Courts Police and Fire

Three stops net six drug arrests

State and Piatt County Sheriff’s police arrested six people after three separate traffic stops in January, one of which resulted in more than 60 pounds of cannabis being confiscated.

Hero workout held for downed officer

CrossFit had not been founded when Monticello’s Virgil Lee Bensyl worked for the Illinois State Police, but family friend Dave McLearin thinks the downed Illinois State trooper would have been honored by the hero workout performed by fitness enthusiasts last week at CrossFit KMC in Monticello.

Woman injured in accident near Bement

A Bement woman was seriously injured in a one-vehicle accident on Illinois Route 105 between Monticello and Bement the morning of Jan. 11.

City settles EPA lawsuit

Top stories of 2016

As we look back on 2016, here are the stories the Journal-Republican ranked as the top ones of the year. We would like to note that although we included mentions of two big stories in the paper – The Cubs World Series win and Donald Trump being elected president – we stuck to local happenings for our list.

Murder trial moved to next spring

A Piatt County man’s murder trial has been moved from Jan. 3 to April 3 of 2017. The request, made by the defense attorneys of Gregory J. Houser of Mansfield, was granted by Judge Karle Kortiz at a hearing Monday at the Piatt County Courthouse in Monticello.

Police seek help in locating burglary suspects

UPDATE: Monticello Police said Carver and Sebens had been arrested by Piatt County Sheriff's Police in Bement at about 5 p.m. Friday (Oct. 28).


Two Piatt County people are at large after police filed a complaint of residential burglary against them on Thursday.

Koritz assigned to murder trial

DeWitt County judge Karle Koritz has been assigned to preside over the upcoming murder trial of Gregory J. Houser, a 56-year-old Manfield man accused of strangling his wife in 1990. The judicial assignment was made after the defense asked that a pair of Champaign County judges not be allowed to preside over the trial.

DeWitt County prisoners now housed in Piatt County

A decline in federal prisoners and the potential closing of the Exelon power plant in Clinton have prompted DeWitt County Sheriff Jered Shofner to take most of his prisoners elsewhere.

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