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Archive for February 4th, 2014

Tonica man dies following crash in Chenoa

Posted by wlpo on February 4, 2014

Three days after a serious crash in Mclean County, a man from Tonica died from his injuries.  Investigators say 48-year-old David Sauter was driving a pickup pulling a trailer when he was hit by a car Friday afternoon in Chenoa.

Sauter was being treated to St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington where he died Monday evening.  Investigators say Sauter and another person were hauling semi-tractor trailer parts for the family farm and were returning from Watseka when it happened.  Investigators say he wasn’t wearing a seat-belt.

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Ottawa residents share ideas for former factory

Posted by wlpo on February 4, 2014

Could a former glass marble factory be replaced with houses? Neighbors of the closed Peltier Glass plant in Ottawa gathered Monday night for a community visioning and planning session.

The city asked a group from Kansas State University to help them get grant money if they chose to do something with the property. The site is owned by a man in California who once offered to sell it to the city.  City officials declined the offer because the land is a Brownfield site with possible contamination.

City Engineer Dave Noble explained how the factory is zoned residential. He says a large portion of the building is newer construction with a cement floor, heating and insulation.

People at last night’s meeting formed groups and came up with five ideas for the property. The most popular use was single family housing. Green space, a museum, and storage were other suggestions. Several people said they would like to see a grassy field.

A follow up meeting to Furth go into the possibilities will be February 25 at 6:30pm.

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Teen Facing Armed Robbery Of Yarn Store

Posted by wlpo on February 4, 2014

A Morris teenager is accused of armed robbery at a yarn store.

18-year old Michael Mueller was arrested yesterday for the class X felony of armed robbery.  He’s accused of a January 31st robbery LeMouton Rouge Knittery in Morris.

Investigators say they received several tips on Facebook that helped lead them to Mueller.  The teen was taken to the Grundy County Jail.

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Latest Winter Storm Not Expected To Be Big Snow Maker

Posted by wlpo on February 4, 2014

Get the shovels and snow blowers back out.

A Winter Weather Advisory for snow takes effect at 3 Tuesday afternoon and lasts until noon Wednesday.  Snow will become heavy at times Tuesday evening before tapering off after daybreak Wednesday morning.  Accumulation predictions right now are for 2 to 4 inches along and north of Interstate 80.  Southern La Salle County and Marshall County could see 4 to 6 inches.

Winds are expected to pick up overnight causing areas of blowing snow and decreased visibility.

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