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Three arrested after Ottawa stabbing

Posted by wlpo on December 2, 2015

While the violent story in California involved guns, a violent crime in Ottawa involved an apparent knife.

La Salle County deputies were called just before 9:30 Wednesday morning about a woman being stabbed on East 15th Road, west of Cimco Recycling. Arrested for mob action were Paris Budach, Hannah Rhanor and Vernon Andrews, all from Ottawa. Additional charges are possible.

The stabbing victim and one of the three suspects were treated and released from St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Ottawa.

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Bureau County hunters accused of breaking several hunting rules

Posted by wlpo on December 2, 2015

Hundreds if not thousands of deer hunters follow the rules. But there are some who try to ruin it for others.

Collin Cissell and Tyler Senders both of Hollowayville are accused of gunning down a deer from a road and out of season. A conservation police officer says he caught Cissell and Senders trying to grab the deer they shot last Monday, November 23rd near Tiskilwa.

Both Cissell and Senders were given nearly a dozen tickets. Charges included: hunting using a motor vehicle; hunting out of season and after hours; hunting from the road; and hunting using a rifle. Both were taken to the Bureau County Jail and eventually released on bond. Their deer and rifle were confiscated by police.

Cissell and Senders are due in Bureau County Court Tuesday, December 22nd.

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New IRS phone scam going around

Posted by wlpo on December 2, 2015

If you get a call from the Internal Revenue Service, chances are it’s a scam.

The Streator Police Department is looking into several complaints about an IRS scam. Scammers call claiming they work for the IRS and say that the intended victim owes money to the IRS and if they don’t pay immediately, a warrant will be issued for their arrest. The scammers usually alter the caller ID to make it look official.

Keep in mind the IRS doesn’t call for immediate payment. They also don’t ask for credit card numbers over the phone or threaten to arrest you for not paying.

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Earlville school superintendent arrested for domestic battery

Posted by wlpo on December 2, 2015

When you hold a position of authority, you are expected to lead by example and stay out of trouble.

The superintendent of Earlville Schools, Wade Winekauf was arrested Friday at his home for domestic battery. He eventually posted bond and was released from custody.

The Earlville School Board has scheduled a special meeting Thursday afternoon to talk about what to do with Winekauf. Besides being a school superintendent, Winekauf is also a part-time police officer in Polo.

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Streator firefighters hope to save more lives this weekend

Posted by wlpo on December 2, 2015

When cooking a holiday meal, don’t just laugh it off when the smoke detector goes off. Having a smoke detector can be a life saver.

Over 20 teams of Streator firefighters and Red Cross volunteers fanned out last month across Streator and installed over 200 smoke alarms in homes. The effort was called “Save a Life Day.”

The next “Save a Life Day” in Streator is this Saturday. Volunteers covered 28 blocks of the city last month and hope to do even more this weekend.

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