Courts Police and Fire

Gale trial underway soon

By Mary Schenk

A Champaign police officer charged with sex crimes in three cases in two counties told a judge he did not want a jury trial in one of his cases, which was set to start this week.

Drug Take Back April 30

On Saturday, April 30th from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. the Monticello Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public the opportunity to get rid of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs at a Drug Take Back event. People can bring pills for disposal to the Monticello Police Department at 301 N.

Gale trial moved to Decatur

A Champaign psychiatrist will testify about why rape victims often do not promptly report what happened to them in the trial next month of a Champaign police officer accused of sexually assaulting a former girlfriend.

Police bust suspected cannabis growing facility

A tip from a citizen led to the discovery of an indoor cannabis growing operation in what was thought to be a vacant home in Monticello. When Piatt County Sheriff’s officials executed a search warrant Wednesday evening (April 13), they reportedly found an elaborate operation that featured plants at various stages of growth, along with already-dried product.

Contract for Cook County inmates suspended

Some of Chicagoland’s most infamous inmates will no longer be housed at the Piatt County jail — for now anyway.

Piatt County Sheriff Dave Hunt said Monday he opted to pull the plug on what had been a moneymaking arrangement after receiving indications that Cook County would likely reduce the number of prisoners it would send to downstate jails.

County to discuss possible Shonkwiler memorial

Discussion of a memorial to pay tribute to former Piatt County Judge John Shonkwiler brought back fond memories of the 47-year judge at a Piatt County committee meeting last week.

Piatt County jail temporary home for Cook County inmates

Now making the north end of Monticello his temporary home is one Dwright Boone-Doty, a 22-year-old Chicago man and member of the notorious Black P. Stones gang.

Life saving awards handed out at council session

The two men who pulled a youth out of burning truck two weeks ago were given citizen life saving awards at Monday’s Monticello city council meeting.

CRIME: Partial plea in break-in case

An 18-year-old White Heath man has pled guilty to his part in a Dec. 5 break-in at Monticello High School and subsequent damage caused.

CRIME: Plea agreement for Bement man

A man accused of stabbing two men in Bement last year has pled guilty to patronizing a prostitute and will serve 30 months of probation. As part of a plea agreement that resulted in dismissal of the stabbing-related aggravated battery charges, John D. Fair is also required to obtain a substance abuse evaluation and complete recommended treatment.

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