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Rural Mendota Home Burns Monday Night

MENDOTA – A rural Mendota home was severely damaged after a Monday night house fire that may have started around the kitchen. Around 10 PM Mendota and Troy Grove Fire were called to the scene in the 3900 block of East 3rd Road for a fire that the occupants said they had escaped from.  ...Read more

Study on Peru Public Pool Costs to Begin

PERU – The city of Peru announced a feasibility study will begin regarding a public pool. Representatives from Counsilman-Hunsaker & Associates spoke to the council on Monday night about the study that will look at what a public pool will cost the city. The feasibility study, which will ...Read more

No Decision This Year on County Pot Sales

OTTAWA – LaSalle County Board will wait to act on approving or rejecting the sale of cannabis on unincorporated areas until January. The Zoning Board of Appeals had previously recommended that the County Board prohibit any sale of cannabis in unincorporated areas, and the Board discussed ...Read more

Methadone Tolerance Questioned During Cusick Trial

OTTAWA – A Forensic Toxicologist says Tracy Cusick’s death was not an overdose. 52-year-old Kenneth Cusick a former Ottawa fireman is accused of killing his wife Tracy by drowning her in a toilet in 2006. According to Dr. Christopher Long, toxicology reports show A blood alcohol content ...Read more

Cusick Trial Moves Ahead

OTTAWA – A Forensic Toxicologist takes the stand Monday to testify for prosecution in the murder trial of a former Ottawa Fireman. 52-year-old Kenneth Cusick is accused of drowning his wife, Tracy in a toilet in 2006. In conjunction with Tracy’s autopsy, a toxicology analysis was ...Read more

Inmate Captured After Grundy County Escape

MORRIS, Ill. (AP) — Authorities said an inmate that escaped from the Grundy county jail while helping deliver meals has been captured. The Sheriff’s office says 34-year-old Andrew J. Viles walked out of the jail in Morris around 4:30 p.m. Saturday, dressed in a dark coat, light jeans and ...Read more

Pets Rescued After Saturday Streator Fire

STREATOR – Pets were rescued Saturday after a house fire in Streator significantly damaged a home.  According to the Streator Fire Department they were called around 10 AM to a home in the 900 block of Maple Street for a home that had heavy fire towards the rear of the structure.  All ...Read more

Ottawa Man Charged After Tri-Dent Investigation

OTTAWA – An Ottawa man is charged in connection to an investigation by the Tri-County Drug Enforcement Narcotics Team on Thursday. 29-year-old Charles A. Bishop is charged with Unlawful Delivery of over one gram of purported heroin after a buy/bust operation in the 1200 block of LaSalle ...Read more

A Date That Will Live in Infamy….

  LASALLE – On Dec. 7, 1941, Japan launched an attack on the U.S. Navy base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.  22-year-old Adolf J. Loebach of Peru was a Navy Fire Controlman 3rd Class on board the USS Oklahoma who was killed after the ship capsized from torpedo hits.  Over 400 men lost ...Read more