Spring Valley, IL

Peru Attorney Fires Back at La Salle in Text, Letter

The drama that started with improper dumping and led to an aborted effort to de-annex 50 acres from La Salle to Peru has turned personal, it would seem, at least according to a testy text message and a follow-up formal complaint letter. At Monday night's La Salle City Council meeting,...
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Local law enforcement, LaSalle County State’s Attorney’s to join lawsuit to stop SAFE-T Act

OTTAWA – LaSalle County officials have joined in criticism against Governor J.B. Pritzker and the so-called SAFE-T Act approved last year. LaSalle County State’s Attorney Joe Navarro and Sheriff Adam Diss held a press conference on Wednesday announcing they will be joining one of the multiple lawsuits against the State of Illinois to prevent the bill from being enacted on January 1st. The act will end bail for many nonviolent crimes and included hundreds of changes to the criminal code. Critics call restrictive bail a “penalty on poverty.” Sheriff Diss called the legislation horrible and noted that the LaSalle County Jail had 124 people in custody, and if the law were in effect today, he claimed the population would be down to less than 50. State’s Attorney Navarro said they will be filing their grievance in LaSalle County, but the cases are expected to be consolidated into one lawsuit on Thursday in Springfield.
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LaSalle County Man Sentenced On Two Drug Felonies

A LaSalle County man was sentenced in a Livingston County court case on October 3rd. 21-year-old Brennan Good, of Dana, pled guilty to the Unlawful Delivery of between 15 and 100 grams of meth, a class X felony and manufacturing and delivering between 1 and 15 grams of heroin, a class one felony.

KFC Fire In La Salle Officially Labeled Arson; No Arrests Made

What many have believed to be the case for awhile has been made official by the La Salle Police Department. Detective Brian Camenisch announced Tuesday that the fire that gutted Kentucky Fried Chicken in La Salle was intentionally set and is being treated as an arson case. Investigators are said to be actively doing work to find out who is responsible. You may receive a cash reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for the arson.
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MHS Homecoming Royalty 2022

MENDOTA – The 2022 King, Queen and Royalty were chosen at Mendota High School during an assembly during the opening day of Homecoming Week on Oct. 3. Left to right, are Junior attendants Diego Sandoval and Grace Wasmer, Senior attendants Rafael Romero and Naitzy Garcia, Queen Emma Schultz, Senior attendants Edgar Arteaga and Katie Jenner, Freshman attendants Ozzy Arteaga and Jessica Reel, and Sophomore attendants Makenzie Bean and Angilberto Serrano. In front are Mini King Maddux Becker and Mini Queen Aria Knowlton. Not pictured is King David Garcia. (Photo contributed)

Swap Shop 10/5/22

SALE: 605 S Monroe St, Streator . October 7th and 8th from 8am to 3pm. Christmas items, Hot wheels, Coleman camp stove, wide variety of items. ESTATE RUMMAGE SALE Wednesday 10/5 9:00-5:00 1602 N Wasson, Streator. Glassware, records, some furniture, Tupperware, much miscellaneous, all has to go. BARN/GARAGE SALE. –...

Streator Man Accused Of Dealing Meth While On Probation

On probation for dealing meth, a Streator man is back behind bars for allegedly dealing the drug once again. Twenty-nine-year-old Anthony Blameuser Jr. was in front of a judge in Ottawa on Monday after being booked on a warrant for dealing meth. The new charge stems from an illegal sale in May. Blameuser's bond was set at a million dollars.

Big Price Jump At Gas Stations Across The Valley

If you see gas selling for under 4 bucks a gallon, you may want to fill up. Many stations in Starved Rock Country jumped 30 to 40 cents a gallon in the past day. The price at the pump has jumped to as high as $4.39 a gallon at stations in Oglesby, La Salle, Peru and as high as $4.29 in Streator.

Water main flushing announced in Spring Valley

SPRING VALLEY – The City of Spring Valley has announced the upcoming schedule of water main flushing, which begins today. All areas west of Hall High School will have potentially low water pressure and some discoloration. Flushing will continue around the community through Friday, October 14th.

Grant awarded to Ottawa for passenger rail study

OTTAWA – Nearly one-quarter of a million dollar grant was awarded to the North Central Illinois Council of Governments to partially pay for a on study adding passenger rail through the Illinois valley. Rebuild Illinois awarded more than $10 million statewide to a number of communities for projects and activities to support transportation across the state. The $310,000 study will help determine where the potential train stations could be located on the proposed rail connection between Peoria and Chicago.

Bureau County Deputies Serve Warrants

The incident reports from the Bureau County Sheriff's Office this time of year usually include lots of car-versus-deer accidents, and the latest report is no exception. But it also includes a couple of completely different stories. Monday morning at about 7:20, deputies picked up 20-year-old Blake Keane in the 200...

Streets closed in Mendota due to construction Thursday

MENDOTA – A number of city streets in Mendota will be blocked off due to construction beginning today. The 700 block of Indiana Ave, the 800 block of Jefferson Street, and the 8th Street railroad crossing from Main Street to 6th Street will be closed. There will also be extensive road construction leading to the sewer treatment plant and burn pit on First Avenue.

Freedom House Expanding Services

As they approach 40 years of providing a safe and free haven for victims of domestic and sexual violence, Freedom House is expanding. The organization plans to open satellite offices soon in Lacon and Geneseo. With the expansion comes the need to hire more staff. Freedom House has a secure...
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Illinois school graduation shooter gets maximum sentence

DIXON, Ill. — A man will receive the maximum prison sentence allowable after pleading guilty to shooting at an Illinois high school graduation practice several years ago. It happened in 2018 at Dixon High School in Lee County, Illionis. Matthew Milby Jr. has been in state custody ever since...

Coyote Decoys Being Used At Ottawa High To Repel Geese

Apparently Baker Lake in Peru isn't the only place in Starved Rock Country where geese droppings are a problem. Plastic coyotes have been installed on the baseball diamond and other fields at Ottawa High School. Athletic Director Mike Cooper says its an attempt to keep geese off the fields. In...

Drug Paraphernalia Purchase Leads To Liquor Store Denial In Oglesby

What's okay in La Salle isn't automatically acceptable in Oglesby. The Oglesby City Council unanimously denied a liquor license permit for J. Patel to open a liquor store on North Columbia Avenue in a vacant building across from the Root Beer Stand. The decision came after Commissioner Jason Curran produced what he believes to be a crack pipe that he was able to buy at the 351 Mini Mart in La Salle, a business ran by Patel. Before voting to deny the liquor license, Curran said he would vote “hell no” while fellow Commissioner Terry Eutis said “I don't think a crack pipe has any benefit being in Oglesby, Illinois”. He added “I don't want to support a business that does that”.

4-H Volunteers From Starved Rock Country Receive Hall Of Fame Inductions

It's always nice to be recognized for your dedication. Bureau County 4-H volunteers Shelly Miller and Sherry Allen along with La Salle County 4-H volunteer Michelle Rich and Marshall-Putnam Counties 4-H volunteer Lori Toepper have been inducted into the Illinois 4-H Foundation Hall of Fame. They were all honored for their dedication to the University of Illinois Extension 4-H youth development program.