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Heavy rain amounts across the Illinois Valley

Posted by wlpo on August 22, 2014

After missing out on most of the rain earlier in the week, the Illinois Valley was hit with a deluge.

According to the National Weather Service, 4.75 inches of rain has fallen in Sublette since Thursday. Marseilles had over four inches while 3.5 inches has fallen in Streator.

Ottawa and Earlville both had spots with over 2.5 inches while Peru and Oglesby saw between one and two inches.

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Red Cross fundraiser asks you to run, walk or bike

Posted by wlpo on August 22, 2014

If you’re not a fan of running, you can always walk at a fundraiser Sunday for the American Red Cross in Peru. If you’d rather not walk, you can bring your bicycle.

The Red Cross’ annual Walk, Run, Bike fundraiser starts at 1 around Baker Lake in Peru. You can take part as an individual or with a team and can sign up at Baker Lake Sunday morning.

Money raised will help the local Red Cross chapter. They’re fundraising goal this year is $30,000.

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Geneseo woman dies after crash at Spring Valley golf course

Posted by wlpo on August 22, 2014

The elderly woman who crashed into a gully at a Spring Valley golf course has died.

State Police say 91-year-old Muriel Miller of Geneseo died after being taken to OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria on Wednesday. Troopers say she was on Spring Creek Drive when she drove down into a creek at the golf course. She had to be removed from her car by first responders.

Nobody else was involved in the crash.

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Progress made on clearing debris out of Starved Rock

Posted by wlpo on August 22, 2014

Slowly but surely more parts of Starved Rock State Park are opening back up after storm damage that happened June 30th.

The park’s boat ramp reopened yesterday. The road and picnic area near the boat ramp have been cleared of debris and can be used.

Trails to La Salle Canyon are close to being opened back up while trails from the visitor’s center and lodge to Wildcat Canyon were opened back up a week ago.

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Ambulances called to crash on bridge

Posted by wlpo on August 21, 2014

Traffic was stopped on Route 251 between Peru and Oglesby after a crash on the Illinois River bridge. The accident happened around 4pm Thursday not far from a road construction zone.

Police had to stop traffic on Route 251 so ambulances and tow trucks could get through. Several people were taken to area hospitals. It’s unclear if anyone was seriously injured.

It was the second accident on the bridge that afternoon.

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Judge rules in Peru’s favor for power plant demolition dispute

Posted by wlpo on August 21, 2014

A site on Water Street that was the old Peru Power Plant is back in the hands of the city. The building took two years to demolish after the company contracted for the demolition went broke.

Peru ended up paying $262,000 to finish it. Judge Troy Holland ruled Tuesday that A-Unified owes Peru the money. Holland also had the deed returned to the city.

An agreement between the city and A-Unified gave the salvage company ownership of the building so they could scrap anything of value, have the asbestos removed and the building torn down. The deal was made in early 2011.  The city had to take over the project in August 2012.

Both Mayor Scott Harl and the city’s attorney, Doug Schweickert don’t believe the city will be able to get money out of A-Unified.

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Two arrested for cocaine charges

Posted by wlpo on August 21, 2014

You hear a lot about heroin abuse in the Illinois Valley but cocaine is also available. Allegedly it was as close as Eighth Street in Peru. Police with TRIDENT Wednesday arrested Matthew Pelka of Peru after they say he sold cocaine to someone working undercover.

Meanwhile, in Ottawa, officers arrested Raymond Joyce, the third, after a lengthy investigation.

Both Joyce and Pelka were charged with unlawful delivery of cocaine and were being held in the La Salle County Jail with their bonds at $1 million.

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Man accused of threatening victim in La Salle County home invasion

Posted by wlpo on August 21, 2014

There’s been a second arrest as part of a home invasion case in rural Sheridan.

Richard Estes of Sandwich is charged with harassment of a witness, a class 2 felony. He’s accused of threatening the victim in a home invasion that Roy Day of Millington is charged with.

Estes is out of jail after posting $5,000 bond. Day is still in the La Salle County Jail $1 million bond.

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Suicide prevention walk in Peru needs volunteers

Posted by wlpo on August 21, 2014

Have anything going on September 7th? If you can spare a few hours how about volunteering at the La Salle County Out of the Darkness Walk.

Volunteers are need to help set up and staff the suicide prevention walk at Baker Lake in Peru. If you’re interested, be at the lake by 10 in the morning on the 7th.

This will be the fourth Out of the Darkness Walk in La Salle County. Money raised helps to benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

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State police staying tight-lipped about crash victims from Spring Valley

Posted by wlpo on August 21, 2014

If you’ve been following the story of a crash Monday that sent a Spring Valley woman to Peoria, state police refuse to give her name.

The woman was flown from the crash scene on Interstate 80 near Utica. She was riding on a motorcycle with a man from Spring Valley when they hit a guardrail after swerving to miss an oncoming car driven by Kayla Guenther of Ottawa.

Classic Hits 103.9 WLPO has filed a Freedom of Information Act request to get the names of the crash victims from Spring Valley. They are both being treated in Peoria.

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