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Archive for June 9th, 2014

Update: Police name man killed by a train in Streator

Posted by wlpo on June 9, 2014

If you were following the story about the man hit by a train in Streator, police say it was 30-year-old Ryan Osland of Streator.

An employee of Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad called the police after hitting Osland late Monday morning.

Investigators say Osland was walking on the tracks between Lundy and James Streets. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Spring Valley summer lunch program to begin Friday

Posted by wlpo on June 9, 2014

Summer vacation brings swimming and vacations to a lot of children and it also brings hunger to children in some low-income families.

Children in Spring Valley will be able to participate in a summer lunch program. The summer lunch program begins Friday with a kick-off event from 10am until 12pm.

Lunches will be served Monday through Friday from 10am until 1pm at Spring Valley City Hall. The program is sponsored by Project Success, the Illinois Coalition for Community Services, and the city of Spring Valley. It’s paid for by the USDA and State Board of Education.

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Michigan man killed in I-80 crash near Marseilles

Posted by wlpo on June 9, 2014

You have to be prepared to stop even when you’re taking the Interstate. A truck driver from Alabama was ticketed for failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident after a crash that killed a van driver Sunday afternoon on I-80 near Marseilles.

35-year-old Edward Accivatti of New Baltimore, Michigan was pronounced dead at the scene. State Police investigators believe he was slowing down for traffic that was stopped due to a rollover accident in the westbound lanes when he was hit from behind by Steven Clark of Theodore, Alabama. Police say Clark’s truck also hit a semi that was stopped ahead of Accivatti.

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Memorial wall in Marseilles expanding

Posted by wlpo on June 9, 2014

Coming up to its 10th anniversary, the Middle East Conflicts Wall Memorial in Marseilles is expanding.

During the annual motorcycle freedom run ceremony June 21st, new additions to the wall will be unveiled. Local laborers have been busy adding two more granite panels, a case for a block taken from the Pentagon after the 9/11 attacks and a new viewing area on the south side of the memorial along the Illinois River.

The new granite panels will include names of soldiers who’ve died during Middle East conflicts.

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Suburban woman hurt after motorcycle crash near Starved Rock

Posted by wlpo on June 9, 2014

You have to slow down going around curves whether its on two wheels or four.

Emmeline Hoops of Rolling Meadows was hurt after crashing her motorcycle Sunday afternoon on Route 71 near Starved Rock State Park. Deputies say she fell going around a curve.

Hoops was taken to Illinois Valley Community Hospital. She wasn’t ticketed.

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Ottawa building trades supporters getting together for meeting

Posted by wlpo on June 9, 2014

Even though the school year is over, backers of building trades at Ottawa High School continue their fight.

They’re organizing a town hall meeting Monday called “Restore Ottawa High School”. A flyer that’s been going around Facebook gives four ways to “restore” the school including a competent board.

Monday night’s meeting starts at 6:30 inside the Ottawa American Legion hall.

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