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Juveniles Charged in Ottawa Church Burglaries

OTTAWA – Four juveniles were arrested in connection with church burglaries in Ottawa. Ottawa Police responded to a call on the 900 block of Columbus Street and on the 100 block of East Lafayette for reported burglaries at two Churches on June 25th. According to Ottawa Police forced entry ...Read more

Investigator Takes Stand in Andersen Trial

  HENNEPIN – The Illinois State Police investigator who discovered Deborah Dewey’s body took the stand Thursday in the trial of Dewey’s brother in law, Clifford Andersen.   Andersen is being tried for a murder charge and concealment of a death in Putnam County, and this ...Read more

100 Pounds of Marijuana Seized

DIXON – A Lee County man has been arrested and faces several drug charges.  The Blackhawk Area Task Force says they, along with the Dixon Police Department and the Lee County Sheriff’s Department concluded an investigation into the production and possession of marijuana in Harmon, ...Read more

Murder Trial Continues in Putnam County

HENNEPIN – On the first half of day four of the Clifford Andersen trial, more witnesses called by the prosecution testified Thursday morning. The victim’s niece was called to the stand to recall the day she and Deborah Dewey’s family searched for Dewey on August 27, 2016.  The ...Read more

Andersen Trial Underway

HENNEPIN – Opening statements were made in the trial of Clifford Andersen Wednesday at the Putnam County Courthouse.  68-year-old  Andersen is charged with killing and burying the body of his sister in law, Deborah Dewey, in a shallow grave in Standard in 2016.   Several witnesses for ...Read more

Man Dies in Bureau County Grain Bin

LAMOILLE – A man is dead after reportedly being trapped in a grain bin near LaMoille. According to LaMoille Fire Chief Brent Becker they were called to a farm on 2600 North Road east of town around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday for a possible bin entrapment. Multiple area departments responded, ...Read more