Courts, Police, and Fire

Grant given to Cisco Fire Department

Piatt County farmer Gary Norfleet helped direct a $2,500 donation to the Cisco Fire Protection District as part of the Monsanto Fund’s America’s Farmers Grow Communities program.

Cerro Gordo police coverage discussed at public meeting

By Christy Jankowski
PCJR correspondent

About 40 people attended a special meeting of the Cerro Gordo village board on March 12 to hear about the options available for police coverage for the community. The meeting was held in the town civic center with Piatt County Sheriff David Hunt in attendance to answer questions.

Piatt County primary at a glance

That's a wrap on the Piatt County primary. Below are unofficial totals from area county clerks.


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Public meeting to discuss future of Cerro Gordo policing

A meeting to discuss the future of policing in Cerro Gordo is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, March 12 at the Cerro Gordo Civic Center at 304 E. North St.

Jail violence becomes campaign issue

The Piatt County Sheriff’s race took to social media last week, with challenger Kyle Turngren accusing incumbent Republican David Hunt of not being transparent about violence at the Piatt County Jail when it housed Cook County inmates from 2012 to 2016.

Three threats investigated in 17 days

For the third time in 17 days, a Piatt County school has been the recipient of a perceived threat. All three, including the most recent one Sunday in Monticello, were deemed as not credible by school and law enforcement officials.

Two arrested on meth charges

On Feb. 21 at approximately 7:45 p.m., Village of Atwood police officers were dispatched to the 400 block of North Illinois Street to investigate a possible domestic disturbance. During that investigation, officers located several items used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine.

One injured in interstate wreck

Illinois State Police think the driver of a semi truck fell asleep while driving on Interstate 72 near Monticello on Wednesday, causing him to roll the truck on the median between the eastbound and westbound lanes.

Mom pleads guilty to obstruction

A Bement woman who reported her 15-year-old daughter missing then spent Thanksgiving with her while law enforcement officials searched for the daughter, pled guilty Monday to obstructing justice, a Class 4 felony.

Murder trial highlights county court news in 2017

Piatt County’s first murder trial in more than a decade ended with a conviction and 55-year prison sentence for Gregory Houser, 57, of Mansfield. He was convicted in July of murdering his wife 27 years earlier in their rural Mansfield home.

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