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Archive for July 21st, 2016

Ottawa Teen Faces 14 Years in Prison after Guilty Plea Thursday

Posted by wlpo on July 21, 2016

An Ottawa teen who has had multiple run-ins with police this past year may not get out of prison until his 30’s.

Eighteen-year old Brandyne Cody pled guilty in court Thursday to possession of a stolen motor vehicle and robbery. In exchange, the state agreed to drop the charges of aggravated battery and mob action.

Cody was initially arrested for allegedly stealing a car back in May. Just two days after being released on bond, he was accused of getting together with some friends and convincing a boy to meet them. When the boy did, Cody and others allegedly beat the boy and took his money, according to police.

Judge Cynthia Raccuglia explained to Cody Thursday that, because the robbery happened while he was out for the stolen car charge, any sentences will have to be served back to back. She then said that he faces a maximum sentence of 14 years in prison.

Cody is due back in court for a sentencing hearing September 15th.

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Marseilles Man Pleads “Not Guilty” to Five Felonies in Ottawa Court Thursday

Posted by wlpo on July 21, 2016

A Marseilles man who faces five felonies for his role in an alleged robbery was in court Thursday.

Thirty-one year old Paul Hawkins pled “not guilty” to charges that he went into a home back on June 15th and threatened the people inside with a gun before taking a wallet and phone and leaving. He was formally arraigned on charges of armed robbery with a firearm, robbery, two theft charges, and possession of a weapon by a felon.

He had been indicted by a grand jury for those charges earlier in the week. He’s currently in the LaSalle County Jail needing $25,000 to get out.

Hawkins’ alleged getaway driver, Kimberly Somyogyi from Westmont, isn’t due back in court until next week. She’s current out of custody on $2,500 bond.

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Wide variety of donations coming into Sen. Sue Rezin’s campaign

Posted by wlpo on July 21, 2016

What do Ameren, Caesars Entertainment and Ford Motor Company all have in common? If you guessed they were contributors to Senator Sue Rezin’s campaign you’d be correct.

As part of her quarterly financial report, Rezin showed a $2,000 donation from Ameren along with a $1,000 donation from Ford. The Caesars contribution was for $250. Rezin’s biggest donation of late is $10,000 from the Realtor Political Action Committee.

Her opponent, Democrat Chris Benson has received a lot less donations. In the past three months she got $2,000 from the Senate Victory Fund and $1,000 from Friends of Senator Don Harmon.

Overall, Rezin has over $211,000 in her campaign fund while Benson has $28,000.

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Cooling center options open in Putnam County

Posted by wlpo on July 21, 2016

If you live in Putnam County, there are some options to escape the heat.

The McNabb Fire Station is open as a cooling center during the excessive heat warning. The Putnam County Community Center in Standard is open from 8 until 3 as a cooling center.

Also by request, the Putnam County Emergency Management Agency building in Hennepin will open as a cooling center.

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Severe weather fails to reach Illinois Valley

Posted by wlpo on July 21, 2016

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch that was in effect in  LaSalle, Bureau and Putnam Counties was cancelled around 11pm Thursday night.  Severe thunderstorms that entered northern Illinois with torrential rain and “cloud to ground”lightning weakened as they came south. The National Weather Service said our 3 county area is still as “marginal” risk for severe weather on Friday.

An “Excessive Heat Warning” remains in effect until 7pm Saturday night.  The temperature Friday with the humidity may make it feel like 107 degrees outside.


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Dangerous heat arrives in the Illinois Valley

Posted by wlpo on July 21, 2016

The heat is on in the Illinois Valley.

An Excessive Heat Warning is in effect through Friday night. Daytime highs the next two days are expected to be in the mid-90s. When you factor in the humidity, it could feel more like 105 to 110.

When it gets that hot, heat related sickness could set in, especially with the elderly, young children and pets.

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Proposed L-P tax referendum amount now sitting at $38 million

Posted by wlpo on July 21, 2016

If you were dead set against a $67 million referendum for renovations and additions to L-P High School, does a $38 million tax increase change your vote?

After looking at mail and phone survey results and getting a recommendation from a citizen’s task force, the L-P School Board is likely to vote next month to put a $38 million referendum on the November ballot.

In the mail survey, nearly 1,600 voters responded and 73 percent said either definitely or probably no to a $67 million bond. With the phone survey, nearly 200 voters responded and almost 60 percent said either definitely, probably or leaning towards no. When they were asked about a lower cost $38 million, it was almost a 50-50 split between yes and no for the tax increase.

The $38 million referendum takes out new construction and would just be repairs and renovations to the existing school. Air conditioning would be part of the renovations.

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Oglesby farmer gets combine stuck at Route 6/251 intersection in Peru

Posted by wlpo on July 21, 2016

Here’s something you don’t see everyday. A combine became wedged underneath the Route 6 overpass on Route 251 in Peru.

Forty-seven-year-old James Sauter of Oglesby was going north and had just crossed the bridge in Peru when he moved to the middle of the road approaching the overpass. The combine was too tall and got stuck under the overpass just past one Wednesday afternoon.

While drivers were still able to pass the combine, Peru Police responded to help keep things moving. After removing a piece of sheet metal from the top of the combine, Sauter was able to go on his way. The ordeal last about a half hour.

You can see a picture of the jammed farm implement on the Classic Hits 103.9 WLPO Facebook page.

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