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Shots fired in La Salle

Posted by wlpo on August 27, 2009

A shooting in La Salle is being investigated. Police haven’t said if anyone was hit.
Police took a report of shots fired just after 6:30pm Wednesday. They were told it happened in the area of 11th and LaHarpe Streets, but after some questioning, police say it happened near 9th and Sterling Streets.
A car police believe was involved was towed from the 400 block of Crosat Street. The Illinois State Police Crimescene investigators were called in.

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Three arrested near high school on drug related charges

Posted by wlpo on August 27, 2009

One of the last things you want near your local high school is a heroin dealer, but police say they’ve arrested two people for in near LP.
TRIDENT investigators say they arrested William Byrnes and Jamie Cummings of La Salle Tuesday after a drug deal with an undercover informant near the high school’s tennis courts.
Byrnes and Cummings face the charge of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance. Another man who was in a car with them, Christopher Bezely, was arrested on a drug related failure to appear warrant.
All three were taken to the county jail.

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Flash flood watch for most of the area

Posted by wlpo on August 27, 2009

Heavy rain has many north central Illinois counties included in a flash flood watch through Thursday evening.
The National Weather Service says parts of northern Illinois received one to two inches of rain Tuesday night and Wednesday and even more has fallen overnight.
La Salle, Bureau and Putnam Counties are included in the flash flood watch.

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Procession planned for retired Peru Police officer

Posted by wlpo on August 27, 2009

Peru Police Officers, an honor guard and bagpipers will be part of a funeral procession for retired Peru Police officer Dale Charbonneau. The 54 year old died Sunday from cancer.
Services are Thursday 11am at the Hurst Funeral Home in La Salle.
Peru Police Chief Doug Bernabei says everyone with the department attended Charbonneau’s visitation last night. Bernabei says they’ll meet at the Peru Police Department and travel to the funeral home.

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Groundwater contaminants topic of U.S. EPA meeting

Posted by wlpo on August 26, 2009

Steps to rid groundwater of contaminants left behind by glass plants will be talked about in Ottawa.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is holding a public meeting Wednesday at 7pm inside the Etna Road Governmental Complex to outline their plan of reducing arsenic levels in underground water supplies in Ottawa. The contaminated sites are the old Libby-Owens-Ford glass plant on the north side of the Illinois River and the former silica sand quarries and wastewater disposal area on the south side of the rive. The entire contaminated site is 350 acres.
EPA officials say the groundwater in the testing area is 35 times higher than the safety standard for arsenic, putting it at “maximum contaminant level”. However Naplate’s drinking water comes from another area so its contaminant free and five homeowners who have wells in the area are living off bottled water.
The cost of cleaning up the site is $3 million.

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Students like new, bigger middle school

Posted by wlpo on August 26, 2009

School cool? You don’t often hear students saying that, but most students don’t get to attend classes in a brand new building.
Plenty of students took the opportunity Tuesday to scope out the Parkside Middle School following a grand opening ceremony.
A lot of them really like the new, bigger gym.
The building cost about $17 million and was built by Vissering Construction. With the opening of this school, the district has closed Roosevelt School and will use Washington School for younger students.
Classes in Peru begin next Wednesday.

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La Salle renews membership with IVAC

Posted by wlpo on August 25, 2009

La Salle is sticking with the chamber of commerce. After tabling the question of whether or not to renew their annual membership, the council Monday night voted to stay a member of the Illinois Valley Area Chamber of Commerce.
The aldermen were torn on the idea of spending $13,000 for membership, especially the city has an economic development director on staff full-time. Alderman Diz Demes said he didn’t think IVAC was the best way to spend their money during these tough financial times.
Alderman George Green disagreed. He thought the city needs all the tools they can get.
Before voting, Barb Koch, IVAC Executive Director, had another chance to talk to the council and take their comments. Mayor Jeff Grove told her he thought they should be part of IVAC for another year but there would be expectations and he would want to receive more feedback.
Koch told Grove she would be in contact.

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Spring Valley to lose jobs

Posted by wlpo on August 24, 2009

Significant decrease in demand for products made at the Honeywell-Hobbs plant in Spring Valley has triggered talks to close it.
Employees found out Monday that company officials have begun talks with United Auto Worker Union Local 2095 heads that would ultimately lead to the closure of the plant.
Hobbs makes switches and other parts for the transportation industry. Mark Hamel is spokesperson for the company. He says 61 jobs would be lost when the production line is moved to a larger plant in Juarez, Mexico.
Hamel says it’s unclear how long the talks between the company and union will take.

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Road work begins on Rt 71 and I-39

Posted by wlpo on August 24, 2009

Summer road-trip season is nearing an end but road construction isn’t.
Two projects getting underway Monday are on Route 71 north of Ottawa and Interstate 39 through La Salle County.
Crews will begin work to widen the shoulders of Route 71 from north of I-80 to Route 52. They will continue through November.
And if you take I-39 thru La Salle County, be prepared to see crews patching. Work will span from Marshall County to Lee County. The work is supposed to be finished by October.

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Marseilles joins drug-fighting police team

Posted by wlpo on August 24, 2009

Another town has joined forces with the TRIDENT drug enforcement group.
The Marseilles Police Department is the latest to offer a member of its force to help out TRIDENT. Results have already shown with a drug arrest made Thursday in Marseilles.
Fourteen different agencies are part of TRIDENT including the Bureau County, La Salle County and Putnam County State’s Attorney and Sheriff’s offices and Marseilles, La Salle, Oglesby, Princeton, Streator, Mendota, Peru, and Spring Valley police departments. Everyone but Putnam County has a full-time officer on the drug team.
The TRIDENT team led to the end of the District 17 State Police Drug Task Force.

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