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Ottawa filmmaker's World War I series wins regional Emmy

The series, from Ottawa-based producer/writer/director Kane Farabaugh, was nominated in five categories, including Outstanding Achievement for a Historical Documentary. It was one of the most nominated programs in this year’s competition.


Coroner, sheriff investigate fatal crash on Route 71

A crash in the northeast corner of La Salle County involving a car and a semi resulted in one fatality, according to the county sheriff's office.Deputies, state police and La Salle County Coroner's Office are investigating the two-vehicle accident reported at 7:49 p.m. Monday on Route 71 just west o


PHOTOS: House fire draws multiple departments to La Salle

La Salle, Peru, Utica and Oglesby fire departments were all called to the scene. Spring Valley initially manned La Salle's station but was later called to the scene. Peru EMS was also called to assist with an ambulance. Ameren arrived on scene around 12:45 p.m.


THE BUZZ: New Rock River Cafe opens in downtown Ottawa

Rock River Cafe, 711 La Salle St., Ottawa, opened Monday in downtown Ottawa, in the former Jardines restaurant location. The business is open seven days a week, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.


Why so cold so early?

The dry air mass, the discussion noted, “limited high temperatures to the 20s … more typical of January than mid-November.”


Former PHS coach pleads not guilty to felony sexual assault

Brik Wedekind, 27, of Princeton on Wednesday morning waived his right to have his case presented to a grand jury, essentially conceding that there is enough evidence to move his case to trial. He pleaded not guilty to the charge.


Projects in Ottawa, Aurora to be Honored During 2018 Governor Hometown Awards

In addition to the wall, citizens could also see 3,000 flags to represent Illinois soldiers among the more than 58,000 Americans who died in the war and whose names are on the moving wall.


Peru, Ladd police offer house checks, will patrol retail areas

To sign upTo register for Peru service, call the Peru police dispatcher at (815) 223-2151 Ext. zero. The police department also provides a free vehicle lockout service, but you must sign a release of liability form. Ladd police also offer house checks for those on vacation. Residents can visit the d


Man arrested in shooting death of 12-year-old in Illinois

DECATUR, Ill. – Authorities say a 20-year-old man has been arrested following the shooting death of a 12-year-old boy in central Illinois.The shooting happened Monday evening near downtown Decatur.Police say officers responding to a report of shots fired found the boy, who was taken to a hospital an


Coal City Man Dies Of Heroin, Wilmington Woman Revived: Coroner

COAL CITY, IL - A 26-year-old man died in Coal City from an apparent heroin overdose and a woman from Wilmington who also overdosed at the house was revived, authorities said. The staff of Grundy County Coroner John W. Callahan is currently investigating Monday's early morning death of James Lee, wh


Ottawa police still seeking suspect from Oct. 11 burglary

OTTAWA — As part of a month-long investigation, Ottawa Police Department is asking for a call from anyone with information about the whereabouts of Jeremy A. Gossett, 24, of Naplate.


Firefighters and EMTs went to early morning crash north of Peru

La Salle County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a two-vehicle accident at about 5:30 a.m. today at Route 251 and North 33rdRoad.Peru Fire Department and Peru EMS responded. One person was injured and taken away by ambulance.


Dead Body Found Near Jefferson Street

JOLIET, IL - The Will County Sheriff's Department had several crime scene investigators and detectives searching for clues near the Woodlawn Memorial Park property after a dead body was found on Monday morning. As of noon, sheriff's officials classified the case as an unknown death investigation, bu


Army Corps of Engineers closing 6 locks on Illinois River in 2020 for major repairs

Closures are planned at the Peoria Lock and Dam in Creve Coeur, the Starved Rock Lock and Dam in Ottawa, and the Marseilles, LaGrange in Versailles, Dresden Island in Morris and Brandon Road Lock and Dam in Joliet.


Somonauk Man Accused of Stealing From Grandmother Facing New Charge For Allegedly Using Stolen Credit Cards

A Somonauk man, accused earlier this year of stealing his grandmother's purse and attempting to cash a check in her name, has been arrested on a new charge in connection with the incident.


Starved Rock visits were down ... but so were accidents and tickets

“All the calls we have done have been on-trail,” said Bierbom, assistant fire chief and director of Utica EMS. “This was a good year.”


Local World War I documentary wins Midwest Emmy

In his acceptance speech, producer / director / writer Kane Farabaugh recognized the important timing of the recognition, coming during the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War 1, an occasion now celebrated as Veterans Day. “It’s an honor for me to be up here on Nov


Election 2018: Lance Yednock won in Ottawa, La Salle, Peru; Jerry Long won in Streator in 76th District tally

On his way to victory, Lance Yednock won in the more urban areas of La Salle County on Tuesday night, while Jerry Long was more popular in rural townships.


Bikers thank veterans with drone photo from Marseilles Middle East Conflicts Wall

The message was not large due to the number of people participating, but rather as it was spelled out in the parking lot of the Marseilles Middle East Conflicts Wall, 200 Riverfront Drive, using around 50 bikes and easily viewable from a bird's eye view.


Naplate man facing Ottawa, Marseilles burglary charges

Corey W. Delahaba, 28, was charged Thursday with two home burglaries, aggravated battery, attempted escape and resisting police. He was taken to the La Salle County Jail, needing $25,000 cash to make bond.