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Rain washes out sports and other events in the Illinois Valley

Posted by wlpo on April 25, 2015

The Starved Rock Area Special Olympics group can’t buy a break with Mother Nature.

After a snowstorm wreaked havoc on their winter games, rain has cancelled Saturday’s Bocce Ball competition at L-P High School.  Hundreds of competitors were expected to take part.

Rain has also cancelled several high school sports and the Spring Valley Clean Up Day has been rescheduled for Saturday, May 2nd.

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Republican congressman calls for less drones and more human intelligence after hostages are killed

Posted by wlpo on April 25, 2015

Who’s to blame for an American hostage being killed during a drone strike? You may be surprised to know Republican Adam Kinzinger isn’t laying the blame on the president.

Appearing on Fox News this week, the congressman says neither the president nor the drone program is to blame in the hostage death. The blame is solely on al Qaeda.

Kinzinger does fault the president for relying too much on drones and not enough on human intelligence. The congressman thinks the president should utilize more special forces on the ground to get intelligence even if it’s far riskier.

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Drugs and weapons charges send an Ottawa man to prison

Posted by wlpo on April 25, 2015

An Ottawa man who was probation when arrested last year for drugs and weapons charges is headed back to prison.

Anthony Brito was sentenced Thursday to 12 years in prison for unlawful possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver and unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon. He was found guilty of dealing cocaine.

Brito was arrested in November by Ottawa Police. He was on probation at the time for burglary.

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State’s Attorney explains why there Dayton murder defendants don’t face life sentences

Posted by wlpo on April 25, 2015

While the details of a murder in Dayton are gruesome, it doesn’t meet the state threshold of a life sentence eligible crime.

48-year-old William Horman of Dayton and 21-year-old Jonathan Beckman of Wedron are accused of killing Robert Dowd and then burning his body, but the most prison time either could get is 65 years. The murder charge brings a maximum of 60 years while the concealing the body charge is 5 years at most.

La Salle County State’s Attorney Brian Towne says there is a list of ways someone can be life eligible such as killing two or more people, killing a first responder, murdering someone in a terrorist attack or killing someone younger than 13 or older than 60. A person could also get life in the murder is considered “brutal and heinous”.

Towne says in the Dayton case, Dowd was already dead when the most brutal or heinous part happened with his body being burned. As morbid as it may sound, if Dowd was burned alive then his alleged killers would likely face life sentences.

Towne says prior criminal history plays no role in deciding eligibility for a life sentence.

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