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Archive for July 27th, 2015

Names are released of men involved in fatal La Rose shooting

Posted by wlpo on July 27, 2015

A 72-year-old man faces first-degree murder charges after a shooting Sunday morning in La Rose.

The charges were filed yesterday in Marshall County Court against Thomas Masterson. According to the Peoria Journal Star, he’s accused of shooting and killing 43-year-old Darrin Lancaster also of La Rose. Lancaster was found dead by police in the driveway of Masterson’s house.

Masterson hasn’t been in court yet since he was taken to St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria for injuries that apparently stemmed from a fight. He led police on a two-hour standoff at his house Sunday morning but eventually surrendered peacefully.

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New restaurant planned on Water Street in Peru

Posted by wlpo on July 27, 2015

Peru’s newest restaurant is opening this fall on Water Street.

Desi Ratajczak is renovating the old Red Door Inn and wants to open a new place to dine called Red Door Chili House. She’s filed all the needed paperwork and hopes to open by the first of October.

Additional news about the restaurant’s menu and hours will be released soon.

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Peru City Council divided over need for a lobbyist

Posted by wlpo on July 27, 2015

Do you think a city like Peru needs to pay $24,000 a year for a lobbyist? That question split the Peru City Council Monday night.

The council voted 4 to 3 to rehire Tim McAnarney to be their eyes and ears in Springfield. Alderman Tom Payton says McAnarney has gotten the city funding they wouldn’t have otherwise gotten and wants to see him finish other projects still in the works. Mayor Scott Harl says it’s the best thing for Peru and the lobbyist is able to open doors.

Alderman Dave Potthoff though said he’s seen no real results because of the lobbyist while fellow Alderman Tony Ferrari says they should save the money and better use their state lawmakers for leads.

Former council member Rodney Perez spoke during the public comment of the meeting saying McAnarney has spent most of the city’s time at golf outings and political fundraisers.

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Suburban man falls nearly 40 feet at Starved Rock

Posted by wlpo on July 27, 2015

An Oswego man was flown to Peoria after falling about 30 feet and tumbling another 10 feet Monday morning at Starved Rock State Park.

The fall happened at Aurora Canyon right at 10 o’clock. A landing area was set up for the Lifeflight helicopter outside Utica Village Hall.

Conservation Police haven’t released the name yet of the fall victim. Sgt. Hank Frazier did say the man was ticketed for being off the designated trails.

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Rollover sends Tonica man and young child to the hospital

Posted by wlpo on July 27, 2015

A Tonica man is accused of driving under the influence with a child along for the rough ride.

Paramedics in Tonica and La Salle County deputies responded to a rollover crash Sunday afternoon on a county road near Leonore. Twenty-six-year-old Andrew Schmillen was arrested for DUI of drugs, failing to property secure a child under the age of 8, and failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

Schmillen and the child were both taken to Illinois Valley Community Hospital in Peru.

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For the first time this summer, the Illinois River is expected to be below flood stage in the Illinois Valley

Posted by wlpo on July 27, 2015

After about two straight months of flooding, the Illinois River is finally back below its flood stage in La Salle and Peru.

The river fell about three feet over the weekend and a daily Flood Warning was lifted Monday morning. The highest the Illinois got this summer in La Salle was 29 feet back on June 24th. That’s the 14th highest level ever according to records that date back over a hundred years.

The Illinois River at Henry is falling as well and is expected to go back below its flood stage in the next 24 hours.

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Matinee performance of “Cinderella” announced due to high ticket sales at Stage 212

Posted by wlpo on July 27, 2015

If you haven’t checked out Stage 212’s version of the classic “Cinderella”, you have one more shot to get tickets.

Because other shows this week have sold out, a Saturday matinee performance of the Disney fairy tale has been added. Phil Grant is the director while Emily Hanck wears the glass slipper as Cinderella.

Tickets to the added show are $20 and are available at the Stage 212 box office in downtown La Salle or you can order online using the theater website.

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Young passenger hurt after crash outside Troy Grove

Posted by wlpo on July 27, 2015

A four-year-old boy went to the hospital after a crash near Troy Grove.

Twenty-three-year-old Kayla Funfsinn of Mendota was driving on a county road Saturday night when she lost control at a curve and overturned her vehicle. She was okay and wasn’t ticketed.

Her four-year-old son was checked out at St. Paul Medical Center in Mendota.

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Ottawa man accused of stealing a vehicle

Posted by wlpo on July 27, 2015

A stolen vehicle outside Ottawa was tracked down in Peru.

Twenty-four-year-old Justin Waterworth of Ottawa was arrested just after midnight Sunday morning in Peru after he allegedly stole a vehicle. Peru police arrested him for driving with a suspended license and failing to signal. He’s facing more serious charges from the county.

Waterworth was given a trip to the La Salle County Jail.

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