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Archive for June 20th, 2014

Fire destroys a trailer in Wedron

Posted by wlpo on June 20, 2014

A report of smoke turned out to be a trailer fire in Wedron. Serena Firefighters arrived at the home Friday afternoon to find it burning. They soon called Sheridan, Marseilles and Wallace for assistance.

Serena Fire Chief Ron Riveland says the people living in the trailer weren’t home but several dogs and cats were. He doesn’t believe they survived.

Crews were at the fire for less than two hours. Riveland is not sure how the fire started.

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Deck inspection to affect Ed Hand Highway

Posted by wlpo on June 20, 2014

Ed Hand Highway is a convenient route for getting from Oglesby to Starved Rock or for reaching the Vermilion River, but you’ll have to take a detour next week. Ed Hand will be closed for a bridge inspection from 8am until 5pm next Wednesday through Friday. A detour won’t be posted.

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Thousands of bikes ready to roll into Marseilles

Posted by wlpo on June 20, 2014

The hum of motorcycles will be unavoidable in and around Marseilles tomorrow. Thousands of people on motorcycles visit Marseilles for the Annual Illinois Motorcycle Freedom Run.

The riders will be coming in mainly from the Grundy County Fairgrounds in Morris, but you should expect to see motorcycles all around the festival.

Illinois State Police Master Sgt. Anthony Kestner says to avoid the congestion you should stay away from Route 52, County Highway 25 and Rt 6 in La Salle County.

The memorial ceremony at the wall begins at 1pm. The Marseilles Freedom Fest follows at 3pm.

For more information on the freedom run, visit their website.

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“Color Run” in Peru helping to raise money for Operation Prom-ise

Posted by wlpo on June 20, 2014

Running around Baker Lake while getting covered in paint could save a life.

The non-profit organization that produces the educational films, “Operation Prom-ise” is using a 5K Color Run and Walk to raise money.

It’s not your traditional running race though. A color run is more about having fun than breaking a record. It’s Sunday at Baker Lake in Peru. Registration starts at 8:30am and the run walk starts at 10am.

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Questions remain surrounding LP grad’s death

Posted by wlpo on June 20, 2014

The investigation is still ongoing into Monday night’s fatal crash that killed a teen from La Salle.

La Salle County Coroner Jodi Bernard says she’s still awaiting autopsy and toxicology results for 17-year-old Zachary Behrens. The autopsy was done Tuesday in Will County and Bernard says it could be a couple of weeks before they get official results.

Behrens was pronounced dead Monday night after driving into a pool of water on the U.S. Silica Sand property in Ottawa. Investigators think Behrens was speeding down Main Street when he hit a curb, drove through a grassy area, crashed through a security fence, went up and over an embankment and down about 60 feet into the pit.

Funeral service information for Behrens is available at the WLPO AM and FM In Memorium Page.

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Attic fire starts inside home north of Ottawa

Posted by wlpo on June 20, 2014

In the midst of all the showers and storms, six fire departments from the Illinois Valley were called to an attic fire.

The 911 call came Thursday night around 9 o’clock on a county road near Dayton north of Ottawa. Firefighters had the attic fire out in about ten minutes.

A family was home at the time of the fire but were able to get out okay.

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