Author Archives: Ethan Kruger

Luke W. Penfield, 25

Luke W. Penfield, 25, of Ottawa passed away Thursday, August 15, 2019. Funeral Services will be held at 6 pm, Monday, August 19 at Ottawa Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 pm, prior to services, at the funeral home. Luke was born June 1, 1994, in Ottawa to Adam Penfield and Debra…Read more »

A motorcyclist is dead after a crash in Ottawa Thursday

Luke W. Penfield of Naplate has been identified as the victim of a fatal motorcycle accident in Ottawa. Firefighters were called to the crash at seven Thursday morning. The LaSalle County Coroner says it happened in the 2900 block of E. 15th Road. Police are investigating. This story was updated to include the victim’s name.…Read more »

Mendota police looking for suspect in shooting

Mendota police are looking for a suspect in a shooting earlier this month in the 700 block of Jefferson Street. No one was hurt but, two shots hit a building. A warrant has been issued for 29-year-old Robert Bradley Trask, formerly of Rome, Pennsylvania on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm and reckless discharge…Read more »

Former Deputy Auditor cleared of overtime pay theft charges

A jury on Wednesday found former LaSalle County Deputy Auditor Tori Artman, of Mendota, not guilty of stealing unearned overtime pay in 2016 and 2017. It took the jury three hours to decide after just one full day of testimony on Tuesday that included Artman telling her version of events. She’s pleased with the verdict.…Read more »

16-year-old killed in crash near Matthiessen State Park

The LaSalle County Coroner’s Office says a 16-year-old boy from Chicago was killed in a crash south of Utica on Route 178 on Monday. The crash involved a car and a semi and happened near Matthiessen State Park. At least one other person was flown to a hospital. The crash is under investigation.Read more »

Ottawa man arrested for allegedly exposing himself to minors

Ottawa police arrested 58-year-old Bradley Weaver of Ottawa on Tuesday from the 1400 block of Dakota Drive. Weaver is accused of exposing himself to two girls in the 700 block of E. McKinley Road earlier this month. He’s charged with two counts of sexual exploitation of a child. Weaver posted bond and was released.Read more »

Gordon promoted to captain

An eighteen year Marseilles Police Veteran was promoted to the rank of captain. The Marseilles City Council voted to promote Lt. Todd Gordon last week. Gordon says it won’t feel like a big change. He says he’ll sit down with Police Chief Brian Faber soon to talk about goals for the department. Gordon thanked the…Read more »

Edmund Marco, 78

Edmund J. Marco, 78, of Serena passed away peacefully at home surrounded by the love and prayers of his family on Tuesday, August 6, 2019. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 am, Friday, August 16 at St. Joseph Church in Wedron, with Rev. John Waugh officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to…Read more »