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Cleanup is Underway for Minor Oil Spill in the Illinois River

Posted by wlpo on February 2, 2016

Cleanup efforts are going on for a small oil spill that happened in the Illinois River Monday night.

The Bureau County Emergency Management Agency started cleanup efforts today for the spill, which happened less than a mile south of the Route 89 Bridge near Spring Valley. The EMA says there was a boat that leaked about 25 gallons of waste oil into the river, and the boat’s crew was able to make sure no oil went downriver after the spill.

The EMA began the cleanup process around 8:30 Tuesday morning and their working with a private spill cleanup team to get it completely removed.

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Princeton Man Arrested for Heroin Possession by Illinois Valley Drug Group

Posted by wlpo on February 2, 2016

A Princeton man is the latest arrest as part of a crackdown on heroin in the Illinois Valley.

Members of the drug group Tri-DENT got word that Benjamin Fisher was headed to Chicago to buy heroin. He was pulled over last Thursday at the intersection of Interstate 180 and Route 26. During a search of his car officers say they found 24 baggies of heroin.

Fisher was arrested for unlawful possession of a controlled substance. He was taken to the Bureau County Jail where he posted bond of $3,000 the next day and was released.

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Damages awarded to family of Utica man killed in 2007 fight

Posted by wlpo on February 2, 2016

More than eight years after a Utica man was punched and killed in a bar fight, his family has been awarded over a million dollars in a lawsuit.

A La Salle County Circuit Court jury has awarded the family of Andrew Sibley $1.5 million in damages. The man who punched Sibley, Bryan Tomaseski is on the hook for 70 percent of the money with Two Fools Bar in La Salle ordered to pay the remaining 30 percent.

Sibley and Tomaseski were part of a scuffle inside the downtown La Salle bar in 2007 that eventually spilled outside. Tomaseski punched Sibley causing him to fall to the ground and hit his head. He died the next day.

Tomaseski pled guilty to involuntary manslaughter and was given three years in prison although he was let out well before the full three years.

Two Fools is now called 516 on 1st Street in downtown La Salle.

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Spring Valley leaders mulling over sales tax increase

Posted by wlpo on February 2, 2016

Could the November ballot in Spring Valley include a question about raising taxes?

According to the NewsTribune, the Spring Valley City Council is talking about a sales tax increase. It’s too late to put a question on the primary ballot since voters are supposed to be given three months notice before a tax referendum.

Council members are expected to talk more about the idea Monday at a streets and alleys committee meeting. As of now the extra tax money would be put towards the street program.

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Fundraising and sign ups underway for St. Baldricks in Ottawa

Posted by wlpo on February 2, 2016

More than 100 people are expected to have their heads shaved for this year’s St. Baldricks event in Ottawa. Will you be one of them?

This is the 13th year for St. Baldrick’s in Ottawa. Between the Ottawa and other smaller St. Baldrick’s events throughout the Illinois Valley, organizers have been able to raise more than $600,000 for children’s cancer research.

This year’s shaving event in Ottawa is at Jeremiah Joe’s on Saturday, March 12th from 10 until 2. If you’d like to learn more or be a part of the event you can check out St. Baldricks Ottawa

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Everyone okay after latest house fire in Streator

Posted by wlpo on February 2, 2016

February has continued the trend that was started in January with a house fire in Streator.

The latest house fire broke out yesterday afternoon at 205 Penn Street on the east side of town just off Route 18. Everyone but a cat was out of the house when firefighters arrived. Firefighters were able to save the cat from the fire which started in the homes kitchen.

The cause is thought to be an electrical problem that started the dishwasher on fire. Most of the damage was contained to the kitchen.

Nobody was hurt in the fire.

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Another “eyesore” bought by the city of La Salle

Posted by wlpo on February 2, 2016

Efforts continue in and around downtown La Salle to get rid of eyesore buildings.

The La Salle City Council is moving forward with buying an apartment across the street from the Beck’s gas station along Route 6, or 3rd Street. The city is paying $12,000 to take on the property they consider to be a nuisance.

Mayor Jeff Grove says they don’t plan to tear the apartment down but they are hoping to develop the block it sits on. There is a relative of the landlord living in the apartment right now.

The city hopes to officially close on the property by the end of the month.

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Chicago man arrested after slow speed chase in the Illinois Valley

Posted by wlpo on February 2, 2016

Not all police pursuits are high speed chases.

Just before midnight Monday night, La Salle Police pulled over Zsoch Dunn of Chicago. After a drug dog allegedly picked up the scent of drugs, Dunn was told to get out of his car. Instead he’s accused of driving away, hitting an officer’s shoulder with his car. As Dunn drove away, he ran over stop sticks which damaged his rear tires.

With the damaged tires, Dunn led police on a slow speed chase of 10 to 30 miles per hour on Route 178 and Interstate 80 before the pursuit finally ended on I-80 just before the Ottawa exit.

Dunn was arrested for unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon, possession of marijuana, fleeing and eluding a police officer and resisting an officer. He was taken to the county jail in Ottawa.

More charges are pending against Dunn.

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Driver hospitalized after rollover near Wedron

Posted by wlpo on February 2, 2016

A rollover near Wedron had the driver hospitalized.

Fifty-six-year-old Darrell Leslie of Ottawa says he lost control on an icy road Monday morning. He left the road, hit a ditch and overturned. Leslie had to be physically pulled out of his vehicle by paramedics.

He was taken to OSF St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Ottawa.

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Oglesby looking at going green with solar panels

Posted by wlpo on February 2, 2016

Going green in Oglesby could mean solar panels.

According to the NewsTribune, Commissioner Dom Rivara wants to revisit the idea of putting up solar panels to appease a state mandate for cities to go green. He thinks the panels could be put in east of the fire station which would be easily accessible to a substation.

Rivara says there are some pluses and negatives with the go green mandate.

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