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Holiday crash injures several teenagers and kills woman in Marshall County

Posted by wlpo on November 27, 2015

The Thanksgiving holiday proved to be a fatal day in Marshall County.

Deputies were called around 4 o’clock Thursday afternoon about a crash at the intersection of Route’s 40 and 17 near Tanner’s Orchard. Nineteen-year-old Jacob Schlosser of Henry is accused of running a stop sign and hitting a sedan driven by a 15-year-old boy who had a learner’s permit.

Forty-seven-year-old Linda Stahl of Bradford was a passenger of the 15-year-old and was pronounced dead after the crash. Schlosser, the 15-year-old and three of his other passengers, all young boys were taken to OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. They’re all in stable condition.

The Marshall County Sheriff’s Office and the county coroner are still investigating the fatal crash.

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Sale of homes slows down in the Illinois Valley

Posted by wlpo on November 27, 2015

Have you bought a home lately or know someone who has? Home sales slowed down a bit last month in the Illinois Valley.

There were 107 closed sales in La Salle County on homes last month, down from 114 the month before. In Bureau County, 27 homes were closed on compared to 29 in September. And in Putnam County, seven homes went off the market last month compared to 11 in September.

For the year, home sales are up 22 percent in Putnam County and up by two percent in Bureau County. Sales are down nearly eight percent in La Salle County.

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Local retailers hope for big Small Business Saturday

Posted by wlpo on November 27, 2015

Do you still have a lot of Christmas shopping to do? If you do, why not shop local and take part in “Small Business Saturday”.

In La Salle, over 40 small businesses are offering up discounts and giveaways. As you go from store to store, have your passport stamped and you can have a chance at winning one of our business gift baskets.

According to state numbers, for every $100 you spend at a local store, almost $70 of that stays in your community. For every $100 you spend at a big box store, just $40 stays in your community.

Rod Thorson from Classic Hits 103.9 WLPO will broadcast live from downtown La Salle tomorrow starting at 11.

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Popular Christmas light display returns in La Salle

Posted by wlpo on November 27, 2015

Arguably the biggest Christmas light display in the Illinois Valley is back.

The switch will be flipped on at 5 today for the 7th annual Weber’s Christmas Show across from Senica’s Oak Ridge on the east end of La Salle. The display is synched to music and includes a 35-foot tall tree and 96,000 lights.

As in past years, you’re asked to make food and monetary donations when driving up to watch the light show. Proceeds are donated to the Illinois Valley Food Pantry.

Between 2007 and 2012, the Weber’s Christmas Show raised over $40,000 and collected more than 11,000 pounds of food. The display went on hiatus the last two years.

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Crash along Route 71 sends four people to Peoria

Posted by wlpo on November 26, 2015

The choice to speed has an Aurora man and three of his passengers spending their holiday in the hospital.

La Salle County deputies say 22-year-old Everardo Ruiz was flying down Route 71 near Norway Wednesday afternoon when he hit three other cars. Ruiz and three of his passengers were taken initially to St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Ottawa before being flown to OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. One of the other drivers was treated and released from the Ottawa hospital.

Ruiz has been ticketed for failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident but the crash is still under investigation.

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One injured after a semi and car collide near Wenona

Posted by wlpo on November 26, 2015

A drunken driver is blamed for a crash between a semi and car south of Wenona.

Deputies were called to the crash just after 9:30 Wednesday morning along North 7th Road. Anthony Booth of Toluca was driving the car while Calvin Hutson of Ransom was the semi driver. Booth was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in Streator while Hutson wasn’t hurt.

Booth was arrested for DUI and failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident. Hutson was also ticketed for improper parking on a road.

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Peru Police Department ready for Black Friday

Posted by wlpo on November 26, 2015

If you’re going shopping in the next day or two, expect to see plenty of police presence.

Peru Police Chief Doug Bernabei says from the time when stores open Thanksgiving evening thru Friday night, as many as eight additional officers will be watching over Walmart and the Peru Mall. Those off-duty officers are on top of police who were already scheduled to work patrols.

A couple La Salle officers will also take extra shifts to help with the expected Black Friday rush. Walmart and the Peru Mall pay for the extra police presence.

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Plans underway for lighted parade in Spring Valley

Posted by wlpo on November 26, 2015

It’s almost time to light it up in Spring Valley.

The annual Lighted Santa Parade is set for Saturday, December 12th. Entry forms to have a float in the parade are still being accepted. Since Santa will anchor the parade, there are no “look-alikes” allowed on other parade floats. All floats need to be lighted. Holiday movies are this year’s parade theme.

You can register for the parade by clicking City of Spring Valley

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Unemployment in the Illinois Valley Edges Lower, Lags Behind State

Posted by wlpo on November 25, 2015

While unemployment is down across the state and country as a whole, the numbers are dipping slower closer to home.

According to the preliminary data released by the state today, unemployment in the Illinois Valley is 0.2% lower than this time last year. That rate is 3.5 times slower than the state and national numbers. Illinois Department of Employment Security Director Jeff Mays is thankful for the growth but says too few Illinoisans are feeling the economic turnaround.

As of October in the Illinois Valley, Putnam County leads the way with 5.8% unemployment, followed closely by Bureau at 6%. La Salle reportedly has unemployment of 6.6%. The last time rates for the Ottawa-Streator area were this low was back in 2007.

Statewide unemployment is much lower, at 5.3%. The unemployment rate also stands even lower than that at just 4.8% nationwide

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Two young boys accused of damaging city Christmas display in Streator

Posted by wlpo on November 25, 2015

A combination of police work, surveillance video and the power of Facebook has led to a couple of boys getting arrested for damaging Christmas displays in Streator.

Tuesday afternoon Streator Police put up video and pictures of two boys accused of damaging several “Light Up Streator” decorations along with damaging a sign at Plumb Pavilion in City Park. The just recently installed surveillance cameras in the park.

After pictures of them were shared on Facebook, Streator Police arrested two boys under the age of 13 for criminal damage to property and criminal damage to state supported property. The boys will have dates in juvenile court.

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