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World War II Memorial scale model coming to La Salle

Posted by wlpo on February 8, 2011

You won’t need to visit Washington D.C. to see a version of the World War II Memorial.  The original scale model created by the monument’s architect will be on display at the La Salle VFW in April.

Elton Murphy is the Commander of the VFW Post 4668.  He says he heard about the model last October and contacted the group that keeps the model, Pillars of Honor.  After a visit to the La Salle post, the group agreed the space was large enough for a presentation.

Murphy says they want to attract World War II veterans.  WWII vets would be able to reserve seating and have their names listed in a program.

Murphy thinks the model will attract people from across the state and Wisconsin.

The model will be at the La Salle VFW post on April 2 and 3.  World War II veterans are being asked to reserve a seat by getting a form at the VFW or online.

Veterans wishing to make reservations online can visit

You can hear more by listening to an interview with Murphy.  It’s available on the news page.

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Crews respond to La Salle house fire

Posted by wlpo on February 8, 2011

A house in La Salle is a total loss after a fire ripped through it Tuesday afternoon.

La Salle Fire Chief Andy Bacidore says the blaze possibly started after a man used a torch in an attempt to thaw frozen pipes in the basement.

He says when they arrived a man was in the yard and a woman on the front porch with flames and smoke behind her.  She was helped down from the porch.  Both were taken to the hospital to be examined.

Two dogs were also in the home.  One made it out on its own while the other was removed by firefighters and needed to be revived using a special animal oxygen mask.  The dog was later taken to a veterinarian by Newstribune reporter Matt Baker.  As of Tuesday evening, the dog was recovering.

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Drug trafficking charge for California man stopped near Utica

Posted by wlpo on February 8, 2011

A police dog is getting credit for helping state troopers with a drug trafficking arrest on Interstate 80.

State Troopers stopped Jason Burns-Doak of Chico, California Monday afternoon near Utica for a traffic violation but searched his car after a police dog smelled drugs.  Police say they found nine bags of what they believe is marijuana, weighing over 98 pounds, inside.

Burns-Doak was arrested for cannabis trafficking and possession of drug paraphernalia.  He was being held in the La Salle County Jail.

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Utica House Fire Was Intentionally Set

Posted by wlpo on February 8, 2011

The person of interest in an arson investigation has been found in Lincoln County, Colorado.

Police say 26 year old Zackery Barron was found Tuesday morning following a well-being call in Limon, Colorado.  Because he was considered a missing person and possibly endangered, he’s being held overnight for a mental evaluation.

The La Salle County Sheriff’s Department had been looking for Barron.  They believe the fire that destroyed his home early Monday in rural Utica was set on purpose.

He hasn’t been charge with anything, so if he clears the mental evaluation, he’ll be released.

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Girls Behaving More Badly In Ottawa

Posted by wlpo on February 8, 2011

Teens causing trouble in Ottawa used to be a boy thing primarily.  That’s not the case anymore.

Ottawa’s Peer Jury Program handled 110 cases in 2010, 69 involving juvenile boys and 41 girls.  Before 2010, girls accounted for less than seven cases a year.  Officers think the jump has a lot to do with Wal-Mart having a loss prevention officer who makes retail theft arrests.  Most retail theft cases involve girls.

27 curfew charges were referred to Ottawa Peer Jury in 2010.  Next highest caseloads were 23 for retail theft, 19 for disorderly conduct and 12 for criminal damage to property.  The average age of the person involved with peer jury cases was 14.

The peer jury resulted in just under 2700 community service hours for young offenders in 2010.

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Wind Chill Advisory Issued

Posted by wlpo on February 8, 2011

Dangerous wind chills are settling back into the Illinois Valley.

A Wind Chill Advisory takes effect at 9 tonight and lasts until noon on Wednesday.  Shortly after sunset tonight, temperatures are expected to steadily cool.  Combine that with steady winds of 10 to 15 miles per hour, wind chill values could be as low as 20 to 25 degrees below zero.

The regular low temperature tonight could be in the area of 3 below zero.

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