Police are investigating an early morning shooting in Spring Valley. Chief Kevin Sangston says they received a call just after midnight this morning about a 22 man from Ladd being shot near the intersection of Cleveland and Strong Street. The man was taken to St Margeret’s Hosptial for non-life threatening injuries. Sangston says the shooting was allegedly the result of bad drug deal.
L-P Wrestling Coach Charged With Child Pornography
Following his resignation as a LaSalle Peru Township High School Wrestling Coach Monday, a Peru man is in custody on felony child pornography charges. LaSalle Police say 30 year-old Matthew Fletcher was arrested on two counts of child pornography and one count of solicitation of sexual abuse. At this time, Fletcher is in the La Salle County Jail on $150,000 bond with a court appearance this morning.
Federal Aid For Tornadoes
Gov. Pat Quinn and Illinois' congressional delegation have asked the Obama administration to approve federal aid for communities hit by last month's deadly tornadoes that ripped through parts of Illinois on Nov. 17, killing seven people and damaging or destroying more than 2,400 homes. Quinn says he's seeking federal help for local governments in nine central and southern Illinois counties. The money would help defray costs of repairing or replacing public infrastructure, removing debris and paying overtime costs for workers.
Peru Heroin Arrest
An Oglesby man is in jail after he was allegedly found with a large amount of heroin. According to Peru Police Chief Doug Bernabei, 50-year Curt Koehler (KAY-ler) was arrested at the corner of Shooting Park Road and Dalzell Road Wednesday afternoon. Authorities say they found 27 separate packages of suspected heroin. Koehler was taken to the La Salle County Jail with a bond set at $1 million. Bernabei noted that detectives have now arrested over 175 individuals on drug charges since Peru's drug unit was established in 2011.
Princeton Hotel Fire
A fire at a Princeton hotel Tuesday night stemmed from a heating-air conditioning unit. According to the Princeton Fire Department, firefighters were called out to a hotel on the 2200-block of North Main Street around 9 PM Tuesday. Authorities say that the second floor was filled with smoke, coming from a room where they found a heating-air conditioning unit up in flames. The fire was extinguished just after a few minutes, but caused a total loss to the unit and heavy smoke damage to the room. No injuries were reported.
Coyote Found in Trap
LaSalle County Animal Control Officials say a coyote was found in an illegal trap earlier this week in La Salle County. Authorities say the coyote found had to be euthanized due to its injuries. Officials say that there were other illegal traps found which they continue to investigate.
Unemployment in Illinois dropped to 8.7 percent in November in spite of a sizable loss of manufacturing jobs. State officials say it's the third straight monthly decline in the jobless rate but Illinois still has one of the highest rates in the country.
Dixon Gets $9 Million Dollars
U.S. Marshals say Dixon will get more than $9 million from the sale of former bookkeeper Rita Crundwell's belongings. Crundwell pleaded guilty to stealing about $54 million from the city and is serving a 20-year prison sentence.
IVCC Taxes Going Up
Area property owners will be paying more taxes to help run Illinois Valley Community College next year. The school’s board adopted an $11.2 million tax levy which will result in an estimated 3.6 percent tax increased over 2012. Vice President for Business Services and Finance Cheryl Roelfsema says a decrease in real estate values caused the increase in the tax rate.
Car In Snow Gets Burglarized
Dekalb County Crime Stoppers are seeking information about the theft of a car that was stuck in a snow bank. The Dekalb County Sheriff’s Department says this past Sunday, a 2002 Chevy slid off the roadway just north Route 30 in rural Hinckley leaving the vehicle in a snow bank. The car had been left there for a number of hours when police discovered that a window had been smashed out and a microwave and some Christmas items were taken. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Dekalb County Crime Stoppers.
More than 4 million people are expected to travel through Chicago's airports this holiday season. Chicago Department of Aviation officials expect many passengers to go through O'Hare and Midway international airports starting Friday through Jan. 6. The busiest day should be Friday, when experts predict 209,000 passengers at O'Hare and 66,000 at Midway.