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Archive for April 13th, 2012

Another person arrested for allegedly selling drugs at an Ottawa bar

Posted by wlpo on April 13, 2012

An Ottawa bar thought to have been a drug front has been closed since the start of the month and still people are being arrested.

Ruben Aleman of Aurora was picked up Thursday for unlawful delivery of a controlled substance.  Police think he was one of the people selling cocaine at the Right Downtown Sports Bar.

Aleman was being held in the La Salle County Jail with his bond set at $75,000.

The bar’s liquor license was revoked last month by the mayor.

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Man accused of attacking police officers during drug arrest

Posted by wlpo on April 13, 2012

Some drug busts go down without a hitch others turn into a struggle.  It was the latter after La Salle Police Officers and members of TRIDENT went to a home on Third Street Thursday night.

Police say Darryl Stuggis began punching and kicking a La Salle Police Detective and several TRIDENT agents while being arrested on marijuana and crack-cocaine selling charges.

Earlier in the day police arrested Stuggis’ roommate Darrylena Merritte for drug dealing charges.

Stuggis was also arrested for four felony counts of aggravated battery to a peace officer.  Both were taken to the county jail.

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Local Counties Reimbursed For Oversized Ballots

Posted by wlpo on April 13, 2012

Bureau and Putnam Counties are getting reimbursed for election night troubles of having to trim ballots to fit into counting machines.

Bureau, Putnam and over 20 other counties had too wide of ballots during the Primary Election.  In Bureau and Putnam County, election judges spent time trimming the ballots to make them fit.

Liberty Systems is the election materials provider for both companies.  They’ve given Bureau County a credit of 36 hundred dollars and 12 hundred dollars for Putnam County.

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Injured Eaglet Being Released From Starved Rock

Posted by wlpo on April 13, 2012

Wildlife officials will give Peace the bald eagle a chance at a new life.

The eaglet found with 10 pellets inside his body last October in Hennepin will be released into the wild tomorrow afternoon at Starved Rock State Park.  The public can watch the spectacle from the visitor’s center seawall.

Peace has been rehabbing since then at Hoo Haven Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Durand.

Two other eaglets were released last November at Starved Rock.

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President’s Income Tax Return Made Public

Posted by wlpo on April 13, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama and his family paid more than $160,000 in federal taxes last year.

The president’s 2011 federal income tax return shows reported adjusted gross income of about $790,000 last year. About half of the first family’s income is the president’s salary. The White House says the rest comes from sales of Obama’s books.

Obama’s effective tax rate is just above 20 percent – lower than many Americans who earn less.

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Cameras Shot Down In Local Courtrooms

Posted by wlpo on April 13, 2012

There won’t be cameras or recorders allowed in La Salle or Bureau County courtrooms anytime soon.

Chief Judge H. Chris Ryan says the consensus of judges in the 13th District which covers La Salle, Bureau and Grundy Counties is to not take part in the pilot program.  Back in January, the Illinois Supreme Court opened up the possibility of recording devices in Illinois courtrooms.

Opponents fear it can lead to people in the courtroom acting differently because of a camera or microphone.

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