Author Archives: Rick Koshko

Cecelia M. Crisler, 90

Cecelia M. (Schomas) Crisler, 90, of Ottawa passed away Sunday, August 18, 2019 at her home. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 am, Thursday, August 22 at St. Patrick’s Church, with Rev. David Kipfer officiating. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 10:30 am, prior to services, at Ottawa Funeral Home & Crematory.…Read more »

Man accused of shooting at Mendota building turns himself in

The Pennsylvania man accused of shooting at a building in Mendota earlier this month is in jail in Indiana. Mendota police say 29-year old Robert Bradley Trask turned himself in at a police station in Fort Wayne late last week. He’s charged in LaSalle County with reckless discharge of a firearm and possession of a…Read more »

Bonnie Jean Price, 77

OTTAWA – Bonnie Jean Price, age 77, passed away Saturday, August 17, 2019, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 21, 2019, at Gladfelter-Roetker Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Oakwood Memorial Park. Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. till service time on…Read more »

Food pantry to offer sponsorships to pay for remodeling

It’s expected to cost $30,000 to $40,000 to remodel the Ottawa Food Pantry. Sponsorships will be available ranging from $100 to $5,000 to be named on everything from seats in the waiting area and shelves in the store to the sign in the guest reception area. Co-Director Beth Vercolio Osmund explained it at the volunteer…Read more »

Boaters get help after getting stuck on river in Ottawa

Ottawa River Rescue helped free a 25- to 30-foot boat that got stuck on an underwater “wing dam” in the Illinois River near Ottawa High School Friday night. Nobody was hurt; the boat was just caught. The River Rescue volunteers worked to lighten the boat’s load so it could move freely. A wing dam guides…Read more »

Lyle Strobel, 92

Lyle W. Strobel, 92, of Ottawa passed away Thursday, August 15, 2019 at Illinois Veteran’s Home in LaSalle. Celebration of Life will be held from 3 to 5 pm, Sunday, August 18 at Ottawa Funeral Home. Burial will be in Oakwood Memorial Park Shrine of Rest Mausoleum on Monday, with military honors. Lyle was born…Read more »

Peru man accepts prison sentence for setting a house on fire

Fifty-eight year old Salvatore Fiumefreddo of Peru is going to prison for a six-year term. He pleaded guilty in front of Judge H. Chris Ryan Friday to aggravated arson for setting a house on fire in May. Fiumefreddo admitted setting the fire in a bedroom closet. Police said in May that he’s related to the…Read more »

Heart screening offered for free at Marquette High School

Parents of Marquette High School students are being asked if they want to have their children screened for heart troubles that may not show any symptoms before they suddenly strike. Hannah Wehrle, the Morris Hospital Auxiliary and Foundation Officer, says the free screenings will be offered Wednesday, August 21. The hospital has done 7,600 such…Read more »