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Latest on search for Deborah Dewey

Posted by wlpo on August 31, 2016

Everything from helicopters to bloodhounds are being used in the search for 62-year old Deborah Dewey of Ladd.

The Illinois State Police is leading efforts to find the woman who was last seen August 22nd in Spring Valley. On Monday, searchers found her gray 2007 Buick LaCrosse at the TA Truck Stop in Morris. Troopers say the car was unlocked.

On Tuedsay volunteers gathered at Farm and Fleet in Ottawa and blanketed the area from Streator to Morris and beyond with missing person flyers. Deborah’s son Chris says despite spending the day looking, he’s not able to report anything new.

If you have any information about Deborah Dewey, call the state police in La Salle at 224-1171.

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Knife attack under investigation near Ottawa

Posted by wlpo on August 31, 2016

A domestic spat allegedly got ugly north of Ottawa.

Deputies Tuesday night went out to the home of 41-year-old Julie Treest and arrested her for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. She’s accused of attacking a family member with a knife.

Treest was taken to the La Salle County Jail.

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Construction planned at Starved Rock

Posted by wlpo on August 31, 2016

Once Labor Day is over, construction crews will move in at Starved Rock State Park.

Beginning Tuesday, crews are expected to start resurfacing roads at the park. There won’t be any road closures but traffic will be down to one lane in some spots. Overnight guests at Starved Rock Lodge are encouraged to enter the park from Route 71 while hikers should get into the park using Route 178.

The construction work at the park could last a month.

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Morris man gets into shootout with federal agents

Posted by wlpo on August 31, 2016

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) – An alleged drug dealer from Morris was injured in a shootout with U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency officers in the parking lot of a Joliet mall.

The shooting happened Tuesday evening during an undercover drug bust operation outside the Louis Joliet Mall in Joliet. When agents moved in to arrest 31-year-old Adan Godinez, he is accused of firing at them. The officers returned fire, hitting Godinez in the leg. He was being treated for injuries that are not life-threatening. Several vehicles were hit by gunfire but no one else was injured.

Federal agents were looking to get cocaine from Godinez and the other unidentified man.

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Drug Dealing Duo Indicted for Allegedly Selling Crack Cocaine

Posted by wlpo on August 30, 2016

Get caught dealing drugs in the Illinois Valley and you can expect to be behind bars for quite a while.

Two suspects who are charged with just that were indicted Tuesday by a grand jury. Fifty-two year old Carl Winchester was arrested at his Peru home for allegedly selling crack cocaine. Also arrested the same day was 32-year old Kandi Davis, a Joliet woman who is also charged with selling crack.

They each remain in custody in Ottawa. Winchester needs $50,000 cash to get out while Davis needs twice that amount.

He will be back in court Thursday, while her next court date isn’t until Friday.

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Murder Parolee Indicted After Alleged Armed Robbery in Streator

Posted by wlpo on August 30, 2016

The man who allegedly robbed a Streator Circle K was indicted by a grand jury Tuesday.

William Webb remains in the LaSalle County Jail after being arrested last Thursday night. He’s accused of shooting at a Streator Police officer while trying to escape after robbing the south side convenience store. The 50-year old Rockford man had just been paroled last October after serving his sentence following a murder conviction in Winnebago County.

He’s been charged with attempted first-degree murder, armed robbery, and aggravated discharge of a firearm.  Webb is due back in court Thursday.

If convicted of all three charges he could be sentenced to more than 100 years in prison.

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Water Outages Expected Wednesday Morning for Parts of Downtown Ottawa

Posted by wlpo on August 30, 2016

Construction in downtown Ottawa may mean you won’t have water Wednesday if you live near Madison Street.

The city will install a new water main and hook-ups on West Madison Street Wednesday. As a result, they’ll be turning off water service in the morning. You’ll be affected if you live on the 600 or 700 blocks of Clinton, Madison Street from Clinton west to Walnut as well as the south 200 block, and the 700 block of Canal Street.

Water service should be back on by the end of the day, according to the city. When the water is turned back on, those houses will be under a boil order until the Water Department can finish tests, which usually takes 24 to 48 hours.

Also, because of the shut off, City Hall will also be closed Wednesday.

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FedEx semi crashes into median near Peru

Posted by wlpo on August 30, 2016

The latest mess on Interstate 80 involved a FedEx truck.

Police and tow truck drivers were called out after 5 Tuesday morning about an accident involving two semis on the interstate between Peru and La Salle. A FedEx trailer ended up on its side in the median. Traffic both directions was down to one lane for a couple of hours.

Nobody was hurt in the crash.

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Water main break in Oglesby

Posted by wlpo on August 30, 2016

During the morning storms, a water main broke in Oglesby.

Anyone living on Fitzgerald and North Colombia Avenue on the south side of town may have low water pressure or no pressure at all. Once the water line is fixed there will be a boil order.

Stay tuned to Classic Hits 103.9 WLPO for the latest on the Oglesby water issue.

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Rain totals piling up across the Illinois Valley

Posted by wlpo on August 30, 2016

Will the rain ever end?

According to the National Weather Service, over two inches of rain fell Monday in Mendota and Paw Paw. Over an inch came down in Earlville and Streator. More than a half inch of rain fell in La Salle, Peru, Ottawa, Marseilles, and Somonauk. Midway Airport meanwhile only got a trace of rain.

The weather service has put out rain totals yet for Tuesday morning.

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