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Rapidly rising Vermillion River shut off to recreational boating

Posted by wlpo on June 29, 2015

The Vermillion River is below flood stage but it’s gone up enough in a short time to take safety measures.

Conservation Police Sgt. Hank Frazier says the river through the entire stretch of La Salle County is closed to boats until further notice. Frazier says the river level more than doubled over the weekend.

A river rescue Sunday on the river also led to the closure according to Frazier.

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Drugs said to have played roll in crash injuring two drivers in Peru

Posted by wlpo on June 29, 2015

Two women hurt in a late night crash in Peru were treated and released from Illinois Valley Community Hospital in Peru.

Around 10:30 Sunday night, 19-year-old Caitlyn Gloria of Mendota is accused of running a red light and turning into 59-year-old Mary Boland of Peru. Gloria was coming from the Interstate 80 exit, turning onto northbound Route 251 when she hit Boland who was southbound on Rt. 251.

Gloria was arrested for DUI of drugs, possession of cannabis and paraphernalia and disobeying the traffic light. She was given a court date.

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Morris accident claims a life

Posted by wlpo on June 29, 2015

A five-vehicle crash in Morris claimed the life of a woman from Chicago.

Sixty-six-year-old Linda Baines was pronounced dead Sunday afternoon at Morris Community Hospital. She was rushed there after a crash near the Morris Interstate 80/Route 47 interchange.

Baines was driving eastbound on I-80 when the fatal crash happened. The crash remains under investigation.

Three other people were hurt.

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New school board member may be announced Monday night at L-P

Posted by wlpo on June 29, 2015

A vacancy on the L-P Board of Education could be filled Monday night.

The board is having a special meeting at 5:30 with the only topic on its agenda being possible approval to fill vacant board seat. Former board president Jim Quesse resigned in late May blaming time constraints with his job. He’s since been replaced as president by Tony Sparks.

Monday’s meeting will start at 5:30 and initially be in closed session.

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Mendota and Bureau County on board with consolidating dispatch centers

Posted by wlpo on June 29, 2015

A proposed regional 9-1-1 dispatch center for the Illinois Valley is still in the works.

At Monday night’s meeting, the Peru City Council will vote on adding Mendota and Bureau County to the dispatch center planning board. Last year Peru, La Salle and Oglesby joined together to consolidate 9-1-1 dispatch centers into one building near Illinois Valley Community College.

The state last fall announced a $1.5 million grant to build the dispatch center but no construction has started since the grant has been put on hold by Governor Bruce Rauner. A 9-1-1 consolidation bill awaiting the governor’s signature could also have an impact on the regional dispatch center.

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Gunplay in Streator home

Posted by wlpo on June 27, 2015

Streator police have their own incident of gun play at a domestic residence. At midnight, this morning, police were summoned to the 1200 block of North Park after a 34 year old man said he was shot at during a family dispute.

Sgt. Nathan Guest is with Streator police. Guest said his officers discovered 34-year old Christopher Williams had fired a gun in the direction of the victim while the victim was leaving. There were no injuries or property damage. Williams is in the county jail for aggravated assault and Unlawful discharge of a firearm.

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5 Iowa residents rescued on Vermillion

Posted by wlpo on June 27, 2015

Would you go rafting in these kind of river conditions? 5 people from the Quad Cities tried the Vermillion Sunday afternoon  and found trouble. Sgt. Hank Frazier is with Conservation Police. Frazier said all were safely rescued by the MABAS 25 rescue team including Tonica, Streator and Oglesby.

    Frazier did not have their names, but said they hit something in the river around 12:45pm and overturned. One person was rescued on a far bank and the others off a small island in the river. No citations will be issued and alcohol was not involved. All are over age 21.

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Spring Valley woman targeted

Posted by wlpo on June 27, 2015

    Police say a Spring Valley woman was targeted by a gunman who fired two shots at her Saturday morning. The woman called 9-1-1 from her home in the 300 block of West Erie. Spring Valley Police chief Kevin Sangston say she was outside when an unknown black man appeared along side of her house and fired two shots at her. The man never entered the home. He then fled the scene on foot . There were no injuries.

   The man was dressed in dark shirt, hat and pants with a bandana covering his face. Sangston says this was not a random act. Bureau County Sheriff and Illinois State Crime Scene services are helping on this case.

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National Weather Service says no less than 12 tornadoes touched down Monday night

Posted by wlpo on June 27, 2015

After a few days to assess the damage, the National Weather Service now says at least a dozen tornadoes touched down in northern Illinois this past Monday.

The Woodhaven Lakes twister had peak winds of 130 miles per hour and was on the ground almost eight miles. The half mile wide tornado is blamed for seven injuries. The weather service says the Woodhaven Lakes tornado was the strongest twister in Lee County since 1993.

Far less powerful were tornadoes in Mendota, north of Ottawa and one north of Seneca. The Mendota twister had a peak wind gust of 105 miles per hour. It stayed on the ground for a mile and a half and caused no injuries.

The twister north of Ottawa, near Wedron had top winds of 90 miles per hour and was on the ground for six miles. Nobody was hurt near Ottawa or Wedron.

A tornado that headed between Seneca and Morris also had a peak wind gust of 90 miles per hour and was on the ground for over seven miles. This storm stayed together eventually leading to the strongest tornado on Monday, the one that hit Coal City.

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Report of shots fired not far from downtown Spring Valley

Posted by wlpo on June 27, 2015

Police across the Illinois Valley are looking for a man accused in an apparent home invasion with shots fired in Spring Valley.

The initial 9-1-1 call came in at 10:30 Saturday morning about shots fired in the 300 block of West Erie Street. Officers are looking for a black man, about six feet tall with a medium build. He was said to be wearing a dark hat, dark shirt and dark pants with a maroon and white checkered bandana.

The suspect allegedly fired two shots at a woman and then fled westbound on foot.

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