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Peru man in bar fight dies from injuries

A 28-year-old man died after suffering injuries during an incident at bar in La Salle Friday morning.

The man was identified as Nick Puyear from Peru by Bill Hintz, Winebago County coroner.

An autopsy will begin at noon, according to the coroner.

La Salle police officers responded to reports of a large fight at 516 On First in La Salle. A police press release stated officers found the man lying unconscious on the floor. EMS transported him to Illinois Community Hospital and was then transferred to OSF St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford, where he was pronounced dead at 12:35 p.m. Friday.

An investigation is ongoing by the La Salle Police Department, state police and the La Salle County State's Attorney's Office.

Police Chief Robert Uranich said "numerous" people have been interviewed and they are awaiting autopsy results from the coroner.

Liquor license suspended for "indefinite period"

Mayor Jeff Grove confirmed the liquor license for the bar has been suspended for an "indefinite period."

The mayor said the license has been suspended during the investigation process and the bar has not been fined.

Grove said the owner has been cooperative with the city.

"With the seriousness of the occurrences we're covering all our bases," Grove said.

La Salle ordinances state, the Liquor Commissioner may suspend for not more than 30 days or revoke for cause any license for any violation of any provisions of this chapter, or for any violation of any state law pertaining to the sale of alcoholic liquor as provided by law."

The bar owners could not be reached for comment by noon Monday.

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