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Mentgen pleads guilty to 2019 murder

PRINCETON – The boyfriend of a woman who authorities say was the victim of a homicide in Spring Valley has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder. 38-year-old Eddie Lee Mentgen will serve at least 35 years in prison for the death of 28-year-old Marissa S. Roberts on April 5th 2019. Mentgen was ...Read more

Bureau County EMA hosts hazard meeting

PRINCETON – Bureau County’s Emergency Management Association will have a public meeting on the updates of the Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan. Today at 5 p.m. at Princeton City Hall, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources will be presenting on floodplain mapping tools online, ...Read more

Mendota student claims regional spelling bee crown

MENDOTA- A Mendota student won the regional spelling bee after mastering ‘tapioca’ and ‘enmasse’.   Jenah Sims will be moving on to the state spelling bee in Peoria on March 27th.  The Northbrook school 8th grader competed against students from LaSalle, Bureau and Putnam counties ...Read more

Full moon starts this weekend

UNDATED – A full moon weekend is upon us, the first of many this year. Beginning Friday evening through Monday, the universe will experience the first supermoon of 2020. According to the Maine Farmer’s Almanac, Native American tribes had names for the moons calling this ...Read more

2 charged in coronavirus prank in Joliet store

    JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — Police in the Chicago suburb of Joliet say a teen suspected of spraying disinfectant inside a Walmart while announcing that he had the new coronavirus has turned himself. Police say 19-year-old Tyler Wallace is charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct, ...Read more

Regional spelling bee this weekend in Ottawa

OTTAWA – The 60th annual LaSalle, Marshall, Putnam Regional Spelling is this weekend at Ottawa High School. Thirty-three school district winners will be competing for the county championship on Saturday at 9 a.m. The winner of the regional bee will then compete in the Grand Finals to be ...Read more

Tonica FD recieves monitor/defibrillator pack

TONICA – The Tonica Volunteer Fire Department was given a monitor and defibrillator pack that will allow their ambulance to be upgraded to a paramedic level. The department announced that they were recently donated a Lifepak 15 with assistance from the Illinois Department of Natural ...Read more