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Archive for February 1st, 2013

Man accused of head-butting a La Salle police officer

Posted by wlpo on February 1, 2013

Problems at an apartment in La Salle ended with a man being hauled to the county jail.  Police say they were called to an apartment at the Grant Street housing three times Thursday.  The final time was around 10:30pm Thursday.  They say Thomas Vernoy of La Salle elbowed a police officer in the chest.

And as Vernoy was being arrested they say he head-butted the same officer in the face.  Vernoy was arrested for aggravated battery and resisting arrest.  He was taken to the La Salle County Jail to await a bond hearing.

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Travel stop could be in Oglesby’s future

Posted by wlpo on February 1, 2013

A new business could be building in Oglesby.  Officials with Love’s Travel Stop are asking to go before the city’s planning commission.

Mayor Don Finley has said that Love’s was interested in opening a truck stop along Interstate 39.  The City Council night could send the company’s request to the planning commission Monday.

Love’s has a travel stop north of Interstate 80 in Utica.

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Medical helicopter to be based at Peru airport fulltime

Posted by wlpo on February 1, 2013

A heart attack in the middle in the night or a serious car crash- both situations would likely require a helicopter flight to St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

Beginning this month OSF Life Flight will have a medical helicopter based at the Illinois Valley Regional Airport full-time.  They began keeping a helicopter at the Peru airport during peek hours in 2008.

Life Flight takes patients from Illinois Valley Community, St. Margaret’s, and other area hospitals.

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Food Drive In La Salle And Peru

Posted by wlpo on February 1, 2013

Area Knights of Columbus members are blitzing hunger and not quarterbacks this weekend.

Members of the Marquette Council in Utica and Calvert Council in La Salle are gearing up for their annual Hunger Blitz.  Members will be collecting food tomorrow from eight until four at Illinois Valley Food Center, Hy-Vee, Walmart and Save-A-Lot.  You’ll be given a list of food as you enter the stores and just drop the goods off when you leave with K of C members.

Donations go to the Illinois Valley Food Pantry.

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Country Star Headed To Peru

Posted by wlpo on February 1, 2013

Here’s something to warm you up- imagine spending a warm summer night under the stars dancing to country music at the Illinois Valley Regional Airport.

Rising star Brantley Gilbert will be at the Peru airport August 3rd for a “Concerts for a Cause” performance.  Gilbert has had two songs hit #1 on country charts, “Country Must Be Country Wide” and “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do”.

Another major “Concerts for a Cause” announcement is expected later this month.

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Gas Prices Shoot Up

Posted by wlpo on February 1, 2013

While the temperatures headed down, prices at the gas pump headed up.

Unleaded gas at most stations in La Salle and Peru have jumped up to $3.59 a gallon.  According to GasBuddy.com, gas in Ottawa, Marseilles and Grand Ridge is quite a bit cheaper at just over $3.40 a gallon.

The average price of unleaded in Illinois is $3.65 a gallon.  That’s over 20 cents more than the national average.

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Frigid Temps To Close Out Work Week

Posted by wlpo on February 1, 2013

Remember that 60-degree weather earlier this week?  It’s a distant memory now.

A Wind Chill Advisory is in effect for the listening area until 10 this morning.  Wind chill values are ranging from 15 to 25 degrees below zero this morning.

The weather story tonight will become snow with the chance of 2 to 4 inches.

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State Puts Out Warning For Super Bowl Drinking And Driving

Posted by wlpo on February 1, 2013

CHICAGO (AP) – State officials are warning drivers that Super Bowl Sunday can be one of the most deadly days of the year in Illinois when it comes to alcohol-related traffic deaths.

Last year, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation, four people were killed in crashes during Super Bowl weekend. Three of those crashes were alcohol-related.

Secretary of State Jesse White is reminding people to enjoy the weekend safely and use designated drivers if attending parties that include alcohol. White says that means “designating a sober driver, taking a cab or bus, or staying where you are.”

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