NASA to receive firsthand information as New Horizons passes by Pluto. There will also be an observation night with telescopes, a night golf outing, parade, and Pluto polka party.  The events will start with the Fourth of July.

You can learn more about Streator’s plans by listening to an interview that’s available at the Classic Hits 103.9 WLPO news page.

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Sheriff’s office busy Friday

Posted by wlpo on January 18, 2015

Maybe it is a record…if such records are kept.  The LaSalle County Sheriff’s office said 5 people turned themselves in on warrants Friday. Van Wehrle of Toluca came in for not appearing on a charge of DUI. Others answering warrant charges were Maria Barajas of LaSalle, Matthew Devera, Samantha Davis and Ashley Smith – all of Streator. All went to the county jail.

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Hawaii not nice to Australian golfer

Posted by wlpo on January 18, 2015

Robert Allenby could barely open his left eye Sunday morning. He says it was bruised and swollen from a robbery and beating in Honolulu that he still can’t explain.

Allenby tells The Associated Press he watched surveillance video of him leaving a bar with four people Friday night after missing the cut in the Sony Open. He has no recollection of what happened next until he was shoved out of the car into a gutter and was being kicked and prodded by homeless people.

The 43-year-old Australian golfer says he is still badly shaken. He says his ordeal reminds him of something he would see in a movie.

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Weekend weather wreaking havoc

Posted by wlpo on January 18, 2015

Rain “flash-freezing” on roads and sidewalks has made travel hazardous in the Northeast Sunday, causing crashes that have claimed at least 5 lives.  Pennsylvania State Police say a crash involving 30 to 50 vehicles on Interstate 76 outside Philadelphia killed 1 person, and 2 others died in a crash involving multiple vehicles on nearby Interstate 476.

On the West Coast, high winds left more than 65,000 customers without power in the Seattle area.  And in eastern Oregon, highway officials have partially reopened Interstate 84 after a massive crash blamed on black ice Saturday closed more than 160 miles of eastbound lanes.

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Shots fired near Biden home

Posted by wlpo on January 18, 2015

The Secret Service says multiple gunshots were fired from a vehicle near the Delaware home of Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday night. The vice president and his wife were not at home at the time.

The Secret Service says the shots were fired at around 8:25 p.m. on a public road outside the secure perimeter near the home in Greenville, Delaware.  The shots were heard by Secret Service personnel. They say the vehicle drove past the home at a high rate of speed and fled the scene.  The incident is under investigation.

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Sleep stops alleged teen criminals

Posted by wlpo on January 18, 2015

A crime spree across several southern states came to a sleepy end Sunday morning. 2 teenage sweethearts from Kentucky suspected of leaving a trail of stolen vehicles and pilfered checks were taken into custody without incident in Florida, where officers found them asleep inside their stolen pickup truck. Officials say they plan to extradite 18-year-old Dalton Hayes and his 13-year-old girlfriend, Cheyenne Phillips back to Kentucky.

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Cubs bleacher seating delayed

Posted by wlpo on January 18, 2015

The Chicago Cubs say new Wrigley Field bleachers won’t be ready for the April 5th season opener. President of Business Operations Crane Kenney said Saturday that the left-field bleachers won’t be ready until early May, and the right-field ones in late May.

About 1,000 season-ticket holders can choose to get a full refund for games before May 11th, a credit or relocate to the grandstand.

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Nelson asked about Med Marijuana program

Posted by wlpo on January 18, 2015

Seneca farmer and former Illinois Farm Bureau President Phil Nelson is acting director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture. The Springfield State Journal Register reports Nelson wants to modernize the state fairs at Springfield and Duquoin. Repairs to buildings, says Nelson is an immediate need.

Nelson was on “Classic Hits 103-9 WLPO” Saturday. John Small asked him if Governor Rauner has any reservations about implementing the “Medical Marijuana” program in the state.   Nelson said he hasn’t talked with the Governor about that. He said his agency has done a lot of work to prepare for it, but admits he doesn’t know where it falls on the docket.  It’s in the Governor’s hands to determine how it will be addressed and when to move forward on it.

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Little evidence to charge alderman

Posted by wlpo on January 18, 2015

While Alderman Rodney Perez’s recent “Family Fun Day” is – over all – considered a good thing, Perez has been criticized for using poor judgment in running the event. That word from Peru Police Chief Doug Bernabei who was asked by council members to examine the matter further.  Some on the council asked if Perez used public funds in a public park to urge people to vote for him.

In a release Friday,  Chief Bernabei stated he believes Perez walked a “slippery slope” by promoting the event on Facebook and email using his alderman title. Bernabei also noted Perez’s and Perez’s wife’s cars were parked nearby during the event with campaign signage on them.

Overall, though, the police chief said there was insufficient evidence of any crime…but, advised Perez to get approval for such an event next time through the council and rec board. Perez will also be told not to wear firemen’s gear to such an event.

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