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Archive for September 20th, 2013

Oglesby Woman Hurt After Allegedly Running A Stop Sign

Posted by wlpo on September 20, 2013

Two-way stop intersections can lead to accidents.  That’s the case with a fender bender last evening in Peru.

Officers say Rachel Dose of Oglesby was driving on Rock Street towards the 7th Street intersection when she collided with Donna Wahlstrom of La Salle.  Dose and her SUV ended up driving through a yard, over a city street sign before hitting a tree head on.  Dose was taken to Illinois Valley Community Hospital in Peru.

She was ticketed for disobeying a stop sign.  Wahlstrom wasn’t hurt.


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La Salle County Woman Diagnosed With West Nile

Posted by wlpo on September 20, 2013

The Illinois Valley’s first human case of West Nile Virus this year is in La Salle County.

The health department says a 43-year old woman was diagnosed with the virus in late August.  There’s no word on the severity.  Most West Nile Virus symptoms like fever and nausea last a few days up to a few weeks.

The last human case of the virus in La Salle County was in 2007.  Three mosquito batches in the county have also tested positive for the virus this year.

Bureau County has a horse that’s tested positive for the virus that starts when a mosquito feeds on an infected bird.

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Mark Man Dead After Motorcycle Crash

Posted by wlpo on September 20, 2013

A motorcycle crash in Spring Valley proved fatal.

39-year old Derrick Tate of Mark was pronounced dead at St. Margaret’s Hospital after crashing just before 6:30 Thursday night on the Spring Valley curves.

Spring Valley Police Chief Kevin Sangston says Tate was westbound on the curves near the creek bridge when he failed to handle a curve.  He rode off the shoulder and hit a guardrail.

The crash remains under investigation.

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L-P Choir Needs Help To Sing At Carnegie Hall

Posted by wlpo on September 20, 2013

If you have a passion for singing, there are few venues more appealing than Carnegie Hall in New York City.  With your help, over 30 L-P students will sing at the world famous concert hall in April.

A website has been established where you can donate to the L-P Choir.  They’re trying to raise 50 thousand dollars, or roughly 15 hundred dollars per student.

The 50 thousand dollars the choir needs includes transportation costs, hotel and meals.  Taylor says since the choir isn’t a professional group, they have to pay to perform at Carnegie Hall.

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Home Sales Up In The Valley

Posted by wlpo on September 20, 2013

August proved to be a popular month to buy homes in the Illinois Valley.

La Salle County had 121 homes sold last month, up from 113 in July.  Bureau County home sales shot up from 23 to 38.  Putnam County’s home sales were almost the same with 5 homes sold in August compared to 6 in July.

The median sale price for a sold home last month in La Salle County was 105 thousand dollars, compared to 90 thousand dollars in Bureau County and 35 thousand in Putnam County.

Statewide home sales are up 17 percent from a year ago.

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