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Archive for June 12th, 2010

Garage fire leaves La Salle home with smoke damage

Posted by wlpo on June 12, 2010

A garage fire in the Golf View subdivision has left a home with heavy smoke damage.  La Salle fire took the call at about 4:19am Saturday .  They say an attached garage was on fire.  People were home, but they made it out safely.

Utica and Peru fire departments provided mutual aid.  Crews were on the scene for about two hours.  They’re investigating the cause.

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Flash flood watch issued after storms

Posted by wlpo on June 12, 2010

Heavy rainfall has prompted a flash flood watch for a portion of Illinois, including Putnam and Bureau Counties.

The National Weather Service says the watch is in place through Sunday morning.  They say the area has already received a couple of inches of rain and one to three more inches could fall Saturday.

The severe storm that’s made its way through Bureau and La Salle Counties Saturday morning left several communities without power.

Numerous outages were in the Sheffield and Manlius area in western Bureau County.  There are reports of power lines and tree branches down.

Power was also out for at least a part of Mendota.

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Meth lab convictions gets man 30 months probation

Posted by wlpo on June 12, 2010

The last of three men arrested in Oglesby for having a mobile meth lab has been sentenced.

Adam Holman of Arlington pled guilty to the drug charge and received 30 months probation.  He was arrested in early February along with Steven Morris and Timothy Besix of Marion for driving around with an active meth lab.

Besix was also given 30 months probation while Morris was sentenced to four years in prison because of a prior criminal record and police say he played the largest role with the meth lab.

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10 years in prison for Massachusetts man

Posted by wlpo on June 12, 2010

A Massachusetts man is headed to prison for hauling over 100 pounds of pot through the Illinois Valley.

Through an interpreter, 40 year old Hung The Truong agreed to a 10-year prison sentence.  He was pulled over on Route 251 in Peru back in February for allegedly failing to signal.  After smelling what was supposedly cannabis, police searched Truong’s U-Haul and found over 90 packages of marijuana weighing 102 pounds.

The marijuana was reportedly found in a hide-a-bed couch and box spring mattress.  It has an estimated street value of over $513,000.

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Disc golf course ready at IVCC

Posted by wlpo on June 12, 2010

Fans of disc golf have another place to play.  A course is up and ready at Illinois Valley Community College.

The nine-basket course is near the men’s baseball field.  There are two T-offs for each basket.

The Student Government Association paid about $3,000 for the baskets.  Developers are also hoping to get support from the IVCC Foundation.

IVCC instructor and course developer Wes Black thinks eventually the college could have a disc golf club and local tournaments.  Discs are on sale at the IVCC Bookstore. The course is open to everyone.

There are disc golf courses in Princeton and Ottawa.

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