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Archive for June 30th, 2009

Two Ticketed In Rafting Death

Posted by wlpo on June 30, 2009

Alcohol apparently played a role in a drowning last week on the Vermillion River.

36 year old Jennifer Wehling of DeKalb was pronounced dead Thursday in the Illinois Valley Community Hospital emergency room. She was taken there after a rafting accident at the Buzzi Unicem low-head dam.

Two others on the raft, 23 year old Janelle Veseling of St Charles and 38 year old Timothy Ruse of Sarasota, Florida were treated and released from IVCH. Conservation Police also ticketed Veseling and Ruse for operating under the influence of alcohol.

Conservation Sergeant Robert Frazier says Wehling and Ruse were boyfriend and girlfriend while Veseling taught school in DeKalb with Wehling.

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New Swine Flu Case

Posted by wlpo on June 30, 2009

Swine Flu count for La Salle County is up to eight.

The latest case is with a 22 year old woman. County health officials say they confirmed the latest case last Wednesday.

Six women and two men have been diagnosed in La Salle County with Swine Flu. An 18 year old woman died from the virus.

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Bridge Collapses Near Sheridan

Posted by wlpo on June 30, 2009

Six people were taken to the hospital yesterday after a footbridge collapsed at a Christian camp near Sheridan.

Serena Fire Chief Rodney Reese says 15 to 20 teens and adults walked on the bridge for a photo when the metal structured bridge collapsed into a creek bed. Reese says six people were taken to Morris and Ottawa hospitals for treatment.

The people fell about 10 feet according to Reese. He didn’t know what church they’re from but says some were out of Joliet.

The emergency call came in around 10 yesterday morning.

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Police Have Hands Full In Spring Valley

Posted by wlpo on June 30, 2009

Some tense moments yesterday at a home in Spring Valley.

William Simpson was arrested for aggravated assault and resisting a peace officer after putting up a struggle with Spring Valley Police.

Problems started when a person called police to say Simpson was approaching his house, yelling in the street and pointing what he thought was a gun in the air. Simpson eventually walked back to his house on East Iowa Street.

When police arrived, they say Simpson wouldn’t come outside and began yelling thru his windows. When he finally came outside, he allegedly put up a fight.

Besides aggravated assault and resisting a peace officer, Simpson is also charged with possession of ammunition without a FOID card. The ammo was found in his house.

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TEA Party Time

Posted by wlpo on June 30, 2009

Organizers who led a tax protest in April outside the Etna Road Government Complex in April are planning another “TEA Party” rally this Saturday.

They’re inviting people to show up at the downtown courthouse this time around in Ottawa from one until two. About 75 men, women and children marched for two hours in April, many holding signs saying “Taxed Enough Already”.

Organizers say they’re not supporting a particular political party just that they believe in less government intrusion and want to defend and protect the Constitution.

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