Drug, Weapon Arrests in Ottawa
Two men were arrested on Friday evening following the search of a house in Ottawa. La Salle County Sheriff’s officials say deputies along with multiple law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at a house in the 200-block of East Superior Street in Ottawa. Authorities say following the search, they arrested 21-year old Anthony Brito of Ottawa and charged him with unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. Authorities also arrested 19-year old Jason Mantzke of Camden and charged him with possession of a stolen vehicle and aggravated possession of a stolen firearm.
Authorities say stolen property, including firearms and a vehicle was stolen from Schulyer County as part of this investigation.
Icy Weekend Accidents
Icy roads Saturday morning were the cause of numerous slide-offs throughout La Salle County. The sheriff's office reports they responded to slide-offs in Otter Creek and Serena Townships, a three-car accident near Norway and a single-vehicle accident south of Troy Grove. No injuries were reported in any of the incidents.
Authorities are reminding drivers to use extra caution on the roads as the wintry weather starts to hit the area. Snow is forecast this afternoon and evening with several inches of accumulation in spots.
Theft from Washington Tornado Victim
A central Illinois woman has been indicted on theft charges for making unauthorized purchases on the credit card of a Washington tornado relief volunteer. The Peoria Journal Star reports 58-year-old Marjorie Mesa of Eureka was issued the charge of a theft between $500 and $10,000 by a Tazewell County grand jury. She pleaded not guilty on November 4th.
Lost Jobs at Rock Island Arsenal
More than 1,000 jobs at the Rock Island Arsenal have been lost over the past two years due to cutbacks in defense spending. Official statistics show the civilian work force has fallen from 6,743 in 2012 to 5,658 this year. The Rock Island Argus reports the job reduction shows the cutbacks, prompted by the end of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, have had a deep economic impact.
Bid Denied for Fracking
A southwestern Illinois judge has denied a bid by landowners group to put Illinois' new rules for high-volume oil and gas drilling on hold. Madison County Circuit Judge Barbara Crowder rejected the request for a preliminary injunction on Friday. Fracking generally uses a mixture of water, chemicals and sand to crack rock formations deep underground and release trapped oil and gas. Opponents fear it can cause air and water pollution and health problems.
Immigration Service Fraud
The Illinois attorney general's office warns that with President Obama's sweeping immigration changes comes the possibility of immigration service fraud. Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office says immigration services applicants could be targeted by scammers posing as lawyers or demanding excessive upfront fees for assistance.
Illinois Woman Receives Rhodes Scholarship
An Illinois woman is among 32 U.S. winners of this year's Rhodes scholarships. Rachel Harmon of Champaign is a senior majoring in industrial and labor relations at Cornell University. The Rhodes Scholars program was established in 1902 in the will of British philanthropist Cecil Rhodes. Recipients receive funding to study at the University of Oxford in England.