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Two taken to hospital after driving through building

Posted by wlpo on October 5, 2009

Two 98 year olds were taken to the hospital after they drove through the FedEx building in Peru.

Police say it happened at about 10:43am Monday.  Police say a pickup truck driving by Orpha Holman of Spring Valley was heading north on Progress Boulavard when for unknown reasons he hit two parked cars and drove completely through the FedEx building, crashing through two walls.  The truck ended up in an embankment. 

Holman and Gladys Holman were taken to St. Margaret’s Hospital for what seemed like minor injuries.

No one in the building hurt, but police say some items were damaged. 

Holman was ticketed for not slowing down to avoid accident.

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Liquor licenses suspended after gambling convictions

Posted by wlpo on October 5, 2009

A gambling sting in Ottawa has temporarily cost two bars their liquor license.

The operators of Berta’s Tap and Kenny’s Tap have pleaded guilty to gambling charges after bust last April.

Ottawa liquor Commissioner and Mayor Bob Eschbach has suspended Berta’s license for two weeks, from September 28 through October 12.  He will also suspend the license for Kenny’s Tap for seven days starting November 1.

Penalties for a third bar busted during the sting, Jane’s Pub, are pending.

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Peru School auction considered a success

Posted by wlpo on October 5, 2009

Pieces of history and just some old things have brought in an estimated 12 thousand dollars for the Peru Public School District.

An auction Saturday morning helped the district clear the way for the sale of the old Roosevelt School building to L.E.A.S.E. education cooperative.  Old equipment and other classroom items were for sale.

Superintendent Mark Cross says they were pleased with the results and that the turnout was good.

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OHS strike enters a new week, rally planned

Posted by wlpo on October 5, 2009

Ottawa High School will be a quiet place this morning.  A teacher’s strike cancels a fourth day of school Monday. 

The strike began last Wednesday after the teacher’s union and school board couldn’t agree on a contract.  The two disagree on health insurance contributions.

They last met for negotiating Thursday.  It’s unclear when they’ll met again.

A rally in support of the teachers has been planned for 4:30 this afternoon in Washington Park in Ottawa.

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