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Meal and warrant served to youth in Ottawa Saturday

Posted by wlpo on October 30, 2016

If you can’t serve a warrant at a residence, try a restaurant.  A deputy arrested 19-year old Jose Rodrigues-Delara of Streator Saturday afternoon at Monte’s Riverside Inn in Ottawa.   The Streator teen had failed to show in LaSalle County Court for a charge of driving while license is suspended.  He was taken to the county jail to await bond of at least $400.

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Utica holds annual Veterans gathering next Sunday

Posted by wlpo on October 30, 2016

Next Sunday, Utica honors veterans on the ground and in the air. Utica’s American Legion Pierce Davis Post #731 hosts their 10th annual Parade and Air Show.  Flyovers during the 1pm parade will feature TBM WWII Torpedo Bomber, Wildcat T-6 Marine Trainers and Russian YAK-3 WWII Fighter planes.

Other parade units include military vehicles and Displays, Veteran Groups and Color Guards, Chicago Police Bagpipes and Drums, Military Vehicle Preservation Groups, Legion Riders and Starved Rock ABATE.  A complimentary brunch for all veterans will be served in the downtown Community Hall from 8 – Noon. A commencement will be held at Noon.  If you have any questions, contact Commander Dana Hyson.

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Culvert work on Bureau County road Tuesday

Posted by wlpo on October 30, 2016

If you travel through the Route 6 and County Highway 27 intersection in Bureau County,  you’ll have to change your routine Tuesday.  According to Maureen Kennedy Meier of the Bureau County Highway Department, IDOT will be doing a 1 day job of replacing a culvert where the 2 roads meet. It will result in the closure of County Highway 27 for 1 day. County Highway 27 is also known as 2400 East street.

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Burning Streator home familiar to firefighters

Posted by wlpo on October 30, 2016

The vacant house burning Saturday night in Streator was a familiar one to firefighters. They had been there before and had to return again about 10:30pm. Saturday.  According to a department release, the house, at 513 South Vermillion, was fully engulfed when the department arrived. The intense flames were about to ignite  2 neighboring homes in flames.

Firefighters, immediately went to work and saved those structures then extinguished the main fire before leaving after 1am. The home where the fire originated has severe damage.  The others received minor damage. The cause of the blaze is under investigation by Streator Fire and Police and the State Fire Marshall.

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Clothing theft(s) get Streator man jailed

Posted by wlpo on October 30, 2016

Apparently, a  Streator man was only after women’s underwear when he allegedly broke into a residence on the 100 block of Allen street in Ottawa in 2014.  30-year old  Juan Garcia Nunez was order held Friday in Ottawa on 1 million dollars bond, though authorities believe he may receive additional charges because of at least 20 or more reported incidents over 2 years.

The News Tribune quoted Ottawa Police Captain Dave Gualandri, who said, “We believe this guy was a significant threat to the community”. Gualandri thinks Nunez acted alone. He will need $100,000 to bond out.

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Trick or Treating Monday in the area

Posted by wlpo on October 30, 2016

Many communities are observing trick or treating hours Monday.  Those observing between 5 – 7pm include LaSalle, Peru, Spring Valley, Utica, Streator, Ladd, Lostant, Depue, Mark, Mendota, Hennepin and Granville.  Hennepin and Granville have additional events planned prior to trick or treating.  Other communities observing between 5:30 and 7:30 Monday include Oglesby, Tonica and Princeton. Ottawa will observe Trick or Treating in the downtown businesses from 3 – 5 and 6 -8pm in homes.

 

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Man Awaiting Hit-and-Run Trial in Bureau County Appears in LaSalle County on Separate Charge

Posted by wlpo on October 29, 2016

The man accused of a fatal hit-and-run in Bureau County showed up in a LaSalle County courtroom yesterday.

The attorney for 20-year old Jose Torres asked for a continuance in his LaSalle County case, because he had only been assigned to the case a few weeks prior. Torres was arrested after allegedly trying to fight off some repo men who tried to take his Jaguar back in January.

He’s also has a trial set for December in Bureau County. Torres is accused of failing to report an accident involving a death.  He allegedly hit and killed with his car 19-year-old Jacquelin Martinez of Mendota last August while she and others were walking on a rural road near Bureau.  Everyone but Martinez survived.

He is being held in jail on $300,000 bond. Torres is due back in a LaSalle County Court for a status hearing on November 18th.

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Traffic Stops Lead Troopers to Big Busts of Meth, Heroin, and Marijuana

Posted by wlpo on October 29, 2016

Three routine traffic stops along Interstate 80 would turn out to be 3 big drug busts for police, one of them record-breaking.

During a 24-hour period police arrested the three men, all from outside Illinois. According to the NewsTribune, 33-year old Edgar Coronel from California was found by police to be in possession of more than 13 pounds of crystal meth. That amount was by a wide margin the most “finished crystal meth” ever found in LaSalle County.

Police also busted 45-year old Reginald Reeder of Arizona after a traffic stop along I-80. Reeder was allegedly caught with more than 3 pounds of heroin, which was the second-biggest bust for that drug in the county.

Lastly, a California man was caught on I-80 with more than 500 pounds of pot. State troopers arrested 56-year old Lehel Garami after finding the drugs following a routine traffic stop.

All three men were taken to the LaSalle County Jail. Coronel and Reeder are being held on $2 million bond and, if convicted, face between 15 and 60 years in prison. Garami is being held on $1 million bond and could get between 6 and 30 years in prison if convicted.

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Last Day to Buy BBQ Tickets to Help Church Buy New Chimes

Posted by wlpo on October 29, 2016

Saturday is the last day to get your advanced tickets for the “BBQ Drive-Thru” at the Zion United Church of Christ in Peru. Money raised by the event is going to help replace the church’s community chimes.

Jim Greening with the church says they’re hoping to raise $13,000 to replace the current system, which is starting to fail. Greening says the system is 40 years old and in dire need of replacement.

The actual event isn’t until November 10th, but if you buy a ticket you’ll get quite a meal. Each $12 ticket includes a pulled pork sandwich, baked beans, cheesy hash brown casserole and more made by Stone Jug Barbeque.

If you’d like tickets, call the church at 223-2671.

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Chain Reaction Crash Kills One, Hospitalizes Two in Peru

Posted by wlpo on October 29, 2016

Police believe a chain reaction led to a fatal crash Friday afternoon in Peru.

Initial calls about the 3-car accident came in 2:30. According to Peru Police Chief Doug Bernabei, a vehicle was waiting in the northbound lane of Route 251, waiting to turn west onto Ben Samek Road when it was rear-ended. The second car then spun into the southbound lane where it was hit by a third car going south.

The driver of the second car was killed in the crash. All three drivers would have to be pulled from their vehicles, and the other two were taken to Illinois Valley Community Hospital in Peru.

The intersection was shut down for nearly two hours while the accident was cleaned up. The name of the person killed has not yet been released. We’ll continue to update this story as more information becomes available.

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