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SV Man Accused Of Dealing Crack Cocaine

Hegeler Park in La Salle was allegedly the site of a drug deal that led to an arrest. According to a member of the Tri-DENT task force, undercover informants on Tuesday bought crack cocaine from 45-year-old Richard Stachowiak of Spring Valley. He appeared in front of a judge in Ottawa Wednesday and was formally charged with the Class 2 felony.
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Suspect faces charges after crash

Robert Russo, 36, of Dixon, Illinois, was arrested in the 300 Block of East 7th Street on July 2, according to a news release from Dixon Police,. He was arrested shortly before 7 a.m. for leaving the scene of an accident with personal injury, aggravated driving under the influence, reckless driving, and driving under a suspended license, the release says.
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Four Illinois hospitals named to new best hospitals list

Four Illinois hospitals have been named to a new list of the best hospitals in the country, published by the media outlet Money in partnership with the Leapfrog Group. Ascension Resurrection in Chicago, Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital in DeKalb, Northwestern Medicine Palos Hospital and University of Chicago Medical Center were named to the list, released by the groups for the first ...

Sheridan Murderer Begins Serving His Life Sentence

The man convicted of shooting and killing a Sheridan couple has started serving his lifetime prison sentence. Thirty-eight-year-old Donald Fredres of Sandwich arrived at the Stateville Correctional Center on Tuesday. He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole after being found guilty of killing Gregory and Brenda Barnes. Fredres was also given 26 years for the attempted murder of his ex-wife.

Child injured in go-kart accident in Sandwich

SANDWICH – A child was injured in a reported go-kart accident in Sandwich. Rescuers responded to a Mill Road residence shortly after 7:30 PM Wednesday. A MedFlight helicopter was requested to land at the Sandwich High School ball field to airlift the victim to a trauma center. Further details were not immediately available. The post Child injured in go-kart accident in Sandwich appeared first on

La Salle Woman Jailed On Cocaine Delivery Charge

An alleged cocaine dealer in La Salle spent her holiday weekend behind bars. Thirty-eight-year-old Danielle Pyszka is charged with a felony of dealing cocaine. She was in an Ottawa courtroom late last week after being booked on a warrant. Pyszka allegedly sold cocaine to a member of the Tri-DENT task force back in April.

Bank Customers Targeted By Scammers

Another scam is making the rounds. La Salle State Bank put out an alert Wednesday saying their customers are being contacted via phone and by text by someone impersonating a bank employee. The scammer is attempting to obtain sensitive customer information which may include account and password details. The spoofing call lists La Salle State Bank's real phone number.

Faulty Ice Maker Causes Fire Scare At Peru Hotel

A new ice maker is needed at one Peru hotel. Fire departments responded to the La Quinta Inn in Peru Tuesday afternoon after a fire alarm was triggered. An ice maker on the 2nd floor malfunctioned, sending out some smoke but no flames. Firefighters unplugged the machine and let it cool off advising folks at the hotel to not use the smoking ice maker anymore.

New Information On Peru Counterfeit Case That Ended In A Crash

An arrest has been made in a fraud case that turned into a chase in Peru. Late Friday afternoon, officers were told that several people tried to pass counterfeit $100 bills at the CVS Pharmacy. A high-speed pursuit ensued before the suspect's black SUV crashed into a tree behind the Fairfield Inn in Peru.

Financial reports missing from Sandwich meetings

For two months, the city of Sandwich and its city council have been operating without financial reports. Sandwich Mayor Todd Latham delivered the information at Tuesday’s city council committee of the whole meeting, which brought no response from the five attending alderpersons. After the meeting, Mayor Latham answered questions...

Northern Illinois Football: 2022 Huskies Season Preview and Prediction

Northern Illinois entered 2021 with low preseason expectations, but coach Thomas Hammock guided this team to a win over Georgia Tech in the season opener, a 9-5 overall mark and a MAC title. The Huskies won't sneak up on anyone in the MAC this year, but Hammock's squad returns the best all-around collection of talent in the conference. Steady quarterback Rocky Lombardi directs an offense also returning running backs Harrison Waylee and Antario Brown to headline a group that averaged 32.2 points a game last fall. NIU's defense surrendered 33.7 points a contest, but the bulk of this group (11 returning starters) returns for '22.

David L. Rahn Junior High property up for sale

MOUNT MORRIS, Ill. (WIFR) - The Oregon School Board has voted on what to do with the former David L. Rahn Junior High; and the property is now open to bidders. Less than a year ago, the board voted to close the only junior high in the area. Now, the upcoming school year will be the first time the junior high kids join the high school students under the same roof.

Adrenaline Seekers Will Want to Try These Illinois Attractions

If hiking and bike riding are a bit too "safe" for you and you're looking for more of an adrenaline rush you might want to try these Illinois attractions. I have always wanted to try zip lining and found the perfect place if you are looking to. Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tour has one of the longest zip lines in the state. A total of eight different zip lines, eleven platforms in high trees, and three aerial bridges are a few of the thrill-seeking adventures you will find here.

Plano City Council approves license for video gambling parlor on Route 34

The Plano City Council last week voted six to one to approve a new liquor license that would allow a video gambling parlor to open at 623 W. Route 34. The building formerly housed Betty's Place, another video gambling establishment. City Attorney William Thomas says the license would allow Dixie's Bistro to serve some alcohol and operate video gambling machines.

Lightning Strike Causes Fire At Ottawa Resort

During Monday afternoon's severe storms, a fire broke out at a popular resort in Starved Rock Country. According to the Ottawa Fire Department, lightning struck a house at the Heritage Harbor Marina. It started a brief fire in the home's attic. Nobody was home at the time so neighbors called for help.

Holiday Weekend Wreck Near Troy Grove Injures Both Drivers

A crash east of Troy Grove is being blamed on a drunken driver. Early Friday morning, deputies say 25-year-old Adam Ruiz of Chicago blew a stop sign and crashed his vehicle into one driven by 55-year-old Juan Medellin of La Salle. The wreck happened on Route 52. Ruiz was taken...

City of Peru to honor local school teacher who taught of the legacy of Maud Powell

PERU – The city of Peru is working to create a memorial in honor of a Peru school teacher. City officials discussed the request from family and friends of Willa Dellinger to create a memorial dedicating her efforts to celebrate Maud Powell, a Peru-native musician. At Tuesday night’s council meeting, officials discussed placing a plaque or bench in the area of the city’s historical marker, at the Fourth Street courtyard in the downtown area. Dellinger’s story of introducing Maud Powell to young children is posted on In her story, she says her mission was to awaken young people to the legacy of Powell. Dellinger passed in June of 2021. Powell is known as America’s first great master violinist, gaining international acclaim.

Candidates announced for 15th Judicial Circuit vacancy

OREGON, Ill. (WIFR) - Six candidates have submitted applications for the judicial vacancy in the 15th Circuit court. Judges currently serving in the 15th Circuit will vote between Hon. Allison M. Huntley, Kathleen A. L. Isley, Eric D. Morrow, Anthony W. Peska, Michael C. Rock and Ann E. Switzer to fill the position.