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Second Firearm Deer Weekend saw some Tickets, but No Serious Accidents

Posted by wlpo on December 6, 2016

While there were a few rule-breakers, the second firearm deer weekend in the Illinois Valley came and went without any major accidents.

Conservation Police Sergeant Phil Wire believes that due in some part to the vast majority of hunters wearing harnesses. He says the trend is “good to see.”

He did say, though, that not everyone followed all the rules. According to Wire, police issued 25 citations and 36 warnings over the weekend for things such as unlawful taking of deer and hunting over an abated area.

The numbers aren’t out yet for the second firearm deer season, but things were slower for the first weekend. Statewide, more than 54,400 deer were killed that weekend, which was down from the nearly 58,000 that were killed in the opening weekend of 2015.

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Clerk, Customer, Officer All Testify During Day one of Streator Armed Robbery Trial

Posted by wlpo on December 6, 2016

The opening statements and first witnesses were called Tuesday morning in the trial for a Rockford man who allegedly robbed a Streator gas station.

Prosecutor Greg Sticka opened his arguments Tuesday by saying the “worst nightmares as clerk and police officer would come true,” on the August night the alleged robbery took place. Fifty-one year old William Webb is on trial for supposedly committing that robbery and firing at an officer during his attempted escape.

The State would then call several witnesses to help make their case. Among them were the cashier who was working at the south side Circle K that night, a customer who was allegedly briefly held at gunpoint, and the Streator officer who was involved in the gunfight.

Also shown in court was surveillance video and some audio that showed how the incident played out. The trial is expected to resume Wednesday morning

Webb appeared in court in his uniform from the LaSalle County Jail. He’s currently being held on $200,000 bond.

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Man Busted with Near-Record Amount of Heroin Indicted by Grand Jury

Posted by wlpo on December 6, 2016

The Arizona man who was busted allegedly driving the second-biggest amount of heroin through LaSalle County will have to face that charge in court.

Forty-five-year old Reginald Reeder was indicted by a grand jury Tuesday on one count of possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver. Police allegedly arrested him after a traffic stop along Interstate 80. Reeder was found to have more than 3 pounds of heroin in the car.

Reeder is still in the LaSalle County Jail, having had his bond set at $2 million. He’ll be back in court with his lawyer on December 16th.

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Name picked for new bridge in Spring Valley

Posted by wlpo on December 6, 2016

While you may be a couple years away from driving on it, there’s a name for the new Route 89 Bridge in Spring Valley.

The state senate on Thursday approved a resolution sponsored by State Senator Sue Rezin and State Representative Andy Skoog that names the new bridge in Spring Valley “The Illinois Valley Veterans Memorial Bridge.” Rezin credits the Spring Valley VFW with suggesting the name.

Construction on the new bridge began back in March. The new bridge is being built to the east of the current one.

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Mendota Police aggressive during first snow emergency

Posted by wlpo on December 6, 2016

Everyone wants their streets plowed after a snowstorm. But not everyone helps the snowplow drivers get the job done.

According to the NewsTribune, Mendota Police handed out 17 tickets for parking violations during Sunday’s snow. In Mendota you have to have your car off the street whenever there is two inches or more snow at least until your street has been cleared.

The Oglesby City Council also gave a friendly reminder about their snow parking ordinance during a meeting Monday night.

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Board chairman recount goes on for a second day

Posted by wlpo on December 6, 2016

An election recount will go on for a second day in La Salle County.

Republican Don Jensen requested a recount after losing to Democrat Jerry Hicks last month by less than 300 votes in the race to be chairman of the La Salle County Board. On Monday the votes were put through a tabulator and today all the votes will be counted by hand.

La Salle County Clerk JoAnn Carretto says the recount will continue as long as need be to complete the process.

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Snowplow involved in crash outside of Ottawa

Posted by wlpo on December 6, 2016

Be sure to give snowplow drivers plenty of space.

Thirty-year-old Liam Campblin of Ottawa was ticketed Monday morning for failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident after he collided with a state plow on Route 71 north of Ottawa. Campblin is accused of rear ending the plow driven by 67-year-old Kent Mann of Ottawa.

Nobody was hurt.

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New development is good news for La Salle property owners

Posted by wlpo on December 6, 2016

Thanks to some new business development, the amount of property taxes you pay if you live in La Salle could be headed down.

The La Salle City Council put on file Monday night a tax levy that will ask for $2.4 million in property taxes, a 3 percent increase from a year ago. While the city will collect more property taxes, the increase is expected to be covered by new business development that has increased the city’s assessed valuation.

The biggest reason the city is asking for more in property taxes is a projected 8 percent increase in paying for police pensions.

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Tax rate could be headed down if you live in La Salle

Posted by wlpo on December 6, 2016

Thanks to some new business development, the amount of property taxes you pay if you live in La Salle could be headed down.

The La Salle City Council put on file Monday night a tax levy that will ask for $2.4 million in property taxes, a 3 percent increase from a year ago. While the city will collect more property taxes, the increase is expected to be covered by new business development that has increased the city’s assessed valuation.

The biggest reason the city is asking for more in property taxes is a projected 8 percent increase in paying for police pensions.

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