Courts Police and Fire

Former Monticello officer arrested

In a minutes-long court hearing the afternoon of June 24, former Monticello police officer and current Champaign police officer Jerad Gale was told he could spend as many as 30 years in prison if convicted of sexually assaulting a former girlfriend in Champaign County in November 2013.

Smoke in attic clears courthouse building

UPDATE at 5:25 p.m.: Piatt County Sheriff David Hunt said he believes a control relay on the courthouse elevator is what caused smoke in the building Monday. The elevator will be out of order until a repairman can arrive, but the courthouse will be open for business.

State files suit against City of Monticello

The Illinois Attorney General’s office has filed a four-count lawsuit against the City of Monticello for reportedly pumping sewage through the streets during a three-inch rain last July.

Disaster drill held at MHS

For the first time in over a decade, Monticello area emergency responders held a disaster drill at Monticello High School on Saturday, June 6.

Stiffest sentence yet in meth case

A Piatt County judge on Wednesday sentenced a 40-year-old Cerro Gordo man to 3½ years in prison for his role in a methamphetamine manufacturing ring that resulted in 12 arrests over a three-month period late last year and early this year.

Child seat installation advice offered

It’s technically called law enforcement, but Monticello Police Chief John Carter would rather use an “ounce of prevention” before giving tickets to parents for not having child safety seats properly installed.

Subway robber sentenced to 14 years

A 22-year-old Decatur man was sentenced Wednesday to 14 years in prison for his role in a holdup at the Subway sandwich shop in Monticello on March 8 of last year.

Rockford man pleads guilty to second murder

A Rockford man accused of killing two people in a span of about two days likely will be sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty in the second slaying.

Terence Doddy pleaded guilty May 4 in the death of 37-year-old Todd Hansmeier, who was found dead June 29 inside Doddy’s workplace.

Legion rifle test source of shots heard in Bement

Piatt County Sheriff's Police responded to shots being fired in Bement this morning, but upon investigation determined it was a local American Legion member test firing a ceremonial rifle at the Legion building on W. Wilson Street.

Pleas piling up in meth conspiracy case

More than half of the 12 people arrested in December and January in an alleged methamphetamine ring in Cerro Gordo have now pled guilty in Piatt County Court.

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