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Archive for October 1st, 2010

Child Porn Charges For Two Area Men

Posted by wlpo on October 1, 2010

Two men from the Illinois Valley are the latest arrests made in a crackdown on child pornography by Attorney General Lisa Madigan.

Lance Greathouse of Peru and Wade Coop of La Salle were arrested yesterday on child porn charges.  Greathouse faces two counts of aggravated child pornography and two counts of child pornography.  His bond was set at 35 thousand dollars.

Coop is charged with two counts of aggravated child pornography, unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, manufacturing cannabis and possession of cannabis.  His bond was set at 100 thousand dollars.

Greathouse and Coop are the eight and ninth arrests by the state since a child porn initiative was announced last month.

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Waltham Bomb Threat Suspect To Be Mentally Evaluated

Posted by wlpo on October 1, 2010

The student who allegedly made a bomb threat at Waltham Elementary School is still at the La Salle County Detention Home.

The 13-year old was in La Salle County Court yesterday where Judge William Ballestri ordered him kept in the detention home until a mental evaluation could be done.  The teen’s lawyer Ed Kuleck argued for the boy to be released to his parents.

The boy was arrested Wednesday for disorderly conduct after allegedly telling a teacher’s aide at Waltham North that he was going to blow up the school.  The school wasn’t evacuated but was searched by sheriff’s deputies the next morning.

La Salle County Sheriff Tom Templeton says students and staff were not in danger.

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Area Teens Remain Hospitalized After Crash

Posted by wlpo on October 1, 2010

Two local teenagers remain hospitalized after a two car crash Monday afternoon near Troy Grove.

Victoria Hamiel of La Salle is in critical condition while Hannah Munson of Waltham is in good condition at Rockford Memorial Hospital.  The teens were taken there after a crash at the intersection of Route 52 and East 8th Road.

Police say a 16 year old girl from rural Utica was heading south, stopped at the stop sign and was hit by Michael Jones of Joliet who was heading east on Route 52.  The 16 year old was treated and released at Mendota Community Hospital while her two passengers, Munson and Hamiel ended up at Rockford.

Jones and a woman with him, Susan Jones, were taken to Ottawa Regional Hospital.

No tickets were issued.

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81 year old man arrested for stolen vehicle

Posted by wlpo on October 1, 2010

A stolen vehicle charge for an 81 year old man from Chicago arrested at Flying J in La Salle.

Police were at the truck stop early Friday morning arresting Trou Burke.  He was wanted on warrants out of Bond and Shelby Counties and was hit with a charge for unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle.

Burke was taken to the La Salle County Jail.

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Road work continues in La Salle

Posted by wlpo on October 1, 2010

Bucklin Avenue in La Salle has been undergoing a lot of work but the end is in site.  Some other streets on the north end of town are also being resurfaced.

Starting Monday, crews will be milling on 11th Street starting at Creve Coeur and east to Bucklin.  They’ll also be working on Bucklin between Maple and O’Coner and on Crosat from 11th to O’Coner.

Work on Bucklin should be completed in the next two weeks.

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October brings deer hunting season

Posted by wlpo on October 1, 2010

Hunters are getting more time this year to kill deer at Catlin Park outside of Ottawa.

You won’t be allowed to hike at Catlin Park on Mondays through Thursdays in October to try and attract more bow hunters to handle the deer overpopulation.

Hunters also can now kill one antlered deer in the park for each non-antlered one that is killed.  Before, hunting at Catlin Park was only antlerless deer.

Another change for the upcoming season is that hunters 14 to 17 years old can hunt with a parent or guardian who is a registered hunter.

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Harvest Fest creates plenty of things to do in Oglesby

Posted by wlpo on October 1, 2010

There’s wall-to-wall activities going on Saturday at Oglesby’s 2nd Annual Harvest Fest.

Things start at noon with the Oglesby Bluegrass Festival in Lehigh Park and Harvest Fest’s Marketplace featuring 20 vendors across from city hall.  Starting up at 2pm is a Kiddie Tractor Pull and a performance by The Alicia Hamilton Orchestra.  Harvest Fest’s version of the Amazing Race starts at 3pm with the Scarecrow Scramble.  Teams of two will compete for cash prizes in series of challenges throughout town.

Evening activities include a petting zoo, children’s crafts, refreshments and storytellers.

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