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Archive for June, 2016

LaSalle Woman Looking at Serious Jail Time if Severe Allegations Prove True

Posted by wlpo on June 29, 2016

A La Salle woman’s arrest could be the first of many dealing with child pornography.

Forty-eight-year-old Eva Morris was arrested Wednesday at her home on Joliet Street for two counts of aggravated child pornography. La Salle Police were first told earlier this month about several possible incidents of child pornography. The FBI eventually joined the investigation.

Morris is in the La Salle County Jail being held on $150,000 bond. The investigation is ongoing and more people could get arrested since La Salle Police say pornographic images tied to Morris were shared throughout the country.

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Price tag on L-P referendum could be lowered

Posted by wlpo on June 29, 2016

The public has spoken and many of you think a $67 million dollar tax referendum is too steep.

Director of Communications with L-P High School Matt Baker says “the tone has changed a little bit.” Baker says they are readjusting the facilities plan to meet the community interest and goals. Superintendent Steve Wrobleski acknowledged that the $67 million tax impact is too high.

A task force made up of community members and L-P staff members will give the board a recommendation at their July meeting. The board is then expected to vote in August to put a tax referendum question on the November ballot.

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Shabbona Man Arrested on 48 Counts of Alleged Sexual Assault of Children

Posted by wlpo on June 29, 2016

A Shabbona man is looking at several lifetimes in prison after being arrested for 48 counts of Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault of a Child.

The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office was made aware yesterday of accusations that 72-year old Gary Hulthen had been sexually touching children under the age of 13. Deputies’ say they learned during their investigation that there were at least two juvenile victims and potentially more.

Following an interview with police, Hulthen was arrested on 48 counts of Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault of a Child, according to police. They say the incidents of abuse date back to 2013. He was taken to the DeKalb County Jail where he awaits a bond hearing.

DeKalb County Deputies stressed that this is still an ongoing investigation.

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One of Two Men Facing Charges after 28th Street Park Rumble to Appear in Court

Posted by wlpo on June 29, 2016

A Peru man with ties to Indiana will be in court Thursday morning for allegedly bringing brass knuckles to a rumble at 28th Street Park in Peru earlier this month.

Twenty-one year old Floyd Campbell, who is also listed as being from Anderson, Indiana, was one of a group of people playing basketball at the Peru YMCA back on June 15th, according to police. Peru Police Chief Doug Bernabei says the game turned physical and some of those playing decided to settle their differences at 28th Street Park.

It was during that altercation that Mitchell Hampton allegedly fired a gun. Campbell and Hampton were both arrested, and that’s when police say they found the brass knuckle-like weapon on Campbell.

He was charged with Unlawful Possession of a Weapon by a Felon and taken to the LaSalle County Jail where he needs $10,000 to make bond.

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Crash west of Ottawa kills motorcyclist

Posted by wlpo on June 29, 2016

The name of a man killed in a motorcycle crash on Route 6 west of Ottawa has been released.

Forty-year old Jerry Fink of Marseilles was rushed to OSF St. Elizabeth Medical Center around 11:00 Tuesday, where he was later pronounced dead. He was hit on his motorcycle by 51-year old Lori Flanagan of Streator. Flanagan wasn’t hurt in the crash.

Wallace and Ottawa Fire Departments were among the crews that responded to the crash. The LaSalle County Sheriff’s Department is still investigating the incident.

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Clean up continues week after tornado outbreak in the Illinois Valley

Posted by wlpo on June 29, 2016

It was a week ago when several tornados touched down across the Illinois Valley, and recovery efforts are progressing quickly.

LaSalle County EMA Director Connie Brooks says no requests have been made for any state or federal assistance after the storms. She says some homes were impacted, but the damage has not been serious enough to need outside help.

Rather than looking for help from the government, Brooks says many people have turned to “bringing in their own people” to help pick up.

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One driver accused of causing lots of damage in Tiskilwa

Posted by wlpo on June 29, 2016

A teenage driver allegedly left a path of destruction in downtown Tiskilwa.

Witnesses say 19-year-old Colton Erven of Tiskilwa was speeding on Main Street Monday morning when he first hit a parked car. He then went on to crash into support posts for a building, two newspaper boxes, a bench, cement planter and into the front of Kelley’s Place. Erven and his wrecking ball of a car finally came to a rest in the middle of Main Street.

He was taken to Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton.

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Accident near Wenona sends four children to hospitals

Posted by wlpo on June 29, 2016

At least four kids were hurt while riding a UTV, or utility task vehicle west of Wenona.

La Salle County and Woodford County deputies both went out to an accident scene east of Route 251 just past 10 Tuesday night. Four underage riders were hospitalized with one of them being flown to Peoria.

You’ll hear more details as they become available.

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Talks continue tonight in DePue about contamination cleanup

Posted by wlpo on June 29, 2016

You’ll have a chance to speak up about the soil cleanup efforts in DePue during a public meeting this evening.

Members of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency will be on-hand to take your feedback, as well as give a formal presentation on the proposed cleanup plan. This part of the overall effort to clean up contaminated soil left by New Jersey Zinc and, later, Exxon and CBS, would involve testing soil in DePue yards and replacing entire portions of a yard that is found to be contaminated.

If you want to see the proposal for yourself, you can do that by heading to the DePue Gymnasium tonight from 6:00 to 8:00.

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Homeless woman charged in fatal collision in Princeton

Posted by wlpo on June 29, 2016

One woman is dead while another sits in jail after a fatal collision late Sunday night.

Thirty-one-year-old April Williams of Princeton died after she was flown to OSF St. Francis Medical Center. She allegedly was hit walking from a party by 23-year-old Haylee Miller who is considered homeless. The crash happened on the west side of Princeton near the Hillview Mobile Home Park.

Miller is charged with leaving the scene of an accident that led to death. She is currently in the Bureau County Jail needing $5,000 to bond out.

Miller is due back in court July 15th.

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