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Spring Valley to celebrate National Night Out

Posted by wlpo on August 5, 2013

          Bad things happen after dark or so they say.  Spring Valley is one of many towns observing National Nigh Out.  It’s Tuesday night and though most of the activities will begin before sunset, it will still give kids a lesson in safety and crime prevention.

          Free swimming will be offered from 5-6pm at the pool, hot dogs.  Afterwards kids will be treated to hot dogs, chips, drinks and freeze pops.

          The Life-Flight Helicopter is scheduled to land in Kirby Park where there will also be a K9 demonstration.  Kids will also find a bounce house, games and the annual “Shine a Light on Crime Glow Stick Walk” at dusk.

          If you won’t be going to the activities, you can show your support by leaving your porch light on Tuesday night.

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Killed police dog to be remembered with an open house

Posted by wlpo on August 5, 2013

A police dog that died in the line of duty is being remembered in Peru.  A celebration of service open house is being held Thursday for Peru Police K9 Kali.

Kali was with her handler, Officer Art Smith on their way to the Verizon store that had just been robbed Saturday when their squad car crashed with another car.

Smith was left with minor injuries but Kali was thrown from the squad and soon after died from her injuries.

If you would like to attend the celebration of service open house it will be from 5-7pm Thursday in the Peru Municipal Building Community Room.

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Sheriff Templeton to seek a fifth term in La Salle County

Posted by wlpo on August 5, 2013

The La Salle County Sheriff’s Department covers a lot of ground.  The man in charge of it wants another term in office.  Sheriff Tom Templeton said Sunday that he plans to run for a fifth term. 

Templeton was first elected sheriff in 1998.  He’s a republican and has often run unopposed. 

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Person found dead in fishing boat near Hennepin

Posted by wlpo on August 5, 2013

          An autopsy was being performed Monday on a person found dead on the Illinois River.  Conservation Police Sgt. Robert Frazier says the body was found at 7:40pm Sunday in a fishing boat anchored about two miles south of Hennepin. 

          The person was pronounced dead by the Putnam County Coroner.  An investigation is underway.

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Gun Fired During Argument In Spring Valley

Posted by wlpo on August 5, 2013

A domestic dispute in Spring Valley allegedly ended with a handgun being fired.

Larry Rindal was arrested Friday at his house in Spring Valley for reckless discharge of a firearm.  He’s accused of firing one shot from his handgun into the floor of his house with relatives around to see it.  No one was hurt.

Rindal was taken to the Bureau County Jail.

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Breakthrough In Ottawa Teacher Negotiations?

Posted by wlpo on August 5, 2013

Could a deal be near to avert a strike at Ottawa High School?

Steve Johnson of the Ottawa Township High School Education Association says hopefully they can wrap things up at a meeting tomorrow night with the school district negotiating team.  Johnson says a meeting last Thursday night was quite productive.

Ottawa High School teachers have been working without a new contract since the end of last school year.  Johnson says no potential strike vote is needed at this time.

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Major Surgery Planned For Injured L-P Teacher

Posted by wlpo on August 5, 2013

The long road to recovery continues for L-P math teacher Matt Makeever.

According to family members, the 25-year old is scheduled to have facial reconstruction surgery this afternoon in Peoria.  He’s been at St. Francis Medical Center since July 20th when he was hit in the left side of his head by part of a train along the La Salle riverfront.

Family members say Makeever is making steady progress and his doctors are pleased.

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Fatal Arson Unsolved One Year Later In Streator

Posted by wlpo on August 5, 2013

A year ago today 3-year old Sanranadee Green-Libbey was pulled from a burning apartment in Streator.  She died the same day at St. Mary’s Hospital.

That fire was ruled arson and the search continues for the person or persons who set that fire and many other suspicious ones last year in Streator.  La Salle County State’s Attorney Brian Towne says his office is contact with the Streator Police and as leads develop, they are looked into them but unfortunately he can only say the investigation continues.

In the midst of the string of suspicious fires in Streator, a group of people was arrested for setting fires in nearby Livingston County but they’ve never been linked to the fire that killed Green-Libbey or the Lipton Tea blaze.  If there was a link, Towne says they would’ve already been charged.

If you have any information into the fatal fire that killed Green-Libbey or other arsons in Streator, call the state’s attorney’s office or Streator PD.  There are cash rewards offered.

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Investigation Continues Into Robbery And K9 Death

Posted by wlpo on August 5, 2013

More information is expected today on a cellphone robbery and subsequent crash that killed the Peru drug dog.

A 911 call went out Saturday night around 6:45 about an armed robbery at the Verizon Store off Route 251 in Peru.  Store employees and investigators say two men made off with thousands of dollars of inventory.  The robbers got away in a blue van.

When responding to the robbery, Peru’s K9 handler was involved in a crash on Wenzel Road and Route 251.  The drug dog Kali was taken to a vet after the crash and pronounced dead.  She had joined the police force last fall.

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