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Archive for April 11th, 2015

U. S. capital temporarily shut down

Posted by wlpo on April 11, 2015

A man is dead after shooting himself on the west front of the U.S. Capitol Saturday. No one was allowed to enter or exit the Capitol and the visitors’ center while it was closed for 2 hours Saturday during a busy day for thousands of tourists.  Some of them are in town for the annual Cherry Blossom Festival.   The precautionary lockdown has been lifted. No one else was hurt.

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State Vets Service offices temporarily closing

Posted by wlpo on April 11, 2015

Veterans needing assistance from the State’s Veterans Service offices this coming week will have to refer to an on-line portal instead. All offices will be closed Tuesday through Friday to attend mandatory training in Bloomington. IDVA Veterans’ Service offices are part of a statewide network that helps Illinois veterans navigate the benefits, resources and programs available to them.

The office advises those who need help during this time to use the “Stand Up and Be Counted” online portal at http://www.veterans.illinois.gov or call 800-437-98-24.

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Boy bites Mom

Posted by wlpo on April 11, 2015

It’s said when dog bites man, it’s news. It also applies when boy bites Mom. 29-year old Terrell Collins of Dekalb was arrested for Domestic Battery and cannabis Friday afternoon in Dekalb. Dekalb County Sheriff’s office said that Terrell’s mom checked his pants pocket for some missing money. She told a deputy later that a struggle began.  Terrell bit her on the hand, strangled and pushed her and then twisted her arm. Mom wasn’t seriously hurt.

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Fairdale residents allowed access to homes

Posted by wlpo on April 11, 2015

Residents of that small northern Illinois farming community that took a direct hit from a tornado are being allowed back into the area to assess the damage. The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office says it bused residents into Fairdale at 7 a.m. Saturday.

The National Weather Service says 8 tornadoes are confirmed to have roared across northern and central Illinois during Thursday’s storms. The strongest hit Fairdale, where 2 people were killed. That tornado also injured 22 people.

The weather service gave it a preliminary rating of an EF-4 with winds of between 180 and 200 mph. It was a half-mile wide and remained on the ground for almost 30 miles.

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Fairdale may open to residents

Posted by wlpo on April 11, 2015

The rural, northern Illinois hamlet of Fairdale may be reopened to residents Saturday following a tornado that nearly leveled the town and killed 2 people on Thursday. All Fairdale homes were evacuated, in part, because of a lack of electricity. But trees, power lines and debris are strewn on the ground, roofs are missing and metal siding from barns is wrapped around trees.

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Mautino warns of tax scams

Posted by wlpo on April 11, 2015

With the tax filing deadline coming, state representative Frank Mautino wants you to be on the lookout for scams involving false tax collection claims.Mautino said tax season brings out con artists who try to take advantage of many taxpayers rush to file on deadline.

According to recent IRS alerts, phone calls from scanners are on the rise. If you receive correspondence from someone claiming to be from the IRS and you are unsure if it’s legitimate, Mautino recommends you visit his district office in Spring Valley.  You may visit Mautino’s full-time constituent service office at 221 E. St. Paul St. in Spring Valley.

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Firemen get help with grass fire

Posted by wlpo on April 11, 2015

Fighting a grass fire in high winds – not fun. But, that was LaSalle firemen’s assignment late Friday afternoon west of LaSalle Rotary Park. Lt. Ron Data of the fire department said 3 acres burned. They got help from Peru, Oglesby and Utica. Data said with more people and equipment they were able to get ahead of the flames, but they don’t know what started it.  The job was completed by 7:45pm

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Peru terminal groundbreaking yesterday

Posted by wlpo on April 11, 2015

Peru’s Market Street Terminal began Friday with shovels turning over dirt. According to the News Tribune, Market Street Terminal is a joint venture between Northern Partners Coop and CHS industries. When fully constructed the site will contain a 20 acre shipping terminal and a 47,000 ton capacity liquid and dry fertilizer warehouse. The future barge terminal will ship grain for export through CHS terminal in Myrtle Grove, Louisiana. Construction will extend in to the spring of 2016.

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