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Annual cookie sale to benefit Cops 4 Cancer

Posted by wlpo on October 7, 2014

You’ll need a gallon of milk and a glass perfect for dipping. The annual Cookie Kingdom Cookie Sale is next week. All proceeds will go to Cops 4 Cancer.

Jeff Smith of Cookie Kingdom says all varieties will be on sale including chocolate chip, and the crème filled sandwiches. They will also have cookies packaged to be given out during Trick-or-Treat.

The sale is next Monday through Friday, 8am through 6pm at the factory on East Walnut Street in Oglesby.

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Man and woman indicted for sexual abuse related charges

Posted by wlpo on October 7, 2014

A week after getting arrested for child sex abuse charges, a couple in Ottawa has been indicted.

Ottawa Police investigators believe that David Wheeler and Julie Love had sex in front of the child. They also say that Love allowed Wheeler to sexually abuse the child. A grand jury heard the allegations Tuesday.

Wheeler faces two counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child while Love faces charges of sexual exploitation of a child and permitting the sexual abuse of a child.

Both are still in custody at the La Salle County Jail.

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Peru officials petition against the closing of the Comcast office

Posted by wlpo on October 7, 2014

The Comcast office in Peru is closing and there is nothing your city officials can do to stop it. The company recently announced that the office would close October 30. Instead of paying your bills in person, you’re being encouraged to pay online or through the mail.

Peru Mayor Scott Harl says he and several other local mayors met with Comcast representatives and were told that the decision to close the office wasn’t made locally.

Harl says four people will lose their jobs but about 20 technicians will continue to work out of Peru.

The city council is sending Comcast a petition protesting the closing anyway.

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Oglesby police officers one step closer to getting raises

Posted by wlpo on October 7, 2014

The men and women trying to keep you safe in Oglesby are closer to getting pay raises.

According to the NewsTribune, the Oglesby City Council put on file Monday night new, three-year contracts for officers covered under a union. The plan is to give all the officers a 3 percent pay raise in year one of the contract and a 2.5 percent raise in the next two years. The next contract should officially be approved in two weeks.

The council did hold off on moving ahead with a new contract with the police chief and his assistant because of a “language issue” in the ordinance.

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IVCH to offer nitrous oxide to women during child birth

Posted by wlpo on October 7, 2014

Child birth is known to be a painful process.  Women giving birth at Illinois Valley Community Hospital now have the option of receiving nitrous oxide to ease their pain.

IVCH Public Relations Director Gene Vogelgesang nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is being made available starting this week.  The hospital’s nurses have been train on how to administer it.

Vogelgesang says most dentists already use the nitrous oxide as an anesthetic. He says IVCH is the first hospital in Illinois to offer it to patients and just one of about 50 hospitals nationwide.

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Accidents make for a messy day on Interstate 80

Posted by wlpo on October 7, 2014

A crash between an SUV and van near Utica sent both drivers to the hospital.

State troopers say as traffic was slowing down to merge because of a previous crash on westbound Interstate 80, Zoraida Ramirez of La Salle rear ended a driver from Geneseo. Troopers say Ramirez was going 70 when she crashed Monday afternoon.

Ramirez and the other driver from Geneseo were both taken to the hospital with minor injuries. Ramirez was ticketed for failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

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Registration underway for the Peru BB Gun Club

Posted by wlpo on October 7, 2014

While the main floor of the Peru Municipal Building is for official business and offices, the downstairs is mostly for children to learn and have fun.

In the basement you will find the BB Gun shooting range.  The club has been growing since forming two years ago.  At it kids learn gun safety and shooting skills.

Registration is underway for the upcoming season that runs from November to March. It is open to kids from Per ages 10 to 14 and it’s free.

To sign up your child,  contact Peru City Hall.

Correction: The BB Gun Club is open to children ages 10-14, not 10-24.

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