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Archive for December 14th, 2009

No Salary Increase For County Employees

Posted by wlpo on December 14, 2009

It pays to be a longtime La Salle County employee.

The county board yesterday approved new salary agreements for union and non-union employees.  No county employee will get a raise on their base salary but will get extra cash based on years they’ve worked for the county.

Anyone who’s worked 1 to 10 years will get a longevity increase of $55 per year.  Eleven to 20 year workers get $65 per year and anyone who has worked 21 or more years get $75 for each year they’ve worked.  Board Chairman Jerry Hicks says the longevity increase basically equates to a one percent base salary increase.

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Minor Train Derailment In Ottawa

Posted by wlpo on December 14, 2009

A train derailment in Ottawa snarled some traffic but caused no threat to any people.

A couple Illinois Railway cars carrying sand derailed yesterday afternoon off Superior Street west of downtown Ottawa.  The derailed cars weren’t hauling anything hazardous.  Traffic on the heavily-traveled Chestnut Street was backed up for a time.

The cause of the derailment is still under investigation.

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Three arrested after FedEx burglary

Posted by wlpo on December 14, 2009

A break-in at the FedEx office in Peru had police looking for their suspects in a near-by cornfield.

Police were notified of a burglary in progress at the office on May Road shortly after three Sunday morning.  Police say after they arrived, three men tried to get away by running into a cornfield.   Devon Welsh, Jerry Peoples, and Larry Lathan all of Chicago were arrested and taken to the La Salle County Jail.

Police say a large quantity of items were taken and found.  An investigation continues.

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Another Large Pot Bust On 80

Posted by wlpo on December 14, 2009

Just before two Friday afternoon, a trooper said he pulled over Ryan Flynn of Massachusetts for speeding and improper lane use.  The traffic stop was going eastbound a couple miles past Ottawa.

After Flynn allegedly gave the trooper the okay to search his car, the trooper reportedly found five large duffle bags in Flynn’s trunk.  The bags allegedly contained 71 pounds of marijuana.

Flynn was arrested for cannabis trafficking and taken to the La Salle County Jail.

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Swine Flu Vaccine For Everyone

Posted by wlpo on December 14, 2009

Come one, come all to a swine flu vaccine clinic today in Streator.

For the first time, the La Salle County Health Department is hosting a swine flu vaccine clinic open to everyone, not just people in “high-risk groups”.

The clinic is going on from 2 until 7 at Streator Knights of Columbus Hall on Oakley Avenue.  The clinic is walk-in only so no appointment is needed.

The vaccine is free.

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Police handled two crashes on I-80 Monday morning

Posted by wlpo on December 14, 2009

A semi crash near Princeton has the Bureau County Coroner’s office is investigating.  It happened before 9:30am Monday along Interstate 80 near the Princeton exit. 

          A person is dead, however; it’s unclear if the crash is what caused the death. 

          It was one of two accidents on I-80.  The other happened about the same time in the eastbound lanes near the Fox River Bridge near Ottawa.  Police believe it involved a car and a semi.  More on that when it’s made available.

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Man injures foot during hunting accident

Posted by wlpo on December 14, 2009

A hunting accident near Seneca has left a man hospitalized with a foot injury. 

Conservation Police say 40 year old David Fessler of Seneca was shot in the foot when a 14 year old boy’s 20 gauge shotgun accidently fired Saturday afternoon.  Police believe the gun became caught in the boy’s zipper.  It was loaded with bird shot.

Fessler was taken to Morris Hospital before being transferred to a hospital in Chicago.  His injuries weren’t considered lift threatening.

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Fire damages La Salle home

Posted by wlpo on December 14, 2009

A fire that left a house in La Salle with significant damage is under investigation.

Fire fighters were called to 628 Marquette Street just before 2:30pm Sunday.  Fire fighters say it looks like it started on an enclosed front porch.  They’re not sure what started it. 

Crews from Peru assisted.  They were on the scene for two and a half hours.

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Crash north of Sheridan kills man

Posted by wlpo on December 14, 2009

          Investigators have released his name of a man killed after a crash north of Sheridan.

42 year old Robin Jackson Junior of Sandwich was pronounced dead at the scene early Sunday morning. 

Police think he was heading south on La Salle County Highway 2 and lost control on the ice.

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Teen dead after crash along La Salle and Kendall County Line

Posted by wlpo on December 14, 2009

A teen is dead and another ticketed after a crash along the La Salle and Kendall County Line.

          Police say their car tried to pass a John Deere Endloader on East 30 Road in Mission Township Saturday morning.  Police say the endloader was turning left when it happened.

          16 year old Marina Schiltz of Newark was pronounced dead at the scene.  Two others were taken to a hospital.  Their names and conditions have yet to be released.

          18 year old Jamie Hines of Newark was given a ticket for improper passing but more charges could be possible.

          The accident remains under investigation.

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