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Police Close Massage Business in Peru

PERU – The license of a Peru massage business has been revoked. Chief Doug Bernabei stated authorities entered the premises in the 3800 block of Progress Boulevard and notified the owner of alleged violations. The business, known as Lily Massage Spa, was red tagged and the license to ...Read more

Windows Broken During Vandalism Spree

STREATOR – The Streator Police Department is investigating a number of vehicles and a business damaged by a small pellet gun over the weekend. Starting late Friday, reports began coming in of four vehicles and one business having windows shot out. The Streator Police is asking anyone with ...Read more

Rivers Recede but Flood Warning Continues

MARSEILLES – The mandatory evacuation for Marseilles was lifted Thursday however the Illinois River is still running 10-15 feet above normal, so residents were cautioned they could be asked to leave again with short notice.  Ottawa High School remained closed due to the high waters and the ...Read more

Mendota Police Chief Announces Retirement

MENDOTA – The long time Chief of the Mendota Police Department announced he will be retiring.   Chief Thomas L. Smith is ending his 21 year career as head of the force in February of 2019. The 1969 graduate of Ridgewood High School in Norridge attended Triton College before joining the ...Read more

Earlville Student Taken Into Custody After Threat

EARLVILLE – The Earlville Police Department were called to Earlville School before dismissal on Wednesday for a student making a threat against another student and the school. Around 2:30 PM according to Principal Jenette Fruit administration learned of the threat and brought the student to ...Read more

Viral Post No Cause For Alarm At Streator High

STREATOR – A shared post on social media that claims to threaten violence at a location named “SHS” has been determined to be unrelated to Streator High School. According to Superintendent Matt Seaton, they were made aware of the post but after an investigation by the Streator ...Read more

Amboy Junior High Investigates Student Threat

AMBOY – An investigation involving law enforcement into a student making a threat against Amboy Junior High went late into the evening Wednesday, according to Superintendent Dr. Jeff Thake. The situation was addressed in a release put out by the school, but Lee County Sheriff John Simonton, ...Read more

Area Roads Closed Due to Flooding

OTTAWA – The recent rains have caused some area roadways to be closed due to the high water. Green and Champlain Streets in Ottawa were flooded with water from the Fox River, while the Illinois River has caused Dee Bennett Road to be closed from Utica to the LaSalle County Nursing Home, and ...Read more

Preparations Underway For Potential Record Flood

OTTAWA – Preparations are under way for a potential record flood with voluntary evacuations being issued in Utica and Marseilles.    The Utica Village Board meet Tuesday night and declared a local emergency granting emergency powers to Mayor David Stewart.  Current projections are for ...Read more