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Bement school thefts being investigated

Authorities are investigating two separate criminal acts that occurred in the Bement school building this summer. One involved a break-in at the school July 2, with the other revolving around the employee of a contractor who reportedly swiped a projector out of a classroom.

UPDATE: Car stolen in Monticello

UPDATE: Piatt County Sheriff's officials have been notified by authorities in Lake County, Indiana that a Jeep stolen from Monticello Thursday was located at approximately 6 a.m. Friday near Dyer, Indiana. It had been struck by a two-mile long freight train, resulting in traffic being blocked at the train tracks of the unincorporated area of Lake County.

Bicyclist dies in accident near Cerro Gordo

A 14-year-old bicyclist from La Place was killed in a collision with a car just before 9 p.m. Tuesday night south of Cerro Gordo in Piatt County.

Grant obtained to fund county victim advocate program

Piatt County was the last in the six-county Sixth Judicial Circuit to employ a dedicated victim advocate, and the September-of-2016 hire came just prior to the charging of Gregory Houser with the 1990 strangulation murder of his wife Sheryl Houser.

Fire destroys home in Weldon

Fire destroyed a vacant home in the 4500 block of State Highway 48 in Weldon on Friday afternoon (July 28). In this photo, a Clinton fire department aerial truck sprays the fire. Also on hand were firefighters from Weldon, Cisco, DeLand, Farmer City and Maroa. There were no injuries reported.

GUILTY: Houser convicted of murder

In her closing arguments Thursday morning (July 13), special prosecutor Tammara Wagoner told a Piatt County jury that Sheryl Houser’s growing independence angered her estranged husband enough that he killed her.

Defense rests in murder trial

The defense rested its case in the murder trial of Gregory Houser of Mansfield at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday after calling a total of five witnesses, some of whom had already been questioned earlier at the Piatt County murder trial. The case will likely go to the 12-member Piatt County jury for deliberations after closing arguments on Thursday, which begin at 9 a.m.

Blows off jury duty, gets a night in jail

A Hammond man summoned as a possible juror in a murder trial spent a night in the Piatt County jail over the weekend after failing to show up for jury duty last week.

Murder trial - a first week wrap

The murder trial of Gregory Houser of Mansfield entered its fifth day and second week of proceedings on Monday (July 10), when prosecutors continued to lay out the case they began late in the day on Thursday, July 6.

Four jurors chosen so far in murder trial

After two full days of questioning, attorneys involved in the murder trial of Gregory Houser have agreed to only four people they believe can fairly judge him.

Questioning continues at 9 a.m. today (Thursday, July 6), the 57th birthday of the Mansfield man accused of strangling his estranged wife in 1990.

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