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Archive for February 28th, 2012

More Sand Mine Hearings In La Salle County?

Posted by wlpo on February 28, 2012

What happens with the gaping hole once a sand mine runs dry?  La Salle County board members will talk about it tomorrow.

The county’s Development Committee will go over reclamation projects from Mississippi Sand, LLC and Illinois Sand Company.  Now that the companies have filed mining applications with the state, the county has 45 days to request a hearing on land reclamation plans of the two projects.

During hearings in last month, Mississippi Sand developers said they’d offer their land to Starved Rock State Park.  If they didn’t want it, they could fill the pit in with water.

Developers with Illinois Sand weren’t really clear what their reclamation plans are for the proposed pit near the Osage curves between Utica and Ottawa.

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Police called to Peru school for a report of ammunition

Posted by wlpo on February 28, 2012

Some things you can’t let your child bring to school, ammunition is definitely on that list.  Peru Police officers were at Parkside Middle School Tuesday for a student accused of having ammunition in their locker.

Police say there wasn’t a weapon and no threats were made.

In a message on the district’s website, Superintend Mark Cross doesn’t say ammunition while referring to “objects” that aren’t allowed in school.

Cross says it was dealt with immediately and any discipline will be handled by school officials.  He says they don’t believe that any harm was ever intended and nobody was ever in danger.

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Peru business has liquor license revoked

Posted by wlpo on February 28, 2012

You would hope that nobody would sell your 19 year old son a case of beer or your 20 year old daughter a bottle of flavored vodka.  And to make sure that doesn’t happen police often test local businesses.  When the businesses fail the test they’re supposed to be punished and in Peru a couple of stores have been.

P and P Pantry on Peoria Street will be without a liquor license starting Thursday.  Mayor Scott Harl, who is also the liquor commissioner, has revoked the store’s license after they were busted twice for selling to someone younger than 21.  They’ll also have to pay a $500 fine.

The Marathon Station on Fourth Street has also been fined $500.  They were accused of selling to someone underage once and will be without their license for two weeks starting Thursday.

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Police called after man in blue van talks to LP student

Posted by wlpo on February 28, 2012

The world is full of creepy people and one of them could have been driving near LP High School.  The La Salle Police were called Tuesday morning after a teenage girl at LP told someone that a man in a blue mini van asked her to skip school.

Police say there was no physical attempt to get her into the van.  After looking near the school, officers couldn’t find the van or anyone matching that description.

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Ethanol Tanker Rolls On Interstate 80 In Bureau County

Posted by wlpo on February 28, 2012

A reminder if you’re taking Interstate 80 west through Bureau County, Hazmat crews were standing by for a tanker truck that was leaking ethanol.  The truck overturned just east of the Route 40 exit late Tuesday morning.

Police say the ethanol in the damaged tanker was being pumped into another tanker so they could clear the crash.

The person driving the truck was injured.  Police haven’t yet given out a name or the name of the trucking company.


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Spa In Ottawa Allegedly Offering Up Sex

Posted by wlpo on February 28, 2012

The oldest profession in the world has a woman in trouble in Ottawa.

51 year old Kyong Mi Kim of Pennsylvania was arrested Monday for prostitution.  Police say she worked at the Spa Rx on Columbus Street, just north of the old Kmart building.

Detectives say the arrest comes after a month long investigation where they received several complaints that prostitution was happening at the Spa.

Kim posted 150 dollars bond and was released.  She has an April 16th court date.

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Rear-End Collision Sends Two From Area To Hospitals

Posted by wlpo on February 28, 2012

Two area men were hurt after a rear-end crash in Newark.

Deputies say Raymond Marshall of Ottawa was driving south on Route 71 Monday morning when crashed into the back of Howard Sibert of Peru who was stopped in traffic.  Sibert was taken to Valley West Hospital while his passenger, Mark Bickel of Ottawa was taken to Ottawa Regional Hospital.

Marshall wasn’t hurt but was ticketed for failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

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