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Trial for Peru Man Accused of Having Child Pornography Set for January

Posted by wlpo on October 18, 2016

The case involving a Peru man who allegedly had child pornography in his possession won’t be heard by a jury until 2017.

James Einhaus appeared in court for the first time with his lawyer on Friday. There, the 28-year old pled “not guilty” to the two counts of possession of child pornography against him. The charges came after police searched his home late last month, leading to his arrest.

Einhaus appeared in court out of custody, having come up with the $5,000 needed to be released. He’s due back in court December 29th, with a jury trial set to start in January.

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Marseilles Police and Fire to Hold “Toys for Tots” Drive Saturday

Posted by wlpo on October 18, 2016

It’s never too early to start thinking about kids who may be in need this holiday season.

The Marseilles Police and Fire Departments are taking that thought to heart with a “Toys for Tots” drive they’re planning this Saturday. They’re asking you to drop off a new, unwrapped toy at the squad car and fire truck that will be at the corner of Main and Lincoln.

If you’d like to donate, the toy should be for a boy or girl under the age of 15. The drive will run from 9:00 to 1:00 on the 22nd.

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Unattended candle blamed for starting house fire in Princeton

Posted by wlpo on October 18, 2016

Before you leave the house, make sure you blow out any candles. A candle left lit on a kitchen table is blamed for causing a house fire in Princeton.

The 9-1-1 call went out around 12:15 Monday afternoon about smoke coming from a home at 2002 South Cedar Street. Princeton firefighters were able to put the fire out quickly.

Nobody was hurt and two cats were pulled out of the home of Kenneth Blevins. The house took on smoke and water damage.

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Rumors are confirmed about closure of Oglesby restaurant

Posted by wlpo on October 18, 2016

Another iconic dining destination in the Illinois Valley is closing its doors.

Garzanelli’s Supper Club in Oglesby plans to close after this Sunday. The owners, Pete and Anna Caretto took to Facebook to say “we sincerely appreciate all our loyal and faithful customers who have visited us throughout the years. Due to declining health of the key leadership members we are unable to continue on.”

The owners did say that they are dedicated to ensuring the tradition of Garzanelli’s carries on and that they look forward to transitioning the restaurant to the next stakeholder. The supper club is listed for sale at $575,000.

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Peru leaders give thumbs up to a Walmart gas station

Posted by wlpo on October 18, 2016

Walmart’s property on the north end of Peru will soon include a gas station.

The Peru City Council Monday night approved variances for the store to build a gas station along Route 251. The station won’t have a kitchen in it like some other gas stations. It’ll be about 1,500 square feet.

Construction is expected to start in the spring and take 4 to 5 months.

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Father and son accused of “road hunting” in the Illinois Valley

Posted by wlpo on October 18, 2016

There are certain rules hunters need to follow. A father and son from the suburbs apparently don’t believe in following the rules.

Conservation Police say they found 54-year-old Les Sikora and his 20-year-old son Michael hunting at night and from the road near the Marshall and Putnam County line on Friday night. The pair allegedly were using a cross bow and a spotlight after hours to try and hunt deer.

The dad was arrested while the son was let off without getting arrested.

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Barn burns outside of Sublette

Posted by wlpo on October 18, 2016

Mendota firefighters were among those called to help fight a barn fire southwest of Sublette.

The initial fire call came in around 9:15 Monday morning about a fully engulfed barn on Penkins Road in rural Sublette. Sublette immediately called for mutual aid to fight the fire.
Because of hay inside of the barn, it took firefighters about eight hours to have the fire out. Nobody was hurt in the blaze.

The property damage estimate is said to be around $50,000.

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Voter interest high so far in La Salle County

Posted by wlpo on October 18, 2016

If interest in early voting and voting by mail is any indication, it looks like voter turnout could be high in three weeks.

La Salle County Clerk JoAnn Carretto calls early voting “brisk” and interest in voting by mail to be just short of “heavy.” On Monday for instance Carretto says her office handled around 400 applications for mailed ballots. Once they receive the applications, Carretto says they try to get the election ballot in the mail the very same day.

The last day applications for a mailed ballot are accepted is November 3rd while the last day to vote early in person is the day before the election, November 7th.

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