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Archive for May 13th, 2015

Princeton man arrested for pharmacy hold-up

Posted by wlpo on May 13, 2015

After a nearly six-month investigation, an arrest has been made in the armed robbery of Princeton Pharmacy.

24-year-old Sheldon Hall of Princeton was arrested Wednesday for armed robbery. He’s accused of holding up Princeton Pharmacy on November 21st and stealing prescription drugs.

Hall also faces a charge of theft of a firearm from a residence. He’s accused of stealing a rifle from a home in Princeton a week before holding up the pharmacy. Investigators say they found the stolen rifle and a separate gun he used in the pharmacy holdup in his home.

Hall is being held in the Bureau County Jail.

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Sinkhole closes bridge on west end of Cedar Point

Posted by wlpo on May 13, 2015

There’s a sinkhole problem in Cedar Point.

Cedar Point Mayor Lance Korter says the bridge on West 1st Street is closed due to a sinkhole that was found Wednesday morning. It’s on the west approach to the bridge.

Barricades and lights are up closing off the bridge to traffic.

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Utica’s police chief passes away after battling cancer

Posted by wlpo on May 13, 2015

An officer who worked for both the La Salle and Utica Police Departments has died.

Mark Wren died Tuesday after a battle with cancer. He was the acting chief of police in Utica and also was a sergeant for the La Salle PD.

He was hired in La Salle the same day in 1988 as Chief Rob Uranich. Uranich says it’s a very sad day for La Salle PD, calling Wren an excellent officer and that he will be greatly missed.

Funeral service information hasn’t been released yet.

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Your vote is needed to bring a playground for children with disabilities in Ottawa

Posted by wlpo on May 13, 2015

Ottawa currently lacks a playground for children with disabilities, despite 13 percent of the children in the city living with one. A group is working to change that.

“Project Inclusive” is a group of Ottawa organizations headed by the Kiwanis Club that is working towards building an inclusive play park for both disabled and non-disabled children. The group has secured a spot at the Lincoln-Douglas Park for the playground. Money is now being sought and the Ottawa Kiwanis needs your vote in a $25,000 Facebook competition for playground equipment.

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The group hopes to have the money raised by April 2016, with a tentative opening day for the park set for June 1, 2016.

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Zoning Board in Oglesby says no thanks to a recycling company proposal

Posted by wlpo on May 13, 2015

The brakes have been applied to a new plastics recycling company for Oglesby.

According to the NewsTribune, the Oglesby Zoning Board of Appeals voted unanimously to deny a rezoning request from TC Enterprises. ZBA members think the proposed development doesn’t fit with Oglesby’s comprehensive plan. Business owners who would be neighbors to the recycling company also are concerned about it being a potential eyesore.

Developer Tod Misener had said the recycling development at the old Dahlgren’s property near the Oglesby four corners would’ve meant a dozen jobs.

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Closures planned for Interstate 80/Route 71 ramps in Ottawa

Posted by wlpo on May 13, 2015

As part of the ongoing Interstate 80 construction between Ottawa and Marseilles, Route 71 ramps will be closed the next two nights.

The eastbound Interstate 80/71 ramp will be closed to traffic Wednesday from midnight until 6 Thursday morning. Then overnight Thursday the westbound Interstate 80/71 ramp will be closed from midnight until 6 Friday morning.

The construction between the Fox River in Ottawa and the Marseilles exit on I-80 is expected to last until early July.

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Clean up and investigation continues after downtown Utica fire

Posted by wlpo on May 13, 2015

Businesses on the north end of downtown Utica continue to clean up after Sunday morning’s fire.

Skoog’s Pub, Second Look Antiques, Joy & Ed’s Supper Club and Flutterby Gourmet Popcorn remain closed after taking on smoke and water damage. The fire started in a home above the antiques store.

Utica Fire Chief Ben Brown says he doesn’t think the cause is suspicious. He’s awaiting an official report from the state fire marshal’s office.

58-year-old Roy Lance was pulled from to safety by firefighters and is being treated still at St. Anthony’s Medical Center in Rockford.

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Car crashes into side of Peru church

Posted by wlpo on May 13, 2015

It’s a helpless feeling to have your brakes go awry while driving.

Moira Witek of Peru says that’s what happened when she was westbound on 4th Street Tuesday morning. She says instead of hitting the driver in front of her, she went up a curb and hit the south side of the First Congregational Church of Peru after her brakes faltered.

Witek wasn’t hurt or ticketed. The church had some bricks damaged as well as grass, bushes, a down spout and lighting.

Witek’s car had minor front end damage.

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