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Archive for September 5th, 2015

1 person hurt after I-80 rollover

Posted by wlpo on September 5, 2015

     In the midst of holiday traffic, a rollover Saturday afternoon – halfway between Utica and Ottawa. The accident occurred in the westbound lanes after 2:30pm. At least 1 person had serious enough injuries to be flown to OSF St. Francis in Peoria. State Police are investigating the accident and have not issued any details such as names or how it happened. 

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Utica man stabbed Saturday

Posted by wlpo on September 5, 2015

   The sheriff’s office has released few details regarding the stabbing of a Utica man after 3:30am Saturday. The release says a deputy was called to 226 West Washington in Utica and found one of the residents, a 24-year old man outside the home with stab wounds in his torso. He was taken to IVCH and later to OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. An investigation is underway with more information released at a later time.

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Still no sign of escaped inmate

Posted by wlpo on September 5, 2015

As we enter day three of the search for escaped prisoner Joshua Drinnon, there’s still been no sign of him.

Drinnon escaped from a rest stop on westbound Interstate 80 near Princeton shortly before 5 Wednesday afternoon. The active search for Drinnon in the area was suspended late Thursday afternoon.

Police will handle possible sightings of him on a case-by-case basis. All the alleged sightings of Drinnon have failed to turn up the escapee.

The United States Marshall Service has taken over the case. Drinnon has been able to evade capture despite dogs, officers, airplanes and helicopters all being used to find him.

He was on his way to San Diego from Tennessee facing a charge of aggravated robbery. He’s considered dangerous so if you spot him, don’t approach him, just call the police.

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L-P honors fallen Galesburg students

Posted by wlpo on September 5, 2015

Last night’s match up between L-P and Galesburg provided reminders that football is just a game.

Hearing the tragic news of two Galesburg students being killed in a car accident last Saturday, L-P stepped up last night to offer emotional support. The Cavalier band played the Galesburg song before a moment of silence was held before kickoff.

Inside the stadium, two flags and a large poster with the Galesburg High logo and names of the two students was on display on the hill between the visiting bleachers and concession stand.

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IDOT opening up construction for Labor Day weekend

Posted by wlpo on September 5, 2015

To celebrate Labor Day weekend, the Illinois Department of Transportation is opening up construction zones wherever possible. However some stretches will still be down to one lane.

In Bureau County, Interstate 80 is down to one lane each direction near Sheffield for a bridge replacement. The Interstate 180 bridge over the Illinois River is down to one lane for painting while Route 6 west of Sheffield is down to one lane because of bridge work.

In La Salle County, Interstate 80 at the Route 71 exit in Ottawa will still be down to one lane this weekend for bridge painting. In Putnam County, Route 71 in Granville has one lane of traffic controlled by signals due to culvert reconstruction.

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Streator police investigating two burglaries

Posted by wlpo on September 5, 2015

Streator Police are investigating two Thursday afternoon burglaries that happened within just a few blocks of each other.

Someone broke into a house in the 200 block of East Kent Street shortly after 4 and stole a TV. Just over an hour later, someone stole a TV, two gaming systems and about 100 blu ray discs from a house in the 100 block of Water Street.

Streator Police said they are currently investigating the incidents. If you have any information, contact the Streator Police Department.

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