Courts Police and Fire

Budget of $25,000 set for Shonkwiler memorial

After running into a “few roadblocks,” a memorial gazebo to honor late Piatt County Judge John Shonkwiler has a tentative budget. The move to set the limit at $25,000 means fundraising can now begin.


Man on the run trying to avoid jail time

UPDATE 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4. According to the Piatt County Sheriff's Facebook page:

"Chad J. Matheson has been captured by the McLean County Sheriff's Office and Danvers Police. Matheson was taken into custody approximately 12:30 p.m. this afternoon in Danvers Illinois. More details will be coming out soon."

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Body of missing Mansfield man found

The body of a Mansfield man reported missing by his family on Monday has been found in rural Mansfield.


Mattoon shooting drives home importance of intruder drills

The importance of intruder drills hit home at Monticello Middle School Wednesday. Shortly after holding an annual exercise that had students evacuate to another location, staff learned of the shooting at Mattoon High School that injured one person.


55 YEAR SENTENCE: Ex's talk of Houser's controlling nature

At Gregory Houser’s murder trial in July, prosecutors portrayed him as a man angered enough by his estranged wife’s gro


MHS grad dies in Kansas crash

A former Monticello woman killed in a two-car accident in western Kansas is being remembered for her smile and athletic


Decatur woman dies after accident near Atwood

A Decatur woman was killed in a two-vehicle crash near Atwood Friday, Sept. 1.

Whitney Summerlott, 24, was pronounced dead at Carle Foundation Hospital at 6:41 p.m. Friday.


Houser defense asks for new trial

The defense for a Mansfield man convicted last month of murder has filed a motion for a new trial.

That motion will likely be considered when Gregory Houser, 57, is sentenced in Piatt County Court on Sept. 6.


Bement school thefts being investigated

Authorities are investigating two separate criminal acts that occurred in the Bement school building this summer. One involved a break-in at the school July 2, with the other revolving around the employee of a contractor who reportedly swiped a projector out of a classroom.


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