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Monticello named fifth-safest Illinois city

The City of Monticello has cracked the top five in the annual survey of the safest cities in Illinois, conducted by Utah-based security firm SafeWise. Monticello was named 17th safest last year based on violent and property crimes as reported to the FBI in 2012. This year’s fifth-place ranking was based on 2013 FBI data.

Smurfs and sandwich codes

When Cerro Gordo and Piatt County Sheriff’s police began investigating a possible methamphetamine production ring in Cerro Gordo last year, they were educated on a world of smurfers (those who purchase raw ingredients), as well as a group that had created a texting code featuring sandwich sizes in

Sheriff in no hurry to build shooting range

Piatt County Sheriff David Hunt told the county board building and grounds committee this morning (Nov. 4) that he is in no hurry to build a shooting range on county-owned ground south of the county jail in Monticello.

Shooting range information released by Sheriff

A proposed shooting range near the Piatt County Safety Building (jail) would include 15-foot-high earthen safety barriers, noise abatement measures, and provide a larger safety zone than the City of Monticello range currently used by sheriff’s deputies, according to Sheriff David Hunt.

Last of meth sentences handed down

The sentencing of a 34-year-old Decatur man last week closes a methamphetamine ring investigation in Cerro Gordo that started in the summer of 2014 and resulted in charges against 12 people in December of 2014 and January of 2015.

Former PTO treasurer pleads guilty to theft

A Monticello couple pled guilty to theft in Piatt County Court on Monday and have been ordered to pay back $5,619.19 they stole from the Monticello Parent Teacher Organization (PTO).

Shooting range questinoed

The possibility of a shooting range being constructed next to the Piatt County Public Safety Building (jail) is of concern to a Monticello attorney who would like to develop property her company owns south of the jail.

Fire destroys vacant home

A vacant residence located about two miles east of White Heath was destroyed by fire early Wednesday morning (Oct. 7). Mid-Piatt Fire Protection District Chief Rock Rochyby said the house was fully engulfed by the time firemen arrived.

“When it was called in it was already that way,” said Rochyby on the condition of the home.

Man pleads guilty to escape charges

A 25-year-old Bement man has pleaded guilty to escape charges, and as part of a negotiated plea agreement three forgery charges have been dismissed in Piatt County Court.

Atwood man accused of filing a false police report

A 58-year-old Atwood man has been arrested for allegedly filing a false police report, and law enforcement officials say the investigation could lead to other arrests and charges.

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