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Archive for June 16th, 2016

Ottawa Woman Wanted by Police Arrested after Crash

Posted by wlpo on June 16, 2016

A woman who had recently had a run-in with police found herself on the wrong side of the law again yesterday morning.

LaSalle County Deputies responded shortly after 5 to calls about a one-car accident on East 22nd Road near Fall River. They say 33-year old Jennifer Charbonneau from Ottawa was going south when she lost control of her car in the curves and hit a ditch.

Nobody was injured in the crash, but Charbonneau was arrested. She’s charged with Failing to Reduce Speed to Avoid an Accident, Leaving the Scene of an Accident, and Failing to Report an accident.

Those weren’t the only charges pending against Charbonneau. She was also wanted for failing to appear in court for an alleged DUI. She was taken to the LaSalle County Jail where she posted bond and was released.

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Shots Fired Following Basketball Dispute in Peru

Posted by wlpo on June 16, 2016

A fight allegedly about a basketball game led to shots fired at the 28th Street Park in Peru.

Peru Police Chief Doug Bernabei says at exactly 1:30 calls started coming in about a fight in the area of the park. He says shots were fired as a part of a fight that took place in that area. Peru Police had an officer in the neighborhood who was able to make it to the scene in less than one minute.

The alleged fighters left the scene in two vehicles which police were able to track down in short order. All 5 men were taken into custody after the first vehicle was stopped at 30th and Marquette Streets and another was stopped at Route 251 and Shooting Park Road.

Of the five men who were brought in yesterday, Bernabei says a 21-year old and 19-year old have been taken to the County Jail in Ottawa. The other three were eventually released, but Bernabei says they still may face charges for their role in the fight.

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Skoog Says Governor Bruce Rauner Should Sign $700 Million Funding Bill

Posted by wlpo on June 16, 2016

An Illinois Valley lawmaker is calling on Governor Bruce Rauner to sign an emergency funding bill into law.

State Representative Andy Skoog says the bill would provide funding for mental health services, cancer screenings, and in-home care for the elderly. Skoog says the bill didn’t receive any votes against it in the General Assembly.

He says the state’s Commitment to Human Service Fundwould be the source for the $700 million bill. According to Skoog, the bill is an “all-too-rare example of people putting aside their political differences.”

The bill was sent to the governor back in May, and he has yet to act.

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Pavement Problems gave way to Snarled Traffic on I-39

Posted by wlpo on June 16, 2016

We’ve all had to add some time to our drive before because of a crash or bad weather. But, have you ever been slowed down because the road itself gave out?

You had to do that last night if you were planning to take Interstate 39 South between LaSalle and Oglesby. State Police were forced to close that stretch of the interstate because a part of the road had given out. The buckled pavement was found south of the bridge on I39.

Oglesby Police reported an accident that had occurred just before 7 due to the buckling. IDOT crews were called out to repair the road. They finished the fixed around 10 last night and the interstate was reopened.

You can see the buckled pavement for yourself by checking out the Classic Hits 103-9 WLPO Facebook page.

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