Courts Police and Fire

Four plead guilty in methamphetamine case

Four of the 12 people arrested and charged in connection with an alleged methamphetamine ring in Cerro Gordo have pleaded guilty in Piatt County Court.

Piatt County States Attorney Dana Rhoades said Natasha Barnes, 22, and Laura West, 21, pleaded guilty March 11 while Robert Cripe, 31, pleaded guilty to methamphetamine conspiracy.


Woman pleads guilty to sexual abuse

MONTICELLO — A Bement woman pleaded guilty Tuesday in Piatt County Circuit Court to sexually molesting a teen-age boy in a Bement home last year.

Tamzin A. Wegrich, 43, pleaded guilty to aggravated criminal sexual abuse, a Class 2 felony, admitting she committed the sex act with the teen some time between June 1 and July 1.


Two die in crash near Ivesdale

A Danville mother and daughter died in a two-vehicle crash Saturday, March 7 in rural Ivesdale. 

Champaign County Coroner Duane Northup identified the women as Brenda Jeanne Smith, 58, and Brittany Jo Smith, 32, both of Danville.


Fire damages rural Mansfield home

A fire in a car spread to a one-story home south of Mansfield on Feb. 24, causing an estimated $5,000 to $10,000 damage, according to fire officials. The car was also heavily damaged.


Bement man arrested after stabbing

A stabbing in Bement earlier this month has led to the arrest of a 55-year-old Bement man.


Twelve arrested in suspected Cerro Gordo meth ring

A five-month investigation into an alleged methamphetamine ring in the Cerro Gordo area has resulted in 12 people being charged with methamphetamine conspiracy in Piatt County Circuit Court.


Grandson accused of theft

A 45-year-old Monticello man is accused of stealing $37,000 from his 95-year-old grandmother after she granted him power of attorney over her finances.


Online inventory service available in Monticello

Your home is burglarized. Do you know what was stolen? In the case of a fire, is there a master list of items that were lost?


Two dispatch numbers to combine

Beginning March 1, those residing in Monticello will need to call 217-762-5761 to talk to a dispatcher. Currently the city has its own non-emergency number, 762-2121, which already rings at both the city police station and county dispatch center.


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.


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