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Illinois Veterans’ Home to Receive 2 Flat-Screens from Memorial Day Remembrance Wall

Posted by wlpo on September 7, 2016

You might say it’s just in time for football season. Veterans in LaSalle are getting two TVs Thursday.

The Illinois Veterans’ Home in LaSalle is receiving the two flat screens as part of an event being held by State Senator Sue Rezin and the Disabled American Veterans Chapter #86. The 60-inch TVs were donated by Wal-mart as part of the 2016 Memorial Day Remembrance Wall inside the capitol in Springfield. The wall showed pictures and displayed stories of Illinois veterans.

Rezin will be at the Veterans’ Home early this afternoon to present the TVs alongside the Commander for the Disabled American Veterans Chapter. The Republican Rezin is currently running against Democratic challenger Chris Benson.

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Coroner Identifies Cicero Man Killed in Collision Monday Night

Posted by wlpo on September 7, 2016

A Cicero man was identified as the victim in a fatal collision north of Troy Grove.

According to the LaSalle County Coroner’s Office, 33-year old Erasmo Torres-Zavala was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash shortly after 9:00 Monday night. The horse that Torres-Zavala was with was also killed when the two were allegedly hit by a pickup along East 4th Road, just south of North 38th Road.

The driver and passenger of the car involved are okay. The crash is still under investigation by the La Salle County Sheriff’s and Coroner’s Offices.

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LaSalle Teen in Trouble again after Alcohol-Related Arrest

Posted by wlpo on September 7, 2016

While you were getting ready for work this morning, a LaSalle teen was getting into trouble.

The Spring Valley Police arrested 19-year old Dominic Pozzi for retail theft and consumption of alcohol by a minor shortly after 8:30. Pozzi had allegedly walked into the Spring Valley Mini-Market and stolen a case of beer, according to police. He was found a few blocks from the store with the stolen beer in his possession.

He was given a notice-to-appear in court and was released. Pozzi had also been arrested earlier this year, also for underage drinking.

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Streator man accused of setting garage and car on fire

Posted by wlpo on September 7, 2016

There have been a lot of suspicious fires over the past few years in Streator. An alleged arsonist was brought into custody Wednesday morning.

Just after midnight, a 9-1-1 call went out about a car fire on Bazore Street. While firefighters and police were there, they got another call about a garage fire on North Sterling Street. Both fires were put out quickly without any injuries.

While investigating, police arrested 22-year-old Antonio Tinco of Streator for two counts of arson and a single count of burglary. He was taken to the La Salle County Jail.

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Four people seeking to fill vacancy on Peru City Council

Posted by wlpo on September 7, 2016

Despite all the negatives that surround politics these days, there is no shortage of aspiring politicians in Peru.

Mayor Scott Harl has four candidates to pick from when making a suggestion for the full city council to vote on in two weeks. A 1st Ward seat opened on the council when Becky Mueller resigned at the end of last month.

Jeff Ballard, James Lilley, James Giordano and Patti Leynaud are the four candidates to replace Mueller. Ballard ran unsuccessfully for a council seat before while Giordano ran for mayor in 2013. Lilley has political experience serving on the Bureau County Board.

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Convicted murderer in bow and arrow killing wants new trial

Posted by wlpo on September 7, 2016

A month after being found guilty of first-degree murder, a Varna man wants a new trial.

Twenty-three-year-old Bradley French thinks his jury was biased so he wants a redo. His jury deliberated a little more than three hours last month before they blamed French for killing 38-year-old Joshua Scaman of Oglesby last year with a bow and arrow.

French is scheduled to be sentenced in Ottawa on September 23rd. He’s looking at 20 to 60 years in prison.

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Searches continue for Deb Dewey

Posted by wlpo on September 7, 2016

Two full weeks have now passed since Deborah Dewey of Ladd was last seen or heard from.

When asked if there was anything new in the search, her son Chris told Classic Hits 103.9 WLPO “nothing yet.” A group of family and friends met up last night as part of another organized search for the 62-year-old Dewey. Her car was found unlocked last Monday at a truck stop in Morris. Dewey’s purse and keys were inside the car.

The Illinois State Police is leading the search. If you have any information on where Dewey is, call 1-800-843-5763.

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GOP spending big in the 76th District House race

Posted by wlpo on September 7, 2016

If there was any doubt that the Illinois Republican Party is pushing hard to get hold of Frank Mautino’s old House seat, just look at the money they are pumping into Jerry Long’s campaign.

The House Republican Organization contributed nearly $100,000 to Long’s campaign in August alone. Around $27,000 of that went to Comcast for television advertisements while $11,000 went to ads you got in the mail. The Illinois Republican Party also spent $23,000 on mailers backing Long. Congressman Adam Kinzinger also helped Long with a $3,000 contribution.

Democrat State Rep. Andy Skoog meanwhile took in less than $30,000 in contributions in August. His biggest single donor was the political action committee of the Illinois Federation of Teachers who gave his committee $10,000.

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