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Crime & Courts

Police blotter 5-15-19

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David E. Todd, 44, Ottawa, was traveling northbound Tuesday on State Street when his vehicle struck a road construction sign and concrete median just north of Van Buren Street. His vehicle also struck a concrete median near State and Hitt streets. Deputies found him unresponsive with his foot on the accelerator. Police broke out the passenger window and shut off the vehicle. He was taken to OSF St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Ottawa with the crash believed to be caused by a medical situation.


Police took report 9:44 a.m. Tuesday of a man on a porch with a gun near Bloomington and Second streets. They discovered he was cleaning a BB gun.

Fire calls

At 8:54 a.m. Tuesday, Ottawa firefighters responded to 201 E. Jackson St. to an alarm activated by a toaster.

Ottawa firefighters responded 9:39 a.m. Tuesday to Lincoln Elementary School, 1105 W. Madison St., for an alarm that may have been activated manually. It was reset.

Ottawa firefighters responded twice Tuesday night to 400 E. Washington St., once at 10:41 p.m. and another at 11:48 p.m., for activated alarms. Oven cleaning set off the alarm the first time and cooking fried chicken on a stovetop set it off the second.

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