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Archive for April 12th, 2011

Use proposed for dog tag money

Posted by wlpo on April 12, 2011

After collecting extra dog tag fees since last January, La Salle County officials appear ready to spend the money.

The county’s animal control committee met Monday and is leaning towards splitting the dog tag revenues between Illinois Valley Animal Rescue and Pet Project.  The idea is the two shelters would use the money to cover spaying and neutering costs of adopted cats and dogs.  There is $29,000 in the dog tag fund right now.

Committee Chairman Matt McLaughlin says he’s invited Pet Project and IVAR officials to their next meeting.  The county already gives these two shelters 15 hundred dollars a year between the two of them.

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Large Cocaine Haul In Peru

Posted by wlpo on April 12, 2011

There was a big cocaine bust yesterday afternoon on Interstate 80 in Peru.

A state trooper says he pulled over Wilmar Mesa for improper lane usage.  The trooper searched Mesa’s SUV and says he found a built on compartment in the back of the SUV which had 26 pounds of cocaine.  That’s estimated to have a street value of 230 thousand dollars.

Mesa was taken to the county jail.

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Ottawa Grad Named Among Elite Students In Country

Posted by wlpo on April 12, 2011

A sophomore at Illinois Valley Community College is an All-American scholar.

Caitlin Rinker of Grand Ridge was recognized among the top 20 community college students in the nation at a ceremony Monday in New Orleans.  Rinker was picked from 16 hundred different community college students for the All-USA Community College Academic Team.  She is the first student in IVCC history to be named to the team.

For the accomplishment, Rinker gets 25 hundred dollars and a medallion.  IVCC gets 15 thousand dollars in textbook scholarships from the award’s sponsor.

Rinker is a 2009 Ottawa High graduate and is IVCC’s Student Government Association President.  She plans to transfer to University of Illinois in the fall to major in dentistry or veterinary medicine.

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Local Bankruptcy Case Back In Court

Posted by wlpo on April 12, 2011

The bankruptcy case of Grand Bear Lodge is back in Chicago court today.

Judge Carol Doyle will decide on a motion today by resort lawyer Sara Lorber to hire accounting and tax advisers on behalf of Grand Bear Lodge.  Grand Bear has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy citing around 10 million dollars worth of debt.

The village of Utica and Advanced Asphalt in Princeton are among the groups owed money by Grand Bear according to court documents.

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Ottawa Police Track Down Woman Wanted For Heroin

Posted by wlpo on April 12, 2011

A tip to Crime Stoppers is being credited for helping Ottawa Police detectives find a woman that was wanted for retail theft and a heroin charge.

Police yesterday arrested Christina Wilkinson on the La Salle County failure to appear warrant.  Police say she had been on the run since a warrant from a possession of heroin charge was issued last July.

Police say when they found her, she had more of what they believed was heroin, gaining her another felony drug charge.  Wilkinson was taken to the La Salle County Jail.

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New Bridge Worries Spring Valley Mayor

Posted by wlpo on April 12, 2011

The Route 89 bridge over the Illinois River south of Spring Valley isn’t scheduled to be closed, demolished and replaced until 2016, but Mayor Cliff Banks is already worried about what it could mean for local businesses.

The Newstribune reports that Banks wants to ask IDOT if there’s anyway the road could be open to traffic during construction.  Plans call for the new bridge to go where the present bridge sits.

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Consumer Watchdog Group Wants To See Your Phone Bill

Posted by wlpo on April 12, 2011

Think you’re being ripped off by your telephone provider?  Find out for sure next Tuesday in La Salle.

The Citizen’s Utility Board or CUB is hosting a “phone-bill clinic” at Hometown National Bank starting at 2.  CUB launched a phone bill campaign after a report showed that Illinois callers overpay on phone bills by over a billion dollars a year.  CUB officials think they have ways to possibly cut your local and long-distance bills.

The phone bill analysis is free.

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