Courts Police and Fire

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.

Veteran prosecutor joins Piatt County staff

Piatt County’s new assistant state’s attorney has nearly two decades of prosecution experience. That includes nearly a decade of leading drug case prosecutions in the Macon County State’s Attorney’s office, expertise she will now use as part of the Piatt County prosecutorial team.

Teen found, then mom arrested

A Bement mom who reported her daughter missing was arrested herself after police say she had contact with that same daughter three days into a 15-day search for the supposedly missing child.

Fundraising to start for Shonkwiler memorial

The next step in erecting a memorial gazebo for late county judge John Shonkwiler will be for the Piatt County Board to approve the use of a portion of the courthouse lawn for that purpose.

It is likely just a formality due to the amount of respect the 40-year judge has in Monticello, but Piatt County Sheriff David Hunt felt it was the logical next step.

Missing Bement teen found safe in Champaign

A Bement teen reported missing on Nov. 20 was found safe in Champaign Tuesday afternoon.

Savannah Banks, who will turn 16 on Dec. 7, had disappeared from her Piatt County home. Her family notified the Piatt County Sheriff's Office, which had worked on the case for more than two weeks.

County approves opioid litigatin

Piatt County board members decided last week that litigation should be the next step in fighting opioid addiction issues in the county.

Police announce six drug arrests

Five Piatt County residents and a sixth from Urbana were arrested on drug charges recently by Task Force 6, in conjunction with the Piatt County Sheriff’s Office.

The suspects – wanted in connection with the investigation of illegal drug sales in the Piatt County area – were taken into custody on Nov. 20-21.

Fire damages some local woodlands

The Seymour fire chief said burning leaves are to blame for an afternoon blaze on Nov. 28 that burned 1.5 acres of mostly wooded area.

Monticello teen dies in auto accident

Monticello residents were grieving last week over the sudden death of one of their own on a rural interstate highway.

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