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Archive for March, 2015

Shed fire destroys contents

Posted by wlpo on March 29, 2015

Fire destroyed the contents of a shed, but left the walls late Saturday afternoon in Granville.

Fire Chief Ron Campbell said they received a call about 5:45pm. The 12 x 20 wood shed’s contents including a lawn mower were valued at $10-thousand dollars. No one was injured.

Firemen from Granville and Hennepin were at the scene for almost 2 hours.

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Woman hurt in Ottawa kitchen fire

Posted by wlpo on March 29, 2015

What appears to be an unintentional kitchen fire in a single story complex sent a resident to the hospital early Saturday evening.

Ottawa Fire Department’s Captain Andy Borkowski said damage was limited to a kitchen in one apartment at 413 West McKinley. A woman occupant, who Borkowski refused to identify, was taken to OSF St. Elizabeth emergency room.

Borkowski says structural damage was $20-thousand and $10-thousand to the contents.

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Body found in gas explosion wreckage

Posted by wlpo on March 29, 2015

Police say a body was discovered Sunday afternoon in the rubble of an apparent gas explosion that leveled three buildings in Manhattan’s East Village. Officials did not identify the body.

Two people had been unaccounted for: Nicholas Figueroa and Moises Lucon. Figueroa had been on date at a restaurant in one of three buildings that were leveled. Lucon was a worker there.

Officials say 22 people were injured in Thursday’s blast.  Mayor Bill de Blasio said someone may have improperly tapped a gas line before the explosion. But he said officials need to get access to the wreckage to explore it further.

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The Kitchen is now closed….at Monari’s

Posted by wlpo on March 29, 2015

The kitchen has closed for its last time at Monari’s 101 on LaSalle’s West end. The historic gathering place will open one last time for drinks and hors d’oeuvres on Tuesday night before closing its doors forever.

Earl Monari Senior opened the supper club and tavern in 1964 and later purchased the building.

Earl Jr. told “Classic Hits 103-9 WLPO” news it reached the point where Dad turned it over to Earl and siblings Renee and Cathy.  Dad’s instructions were to keep it going and “not to fight amongst yourselves”.

Earl and Cathy are calling it a career after Tuesday night. Renee will be working at Lighted Way and “The Right Spice”.

A woman patron seated near the door Saturday night said “Monari’s” had become an institution.  She came there nights after finishing work at the “Red Door”.  She was 19 at the time.  The woman said she met her husband while dining at Monari’s.

Earl said no one has stepped up to buy the supper club.  The family is asking $275,000.

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Arrest in Streator stabbing

Posted by wlpo on March 29, 2015

Streator police have been joined by the sheriff’s office and state police to investigating a stabbing occurred early Saturday in the 200 block of West 2nd street in Streator. About 4:40am, police and EMT’s  responded to a report of a person being stabbed.

Upon arrival, a 21-year old man was found inside a home with multiple stab wounds. He was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital then life flighted to St. Francis in Peoria. After investigation, 19-year old Curtis Smith of Marseilles was charged with 1 count of aggravated battery, a class 3 felony. He is in the county jail awaiting a bond hearing.

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Fundraiser in Peru will bring light to Multiple Sclerosis battle

Posted by wlpo on March 28, 2015

The odds are good that you know someone who has Multiple Sclerosis. But you may not realize how the financial hardship it can.

The 2nd Annual Legion Against Lesions fundraiser is Saturday at the Peru Eagles. Between 4 and midnight you can enjoy an auction, raffles, buffet dinner and live music all to raise money for those affected with Multiple Sclerosis in the Illinois Valley.

Advance tickets are $15 at Big Boys Tires, the La Salle K of C and at the Peru Eagles. Tickets at the door are $20.

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Your monthly payments helping to pay for Ameren improvements

Posted by wlpo on March 28, 2015

Ameren is hoping nearly $3 million in improvements this year in La Salle County drives up customer satisfaction.

The power company plans to invest $170,000 in La Salle for new automation technology that’s supposed to help with quicker response to service interruptions. In Ottawa Ameren is spending $870,000 on a breaker and switches that should reduce outage times.

In Wedron meanwhile Ameren is upgrading a 2.5 mile section of power lines. The estimated cost is $1.6 million.

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Self-defense class proves to be a big hit in Peru

Posted by wlpo on March 28, 2015

Apparently a lot of women are ready to kick some butt if called upon in the Illinois Valley.

In a matter of minutes after announcing a 2-hour women’s self-defense class, the 20 allotted spots filled up. So Peru Police Chief Doug Bernabei says more self-defense classes will be held due to popular demand.

Patrol sergeant Sarah Raymond and Detective John Atkins are the self-defense instructors. They’ll cover areas like: situational awareness; grip-breaking techniques; and choke escapes.

The first class will be at the Peru Y June 10th.

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Groundbreaking held for future medical marijuana cultivation center in Oglesby

Posted by wlpo on March 28, 2015

The first ceremonial pile of dirt has been moved for a medical marijuana cultivation center in Oglesby.

Green Thumb Industries is the developer behind the cultivation center. They won a hotly contested battle for the one cultivation center license in all of the District 17 state police coverage area.

The planned Oglesby cultivation center will be south of Loves Travel Stop along Interstate 39. It’s expected to bring 100 jobs and be a major electric supplier to Oglesby.

The first medical marijuana should be planted by this fall.

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Farm Bureau Manager dies

Posted by wlpo on March 27, 2015

LaSalle County Farm Bureau members are grieving the death of their manager of 21 years, Jeff Hartman.

Hartman died from cancer Friday at University of Chicago Hospital. Farm Bureau President, Monty Whipple said Hartman had been battling the disease for some time.

Hartman is survived by his wife, Janet and 2 sons.

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