Courts Police and Fire

Statue vandalized at Monticello cemetery

Monticello Township Cemetery trustees are looking for information on some vandalism done to a five-foot statue located in the infant burial section of the cemetery.


Giving back helping mother to

One Piatt County Resident is honoring the memory of her son by giving back to the community. Anne Drummond received a certificate of recognition at the April Piatt County Board meeting thanking her for her donation of an automated external defibrillator (AED) to the Piatt County Sherriff’s Office.


Parks, fiber, defamation all topics at council session

Monticello city officials learned Monday that City Superintendent Floyd Allsop was being sued for defamation of character by former employee Brett Thompson.


Monticello named one of safest cities in Illinois

Monticello has been named the 17th safest city in Illinois in a listing compiled by Utah-based security company SafeWise. The report is based on violent and property crimes as reported to the FBI for 2012, the most recent year such data was available. The company compiles the listing annually.


Bement holds meeting to address drugs (FULL STORY)

A meeting to discuss drug abuse in Bement on April 2 ended up being part group therapy, part brain-storming, and a healthy dose of realization.

But most of all, it was a good start as the community comes to the conclusion that hard drugs such as heroin are more common than most had thought.


Bement community uniting to battle drugs

A meeting to discuss drug abuse in Bement Wednesday night ended up being part group therapy, part brain-storming, and a healthy dose of realization.


Robbery subjects charged in Piatt County

Two Decatur men have been formally charged in connection with three Subway sandwich shop robberies in Piatt County.


Blue Ridge Township settles with former administrator

The Blue Ridge Township Board has reached a $40,000 settlement with a former township supervisor it had taken to court for allegedly failing to submit payroll taxes on time for possibly seven years.


Anti-theft tips handed out by police chief

Keep windows clear. Vary your times and routes when making deposits. Work with neighboring businesses to prevent crime.


Arrests made in local robberies

Two Decatur men and a juvenile have been arrested in connection with four robberies, three in Piatt County and one in Macon County. Police believe they are responsible for three Subway sandwich shop robberies in Piatt County – two in Bement and one in Monticello – as well as another at a Casey's in Long Creek this past Monday.


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