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Arrest made in La Salle robbery

Posted by wlpo on February 25, 2010

A couple of days after a robbery outside of the La Salle Dollar General, one of the men police say was involved faces a felony charge, but no charges for the other one.

          The robbery happened Wednesday afternoon outside of the store.  Police say they didn’t use weapons but implied a threat.  Police aired a description of the people involved and a possible car over the police radio.  About two hours later, Spring Valley Police had stopped a pair matching the description.

          One of them, Johnny Lee Williams of Glenwood was arrested for robbery.  The other person hasn’t been charge.

          Police say Williams was apparently in the area working for company out of Cicero.

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Four Hurt After Crash Near Lostant

Posted by wlpo on February 25, 2010

Four people were taken to the hospital after a crash late yesterday afternoon near Lostant.

Sheriff’s deputies say Anthony Rhodes of Streator was on Route 18 when he lost control on the ice.  He hit Amy Spears of Streator and then when on to also hit John Spealman of Wataga.

Rhodes, Spears and 10 and 5 year old passengers of Spears were all taken to St. Mary’s Hospital.  No tickets were issued.

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Leland Woman Hurt In Crash

Posted by wlpo on February 25, 2010

The ice is being blamed for a rollover crash last evening near Leland.

Investigators say Tammy Michael of Leland was on East 1950th Road when she lost control on the icy road.  Her car went into a ditch and rolled over.

Michael was taken to Sandwich Hospital.

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Several Schools Make Honor Roll

Posted by wlpo on February 25, 2010

Fifteen area schools have made the “state honor roll”.

Kennedy Elementary in Spring Valley, Henry-Senachwine and Amboy High Schools made the honor roll under the Academic Improvements Award category.  Schools in this list made substantial gains in academic performance over the last several years.

Deer Park and Wallace Elementary in Ottawa, James Wood Elementary in Somonauk, Lisbon Grade School in Newark and Tonica Grade School all made the honor roll for Academic Excellence Awards.  These schools maintained very high academic performance over at least three years.

The final honor roll award category is Illinois Spotlight Schools.  These are high-poverty schools where high academic performance is said to be closing the “achievement gap”.  Local schools on this list include: Lincoln Jr High in La Salle; Centennial and Oak Park Elementary in Streator; Jefferson Elementary in Ottawa; Lincoln Elementary in Mendota; and Leepertown Elementary in Bureau.

Northern Illinois University in 2003 started up a state honor roll list to recognize schools for having No Child Left Behind success.

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Proposed TIF receives opposistion

Posted by wlpo on February 25, 2010

A plan to create a commercial TIF district north of Interstate 80 in Peru is meeting resistance from many of the taxing bodies that would be affected.  A joint review panel recently voted 6 to2 against recommending the TIF for approval.
The main complaint is the inclusion of a recently built Holiday Inn and Suites.  Opponents say they’ll loose property tax they would otherwise receive if the hotel is included.
Also included in the TIF would be several old motels, two old truck stops, and some undeveloped areas.
The joint review panel will re-examine the TIF next month.

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Peru council considers airport managment agreement

Posted by wlpo on February 25, 2010

Fuel sales and hangar rentals are at the center of a discussion on changes at the Illinois Valley Regional Airport.  The city council is poised to vote on a management agreement with Midwest Avtech regarding the city-owned airport.
Alderman Joe Mikyska is the chairman of the airport committee.  He says the agreement reflects the change in management that took place in August.  At that time, Chuck Studer became the manager after Donna Merenda with the city’s public works department was moved to another building.
Since August, Midwest Avtech has been responsible for paying airport employees, fuel sales and some repairs.
Some city council members were surprised to hear the city no longer makes money from the sale of fuel and also from the rental of the corporate and maintenance hangars.
Mikyska argued during Wednesdayt night’s informal council meeting the arrangement saves the city over $32,000.
The agreement would be good until the city decides to cancel it, which would require a three day notice.  It will be voted on during Monday’s regular council meeting.

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Robbery In Downtown La Salle

Posted by wlpo on February 24, 2010

Police are looking for two black men suspected of a robbery outside Dollar General.

The robbery was reported just after two o’clock this afternoon.  The men allegedly got away with around 400 dollars.

Both suspects are said to be medium build.  One was wearing a blue jacket with dark pants, the other a tan jacket and slacks.

More details as they become available.

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Edible car contest rolls through IVCC cafeteria

Posted by wlpo on February 24, 2010

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Students would usually be scolded for throwing their food, but that wasn’t the case at Illinois Valley Community College.  The 5th Annual Edible Car Contest was held at lunchtime Wednesday in the college’s cafeteria.

Teams competed with cars made out of a variety of foods including cucumbers, carrots, cookies and gummy bears. Not every car made it to the finish line.  A few dove off the track onto the floor.

Judges gave out prizes for speed, car design and nutritional value. A few Hall High School students participated along side the IVCC students.

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DePue Student Wins Spelling Bee

Posted by wlpo on February 24, 2010

A new spelling bee champ has been crowned in Bureau County.

DePue Junior High School 7th grader Jake Quesse won the spelling bee crown yesterday by correctly spelling “necessary” and “predicate”.  Luke Lee-Brown finished in 2nd place.  He’s from Ladd.

With the win, Quesse advances to the Journal Star Grand Final Spelling Bee March 19th in Peoria.  He’s eligible to defend his title next year being only a 7th grader.

Twenty-four students from a dozen schools competed in yesterday’s spelling bee.

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Soldier honored at reception

Posted by wlpo on February 24, 2010

Soldiers serving in Afghanistan put their lives on line.

Army Specialist Seth Holmes was one of four soldiers in a truck that was attacked using an improvised explosive device last May.  The explosion left him with a traumatic brain injury that affects his memory.  Holmes also says he went through five months of physical therapy for a shoulder injury.  Holmes was surrounded by family, friends, and area veterans during a reception in his honor at Delany’s Family Restaurant in Oglesby yesterday evening.

Holmes says his mother Cindy Mussari and his wife Jamie Holmes organized the dinner that featured cake and patriotic balloons.  Holmes says he remains with a warrior transition unit at Fort Drum, New York, but due to his injuries he’ll be leaving the army and attending college.

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