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Archive for August 19th, 2016

Trial delayed involving fatal crash in Ottawa

Posted by wlpo on August 19, 2016

An Ottawa woman charged following a fatal crash in March will wait a little longer on her trial.

Samantha Orozco appeared in court Friday where lawyers asked Judge Cynthia Raccuglia to delay the 30-year old’s trial in order to give the lawyers more time to work. Raccuglia would ultimately agree, and push the trial back to October 31st.

Orozco was arrested back in June for her role in the March crash on Champlain Street in Ottawa which killed her passenger, 31-year old Shalane Stevens of Ottawa. According to police, Orozco had been under the influence at the time of the accident. As a result, she was charged with four counts of Aggravated DUI.

She remains in the LaSalle County Jail needing $50,000 cash to get out.


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Oglesby Man Given More than Six Years in Prison for Ecstasy Possession

Posted by wlpo on August 19, 2016

While you’ve probably heard about arrests for heroin and cocaine, an Oglesby man is headed to prison for possession of a different drug.

Twenty-one year old Jeremy Brolley appeared before Judge Cynthia Raccuglia and several somber friends and family Friday as he pled guilty to possession of MDMA. Agents with the drug group Tri-DENT arrested Brolley back in February for having more than half of a pound of the drug, also known as ecstasy.

As a result of a plea agreement, Raccuglia sentenced Brolley to 6.5 years in prison, followed by 2 years of probation. In court, she said probation would not be considered due to the sheer amount of drugs Brolley had been caught with.

This wasn’t Brolley’s first brush with police, as he had also pled guilty back in 2014 to possession of cannabis.

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New IVCC budget shows drop in both revenues and expenses

Posted by wlpo on August 19, 2016

Despite some cost cutting steps and raising tuition rates, it looks like Illinois Valley Community College will go another year with more expenses than revenue.

The board of trustees has approved a new budget with $32.8 million in revenue and $33.5 million in expenditures. Revenues are 2 percent lower than last school year while expenses are down by more than 7 percent.

To balance the budget, the board will shift around some money and dip into their reserves.

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Water main break impacts Spring Valley

Posted by wlpo on August 19, 2016

The entire city of Spring Valley is under a boil order.

Early Friday, the city street department sent word out about a water main break causing a loss of water pressure. Students at Hall High School were urged to bring bottled water with them.

The boil order is in effect until further notice.

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P.O.W. chair to be dedicated at veterans’ home in La Salle

Posted by wlpo on August 19, 2016

The Illinois Veteran’s Home in La Salle will add a new chair Saturday. This is a story because of what the chair represents.

Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs Director Erica Jeffries and members of the motorcycle group Rolling Thunder will dedicate a POW-MIA chair. The symbolism of the chair is that it remains empty to help remember that even though soldiers are missing in action, there is still a space being saved for them. Including current POWs, there are over 91,000 service members considered to be POW or MIA.

Saturday’s dedication ceremony starts at 1.

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Overdose issue will be tackled in Streator

Posted by wlpo on August 19, 2016

It’s not an easy topic to talk about but overdoses are a real problem in the Illinois Valley.

You’re asked to join others Saturday in honoring those lost and celebrating lives that have been saved from overdoses. The 3rd Annual Streator Overdose Awareness Memorial Walk is from 11 until 3 at Streator City Park. There will be guest speakers, live music, food, children’s activities, and craft vendors.

For more information about the Streator Overdose Awareness Walk, click Streator Overdose Awareness Walk

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Run and walk in La Salle to benefit Alzheimer’s awareness group

Posted by wlpo on August 19, 2016

Something that seems like a personality quirk could actually be a sign of Alzheimer’s disease. Peg Gonet and Joanne Milby lost their husbands to the disease and are again organizing the Boo Milby 5K Memorial Run-Walk to raise money for the Illinois Valley Alzheimer’s Group.

The 9th annual run-walk is Saturday in La Salle with the race beginning and ending at Northwest School. The run and walk starts at 8 in the morning with check-in starting at 6:45. It’s $25 to get in the race.

Gonet and Milby say the money stays local to promote Alzheimer’s awareness, educational programs and family services. You can learn more about the group and the run-walk by clicking Boo Milby Run/Walk

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Magnolia Days celebration returns this weekend

Posted by wlpo on August 19, 2016

Rain shouldn’t stop the fun at Magnolia Days.

The three-day celebration gets going later Friday in the park with an antique toy tractor display and free movie at dusk. Activities get spread out tomorrow at the park and downtown with a car show, craft and vendor show, live music, a bags tournament, spaghetti dinner and a street dance.

Magnolia Days wraps up Sunday with a tractor drive, bike show and a burnout competition. For more information about Magnolia Days click Magnolia Days

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