Author Archives: Rick Koshko

Theresa M. Alleman, 82

Theresa M. Alleman, 82, of Ottawa passed away Thursday, March 26, 2020 at Aperion Care in Princeton. Memorial services will be held at a later date. Ottawa Funeral Home & Crematory has been entrusted with arrangements.Read more »

Albert E. Walling, 78

Albert E. Walling 1941 – 2020 Albert E. Walling, 78, of Ottawa, formerly of Streator and Long Beach, Cal., died on Thursday morning, March 26 at his home. Private services will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 30, in the Mueller Funeral Home in Ottawa with the Rev. William Clark, officiating. Private burial will…Read more »

Local governments adopt special powers for corona virus emergency

Most local city councils and village boards have given their mayors special powers to handle the corona virus emergency. Those may include setting an all ages curfew, rationing groceries, and sealing off the town, although no mayors locally have indicated a desire to do those things. Many have closed city buildings, paused water shut-offs for…Read more »

Police aren’t giving up in Dalton Mesarchik case

Illinois State Police say they’re not giving up on Dalton Mesarchik. The seven year old Streator boy disappeared from his family’s home on March 26, 2003. Fishers found his body in the Vermilion River the next day. Police believe someone struck the boy with a small sledge hammer. But 2,000 leads and 500 pieces of…Read more »

Virus affects Sheridan Correctional Center

Sheridan Correctional Center is one of two prisons in the Illinois Department of Corrections system affected by the corona virus. A contract worker there tested positive for it. The Illinois Department of Public Health says the prison’s inmates and staff are of low to medium risk. The IDPH says the prison is on a two-week…Read more »

Meals on Wheels needs lunch sacks

If you have lunch bags that you don’t need, the Meals on Wheels program would like to have them. Voluntary Action Center Community Relations Manager Barbara Nadeau says the program needs lots of bags to deliver lots more meals than it used to. When the advice started coming to not have large gatherings that could…Read more »

Joaquina Gutierrez, 81

Joaquina Gutierrez, 81, of Ottawa passed away Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at Pleasant View. Private family services will be held. Ottawa Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.Read more »

Grundy County added to corona virus roster

Grundy County now has a corona virus case. The Illinois Department of Public Health announced it is one of the 250 new cases added to the running tally Tuesday. The state’s total is now 1,535 cases from 32 counties, including three cases from LaSalle County. Four new deaths from the virus were announced Tuesday. There…Read more »