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Three Arrested For Dealing Cocaine

Posted by wlpo on August 5, 2009

While looking into drug activity of Pamela Carroll, TRIDENT officials say they caught Donald Scerini and Richard Alvarado delivering ten ounces of cocaine at a restaurant parking lot in Utica yesterday.

Scerini and Alvarado were arrested after the alleged deal for unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. Another count was added onto Alvarado’s wrap sheet after detectives say they found more cocaine at his home.

Officers say they also found cocaine at the Ottawa home of Pamela Carroll later on and arrested her for dealing cocaine. She’s accused of dealing as much as 18 ounces of cocaine a week in the area.

All three live in Ottawa and are now in the county jail.

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Second drug-related arrest in a week for Spring Valley man

Posted by wlpo on August 5, 2009

A man police say they busted with nearly 300 packages of heroin last Thursday has been arrested again for drugs.
Police in Spring Valley say they stopped Luke Raley Tuesday night because they knew he was wanted on a parole warrant. After a search, police say they found 124 packages of heroin.
Raley and his wife Jennifer were arrested by TRIDENT last week after investigators went through their home allegedly finding 212 bags of heroin and 54 tins of the drug.
Police believe Raley went back to selling drugs after being released from jail.
He’s been given another charge of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and is being held the Bureau County Jail.

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Group puts pressure on Ottawa about Ameren lines

Posted by wlpo on August 5, 2009

Several rounds of applause were given at last night’s Ottawa City Council meeting but none were for the council itself.
The clapping Tuesday night was for four people who pleaded to the council that they rescind their votes supporting Ameren putting up transmission lines along the Illinois River.
Some speakers claimed they were told by Ameren another route was going to be picked so they were blindsided when the city agreed to go up Champlain Street along the Fox River, thru Dayton and Skydive Chicago and ending at Wedron.
Twila Yednock claimed a group opposing the Route 71 route “pulled the wool over the cities eyes” by hiring high-priced lawyers to mislead the council.
Commissioner Dale Baxter told the crowd that no matter what route the council chose someone would be unhappy.
The council decided to think about rescinding their support of putting power lines along the river and could do a formal vote next meeting.

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Hotel groundbreaking planned for next month

Posted by wlpo on August 5, 2009

A little over a month from now a new hotel could start construction off Etna Road in Ottawa.
The Ottawa City Council Tuesday passed along the final plat for a new Fairfield Inn & Suites to the planning commission. If all the paperwork goes as scheduled, Larry Bianchi with Janko Realty says dirt should start moving next month with the hotel open by July of next year.
Bianchi says the hotel project will cost $9 million but should bring in over 100 thousand dollars in pillow tax money each year. He says Janko also will try and sell three out lots on the property for commercial use. Bianchi says they have an unsigned contract in hand for one of the out lots and have received interest about the other two spots.

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Addition at Mendota grade school almost complete

Posted by wlpo on August 5, 2009

New shiny floors and a cafeteria and gym are some of the things elementary students in Mendota will find at the start of the new school year.
The final details are being completed in the two-story addition to Lincoln School. The district decided to add-on to the building to ease overcrowding at another grade school.
Marcia Burress is the superintendent. She says the construction has be running ahead of schedule. Floors are being finished up this week along with work on the fire alarm system.
A wet spring has delayed work on the additions geothermal heating and air conditioning system, but Burress doesn’t think it will be a problem.
Teachers will be moving in next week. Students go back on August 24.

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