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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.


Doddy pleads guilty to rest stop murder

A Rockford man pleaded guilty this morning to first-degree murder charges in the death of Tonya Bargman, a Monticello mother who was brutally murdered at a rest area in northern Illinois last summer.


Plea deal possible for suspect in rest stop murder

A Rockford man accused of murdering a Monticello mother at a northern Illinois rest area last summer may accept a plea agreement on Wednesday, according to the Lee County prosecutor.


Mock accident emphasizes prom safety

With Bement High School’s prom set for a week from this Saturday, students were urged at a Prom Promise event last Friday to refrain from drinking, drugging, or texting while driving.


Amenia grain elevator building burns

A grain elevator used by the historic Robert Allerton family burnt down five miles east of Cisco on Wednesday. Fire officials believe wind caused an electrical line to catch the four-story-high metal and wood structure on fire during the morning hours.


Man charged in Bement stabbing

A 55-year-old Bement man has been officially charged with two counts of aggravated battery in connection with the stabbing of two men at his home in Bement Feb. 7.

John D. Fair was also charged in Piatt County Circuit Court with felony possession of a weapon and patronizing a prostitute.


Four plead guilty in methamphetamine case

Four of the 12 people arrested and charged in connection with an alleged methamphetamine ring in Cerro Gordo have pleaded guilty in Piatt County Court.

Piatt County States Attorney Dana Rhoades said Natasha Barnes, 22, and Laura West, 21, pleaded guilty March 11 while Robert Cripe, 31, pleaded guilty to methamphetamine conspiracy.


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