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Archive for December, 2009

Aggravated battery and other charges for Ottawa man

Posted by wlpo on December 29, 2009

Typically if something bits your finger it’s a small animal like a hamster, not a 38 year old man.  But that’s allegedly what happened at a home Monday night in La Salle County.

          Police say Tyson Rogers of Ottawa went to a man’s home, punched him, shoved him and bit his finger.  Tyson was arrested for aggravated battery, trespassing and no valid drivers license.  He was taken to the La Salle County Jail.

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La Salle staying local with wastewater plant bid

Posted by wlpo on December 29, 2009

Normally when a city bids out a project, they open it up to anyone interested.  But that’s not how the La Salle City Council has chosen to bid out a job involving the wastewater treatment plant.

          The city council decided Monday night to limit bidding between local companies J.B. Contracting and Machinery Maintenance. 

          Before voting on it, alderman George Green said they had great work done by them in the past.

          Mayor Jeff Grove said it shows they’re dedicated to supporting the local workforce.

          The project is being paid for using federal Recovery Zone Bonds.  The city has up to $698,000.  The federal government will reimburse the city for up to 45% of the interest.

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Christmas Even ambulance call leads to an arrest

Posted by wlpo on December 28, 2009

It was a not-so silent night at a home in Spring Valley on Christmas Eve.  A man faces aggravated battery and obstructing charges after police say he kicked and bit a cop. 

An ambulance was called to Eduardo Ramos’s home Thursday night.  Police were called to help.  Police say Ramos lashed out at an officer, kicking and biting his leg.

Ramos was taken to St. Margaret’s Hospital and was arrested after being released for the next morning.

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Crash leaves two with minor injuries

Posted by wlpo on December 28, 2009

Minor injuries after a crash on Route 18.  Police say a woman lost control on the ice and hit a tree. 

          It happened Sunday afternoon a couple of miles east of Route 251.  Ellen Grenning of Buffalo Grove and Benjamin Kopel of Fox Lake were taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in Streator for treatment.

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Garbage pickup affected by snowfall

Posted by wlpo on December 26, 2009

Garbage service for Illinois Valley Waste Services is running two days behind Monday morning.  Bad road conditions had them pulling their trucks Saturday.  If your service was missed or you normally are picked up today, leave your garbage out.

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Chimney fire damages Princeton home

Posted by wlpo on December 26, 2009

Before you light up the fireplace, make sure your chimney is in good shape.  It’ll be worth what you’re paying.

          A chimney fire during the early morning hours Saturday has caused an estimated $50,000 in damage to a home in Princeton.

          Princeton Fire Chief John Petraikus says when they arrived just before four this morning a neighbor had put out the fire on the outside of the home, but there was still smoke inside.

          After detecting intense heat near the chimney box, fire fighters had to cut away the exterior of the home to put the fire out.

          They were there for an hour and a half.

          It was the second chimney fire this month in Princeton.

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Dangerous driving conditions keeping police busy

Posted by wlpo on December 26, 2009

Roads conditions are slowly improving after hours of plowing.  Driving remains dangerous Saturday afternoon. 

IDOT reports that I-80 and I-39 are patchy with ice and snow.  Secondary roads are also considered patchy. 

Police and tow trucks have been busy with accidents.  Most of them have been minor without injuries, but La Salle Police handled a more serious crash this morning on Route 6.

Slow down and be careful.

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Flood warnings remain for Illinois, Fox, and Vermilion

Posted by wlpo on December 25, 2009

          All of that rain and snow has to go somewhere.  Many rivers are swollen prompting flood warnings. 

The Illinois River is a couple of feet over flood stage at La Salle.  Minor flooding is forecast.  It’s expected to crest Sunday evening. 

There’s a flood warning for the Fox River at Dayton.  It was just over flood stage Saturday morning. It’s predicted to fall below flood stage Saturday afternoon. 

          There’s minor flooding near Leonore thanks to the Vermilion River.  A flood warning has been issued for that area.  The Vermilion is expected to fall below flood stage Sunday evening.

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Mendota Warming Center

Posted by wlpo on December 24, 2009

The Mendota Civic Center remains a warming shelter for anyone without power in the area.

According to the Mendota PD, some areas in and around Mendota aren’t expected to have power restored until today at some point.

Anyone without transportation can call 539-9331.  Officers also say due to the heavy volume of emergency calls please don’t call 911 unless you have an actual emergency.

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Alleged Cockfighters Visit Court

Posted by wlpo on December 24, 2009

Ten men charged in an alleged Earlville cockfighting ring were in La Salle County Court Friday.

Rudolfo Villaneuva of Earlville allegedly owns the barn off I-39 that was raided by 50 police officers this past Saturday.  He and nine others are charged with the class 4 felony of animal fighting for entertainment.  Investigators think the group had been betting on cockfights for up to five years, possibly using some of the gambling money for drugs and gun trading.

All ten had initial court appearances today and were given public defenders.  All of the men needed interpreters.

The whole group has posted bond and are currently out of jail.

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