Courts, Police, and Fire

White Heath home damaged

Nobody was injured in a Sunday evening fire in White Heath.

Mid-Piatt Fire Chief Doug Foster said he was the first person to see a single story building on Orange Street on fire at 4:38 p.m.

A large black cloud could be seen overhead.


A case update as the new year begins

Here is a look at some local criminal cases and where they stand in early 2019.

Defendants: Brown, Mason E., 35, Monticello; Brown, Christie M., 62, Monticello; and Tatman, Justin D., 37, of Bement


Leak in courthouse reported

A leak in the hot water heating system at the Piatt County Courthouse caused water to flow into the second floor state’s attorney’s office over the holidays.

Sheriff David Hunt called it “a major leak,” adding “they had a mess in there.”


Police records management upgrade considered in Bement

The Bement police department may get an upgrade in its records management if the village board approves money for access to a subscription service that formulates report templates and possibly stores records on an offsite server.


Neglect trial moved to April

The trial of three Piatt County residents accused of criminal neglect following the death of a 64-year-old Monticello man has been moved to April 1.

The jury trials for Mason Brown, 35, and Christy Brown, 62, both of Monticello; and Justin Tatman, 37, of Bement, had been scheduled to start on Jan. 3.


Atwood man faces pornography charges

An Atwood man is facing child pornography charges after his arrest on Dec. 17.

According to a release from Atwood police, Dennis West, 43, was arrested during a search of his residence the evening of Dec. 17.


Shonkwiler memorial installed

Employees of Adams Memorial installed a commemorative marker in Monticello on Monday in honor of former Piatt County Judge John P. Shonkwiler.


Farmer City man pleads guilty to shooting

A Farmer City 18-year-old faces six to 15 years behind bars after admitting shooting a man during a dispute in April.


Huddleston sentenced to prison

A woman who lied about her teenage daughter being missing about a year ago has been resentenced to a year in prison for violating the terms of her probation.

Piatt County Judge Brad Rau resentenced Amanda Huddleston, 40, of Farmer City, formerly of Bement, last week to the year behind bars for obstructing justice.


Trial dates set in felony cases

A pair of Atwood-related felony cases have been given January trial dates.


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