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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.


Mansfield man charged in abuse case

 A Mansfield man has been formally charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse and sexual exploitation of a child after Piatt County Sheriff’s Police say he molested as many as four girls going back as far as 2006.


Agencies split seized money

The tight-knit nature of county law enforcement agencies paid off when four of them worked together to nab a trio of suspects passing fake $100 bills in at least three Piatt County towns on May 1. Four agencies recently received a small payoff for those efforts when money seized in the case was released to those agencies.


Federal charges considered against Mansfield man

A Piatt County official said she will await federal action before determining what, if any local charges to levy against a Mansfield man arrested recently for allegedly sexually molesting some young girls.


Murder suspect apprehended in Wisconsin

Illinois State Police (ISP) confirmed today (July 4) that the nationwide manhunt to locate Terence Doddy, 36, of Rockford, who is a suspect in the murders of Tonya Bargman, 44 of Monticello, and Todd Hansmeier, 37, of Rockford, has ended. Police apprehended Doddy at approximately 11:23 a.m. on July 4, as he appeared to head in the direction of Wisconsin.


Police release more photos in rest stop murder case

Illinois State Police (ISP) investigators are working with the Rockford Police Department, U.S.


*UPDATED Monticello woman identified as rest stop murder victim

A 1988 Monticello High School graduate and mother of two was killed at an I-39 rest stop near Paw Paw Tuesday night, and Illinois State Police say the man suspected in the crime is still at large.


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