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Steel Magnolias playing in Ottawa

Posted by wlpo on September 29, 2013

You may have seen “Steel Magnolias” – the film. You can see it played out on stage in the “807 Building” in Ottawa this afternoon. The 1987 play centers around Truvy’s Beauty salon and the friendship of six southern women who share their secrets. Show time is 3pm at 807 LaSalle Street. The cost wasn’t listed.

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Washington playing chicken

Posted by wlpo on September 29, 2013

The House has sent the Senate a new temporary spending bill, but Senate leaders are calling it pointless. The Senate is expected to reject the measure because it tacks on a one-year delay of the new health care law. And the Senate isn’t expected to meet until tomorrow, leaving only a few hours for Congress to reach agreement on a bill to avert a partial government shutdown Tuesday morning.

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Rabies under control in Illinois

Posted by wlpo on September 29, 2013

A good reason to fear and hate bats. They are Illinois’s major source of rabies. Sixty three infected bats were discovered in 2012 – according to the Illinois Department of Public Health’s website. But, it’s just under half of the cases in 2010. The good news – bats are practically the sole carrier of rabies in Illinois. With the exception of 2011 and a rabid cow, the state rabies cases have been limited to bats since 2006. LaSalle county found one rabid bat in 2012. Bureau and Putnam had no rabies cases. Yesterday was World Rabies Day. It’s also the anniversary of Louis Pasteur’s death. Pasteur along with others developed the firsts rabies vaccine.

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Paperwork mix-up blamed for a prisoner’s mistaken release

Posted by wlpo on September 28, 2013

     CHICAGO (AP) – A Chicago man sentenced to 16 years in federal prison for dealing heroin that killed a person was mistakenly released from prison because of an apparent paperwork mix-up.

     The Chicago Sun-Times reports that 33-year-old Walter Redawn Dixon was handed that sentence by a judge in Iowa. But before he could begin serving it, Dixon was set free in December from the Stateville Correctional Center in suburban Joliet, where he was completing a sentence for an unrelated Cook County offense.

      Illinois Department of Corrections spokesman Tom Shaer says Dixon was not transferred to federal custody because the department never received a detainer order.

      Ken Robinson of the Marshals Service says deputies arrested Dixon after receiving a call last week from Iowa authorities who had just learned of the mistaken release.

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Minor injuries after car and bicycle accident in La Salle

Posted by wlpo on September 28, 2013

Whether you are driving your car or riding your bicycle, pay attention to where you’ are going.  A 14-year-old boy was treated for minor injuries after getting into an accident Friday evening in La Salle.

It happened on Hennepin Street.  Police say the boy was riding a bicycle.  The woman driving the car, Roxanne Stalker, wasn’t ticketed.  Police didn’t say who was at fault.

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Longtime Ottawa Police Sergeant retires

Posted by wlpo on September 28, 2013

          If you were ever pulled over in Ottawa, the officer might have been Randy Baxter.  The 20-year veteran of the police force retired Thursday after rising to the rank of Detective Sgt. 

          With Baxter’s retirement, Corporal Darrin Schmitz was promoted to sergeant and Officer Michael Cheatham was promoted to corporal. 

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No one hurt during three-car accident in Oglesby

Posted by wlpo on September 28, 2013

          A crash lead to another in Oglesby, but it wasn’t serious.  It happened Friday afternoon on West Walnut Street near Lewis Avenue. 

Mia Porter of Utica was ticketed for not slowing down to avoid an accident after police say she hit Richard Pucharich of La Salle.  Police say Pucharich then hit William Walter of Oglesby.

No one was hurt.

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La Salle teen arrested after TRIDENT investigation

Posted by wlpo on September 27, 2013

 If you noticed a few police officers looking around in the neighborhood by O’Coner Avenue and Creve Coeur Street in La Salle, they found the man they wanted.

          18-year-oldMiguel Rosas of La Salle was arrested Thursday on a felony marijuana charge after an investigation by TRIDENT, the La Salle Police Department and U.S. Federal Postal Inspectors. 

          Police say Rosas had three pounds of marijuana when they caught him not far from Northwest School.  He was arrested for unlawful possession of cannabis with intent to deliver and could also be charged with criminal trespass to a residence after he allegedly tried running from the cops.

          Rosas is being held in the La Salle County Jail.

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La Salle man ticketed after crash on Route 71

Posted by wlpo on September 27, 2013

A crash near the La Salle and Putnam County line Thursday allegedly happened after someone ran a stop sign.

Police say Gregory McAdams of La Salle was heading north on Meridan Road yesterday afternoon when he ran the stop sign and hit a semi on Route 71.

McAdams remained hospitalized in good condition Friday afternoon at St. Margaret’s in Spring Valley.  William Lonie of Earlville was driving the semi.  Local hospitals have no reports of him being there.

McAdams was given tickets for not slowing down to avoid a crash and disobeying at stop sign.

This story has been corrected since being originally published.

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Registered Sex Offender In Ottawa Faces New Felony Charge

Posted by wlpo on September 27, 2013

Doing time isn’t a big enough deterrent for some people.

While already on parole for a sexual abuse conviction, Cody Duchala of Ottawa faces a new sex charge.  Ottawa Police got a complaint of sexual abuse to a child last Saturday.  After interviews, Duchala was arrested for one count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.  He was already a registered sexual predator.

Duchala was taken to the La Salle County Jail.  He’s being held on 500 thousand dollars bond.

Duchala’s next court date is October 10th.

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