LaSalle County, Illinois Police Reports
Page updated 14 July 2001
These reports are taken from various newspaper clippings. Even though these are public domain, I have chosen not to include any after the year 1926, to protect the innocent that may have been affected by the events.
LANDLORD IS SHOT AT
(July 1881, Tonica News)A $200 bond was set for William HEGNER, a tenant at the KAMMERMYER farm in the Cedar Point area after shooting at his landlord, Robert H. JOHNSTON.
MENDOTA MAYOR UNDER ARREST
(October 1881, Tonica News)Mayor WORMLEY was again under arrest after "disbursing" a boy who was merely waiting for his girl to walk her home from church. The Mendota Mayor striked the kid with one or more blows of his cane. I quote, "He is the best mayor Mendota ever had-to get into trouble."
CHILD ABANDONMENT LEADS TO ARREST/ADOPTION
(Monday, April 29, 1907, The LaSalle Daily Tribune)After the birth of the child in Spring Valley (Bureau County, IL), Joe KOMINSKI with consent of the mother, Kate WILLARD, threw the infant into a vault at the Oglesby (LaSalle County, IL) Coal Company. Both were indicted for child abandonment last fall. They both pleaded guilty on Saturday. KOMINSKI was given the limit for his crime, 3 years in the penitentiary.
The child remained in the vault all night until the next day when it was found. A few days later WILLARD & KOMINSKI were found, confessed & were held in the LaSalle County jail and later inducted by the grand jury.
The child was adopted by Supervisor and Mrs. William COULSON of Streator.
A TOUCHING COURT SCENE
(Monday, April 29, 1907, The LaSalle Daily Tribune)On Saturday morning the LaSalle County Judge HINEBAUGH was called uopn to pass judgement on an "incorrigible" nine year old boy. This case touched the hearts of all present in the courtroom. John HEAROWITZ, the boy in question, of LaSalle, was charged with running away from school and being incorrigible. The boy's mother was present in the courtroom but unable to speak or understand the English language, she could not comprehend the situation. Evidence was presented that the mother of the boy was a widow with three young children, John being the eldest of the three. In order to support her family after the death of her husband, Mrs. HEAROWITZ was needed to work each day. The boy was not presented as vicious, just as a runaway from school. The court could not find it in his heart to seperate the mother and child. The judge, after sustaining the charge and giving the boy some good, sound advice, returned the boy to the care of his mother to await further order of the court.
HENROTIN FAMILY RECIEVES SMALL COMPENSATION
(Monday, April 29, 1907, The LaSalle Daily Tribune)The family of HENROTIN, who was killed during his work in the coal mines at LaSalle County Carbon Coal Company was granted a favorable verdict Saturday by the jury. The family had sued the company for wrongful death. They were awarded $500.
(Monday, April 29, 1907, The LaSalle Daily Tribune)Sixty Saloon-keepers in Streator were charged with keeping their saloons open on Sunday. They will go to Ottawa to settle their violations of the law in the court.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO SUBSCRIBE TO THE LOCAL PAPERS?
Contact the TONICA NEWS at (815)442-8419 or write: TONICA NEWS, LaSalle Street, Tonica, IL 61370
Contact the BUREAU COUNTY REPUBLICAN at (815)875-4461 or write: BUREAU COUNTY REPUBLICAN, 316 S. Main, Princeton, IL 61356
Contact the DAILY TIMES at (815)433-2000 or write: OTTAWA DAILY TIMES, 110 W. Jefferson St., Ottawa, IL 61350
Contact the NEWS TRIBUNE at (815)223-3200 or write: NEWS TRIBUNE, 426 2nd St., LaSalle, IL 61301
Contact the TIMES-PRESS at (815)673-3771 or write: TIMES-PRESS, 115 Oak, Streator, IL 61364
Vicki Sue Kohr
Tonica, IL 61370
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