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Man arrested on felony warrants

Posted by wlpo on June 13, 2013

          Who’s knocking on your door at one in the morning?  At a home in Peru it was the police.  Tyler Buchanan was arrested early Thursday morning on La Salle County warrants for possession of a weapon by a felon and possession of cannabis with intent to deliver. 

          Buchanan was taken to the La Salle County Jail with his bond set at $28,000.

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Credit unions warn of phone scam

Posted by wlpo on June 13, 2013

If you receive a phone call about your bank credit or debit card hang up and call your bank.

Officials at Financial Plus and Streator Onized Credit Union say customers have been receiving phone calls from someone claiming their credit or debit card has been blocked.  The caller asks for account information.  But credit union officials say the call is a scam.

If you get one of these scam calls, hang up and call the bank.  Do not give your account information.

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Fireworks raffle tickets on sale in Peru

Posted by wlpo on June 13, 2013

          The Peru July 3 fireworks display costs roughly $20,000.  A fundraiser to help pay for fireworks includes a 50-50 raffle.  

It’s called Adopt-a-Boom.  Tickets are $5 and available at city hall.  The drawing will be held the night of the fireworks in Peru.

The fireworks will once again be held along Water Street. 

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Storm brings rain and small hail to region

Posted by wlpo on June 13, 2013

Wednesday’s storms may not have been historic but they made plenty of noise.

According to the National Weather Service, a possible tornado touched down in Sandwich just after 5pm.  Funnel clouds were also reported in Somonauk and Paw Paw.

There were hail reports ranging from pea to half dollar size throughout the Illinois Valley including places like Troy Grove, Serena, Sheridan, and Earlville.

A storm just before midnight brought flash flooding to Ottawa.  Six to seven inches of standing water was reported at the intersection of Superior and Washington Street.

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Familiar Face Back On Utica Village Board

Posted by wlpo on June 13, 2013

A former Utica trustee has his old gig back.

According to the NewsTribune, Ron Pawlak has been picked to fill a two-year term left empty with the death of Shelba Bimm.  Bimm died after a short illness in April.

Pawlak had just lost his seat after finishing fourth in an election where only the top three vote getters won a seat.

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Trial Date Set For La Salle Bomb Threat Case

Posted by wlpo on June 13, 2013

An Oglesby man has an August trial date for allegedly threatening Con-Way Freight in La Salle.

Rodney Termini was arrested in April and recently indicted according to the NewsTribune for making a Facebook post about a bomb at the Con-Way building in La Salle and another in Michigan.  Termini is being tried in federal court.  He used to work for Con-Way.

While Con-Way was evacuated because of the bomb threat, nothing was found.

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Advocacy Group Wants Higher Gas Prices To Fix Roads

Posted by wlpo on June 13, 2013

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Illinois transit advocates are proposing a plan to fix the state’s deteriorating roads through a new tax that would raise the price at the gas pump.

The Transportation for Illinois Coalition says the $800-million-dollar-a-year plan is necessary to get a toehold on needed repairs to roads, bridges and rails. The influential group is pushing legislation to replace the current 19-cents-a-gallon motor fuel tax with a 9.5 percent wholesale tax. It would add about 14 cents to today’s price of a gallon of gas.

The proposal would also increase vehicle licensing fees.

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