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Archive for May, 2009

Drug Bust In Wyanet

Posted by wlpo on May 22, 2009

Members of TRIDENT did a search warrant at the home of 53 year old John Scrimsher.  Drug officials allegedly found over six pounds of packaged marijuana.  They also reportedly found a scale and drug packaging.  La Salle K-9 helped in the warrant.

Scrimsher was taken to the Bureau County Jail.  He’s charged with two counts of unlawful possession of cannabis with intent to deliver.

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Naplate Trailer Fire

Posted by wlpo on May 22, 2009

Just barely a month after a fire at Datti’s Trailer Park in northwest Ottawa, fire crews were battling another trailer fire at the same place. 

Naplate and Ottawa firefighters were called to a fire at the park this morning.  No word on the severity of the fire.  More details as they become available. 

The trailer park is just south of Interstate 80.

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House Fire In Ottawa

Posted by wlpo on May 22, 2009

Patricia Speaks told Ottawa firefighters that she left a candle burning at her house on 619 Clay Street when she went walking with her daughter. 

Ottawa Fire Deputy Chief Jeff Newberry says when they arrived Wednesday night, flames were shooting out of the bedroom where the candle was.  They had the fire under control in 45 minutes but the house is gutted.  The estimated property loss is 40 thousand dollars with contents loss at 20 thousand dollars.

The owner of the home is Robert Elzer.  Elzer, Speaks and her daughter are staying at an Ottawa hotel.

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Man arrested while allegedly burglarizing an Ottawa home

Posted by wlpo on May 22, 2009

It’s one of the last things you want to wake up to- a stranger in your house in the middle of the night.

Police were called to a home on the south side of Ottawa shortly before 3am Friday for a man they say broke in with the intent of stealing things. He apparently wasn’t quiet about it and woke up the people living there.

Clifton Tucker of Hoffman Estates was arrested for residential burglary. He’s being held in the La Salle County Jail.

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Some road construction work taking a holiday

Posted by wlpo on May 22, 2009

Driving this weekend? To make your trip a little easier, the state’s suspending work in certain construction zones.

All of the construction on Interstate 80 in the listening area will take a break from 3pm Friday until Monday at midnight. There are some places that you’ll still have to deal with construction.

The Route 251 Bridge will still be closed and traffic will be open to only one lane on: Interstate 39, just north of Route 18; Route 17 near the La Salle/Livingston County line; and Marseilles Road over Interstate 80.

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Woman Pleads Guilty To Killing Mom And Kids

Posted by wlpo on May 21, 2009

43-year old Ann Marie Getz of Ransom pled guilty Tuesday to aggravated DUI.  She’ll be sentenced by a judge in late July.

Getz is accused of being drunk when she crashed into a car driven by 27 year old Amanda Jahn.  Jahn and her 11 month old daughter Kaitlyn and 3 year old son Ryan were killed.  The fatal crash happened in November along Route 47 near Mazon.

Getz is being held in the Grundy County Jail on a million dollars bond.

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Major Addition Planned For IVCH

Posted by wlpo on May 20, 2009

Illinois Valley Community Hospital is doing its part to put contractors and engineers to work.

Hospital officials announced yesterday a plan to add a couple floors onto their east addition to house obstetrics and intensive care units along with space for mechanical systems.  The price tag is fifteen and a half million dollars.

The new OB unit will have 10 rooms, a nursery and surgical suite in about 10 thousand square feet.  The new ICU will have four new rooms larger than the current ICU rooms and will be about five-thousand square feet.

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Three Arrests In Ottawa High School Threat

Posted by wlpo on May 20, 2009

Three students of Ottawa High School simply wanted a day off school when they wrote threats.  That’s according to Ottawa Police Chief Brian Zeilmann.

17 year old Aaron Hendrix and a 15 year old boy and girl were both arrested Tuesday for disorderly conduct.  Zeilmann says other students yesterday morning found two handwritten notes in bathrooms on two separate floors.  The notes allegedly said students would be assassinated Wednesday.   Zeilmann says contrary to rumors, there is no hit-list or and no one was specifically targeted.

 

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School district receives backing of city council

Posted by wlpo on May 20, 2009

The City of Ottawa will help the Ottawa Elementary District to try and force FEMA’s hand.

The council voted Tuesday to pay half the cost of an advocacy group which is supposed to help get FEMA to pay towards a replacement school for Central Elementary. Mayor Bob Eschbach estimated it will cost the city $30,000 to $40,000.

Commissioner Dale Baxter voted against the agreement saying the city has “enough on their plate”.

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Out-of-state runaways found in Marseilles

Posted by wlpo on May 20, 2009

A suspicious car parked behind an old gas station in Marseilles has lead police to two children missing from Pennsylvania.

La Salle County Sheriff Deputies Tuesday night found a car listed as stolen out of Pennsylvania behind the former Marathon Station. Inside were two teens younger than 17 considered runaways.

The teens are being held in the La Salle County Detention Home on charges they had a stolen car.

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