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Two arrested for DUI during a recent police roadblock

Posted by wlpo on October 20, 2014

After meeting friends for dinner on a weekend night, you begin your drive home only to see flashing red and blue lights down the road. State Police roadside safety checks are common.

A roadside safety check Friday between Peru and Spring Valley on Route 6 left two people arrested for driving under the influence. A few people were ticketed for driver’s licenses issues while many more were given written warnings.

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TRIDENT arrests a man and woman in Spring Valley

Posted by wlpo on October 20, 2014

While the public perception of marijuana has been changing, it’s still an illegal drug. Members of TRIDENT were in Spring Valley Friday to arrest a pair accused of dealing marijuana.

Curtis Kelly and Katelynn Rasmunson were charged with unlawful possession of cannabis with intent to deliver. Both were taken to the Bureau County Jail where Kelly remains. Police say Rasmunson was able to bond out but could face more charges.

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Petition pops up in support of Oglesby eagle handler

Posted by wlpo on October 20, 2014

Do you think the court system should just leave Steve Patterson of Oglesby alone for handling two injured eaglets?

A petition and Facebook page have both popped up urging La Salle County State’s Attorney Brian Towne to drop charges against Patterson. A jury deadlocked earlier this month during a trial where Patterson faced charges of illegally handling the protected species near the Illinois River. A new status hearing is planned for next Wednesday.

The petition which has been electronically “signed” by over 25,000 people asks “not to use our tax dollars for a second trial”, saying that the county instead needs to use this money for the local economy not another trial for ” a man who picked up two birds”.

You can find  the petition here http://www.change.org

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Sheriff tries to put parents at ease with sex offender list

Posted by wlpo on October 20, 2014

As you map out your child’s trick or treat night you may want to take advantage of a sex offender listing put together by the La Salle County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Tom Templeton says the county has 274 registered sex offenders and his department’s website has a link to exactly where all 274 of them live. You can also sign-up to get a free email alert if a sex offender moves in near you.

You can find the sex offender list by clicking http://www.sheriffalerts.com/cap_main.php?office=54541.

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Early Voting begins across Illinois

Posted by wlpo on October 20, 2014

So excited about the election that you can’t wait to vote?

You can cast an “Early Voting” ballot starting Monday. Early Voting in La Salle County is at the county clerk’s office in Ottawa. In Bureau County you can vote early at either the county courthouse in Princeton or Spring Valley City Hall.

Voting at the courthouses starts at 8 with city hall in Spring Valley allowing early votes starting at 9 in the morning.

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Last televised debate coming up for Quinn and Rauner

Posted by wlpo on October 20, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) – Here’s your last chance to watch a governor’s debate ahead of the November 4th election. Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner are getting ready for their third and final televised debate.

Monday night’s debate comes as the two candidates are locked in a neck-and-neck contest for governor.
It’s being hosted by the League of Women Voters of Illinois and broadcast by WLS-TV in Chicago.

A poll released Friday by SIU’s Paul Simon Public Policy Institute says the race is too close to call.

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Household item collections to benefit victims of domestic abuse

Posted by wlpo on October 20, 2014

Moving into a new home is stressful under good circumstances, so imagine what it is like to be relocating because of an abusive relationship.  You can make an important move a little less stressful and expensive by donating household cleaning items.

Buckets of Love is an effort to collect cleaners, paper towels and mops for women receiving assistance from the local domestic violence shelter, ADV/SAS.  You will find collection sites Saturday morning at the Peru Hy-Vee and the Wal-Mart in Streator.  The items will be included in starter kits for women starting over.

Buckets of Love is a project of the Zonta Clubs of La Salle -Peru, Ottawa and Streator.

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Beware the Ebola scams

Posted by wlpo on October 19, 2014

The Better Business Bureau and several government agencies are warning the public to be on the lookout for scams related to the Ebola virus.
Steve J. Bernas is president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and northern Illinois.

In an emailed statement, Bernas says scammers have moved quickly to take advantage of the public’s fear about the deadly virus. The scams include con artists soliciting donations to fake charities that claim to provide relief for victims. Others say they’re selling stock for companies they claim have found a cure.

The Federal Trade Commission has issued warning letters about scammers that are trying to sell “miracle” products they claim will prevent or cure Ebola. Officials say some of these products contain untested, dangerous ingredients.

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Rauner gets Sun-Times nod in Governor’s race

Posted by wlpo on October 19, 2014

The Chicago Sun-Times has endorsed Republican Bruce Rauner over Democratic Governor Pat Quinn in the race for Illinois governor. The endorsement published online Saturday calls Rauner “an extraordinarily capable businessman” who might be able to “break the stranglehold of uninspired, self-serving, 1-party rule in Springfield.” The newspaper calls Quinn a man of integrity. But it says his “uninspired tinkering on fiscal matters” won’t save Illinois.

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LPHS historic pipe organ plays again

Posted by wlpo on October 19, 2014

LP’s historic 1929 pipe organ will play this Saturday night accompanied by a classic 1925 silent film. Matt Baker handles public information and fundraising at LaSalle Peru High School.  Jeff Weiler, a  restoration expert, will demonstrate the refurbished organ and provide some history about the Matthiessen auditorium instrument.

LP Superintendent Steve Wrobleski will talk about additional organ restoration efforts followed by the silent film, “The Phantom of the Opera”. Weiler will provide organ accompanyment while the film is shown. The event is free this Saturday night and refreshments will be served.

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