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Gas prices trickling down in the Illinois Valley

Posted by wlpo on July 31, 2015

Are you hitting the road this weekend? There’s not much difference in the price at the pump across the Illinois Valley.

According to, Princeton has the lowest unleaded gas right now at $2.39 a gallon. You can fill up for $2.43 to $2.45 a gallon in Ottawa, Oglesby, La Salle, Spring Valley, Mendota and Peru. Most stations in Streator are selling unleaded for $2.55 a gallon.

The statewide average price for gas is $2.65 a gallon, down a quarter from a month ago. Champaign has the lowest gas in the state at $2.20 a gallon.

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Championship boat races set to start on Lake DePue

Posted by wlpo on July 31, 2015

The engines will rev up for real today as the first round of Pro National Championship Boat Races happen today at Lake DePue.

The first race begins right at noon with seven different boat categories hitting the lake today. It’s $3 to watch the races.

In between races you can check out a beer garden and food stands around the lake. Later tonight there’s a free concert by “Last Call”.

This is the 31st year for championship boat races on Lake DePue.

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Ottawa doctor nears big career milestone

Posted by wlpo on July 31, 2015

Chances are if you’ve given birth in Ottawa, Dr. Vyas was the man who helped with the delivery.

As of Wednesday, the doctor was only 15 babies away from the milestone of delivering 5,000. Vyas has been delivering babies at the hospital in Ottawa since 1990 but he’s been at the job a total of 40 years.

Dr. Vyas road to becoming a doctor started with studying at Grant Medical College in India.

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Two people sent to hospital after crash near Lowell

Posted by wlpo on July 30, 2015

Two semi drivers were hurt after a crash north of Lowell.

It happened just after noon Thursday along Route 178. The crash heavily damaged two semis and closed down a stretch of Route 178 for about two hours.

Both Robert Anderson of Ottawa and Eric Arbo of Newark were taken to Illinois Valley Community Hospital in Peru with non-life threatening injuries. Anderson was blamed for the crash since he was ticketed for failing to yield.

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Fundraiser planned for family of Streator car crash victim

Posted by wlpo on July 30, 2015

Nearly two months after a Streator teen died of complications from a car crash, a benefit will help out his family.

The Leo Cardoza Family Benefit is this Saturday from 5 until 11 at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Streator. The goal is to help Cardoza’s family pay for medical and funeral expenses. Tickets are $10 which includes food and drinks.

The 18-year-old was involved in a wreck along with two of his Streator High School classmates last November on a county road north of Streator. Ben Newton was killed during the crash while KeeganTerry survived and graduated this past May.

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Several charges against a La Salle man accused of fighting with the police

Posted by wlpo on July 30, 2015

Some arrests are harder than others.

Twenty-three-year-old Christian Hass of La Salle is accused of putting up a big fight with police on Wednesday. He was arrested not only for domestic battery and possession of pot and paraphernalia, but also for aggravated battery to an officer, resisting an officer and obstructing an officer. Hass was picked up at a home on 3rd Street in La Salle.

He was sent to the county jail.

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No arrests made yet in Mendota case where a teenage girl was attacked and robbed

Posted by wlpo on July 30, 2015

More than three weeks after an 18-year-old girl was attacked and robbed in Mendota, the Mendota Police Department has had no luck in finding out who is responsible.

The detective who spoke with Classic Hits 103.9 WLPO says the department has had no leads whatsoever in finding out who’s to blame for the July 7th crime, where a girl was pulled out of her car, beaten and robbed near Lake Mendota. Investigators have said they’re looking to talk with four white men.

The detective says police went door-to-door in the neighborhood for possible witnesses and have checked nearby businesses for video footage. There is a description of the suspects, but that information hasn’t been released to the public due to questions about its accuracy.

Police have said from the start they believe the story is legitimate.

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Construction in the heart of downtown Oglesby will continue into August

Posted by wlpo on July 30, 2015

The Walnut Street project through Oglesby takes a break the rest of this week, but work is far from done.

After taking Thursday and Friday off, construction continues Monday on the main drag through Oglesby with oil being applied to the road. Because of the oil, you aren’t allowed to park on Walnut Street from Columbia Avenue to the Railroad Bridge on Monday and Tuesday.

The Walnut Street construction project also includes new curbs and handicap ramps along with water main improvements.

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Mendota runaway is found safe and sound

Posted by wlpo on July 29, 2015

A 16-year-old Mendota girl considered to be a runaway has come back home.

The Mendota Police Department posted on its Facebook page around noon Wednesday that Carly Dean had been located and was back in Mendota.

Dean had been missing since last Thursday and was reported as a runaway by Mendota Police.

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Oglesby man is accused of breaking into a La Salle bar

Posted by wlpo on July 29, 2015

A man wanted for burglary in the Illinois Valley was tracked down in Georgia.

Thirty-eight-year-old Jamey Ruppert of Oglesby was arrested by police in John’s Creek, Georgia on Tuesday. He’s facing burglary and criminal damage to property charges for allegedly breaking into Sportsman’s Tap in downtown La Salle last December and stealing cash.

Ruppert will eventually be brought back to La Salle County.

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