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Archive for September 11th, 2009

St. Margaret’s Hospital to close skilled care unit

Posted by wlpo on September 11, 2009

If you find yourself under the knife at St. Margaret’s Hospital and needing skilled care, you wouldn’t be staying in a special unit.
Hospital officials told about 24 employees Thursday they’re doing away with the skilled care unit. Instead, patients will receive skilled care while staying in the medical-surgical area of the hospital.
St. Margaret’s CEO and president Tim Muntz says the change is the most efficient way. He says the unit used to have 30 patients at a time but these days they have about nine.
The unit’s staff has the chance to bid for the new positions, but Muntz says there are more people on staff than there are openings.
The unit will stop accepting patients on October 11.

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Teachers Threatening To Strike In Ottawa

Posted by wlpo on September 11, 2009

As negotiations continue towards a new faculty contract at Ottawa High School, the faculty union has filed an intent to strike.

Teachers at Ottawa High also filed an intent to strike three years ago but agreed to a deal before actual going on strike. Teachers aren’t striking right now either.

The teachers union, school administrators and a federal mediator met for over seven hours last night but came away without a new contract. It was the second meeting with a mediator. Superintendent John Harrison says he thinks the sides are making progress but another meeting with the mediator could happen.

In the meantime, the high school board of education will have a special meeting Wednesday at 5 to talk about the contract negotiations. That meeting is closed to the public.

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Police think burglar left to Mexico

Posted by wlpo on September 11, 2009

Break-ins at a couple of Chinese restaurants in Peru have police looking for someone they think may be hiding out in Mexico.
An arrest warrant has been issued for 29 year old Cruz Antuna. He’s wanted for felony burglary for break-in’s earlier this year at Master Stir Fry and House of Hunan.
He’s also suspected of stealing a car from Peru and leaving it in Streator. And he’s considered a fugitive from justice of the state of Michigan.
If you have any information as to where Antuna went to, call the Peru Police Department or Illinois Valley Crimestoppers.

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Overdoses lead to charges against three in Mendota

Posted by wlpo on September 11, 2009

Prescription medications and alcohol can be a dangerous mix, especially in the hands of children. But that’s apparently what happened in Mendota. Investigators say three kids were taken to the hospital after overdosing on prescription narcotics and alcohol last Friday.
The kids survived and are reportedly doing well, but two adults and a 15 year old have been arrested.
Gene Brady and Deandrea King of Mendota face misdemeanor charges of endangering the life of a child. Brady’s also been given a ticket for allowing a minor to drink. King was ticketed for allowing someone to break the liquor laws. They’ve been released with notices to appear.
The 15 year old has been arrested for drug induced infliction of great bodily harm, a class one felony. That charge has been referred to the juvenile division of the La Salle County States Attorney’s office.

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Police say protect your valuables

Posted by wlpo on September 11, 2009

Could the tough economy be influencing crime? The police in Mendota think so.
They say burglaries and thefts have been on the rise. They’re reminding you to take precautions by locking up your homes and cars, even when you’re home.

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Habitat breaks ground in Ottawa

Posted by wlpo on September 11, 2009

Groundbreaking for the latest Habitat for Humanity home in the area is Saturday.
Habitat is building a home at 1038 Catherine Street, Ottawa for the family of James and Deborah Rieuf. The Rieuf’s have four young children.
The groundbreaking starts at 10am. The local habitat group is already building a home in Granville after finishing houses in Princeton and Spring Valley.

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Second baseball field planned for Utica

Posted by wlpo on September 11, 2009

The Utica Village Board is moving ahead with a new baseball field.
The trustees want to begin seeding this fall so that the new field at Neighbors Park is ready in the spring.
Engineer for the village, Kevin Heitz says little league officials approached the village about needing more practice space than just the existing baseball field. Heitz says some teams have practiced in a yard outside the Knights of Columbus.

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