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  • Elgin Police respond to a call of a sighting of missing prisoner Jesse Vega at beauty salon on Route 25 in Elgin. Vega, escaped the custody of Elgin Mental Health Center authorities in Elgin Wednesday morning.

       Elgin Police respond to a call of a sighting of missing prisoner Jesse Vega at beauty salon on Route 25 in Elgin. Vega, escaped the custody of Elgin Mental Health Center authorities in Elgin Wednesday morning.
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Escapee from mental health center caught

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Weather

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Traffic

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Toews, Kane a dynamic duo

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