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Fox Running Around In Peru

Posted by wlpo on June 15, 2011

There’s apparently a fox problem in Peru.

Alderman Rodney Perez says a few people have reported seeing a fox around the Peru Public Library in the recent weeks.  Perez actually had a picture of a fox near Shooting Park Road in broad daylight.  Alderman Tony Ferrari thinks there could be a den behind the library.

Perez says he was told animal control can’t do anything about the wild animal.  His advice is to keep garbage cans closed and small dogs and cats inside.

Perez says he hasn’t heard of the fox attacking any pets.

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Firefighters called to LCN in Princeton

Posted by wlpo on June 15, 2011

A fire at LCN Door Closures in Princeton is under investigation.

Princeton firefighters were called to the north side business just before four Wednesday afternoon after a fire alarm went off.  When they saw smoke on the outside of the building, Princeton crews called for assistance.

Firefighters dealt with heavy smoke on the inside of the building.  They eventually found the fire was in a furnace.  They put the furnace fire out in about five minutes and kept it from spreading anywhere else.

Workers at LCN were evacuated during the fire.  No one was injured.

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Eiten chosen to be a circuit judge

Posted by wlpo on June 15, 2011

The Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Court will soon have a new associate judge.  Attorney Karen Eiten has been chosen to fill a vacancy created with the retirement of Judge William Balestri.

Eiten most recently worked with the law firm of Herbolsheimer, Lannon, Henson, Duncan, and Reagan, P.C.

She’ll be sworn in by Chief Judge H. Chris Ryan at 1pm July 5, at the La Salle County Courthouse.

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Parolee faces new drug charges

Posted by wlpo on June 15, 2011

New drug charges for a man on parole for a drug conviction.  Ottawa Police investigators and parole agents arrested Drake Vanduzer of Ottawa Wednesday.

Police say Vanduzer twice delivered jewelers bags containing heroin to someone with investigators.  He’s currently on parole for residential burglary and possession of a controlled substance convictions.

He was taken to the La Salle County Jail with his bond set at $75,000.

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Ill. lawmakers returning to work, but to do what?

Posted by wlpo on June 15, 2011

CHICAGO (AP) – Top officials have decided to call lawmakers into special session next week, even without a plan for resolving the dispute over state spending and construction.

The session is scheduled for next Wednesday. The governor and legislative leaders agreed to it during a meeting Tuesday afternoon in Chicago.

The session is supposed to consider a bill granting routine permission to spend money on construction projects, such as highway improvements. Without that permission, officials say they’ll have to shut down all construction before July 1.

But Senate Democrats added $430 million in other types of spending to the bill during the spring legislative session. The House refused to go along.

Now the bill is stuck in legislative limbo.


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United Way prepares for children’s book give-away

Posted by wlpo on June 15, 2011

Volunteers in La Salle were moving a collection of children’s books from the Kaskaskia Hotel to the United Way Office in preparation of a book give-away.

Over 3,000 books, new and used have been donated.  All area children are invited to visit the United Way office Saturday from 9am-2pm to pick out two free books.

Tuesday is the nationwide Day of Action.  The United Way will have a woman reading stories at Hegeler Park and other activities for children.  Any extra books will be distributed at the event.

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Spring Valley Man Facing Most Serious Drug Charge

Posted by wlpo on June 15, 2011

A man from Spring Valley could get 30 years in prison after being indicted on a felony drug charge.

Alejandro Arteaga is charged with a class X felony of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance.  He was arrested last month for allegedly delivering over 15 grams of cocaine to a TRIDENT investigator in rural Bureau County.  His bond is a million dollars.

Arteaga was already facing drug charges in La Salle County after being arrested in last year’s drug bust involving the western clothing store in downtown Peru.

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Ottawa Tradition Returns For Another Year

Posted by wlpo on June 15, 2011

Antique cars and trucks will fill downtown Ottawa this Friday night.

The 13th annual Cruise Night happens from 6 until 10.  Each entrant will pay five dollars with the proceeds going to a local charity.  Dash plaques will be handed out to the first 300 entries.  Best in show awards will also be given out.

Listen to 96.5 the Wolf for live reports from the Ottawa Cruise Night starting at 6.

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No Clues Into Blagojevich Verdict Timeline

Posted by wlpo on June 15, 2011

CHICAGO (AP) – Jurors at the corruption retrial of  Rod Blagojevich are set to resume deliberating.

Wednesday’s the fourth day of deliberations for the 11 women and one man. Jurors sent their first note to the presiding judge Tuesday. Itoffered no clear clues about whether the jury is close to a verdict. The note said jurors had different numbers of pages in one transcript of an FBI wiretap recording.

The jurors stopped reading when they realized the discrepancy. The judge said the extra pages some jurors had shouldn’t have been in the binders and ordered they be collected.

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