Courts Police and Fire

Fire destroys vacant home

A vacant residence located about two miles east of White Heath was destroyed by fire early Wednesday morning (Oct. 7). Mid-Piatt Fire Protection District Chief Rock Rochyby said the house was fully engulfed by the time firemen arrived.

“When it was called in it was already that way,” said Rochyby on the condition of the home.

Man pleads guilty to escape charges

A 25-year-old Bement man has pleaded guilty to escape charges, and as part of a negotiated plea agreement three forgery charges have been dismissed in Piatt County Court.

Atwood man accused of filing a false police report

A 58-year-old Atwood man has been arrested for allegedly filing a false police report, and law enforcement officials say the investigation could lead to other arrests and charges.

Former PTO treasurer, husband face theft charges

A former treasurer of the Monticello Elementary Parent Teacher Organization, along with her husband have been charged with theft for allegedly stealing from the PTO.

Charges were filed Wednesday in Piatt County against Haley VanVleet, 33, and Seth VanVleet, 33, both of Monticello. Each was charged with one count of theft between $500 and $10,000.

Church scam nets more charges

An additional eight people have been charged with allegedly bilking at least four Piatt County charitable organizations out of relief funds, and in some cases using the money to purchase heroin.

Atwood police win Safety Challenge

The Atwood Police Department was awarded first place in the Municipal 1-10 Sworn Officers division of the Illinois Traffic Safety Challenge. The department was given a new hand-held radar unit and other traffic safety equipment for their efforts.

Man pleads guilty to financial exploitation

A Monticello man who stole $37,000 from his grandmother will serve four years in an Illinois prison as a result of a plea agreement entered Aug. 19.

Weapons conviction overturned

The Illinois Fourth District Court of Appeals has overturned the weapons convictions of a Monticello man.

Four years in prison for meth offender

A Cerro Gordo man who pleaded guilty in June to methamphetamine possession has been sentenced by a Piatt County judge to four years prison time in the Department of Corrections.

New vehicle for Piatt County K-9 unit

A $53,000 private donation has helped the Piatt County Sheriff’s Office purchase and equip a Chevy Tahoe SUV for its K-9 unit.

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