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Archive for June 20th, 2009

La Salle Pool Having Issues

Posted by wlpo on June 20, 2009

No swimming until further notice at the La Salle Veteran’s Memorial Pool.

City officials say a pump at the pool is malfunctioning. They’re also dealing with flooding issues. The pool is closed until further notice.

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Illinois River Rising Again

Posted by wlpo on June 20, 2009

Thanks to yesterday’s storms, the Illinois River is going to flood again.

A Flood Warning has been issued for the Illinois River at La Salle. The river is expected to rise above its 20 foot flood stage later today. It should crest Wednesday morning and fall back below flood stage.

Major flooding isn’t expected.

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Power Outages In The Area

Posted by wlpo on June 20, 2009

Did you lose power during the storms last night?

According to Ameren, at the peak of outages, nearly 900 customers were without power this morning in Bureau County. Just under 100 houses lost power in La Salle County and just over 50 in Putnam County.

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Accidents Near Utica Sends Six To The Hospital

Posted by wlpo on June 20, 2009

Things started at 7:30 when deputies say Christopher Varney of Ottawa rear ended Zachary Moss of Oglesby at the intersection of Route 6th and East 9th Road, right next to Cajun Connection. Moss and his passenger Siobhan Barry of Peru were taken to IVCH. Varney’s passengers, Cara Stricklin of Ottawa and her baby were also taken to IVCH.

Varney meanwhile was arrested for failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident, following too close, illegal transportation of alcohol and driving uninsured. He was released with a court date.

As emergency crews were on scene handling that accident, investigators say Dennis McConnville of Peru smashed into a tow truck trying to remove one of the cars from the earlier accident. Two more children were taken to IVCH after this crash. McConnville refused treatment even though he was cut out of his truck.

McConnville was arrested for DUI, speeding, failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident and violating “Scott’s Law”. That’s the law where you’re supposed to put as much distance between yourself and stopped emergency vehicles as possible.

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