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Adult color time Thursday in Princeton

Posted by wlpo on January 17, 2016

It’s called “Community Coloring” and supposedly its’ effects are calming.  Adults across the country are taking advantage of it.  Princeton Public Library will let you try it at 6:30 this Thursday evening.

Adults of all ages are invited to try “Collaborative Coloring” with the Library providing all the materials.   You provide the creativity and camaraderie.

A coloring corner is available for individuals during open hours who need to de-stress with coloring sheets, markers, crayons and coloring pencils.

The Library is at 698 East Peru Street in Princeton.

 

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Ottawa I-cash event coming Friday

Posted by wlpo on January 17, 2016

Do you wonder where the money goes?  Perhaps the State of Illinois has it.  State Representative Andy Skoog will give you an opportunity to find out this Friday.  The State of Illinois currently has about $2.1 billion in unclaimed money and property.  When you leave money in an old account and don’t claim it after while,  your state government becomes its’ caretaker until you come get it.

The State Treasurer says 1 in 8 Illinoisians have property in the custody of the State.  The event this Friday will be  3 – 6pm at Handy Foods in Ottawa.

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Coldest conditions expected 6am Monday

Posted by wlpo on January 17, 2016

If you leave your home about 6am Monday, the National Weather Service says you’ll be experiencing the worst of the cold air now in the Illinois Valley. At that time,  the “feel like” temperature will be between -25 and -30.  Under those conditions, frostbite can occur to exposed skin in about 30 minutes.  A wind chill advisory is now in effect in Bureau and Putnam, but won’t kick in till 9pm in LaSalle County.  All advisories end at Noon Monday.  Daytime temperatures will get close to 30 degrees by Wednesday.   Wind Chill advisories cover the top  2/3 of Illinois and most adjoining states.

 

 

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Cell phone squeals to police

Posted by wlpo on January 17, 2016

A iPhone stolen Saturday told Oglesby police where it was and the thief was caught quickly.  The phone was swiped earlier in the day from an undisclosed location.  But, police said the phone “pinged” its’ location and that was 519 Morris.  A resident there,  19-year old Ryan Johnson was taken into custody for theft over $500.  Johnson was lodged in the county jail.

 

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Speeding litterbug caught by police

Posted by wlpo on January 17, 2016

The dry winter does allow police to see a speeding motorist littering – even after midnight.  The Sheriff’s office clocked 25-year old Nicholas Rodriguez of Streator going 119mph. in a 55mph around 12:40am Sunday.  Rodriguez was stopped on Route 23 north of Grand Ridge and charged with speeding, DUI of alcohol, illegal transportation of alcohol and littering.  The Streator man went to the county jail.

 

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Firemen handle 3 fires in 20 hours

Posted by wlpo on January 17, 2016

Streator Fire Department made it official on their Facebook page late Sunday.  The department worked 3 structure fires in a 20 hour period this weekend.

First was a garage fire at 409 West Grant around 5am Saturday.  That took 10 minutes to extinguish.  About 5  1/2 hours after that,  a resident noticed smoke coming from the roof of a vacant home at 411 Ralph Plumb street.  Firemen responded about 10:25am and did find light smoke around the eaves and roof.  Information officer Bryan Park said a small fire was found inside that was extinguished in 5 minutes. Minor physical and smoke damage resulted.

Park said personnel got a third call about 1:22am Sunday at Grant and Wasson.  Firemen arrived in 3 minutes and found the vacant single story home at 814 North Wasson,  heavily involved with fire, according to Park.   Freezing temperatures and strong winds affected their efforts and it took 25 minutes to get the flames under control. There were no injuries, but the structure sustained severe fire and smoke damage.   The last of eleven firemen left the scene at 4:30am.  Reading Fire Department manned Streator’s station during this time.

Streator police and the State fire Marshall are investigating all 3 incidents.

 

 

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Posted by wlpo on January 17, 2016

    LaSalle Peru High School’s JV and Varsity cheerleaders are on the move this weekend. Coach Julie Blomquist told “Classic Hits 103-9 WLPO”,  Sunday the varsity perform a 2 minute routine at the Northern Big 12 competition in Kaneland.  7 other schools are there including Ottawa, Morris and others. LP’s JV’s do an exhibition, but not an actual competition.

    Blomquist’s girls were in Normal West Saturday where the varsity took 2nd place against the likes of Streator, Pontiac, Washington and a Champaign school LP performed in the medium division. Streator took 3rd. LP’s JV squad placed fourth.

     Blomquist’s girls are looking to the January 30 sectionals in Mahomet. The Varsity cheerleaders are 17 girls strong rehearsing upwards of 3 times a week.

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Spring Valley man pleads guilty

Posted by wlpo on January 17, 2016

 

How many burglaries does someone have to pull off before they’re called a serial burglar?

Mason Hass of Spring Valley pled guilty Friday to three counts of burglary and two counts of residential burglary.  He was arrested in September and at that time was thought to have played a role in 30 burglaries in La Salle, Bureau and Marshall Counties.  Prosecutors now think Hass could’ve burglarized up to 75 places including Tonica Grade School.

Hass will be sentenced March 11th and faces up to 15 years in prison.  He was paroled from prison in January of 2014 after serving about a year and a half for a residential burglary conviction in La Salle County.

 

 

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Cold weather hike offered Sunday

Posted by wlpo on January 17, 2016

    Instead of spending the rest of the weekend inside where it’s warm, you could bundle up and head out to Starved Rock State Park to take in some nature. Winter Wilderness Weekend wraps up Sunday. There are free guided tours leaving out from the visitor’s center at  1. The hikes take you to several canyons and you’re likely to see ice falls and maybe some bald eagles.  Remember to bring your binoculars.

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State requires counting overdoses

Posted by wlpo on January 17, 2016

The state is working to get a handle on how many heroin overdoses there are in Illinois under the requirements of a new state law. The Daily Herald reports the state health department is developing rules and procedures for collecting information on overdoses as required by the Heroin Crisis Act.

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