Courts, Police, and Fire

Bail set at $250,000 in battery case

A Minnesota man is in Piatt County jail on $250,000 bond after police say he tried to strangle his wife in Monticello.

Security cameras coming to Born Park in Cerro Gordo



Tom Overmyer of Phoenix Consulting Engineers spoke before the Cerro Gordo Village Board on June 18, filling them in the water main replacement project. Those have included:

–regrading at 427 N. Lincoln St. and 403 N. Lincoln St.;

Bement approves school resource officer

The Bement school board has become the third Piatt County entity to approve a contract that will likely bring a county-wide school resource officer on board, possibly by this fall.

Shonkwiler memorial could be scaled back

A memorial to honor one of Piatt County’s most distinguished judges is still likely, but may not include a gazebo on the courthouse lawn as originally planned.

Man stopped after being clocked at 129 mph on interstate

An Urbana man who Illinois State Police say was clocked driving 129 miles per hour through Piatt County on Saturday had his bond set at $35,000 in Piatt County Court on Monday.

Antonio Castillo was stopped by police near mile marker 172 (Route 10 exit) on Saturday evening.

Fugitive back in county, arraigned

A 33-year old man was arraigned in Piatt County June 7 on charges he broke into a home in Cerro Gordo and tried to strangle his estranged wife.

Police say trucker used slingshot to shatter windows

A Wisconsin truck driver used a slingshot and metal ball bearings to break out the windows of vehicles as he drove past them on Interstate 74, according to Champaign County’s top prosecutor.

Local fugitive in custody in Georgia

Piatt County State’s Attorney Dana Rhoades and Piatt County Sheriff David Hunt said on May 23 that fugitive Todd McGee has been located and apprehended in Atlanta, Georgia.

Officials say he is currently in custody in Fulton County, Georgia, and will be transported back to Piatt County during the first week of June.

County police coverage coming to Cerro Gordo

Law enforcement items took center stage at the Piatt County board meeting May 9, as the board approved a contract between the sheriff's department and the Village of Cerro Gordo for police coverage.

Also approved unanimously was an effort that will likely bring a county school resource officer on board.

'Do not knock' effort delayed

Implementation of a “do not knock” list for peddlers in Monticello will wait at least two weeks as language in a proposed amendment to the city’s solicitation ordinance is cleaned up.

If approved, residents could place their properties on a list of addresses where commercial solicitors would not be allowed.

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