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Man from Lonestar State arrested twice in same day in the Illinois Valley

Posted by wlpo on August 25, 2016

A man from Texas has pulled off the feat of getting arrested twice in the same day. Both times he had a run in with Spring Valley Police.

Just after 8 Wednesday morning, 22-year-old Jordath Graves was arrested for possession of pot. He was released with a court date.

About 11 hours later, Graves was arrested again for criminal trespass to property. He couldn’t post bond and was hauled off to jail.

On Monday, Graves was arrested in La Salle for allegedly stealing from Becks.

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Republican congressman looking for new interns

Posted by wlpo on August 25, 2016

Do you have an aspiring politician in your home? Being an intern for a congressman is a great way to get a start in politics.

Republican Adam Kinzinger has openings for internships in the summer, fall and spring at both his Ottawa and Washington, D.C. offices. Ottawa interns will learn how the office and legislative process works. D.C. interns will lead capitol tours, answer phones, and attend briefings and hearings.

Preference is given to Illinois applicants. For more information about internships with Congressman Kinzinger, click Kinzinger Internships

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Maintenance planned on bridge over the Illinois River in Ottawa

Posted by wlpo on August 25, 2016

Getting in and out of downtown Ottawa from the south side will be slow going starting Monday.

Crews will be doing routine maintenance on the Veteran’s Memorial Bridge. Traffic will be down to one lane each direction at different times of the day.

The lane closures should end after next Thursday.

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Search continues for missing Ladd woman

Posted by wlpo on August 25, 2016

You’re help is needed in finding a missing woman.

The Ladd Police Department considers 62-year-old Deborah Dewey to be a missing person. She hasn’t shown up to work and her family hasn’t talked to her since Monday morning. Dewey drives a 2007, silver Buick Lacrosse.

For a picture of Dewey and other details you can click Dewey Information

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City Service Group Behind Peru’s Pro-Police Signs

Posted by wlpo on August 24, 2016

If you’ve driven through Peru recently, you’ve likely noticed signs around the city that say “We Support Our Police.” They’re the latest product of a group that looks to make a positive impact in the city.

The Peru Citizens Service Organization had the idea for the signs at a meeting last month. Jason Edgcomb is the group’s Vice-President, and he says recent events involving violence and the police nationally led to what he said was a “spur-of-the-moment” decision.

The Peru CSO typically makes similar contributions to the city. Edgcomb says they were responsible for the flags downtown which they continue to maintain, as well as putting up Christmas decorations and a number of other contributions.

If you would like a sign, more should be available soon at the Peru Police Department.

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Economic Development Group Continues Growing in Illinois Valley

Posted by wlpo on August 24, 2016

A group that looks to showcase the benefits of businesses in the Illinois Valley continues taking steps forward.

The Economic Development Corporation of North Central Illinois has opened their new office at Illinois Valley Community College. EDC Chairman Jim Riley says the move marks an exciting time for the valley. Their CEO Ivan Baker says the group has the “opportunity to build our image and convince decision-makers that North Central Illinois is the place to be.”

The EDC’s 13-member board includes a number of political and business leaders in the Illinois Valley. Members include Ottawa Mayor Bob Eschbach, Oglesby Mayor Don Finley, Hennepin Village President Kevin Coleman, and Spring Valley Economic Development Director Debb Ladgenski.

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Teen to Appear in Court for Role in Peru Park Rumble

Posted by wlpo on August 24, 2016

A Riverdale teen who is accused of firing a gun during a fight supposedly started by a basketball game is due back in court Thursday.

Nineteen-year old Mitchell Hampton and some others were playing basketball at the Peru YMCA on June 15th when, according to police, a physical game led to a dispute off the court that would move to 28th Street Park in Peru.

During the standoff, Hampton is believed to have fired a gun. He reportedly told police after the incident that he fired the gun in the air, and not at anybody. Despite that, he faces 3 felony charges: Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm, Reckless Discharge of a Firearm, and Aggravated, Unlawful Use of a Weapon.

He was taken to the county jail in Ottawa, where he remains. He would need to come up with $100,000 cash to make bond.

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Jackknifed semi snarls I-80 traffic near La Salle

Posted by wlpo on August 24, 2016

As the rain fell, traffic came to a halt for about an hour and a half between La Salle and Peru.

The issues started around 9 Wednesday morning when a semi jackknifed and started leaking fuel. The semi was in the median but the clean up meant lanes of traffic on both sides of Interstate 80 were closed.

During that clean up, a separate crash happened not far down the road. The crashes were cleaned up and all lanes of traffic were back up and moving just before 10:30 Wednesday morning.

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Streator Y undergoing improvements

Posted by wlpo on August 24, 2016

Getting in a workout at the Streator YMCA is a little tough right now.

The Y is undergoing a lot of repairs and renovations. The pool and lockers rooms are closed until Labor Day for maintenance and updates. Also the Streator Y’s big gym and entire back hallway are closed until Monday so the wood floors can be resurfaced.

The wellness area downstairs is still open.

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Peru city workers moving out so a Dollar General can move in

Posted by wlpo on August 24, 2016

A Dollar General store for Peru is still in the works.

City workers have started moving things out of the soon to be demolished public works building at 6th and Peoria Street over to the new public works building on Plank Road.  Dollar General officials are set to take over the property and build a new store.

Demolition is expected to take a few weeks and then construction can start on the new store.  The new public works building by the way is costing around $3 million.

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