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Ottawa man identified as driver of vehicle that plunged into Illinois River

OTTAWA – An Ottawa man has been identified as the individual who was recovered from the Illinois River at Allen Park on Wednesday. According to the LaSalle County Coroner’s Office, Coroner Richard Ploch identified the man as 20-year-old Tyler D. Carson of Ottawa. Ottawa Police Chief Brent Roalson says, officers attempted to.
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Fredres sentenced to life + 26 in Ottawa Friday

Double-murderer Donald Fredres has been sentenced before Judge H. Chris Ryan in Ottawa. Shaw Media reports Fredres received life plus 26 years, according to Illinois law. At his April trial, La Salle County States Attorney Todd Martin said Fredres went looking for his ex-wife on March 16, 2021. Martin said Fredres murdered his ex-inlaws Gregory and Brenda Barnes, because they refused to reveal where their daughter lived.
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One person dead after driving into Illinois River, eluding police

OTTAWA – The occupant of a vehicle that plunged into the Illinois River in Ottawa, has died. According to Ottawa Police Chief Brent Roalson, on Wednesday just before midnight, officers attempted to. stop a vehicle in the area of Norris Dr. and Canal St. Police say the vehicle fled...

Car enters river at Ottawa; driver's body recovered

Divers recover a driver from the Illinois River at Ottawa early Thursday. Police Chief Brent Roalson said, just before midnight, officers attempted a traffic stop at Norris and Canal. In so doing, though, the suspect drove away, going south on La Salle, across Veterans Bridge and entering Allen Park. Police witnessed the vehicle drive over a bank and into the river.

Man Who Drove Car into Illinois River Identified

Authorities have released the identity of the person who drove a vehicle into the Illinois River in Ottawa in the small hours of Thursday morning. La Salle County Coroner Richard Ploch says the body of 20-year-old Tyler Carson of Ottawa was recovered by rescue workers in the early morning hours of Thursday. Events started when police tried to stop Carson's vehicle at Norris and Canal. Carson drove away, heading south on La Salle, across the Veterans Bridge and into Allen Park. Police then saw Carson drive the car over a bank and into the river. The subsequent search included multiple dive teams and sonar equipment from La Salle, Will and McLean counties. A forensic autopsy was conducted later in the day on Thursday. Those results are pending.

Convicted murderer Michael Slover Sr. dies

PONTIAC, Ill. (WCIA) — The Pontiac Correctional Center confirmed on Thursday that convicted murderer Michael Slover Sr. died at it’s facility. Slover Sr., his wife Jeanette and son Michael Jr. were convicted of murdering Slover Jr.’s ex-wife Karyn, who worked at the Herald and Review. Karyn died in 1996 and her body was found dismembered […]

Body found in Fox River identified

OTTAWA – Authorities have identified the body found in the Fox River in Ottawa on Tuesday. According to the Ottawa Police, they were called to the Fox River near the 100 block of E Jefferson St for a report of an individual floating in the river. The LaSalle County Coroner’s Office identified the deceased as 63-year-old Jeffrey M. Asbell Sr. of Ottawa. The incident remains under investigation by the Ottawa Police Department Detective Division and the LaSalle County Coroner’s Office.

24th/Wenzel Road between LaSalle and Peru opens Friday morning

LASALLE – 24th Street/Wenzel Road between LaSalle and Peru will open up on Friday morning. Workers will be on the road removing the barricades and officials say the road should be opened by 8 a.m. Peru and LaSalle city officials had a ribbon cutting to celebrate the end of construction that began in late March. The new roadway is designed to handle stormwater and is wider by around 7 feet.

Fairbury Fair Talent Show taking place Aug. 20

FAIRBRURY — Entires are being accepted for the annual Fairbury Fair Talent Show, to be held on Saturday, Aug. 20. The talent show is divided into three age groups: Junior, 10 and under; Junior, 11-14; and Senior, 15-21 years of age. Any group or individual performers are invited to...

Central Illinois spree robber sentenced to 12 years in prison

A federal judge has sentenced a central Illinois man to 10 years in prison for robbing banks and stores across a five-county region, including Peoria, Livingston, and Ford counties, in April of last year. John Beck, 55, of Mechanicsburg, admitted robbing the Elmwood bank, the Village Pantry in Paxton, the...

Buc-ee’s Better Watch Out, Missouri & Illinois Have Wally’s

Have you ever heard of Wally's? I hadn't until I started road tripping back to Chicago and stumbled upon Wally's in a cornfield off of Interstate 55 in Pontiac, Illinois. I was intrigued by the gas station/monument to consumerism but just kept on trucking since I figured I could go several more exits before having to fill up my tank. When I saw Only In Your State talking about Wally's off of Interstate 44 in Fenton, well I knew I had to learn a little bit more about it.

Pistol Shrimp lead series with Bees; final game Friday in Peru

The Pistol Shrimp are on some kind of roll. The Shrimp have performed well on the road winning two at Burlington. Now, they return home with the Bees in tow to conclude the three game set Friday night. On Wednesday, the “Boys from Peru” topped Burlington 13 -8. Recording hits and RBI's were Zach Lane, Jack Johnston, Bobby Cavin and Dio Cornet with two hits and an RBI. And, Thursday night, the Bees were thumped 11 – 1. Tucker Bougie had three hits and four RBI's. Overall, seventeen hits came off the Pistol Shrimp bats.