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Police look for man wanted for burglary

Posted by wlpo on August 31, 2009

Do you Daniel Culver? The Ottawa Police are looking for him. They believe the 22 year old from Naperville broken into a house in Ottawa in late July and stole three credit cards out of someone’s purse.
Culver’s accused of using the cards to buy things at Autozone and the Walmart Supercenter in Ottawa.
He’s wanted on a warrant for residential burglary and unlawful use of a credit card and he’s already on parole.
If you have any information, call the Ottawa Police Department and ask for Detective Kyle Booras.

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Mendota man killed in crash

Posted by wlpo on August 31, 2009

Police and the La Salle County Coroner’s office are investigating a crash that left a man from Mendota dead.
23 year old James Dankenbring was pronounced dead at the scene before sunrise Saturday morning.
It happened on Meridian Road. Police say for whatever reason Dankenbring lost control, hit a tree, and flipped his car.

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One dead after accident on Route 52

Posted by wlpo on August 31, 2009

At least one person was dead and two others injured after a crash between a car and a semi truck on Route 52.
Police say a car turned in front of a truck on the Sheridan spur Saturday afternoon. They were taken to Ottawa Regional Hospital. One person died. Two others were flown to another hospital. Their names and conditions haven’t been released.

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Stage 212 season to start with a thriller

Posted by wlpo on August 29, 2009

If you’re a fan of community theater, Stage 212 in La Salle has outlined their 2010 season.
The season begins with the thriller “A Talent for Murder.” It’ll be directed by Joyce Myler.
In the spring, they’re performing “Social Security”, a comedy to be directed by Joe Ennenbach.
Next summer, the musical will be “Back to the 80’s”, directed by Jeff Horger.
“Twelve Angry Jurors”, directed by Adam Barr will be the final performance of the season.

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St. Margaret’s Health changes plans for new hospital

Posted by wlpo on August 29, 2009

The corner of Route 6 and the Dalzell Blacktop will remain undeveloped, for now at least.
Plans for St. Margaret’s Hospital to construct a new building there have been cancelled.
Hospital officials made the decision based on financing Thursday.
They went public with their plans to build a replacement hospital in January 2008 and had hoped to break ground last spring.
In July, Tim Muntz, St. Margaret’s Health President and CEO, insisted the project wasn’t on hold, but admitted they were having difficulty with the financing.

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Arrests Made In La Salle Shooting

Posted by wlpo on August 28, 2009

A dispute between groups of teenagers erupted in gunfire according to La Salle Police.

A 15 year old boy from La Salle and 14 and 16 year old boys from Peru are charged with armed violence and aggravated discharge of a firearm after police think the 16 year old fired at a car full of people in the area of 9th and Sterling Streets Wednesday evening. Three adults and two minors were in the car but no one was hurt. Investigators say the car had damage to the front driver’s side which is consistent gunshots. Two spent 20 gauge shot gun shells were allegedly found by police.

Investigators think it stemmed from a dispute between two different groups of teenagers, ranging between 14 and 18 years old. The three teens who were arrested yesterday morning were taken to the county detention home.

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Man Falls Nearly 100 Feet In Streator

Posted by wlpo on August 28, 2009

Rescue crews from throughout La Salle County were called into action yesterday after a 66 year old man fell nearly 100 feet in Streator.

According to Reading Fire Chief Paul Losy, his department responded to a 911 call about a man falling behind the Streator Country Club just after ten yesterday morning. Golfers apparently heard the man yelling for help and called 911.

Losy says rescuers slid down a steep embankment on their backside and found the man lying next to the Vermilion River. He was put on a stretcher, taken across a shallow part of the river and loaded into an ambulance. He was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital. The man’s name wasn’t released.

Rescuers think the man was mowing grass when for whatever reason he flipped the mower and went down the embankment.

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Jobless Figures Ugly In Area

Posted by wlpo on August 28, 2009

Putnam County’s jobless rate for July was 15.4 percent, edging out Winnebago and Clay counties for tops in the state. Putnam County’s unemployment rate this time last year was a mere 6.7 percent.

Not much better news in Bureau, La Salle or Grundy County. La Salle County’s July unemployment rate is 11.8 percent, up from 8.1 percent the same time a year ago. Bureau County has a 10.1 percent July jobless mark, up from 6.1 percent last July. Grundy County meanwhile has a 13.1 percent unemployment rate, up from 7.3 percent last July.

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Country Crooner In Princeton

Posted by wlpo on August 28, 2009

Get the cowboy hats and boots out, it’s Country Western Day today at the 154th annual Bureau County Fair.

The main attraction of the fair is a concert tonight with Billy Currington. Heidi Newfield is the opening act and will take the grandstand stage around 7:30. Tickets are available at the gate or by calling the fair office.

Other stuff going on today at the fairgrounds is a chain saw artist, beer garden and a cake walk.

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Woman injured after I-39 accident

Posted by wlpo on August 27, 2009

A crash on Interstate 39 near Oglesby left the woman driving injured.
Police say she was going north on I-39 around 2:15pm Wednesday when for reasons unknown, she drove into the median and hit a culvert, causing her van to flip twice.
Police say 48 year old Malgorzata Glabinski of DesPlaines was thrown from the van. She was taken to Illinois Valley Community Hospital and from there to St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria where’s listed in good condition.

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