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Archive for April 16th, 2015

Latest electronics recycling event happening in Mendota

Posted by wlpo on April 16, 2015

If you live in Mendota, gather up your unwanted electronics.

There is an Electronics Recycling Pickup Saturday from 8 until noon in the Mendota Civic Center parking lot. You can drop off things like TV’s, computers, microwaves and cell phones, things that are not allowed in your regular garbage pickup.

Next Saturday there will be electronics pickups in Peru and Ottawa.

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Tense moments at a couple Illinois Valley high schools

Posted by wlpo on April 16, 2015

It was a hectic couple of hours for Streator and L-P High School.

Streator High was put on a “soft lockdown” at 11 Thursday morning after getting a bomb threat. Streator Principal Amy Jo Mascal says police immediately searched the school and nothing was found. Classes continued as planned in the afternoon.

Just after noon, firefighters were called to L-P for a heat sensor that went off in the east gym. It turns out the problem was a faulty detector.

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Chicago women facing fraudulent credit card charges in Ottawa

Posted by wlpo on April 16, 2015

Three Chicago women were arrested for allegedly using fraudulent or re-encoded credit cards to buy prepaid gift cards.

Tamika Johnson, Carlotta Jones and Chatia Allison, all of Chicago, were arrested Tuesday at the Ottawa Wal-Mart and were charged with one count each of Unlawful Use of a Credit/Debit Card, a class 4 felony.

All three women posted bond.

The women could be looking at additional charges for allegedly doing the same thing at other Wal-Marts.

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Former pro baseball player has a run in with Ottawa Police

Posted by wlpo on April 16, 2015

A World Series winner with the St. Louis Cardinals had a brush with Ottawa Police.

Ottawa PD Captain Dave Gualandri says they got a call Tuesday morning about a disturbance at the home of Scott Spiezio on Champlain Street in Ottawa. He wouldn’t say anything more other than the state police also helped at the scene. Any potential charges have been referred to the La Salle County State’s Attorney’s Office.

A report by TMZ claims that police had to use a taser on Spiezio after he broke out a neighbor’s window and resisted arrest. Gualandri wouldn’t confirm any of that information.

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Clean up continues in Fairdale one week after devastating tornado

Posted by wlpo on April 16, 2015

It’s been a week since a tornado ripped through Fairdale. The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office is trying to bring some finality to the tragedy.

A final press conference and media walkthrough will happen Thursday afternoon in Fairdale. Sheriff Roger Scott says any further information about the tornado recovery will be released through press releases and on Facebook.

If you want to drive up and see the damage yourself, keep in mind that a stretch of Route 72 into Fairdale remains closed.

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Repair work starting on L-P clocks

Posted by wlpo on April 16, 2015

If you notice people messing with the La Salle-Peru High School clock tower today, no need to worry. They are just working on repairing the clock faces.

Lee Manufacturing out of Wisconsin will be on campus to remove at least one clock face. As a result of age and exposure to the elements, the clock’s faces have begun to bow, creating a safety risk.

The repairmen will look at each of the four clocks to see if they need to be removed for repair. The timeframe for the repair process isn’t known yet.

Right now, one of the four clock faces isn’t working.

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Woodford County now looking for former congressman to pay for special election

Posted by wlpo on April 16, 2015

Another county wants a check from former Congressman Aaron Schock.

The Woodford County Finance Committee this week voted to ask that Schock reimburse the county for the costs of two elections this year to find the Republican’s replacement in Congress. The estimated bill for Woodford County is over $100,000. The Woodford County Board still has to approve the idea.

Earlier this month the Marshall County Board voted to ask Schock to reimburse them for around $76,000 in election costs.

Schock is being investigated for improper use of taxpayer money.

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