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Archive for December 5th, 2009

Feds Close Area Banks

Posted by wlpo on December 5, 2009

An Aurora-based bank with locations in Seneca and Ransom has been closed down by federal regulators.

Benchmark Bank was one of six banks to be closed by the feds yesterday.  130 banks across the country have been closed by federal regulators this year largely because of the recession.

MB Financial Bank of Chicago is taking over the majority of Benchmark’s deposits and assets.

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Women Behaving Badly In La Salle

Posted by wlpo on December 5, 2009

A couple relatives living in La Salle are facing legal issues.

19 year old Britney and 30 year old Brandy Sadnick were arrested just before midnight last night for home invasion and battery.  The alleged incident happened at a home in the 1000 block of 11th Street in La Salle.

Both Sadnick’s were taken to the county jail.

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Murder For Hire Case In Ottawa Delayed

Posted by wlpo on December 5, 2009

A woman from Ottawa that’s accused of trying to have her husband killed probably won’t go to trial until next year.

28 year old Christina Dent was supposed to start her trial Monday on a charge of solicitation of murder for hire.  However, a mental report just arrived this week so lawyers agreed to put off a trial.  There will be another status hearing on December 17th.

Dent was arrested in June after an undercover cop set up a meeting with her on the north side of Ottawa.  The cop was acting like a hitman and after getting paid, he arrested Dent.

Dent was allegedly offering seven thousand dollars to kill her husband.  Investigators say they found out about her plans after she spilled the beans to a neighbor.

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Peru Bank Robbery Trial Delayed

Posted by wlpo on December 5, 2009

Trials for two guys suspected of robbing the Peru Federal Savings Bank on Shooting Park Road were delayed this week.

53 year old Richard Rigg and 36 year old Chad Diederich out of the Quad Cities were supposed to stand trial Monday.  However the trial’s are put off because lawyers say they’re close to a plea deal for Rigg and Diederich is wanting a private lawyer since he’s unhappy with the public defender.  The next status hearing for the two is December 17th.

Rigg and Diederich were stopped on Interstate 80 in Ottawa just minutes after allegedly robbing Peru Federal on September 4th.  Diederich is accused of being the robber while Rigg was driving the getaway car.

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More Talk Of IVCC-Ottawa Campus

Posted by wlpo on December 5, 2009

Leaders of Illinois Valley Community College and the city of Ottawa will get together next week to finalize details of a satellite campus.

The two groups will meet in a work session Tuesday afternoon at the Ottawa City Hall.  The work session is part of a special meeting of the council starting at 3.

Earlier this week, Commissioner Dan Aussem expressed concern that the price of turning a Centrue Bank building into classrooms for IVCC keeps going up.  He wanted to talk with IVCC officials before officially signing off on a five-year lease.

If everything goes well, the IVCC building would open for classes next fall.

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