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Archive for September 24th, 2013

Unofficial Color Fun Run to benefit Operation Prom-ise

Posted by wlpo on September 24, 2013

          Who needs a blue ribbon when you can cross the finish line wearing a rainbow of color?  The Operation Prom-ise Unofficial Color Fun 5K Run-Walk is Sunday at St. Bede Academy.  And unlike the other 5K’s, it’s not a race but a fundraiser for the anti-teen drinking and driving video.

          If you’re not familiar with a color fun run, don’t worry it doesn’t involve being hit with paintballs.  LP High School teacher Georgia Stohr says you’ll reach four color stations where you will be able to run through a colorful powder that will stick to your clothes if they are damp.

The course will have you running or walking through grassy areas of the school’s campus. 

Registration is $40 in advance and $45 on the day of the race.  The run-walk starts at 9am.

Learn more about the event by listening to an interview that’s available at the WLPO AM and FM news page.

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Heroin investigation leaves four people arrested

Posted by wlpo on September 24, 2013

City limits mean nothing to local drug dealers.  A recent investigation by TRIDENT focused on both Peru and Ottawa.  Police say it came to a head Monday when two men were arrested for allegedly selling heroin to someone working with the cops.

Jeramiah Hillyer of Ottawa and Gregory Hightower of Bloomington were arrested for unlawful delivery of a controlled substance.

Jessica Beldon and Dale McInerney Jr. of Marseilles were there when it happened and were arrested for allegedly having heroin.

All four were taken to the La Salle County Jail.

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Police investigate “dead dog” letters in La Salle

Posted by wlpo on September 24, 2013

          Is your neighbor’s dog driving you mad?  Three people in La Salle received notes reading, “Dead dogs don’t bark”.  They told the police about the odd letters Saturday.

          Police Chief Rob Uranich says they could be from a disgruntled neighbor, though they haven’t received any barking dog complaints from part of town where the notes were received.  Uranich says the people who received the notes claim they don’t know who would send them.  

          A post that’s being shared on Facebook claims that a dog in La Salle was poisoned, but Uranich says no one has told them about it.

          Uranich says it looks like one note was sent by U.S. Mail, one had a stamp but wasn’t post marked and another must have been dropped off. 

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State Police and Illinois Gaming Board remove gambling machines from a Streator business

Posted by wlpo on September 24, 2013

          Finding a place to gamble is easy in the Illinois Valley, but not every business is legal.

          A place on West Second Street in Streator allegedly had 19 illegal gambling machines plus pull-tabs, tip boards and cash.  Members of the Illinois State Police and Illinois Gaming Board raided the building Monday afternoon after someone complained to the gaming board.

          The gaming board says one employee and five customers were there when they made the bust.  The people were questioned but no one was arrested.  The investigation isn’t over though.

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Stove Catches Fire Inside Spring Valley Home

Posted by wlpo on September 24, 2013

A fire is out on the southeast side of Spring Valley.

A call came out just after 9am Tuesday morning for smoke showing at a home in the 100 block of East Devlin Street.  Ladd Fire Department helped Spring Valley firefighters put the fire out in about five minutes.

Firefighters think a stove malfunctioned, causing the blaze.  No one was hurt.

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Seized Medical Records Ready For Pickup In Peru

Posted by wlpo on September 24, 2013

If you were a patient of Dr. Constantino Perales, you may be getting a call from the FBI.

The feds are making available patient records of Perales at the Peru Police Department.  The FBI was involved in Perales’ arrest at his medical clinic in late August.

He’s in the La Salle County Jail charged with two counts of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance.  Federal charges are also possible.

Perales is being held on a million dollars bond.

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Marseilles woman in critical condition after two-car crash

Posted by wlpo on September 24, 2013

If you were following the story about a crash east of Grand Ridge, a woman is in critical condition.

Tammy Soto of Marseilles was flown to Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove Monday evening.  La Salle County Sheriff’s Deputies say Soto’s car was hit by Riyazh Nomani of Naperville at an intersection along County Highway 6 Grand Rapids Township.

Deputies say Nomani was swerving back and forth and didn’t stop at the intersection.

Nomani wasn’t hurt.  The crash is under investigation.

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