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Archive for December 11th, 2009

Local KFC Managers Getting Backpay

Posted by wlpo on December 11, 2009

Managers at KFC’s in La Salle, Ottawa, Pontiac, Princeton and Streator weren’t getting paid their fair share.

Weaver Enterprises out of Peoria has been ordered to pay 148 thousand dollars in back wages to 57 current and former workers for unpaid overtime compensation.  The affected workers are from 26 KFC’s in Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin.

The department of labor says Weaver Enterprises failed to pay nonexempt managers the required weekly salary of 455 dollars, and should’ve been paying them time and a half for overtime hours.

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Streator Murder Sentence Upheld

Posted by wlpo on December 11, 2009

A Streator man serving a 45 year prison sentence for murder was denied a new sentencing hearing yesterday in Ottawa.

Lawyers for 22 year old Randall Jennings argued that Judge Cynthia Raccuglia said various things during sentencing that made it seem like she took part in plea negotiations, something that’s illegal.  Raccuglia denied the accusation and thus denied a new sentencing hearing.  Jennings plans to appeal her denial.

Jennings was sentenced in February after saying he was sorry for beating Cynthia Defenbaugh to death with a hammer in her Streator home back in 2002.  Jennings said he picked Defenbaugh’s house randomly to burglarize.  When she startled him, he beat her to death.  The only things he ended up stealing were a pack of cigarettes and a lighter.

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Tree of Hope Lighting Up Today

Posted by wlpo on December 11, 2009

The strands of lights have been strung on the tree out front of Horizon House in Peru.

This afternoon the first set will be lit, representing donations for their Tree of Hope.  Each light represents 50 dollars.  With 800 bulbs, they’re hoping to raise 40 thousand dollars this year.

Listen to WLPO this afternoon at four as the first set of lights are lit.  You can see the tree on Plank Road near the intersection with North Peoria Street.

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Bar Owner Admits To Running Gambling Ring

Posted by wlpo on December 11, 2009

55 year old Richard Smith pled guilty yesterday to one count of gambling and one count of keeping a gambling place.

Smith runs Smitty’s Tap in Streator which was raided February 2nd by undercover state agents.  Investigators say they confiscated over 120 thousand dollars from sports bets at Smitty’s just a day after the Super Bowl.

As part of deal to plead guilty, Smith was given two years probation, five thousand dollars in fines and surrender gambling proceeds that were allegedly found during the February raid.

The same day Smith was arrested, Julie Simmons was also charged with gambling and keeping a gambling place.  She run’s Julie’s Victory in Streator.  Investigators say they got illegal payouts for credits won on video slot and poker machines and also were able to bet on sports at the memorabilia store.

Simmons next court date is Thursday.

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Downtown Ottawa Gets Icy

Posted by wlpo on December 11, 2009

City officials are putting on the first ever “Ice Odyssey” celebration all day Saturday.

The event kicks off at eight in the morning with a Christmas Farmers’ Market.  Also starting up tomorrow morning will be ice sculpture tours, live ice sculpting, “Make it, take it” ornaments, Christmas vendors and meet and greet with Santa and the Mrs.  The “Ice Odyssey” wraps up tomorrow night with carriage rides, light sculpture and luminary walk and a Christmas concert.

John Shap will broadcast from the “Ice Odyssey” tomorrow at 10:30 on Christmas 96-5 WKOT.

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Child Porn Charges For Ottawa Man

Posted by wlpo on December 11, 2009

45 year old David Green is charged with three counts of child pornography.  Investigators say they found images of children engaged in sexual acts on Green’s computer.  The case was investigated by Ottawa Police and the FBI.

Green is out of jail after posting two thousand dollars bond.

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