Bomb Threat at Woodland High School
A bomb threat prompted an evacuation and early dismissal for students at Woodland High School in southern Streator. Interim Superintendent Mike Schneider said a message was discovered in a girls bathroom stall just before 11 AM yesterday. Officials say the Livingston County Sheriff's Office was called in, who did a thorough sweep of the school and did not find anything. Officials say an investigation is ongoing and if anyone has any information about the threat, they are asked to contact the school or the police.
Three Arrested in Police Chase
Three people were arrested after they fled from police in Livingston County. Chenoa Police authorities say they attempted to stop a vehicle on Interstate 55, north of Chenoa early Friday morning, when the vehicle fled from police. Authorities say the vehicle got off the highway in Pontiac, where it lost control and crashed into a road sign. Police say three of the occupants fled on foot, while a fourth occupant complied with officers and stayed in the car. Authorities say the three who fled were found hiding at a local business shortly after.
Police have charged the driver with DUI, aggravated fleeing and eluding along with other traffic violations. Authorities say the three that fled were taken to the McLean County Jail, while the fourth person was not arrested.
Planting Season Getting Underway
Warmer weather and sunshine are helping make way for the start of the planting season. La Salle County Farm Bureau President Monty Whipple says a good percentage of local farmers have begun planting for the 2015 season. Whipple says farmers who planted corn over the past few weeks should be good to go from the recent hard freezes, although corn that may have sprouted early may have sustained some damage.
The recent rainfall from this past weekend may also hold off farmers for a few days so fields can dry up, but Whipple says farmers are not behind schedule for the season.
Chicago Men Return from Nepal
Two Chicago men who were in Nepal during Saturday's devastating earthquake say they're grateful to be alive. Dean Tatooles and Christopher Mundy returned to Chicago on Sunday. The friends were aboard an airplane at the Kathmandu airport when the 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit. The quake killed more than 4,000 people.
Students Missing Out on Grants
As many as 3,000 college students will miss out on grants this year because of the deal to fix the Illinois budget. The Illinois Student Assistance Commission has had more than $8 million cut from its budget.
Rescued Dogs Up for Adoption
Officials say dogs rescued from a Freeport animal hoarder will be available for adoptions. An effort is underway to reunite the more than 80 surviving dogs with their owners through posting on Illinois and Wisconsin lost-dog Facebook pages. Those dogs that aren't claimed will be made available for adoption. Tina McKinnon is charged with animal cruelty.
School Safe Rooms
A new central Illinois elementary school has been designed with 10 safe rooms for students where they could hide in case of severe weather or an attack by someone with a weapon. The rooms at Middletown Prairie Elementary School in Mahomet have concrete walls reinforced with metal rods. The doors are high-impact resistant metal and have three locks.
Missing Chicago College Student Located
A college student from the Chicago suburbs who was missing for more than a week has been found safe in Colorado. The family of Tyler Allen of Western Springs says on a Facebook page that he was located Sunday morning. Boulder police say the 20-year-old has told them he was on the Colorado University campus the entire time.