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Archive for December 16th, 2014

Alleged Peru heroin dealer indicted

Posted by wlpo on December 16, 2014

A man arrested during what police called a significant heroin bust has been indicted. Jeffrey Scholle of Peru was indicted Tuesday by a grand jury for unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

Scholle was accused of having 50 grams of heroin and about $10,000 in cash when officers raided his home on Pulaski Street in early December. Scholle remains in the La Salle County Jail with his bond set at $2 million.

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Marijuana bust made on Interstate 80 near Spring Valley

Posted by wlpo on December 16, 2014

Tis the season for transporting drugs up and down Interstate 80.

According to state troopers, they pulled over Karly Ketron and Scott Ragan of California Monday morning for speeding. The trooper says he saw cannabis in plain sight and eventually found nearly 30 pounds of the drug in the rear of the vehicle.

Ketron and Ragan were arrested for possession of cannabis with intent to deliver. They were taken to the Bureau County Jail.

They were pulled over going eastbound on Interstate 80 near the Spring Valley exit.

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Popular La Salle Christmas light display dark this season

Posted by wlpo on December 16, 2014

If you wonder why there isn’t as bright a glow coming from the east end of La Salle as there normally is this time of the year it’s because Scott Weber has a busy schedule.

For the second straight year, the Weber Christmas Show in the subdivision across from Senica’s Oak Ridge is dark. Weber says his job and other commitments meant not having enough time to put together the always popular light display. He is vowing to bring the display back next year.

Between 2007 thru 2012, the Weber light display drew thousands of visitors who watched a light show synced to Christmas music. The display in those six years helped to raise over $40,000 and 11,000 pounds of food for the Illinois Valley Food Pantry.

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Business community gives positive feedback over new intersection design in Peru

Posted by wlpo on December 16, 2014

You’ve heard a lot of people complain about the intersection by Dairy Queen and Hobby Lobby in Peru, but a proposal to improve the busy intersection is getting positive feedback from local business managers.

Engineers want to move the intersection of 38th Street and Venture Drive west into a shopping center parking lot. After having about a week to consider the changes, representatives from First Federal Savings Bank, Dairy Queen and hotels along Venture Drive seemed pleased during a follow-up meeting last night. Zack Luedtke manages Dairy Queen. He thinks the changes would be an improvement.

The next step is for engineers to come up with a 3D model and to develop a storm water and drainage plan. City engineer Eric Carls says in a few months he’ll have a more accurate cost estimate, but so far he guesses it would cost 500 thousand dollars.

He doubts you’ll see the new intersection finished next year.

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