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Lowell Ambler

Ambler Suspected in Carjacking

Former LaSalle County Deputy Lowell Ambler is suspected in a car-jacking that took place Wednesday morning in Plainfield. The Lee County Sheriff’s Office says that someone who might have been Ambler removed the driver of a maroon Hyundai Santa Fe at gunpoint and stole it. Police are still looking for the 46-year-old. Plainfield Police Received…read more »


Auditions for It’s A Wonderful Life

Walt Willey is looking to cast about two dozen people in It’s A Wonderful Life. WilleyWorld Community Productions will perform it in December at the 807 Building in downtown Ottawa. Willey says while there will be about a month-and-a-half of rehearsal, there will be some breaks leading up to the show. Auditions will be Saturday…read more »

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Too early to put leaves out for leaf vacuum

It’s too early to put leaves out for the Ottawa leaf vacuums. They won’t run for at least a few weeks. City Commissioner James Less recommends mulching them. You can also put them in the city’s yard waste dumpsters. Public Works Director Gary Scott says if you bag them, the bags must be made of…read more »

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Plainfield school put on soft lockdown amid police search

Plainfield North High School was put on soft lockdown Tuesday as police searched the area for a possibly armed suspect. Unconfirmed reports claim that the person they’re looking for is 46-year-old Lowell Amber, a former LaSalle County Deputy wanted on kidnapping charges. Most of the students at Plainfield north were released in the afternoon. Ambler…read more »

Rick Koshko

Rick Koshko

Rick Koshko lived the first half of his life in southern Illinois, then moved to Ottawa early in his broadcasting career. His first thoughts of broadcasting as a career occurred to him at age five–when it was bed time and he realized the guy on the radio didn’t have to go to bed yet. Some irony: for most of the time he’s worked in radio, Rick has had to get up very early in the morning to be on the air, sometimes in addition to being up late at night like he wanted.

Rick is a graduate of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s broadcasting program. He speaks Esperanto, likes astronomy (SkyCaramba), and makes a hobby of photography.

Ethan Kruger

Ethan Kruger

Ethan Kruger started his broadcasting career in college after realizing that he liked hearing himself talk a little bit too much. After a brief stint of spinning records at Eastern Illinois University’s student FM station, Ethan realized his love for reporting the news. He loves where he works and is always excited to discuss what’s happening in the community. Ethan sees it as a privilege to serve the good people of LaSalle County through broadcasting.

Ethan likes board games, the outdoors, and watching all the different versions of Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner.

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