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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.

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.

Four injured in crash south of Earlville

Four people were hurt in a two-vehicle crash south of Earville at the intersection of E. 14th Road and N. 42nd Road Sunday afternoon. The LaSalle County Sheriff's Office says a vehicle driven by 20-year-old Haley R. Rogers of Sheridan was heading east on N. 42nd Road when she failed to stop at a stop sign at E. 14th Road. Rogers's vehicle was hit by 78-year-old Constance J. Miller, of Ottawa, who was northbound on E. 14th.

Federal school lunch waivers extended with days to spare

Just days before the deadline, Congress passed the “Keep Kids Fed Act” to extend pandemic school lunch waivers. Federal waivers have allowed schools to give students free breakfast and lunch, regardless of income. But, the new extension will limit the number of students getting free meals in the...

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.
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Sunken tugboat brought to shore in Chillicothe

UPDATE (9:08 p.m.) — Crews worked from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, June 27, to get the tugboat out of the water, and back to Hamm’s Harbor in Chillicothe. Barge traffic is now reopened back to normal. PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — The Coast Guard is actively...

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.
Mendota Reporter

H. Friedlein takes on duty as new Northbrook athletic director

MENDOTA – When Heather Friedlein graduated from Northbrook School in 2004 and Mendota High School in 2008, she didn’t think she would walk the hallways again. In August 2020, she not only walked the hallways, but she took a desk and a team at Northbrook as a physical education teacher and the girls’ track and field coach.

One life-flighted Sunday from rural Earlville crash

One person was badly hurt Sunday in a car/ SUV crash outside Earlville. It occurred about 12:45pm, three miles southwest of the village. Earlville Fire Chief Larry Todd said a man and two women were in the car. One, not identified by Todd, was life flighted to a Joliet facility.
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Forty-one youth attend Amboy Girls Basketball Camp

AMBOY – The Amboy Girls’ Basketball Camp was held May 31-June 3 and June 7-10 at the AHS gym. There were 41 campers in attendance. The camp was divided into two sessions. The first session included campers in fourth, fifth and sixth grades, and the second session included campers in seventh, eighth and ninth grades.
Mendota Reporter

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.
Mendota Reporter

R. Haefner to celebrate 95th birthday July 7

WEST BROOKLYN – Rita Haefner of West Brooklyn and former H.F. Gehant Bank employee until the age of 80, will celebrate her 95th birthday on Thursday, July 7 with a family dinner. Those who would like to wish her a happy birthday may send cards to Rita Haefner, PO...
Mendota Reporter

Mendota Youth Football sets first practice for Aug. 1

MENDOTA – The first practice for the 2022 Mendota Youth Football League season will be Monday, Aug. 1 at 5:30 p.m. at the practice facility by the Mendota High School bus garage. Youth football is for anyone entering fifth through eighth grade in the upcoming school year. All youth...

2022 Fourth of July Fireworks Shows in the Stateline

Fourth of July fireworks are bigger and better this year in the Stateline than ever before! Here’s a list of the fireworks celebrations happening throughout the Stateline. Amboy’s Independence Celebration will have live music, a water slide, face painting, axe throwing, foam machine, superhero characters, bounce houses and more. Fireworks will start at dusk.

One person dead from Friday collision outside Streator

We're awaiting the name of a person killed in a crash Friday morning outside Streator. The La Salle County Sheriff's Office says two persons in a passenger vehicle were northbound on East 14 around 7:10am. Its driver failed to stop at Route 18 and drove into the path of a westbound truck.