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Updated: November 28th - 5:28 AM

La Salle Company Internal Theft
An Oglesby woman has been charged with taking over a million dollars over a 6 year period from her former employer. La Salle Police report that 56-year old Connie Steinbach turned herself into the La Salle County Sheriff's office Tuesday afternoon and was charged with 2 counts of felony theft. Authorities say JB Contracting contacted police in October regarding the theft. Steinbach allegedly stole over $1 million from the company between January 2008 through October 2014 through the use of company checks. 

Authorities say Steinbach would write the checks for personal use then change the ledger to show that the checks were written to legitimate vendors of the company.

Mailed Drugs Lead to Arrest
A California man is in jail after he was found to be in possession of cannabis which he received in the mail. Tri-County Drug Enforcement officers arrested 28-year old Joseph Larabee in La Salle last Friday after they found 12 pounds worth of cannabis in his car. Authorities say Larabee was stopped at Ninth and Joliet Streets in La Salle, where officers made the discovery of the package. Larabee was charged with unlawful possession of cannabis over 5000 grams and is being held in the La Salle County jail on $500,000 bond.

Court Refuses Sheley Appeal
The Illinois Supreme Court has refused to consider an appeal from convicted killer Nicholas Sheley. He had sought to overturn one of his murder convictions in a 2008 killing spree. Sheley is serving life sentences for six slayings in Illinois and is awaiting trial for killing an Arkansas couple in Missouri.

Man Charged in Chicago Ferguson Protests
A Chicago man has been charged with battery to a police officer while protesting a grand jury decision not to charge a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer in the shooting death of Michael Brown. Police say Richard Newburger was arrested along with two women in downtown Chicago on Wednesday. The women were charged with obstructing traffic and resisting an officer.

Woman Dies After Leaving Jail
Authorities say a woman appears to have died of hypothermia after being released from a jail in northwestern Illinois. The woman's body was found around 3 p.m. Tuesday in a wooded area near the Whiteside County Jail. Sheriff Kelly Wilhelmi says the woman had been released about 30 hours earlier.

Boa Constrictors Rescued from Fire
Firefighters have rescued four boa constrictors from a Southern Illinois house fire. The owner of the Alton home where the fire occurred wasn't there when the blaze broke out yesterday morning. No people were injured. Alton Fire Chief Bernie Sebold says a fifth boa constrictor apparently drowned after a water line melted and flooded its terrarium.