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Archive for September 24th, 2016

Standard man lawyers up in his case that’s related to the death of Deborah Dewey

Posted by wlpo on September 24, 2016

The man accused of concealing the body of Deb Dewey is seeking the services of a Peoria law firm.

Parker & Parker will represent 66-year-old Clifford Andersen as he faces a felony charge of concealment of a homicidal death. Andersen’s October 13th court date in Hennepin has now been pushed back until November 29th.

Andersen is accused of taking the body of Dewey, wrapping it up using a blanket, tarp, and duct tape, and burying it in a shallow grave. State Police say they found the body at a property along Route 71 in Standard.

Andersen remains in custody on $750,000 bond.

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Annual woodcarving display returns to Starved Rock

Posted by wlpo on September 24, 2016

Want to see some artists at work? Check out the Valley Woodcarvers’ Expo at Starved Rock State Park.

Outside the Starved Rock Lodge Sunday you can see chainsaw woodcarving in action. Inside the lodge there will be over 100 exhibits of woodcarving artists. There will be raffles of the woodcarvings.

The woodcarving expo is free to check out and it runs from 9 until 5.

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Serena graduate represents the Illinois Valley and his country at the Rio Paralympic Games

Posted by wlpo on September 24, 2016

Did you know that La Salle County had an Olympic athlete in the Rio Games?

Jese Schag of Newark who graduated from Serena High School represented the United States at the Rio Paralympic Games. Schag competed in the sport of sitting volleyball. Jese is a marine who had right leg amputated after a motorcycle accident.

On Thursday, Congressman Adam Kinzinger and the rest of the House of Representatives passed an amendment so that Olympic medalists will not be taxed on their “victory” bonus.

If you want to find out more about La Salle County’s Paralympic athlete, click Serena Paralympic Athlete

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Wanted man arrested just steps away from La Salle County Jail

Posted by wlpo on September 24, 2016

Deputies didn’t have to go far to pick up a Seneca man wanted on a warrant.

Twenty-seven-year-old Michael Craig was arrested Friday afternoon on a warrant for felony theft. He was picked up in the parking lot of the La Salle County governmental complex on Etna Road.

Craig was walked over to the county jail. His bond is $7,500.

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Peru enforcement officer goes after construction company owner for alleged unkempt property

Posted by wlpo on September 24, 2016

The city of Peru and a business owner are going at it over what city officials think is a messy property.

Peru’s code enforcement officer on Wednesday wrote up tickets for high grass/weeds and debris accumulation to 67-year-old Richard Fay of Peru. A month before Fay paid a $100 ticket for high grass/weeds at his Fay Construction property on 12th Street.

Because of his latest tickets, Fay will have to appear before an administrative hearing officer.

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Chicago PD cracking down on dealers of painkiller blamed in heroin overdoses

Posted by wlpo on September 24, 2016

CHICAGO (AP) – Chicago police have arrested more than two-dozen people in connection with sales of heroin laced with the painkiller fentanyl, which is being blamed for a sharp increase in overdose deaths.

A series of raids took place throughout the day Thursday and had led to 25 arrests by late that night. The arrests followed a series of undercover drug purchases of heroin laced with fentanyl.

Fentanyl is mixed with heroin to make the drug more potent. Dozens of people have fatally overdosed on fentanyl-laced heroin in the Chicago area in the past year and a half.

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