LOCAL NEWS HEADLINES



Updated: 3/30/15 - 5:35 AM

One Arrested in Streator Stabbing
A Marseilles man was arrested early Saturday morning after he allegedly stabbed a man in Streator. The La Salle County Sheriff's Office says they responded to a home in the 200-block of West Second Street in Streator around 4:40 AM Saturday for a man who had multiple stab wounds to his body. The man was flown to Saint Francis in Peoria. Through their investigation, authorities arrested 19-year old Curtis Smith and charged him with aggravated battery. Smith was taken to the La Salle County Jail, where his bond has yet to be set.

Gas Prices Mixed through the Area
Gas prices continue to be mixed throughout the area following flare-ups in gas prices last week. Triple-A in Chicago says this time of year, gas prices will fluctuate as stations begin the slow transition from winter-blend gas to summer-blend gas. Some of the cheapest gas can be found in Ottawa, where prices are $2.32 at most stations. Most stations in the La Salle-Peru area are at $2.35, Streator at $2.41, and the most expensive gas can be found in the Mendota area at $2.49. Throughout the state, prices are averaging at $2.67 with a national average at $2.42.

Police Theft Task Forces Shutting Down
Officials with police-run auto-theft task forces say they're shutting down across Illinois due to state spending freezes. A bipartisan deal reached in the state Legislature last week will siphon $6 million in auto-theft task force grants to help cover a $1.6 billion hole in the state budget. Local departments pulled task force personnel almost immediately after Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner froze nonessential spending in January.

GPS Navigation Leads to Fatal Accident
Police say a Chicago man apparently was following GPS navigation when he drove off the ramp to a demolished bridge that had been closed since 2009 and killed his wife. Zohra Hussain died of burns after the car caught fire following the 37-foot plunge Saturday morning onto property owned by BP.

Lincoln Exhibit at IVCC
A traveling exhibit about President Abraham Lincoln will make a stop in Oglesby next month. Illinois Valley Community College will host the popular "Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War" exhibit starting April 9th. The exhibition highlights major issues that Lincoln dealt with during his presidency.

No Smoking at NIU
Northern Illinois University has created a task force to write a draft policy for the state's Smoke-Free Campus Act, which goes into effect July 1. Former Gov. Pat Quinn last August signed the law that bans smoking both indoors and outdoors in all Illinois state-supported higher education institutions. NIU's Smoke-Free NIU Task Force so far has drafted a policy that prohibits any person from smoking on campus property, including in vehicles.


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