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I-80 traffic stop leads to felony drug charge

Posted by wlpo on August 30, 2010

Baggies of cocaine and marijuana are what police think they found after a traffic stop on Interstate 80.

Keith Perkins of Summit and Timothy Canady of Davenport, Iowa were stopped for speeding Friday near La Salle.  Troopers say they searched the car after smelling marijuana.

They say they found a baggie of marijuana in Canady’s pocket and a baggie with cocaine in the glove box.

Both were arrested for possession of a controlled substance.  They were taken to the La Salle County Jail.

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Woman arrested for forged prescription

Posted by wlpo on August 30, 2010

Try to have a forged prescription filled and you could be left facing a couple of serious charges.

Police called to HyVee in Peru Saturday arrested Julie Mitchell of La Salle for possession of a controlled substance and forgery.  She’s accused of having a forged prescription.  She was taken to the La Salle County Jail.

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Rt 71 resurfacing begins Tuesday

Posted by wlpo on August 30, 2010

Taking Route 71 between Ottawa and Utica will require a bit of patience starting Tuesday.

Crews will begin a resurfacing project that will span from Route 178 to Route 23, covering over 10 miles of road.

The job is being done by Len Trovero Construction of La Salle for $2.5 million .  It’s expected to be completed by December.

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Dog tag fees expected to increase in Spring Valley

Posted by wlpo on August 30, 2010

If you’re a dog owner in Spring Valley, be prepared to pay a more for a dog tag.

The city council is considering a raise in rates because what they’re currently making doesn’t cover the cost of dealing with unlicensed dogs.  They could approve an increase at tonight’s council meeting.  They’ll also consider an ordinance dealing with water loss.  They meet at 7pm.

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Peru to discuss $12.7 million sewer project

Posted by wlpo on August 30, 2010

Every town is required by the EPA to come up with a plan to prevent sewage overflow from going untreated.  In Peru, they’re choosing a plan that will cost them $12.7 million.

The council Monday night could approve allowing Chamlin and Associates to submit plans to the IEPA.  The plan is to continue separating sanitary and storm sewers piece by piece.  Officials think it is the best of three plans, one of which involved building large storage tanks.

The council meets at 7:30pm.

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Fire spreads to tree in Spring Valley

Posted by wlpo on August 30, 2010

As the weather begins to change, you’ll see more people burning yard waste.  Be careful.

Fire fighters in Spring Valley were called Sunday to a home in the 500 block of Richard Mautino Drive for a tree that was on fire.

A person was burning old branches when the remainder of the tree caught fire.  Fire Chief Steve Scheri says they were able to save a child’s playground equipment.

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Young boy hurt at Indiana race

Posted by wlpo on August 29, 2010

Officials say a 13-year-old motorcycle rider has sustained “traumatic injuries” after crashing during a warmup lap for a race at Indianapolis. The boy from Vancouver, Wash., appeared to be run over by another rider after falling off his bike.

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Illinois government corruption

Posted by wlpo on August 29, 2010

Is there something about Illinois that encourages governors to go bad? Two men in a row, from rival parties, of separate generations and from different areas of the state have been convicted of felonies. A jury convicted Rod Blagojevich of lying to federal investigators, while his predecessor George Ryan is in prison for corruption. Experts say they had two main things in common: access to a river of political money and voters who put them in office despite questions about their honesty. New laws restricting political donations are in place. But one observer says too many people in Illinois accept a certain level of corruption. Brad McMillan is executive director of Bradley University’s Institute for Principled Leadership in Public Service. He says voters need to change their ways, too.

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Wounded Warriors in Marseilles Sunday

Posted by wlpo on August 29, 2010

Hundreds of motorcycles will roar into Marseilles Sunday afternoon. The Florida-based organization called Wounded Warriors Project will have its 2nd Annual Wounded Warrior Motorcycle Run featuring 700 riders. The run this year leaves from New Lenox at noon and arrives at the Middle East Conflict Memorial Wall in Marseilles at one. There will be a ceremony at the wall that’ll include speakers and a 21-gun salute. The bikers will then head back to New Lenox for food and entertainment. Proceeds from the run to Marseilles are benefiting the Wounded Warriors Project which helps wounded vets get reacclimated to civilian society.

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Plainfield Tornado victims remembered

Posted by wlpo on August 29, 2010

Residents and officials in Plainfield are planting 29 trees as a tribute to the victims of an August 1990 tornado. The deadly storm killed 29 people in the northern Illinois village and injured more than 300. More than 1,000 buildings were damaged or destroyed.

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