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Archive for April 29th, 2015

IDOT rep hears transportation wants and needs during stop in Ottawa

Posted by wlpo on April 29, 2015

Could you imagine a four-lane Route 23 between Ottawa and Streator? How about a truck route to bypass downtown Ottawa? Or a bike path connecting cities along the Illinois River? These were some of the things discussed at Wednesday morning’s IDOT Infrastructure meeting at the Ottawa City hall.

A packed house was on hand for the meeting, which is part of a series held across the state by IDOT. The meetings give you the opportunity to discuss transportation problems and offers ideas to IDOT.

Steve Jonland of Streator Economic Development proposed the four-lane route 23 as a way to relieve traffic congestion. Jonland said the number of sand trucks has increased significantly on the route. That paired with the already-winding road makes passing tough and back-ups common.

Increased sand truck traffic on route 23 in downtown Ottawa had Ottawa Mayor Bob Eschbach and chamber member Judy McConville suggesting a truck route for semis that would bypass the area entirely.

Larry Kinzer of the La Salle County Highway Department talked about the Dee Bennett road relocation project, moving the road farther up from the Illinois river which would allow easier access to the lock and dam during high-water periods. The road would also be used as a bike path to connect the cities along the river.

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Man pleads guilty to rest stop murder near Paw Paw

Posted by wlpo on April 29, 2015

The man accused of murdering a woman at the Interstate 39 rest stop near Paw Paw has pleaded guilty to the crime.

37-year-old Terence Doddy of Rockford entered the guilty plea Wednesday morning while in Lee County Court. He now faces a life sentence.

Doddy admits to strangling to death 44-year-old Tonya Bargman of Monticello at the southbound Interstate 39 rest stop near Paw Paw on July 1st. He stole her car and was eventually arrested July 4th in Beloit after crashing during a high speed chase.

Doddy also faces a murder charge in Winnebago County for killing a co-worker the day before the rest stop murder.

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Funds established for displaced Standard family

Posted by wlpo on April 29, 2015

In a matter of minutes, a family in Standard was left without a home.

The Wink family which includes a mom and two of her children were displaced in Tuesday’s fire near the Putnam and La Salle County line. North Central Bank locations in Hennepin and Ladd have set up a Wink Family Assistance Fund to help the family out.

The American Red Cross has been contacted to help the family. A Go Fund Me account has also been set up.

You can find the Go Fund Me account here

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Farmhouse near Standard destroyed in fire

Posted by wlpo on April 29, 2015

Firefighters from across Putnam County and elsewhere fought a house fire for several hours on Tuesday.

The initial 9-1-1 call about a house fully engulfed south of Standard came in Tuesday morning before 11. Within an hour, the two-story farmhouse was crumbling due to the flames. Firefighters actually had to come back to the house around 5 o’clock when the fire rekindled.

The state fire marshal’s office has been contacted to investigate the cause of the fire. Nobody was injured.

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Hy-Vee issues recall for certain pasta salad

Posted by wlpo on April 29, 2015

Attention Hy-Vee shoppers, there’s a salad recall at the store.

Hy-Vee has put out a recall of its Summer Fresh Pasta Salad. The salad may be contaminated with the bacteria called Listeria.

The recalled salad was sold in Hy-Vee’s Kitchen Department cold cases between April 9th and the 27th. So far the store hasn’t heard of any illnesses related to the pasta salad.

If you have this particular salad, throw it away or return it for a refund.

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Ottawa woman hurt after a fall at Buffalo Rock State Park

Posted by wlpo on April 29, 2015

Not all falls at state parks involve Starved Rock and someone from the suburbs.

Conservation Police Sgt. Hank Frazier says 21-year-old Brianna Rapp of Ottawa fell 20 feet Tuesday afternoon at Buffalo Rock State Park. She was allegedly climbing a sandstone wall to the west of the parking lot when she slipped and fell. Rapp was taken to OSF St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Ottawa.

Matthew Webster of Ottawa was with Rapp and was ticketed for possession of cannabis and drug paraphernalia. Frazier says Rapp and Webster would’ve been ticketed for being in a restricted area if not for the signage being stolen.

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