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Arrest made in rash of car burglaries in Ottawa

Posted by wlpo on October 14, 2016

A couple handguns floating around Chicago could’ve been stolen in Ottawa.

On Wednesday, Ottawa Police took seven reports of car break-ins around town. In two of the burglaries guns were stolen. The next day 26-year-old William Grennan of Marseilles was arrested for three counts of burglary. He came up with the $2,500 needed to bond out.

Investigators say the guns have not been recovered and have been entered into a state database. Officers think they were sold in Chicago within hours after being stolen.

Ottawa Police say in October alone they’ve had 14 car break-ins reported. In almost each case the cars were left unlocked overnight.

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Oglesby woman accused of dealing heroin

Posted by wlpo on October 14, 2016

A suspected heroin dealer from Oglesby was set up and arrested not far from the Peru Public Library.

Thirty-nine-year-old Barbara King, aka Barbara Konczak was arrested Thursday afternoon on two counts of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance. She was arrested after allegedly selling heroin in La Salle on three separate occasions.

King was hauled off to the county jail needing $50,000 to bond out. Investigators say she is tied in with James McSpadden of La Salle who was arrested earlier this week for allegedly dealing heroin in the Illinois Valley.

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Movement underway to offer bachelor’s degree in nursing at community colleges

Posted by wlpo on October 14, 2016

Nursing is a popular major at Illinois Valley Community College and soon the school may be able to offer a bachelor’s degree in nursing.

IVCC President Jerry Corcoran says momentum is growing for community colleges to offer bachelor’s degrees in nursing. The thought is that due to the complexity of the health care system, most medical professional organizations strongly prefer bachelor’s degrees over associates.

Corcoran says the issue will likely be talked about next month at the Illinois Community College Trustees Association meeting.

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Gas falls below two dollars a gallon in Streator

Posted by wlpo on October 14, 2016

Some of the cheapest gas in the entire state can be found in Streator.

According to, stations in Streator are offering up unleaded for $1.95 a gallon. The next cheapest place in the Illinois Valley is Ottawa where you can fill up for $2.07 a gallon. Prices elsewhere in the Illinois Valley range from $2.11 to $2.19 a gallon.

The statewide average for unleaded is at $2.30, six cents lower than a week ago and 26 cents cheaper than this time last year.

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New inclusive playground in Ottawa set to be unveiled

Posted by wlpo on October 14, 2016

A playground for all children to play on regardless of abilities or physical limitations will debut Saturday in Ottawa.

A grand opening of the first phase for the new inclusive playground at Lincoln-Douglas Park is at 9 o’clock. Phase one includes freestanding playground equipment like a wheelchair-accessible glider. The Ottawa Kiwanis and the city won a $25,000 grant that helped fund the playground.

Fundraising continues to pay for phase two of the playground that will include slides, climbers, and a bridge.

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Suspicious fires and burglaries could be connected in Streator

Posted by wlpo on October 14, 2016

Fires and burglaries are keeping Streator firefighters and police officers busy.

Just after 3 Wednesday morning, a call came out about a vacant home catching fire on North Wasson Street. About an hour later, a fire broke out at a house in the 700 block of Bazore Street. The fires are under investigation.

Besides the suspicious fires, police are looking into burglaries near the fires. Deputy Chief Robert Turner says they are checking to see if the fires and burglaries are related.

If you have any information about the fires and or burglaries, call the Streator Police Department at 672-6267.

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Fall colors getting late start at Starved Rock

Posted by wlpo on October 14, 2016

Are you planning to check out Fall Colors Weekend at Starved Rock State Park? Slowly but surely leaves are starting to turn.

According to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, it was a slow start for fall colors at Starved Rock. Fall color is about 35 to 40 percent change in and around Starved Rock. The DNR says the main entrance road off of Route 178 is one of the better areas for colors. Views from the overlooks are still predominantly green but that’s expected to change quickly in the next few days.

Thousands are expected to check out Fall Colors Weekend at Starved Rock. For potential park closures, you can follow the DNR on Twitter and Facebook.

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