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Archive for March 19th, 2016

Exelon LaSalle Unit 1 is off-line again

Posted by wlpo on March 19, 2016

Unit 1 at the Exelon LaSalle Generating Station was taken off line Saturday morning, less than 24 hours after it had returned to 100% generating power. Megan Borchers, Site Communications Manager, said the action was taken to replace seals on 2 pumps that were not performing at optimum levels. The unit had just gone back on line Friday after a refueling and maintenance outage.

Borchers did not say when Unit 1 would be brought back on line.

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Man Found Hiding, Arrested after Supposedly Setting His Apartment on Fire

Posted by wlpo on March 19, 2016

Police and fire departments had a run-in Friday with a Compton man allegedly trying to burn down his own place.

Lee County Deputies got to an apartment complex just before noon. They said they smelled gas and saw a small fire near the front of the building. Witnesses earlier had said Brandon Johnson was allegedly tearing up his apartment and trying to set it on fire.

After the Compton Fire Department made sure all of the fires were out, police found Johnson hiding in the basement of the apartment complex.

Johnson has since been charged with Aggravated Arson and Resisting a Peace Officer.

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Men Caught Handing Off Gun in Broad Daylight Now Face Felony Charges

Posted by wlpo on March 19, 2016

Here’s something you don’t see every day, a gun changing hands out in the open.

Ottawa police officers saw exactly that yesterday around 3 on LaSalle Street. When police confronted the men, they ran. Officers eventually tracked down Aajae Adams and Tony Burns, both from Ottawa. The two men were both charged with Defacing Identification Marks of a Firearm, and Possession of a Stolen Firearm, both felonies.

Adams was also charged with resisting a peace officer. Both men were taken to the LaSalle County Jail.

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Mendota Firefighters to Fight Childhood Cancer Wednesday

Posted by wlpo on March 19, 2016

Already heroes, Mendota firefighters are taking up the cause of childhood cancer research.

The fire department is hosting a St. Baldrick’s head shaving fundraising Wednesday at Main Street Bar & Grill in downtown Mendota.  They hope to raise a thousand dollars.  So far over a dozen individuals have signed up to get their heads shaved.

If you’d like more information about the Mendota St. Baldrick’s event, click here.

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