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Fire damaged LS KFC; state fire marshall called in

Six departments responded to a fire at KFC shortly after 2 this morning. La Salle Fire Chief Jerry Janick explains:. Your browser does not support the audio element. Firemen exited because of the heat and the danger of the roof collapsing. At least two ladder trucks poured water on to the roof. Flames were not easily accessible, but with persistance, the fire appeared to be out around 4:30 this morning. Janick is not commenting on its cause. A State Fire Marshall will be coming to the scene.
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Dozens of catalytic converters stolen from cars in Streator

STREATOR – The Streator Police Department is looking for information regarding stolen catalytic converters. According to Deputy Chief Robert Wood, on Monday, officers received a report from a local business in the 1800 block of North Bloomington Street., where they allegedly had 28 Catalytic Converters stolen off of vehicles that were parked in their lot. Police say the theft was found to have occurred on Saturday night, June 25th. Officers say this is the second such theft at the same business in less than a week, as 17 catalytic converters were reported stolen from vehicles a few days prior.
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Fire damages KFC in LaSalle

LASALLE – A fire that caused significant damage to a Kentucky Fried Chicken Restaurant on Tuesday morning in LaSalle is being investigated. According to LaSalle’s Fire Chief Jerry Janick, firefighters were called just after 2 a.m. to the 100 block of 3rd Street in LaSalle, for signs of smoke coming from the restaurant chain.

Peru Cop Shoots Pit Bull

A Peru police officer shot a pit bull Monday afternoon. Peru Police Chief Robert Pyszka says the officer was sent to the 7-hundred block of 12th street for what was believed to be a black pit bull running loose. The dog charged the officer, who “in fear for his life,” fired one shot at the dog. The dog sustained a gunshot wound to his front leg and was treated and released. While the officer was not bitten, Pyszka said at least 3 complaints were lodged against the animal in a five-hour span. No charges have been issued, but the investigation continues. If you have any surveillance video that could help contact the Peru Police Department.

Pontiac grad and ISU star Ali Schrock wins college girls division of State Farm Youth Classic

BLOOMINGTON-NORMAL (Heart of Illinois ABC) - Pontiac grad and current Illinois State star golfer Ali Schrock put together a very impressive second round on Tuesday to capture the girls collegiate division title at the 2022 State Farm Youth Classic at Weibring Golf Course. The reigning Missouri Valley Conference Golfer of the Year fired the lowest round of the day, a 73, to edge a number of other local competitors including her younger sister and future ISU teammate Dani Grace Schrock who finished fourth. Future Bradley golfer and Eureka grad Allison Pacocha finished 2nd while Normal Community grad and Evansville standout Allison Enchelmayer finished 5th.

Police Find Cannabis in Car

Cannabis is now legal in Illinois, of course, but there still are strings attached, including in how it's transported. Peru police conducted a traffic stop very early Saturday morning at 4th and Grant Streets. There they found that 22-year-old Anna Peters of 11th Street in La Salle had 10-and-a-half grams of cannabis with her. She was cited and released from the scene.

Morris Man With Three DUI's Sentenced in Grundy Co.

A man with history of DUI’s was sentenced in Grundy County on Monday, June 27th. Shawn Black, 32, of Morris pled guilty to Aggravated DUI, a class two felony and was sentenced to three years of probation. Black was also sentenced to 180 days in the Grundy County Jail, must pay more than $6,000 in restitution and follow several other requirements.

Braidwood Lions Summerfest Grand Marshals chosen

As July rolls in, the countdown is on for the 2022 Braidwood Lions Club Summerfest. Organizers continue to put the final touches and details on this year’s festival, with the theme “A Tropical Extravaganza.” And, one crowd favorite now has its leaders. On June 27, Lions Club...

Brewpub owner blames contractor for lack of work

The representative for the Maytag building is blaming lack of work on its former contractor who's been fired. Nathan Watson with CL Enterprises spoke Monday night at the La Salle City Council and said they were reluctant to fire the contractor because of possible litigation and because it's difficult to change a contractor mid project.

Fredres sentencing set for Friday

Three things could happen in the LaSalle County Courthouse in Ottawa for 38-year old Donald Fredres, Jr. of Sandwich on Friday. Despite a 12-member jury finding him guilty of murdering his ex-wife’s parents in their rural Sandwich-Sheridan home in March 2021, Fredres could request removal of the guilty verdicts and a new trial if his public defender Ryan Hamer can convince Judge H. Chris Ryan.

Pontiac Public Library Memorials for April and May

The following is a listing of gifts given to Pontiac Public Library in April and May. Bolz, Joan — “The Bookseller’s Promise” by Beth Wiseman; “Death by Chocolate Chip Cupcake” by Sarah Graves; “In Bloom” by Fern Michaels; “The Lifeguards” by Amanda Eyre Ward; “The Lioness” by Chris Bohjalian; and “Ralph Compton Blood on the Prairie” by Tony Healey — all Large Print titles — given by the Twentieth Century Club;

Crystal E. Doty

COAL CITY—Crystal E. Doty, 61, of Coal City, formerly of Joliet, passed away Saturday, June 25, 2022 at the Lightways Hospice Home in Joliet. Born June 13, 1961 in Joliet, Crystal Elaine was a daughter of Floyd Doty and Frances Foster. She was raised and educated in Joliet, graduated from Joliet West High School, and attended Joliet Junior College. Crystal enjoyed spending time outdoors going riding around looking for deer, watching her hummingbird feeders, and catching a good thunderstorm. She was a devoted mother and cherished spending time with her grandchildren. Crystal always looked forward to the holidays and cooking enough food to serve an army. Easter was her favorite holiday and she made sure to prepare at least a thousand eggs for the family Easter egg hunt. Crystal was a helpful, reliable woman who always put others before herself, and was just a good person who will be missed deeply by those who loved and knew her.
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Pontiac votes against service occupational tax

LIVINGSTON COUNTY, Ill. (WMBD) — Voters in Pontiac voted against a service occupation tax Tuesday. 798 voted for the tax and 1,026 voted against it. It is more commonly referred to as a Municipal Sales Tax. The one percent increase would have given revenue to public infrastructure, property tax relief and city operations.
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Stage 212 names "Into The Woods" cast members

LaSALLE – Stage 212 takes a new look at familiar fairy tales with “Into The Woods,” Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Tony Award-winning hit musical. “Into The Woods” will be presented July 15-17, July 22-24 and July 29-31 at Stage 212, 700 First St., LaSalle. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Sunday matinees begin at 2 p.m. Tickets will be available to the general public for $20 each beginning July 5, and may be purchased by visiting the box office Monday 4-6 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m.-noon or by calling 815-224-3025 during those hours. Tickets may also be purchased online by visiting Stage 212 will be following IDPH guidelines for Phase 5.