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Schnabel is new PMH President/CEO

Posted by wlpo on May 1, 2016

If you live in Princeton, Sunday may have seemed ordinary.  However, Sunday brought a change in Perry Memorial Hospital leadership.  Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Annette Schnabel became the hospital’s President and CEO.

Schnabel trained and worked as a Physical Therapist before going to A. T. Still University to earn her Doctor of Physical Therapy.  She also earned her MBA from Maryhurst University.

As Perry CEO, she will make strategic planning,  provider recruitment, marketing/ communications and compliance her focus. Rex Conger will transition to President Emeritus until his retirement in early 2017.

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Friday: 1 road, 30 minutes, 3 speeders

Posted by wlpo on May 1, 2016

There must be something about East 22nd road in Grand Rapids Township that speeders love.  Friday morning, between 6:20 and 6:45, deputies stopped 3 drivers on that Grand Rapids township road.

2 Streator people,  35-year old Lisa Elmore and Rebecca Stith were both driving 85 in a 55 and Edward Davis of Ottawa was clocked going 77 in a 55.  All were given notices to appear in court.

Later Friday, just after Noon, 23-year old Rigoberto Hermosillo of Mendota was detained for driving 80 in a 55.

 

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Hastert case raises questions on law statutes

Posted by wlpo on May 1, 2016

 

The high profile sentencing of former House Speaker Dennis Hastert is stirring debate over the statute of limitations for sex crimes against a child.  Judge Thomas M. Durkin told Hastert at his sentencing he can only sentence Hastert for financial crimes because the statute of limitations on child abuse had run out.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan wants the General Assembly to remove that limit saying child abuse is a unique set of circumstances and justifies a change. However, Northwestern University Law Professor Ron Allen told the Chicago Tribune there are good reasons to keep it.

Allen states that prosecutors tried to build cases in the 1980s and 1990s based on people with “recovered” memories…..only to see those cases unravel when the recollections turned out to be faulty.

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May bus trip includes museum and musical

Posted by wlpo on May 1, 2016

The original treasures of King Tut are now on display in Cairo, Egypt.  If you don’t have the money to get there, would you settle for replicas on display May 18 in Davenport?

IVCC is organizing a bus trip to the Putnam Museum and Science Center in the Quad Cities.  Putnam Museum’s exhibit has more than 1000 precisely crafted replicas by Egyptian craftsmen of treasures found in Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922. After that stop, riders will attend the musical comedy “Sister Act” at Circa 21 in the afternoon.

The trip is part of the college’s Continuing Education program and costs $109.   For more information, call the college.

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Sandy Ford bridge undergoing inspection

Posted by wlpo on May 1, 2016

The Sandy Ford Bridge carries a big load of vehicles across the Vermillion River, northwest of Streator.  That’s why County Engineer, Larry Kinzer is scheduling an inspection for this work week.  According to Kinzer’s release,  the bridge that carries County Highway 5 over the river will be closed from 8:30am – 2:30pm Monday through Friday. A detour will not be posted, so, you’re advised to find alternate routes around the work site.

 

 

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Towne reacts to Horman sentence

Posted by wlpo on May 1, 2016

“It’s potentially a life sentence”, said LaSalle County States Attorney Brian Towne, Friday, reacting to the punishment handed a 49-year old Dayton man.  William Horman was sentenced Friday to 40 years in prison for the death of truck wash owner, Robert Dowd.  Horman was found guilty of killing the Ottawa man, burning his body and throwing the remains in the Fox River.

Specifically, Ryan gave Horman 35 years for the Dowd’s murder and 5 more years for concealing a homicide.  Horman could have some time knocked off the second sentence, according to Judge Ryan. The earliest the Dayton man could get out of prison is in his mid 80’s.

 

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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:

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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