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Ottawa hiring more 9-1-1 dispatchers

Posted by wlpo on May 19, 2015

Being a telecommunicator can be rewarding but also extremely stressful. By adding staff, the Ottawa City Council hopes it lessens the burden of the city’s 9-1-1 operators.

The city is moving a part-time telecommunicator to full-time while also hiring three new full-time telecommunicators. These hires will bring the total number of telecommunicators for Ottawa to a dozen, enabling there to be two operators working at all times.

Public Health & Safety Commissioner Tom Ganiere says sometimes having just one telecommunicator taking 9-1-1 calls right now is overwhelming. The new hires were budgeted for.

Ganiere says part of the deal to take over 9-1-1 calls for Marseilles was to add more full-time dispatchers.

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It’s property tax time in La Salle County

Posted by wlpo on May 19, 2015

The taxman is calling again in La Salle County.

Property tax bills have been sent out with the first installment due by July 1st. The second installment is due no later than September 1st. If you pay late, you’ll face a 1.5 % interest charge per month.

There are several ways you can pay property taxes. You can pay by check, automatic withdrawal, cash or credit card. There’s an extra fee paying by credit card.

Last year La Salle County property taxpayers shelled out over $200 million in property taxes with 63 percent of that going to schools.

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One person hurt after a crash near Troy Grove

Posted by wlpo on May 19, 2015

A tricky curve west of Troy Grove was the site of a two-vehicle crash.

Two ambulances were called at noon Tuesday for an accident that happened near the intersection of Route 52 and East 3rd Road. One of the vehicles ended up on its top blocking traffic.

One person was taken to a hospital while another refused medical treatment.

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Trial delayed for Peru woman accused of DUI in fatal crash

Posted by wlpo on May 19, 2015

The trial for a Peru woman allegedly driving under the influence when she caused a crash that killed a popular teacher has been put off.

A jury trial was supposed to start this week for 60-year-old Margaret Insco. However during a final pre-trial hearing on Friday, Judge Cynthia Raccuglia put off a trial and told Insco to be back in court this Friday for another pretrial hearing. Raccuglia also denied a motion for Insco to plead guilty without a sentencing agreement.

Insco was allegedly driving impaired last September when she crashed into a truck and car on Route 251 in Peru. 57-year-old Kim Parsons of Spring Valley died in the crash. He was a teacher with the Streator Elementary School District and was involved with Stage 212.

Insco is charged with aggravated DUI and possession of a controlled substance. She’s in the La Salle County Jail on $500,000 bond.

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