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Horman Sentenced to 40 Years for Murder of Ottawa Truck Wash Owner, Burning Body

Posted by wlpo on April 29, 2016

A man who beat an Ottawa truck wash owner to death last year and tried to cover-up the crime many not live to see his release date.

Friday afternoon, Judge H Chris Ryan sentenced 49-year old William Horman to 40 years in jail for murdering Robert Dowd, burning his body, and throwing the remains in the Fox River. Horman showed little remorse for the crime, saying it was a case of “wrong place, wrong time.”

Horman will not be eligible for “good behavior” on the 35-year murder sentence. He could have some time taken off of the additional 5 years he was given after also being convicted of Concealing a Homicide. The prosecution had been hoping for a 50-year sentence, while defense lawyers argued in favor of 30 years at most.

States’ Attorney Brian Towne said he respects the court’s decision, remarking that Horman would be in his mid-80’s at the earliest when he is released. He seemed skeptical the release day would ever come, saying “given his rough life, this is potentially a life sentence.”

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Ottawa Man Arrested After Allegedly Setting Coworker on Fire

Posted by wlpo on April 29, 2016

It’s not uncommon to dislike a coworker, but setting them on fire is beyond okay.

Twenty-four-year-old Spencer Archer of Ottawa was arrested Friday on a warrant for aggravated battery. Back on Monday he is accused of spraying a coworker with a flammable liquid and igniting it. It happened at Jiffy Lube in Ottawa.

Archer was taken to the county jail where his bond was set at $25,000. Ottawa Police haven’t said anything about the victim.

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Bidding underway for St. Bede Auction prizes

Posted by wlpo on April 29, 2016

How does a trip to the Caribbean or Italy sound? Those trips and more are up for grabs at the 33rd annual St. Bede Auction.

The auction is St. Bede’s largest fundraiser of the year is happening tomorrow at the academy. Proceeds help offset the cost of tuition for St. Bede students. Over $200,000 was raised at last year’s auction.

Unfortunately tickets to the auction are sold out but you can still bid on auction items using your phone or computer. For more on the auction click St. Bede Auction

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Exelon sends out evacuation plan mailers to neighbors

Posted by wlpo on April 29, 2016

If you live within 10 miles of the Exelon nuclear plant, you should’ve gotten a brochure in the mail this week from the company.

By law Exelon has to have emergency response and evacuation plans in place in case of a disaster. Those plans were mailed to neighbors in a brochure.

If for whatever reason you didn’t get a brochure from Exelon, click Exelon Emergency Mailings

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Cheapest gas shifts to east side of La Salle County

Posted by wlpo on April 29, 2016

Filling up in Ottawa instead of La Salle or Peru could save you over 20 cents a gallon.

According to, you can get unleaded in Ottawa for $1.96 to $1.98 a gallon. A handful of stations in Streator are charging $2.05 a gallon while gas is going for $2.12 to $2.19 a gallon in La Salle, Peru, Princeton, Spring Valley, Mendota and Oglesby.

The average price of unleaded statewide is $2.34 a gallon, 30 cents cheaper than last year.

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Stolen vehicle report leads to chase in La Salle and Peru

Posted by wlpo on April 29, 2016

A chase that started in La Salle ended in Peru.

Not long after 7 o’clock Thursday night, La Salle Police say they found an SUV that was reported stolen out of Joliet. A chase ensued which eventually ended with 36-year-old Michael Thompson of Joliet being pulled over on Pulaski Street in Peru.

Thompson was arrested for possession of a stolen motor vehicle along with fleeing and eluding police. He was taken to the county lock up in Ottawa.

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