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Archive for November 25th, 2016

Indicted Drug Dealers Face Multi-Million Dollar Bonds

Posted by wlpo on November 25, 2016

If you’re caught with a large amount of drugs that you were allegedly planning to sell, you can expect your bond to break seven-figures.

That’s the case for four drug cases that went before a grand jury in LaSalle County Tuesday. Among those indicted were 23-year old Cesar Salazar from Cicero, and 41-year old Jose Astorga-Nunez from California. Both men are accused of having more than 10 pounds of marijuana with the intent to deliver, and Astorga-Nunez is also accused of having more than 2 pounds of cocaine.

Thirty-three year old Joshua Chavez from Sandwich was also indicted on 2 felony charges. He allegedly had possession of several hundred grams of cocaine, and between 5 and 10 pounds of pot.

Finally, 33-year old Michael Worsley from LaSalle was indicted on 2 counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver. His Class 1 charges and $1 million bond were the least of the group.

All 4 men are still in custody at the LaSalle County Jail. Apart from Worsley, the other men all had their bonds set at $2 million.

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Home Prices Jump across Illinois Valley in October

Posted by wlpo on November 25, 2016

While it’s not traditional you could go black Friday shopping for a house.

The median sales price of a home sold last month in La Salle County was $122,000.  That’s a 40 percent jump from the median sales price of sold homes in October of 2015.

In Bureau County, the median sales price in October was $105,000.  That’s 35 percent higher than October of 2015.

In Putnam County October’s median sales price was $118,000, almost a 50 percent jump from the year before.

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Granville Family Turns Annual Light Display into Incredible Food Drive

Posted by wlpo on November 25, 2016

You probably have one family in your neighborhood with an impressive Christmas display. One family in Granville is going all out to for a good cause.

The Bertalot family started with a basic show a few years ago, and now their light show has become an annual staple. Along with the lights, the bins in their yard used to collect donations for the Putnam County Food Pantry are an annual tradition.

Mike Bertalot is the mastermind behind the show. He says he can’t believe the good he’s been able to do.

If you want to check the display out for yourself, you should make plans to be in Granville this weekend. The first show is scheduled for 5:30 on Saturday.

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Illegal Dumper Wanted in Streator

Posted by wlpo on November 25, 2016

You’re help is needed in finding an illegal dumper in Streator.

The Streator Police Department on Tuesday posted a picture of a truck that they think was behind an illegal dumping complaint at Danchris Nursery.  If you have any information you can call the Streator Police Department.

Officers think the incident happened Monday night.

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Utica Altercation Leads to Galesberg Man’s Arrest

Posted by wlpo on November 25, 2016

A Galesberg man is in trouble after getting into an altercation at a truck stop yesterday morning.

LaSalle County Deputies responded to the scene of a domestic altercation at the Love’s Truck Stop in Utica around 5:00. According to police, 27-year old Corey Lawson is accused of repeatedly striking a female family member, along with choking her.

Lawson was arrested for domestic battery and hauled off to the county jail in Ottawa. The victim refused medical treatment.

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Peru Woman OK after Rollover Crash Wednesday

Posted by wlpo on November 25, 2016

A Peru woman is probably thankful she wasn’t hurt in a rollover crash.

LaSalle County Deputies were called to the scene of the accident shortly before 5:30 Wednesday morning. According to police, 24-year old Angela Ramey was driving on East 10th Road near North 15th in Hope Township when she swerved to avoid a deer.

As she swerved, she lost control of her car, which ended up rolling into a ditch. Putnam County EMS also responded to the crash.

Ramey would refuse medical treatment at the scene.

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