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Archive for February 24th, 2014

Heroin investigation leads police back to a home in Princeton

Posted by wlpo on February 24, 2014

Two and a half months after drug investigators busted five people for heroin in Princeton; three of the five face new heroin related charges.  The same house on North Euclid Street was searched Friday by members of TRIDENT.

Alyssa Stroud, Keith Stroud, Maxwell Burgess, and Joseph McDougall live at the home and were arrested for possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Kristin Bolin also of Princeton was arrested on the same charges.  They were taken to the Bureau County Jail.

Burgess and Keith and Alyssa Stroud were arrested for similar charges in December.

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La Salle man accused of home invasion

Posted by wlpo on February 24, 2014

You’re supposed to feel safe at home but that wasn’t the case at a home in La Salle.  Police say Ryan Borelli of La Salle forced his way inside the home on LaHarpe Street early Saturday morning and began attacking someone.

Police say once they arrived, Borelli put up a struggle.  Borelli was arrested for felony home invasion and felony aggravated battery to a police officer.  He was also arrested for domestic battery and criminal damage to property and was taken to the La Salle County Jail.

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Auditions to be held for Princeton production of “Steel Magnolias”

Posted by wlpo on February 24, 2014

A story that was made into a popular “chick flick” 25 years ago is coming to the stage in Princeton.  The Prairie Arts Council is presenting “Steel Magnolias” in April.

Auditions are being held Thursday night and Saturday morning at the Prairie Arts Center Theater across from Soldier’s and Sailor’s Park in Princeton.   The cast will include six women ranging in age from 19-65.

The show will be performed April 25-27.

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March Of Dimes Takes Over Spring Valley Resale Shop

Posted by wlpo on February 24, 2014

Despite rumors you may have heard, Upscale Resale in Spring Valley isn’t closing.

The store instead is being sponsored now by the March of Dimes instead of Freedom House.  Upscale Resale sells secondhand furniture, clothes and jewelry.  Donations are accepted.

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St. Baldricks Less Than A Month Away

Posted by wlpo on February 24, 2014

Plans have been announced for the 11th annual St. Baldrick’s event in downtown Ottawa.

Over 150 people are expected to have their heads shaved Saturday, March 15th in an effort to fight childhood cancer.  The St. Baldrick’s Ottawa event has raised over $500,000 in the last decade.

This year’s event will again be at Jeremiah Joe’s.  The head-shaving will go from 10am until 2pm.

To sign up, go to http://www.stbaldricks.org/

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Emergency Repairs Needed At Midland School

Posted by wlpo on February 24, 2014

There is school today at Midland Elementary in Lacon but kids won’t be allowed in the gym.

Last Thursday, a big chunk of the gym’s wall fell to the floor.  School officials met with an architect and structural engineer over the weekend and everyone agreed it isn’t safe for kids to use the gym until repairs are made.  It could be a week or two before the needed repairs are made.

The Midland School Board has been in the process of trying to replace the outdated elementary school in Lacon.

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Stretch Of I-55 To Be Named After Pontiac Drug Officer

Posted by wlpo on February 24, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – State lawmakers are expected to name part of a state highway after a police officer killed last fall.

The Illinois Senate will vote on the resolution Wednesday nameing a five-mile portion of Interstate 55 near Pontiac after Officer Casey Kohlmeier. He was killed when a car driven by a suspected drunk driver struck his police SUV along Interstate 55.

Kohlmeier was a member of the Pontiac police department’s K-9 unit. His K-9 patrol partner, Draco, was also killed in the accident last October.

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