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Archive for December, 2015

Cornbelt Energy finishes repairs

Posted by wlpo on December 31, 2015

    Corn Belt Energy expects all customers affected by Monday’s storm to have power by sometime Thursday night. Steve Hancock oversees electrical distribution. In a release late Thursday morning, Hancock said those still needing electricity are individuals or small groups. To help them, several hours of repair work would be needed.

      Assisting Cornbelt were 4 other cooperatives and the cities of Geneseo and Princeton. CornBelt reminds everyone to always treat a downed power line as if it is energized.

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Evacuation over in Marseilles

Posted by wlpo on December 31, 2015

   Some good news in all the coverage over floods. The City of Marseilles, through its Police Facebook page, says the Illinois river has dropped below 19 feet, which is considered the action stage. Anyone who left their homes during the voluntary evacuation may return. The word was posted Thursday morning on the town police Facebook page.   The National Weather Service also has determined no other weather systems will be affecting the river level in the near future.

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Police seek to ID subjects

Posted by wlpo on December 31, 2015

There’s a picture on our “Classic Hits 103-9 WLPO” Facebook page of 3 Black men Streator Police want identified. According to the Police Facebook posting, the request is part of an ongoing retail theft investigation.

It appears 2 suspects are wearing clothing with hoods. The picture offers a reasonable view of their faces. If you have information regarding the identity of any of them, you’re asked to call Streator Police Department at 672-3111, Streator Crimestoppers 672-9000 or use a private message on Facebook.

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Dekalb County looking for counterfeiters

Posted by wlpo on December 31, 2015

If you know anything about two women suspected of passing fake $100 bills, you could get some very real cash.

In a search that’s been going on since Christmas Eve, Crimestoppers is looking for information on two women who allegedly spent the counterfeit money at three stores in Sycamore.

The two suspects are black, around 5-and-a-half feet tall, and one woman has a tattoo on her right forearm.

If you have any information about the suspects, contact DeKalb County Crime Stoppers. A reward of $1,000 is being offered for information leading to their arrest.

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Illinois State Police Offer Flood Area Travel Tips

Posted by wlpo on December 31, 2015

Illinois State Police are asking you to give yourself a little extra time while traveling over the weekend. They’ve issued a Flood Travel Advisory which had tips for driving in areas with possibly high water.

The biggest advice they have is to avoid those areas if possible and don’t try to drive through flooded areas. This follows the National Weather Service’s “Turn Around, Don’t Drown” announcement.

State Police also remind you it is the law to change lanes and reduce speed if possible when you see emergency vehicles.

A complete list of road closures can be found at www.gettingaroundillinois.com.

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Tasty Tuesday’s at Peru Library Look to Help with Diet-Related Resolutions

Posted by wlpo on December 31, 2015

If you’re making a New Year’s Resolution to improve your diet or relax more, the Peru Library’s new programs will help you keep that promise.

Tasty Tuesday’s is a three-part series on diet fads, portion distortion, and label reading to improve eating habits begins on January 19th. Susan Glassman of the University of Illinois Extension will be teaching the classes which last from 4:30 to 5:30pm.

They’re requesting registration ahead of time, because they need to know how much food to buy. You can register by calling 224-0889.

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Crimestoppers Still Looking for Christmas Eve Counterfeiters

Posted by wlpo on December 31, 2015

If you know anything about two women suspected of passing fake $100 bills, you could get some very real cash.

In a search that’s been going on since Christmas Eve, Crimestoppers is looking for information on two women who allegedly spent the counterfeit money at three stores in Sycamore.

The two suspects are black, around 5-and-a-half feet tall, and one woman has a tattoo on her right forearm.

If you have any information about the suspects, contact DeKalb County Crime Stoppers. A reward of $1,000 is being offered for information leading to their arrest.

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Governor Rauner Adds 5 Counties to Disaster Proclamation, Bringing Total to 12

Posted by wlpo on December 31, 2015

Governor Bruce Rauner added 5 counties to the 7 he had issued a state disaster proclamation for yesterday as a result of this week’s flooding.

Alexander, Christian, Clinton, Douglas and Morgan counties brought the total covered in the proclamation to 12.

Governor Rauner will return to Springfield Thursday evening and will spend the following several days in Central and Southern Illinois viewing flood damage, thanking volunteers and ensuring communities have everything they need.

He said the state will continue to support local efforts with personnel and resources throughout this flood event.

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Two Hospitalized after Icy Chain Crash

Posted by wlpo on December 31, 2015

Wednesday’s icy weather made for messy driving conditions, and the potential for chain crashes increases as well.

La Salle County Deputies were investigating a two vehicle accident that would ultimately lead to two other accidents at the Route 251 and Walnut Street in Oglesby.

Arthur Elliot was going north on Route 251 when he was allegedly struck by Darrell Gingerich of Oglesby’s car that was sliding on the ice. The impact pushed Elliot’s car into the guard rail. No injuries or citations were issued there.

Morgan Mills from Standard was heading north on 251 when she stopped for the first accident. Jeff Blessington of Wenona was heading north and ran into the back of Mills. After that accident, Mills’ car was stopped on the road. Jeanie Pelnarsh from Pontiac was also heading north. She was unable to stop and hit Mills’ car, pushing it into the ditch. Pelnarsh’s vehicle came to rest in the southbound lane.

Mills and Pelnarsh were both taken to Illinois Valley Community Hospital.

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Streator Man Arrested for Assault and Battery after Incident Tuesday

Posted by wlpo on December 30, 2015

A Streator man was arrested after La Salle County Deputies responded to reports of a domestic disturbance with a man with a gun.

Royce Davis of Streator was arrested Tuesday evening for Aggravated Assault and Domestic Battery. Davis allegedly pointed a loaded gun at family members in addition to allegedly pulling the hair out of a family member repeatedly. Davis injured himself during the incident and had to be taken to OSF St. Elizabeth Hospital in Ottawa where he was treated for injuries.

After leaving the hospital Davis was taken to the La Salle County Jail.

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