Archive | March 2014

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March 31 blotter

by Dennis Sullivan editor@ewcnews.com March 31, 2014 CRETE Crete-area resident Matthew T. Oeler, 28, of the 23700 block of South Ashland Avenue was sentenced to two days in jail and a 12-month suspended sentence after pleading guilty March 20 to possession of drug paraphernalia. The charge stemmed from a June 2012 arrest by New Lenox […]

Breaking news: Drunk driver gets 9 years for Peotone collision that severely injured teenager

by Dennis Sullivan editor@ewcnews.com March 28, 2014 A driver who severely injured a teenage girl in an alcohol-fueled collision in 2012 has been sentenced to nine years in prison. Fidencio Castillo, 29, of Peotone, slammed into the 17-year-old as she walked alongside Wilmington-Peotone Road near the Will County Fairgrounds early in the evening of Aug. […]

Howard, Ogalla talk district issues with state pols

by Dennis Sullivan editor@ewcnews.com March 28, 2014 [Revised & updated as of 02:30 p.m. 03-28-14] In February, Crete-area resident Zachary Nelson notified Eastern Will County News that a train had been blocking Elmscourt Lane southwest of Balmoral Racing Park since 10 the previous evening. That train continued blocking the crossing “for over two days,” says […]

Crete nursing home to continue on Richton Road

by Dennis Sullivan editor@ewcnews.com March 27, 2014 A nursing home and assisted-living complex originally operated as a Catholic facility is up for sale by its current owner, Trilogy Health Services LLC. Attorney Janet L. Schwieters is representing both buyer and seller in the deal. Trilogy, a secular corporation, has operated St. James Manor, a 110-bed […]

Bragging rights: Good news about local people

by Dennis Sullivan editor @ewcnews.com March 26, 2014 Carthage volleyball team on hot streak Marian Catholic High School Grad Will Craft (‘12) is outside hitter for Carthage College Men’s Volleyball team, which opened a three-match to UC-Santa Cruz on Sunday afternoon, with a 3-1 win over Holy Names University (2-9). The Red Men played a […]

Crete RR quiet zones on track

by Dennis Sullivan editor@ewcnews.com March 26, 2014 Crete Mayor Mike Einhorn told trustees Monday the agencies responsible for oversight have given “tentative approval” to banning train engine horns at four Union-Pacific crossings: Exchange and Herman streets and Old Monee and Crete-Monee roads. Einhorn said the total cost of installing the necessary equipment at the crossings […]

2012-14 Crete cop pay pact OK’d with 1 month left

by Dennis Sullivan editor@ewcnews.com March 25, 2014 Village trustees have approved a “new” two-year contract with the union representing Crete patrol officers. The 2012-14 pact covers the 24-month period ending in May and continues the practice of paying tenured officers, based on seniority, on a sliding scale. The first-year hourly rate ranges from $20.71 for […]

Crete-Monee board disagrees about open letter

  by Dennis Sullivan editor @ewcnews.com March 24, 2014 A proponent of a “fair” contract for Crete-Monee teachers has triggered a bit of controversy among school board members by asking if they all support the open letter about contract negotiations posted on the School District 201U Website. Speaking at Tuesday’s regular School District 201U board […]

Reduced guilty plea in drug case nets probation

by Dennis Sullivan editor @ewcnews.com March 20, 2014    Crete resident Chavonna J. Coles, 36, of the 800 block of Berkshire Place was sentenced today to two days in jail, placed on 24 months’ probation and ordered to perform 100 hours’ community service after pleading guilty to a reduced charge of possession of a controlled substance. […]

Library trustee gets an earful at park mtg

by Dennis Sullivan editor@ewcnews.com March 20, 2014 Crete Park District board members and staff said Wednesday they would like more cooperation and less programming competition from the Crete Public Library District. The issue arose during Library Board Trustee Matt Warren’s impromptu visit during the Park District board meeting at the Willard Wood Center. Saying he […]