Courts Police and Fire

Two arrested after three-county pursuit

A driver who fled a traffic stop Monday in Piatt County and reached speeds of up to 135 miles per hour on Interstate 72 was eventually caught after abandoning a stolen rental car in Springfield.


Charges filed in high school break-in

Five Monticello High School students who were expelled for allegedly breaking into the high school on Dec. 5 now face criminal charges.


Two Monticello residents injured in auto accident

Interstate 72 just west of Champaign is reopened now that six vehicles from three separate accidents have been removed.


Scam case nets three-year sentence

An Urbana woman has pleaded guilty to theft in a multi-suspect church scam case in Piatt County.


Burglary report leads to five meth arrests

A burglary case in Bement last month eventually led to the arrest of five Piatt County residents on methamphetamine conspiracy charges.


Five questioned in high school break-in

Monticello police say five high school students are suspected of breaking into Monticello High School last weekend and stealing two Chromebook computers, an iPad, and gas cards that were then then used to fill up personal vehicles.


Sentences in church scam cases

A 36-year-old Bement man has been sentenced to 24 months probation and an additional 90 days in Piatt County jail after pleading guilty to theft.

Kevin L. Taylor pleaded guilty in a case where 12 were arrested for bilking at least four Piatt County charitable organizations out of relief funds.


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.


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