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Archive for June 22nd, 2011

“Memory Walk” fundraiser renamed

Posted by wlpo on June 22, 2011

Two or three laps around Baker Lake in Peru could help researchers find a way to treat Alzheimer Disease.  A fundraiser led by The Alzheimer’s Associations is planned for Sunday, August 21.  The Walk to End Alzheimer’s had been known has the Memory Walk but the name has been changed.

Terri Campion, an out reach coordinator for the Alzheimer’s Association says they’re trying to better identify what they want to do with the disease.   They’ll also have more information about the illness available.  Campion was in Peru Wednesday to announce the changes.

You can register for the walk online at  An interview about the walk is available at the AM 1220 WLPO news page.


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Alleged Drug Conspirators Indicted In La Salle County

Posted by wlpo on June 22, 2011

Three men and a woman are accused of running a drug ring in Ottawa.

Lamar “Slim” Robinson and Efrem “E” Pryor of Ottawa, Paree “B” Jones of Chicago and Diane Gedye of Ottawa are all charged with a class X felony of criminal drug conspiracy.  The four are accused of dealing heroin and cocaine in Ottawa.

Jones is also charged with six counts of delivery of a controlled substance while Pryor faces three counts.  Robinson and Gedye face one count of delivery of a controlled substance.

All four are in jail on 200 thousand dollars bond.  A criminal drug conspiracy conviction can mean up to 30 years in prison.

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Area Storm Reports

Posted by wlpo on June 22, 2011

Between 6:30 and 8 o’clock last night, Mother Nature made a mess of the Illinois valley.

The severe storms first rolled through Putnam and Bureau Counties around 6:30.  Trees were knocked down in Spring Valley, Hennepin and DePue.  One weather spotter says several power poles were knocked down and a shed was blown onto the shoulder of I-80 near the Ladd exit.  Dime size hail also was reported in Spring Valley.

As the storms moved east, a 75 mile per hour wind gust was measured in Peru.  Route 23 in Streator had 4 to 5 inches on a section of it and numerous streets in Ottawa and Marseilles were flooded.  Police and fire in Marseilles actually evacuated a group of elderly people who were staying in an apartment complex being overrun by water.

Despite a tornado warning prompted by Streator Police, the National Weather Service isn’t confirming any tornadoes during last night’s storms.

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Plank Road reopens following cement truck rollover

Posted by wlpo on June 22, 2011

A soft shoulder made it hard for Mertel Cement employees to pour the entrance to a driveway off of Plank Road in Peru.  Police say a cement truck rolled over after sliding down a ditch.

It happened at about 8:45am Wednesday.  Police say another truck tried to pull the cement truck out with a rope but the rope broke and the cement truck slid and rollover over.  The man driving the cement truck was trapped inside and had to be helped out by Peru Firefighters.

He was taken to Illinois Valley Community Hospital.  Police weren’t sure if he was injured or if he was taken there as a precaution.

While this was happening, a portion of Plank Road was closed to traffic until 11:30am.

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