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Archive for June 16th, 2011

Popular Reality Show Looking For Local Models

Posted by wlpo on June 16, 2011

If you have aspirations to be a model, stop by Bridal Elegance in Ottawa tomorrow.

Representatives of the television show “America’s Top Model” are hosting a casting call at Bridal Elegance from noon until 4.  The Ottawa casting call is one of 17 across the country.

To try out, you must be a woman between the ages of 18 to 27, be at least 5’7 and be in excellent physical and mental health.  Some of the more unusual requirements to make the reality show include not being a candidate for public office and having to be okay with being photographed or videotaped while clothed, partially clothed or naked.

Models chosen for the next season of “America’s Top Model” will live in a home or loft with up to 14 other women this October and November.

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Two men arrested for drug conspiracy and other charges

Posted by wlpo on June 16, 2011

An investigation into a local drug ring had police crossing county lines, but they say they’ve found who they wanted.

Ottawa Narcotics investigators worked with Spring Valley Police officers to find Efrem Pryor of Streator and Lamar Robinson of Ottawa.  Police say they found them Thursday hiding in a house in outside of DePue.

Police say Pryor jumped out of a window in an effort to escape but was quickly caught.  They found Robinson hiding in a bedroom.

Both face one count of criminal drug conspiracy.  Pryor faces three counts of delivery of a controlled substance while Robinson has been charged with one count of delivery of a controlled substance. Both were being held in the La Salle County Jail with their bonds set at $200,000.

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Youth Service Bureau to take on Catholic Charities cases

Posted by wlpo on June 16, 2011

Foster care services in the Rockford will soon be overseen by the same agency that looks over 1200 cases in La Salle and Bureau Counties.

Youth Service Bureau of the Illinois Valley will take the cases currently being handled by Catholic Charities, Diocese of Rockford.  The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services announced the changes Thursday.

Nan Butler is the Development Director for YSB.  She says it’s big undertaking thought the families shouldn’t experience any changes.

Catholic Charities is ending their adoption and foster services because they don’t want to comply with the state law that allows same-sex couples and unmarried opposite couples to have a civil union.

Butler says on July 1 the 58 caseworkers for Catholic Charities will become employees of Youth Service Bureau.


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Congressman Kinzinger to meet with Ottawa chamber members

Posted by wlpo on June 16, 2011

Congressman Adam Kinzinger wants to talk with business leaders in Ottawa.

The republican is hosting a roundtable discussion with Ottawa Chamber of Commerce at 10:30am Friday at Ottawa Regional Hospital.  Kinzinger is interested in hearing chamber member ideas to create economic certainty.

The roundtable is only open to chamber members.

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West Nile Virus found in La Salle County birds

Posted by wlpo on June 16, 2011

A dead crow in La Salle and another dead bird in Sandwich apparently died due to West Nile Virus.  They mark the first two bird cases of virus in Illinois this year.  They were collected last Wednesday.

West Nile virus is spread by mosquitoes that have gotten the virus from feeding on infected birds.  People and other animals catch the virus after being bitten by infected mosquitoes.

You can protect yourself from the virus by wearing insect repellant, long pants and sleeves and staying inside when mosquitoes are most active.

The La Salle County Health Department wants to know about crows, blue jays, robins and perching birds that seemed to have died of natural causes.  They would also like to know about potential mosquito breeding sites.

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Relay For Life Changing Venue

Posted by wlpo on June 16, 2011

Organizers with this year’s Relay for Life of La Salle County aren’t taking any chances with the weather.

Because of showers and storms in Friday’s forecast, the relay has been moved indoors to Streator High School.  The relay was supposed to be at Streator City Park.

Opening ceremonies begin Friday night at 6.  Jaimie London will broadcast from the relay starting at 4 on 96.5 the Wolf.

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Blagojevich Jury Back To Work

Posted by wlpo on June 16, 2011

CHICAGO (AP) – Jurors are again going through the evidence at Rod Blagojevich’s corruption retrial.

Today’s their fifth day deliberating in a jury room at downtown Chicago’s Dirksen Federal Building. There’s no clear indication how discussions are going or whether there could be tension between the panelists over a verdict.

The jury’s comprised of 11 women and one man. They include a pensions administrator, a dental office worker
and a distribution company employee. There’s a woman who does triathlons in her spare time and someone who indicated during jury selection she loved classical music.

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Peru Powerhouse Demolition Lagging Behind

Posted by wlpo on June 16, 2011

Work on demolishing the old electric powerhouse in Peru has screeched to a halt.

The company hired to remove asbestos from the plant left the job two weeks ago because they didn’t receive their payment from the contractor A-Unified out of Cincinnati.  Electric Supervisor Jim Potthoff says they should get paid and be back on the job tomorrow or Monday.

Attorney Doug Schweickert says A-Unified is “not a financially responsible contractor” and wants the council to meet in closed session Monday night to evaluate alternatives in case the contractor pulls out.  The council is also concerned that the contractor hasn’t blocked off public access to powerhouse.  Alderman Dave Potthoff also wants to talk about water loss the city had when demolition crews cut a water line on Water Street.

The powerhouse was built in 1890 and features the red-lighted sign of “PERU”.

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