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Seven appointed to Ottawa Port District Board of Directors

Posted by wlpo on October 11, 2011

Economic development is a popular phrase in Ottawa.  One of the more recent attempts at economic development is the Ottawa Port District.  The district will be able to use bonds to pay for projects if the voters say it’s okay.  And before that the newly appointed board of directors needs to meet.

The board consists of seven people chosen by Governor Pat Quinn and Mayor Bob Eschbach.  They include Thomas Haeberle, Eric Miskell, Charles Sheridan, Katie Troccoli, Keith Conrad, William Franklin Sr, and John Stone.

The district will not be considered operational until they hold an organizational meeting.

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Three arrested for home invasion in Streator

Posted by wlpo on October 11, 2011

Home is supposed to be a safe place but police say it wasn’t for a couple of people in Streator.  Three people have been arrested for home invasion.

Investigators say Brad Fullmer, Daniel Solano and Leah Winstead of Streator went to a home in the 100 Block of Morrell Street last Wednesday and went after two people inside.

The three were arrested and taken to the La Salle County Jail a few days later.

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Large Pot Bust Near Spring Valley

Posted by wlpo on October 11, 2011

Serious drug charges for a pair from the east coast.

A trooper says he pulled over Adam Solon and Francisco Acevedo of Connecticut for speeding near the Spring Valley exit on Interstate 80 this morning.  The La Salle K-9 was called in and led police to search the men’s trunk.  Officers allegedly found a duffel bag in the trunk with 22 pounds of cannabis.

Solon and Acevedo were arrested for cannabis trafficking and possession of cannabis with intent to deliver.  Both were taken to the county jail.

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Ottawa bicyclist dies after accident invovling a grain truck

Posted by wlpo on October 11, 2011

If you’ve been following the story about the bicyclist that was killed after being hit by a grain truck Tuesday morning, investigators say he was 76 year old Dr. John Harbeck of Ottawa.

Police says Harbeck, a retired dentist, was riding with three other men when he and 79 year old Frank Piogott of Sheridan were hit.  Harbeck was pronounced dead at the scene while Piogott was taken to Ottawa Regional Hospital.  His condition wasn’t released.  74 year old Gary Kirkpatrick and 80 year old Phillip Gustin of Ottawa were not injured.

It happened on La Salle County Highway 42, south of the Wallace-Waltham blacktop.

Police haven’t said if the man driving the grain truck, Everett Olmstead of Earville would be ticketed.

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Countdown On For Streator Walmart

Posted by wlpo on October 11, 2011

After years of delays, a Walmart Supercenter in Streator is ready to open its doors.

The official grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony is tomorrow morning at 7:30.  The new Walmart is going up on the north side of town along Route 23 and Marilla Park Road.

Plans for the store were first announced in February 2007.

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Area School Administrator Wants To Be Senator

Posted by wlpo on October 11, 2011

Is being a school superintendent a good way to learn politics?

Streator Elementary School Superintendent Christine Benson thinks so as she will run for the 38th District Senate seat currently held by Republican Sue Rezin.  Benson will run as a democrat.

She made her plans to seek office public Sunday while campaigning at Burgoo in Utica.  Before going to Streator, Benson was superintendent of Ottawa elementary schools.

Two other democrats, La Salle County Board member Tom Gainiere of Ottawa and Putnam County Treasurer Kevin Kunkel of Granville are also running for the seat.  So far, no one is opposing Rezin on the republican side.

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