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Plano Middle School Student Charged With Felony For School Shooting Threat; SD308 Also Reports Threat Incident

School officials in both Plano and in Oswego-based School District 308 were in contact with authorities on Monday after students made threats against schools. In Plano, Police were called on Monday afternoon around 2:00 p.m. to Plano Middle School on Hale St. for a threat written in a restroom at th

WSPYNEWS.COM - 2018-03-20 11:49:00

Trial begins in fatal bar fight case

Tension over a woman's attentions was apparently at the root of a La Salle bar fight that turned deadly last year. Trial began Tuesday for Dezzan Phillips, 26, Streator, who is charged with causing the death of 28-year-old Nicholas Puyear, of Peru, during a fight Nov. 10 at a downtown La Salle bar.

OTTAWA TIMES - 2018-03-20 19:18:31

'This is the worst we ever had'

Bureau County's new jail - and its price tag - are drawing people to the polls, though not exactly in overwhelming numbers. Voter turnout numbers are trickling in as Illinoisans settle nomination contests for governor and congress. In Princeton, there were a pretty even number of Democratic and Repu

NEWS TRIBUNE - 2018-03-20 15:18:00

Ottawa track and field led by state hopefuls

If last Saturday's Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference Indoor Championships were any indication of things to come for the Ottawa High School girls and boys track and field teams, there's plenty to look forward to this spring. A quartet of OHS athletes fared extremely well in the meet - headlined by

OTTAWA TIMES - 2018-03-21 03:57:12

PHOTO: Ottawa canal bed trees cleared

Buy Now The rewatering project for a section of the Illinois & Michigan Canal in Ottawa got going Monday with the removal of trees in the canal bed. The majority of the work is set for summer, but the Illinois Department of Natural Resources required the tree removal be accomplished by April 1. The

OTTAWA TIMES - 2018-03-20 02:49:06

Police chase leads to crash; several taken to hospital

East Peoria and Peoria police chase a stolen car before it crashes late Sunday night. East Peoria officers were responding to another traffic stop when they apparently spotted the stolen car. Witnesses tell the Peoria Journal Star that a high speed chase across the river into Peoria followed. IDO

WEEK.COM - 2018-03-19 14:16:00

Large home needs a family

In 1990, Dan and Pam Bollengier bought the large house (about 2,668 square feet) at 1503 Seventh St. in Peru. They were the second owners of the home that was built about 80 years ago. "The previous owner's daughter was actually born in 1939, in this house," Pam said. "It was owned by the Kotecki fa

OTTAWA TIMES - 2018-03-20 23:56:50

Ask The Times: Ottawa smoke detectors

Q. I heard Ottawa has a law that smoke detectors have to be wired to the building instead of being battery operated. Is that true? A. For single-family or two-family dwellings, the city code allows battery-operated smoke detectors. However, for dwellings housing three or more families, plus in comme

OTTAWA TIMES - 2018-03-20 02:51:15

Miami pedestrian bridge collapses, killing four people, crushing cars

MIAMI - A newly installed 950-ton pedestrian bridge at Florida International University collapsed Thursday, crushing vehicles on a busy highway below and killing at least four people, officials said. First responders recovered at least four bodies from the scene, Miami-Dade County Fire Chief Dave Do


Sandwich Woman Found Passed Out Behind the Wheel Arrested for DUI in Somonauk

A Sandwich woman was arrested for DUI after being found passed out behind the wheel of her vehicle in Somonauk on Wednesday. According to the Somonauk Police Department, officers responded to a restaurant on E. LaSalle St. for the report of a person standing in the road next to a vehicle with their


UPDATE: La Salle man released from hospital following shooting

A 24-year-old La Salle man has been released from a Peoria hospital following a shooting early Wednesday in the 500 block of Seventh Street, La Salle police said today. Police said they are actively searching for the suspect, who fired a shot that struck the victim's lower body. Anyone with informat


Phillips asks judge to hear manslaughter trial

OTTAWA - A Streator man will stand trial Tuesday for manslaughter arguing that, yes, he did have a fight with the late Nicholas Puyear - and he will likely argue that he was defending himself. Man faces charges in fatal fight at tavern OTTAWA - A Streator man has been charged with involuntary mansl


24-year-old man shot in La Salle

A 24-year-old La Salle man was hospitalized following a shooting early today in a La Salle neighborhood. No one is in custody yet. The victim was expected to survive. La Salle police reported a dispatch at 1:18 a.m. from the 500 block of Seventh Street and were on scene within two minutes. There, th


Don't miss weekend paper

Pick up a weekend March 17-18 edition of The Times to read a series of stories, featuring Ottawa firefighters who responded to the fire, the businesses that made up the block, a reporter's reflection on covering the event and photos from that day, among other stories. The series will continue Monday


Hours extended for Ottawa Community Food Basket

The Ottawa Community Food Basket has increased its service hours. People from Ottawa, Marseilles, Sheridan, Serena and Grand Ridge can now pick up food each month on Tuesdays from 9 to 11 a.m. or on Thursdays from 3 to 6:30 p.m. The change was made to reach more of the working families who qualify f