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Area fire departments and rescuers respond to mock tornado in La Salle

Posted by wlpo on April 22, 2010

More from the drill in La Salle. – More from the drill in La Salle.

         A tornado cuts a swath across La Salle, leaving a school a pile of rubble with children and sports spectators inside.  It didn’t really happened, but that was the scenario created for an emergency response drill in La Salle Thursday evening.

          Fire fighters, police, and other responders were being tested and trained to handle multiple serious situations.

          They pretended that Trinity Catholic Academy had collapsed with about 50 people inside, 15 trapped.  At the same time, they handled a crash between a car and semi that caused dangerous hydrochloric acid to spill.

          Fire crews from Utica, Troy Grove, Oglesby and other communities soon began gathering near Eureka Savings Bank while the ESDA commander center parked near the old post office.  Paramedics treated children being carried out of the school.

          Meanwhile, a hazmat crew cleaned up chemical spill.

          The drill included how they would handle reporters and people wanting information.  Aldermen Diz Demes and John Lavieri acted as the information officers, keeping reporters updated.

          In all, about 20 kids acted as the injured and hundreds of rescue workers participated.  Sarah Stasik from the local Red Cross chapter was there coordinating the opening of an emergency shelter at LP High School.

          It was only a drill.

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Posted by wlpo on April 22, 2010

Still at the emergency responce drill – Still at the emergency responce drill

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Posted by wlpo on April 22, 2010

Drill in La Salle – Drill in La Salle

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La Salle Fire performs emergency response exercise

Posted by wlpo on April 22, 2010

          Don’t be alarmed if you see a fire truck or cop car go whizzing by in La Salle, it’s probably part of a drill.

          The La Salle Fired Department is holding a mock emergency response practice Thursday evening.  It will involve a hazmat crew.  It’s expected to take a couple of hours.

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Miller Group Charitable Trust contributes 154 thousand dollars to YMCA

Posted by wlpo on April 22, 2010

New exercise equipment and new programs are in the works for the Illinois Valley YMCA. 

A 154 thousand dollar contribution from the Miller Group Charitable Trust is being put towards a variety projects. 

YMCA CEO Dave Potthoff says 70 thousand dollars is being put towards landscaping and beautification work, 60 thousand dollars is going towards new cardio and weight equipment, and 25 thousand dollars will help them develop new programs and support memberships.

Potthoff says the Miller Group Charitable Trust has helped make the Illinois Valley YMCA one of the most beautiful and popular in the Midwest.

Potthoff says you’ll notice the new equipment in the Wellness Center next month while other projects will continue throughout the summer. 

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Ottawa High School Parent Institute this Saturday

Posted by wlpo on April 22, 2010

Social networking sites are some of the more popular sites on the internet. Unfortunately, these sites can be prime real estate for child predators.

Ottawa High School is giving an hour and a half long High School Parent Instute Saturday to inform parents about things like social networking sites and cyberbullying.

The event starts Saturday morning at 10:20 and it will be in three half hour blocks. Faculty will be available for questions after the seminars, and a survey will be given to parents asking them what they thought of it, and what they’d like to talk about in future Parent Institutes

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Hall Saying Bye To NCIC

Posted by wlpo on April 22, 2010

Add Hall High School to the list of schools leaving the N-C-I-C when it comes to football.  The school board decided last night to join the West Central Conference for football only.

Next year, NCIC will have only five football teams.  But the conference change will have Hall making some long drives to schools like Warsaw, Pittsfield and Camp Point Central.

The vote to join the new conference passed five to one with one board member not there and Board president Todd Fanning voting no.  He says he can’t see people coming to see Hall play Carthage and thinks the transportation costs will be too expensive.

Superintendent Mike Struna says they sent inquiries to other conferences, including the Three Rivers Conference, which includes Marquette High School in Ottawa, St. Bede, Ottawa Township and Bureau Valley, but were told that conference would not be expanding.

Thanks to the Newstribune for information in this story.

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Murder Suspects Stopped In Peru

Posted by wlpo on April 22, 2010

A suspicious car at the Peru Walmart Super Center has lead police in Indiana to a murder.  Suspected in the killing are three boys, the oldest 15 years old.

Peru Police Chief Doug Bernabei says they were called to Walmart early yesterday morning.  Based on information gathered, Bernabei says his department called the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Office in Warsaw, Indiana to do a welfare check.  Investigators there then found 49 year old Phillip Danner dead in his home in Cromwell, Indiana.  Cromwell is northwest of Fort Wayne.

The three boys suspected in Danner’s murder were held at the Peru Police Department until about 2:30 yesterday afternoon, when Indiana investigators arrived by plane to take them back.  The car was also towed back to Indiana.

Bernabei says the boys randomly stopped off in Peru and have no local ties.

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