Courts Police and Fire

Filmmaker set to tackle police strife issue

For filmmaker Robin Christian Peters, watching the strife between police and the public brings back painful memories of his youth in St. Louis.

Fire destroys home in Bement

A fire in Bement Jan. 13 completely destroyed a one-story home at 248 E. Franklin St. The two occupants were not home at the time, but officials say two dogs died in the blaze.

Conviction in Subway robbery

A Piatt County jury deliberated about 90 minutes Thursday before finding a Decatur man guilty of aggravated robbery for his part in a holdup at the Subway sandwich shop in Monticello on March 8 of last year.

Trucks cause damage near Sun Singer

Facebook posts helped Allerton Park and Retreat Center officials net information on vandalism done to the circular yard around the Sun Singer statue last week.

Students disciplined for Twitter posts

Two Monticello High School students have been disciplined for Twitter posts made Thursday night, one that that said: “school on the coldest day of the week? This is the kind of stuff that happens prior to school shootings.”

Large fine in local court case

What started as ordinance violations in reaction to general neighborhood concern has led to a $99,000 fine against a Monticello man who, by court agreement, was to alleviate concerns at his Monticello home and an unoccupied trailer he owns across the street.

2014 YEAR IN REVIEW – Crime

Jan. 22 – Law enforcement officials were investigating a robbery that occurred at knifepoint at the Subway sandwich shop in Bement at 8:43 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 16. Cash was taken.

Associate Judge named

An attorney from a Decatur law firm has been named as a new associate judge for the 6th Judicial Circuit, which includes Champaign, DeWitt, Douglas, Macon, Moultrie and Piatt counties.

Heart attack apparent cause of fatality

A 79-year-old Decatur man suffered an apparent heart attack and drove his vehicle through a wall and into the dining room of the Red Wheel restaurant in Monticello shortly before 11 a.m. Saturday.

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.

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