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Archive for March, 2015

Driver hits parked car and Dollar General building in La Salle

Posted by wlpo on March 30, 2015

Another business in La Salle has been hit by a vehicle.

La Salle Police and Fire Department went out to Dollar General Sunday morning after a driver hit the south side of the building after hitting a parked car. The driver, Bonnie Harkins of La Salle along with a passenger were taken to Illinois Valley Community Hospital for treatment. She wasn’t ticketed. Officers say only minor damage was done to the store.

Earlier this month a driver crashed into the front of Casey’s General Store.

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Threesome from Iowa arrested after police called to Kohls in Peru

Posted by wlpo on March 30, 2015

A shoplifting call in Peru turned into something a lot bigger.

Peru Police got a call about a retail theft at Kohl’s late Sunday afternoon. They ended up arresting Dakotah Antrim and Deena Russell of Davenport, Iowa for burglary and possession of burglary tools. Arrested along with them was Robert Oberlander of Clinton, Iowa for possession of cannabis and paraphernalia and being a fugitive from justice. He was wanted on two warrants in Iowa.

All three were taken to the La Salle County Jail.

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Firefighters raise thousands for childhood cancer research

Posted by wlpo on March 30, 2015

Over 40 people, many of them local firefighters have freshly-shaven heads.

Ladd, Peru, Utica and Oglesby firefighters along with people tied to Carus Chemical raised $9,700 for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. A total of 41 shavees lost their hair and raised money for childhood cancer research on Sunday.

This was the seventh year firefighters agreed to shave their heads at Senica’s Oak Ridge in La Salle.

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Oglesby man wins big at the Home Garden & Lifestyle Show

Posted by wlpo on March 30, 2015

Another successful Illinois Valley Home Garden & Lifestyle Show is in the books.

A crowd of around 700 checked out dozens of vendors yesterday at Celebrations 150 in La Salle. John Lopatic of Oglesby stopped by and is the winner of $4,000 to spend like cash at any of the shows sponsors.

Rod Thorson made the announcement on Classic Hits 103.9 WLPO.

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IVCC looking to help small business owners

Posted by wlpo on March 30, 2015

Would you like to start up your own small business or maybe are struggling to get the word about your existing business? Illinois Valley Community College wants to help you market your product.

IVCC is hosting a workshop called “Small Business Marketing” from 8:30 until 10:30 next Tuesday morning at the Oglesby campus. A business specialist with the Illinois Small Business Development Center will teach you about marketing opportunities and how to utilize them.

The cost of the workshop is $40. You can register by calling IVCC.

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House fire sends several Illinois Valley fire departments to the scene

Posted by wlpo on March 30, 2015

Several fire departments battled a house fire between Grand Ridge and Streator.

The initial 9-1-1 call went out around 8:30 Sunday night about a chimney fire that spread into a two-story home’s attic. The Grand Ridge Fire Department was first to respond and quickly asked for help from Streator, Seneca, Leonore and Marseilles Fire Departments.

Nobody was injured in the fire.

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Marseilles man arrested for stabbing in Streator

Posted by wlpo on March 30, 2015

A weekend stabbing victim in Streator is expected to survive after being flown to Peoria.

Several officers responded Saturday morning to a stabbing call on West 2nd Street in Streator. The La Salle County Sheriff’s Office says a 21-year-old man was found inside a home with multiple stab wounds.

He was flown to St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. La Salle County State’s Attorney Brian Towne says the wounds are superficial meaning they are not life-threatening.

Accused in the stabbing is 19-year-old Curtis Smith of Marseilles. He was arrested for felony aggravated battery and taken to the La Salle County Jail.

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Spring-like weather settling in over the Illinois Valley

Posted by wlpo on March 30, 2015

For the first time since the calendar changed to spring, there will be weather to match the season for an extended period of time.

High temperatures Monday through Thursday will be in the 60s. Friday and Saturday will be back in the 50s but Easter Sunday could be back around 60 for a high.

There’s a chance of rain Wednesday through Friday of this week but Easter weekend should be dry.

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Benefit planned for Utica and La Salle police officer

Posted by wlpo on March 29, 2015

A man who has made a living helping others could now use your help.

A benefit for Utica Police Chief Mark Wren is on Saturday, May 16th. Wren who is also a La Salle police officer has been diagnosed with bone cancer.

The benefit will be at the La Salle Knights of Columbus and include an auction, food, raffles, and live music from local favorites like Road Angel and The Craigs. Tickets are $20 and are available at both the Utica and La Salle Shell stations.

All the proceeds will go to the Wren family.

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Teen in custody following stabbing

Posted by wlpo on March 29, 2015

A 19-year old Marseilles man is in custody  after an early morning stabbing Saturday in the 200 block  of West 2nd Street in Streator.  But, that’s half the battle for Streator police, the sheriff and State Police crime scene services.

The Sheriff’s report says police and EMT’s responded around 4:40am to a home where a 21-year old man lay with multiple stab wounds. That man remains unidentified and is hospitalized in St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

Curtis Smith of Marseilles had a bond hearing Sunday on one count of aggravated battery, a Class 3 Felony. The investigation continues.

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