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Retired Ottawa K-9 passes away

OTTAWA – The Ottawa Police Department is mourning the loss of retired K-9 Gussy. She served the Ottawa Police Department along with partner and handler Sgt. Robert Nilles for nine years before retiring this past July. Police say during her service, Gussy made an impact on illegal drugs ...Read more

Skydiver killed identified

OTTAWA – The identity of the skydiver killed near Ottawa on Saturday has been released. LaSalle County Coroner Richard Ploch announced that 38-year-old Brenton Watkajtys of Chicago was the individual found deceased in a cornfield in Dayton Township. The investigation into the accident being ...Read more

Rabid bat bites DeKalb county resident

SYCAMORE – A rabid bat has bitten a DeKalb county resident. The DeKalb County Health Department confirmed that the person who was bit on Saturday in Sycamore is now receiving treatment. Officials say it was the second bat this year to be found carrying rabies in the county. Bats are the ...Read more

South Streator fire quickly extinguished

SOUTH STREATOR – A structure fire south of Streator was quickly extinguished by the Reading Fire Department on Sunday. Around 4:30 PM Reading, Cornell and Long Point Fire Departments responded to the 2000 block of Aquaduct Road in seven minutes to tackle the blaze. The fire was quickly ...Read more

ISP Announces rollout of Next Generation 911

MORRIS – More counties across the state are getting tools for first responders to speed up communications using a new generation of technology for dispatchers. Next Generation 911 moves resources to a stronger, advanced technology network that allows better location identification for ...Read more