Courts Police and Fire

Body cameras being considered locally

For now, Piatt County law enforcement agencies widely vary when it comes to outfitting their officers with body cameras. But all have at least thought about the option in response to the protests and violence that surrounded the fatal shooting of an 18-year-old by an officer in Ferguson, Missouri.

Body cameras may be added for Monticello police

As the grand jury decision was announced in Missouri Monday not to indict a police officer for the fatal shooting of an 18-year-old, Monticello Police Chief John Carter was outlining his case to install cameras in all eight of his squad cars.

Charges dropped against area pair

Criminal charges have been dismissed against a couple accused of molesting a child in Rantoul.

Bement woman charged with sexual abuse

A 43-year-old Bement woman has been charged with one count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. Tamzin Wegrich, a former bus driver, assistant cheerleading sponsor and pool manager in Bement, had been arrested on Oct. 7.

Digital radios being considered for Sheriff's department

It would cost more than previously considered options, but Piatt County Sheriff David Hunt feels upgrading to a digital radio system for his deputies would solve radio reception issues more completely than a bandaid approach that had been looked at for the current analog units.

NFL puts domestic violence awareness back on the map

If there are any positives that can be taken out of NFL running back Ray Rice’s domestic violence case, it’s that it puts a public spotlight on a crime that affects an estimated 1 in 3 women in this country.

Rail Safety touted by local law enforcement

For the Week of Sept. 14-20, the Monticello Police Department wants to promote safety for both motorists and pedestrians around railroad tracks. Most Americans are unaware of the dangers associated with railroad crossings and trains. Did you know, according to Operation Lifesaver, that across the United States:

Protested tax dollars to be released

The dollars that local entities will receive once decades-old protested monies are released will vary widely, but all seem pleased with the effort that will present them with unexpected revenue.

Firemen take part in Champaign-based training

The Center for Rural Health and Farm Safety sponsored an Agricultural Emergency Training Program on August 2-3 for emergency responders. Hosted at the Illinois Fire Institute in Champaign, the program is designed to help local emergency services develop strategies and procedures to be better prepared to respond to and manage on-farm emergencies.

Mansfield pilot dies in copter crash

 A veteran helicopter pilot from Piatt County was killed Tuesday morning when his crop-duster clipped a power line and went down in a bean field not far from his home.

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