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Peru renews memberships with IVAC

Posted by wlpo on July 29, 2014

The old saying that you need to spend money to make money rings true for the leaders of Peru. The city has renewed its membership with the Illinois Valley Area Chamber of Commerce. The annual membership is just over $14,000.

The city is also keeping its membership with North Central Illinois Council of Governments for $3,000. NCICG has helped the city receive state grants in the past and is working with them to get money for a splash pad.

The membership renewals were approved Monday night.

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Four businesses under a boil order

Posted by wlpo on July 29, 2014

Service has been restored after a water main break Tuesday afternoon in LaSalle’s east end industrial park. Superintendent of Public Works Jeff Bumgarner said he got the call about water gushing out along a street near J C Whitney around 3:30.

Bumgarner said service was restored about 7:30. JC Whitney, Conway trucking, Hickory Hollow Campground and Quality Sand are under a boil order until further notice.

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Local State Police District receives four new troopers

Posted by wlpo on July 29, 2014

The next time you see an Illinois State Police cruiser go down the highway, inside could be one of District 17’s new troopers.

Troopers Adam Anton, Christopher Gorman, Ramiro Leos, Jr., and Adrian Santiago graduated from the Illinois State Police Academy Friday.

They’ll be completing their field training over the next 12 weeks by patrolling in LaSalle, Bureau and Putnam Counties.

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Streator men arrested in Ottawa for allegedly having heroin

Posted by wlpo on July 29, 2014

A traffic stop in Ottawa left two men from Streator accused of having heroin. Thomas Scullans was pulled over Sunday on La Salle Street. Scullans and Sanford Berry, Jr. were arrested for possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Scullans was also tickets for illegal transportation of alcohol. Both were taken to the La Salle County Jail.

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Construction scheduled to begin for a new gas station in La Salle

Posted by wlpo on July 29, 2014

The northwest corner of Bucklin and Route 6 in La Salle has pretty much been a fenced off pile of dirt for several months but that will begin to change next week.

Construction of a Beck’s gas station is scheduled to begin Monday according to La Salle Economic Development Director Don Aleksy.

The corner used to have a Clark Station but it closed a while ago and then sat empty for several years before being purchased and torn down. A couple of other buildings were also torn down to make room and Aleksy says a remaining building will also be torn down.

He thinks they will move quickly with construction.

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Peru is stocking up on road salt

Posted by wlpo on July 29, 2014

It’s hard to tell how much snow you’ll be shoveling in six months but Peru’s Public Works Department is getting prepared. The city is buying 1600 tons of road salt ahead of the winter.

They have 1400 tons on hand but as Public Works co-superintendent Jeff King explained, they used 2500 tons of salt last winter.

They’re paying $104 per ton.

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Two latest medical marijuana companies make their pitch to Peru

Posted by wlpo on July 28, 2014

Medical marijuana is a competitive business- just listen to the would-be medical marijuana cultivation center operators.  The two latest companies interested in Peru made pitches to the city council Monday night.

Nassau Venture I LLC is the project of former State Senator Gary Dahl and Jon Chamlin.  Chamlin says they have put together a team of experts that would make them a good candidate to win a Department of Agriculture license.  He also says their local ties strengthen their chance of receiving approval.

Kayvan Khalatbari, a consultant for another company, Progressive Treatment Solutions LLC, emphasized their desire to make the cultivation center more energy efficient.

Four companies have publicly shown interest in Peru.   They each want the city’s endorsement.

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Police issued tickets to hikers using closed trails and marijuana at Starved Rock

Posted by wlpo on July 28, 2014

You will see deer, hawks and sometimes a fox when you’re walking the trails at Starved Rock State Park. You may even spot a Conservation Police Officer.

Officers were patrolling the park over the weekend much to the surprise of many hikers who were walking on closed trails or smoking marijuana.

Sgt. Hank Frazier says they issued 102 tickets for trail violations, 22 tickets for marijuana, and nine tickets for alcohol.

Frazier says many people used the excuse that it was their first time at the park and they didn’t expect to see a police officer. Many hikers didn’t think they could get ticketed for walking on the closed trails.

The closed trails are still dangerous according to Frazier. He says he watched two oak trees fall due to the wind Sunday.

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LPHS schedules freshmen orientation

Posted by wlpo on July 28, 2014

Before they get to share the halls with the upperclassmen, the new freshmen at LP High School will have the school to themselves for one day. Freshmen orientation is August 12.

The freshmen will be at school from 8am until 2:55pm but instead of going to class they’ll receive an orientation training in the gym, followed by a free lunch, and a presentation in the auditorium. At 1pm, they’ll run through their class schedule and get familiar with where the classrooms are located.

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Man dies after a motorcycle crash on the Spring Valley curves

Posted by wlpo on July 28, 2014

A motorcycle crash on the Spring Valley curves has left a man dead. Police say 34-year-old Randy Mosell, Jr. of Peru was heading east Sunday evening on Route 6 when he passed an SUV, went off the road, and hit a sign.

Mosell was taken to nearby St. Margaret’s Hospital and died shortly after arriving. The Spring Valley Police Department and the Bureau County Coroner are investigating.

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