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Archive for October 21st, 2011

Fundraiser to be held for ovarian cancer survivor

Posted by wlpo on October 21, 2011

The battle against cancer is tough on your body and on your family’s finances.  Friends of Vickie Scoma, an ovarian cancer survivor, have throwing a fundraiser at the Tonica Firehouse from 5-11pm Saturday.

Tickets are $20 and include food and beer.  There will also be live music, raffles, and auctions.

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Zombie photo contest to benefit IV Food Pantry

Posted by wlpo on October 21, 2011

Not every zombie was created equal.  You can vote for your favorite zombie while helping out the Illinois Valley Food Pantry during a contest at IVCC.

During “Don’t Feed the Zombies, Feed the Humans,” you can vote for your favorite zombie photo by dropping a ticket in the can.  You can also donate a food item.

Voting will be next Wednesday and Thursday in the college lobby.

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Ottawa City Hall Robber Heads To Prison

Posted by wlpo on October 21, 2011

Robbing Ottawa City Hall with a toy gun gets a man 12 years in prison.

24 year old Matthew Trotter was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty to aggravated robbery.  He was arrested August 1st after he robbed an Illinois Valley Community College employee at gunpoint.  IVCC had a temporary office in city hall.  The gun ended up being a toy.  He got away with around 50 dollars.

Two days before the robbery, a La Salle County Sheriff’s deputy pulled Trotter over in Ottawa and arrested him for DUI.

He has Indiana and Iowa addresses.  He spent three different prison terms in Iowa.

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Accused Ohio Bank Robber Held Without Bail

Posted by wlpo on October 21, 2011

Not every family is willing to cover up an alleged crime of a relative.

When Brian Gallagher of Ohio showed up in federal court facing charges that he robbed Citizen’s First State Bank of Ohio, it came out that his family tipped police off to where he was.  They told police he was an unemployed heroin addict.

Investigators think Gallagher robbed the bank of nearly eight thousand dollars to feed his drug habit.  When he was arrested October 12th, four other people were arrested in the same house for drugs.

Gallagher’s case is being handled by the U.S. District Court in Peoria.  He’s being held without bail.

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Cellini Could Take The Stand

Posted by wlpo on October 21, 2011

CHICAGO (AP) – Attorneys have raised the possibility that an Illinois powerbroker accused of conspiring to shake down the Oscar-winning producer of “Million Dollar Baby” could take the stand in his own defense.

Bill Cellini’s attorney told Judge James Zagel the millionaire businessman will make a final decision by the end of today. Cellini has denied conspiring to shake down the Oscar-winning producer of “Million Dollar Baby” for a $1.5 million campaign contribution to former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

The prosecution rested its case Thursday.

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Salvation Army Ready To Help Needy Kids

Posted by wlpo on October 21, 2011

With a rough economy, plenty of kids could use your help this Christmas.

The Salvation Army in La Salle and Ottawa is again taking applications from needy families to provide holiday gifts for kids.  You can apply for assistance from October 24th thru November 4th at the La Salle and Ottawa Salvation Army offices.

When you turn in an application, your asked to give three toy suggestions.

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Hall Wants To Save Money With Shorter Road Trips

Posted by wlpo on October 21, 2011

Hall and St. Bede could bring their rivalry to the gridiron as soon as next year.

Assistant Principal Eric Bryant says “nearly everything is aligned” for Hall to leave the West Central Conference and join the Big Rivers Conference.  Teams in the Big Rivers include St. Bede, Amboy-La Moille and Bureau Valley.  Big Rivers officials are expected to meet next month to decide on Hall.

Bryant says the conference change will be a budget saver.  He estimated they spent nearly 10 thousand dollars to take charter buses on four hour road trips this year.

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