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Man accused in Putnam County burglary arrested in Ottawa

Posted by wlpo on December 24, 2014

A search of an apartment in Ottawa turned up items investigators say were stolen in Putnam County. Richard Young was arrested Tuesday evening after officers from the La Salle County Sheriff’s Department, Ottawa Police Department and Putnam County Sheriff’s Office searched his place on Route 6.

Young was arrested for felony theft and was being held in the La Salle County Jail with his bond set at $100,000.

La Salle County Sheriff Tom Templeton says Young is suspected in several burglaries that happened in La Salle County too.

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Comedy mocking North Korea to be shown in Ottawa

Posted by wlpo on December 24, 2014

After some flip-flopping by Sony Entertainment, a movie that upset North Korea will be shown in theaters Christmas Day. “The Interview” is a comedy about the CIA trying to have the leader of North Korea killed.

You won’t have to drive to a big city to watch it. The Roxy Cinemas in Ottawa will have showings throughout the day.

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Ottawa mayor unopposed in April but seven are interested in the city council

Posted by wlpo on December 23, 2014

It would seem the people of Ottawa are happy with their mayor but maybe not their city council.

Mayor Bob Eschbach is running for his fifth term and he’ll be unopposed in the April 7 election.

Four city council seats will be up for grabs. Commissioners Jim Less, Wayne Eichelkraut and Dan Aussem are running for re-election. They’ll be joined in the race by Tom Gainiere, Bob Rick, Steve Wiggins, Brett Barron.

Commissioner Dale Baxter is not running for another term.

Moneday was the last day to turn in petitions to the city clerk.

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Registration underway for Penguin Plunge

Posted by wlpo on December 22, 2014

If you’re going to jump into the river this time of the year, may as well do it for a worthy cause.

The fourth annual “Penguin Plunge” is Saturday, January 3rd at Heritage Harbor Marina in Ottawa. Each “plunger” is asked to raise at least a hundred dollars to take the plunge into the Illinois River. All proceeds benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The goal is to raise $100,000.

To sign up, call Heritage Harbor in Ottawa.

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Woman and child sought by Ottawa Police Department

Posted by wlpo on December 9, 2014

You normally don’t think twice when you see a woman with a toddler, but the Ottawa Police Department is hoping you’ll pay close attention. They’re looking for 29-year-old Shalane Stevens and her two-year-old son, Cortez White.

Police say the boy is supposed to be in DCFS custody but they believe he might be with Stevens. Cortez is described as black and big for his age. He was last seen wearing red Disney “Cars” pajamas.

Police say Stevens is white, 5’1″ and 180 pounds and was last seen Sunday night near the McDonald’s in Ottawa.

If you know where either of them is, call the Ottawa Police Department.

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Women accused of using stolen credit card numbers to make purchases in Ottawa

Posted by wlpo on December 3, 2014

Crooks are always coming up with new ways to use your stolen credit card information. Three women arrested Sunday outside of the Wal-Mart Super Center in Ottawa are accused of re-encoding gift cards with stolen credit card numbers.

Police say the women then used the fraudulent gift cards to buy more gift cards. Investigators also believe they used the gift cards at the Peru Wal-Mart.

Daquator Lane and Kahdijah Terry of Chicago and Diamond Jones of Maywood each face a felony charge of unlawful use of a credit card. Terry was also accused of obstructing identification.

They were taken to the La Salle County Jail.

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Man from Sandwich killed in crash north of Ottawa

Posted by wlpo on November 25, 2014

If you’ve been following the story about a fatal crash in Ottawa, the driver killed was from Sandwich.

The La Salle County Sheriff’s Office says 30-year-old Justin Nichols was southbound on Route 71 Monday afternoon when for whatever reason he crossed into the other lane of traffic and hit a delivery truck head-on. Nichols was pronounced dead at the scene.

The fatal crash happened just before 1:30pm near the intersection of Route 71 and the Morris Blacktop.

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Teens arresed for possession of stolen property in Ottawa

Posted by wlpo on November 24, 2014

Police had tickets for three teens they stopped over the weekend in Ottawa. 18-year-old Kaleb Miller of Rushville and a 15-year-old boy from Ottawa were arrested for possession of stolen property Saturday on West Jefferson Street.

The 15-year-old was also arrested for burglary and curfew. A second 15-year-old boy was ticketed for curfew. The younger boys were released with juvenile referrals while Miller was given a notice to appear.

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Plenty of chances to take in Veteran’s Day ceremonies

Posted by wlpo on November 10, 2014

You can remember and thank a United States Veteran for their service at a Veteran’s Day service.  Ceremonies are being held throughout the Illinois Valley.

In Peru, the traditional service will by the Peru Veterans Memorial Group will be at 11am Tuesday inside of Washington School.  Normally the ceremony is held outside but it is being held inside this year due to the weather.

Ottawa and Streator’s Veteran’s Day ceremonies starts at 10:45am Tuesday. Veterans in Ottawa will gather at Washington Square and in Streator at City Park.  Mendota will also have a Veteran’s Day ceremony at 11am Tuesday in Veteran’s Park.

Military veterans will join students and teachers Tuesday during LP High School’s second annual Veteran’s Day program.

The program begins at 10am in Sellett Gymnasium. If you are a veteran and would like to attend, call the high school principal’s office to have a seat saved.

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Ottawa man accused of fleeing La Salle Police

Posted by wlpo on November 10, 2014

A man accused of driving several miles after a La Salle Police officer tried to stop him was taken to the La Salle County Jail.

Police say Aaron Harvey of Ottawa wouldn’t pull over when an officer tried to stop him around 9:30am Sunday near Route 6 and Interstate 39. Police say Harvey instead went north on I-39 for several miles before he was stopped and arrested for felony aggravated fleeing and attempting to elude police. Police say Harvey was driving with a suspended license.

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