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Accumulating snow likely Sunday in the Illinois Valley

Posted by wlpo on December 3, 2016

Your first snowfall of the season appears to be a gentle one with little wind expected this afternoon. About almost 5 1/2  inches has fallen across the area.  Radar indicates the system is moving northeast.  The back edge of this snow event is at the Quad Cities as of 2:30pm Sunday.

A heavier band of snow around the Quad Cities northeast into Lee, Ogle and Dekalb Counties has prompted a Winter Storm Warning for those areas until 6pm.  LaSalle County is under a  Winter Weather Advisory until 6.  Bureau and Putnam are also under one until 3pm.

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Longtime Ottawa horse breeder creates courtroom spectacle

Posted by wlpo on December 3, 2016

An Ottawa man who has a hard time hearing spoke up in court about his desire for a new lawyer.

Barney Erickson told Judge Cynthia Raccuglia that he didn’t want to be represented by the Public Defender’s Office. The 80-year old would then ask for his court dates to be moved to January because he’s “got a barn he’s working on.”

Comments like these had led Judge Raccuglia to order a mental health evaluation for Erickson, who was found fit to stand trial. Erickson is accused of violating his duties as an animal owner.

It’s not the first time he’s been accused of a crime of that nature. Erickson has been in and out of the legal system for decades. Most notably, he had 21 horses taken from him in 2011 after pleading guilty to violating his duties as an animal owner.

He’s due back in court for a status hearing January 13th. Upon hearing the date, he expressed concern, claiming “that day’s unlucky.”

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Illinois Valley funeral home offers help with holiday grieving

Posted by wlpo on December 3, 2016

If you’re having a rough time with lost loved ones during the holidays, try spending time with others who are in the same boat.

The Burgess Funeral Home in La Salle is hosting its 9th annual Holiday Remembrance Program Sunday from noon until two. It’s a forum in which families can come together to express grief but also find peace. The funeral home will offer families a glass Guardian Angel ornament personalized with the name and dates of their loved one.

If you’d like an ornament in remembrance of a loved one, contact Tom Burgess at 252-6320.

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