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Merritte wants bail lowered due to health and family reasons

Merritte wants bail lowered due to health and family reasons

34-year-old Calvin Merritte, of Chicago, wants his $1-million bond reduced. He was arrested Thursday at one of the LaSalle County Courthouses and is accused of selling cocaine to a Tri-County Drug Enforcement Narcotics team agent. Merritte told Judge H. Chris Ryan that he is being denied needed medical equipment for his asthma and that it…

Plea deal offered in auditor theft case

Plea deal offered in auditor theft case

One of the LaSalle County Deputy Auditors accused of stealing unearned overtime pay has a plea deal to consider. 44-year-old Tori Artman, of Mendota, was in court today where prosecutors say a deal was offered. Artman allegedly was paid $1,358 in unearned overtime pay. 53-year-old County Auditor Jody Wilkinson is charged with facilitating the theft.…

Teen’s statements to police in murder case can be used as evidence

Teen’s statements to police in murder case can be used as evidence

Judge H. Chris Ryan is allowing statements made by 17-year-old Tamil Adams, of Dolton, to Streator police after he was arrested in May for an alleged murder to be used as evidence in court. Adams is one of three people accused of killing 33-year-old Maria De La Torre, of Streator, in a botched robbery. Adams’…

Part of Canal Rd. to be closed for tree trimming

Part of Canal Rd. to be closed for tree trimming

Part of Canal Rd. will be closed Saturday and Sunday, November 17 and 18 from 6:30am to 3:30pm. Ottawa City Commissioner James Less says people who live along the segment from Chapel St. to Old Chicago Rd. will be allowed in and out. People will also be able to go to and from Shoreline Boat…

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THURSDAY ROUNDUP: Ottawa rallies for win at I.M.S.A. Tournament

THURSDAY ROUNDUP: Ottawa rallies for win at I.M.S.A. Tournament

GIRLS BASKETBALL Ottawa 38, Timothy Christian 27 AURORA — At the I.M.S.A. Hoop Happenings Tournament, Ottawa (2-0) scored the final 15 points of the game to rally for the victory. Sloan Gayan scored a career-high 21 points for the Lady Pirates. Angelique Cowan scored eight of her 11 points in the fourth quarter. Ottawa plays…

Illinois Sports 11/15/18

Illinois Sports 11/15/18

Here is the latest Illinois sports news from The Associated Press: CHICAGO (AP) — As a senior on a team looking to end a string of losing seasons, Max Strus believes there’s no such thing as an ugly win. He happily celebrated DePaul’s performance—warts and all. CHICAGO (AP) — Tarkus Ferguson scored 25, Godwin Boahen…

Illinois Sports 11/14/18

Illinois Sports 11/14/18

Here is the latest Illinois sports news from The Associated Press: BOSTON (AP) — Kyrie Irving had 17 points and seven assists as the Boston Celtics, back home from a dreadful road trip, routed the Chicago Bulls 111-82. Jaylen Brown scored 18 points and Jayson Tatum added 14 for the Celtics, who lost the final…

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Attorney for female GoFundMe suspect claims she, too, was duped

Attorney for female GoFundMe suspect claims she, too, was duped

ABC News(NEW YORK) — The attorney for the female member of a New Jersey trio charged with launching a GoFundMe campaign that warmed the hearts of millions and generated more than $400,000 in donations for a seemingly selfless homeless military vet claimed in a new interview with ABC News that she herself was victimized by…

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Nancy Pelosi huddles with potential rival in House speaker race

Nancy Pelosi huddles with potential rival in House speaker race

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) —  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi met Friday with a prominent House Democrat considering challenging her for the speaker’s gavel, as she continued to confer with incoming Democrats and court votes for speaker. Pelosi huddled Friday with Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, a former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, who has been…

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Man still missing after disappearing from San Francisco 49ers game Monday night

Man still missing after disappearing from San Francisco 49ers game Monday night

iStock/Thinkstock(SAN FRANCISCO) —  Authorities are calling on the public’s help in finding a man who disappeared after a San Francisco 49ers home game on Monday. Ian Powers, 32, was last seen at the 49ers game at Levi’s Stadium, which he attended with his girlfriend. During the fourth quarter, at around 8:15 p.m., Powers went to…

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New definition of kilogram ditches old metal object for natural constants

New definition of kilogram ditches old metal object for natural constants

iStock/Thinkstock(PARIS) — Scientists from 60 countries voted in a historic event in Versailles, France on Friday to change the definition of the kilogram, basing it on electric currents rather than a single solid object. The decision, made at the General Conference on Weights and Measurements, will retire the object known as “Le Grand K,” a…

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Watch now: Netflix’s ‘A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding’ debuts its trailer

Watch now: Netflix’s ‘A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding’ debuts its trailer

Courtesy of Netflix(LOS ANGELES) — Ready for another royal wedding? The follow-up to your favorite holiday guilty pleasure movie, A Christmas Prince, has released its first trailer. The Netflix sequel, A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding, takes place a year after the first film, as journalist Amber plans her nuptials to the now-king of the…

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Watch Metallica play “All Within My Hands” acoustically at benefit concert

Watch Metallica play “All Within My Hands” acoustically at benefit concert

ABC/Randy HolmesEarlier this month, Metallica played a rare acoustic concert to raise money for the band’s All Within My Hands charity organization. If you missed it, the metal legends have shared a live video from the show of them performing the St. Anger song that gave the foundation its name. You can watch it now…