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Ottawa runner part of the Boston Marathon field

Posted by wlpo on April 19, 2015

A couple runners from the Illinois Valley will be among the thousands running in today’s Boston Marathon.

Susie Walsh of Ottawa is running in her third Boston Marathon today. Walsh was all set to run in the 2013 race but had to pull out because of an injury. She watched the race from afar as bombs went off at the finish line.

Walsh’s goal is to finish the 26.2 mile marathon in under four hours which would requalify her for next year’s run. She thinks expected rain and gusty winds will slow her and the other runners down.

Dan Kasperski of Oglesby is also in the field. To track Kasperski and Walsh’s progress, you can click http://www.baa.org/default.html

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Tips are needed to solve burglary of Ag business

Posted by wlpo on April 19, 2015

Your help is needed in solving a burglary at a grain elevator in Bureau County.

The Ag View FS plant in Walnut was broken into late last month. Bureau County deputies say several pieces of electronic equipment were taken.

If you have any information call either the Bureau County Sheriff’s Office or the Bureau/Putnam County Crimestoppers. You could get a cash reward.

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Sheridan man killed in weekend crash

Posted by wlpo on April 19, 2015

A rollover north of Sheridan ended up being a fatal crash.

59-year-old Brent Marker of Sheridan died Saturday after he drove off a county road and ended up in a ditch. He was taken to Valley West Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Nobody else was involved in the crash.

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Jailed bookkeeper inspires college courses

Posted by wlpo on April 19, 2015

A former bookkeeper’s theft of nearly $54 million from the city of Dixon is the subject of several college courses. Rita Crundwell is serving 20 years in federal prison for stealing from the city over 2 decades while she was comptroller. The case is being taught in accounting and forensic accounting classes at DePaul and Northern Illinois universities and several colleges outside Illinois.

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Area water departments at work

Posted by wlpo on April 19, 2015

Water service will be affected starting Sunday night in Spring Valley as the water department begins flushing water mains. According to a release, the city will flush mains from 10pm – 5am Sunday through Thursday.  The project will extend through May 1. Residents may experience increased turbidity and areas of low pressure. If the water is discolored, let it run until it clears. The schedule for Sunday and Monday nights includes all areas west of Hall High School including Marquette Road, Briarcliff and Johnson subdivisions and Industrial Park.

Oglesby Water Department is continuing a project Monday that was started last week. Water will be shut off between 8 and 4 Monday  for the area east of Watson Avenue including Walnut Street from Watson Avenue to Dry Bridge,  Dry Bridge east to Bluff Street and including Ed Hand Highway, Tipp Avenue, Main, Elm and Water streets and Timberwood Lane. Once the water is turned back on, a boil order will be in effect.

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Detectives seek information on case

Posted by wlpo on April 19, 2015

It’s the old adage….someone must have seen something. Bureau County Sheriff’s office is looking for information on a break-in at AG View FS Walnut offices between March 25 and 27. The Sheriff’s office said numerous electronic equipment was taken. The department wants to solve the case soon to recover as much stolen property as possible.

If you have any tips or information, you’re asked to talk with Lt. Tim Trevier or Detective Amy Reuter at 875-33-44. You can do it anonymously, by calling Bureau -Putnam Crime Stoppers at 800-939-69-29.

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Police offer help for “Craigslist” transactions

Posted by wlpo on April 19, 2015

“Craigslist” transactions have turned violent or even deadly. The Morris Police Department is aware of this and is trying to reduce the danger. In a Facebook post, Morris Police invite you to use their parking lot as a safe meeting location for social media transactions, such as Craigslist. Chief Brent Dite says staff are present all the time and it’s in a public setting.

Dite says if you’re meeting a stranger through a social network, here are some tips: Meet in a public place and not a secluded one or in your home, be careful selling or buying high value items, tell someone where you’re going or have them come along, take your cell phone and trust your instincts.

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CASA chocoate fundraiser Sunday

Posted by wlpo on April 19, 2015

It takes a heart to help abused and neglected children but it also takes funding. A group that helps children in the La Salle County Court system is bringing back their popular fundraiser.  “Nothing’s Sweeter than a Child Chocolate Festival is Sunday from 1 until 4 at Celebrations 150 in La Salle. Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASA for short, is the host.

At the festival you’ll be able to sample a variety of chocolate candies and baked goods. You’ll also be able to make bids on gift certificates and other items. There will also be activities for children. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children 5 and under.

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Ottawa City Council in session Tuesday

Posted by wlpo on April 19, 2015

Ottawa city council members will be awarding a bid for the 2015 street maintenance at their meeting Tuesday night. Also on the docket, okaying an agreement with Renwick and Associates for work on East Stevenson Road, an ordinance amending the current year operating budget and adopting the 2016 budget.

The council will vote on a funding agreement with the Visitors Center and authorizing intergovernmental agreements with Ottawa High and Elementary, IVCC, the Rutland district and the County board.

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Fair Association could use help

Posted by wlpo on April 19, 2015

The LaSalle County Junior Fair Board keeps up its South Ottawa fairgrounds with the money they have. But, a planned $60-thousand dollar reconstruction job has them $30-thousand dollars short. Vaughn Kiner is President of the fairboard. He said a building containing restrooms and offices will tentatively be replaced this fall.

Parts of the 25-year old building are showing age including a cracked floor and rotting wood. Already, Northern Partners, Grainco FS, Farm Credit Services and Farm Bureau have pledged money for half the cost. If you would like to donate money, fixtures or just help, call Kiner at 815 910 70 94. Make a check out to the LaSalle County Junior Fair Association and leave it at the Farm Bureau in North Ottawa.

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