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Updated: September 23rd, 5:37 AM

Fatal Motorcycle Crash
An Earlville woman was killed and another injured following a motorcycle accident Sunday night. The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office says 69-year old Paula Dorsen was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident around 7:30 PM Sunday night. Authorities say a motorcycle driven by 45-year old Jeffery Scott Dorsen of Earlville was northbound on West County Line Road, when he failed to turn on a curve and overturned in a ditch, ejecting Paula Dorsen. Jeffery Dorsen was taken to Saint Anthony’s Hospital in Rockford where at last check his condition was unknown.

L-P Athletic Complex Remains Open to Public
The track and tennis courts at the La Salle-Peru High School Athletic Complex remain open to the public throughout the fall season. Superintendent Steve Wrobleski said after the school opened up the complex to the public in the summer, it had a great turnout almost every day. The only time the complex is closed off to public is when the Cavaliers tennis and track teams need the courts and track for practice and meets.

Illinois Medical Marijuana Applicants
Two state agencies in charge of the Illinois medical marijuana program say they won't have details until later in the week on how many people or groups have applied to grow or sell. Many applicants waited until the last day to file boxes of documents with the state. The state will grant up to 21 permits for pot cultivation centers and up to 60 permits for dispensaries.

Joliet Double Homicide
A man charged in a double homicide in Joliet will let a judge instead of a jury decide his fate. Joshua Miner waived his right to a jury trial just as jury selection was supposed to start Monday. Prosecutors say he was the ringleader in a group of four people charged with killing the men in a plot to steal money for alcohol and cigarettes.

Smart Meter Installations
An Illinois utility said customers who refuse to have an electricity meter installed will see an additional $20 monthly fee on their bills. Ameren Illinois said the so-called smart meters, which transmit details about power usage, enable the utility to pinpoint outage problems and fix them faster, the Herald & Review in Decatur reported Monday. The company is set to install 780,000 of the new electricity meters in central Illinois and 468,000 upgraded gas meters, which offer similar capabilities.

NIU Groundbreaking
Northern Illinois University held a ceremonial groundbreaking yesterday for a $27 million renovation of the facility that houses performing arts, theater and other departments. The Stevens Building opened in 1959 as the Fine Arts Building. The renovation is expected to be finished by October 2015. The project is being funded by the state. 
 
200-foot Bratwurst
People in Belleville have grilled up a 200-foot-long bratwurst to help celebrate the city's 200th birthday yesterday. It won't be recognized as a world record but did raise $1,600 for local food pantries. The mega-brat weighed about 120 pounds and was rolled into a 200-foot bun.