Courts, Police, and Fire

Trial dates set in felony cases

A pair of Atwood-related felony cases have been given January trial dates.


Emergency fix needed for jail A/C

A broken air conditioning system made for some uncomfortable prisoners and staff at the Piatt County jail last week, but after about two days without cooling, contractors repaired it at the Monticello facility on Thursday (Oct. 4).


Major fixes needed for jail A/C

Piatt County Sheriff David Hunt hopes that large fans and the bringing in of outside air will keep the 30 jail inmates comfortable enough while repairs are made to the air conditioning system that failed Tuesday at the county public safety building. But if the expected 80-plus degree temperatures this week make things too uncomfortable, relocation may be necessary.


Attempted carjacking in Atwood

Police have arrested a man who allegedly hijacked a car with a baby in the back seat.


Judge rules there is probably cause for neglect trial

A Piatt County judge has found there is enough evidence for trials to go forward for three people charged with cri


Teen injured after taking a leap at courthouse

A teenager who threw herself over a third floor bannister on Aug. 21 at the Piatt County Courthouse in Monticello suffered a neck injury and was treated at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.


Bond set for three in neglect case

(UPDATE 3 p.m. AUG. 24)

Neglect charges have been filed against three people after the death of a 64-year-old Monticello man on Monday.

Charged with the Class 2 felony of criminal abuse or neglect of an elderly person are Mason Brown, 34; and Christie Brown, 61, both of Monticello; and Justin Tatman, 37, of Bement.


Teen injured after jumping over courthouse railing

A teenager who threw herself over a third floor bannister Tuesday at the Piatt County Courthouse in Monticello suffered a neck injury and is being treated at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.


Traffic accident causes death near Mansfield

A 46-year-old Pesotum man died as a result of injuries sustained in a two-vehicle accident on Interstate 74 near Mansfield on Tuesday morning. 

His name has not yet been released.


Atwood woman charged with arson

An Atwood woman has been charged with aggravated arson after police arrested her after a fire at a home in the com


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