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Majestic Theatre in Streator sold at auction

Posted by wlpo on August 12, 2015

The boarded up Majestic Theatre was sold for $85,000 at auction Wednesday morning.

The bank that holds the theater’s mortgage and liens against the owner, First Farmer’s Bank and Trust of Indiana was the lone bidder. It’s not clear what they plan on trying to do with the downtown Streator which has been closed for a year.

Katie Troccoli managed the Majestic when it was closed by her former business partner. She says it will take a “herculean effort” to get the building back to showing movies since the roof is leaking and it’s been stripped. Everything from the movie screens to movie posters have been taken out of the building.

Troccoli says she would love to take ownership over the theater but at $85,000, that wouldn’t be a good investment for her.

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Streator duo plead guilty to animal cruelty charges

Posted by wlpo on August 12, 2015

Dumping off nine pit bulls along Route 6 in La Salle means probation and a fine for a Streator pair.

Sherrod and Brandi Simms of Streator pled guilty Tuesday in La Salle County Court to nine counts of cruel treatment to animals. They admitted to abandoning two adult pit bulls and seven puppies this past June. Illinois Valley Animal Rescue and the La Salle Police got involved and that eventually led to charges for the Simms’.

Both are looking at two years conditional discharge and $300 in court costs.

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La Salle woman accused of leaving child in a hot car while she went into Walmart

Posted by wlpo on August 12, 2015

A situation that pops up a lot nationally has happened in the Illinois Valley.

Twenty-seven-year-old Abigail Einhaus of La Salle is accused of leaving a 2-year-old out in a warm car while she went shopping at the Peru Walmart on Monday afternoon. Peru Police Chief Doug Bernabei says the child was sleeping in his car seat and was okay but he had been left in the warm car with windows rolled up, no shade and the doors unlocked for over 10 minutes.

Einhaus was tracked down Tuesday and arrested for the misdemeanor of endangering the life or health of a child. She was given a court date.

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Easter Seals in the Illinois Valley undergoing changes

Posted by wlpo on August 12, 2015

In less than a month, the local chapter of Easter Seals will be no more. But the actual organization isn’t going anywhere.

Starting September 1st, Easter Seals of La Salle and Bureau Counties is splitting with the national organization and will become its’ own independent group called Lifesteps.
Tracy Beattie, Director of Development for Easter Seals, says the split allows them to be more flexible and expand services in the Illinois Valley, while also keeping the donations local.

Beattie says the group has thought about breaking away from the national chapter for a few years, ever since they were demoted to a sub-affiliate of the DuPage chapter for not meeting yearly donation requirements.

Lifesteps will continue to operate as a non-profit agency.

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