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Archive for April 30th, 2016

Lake Holiday man killed in overnight crash

Posted by wlpo on April 30, 2016

A man from Lake Holiday is dead after rolling his car.

Deputies say 51-year-old John Young was driving a Honda Accord Friday night on Somonauk Road outside of DeKalb when he went off the road and rolled the car several times. The car ended up landing on its roof.

Young was found dead at the crash scene. A stretch of Somonauk Road was closed for nearly three hours after the crash.

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Coyote decoys return to Peru’s Baker Lake

Posted by wlpo on April 30, 2016

With winter over with, coyotes have returned to Baker Lake in Peru.

Last October, Peru put out nearly 20 coyote silhouettes around the lake to scare off geese. Walkers complained to the city about the geese and their droppings.

Police chief and Administrative Services manager Doug Bernabei says the coyotes have worked great. Each fake coyote cost the city $50.

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AT&T moving ahead with service upgrade in Peru

Posted by wlpo on April 30, 2016

If you live in Peru and use AT&T for your cell provider you can expect to see some better service by the end of June.

The company is in the process of putting in new tower equipment in Washington Park. Jeff Adducci is the Director of External Affairs for AT&T. He says this upgrade will be a lasting improvement to Peru’s 4G network:

“That’ll be good for a while, and we’re putting additional capacity there as well,” Adducci said, “As more customers get on our network, we look at that and develop a plan to increase capacity there.”

Adducci said anyone who uses the network can download their “Mark the Spot” app. The app is used to mark areas of weak service, and the company takes that feedback into account when making future upgrades.

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Medical condition blamed in crash outside of Utica

Posted by wlpo on April 30, 2016

A medical condition can hit at anytime. A crash near Utica Friday afternoon is blamed on an elderly woman suffering a medical emergency.

La Salle County deputies say 81-year-old Shirley Pasakarnis of Varna was driving east on Route 6 when because of a medical problem, she left the road and hit two parked cars. Pasakarnis was taken to OSF St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Ottawa.

Nobody else was hurt.

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Victim life flighted after apartment fire in Peru

Posted by wlpo on April 30, 2016

An apartment in Peru was gutted by fire.

A 9-1-1 call came in just after two Saturday morning about an apartment fire in the 1300 block of Maple Drive which is just north of Shooting Park Road. Peru and La Salle firefighters responded to the scene and rescued one person from the burning apartment and pulled another person out of the adjoining apartment. One of the injured was eventually flown out of town for medical treatment.

The state fire marshal’s office was contacted to look into the cause but firefighters aren’t thinking its anything suspicious.

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