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Fox Lake cop hid problems

Posted by wlpo on November 7, 2015

An Illinois police officer who staged his suicide to make it look like he was murdered had a troubled job history, ranging from numerous suspensions to sexual harassment allegations to complaints that he intimidated an emergency dispatcher with guns. Personnel records for Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz show he also had problems off the job. In 1 incident, an officer took Gliniewicz home after he was found passed out in his truck, and Gliniewicz reported his truck stolen the next day.

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Lawmakers travels cost over $500 thousand

Posted by wlpo on November 7, 2015

A newspaper analysis has found Illinois’ 20 members of Congress have gone on 70 foreign trips to 44 countries in the past two years, costing more than $518,000. Trips can be paid for by a number of entities under congressional rules, including taxpayers, foreign governments and private groups.

The Chicago Tribune says the actual cost of the travel is hard to pinpoint, with the cost of oft-used military aircraft not listed for taxpayer-funded trips. Costs aren’t made public when foreign governments pick up the tab.

Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Channahon was the most frequent flier at nine trips since October 2013. He says his niche is foreign affairs, and he goes on trips to “difficult places” to help him learn.  The top destination for foreign travel for Illinois lawmakers was Cuba with 9 trips.

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Police recover Wal-Mart merchandise

Posted by wlpo on November 7, 2015

$200 dollars in Wal-Mart merchandise was recovered by police in 2 ½ hours time Friday night.

54-year old Diane Barnickel of Wenona was stopped with $65 in merchandise that she had not

paid for at Peru Wal-Mart. Then just after 8pm., 40-year old Cynthia Blom of Spring Valley was

found with $134 in unpaid merchandise. Both given notices to appear by Peru police.

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Arrest made in failed robberies

Posted by wlpo on November 7, 2015

2 alleged robbers have been identified, but LaSalle police only arrested 1. The victims, 2 older LaSalle men, said 2 Hispanic teens allegedly tried to strong arm rob them. Both incidents occurred in LaSalle. The first occurred late night October 23 in the 800 block of 3rd street and later, in front of the 9th Street Pub. Both victims fought off their attackers.

After investigating, the States Attorney’s office issued a juvenile arrest warrant. Last Wednesday, officers picked up a 16 year old LaSalle guy in the 2000 Block of Tonti. He remains in the Juvenile Detention Home . The other suspect, a homeless 19-year was found to be recently deceased.

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Weber Light Show returning the 27th

Posted by wlpo on November 7, 2015

    You may recall the annual Christmas Light Show across from Senica’s Oak Ridge? It’s been dark the past 2 years, however, Scott Weber announced on Facebook…….it’s returning and will be back “ON” the day after Thanksgiving. Weber says the project demands many hours over 3 months. He describes this year’s display at “epic”.

    Between 2007 and 2012, the Weber electronic display drew thousands of visitors who watched a light show synced to holiday music. In those 6 years, the project raised over $40,000 and 11,000 pounds of food for the Illinois Valley Food Pantry.

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Dedication in Hennepin Saturday

Posted by wlpo on November 7, 2015

The names of Hennepin veterans will be forever memorialized after a ceremony Saturday afternoon.

You’re invited to a Veteran’s Memorial Dedication at 1 at Walter Durley Boyle Park in Hennepin. The memorial has been a year in the making and will include names of Hennepin veterans both past and present.

Several veterans are invited as featured speakers during the dedication and a reception will follow the ceremony at the Hennepin Pool.

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Controlled burn planned in Utica

Posted by wlpo on November 7, 2015

    You may see smoke or flames in the 200 block of Canal in Utica Saturday morning. Don’t call the fire department on this one. Utica Fire Chief Ben Brown says they’re doing a controll burn of a house at 209 East Canal. The burn event is a controlled exercise for department members and will last about 4 hours.

    There could be a lot of smoke in the area from this training exercise. The Fire District is closing Canal street from the alley behind the bank to Center street during this time. You can watch the training if you like, but, please, keep a safe distance.

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