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La Salle man arrested on a Georgia warrant

Posted by wlpo on September 16, 2014

La Salle is a long drive from Georgia, but a man arrested Monday will likely be making a return trip. After receiving being contacted by the Murray County Georgia Sheriff’s Department, La Salle Police officers arrested Thomas Somes.

Somes was wanted on a warrant for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender in Georgia. He was also arrested Fugitive from Justice. Police say more charges are pending. Somes was being held in the La Salle County Jail.

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Four people go to hospital after crash in Tonica

Posted by wlpo on September 16, 2014

Four people were hurt after a crash in Tonica.

Tonica firefighters, police and county deputies all went to the crash scene just before 6:30 Monday night on Route 251 and N. 20th Road. Two vehicles were involved.

The four people hurt were all taken to Illinois Valley Community Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

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Semi crashes into cornfield near Mendota

Posted by wlpo on September 16, 2014

Some of the curves on Route 34 can be tough for a car to navigate let alone a semi.

Charles Meiner of Nebraska says he lost control on a curve Monday morning on Route 34 near Mendota. He damaged a sign, sod and about five rows of corn before overturning his semi.

Meiner wasn’t hurt.

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Salvation Army hitting century mark in Ottawa

Posted by wlpo on September 16, 2014

It won’t be long before the red kettles are back outside local stores. The kettles are a symbol of the Salvation Army and you’re invited to celebrate a hundred years of service by the Salvation Army in Ottawa and La Salle County.

The charity organization has been going strong in Ottawa since November of 1914. It’s moved around a lot before settling into its current home on West Madison Street in 1985.

The 100th birthday party for the Salvation Army is next Tuesday inside Festivities Unlimited on Route 6 in Ottawa. Dinner starts at 6 and its 15 dollars a person.

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La Salle rolls out new texting alert system

Posted by wlpo on September 16, 2014

You get texts from your child’s school and your pharmacy and now you can receive messages from La Salle. The new service just began Monday.

To sign up for text messages, send a text to 36000. In the body of the text type, jj971. Your cell phone provider will charge you based on your plan.

City officials plan to use the service for making city announcements.

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New scam floating around Bureau County and elsewhere

Posted by wlpo on September 16, 2014

There’s a new scam to worry about and this one involves text messaging.

Bureau County Sheriff John Thompson says the scam text tells you that you’ve won $800,000 and that you should contact a guy named Eric using a Google email account. The scam is sent from an email address linked to a non-U.S. based food production company.

If you get the text, delete it. Fall for it and you could be out some cash.

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Milestone birthday celebrated at Illinois Valley Community College

Posted by wlpo on September 15, 2014

You would rather have a sunny and dry day instead of a rainy and overcast day to celebrate your birthday. The 90th birthday celebration at Illinois Valley Community College Monday afternoon wasn’t stopped by the rain, though it was moved indoors.

On hand to celebrate was former student and college president, Dr. Alfred Wisgoski. He says college has become more extensive since when he first enrolled in 1949.  Wisgoski was the college president from 1974 to 1996. He told the crowd about how the school’s temporary buildings came to be known as Havard on the Hill.

State Senator Sue Rezin, State Representative Frank Mautino and State Representative Dareen LaHood also spoke.

Cake, cookies and punch were served. A balloon launch was scrapped due to the rain.

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LPHS band earns third place

Posted by wlpo on September 15, 2014

Are you a band parent? The LP Marching Cavaliers Saturday earned third place in Class 3A at a band competition in Pontiac. LP also won best color guard in their class.

The LP Marching Cavaliers are directed by Kyle Adelmann. The band competes next Saturday at the Red and Black Fall Classic at NIU.

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Kitchen fire could’ve started with lightning strike

Posted by wlpo on September 15, 2014

Lightning could’ve started a house fire west of Wyanet.

A mutual aid call was put out around 6:30 Monday morning to help Wyanet firefighters fight a fire at 1575 North Avenue. Firefighters think it may have been caused by a lightning strike. There was smoke coming from the kitchen.

Crews started leaving the scene after a half hour.

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UPDATE: Arrest warrant issued for man accused of firing a gun in public

Posted by wlpo on September 15, 2014

An arrest warrant has been issued for a man accused of firing a gun in Streator. Police continue to look for 23-year-old Brandon Stewart. They believe he was driving a white, 2006 Nissan SUV when he fired a shot Saturday. The warrant was issued Monday for aggravated use of a weapon.

If you have information about him, don’t approached him. Instead call the Streator Police Department or Streator Crimestoppers.

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