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Charges filed against former World Series champ in Ottawa

Posted by wlpo on April 17, 2015

Charges have officially been filed against a former World Series winner who lives in Ottawa.

Scott Spiezio has been charged with two misdemeanors including criminal damage to property and resisting a peace officer. He was already on conditional discharge, a form of probation for a previous DUI arrest in La Salle County.

The charges stem from an altercation Spiezio was involved in early Tuesday morning. Ottawa Police Captain Dave Gualandri says they got a call about a disturbance at the home of Spezio on Champlain Street.

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La Salle Business Association hands out yearly awards

Posted by wlpo on April 17, 2015

Two staples of business in La Salle have been honored for their impact on the city.

The La Salle Business Association had its awards dinner Thursday night and named Ray and Rita Anderes as the Business People of the Year. The husband and wife have owned Uptown Grill for nearly 30 years. Chris Duncan with the LBA calls Uptown Grill an anchor business of the downtown.

Winning the Business of the Year was Senica’s Oak Ridge. Duncan credits the business with expanding La Salle eastward.

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Asset to help smokers quit is latest victim of Illinois budget cuts

Posted by wlpo on April 17, 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – If your trying to stop smoking, the Illinois Tobacco Quitline is no longer an option. The line has been put on hold as a result of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s decision to suspend $26 million in social service grants.

More than two dozen people who work for the free state program have been laid off. Calls to the hotline are now answered with a recorded message saying it will be closed until further notice.
Rauner has proposed restoring funding for the program at a reduced rate, but not until the start of the new fiscal year on July 1.

The Quitline took more than 90,000 calls in the most recent fiscal year that ended June 30.

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Alleged drunk driver from Somonauk accused of hitting a firefighter

Posted by wlpo on April 17, 2015

Firefighters are there to help you, so why did a man from Somonauk allegedly hit a firefighter responding to a crash?

John Haddock was arrested Friday morning after a crash near Sandwich. He was arrested for DUI and aggravated battery for allegedly hitting a fireman who had responded to the crash call.

Haddock was taken to Valley West Hospital for treatment.

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Charges likely to be filed against former pro baseball player in Ottawa

Posted by wlpo on April 17, 2015

Charges could be filed Friday against a former World Series winner with the Cardinals who had a brush with Ottawa Police.

La Salle County State’s Attorney Brian Towne says his office has been looking over the case against Scott Spezio and could file charges Friday or Monday. Towne wouldn’t elaborate on the potential charges.

Ottawa Police Captain Dave Gualandri says they got a call Tuesday morning about a disturbance at the home of Spezio on Champlain Street. He wouldn’t say anything more other than the state police also helped at the scene.

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

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Pumpkin pie one step closer to state recognition

Posted by wlpo on April 17, 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – While financial problems still loom large in Springfield, lawmakers have found the time to vote on the new official state pie of Illinois.

The Illinois House approved pumpkin pie as the official state pie in Illinois. State Representative Frank Mautino didn’t vote because he had an excused absence. The senate will vote on the state pie next.

Illinois produces about 85 percent of consumed pumpkins in the U.S.

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