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Another electronics recycling day planned in Ottawa

Posted by wlpo on April 28, 2015

If you were turned away this past weekend, there’s another electronics recycling day this weekend in Ottawa.

You can drop off computer equipment, vacuums, cameras, phones, DVD players, and stereo equipment. Recyclers Saturday won’t take TVs, refrigerators, air conditioners, batteries, washing machines or dryers.

The drop off is from 9 until noon in the Woodward Memorial Parking Lot west of the county courthouse along the Illinois River.

Household items that are in decent shape will be donated to charities like Illinois Valley PADS.


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Gas prices rising as April comes to a close

Posted by wlpo on April 28, 2015

The price at the pump continues to inch up in the Illinois Valley.

According to, unleaded is now selling for $2.33 to $2.51 a gallon in the Illinois Valley. Stations in Peru and Ottawa are at the low end of the price scale while Streator has the highest prices. If you don’t mind driving a little Lacon has the cheapest gas in the entire state at $2.11 a gallon.

The statewide average for unleaded is $2.63 a gallon, up six cents from a week ago.

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Putnam County home catches fire

Posted by wlpo on April 28, 2015

The State Fire Marshall has been called to investigate what started a late morning house fire south of Standard.

The initial 9-1-1 call came in before 11 o’clock Tuesday morning about a house fully engulfed on North 955th Road. A mutual aid call was put out immediately with firefighters from Standard, Cedar Point, Granville and McNabb on the scene. Heavy smoke coming from the two-story home could be seen miles away.

The American Red Cross has also been contacted to help those displaced by the fire. Nobody was hurt.

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La Salle man accused of hauling marijuana on Interstate 88

Posted by wlpo on April 28, 2015

Interstate 80 isn’t the only hotspot for drug arrests.

Jeff Debartolo of La Salle was pulled over Monday afternoon on Interstate 88 and arrested for unlawful possession of cannabis. He’s accused of having over 100 grams of cannabis in the trunk of his car.

Debartolo was taken to the DeKalb County Jail.

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Amtrak service for Mendota and Princeton held in limbo

Posted by wlpo on April 28, 2015

Morning and evening Amtrak service in Princeton and Mendota could be lost if Governor Bruce Rauner’s proposed cuts are approved.

The governor has proposed cutting 40 percent of funding for Amtrak. Since the Illinois Zephyr and Carl Sandburg lines are state funded, Rick Harnish with the Midwest High Speed Rail Association says they definitely would be cut in some way. He doesn’t know if that would be less days a week or the routes stopped completely for Mendota and Princeton.

A decision one way or another has to be made when the new budget takes effect July 1st. Harnish says if and when the state gives up Amtrak’s slots to commercial rail lines, it’ll be real expensive to get the rail access back.

The trains themselves are in limbo with potential cuts. Harnish says the trains used in Mendota and Princeton are supposed to be replaced by new models later this year.

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Special Olympics athletes descend on Spring Valley for Spring Games

Posted by wlpo on April 28, 2015

The running of the torch and lighting of the cauldron in Spring Valley will kick off the annual Spring Games for the Special Olympics.

Around 250 athletes are expected to compete this Saturday at Hall High School in 19 different track and field events. The athletes represent La Salle, Bureau, Grundy, Henry, Marshall, Putnam and Stark Counties.

The opening ceremony starts at 9 with competitions finishing up around 3 in the afternoon. Athletes who win the gold this Saturday will compete in the Summer Games in June in Bloomington-Normal.

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Scout troops host recruitment night for new members

Posted by wlpo on April 28, 2015

Looking for something to get your young son involved in? How about the Boy Scouts?

Scout troops in Peru are having a recruitment night for boys and their parents Tuesday night starting at 6:30 in the First Congregational Church of Peru. Besides learning valuable character skills, scouts enjoy camping, hiking, sports and community service projects.

Cub Scouting is for boys going into 1st thru 5th grade in the fall while Boy Scouting is for boys in 6th thru 12th grade in the fall.

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Suspicious note sends students home early at Streator Woodland

Posted by wlpo on April 28, 2015

A bomb threat had Streator Woodland High School dismissing early Monday afternoon.

School officials say just before 11 in the morning a handwritten note was found on the wall of a girl’s bathroom stall saying “Bomb at 2:00 p.m.” Deputies from Livingston County came out to the school and found nothing suspicious. Just to be safe, students were moved to another part of the high school and eventually dismissed at 1 o’clock.

Administrators say they don’t think students were ever in danger. If you have information about the bomb threat you’re asked to call the Streator Woodland superintendent or the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department.

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