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Walk and run will try and bring attention to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

Posted by wlpo on September 13, 2016

When you have a baby, you do everything you can to keep them safe. Ashley and Andrew Lamps had researched the dangers of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, but even with their best efforts for prevention, they lost their son, Aden, in 2013.

The Lamps are keeping their son’s memory alive and spreading awareness of SIDS with the Aden Lamps Foundation. The 4th annual 5K Run/Walk for SIDS Awareness is this Saturday near Hall High School.

The event starts at 9. Registration is 25 dollars for adults and 20 dollars for children.
For more information, click Walk for SIDS Awareness


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Daughter “Never Asked Once About Money” as Mom Spent Hundreds of Thousands Paying Credit Card

Posted by wlpo on September 13, 2016

You probably don’t talk to your kids much about money. But, if you started paying off their credit card every month, do you think they’d ask some questions?

For Connie Steinbach, the answer to that question is no. The woman who has already pled guilty to stealing more than $1 million from J.B. Contracting in La Salle took the stand Tuesday in her daughter’s defense. Steinbach claimed that 30-year old Ashia Kolodziej never questioned where the money came from.

In 5 years, Steinbach allegedly paid nearly $300,000 on one credit card Kolodziej owned. States’ Attorney Brian Towne is looking to convince Judge Daniel Bute that she knew the money was stolen, which would make her also guilty of theft.

The defense is expected to finish their case and closing arguments will be heard Wednesday afternoon. Judge Bute is expected to decide Kolodziej’s fate Thursday.

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Domestic dispute leads to a stabbing in Streator

Posted by wlpo on September 13, 2016

A quarrel between a boyfriend and girlfriend in Streator ended with the boyfriend getting stabbed.

Police and paramedics were called out to an apartment on Richards Street around 9 Tuesday morning for a domestic situation. They say 37-year-old Angela Kallas had stabbed her boyfriend earlier in the day. The boyfriend told a relative about it who reported it to police.

Kallas was taken to the La Salle County Jail after getting arrested for aggravated domestic battery. Her boyfriend was taken to OSF Center for Health in Streator.

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Arraignment Rescheduled After Volleyball Dad Misses Court Date

Posted by wlpo on September 13, 2016

A volleyball dad who’s accused of stealing from a traveling volleyball team was set to be in a LaSalle County Court this morning, but he wasn’t even in Illinois.

Attorney George Leynaud explained this morning that his client, 45-year old Eric Zimbelman, believed he wasn’t due back in court until Friday. Zimbelman was actually scheduled to be arraigned this morning on a felony count of theft between $10,000 and $100,000. He’s accused of stealing funds from the Illinois Valley Volley Power travel team.

Leynaud told Judge Cynthia Raccuglia that Zimbelman was in Indiana for work. He was given permission to leave the state when he was released on $7,500 bond.

Raccuglia rescheduled the arraignment for September 28th.

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Schools warn parents and students of man trying to entice a Seneca student into his car

Posted by wlpo on September 13, 2016

Schools across the Illinois Valley are on high alert after an incident in Seneca.

Back on Monday, Seneca Police were told that a high school student was approached by a man in an older tan car who asked the girl if she knew a “Calvin.” When she told him no, he’s accused of asking her to get in his car and help find “Calvin.” The girl instead ran away.

There have been similar things happening in Minooka and Channahon. The man inside the car was described as having dark hair and possible facial hair.

If you have any information, call the Seneca Police Department at 357-8726.

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Construction ramping up at Starved Rock

Posted by wlpo on September 13, 2016

Construction crews have moved in at Starved Rock State Park.

Crews are resurfacing roads at the park and starting Tuesday through Thursday the hill from Starved Rock Lodge to the visitor’s center will be closed. The lodge is still open and you can get to it using the Route 71 entrance.

There won’t be any road closures but traffic will be down to one lane in some spots of the park during construction. The work at the park could last a month.

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La Salle County again delays any possibility of new sand mine developments

Posted by wlpo on September 13, 2016

Don’t plan on seeing any new high capacity wells or more specifically any new sand mines in LaSalle County, at least not until November.

The LaSalle County Board voted to extend their moratorium on high capacity wells Monday night after some spirited debate. The extension was the fifth extension since the first ordinance was passed in July of 2014.

A US Geological Survey on the impact of new high-capacity wells is being cited as the reason for the extensions. Changes to the survey because of state funding problems led Chairman Jerry Hicks to say he “doesn’t see a definitive answer” to the impact more wells would have.

The moratorium was extended to the county board meeting on November 3rd.

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