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Ottawa Fire Chief to retire in August

Posted by wlpo on July 30, 2014

The Ottawa Fire Department has handled thousands of fire calls since 1984. A man that has been around for many of those calls says he’s retiring next month.

Chief Jeff Newbury’s last day will be August 27. Newbury started with the Ottawa Fire Department in October, 1984. He was promoted to Deputy Chief in June 2006 and was named Chief in October 2010.

Newbury’s next job is in education. He will be teaching fire science at Sauk Valley Community College beginning in the fall. His replacement hasn’t been announced.

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A Peru plant will be without power while a transformer is taken out of service

Posted by wlpo on July 30, 2014

You’ll see a crane set up near James Hardie in Peru. The city’s electric department is preparing to take an 87,000 pound transformer out of service so it can be shipped to Boston, Virginia to be evaluated and rehabbed.

The transformer serves James Hardie and hasn’t been performing as it should according to Alderman Jim Lukosus. He says James Hardie will be without power for up to 12 hours.

The transformer is being taken out of service Thursday. It’s costing $77,000 to move it and have it evaluated. The money is coming from the electric department fund. Lukosus says they’re fortunate to have a backup.

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Man involved with a police standoff is indicted

Posted by wlpo on July 30, 2014

A man who had to be brought out of his home by an Illinois State Police swat team has been indicted for felony domestic battery.

Eric Fischer of Oglesby was indicted Tuesday, a week and a day after allegedly beating a woman and an overnight standoff with police.

Fischer remains in the La Salle County Jail with his bond at $200,000 .

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Ottawa Riverfest begins tonight

Posted by wlpo on July 30, 2014

Let the party begin in Ottawa. The annual Riverfest Welcomeburger Picnic is from 5-8pm Wednesday at Washington Park.
The carnival also opens Wednesday night on Woodward Memorial Drive. The Taste of Ottawa begins Thursday at the riverfront.
Because of the festivities, you’ll find that some of the streets and parking lots have been closed off.

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Peru renews memberships with IVAC

Posted by wlpo on July 29, 2014

The old saying that you need to spend money to make money rings true for the leaders of Peru. The city has renewed its membership with the Illinois Valley Area Chamber of Commerce. The annual membership is just over $14,000.

The city is also keeping its membership with North Central Illinois Council of Governments for $3,000. NCICG has helped the city receive state grants in the past and is working with them to get money for a splash pad.

The membership renewals were approved Monday night.

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Four businesses under a boil order

Posted by wlpo on July 29, 2014

Service has been restored after a water main break Tuesday afternoon in LaSalle’s east end industrial park. Superintendent of Public Works Jeff Bumgarner said he got the call about water gushing out along a street near J C Whitney around 3:30.

Bumgarner said service was restored about 7:30. JC Whitney, Conway trucking, Hickory Hollow Campground and Quality Sand are under a boil order until further notice.

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Local State Police District receives four new troopers

Posted by wlpo on July 29, 2014

The next time you see an Illinois State Police cruiser go down the highway, inside could be one of District 17’s new troopers.

Troopers Adam Anton, Christopher Gorman, Ramiro Leos, Jr., and Adrian Santiago graduated from the Illinois State Police Academy Friday.

They’ll be completing their field training over the next 12 weeks by patrolling in LaSalle, Bureau and Putnam Counties.

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Streator men arrested in Ottawa for allegedly having heroin

Posted by wlpo on July 29, 2014

A traffic stop in Ottawa left two men from Streator accused of having heroin. Thomas Scullans was pulled over Sunday on La Salle Street. Scullans and Sanford Berry, Jr. were arrested for possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Scullans was also tickets for illegal transportation of alcohol. Both were taken to the La Salle County Jail.

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Construction scheduled to begin for a new gas station in La Salle

Posted by wlpo on July 29, 2014

The northwest corner of Bucklin and Route 6 in La Salle has pretty much been a fenced off pile of dirt for several months but that will begin to change next week.

Construction of a Beck’s gas station is scheduled to begin Monday according to La Salle Economic Development Director Don Aleksy.

The corner used to have a Clark Station but it closed a while ago and then sat empty for several years before being purchased and torn down. A couple of other buildings were also torn down to make room and Aleksy says a remaining building will also be torn down.

He thinks they will move quickly with construction.

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Peru is stocking up on road salt

Posted by wlpo on July 29, 2014

It’s hard to tell how much snow you’ll be shoveling in six months but Peru’s Public Works Department is getting prepared. The city is buying 1600 tons of road salt ahead of the winter.

They have 1400 tons on hand but as Public Works co-superintendent Jeff King explained, they used 2500 tons of salt last winter.

They’re paying $104 per ton.

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