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Don’t Miss This: Waterloo woman gets seven years after DUI crash

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▪ A Waterloo woman has been sentenced to seven years in prison after a crash related to driving under the influence.

Katherine A. Brinkley, 27, injured two teens in a crash July 15 on Veterans Parkway in Columbia. One teen in the vehicle she hit had to be extricated and airlifted to a St. Louis hospital. Another was transported to a hospital by ambulance.

She pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated DUI in connection with the crash.

▪ As Illinois nears the start of a second fiscal year without a budget, the Department of Transportation plans to shut down road construction projects.

Barring a miraculous solution to the state’s budget impasse -- or at least a temporary band-aid solution -- work would come to an end on area roads as of June 30.

▪ A popular area food truck operator plans to settle down with a brick and mortar eatery.

Jeff Green, operator of a food truck called The Sweet Tooth that serves up gourmet sandwiches, fries and nachos will soon open up his business in a building at 4004 W. Main St. in Belleville.