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No Arrest In Brick Throwing Case Involving L-P Board President

Posted by wlpo on July 15, 2012

A month after a brick was thrown through the window of L-P’s school board president, no one has been arrested yet.

Jim Quesse told police that a brick was thrown thru his bedroom window June 15th.  That was after his tires were slashed and clothes were set on fire in his yard in La Salle in May.  All this has followed Quesse and five other L-P board members voting to not renew Bill Booker and Jake Burke as coaches.

According to the News Tribune, 500 dollars has been added to the reward for anyone who gives information that leads to an arrest and conviction for the brick throwing.  The total reward is now just under three thousand dollars.

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New Date For Ottawa Fireworks

Posted by wlpo on July 15, 2012

Labor Day weekend in Ottawa will include fireworks.

The rescheduled July 4th fireworks display will happen Saturday, September 1st.  The non-profit group Ottawa First voted for the redo date after getting suggestions on their Facebook page.

The July 4th fireworks ended abruptly after 10 minutes after a computer malfunction.

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Four fall at Starved Rock

Posted by wlpo on July 15, 2012

Utica and Naplate fire and ambulance crews were called out to Starved Rock State Park after 4 hikers left the trails and fell at French Canyon Sunday afternoon. 3 refused treatment but one man who fell 40 feet was Life Flighted to St. Francis in Peoria. Conservation police have not released any names yet.

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DOD: Illinois soldier dies in Afghanistan

Posted by wlpo on July 15, 2012

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) – Federal defense officials say a 25-year-old Army sergeant from northern Illinois has died in Afghanistan.

The U.S. Department of Defense announced Sunday that Michael Ristau died Friday in the Zabul province of wounds sustained when his vehicle was attacked with an improvised explosive device.

Ristau joined the Army in July 2004 and has been at Lewis-McChord since he completed his training. The Army says he deployed to Afghanistan with his brigade in December 2011. It previously served in Iraq from June 2006 through August 2007.

The Army says Ristau was married and had one child.

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Pilot uninjured after emergency landing near Peru

Posted by wlpo on July 15, 2012

A man from Tennessee in an experimental plane made an emergency landing in a cornfield about a mile south of the runway at IV regional airport in Peru. It happened minutes before 12:30 Sunday..

Scott Gagel and Mark Carter were flying in from Louisville, Kentucky and were behind the plane when it landed. Carter says it remained intact and didn’t catch on fire.

Police and firefighters were able to reach the pilot using an ATV. He wasn’t hurt but appeared upset and dedclined to comment.

The Illinois State Police is handling the report since it happened just outside of Peru’s city limits. Chuck Studer with the airport doesn’t think the FAA will investigate.

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Route 23 Roadwork

Posted by wlpo on July 15, 2012

If you usually take Route 23 north of Ottawa you may want to look for another way tomorrow morning.  Traffic will be stopped for up to 15 minutes at a time while crews put in new bridge beams about three miles north of Ottawa.  Work will start around 7 and should be done by noon.

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They’re an ex for a reason

Posted by wlpo on July 15, 2012

Amy Glover of Peru was charged with domestic battery early Saturday morning after she allegedly punch her ex-boyfriend in the face.  She’s being held at the LaSalle County jail.

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LaSalle County 4-H Fair Final Day

Posted by wlpo on July 15, 2012

If you’re looking for something to do with your family today, head to the LaSalle County Fairgrounds on Ottawa’s south side.  The LaSalle County 4-H Fair wraps up today with horse, goat and cat shows, the Master Showman contest and Parade of Excellence.

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