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Archive for August 4th, 2016

Lostant Man Ticketed for Starting Monday’s Fatal Chain Reaction Crash on I-80

Posted by wlpo on August 4, 2016

A semi driver from Lostant is being blamed for causing the fiery crash Monday afternoon on Interstate 80 near Ottawa.

Sixty-nine-year-old Donald Breckenridge was ticketed for failing to reduce speed to avoid a crash after his rig smashed into the back of a Chrysler Sebring driven by 26-year-old Darrel Scott Jr. of Indiana. Scott and his fiancé, 25-year-old Abigail Bohstedt were killed. Scott’s car was pushed under a semi and caught fire.

The initial collision set off a chain of events where another semi and two trucks became involved in the wreck. Thirty-four-year-old Octavio Vargas of Warrenville was driving a truck hauling tires. He was killed when his truck caught fire.

The only other driver involved from Illinois was 35-year-old Luke Kozak of Streator. He was driving a large railroad repair truck. Kozak wasn’t hurt.

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Bow-and-Arrow Murder Trial Focuses on “Violent or Peaceful” Nature of Victim, Defendant During Third Day

Posted by wlpo on August 4, 2016

The third day of the bow-and-arrow murder trial of a Varna man was all about character, of both the defendant and the victim.

Anthony Tomkiewicz, the lawyer for 23-year old Bradley French, continued trying to build his client’s case by calling two witnesses who said French had a peaceful nature. Later, the defense called the Amanda Milton who was the fiancée of 38-year old Joshua Scaman, the man who was killed by French on Father’s Day of last year.

She told jurors about how Scaman had acted violently toward her at a bonfire the night he was killed. Those events caused her to run with her family to French’s home, where things would escalate, leading to the eventual fatal confrontation in the Illinois Valley Community College parking lot.

The defense plans to call their final witness before resting their case tomorrow. If convicted of first-degree murder, French could face 20 to 60 years in prison.

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AT&T upgrades service in Peru

Posted by wlpo on August 4, 2016

If you’re hunting Pokemon in Peru using AT&T, the game should load faster now than it did a week ago.

The phone company has expanded its 4G network to Peru.  A spokesman with AT&T says this should mean speeds four times faster than 3G coverage.

The company put in new tower equipment at Washington Park to expand the 4G network.

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CVS Pharmacy looking to open store in Ottawa

Posted by wlpo on August 4, 2016

It looks like Ottawa will be gaining a pharmacy in exchange for losing a movie store.

Plans for a CVS Pharmacy in Ottawa are moving forward. The Ottawa City Council voted on Tuesday to send a request to the city’s planning commission to review and give recommendations on a zoning amendment and conditional use permit for a drive-thru for the pharmacy.

The project, as proposed would require a few houses as well as a Family Video located near the Columbus Street and Norris Drive intersection to be demolished to make room for the pharmacy.

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Popular electronics drop-off planned in Streator

Posted by wlpo on August 4, 2016

If you live in Streator it’s time to round up all your old electronics including TVs. The city is hosting a household electronics recycling day on Saturday, August 13th.

If you have a Streator address, you can drop off up to three TVs or monitors along with printers, cameras, and cell phones from 8 until 1 at the Public Works’ storage yard on North Iowa Avenue. Police officers will be directing traffic during the recycling drop off.

To drop electronics off, be ready to show a driver’s license and a city bill with your Streator address. Businesses aren’t allowed to drop electronics off.

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Annual auction will benefit the Special Olympics

Posted by wlpo on August 4, 2016

The Caribbean is coming to the Illinois Valley for one night.

The annual silent and live auction’s to benefit the Starved Rock Area Special Olympics has a theme this year of “Caribbean Night.” The auction and buffet dinner is this evening at Celebrations 150 in La Salle with the doors opening at 5:30. This year is the 14th annual auction for the Special Olympics.

815Life.com and Miller Group Charitable Trust are presenting sponsors. Miller Group Charitable Trust includes 815Life, 99.3 WAJK. 96.5 The Wolf, Classic Hits 103.9 WLPO, the News Tribune and Agri News.

You can check out live auction items by clicking Special Olympics Auction

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Engaged couple killed in Monday wreck near Ottawa

Posted by wlpo on August 4, 2016

Two of the three people killed in Monday’s fiery crash near Ottawa were engaged and due to get married this November.

Twenty-six year old Darrell Scott and 25-year old Abigail Bohstedt of Chicago were both killed in the Interstate 80 crash after they were hit from behind by a semi as they slowed down for construction traffic. The other victim was 34-year-old Octavio Vargas of Warrenville who was driving a truck hauling tires.

A total of three semis, two trucks and one passenger vehicle were caught up in the wreckage. Westbound I-80 traffic was stopped for nine hours around the crash scene.

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Illinois Valley congressman finding it hard to like Donald Trump

Posted by wlpo on August 4, 2016

CHICAGO (AP) -Congressman Adam Kinzinger says he cannot support Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

During an appearance yesterday on CNN, Kinzinger said he is unlikely to vote for Trump because the nominee was “beginning to cross a lot of red lines of the unforgivable in politics.” Kinzinger’s spokeswoman said he wants to support Trump but he “doesn’t see a path to get there at this time.”

During the primary election, Kinzinger first endorsed Jeb Bush. When he dropped out, Kinzinger supported Marco Rubio.

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