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Mendota man accused of acting violently

Posted by wlpo on September 1, 2014

Things were out of hand at an apartment in Mendota. Shawn Gallagher was arrested just after 12am Monday after the police were called to his apartment for a man acting violently.

Gallagher is accused of domestic battery, endangering the life or health of a child, resisting a peace officer and aggravated battery to a police officer. He was being held at the La Salle County Jail.

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Cooking school tickets go on sale Monday, September 8

Posted by wlpo on September 1, 2014

If you’re looking forward to the next Taste of Home Cooking School, tickets go on sale next Monday. The program is Saturday, November 15 at LP High School. You’ll be able to learn new recipes while watching them prepared on stage by Culinary Specialist Guy Klinzing.  Before the show, you’ll have a chance to meet people selling home items and get lunch.

VIP tickets are $30, premium seats are $20 and general admission tickets are $12. For $50 you can get a premium seat at the cooking school and be a guest when Klinzing appears at Hy-Vee in Peru Friday, November 14.

You can buy tickets online at www.815Life.com or at Hy-Vee in Peru starting Monday, September 8. It’s presented by 815 Life.

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Man and woman arrested during early morning traffic stop

Posted by wlpo on September 1, 2014

Children usually aren’t out at two o’clock in the morning, even on a weekend. A woman from Toluca was arrested for child endangerment and DUI after getting stopped shortly before 2am Monday by La Salle County Sheriff’s Deputies.

Angela Hackleman was also ticketed for improper lane usage and illegal transportation of alcohol. Nicholas McCaskey of Peoria was with her. He was arrested for disorderly conduct and they were taken to the La Salle County Jail.

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Man accused of fleeing from police during a stop in Peru

Posted by wlpo on September 1, 2014

A simple traffic stop became complicated in Peru. Police say they tried stopping Joel Molina of Peru for speeding Saturday evening but Molina ended up crashing a car and taking off on foot.

Molina was arrested for a parole violation, reckless driving, fleeing and eluding police and driving while license revoked. Molina was on parole for a driving while license suspended conviction.

He was taken to the La Salle County Jail to be returned to the Illinois Department of Corrections.

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Demolition Derby wraps up Tri-County Fair

Posted by wlpo on September 1, 2014

The Tri-County Fair goes out with a smash and a bang today. The demolition derby starts at 3pm in the grandstand. Parking and admission to the fair are free but the demolition derby is $10.  The fairgrounds is in Mendota.

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Allegedly distracted driver ticketed for Peru crash

Posted by wlpo on September 1, 2014

Hunger can be distracting but you can’t let it take your eyes off the road. An accident that snarled traffic at Route 251 and Shooting Park Road in Peru Sunday afternoon happened after a man reportedly was distracted by looking at a McDonald’s.

Police say Marshall Padgett of Manville pulled into the southbound left turn lane on Route 251 and rear-ended Joseph Higgins of La Salle. Higgins’ car bumped the next car and so forth.

Higgins and a woman and three children in his car went to Illinois Valley Community Hospital. None of them were seriously injured.

Padgett was ticketed for not slowing down to avoid an accident.

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Game interrupted by gun shots

Posted by wlpo on August 31, 2014

A northern Wisconsin football game was suspended for about 2 hours Saturday when shots were fired near Medford Area Senior High School. Fans and players were put on lockdown in the gym while police investigated. Medford Police Chief Ken Coyer told a TV station a 19-year-old male suspect was taken into custody.

The Chippewa Herald says Chippewa Falls later beat Medford, 22-14.

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Guthrie portrayed in Princeton

Posted by wlpo on August 31, 2014

You might come to understand an historic figure if someone acts it out for you. Barry Cloyd’s one-man show on Woody Guthrie, America’s balladeer, is Tuesday evening at Princeton Library.

Guthrie’s stories and songs were apparently what America needed through the Depression, Dust Bowl, World War 2 and even the McCarthy era. Cloyd will perform Guthrie’s “This Land is Your Land” and other Guthrie compositions starting at 6:30pm Tuesday.

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Traffic stop becomes a drug arrest

Posted by wlpo on August 31, 2014

A trooper allegedly found several grams of cocaine during a stop on I-80 west of Ottawa Saturday.
Donnie Ray McElroy of Chicago was arrested for 2 counts of possessing a controlled substance, DUI, improper lane usage, driving in the wrong lane and going too slowly.
McElroy was taken to the La Salle County Jail.

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NFL’s Sam cut by St. Louis

Posted by wlpo on August 31, 2014

  The St. Louis Rams have cut Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team.  The Rams selected the SEC co-defensive player of the year at Missouri with the 249th overall pick out of 256 overall during May’s draft. Sam came out as gay following his final season at Missouri.  The defensive end played well in spurts during preseason but couldn’t make a team stocked with pass-rushers.

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