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Wednesday is Speed Awareness Day

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois State Police are tackling safety during the upcoming Illinois Speed Awareness Day. Through enforcement and education their goal is to promote safety for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists. According to the State Police 37% of the speed-related crashes result in ...Read more

IVCH Earns ACR Accreditation

PERU – Illinois Valley Community Hospital has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in mammography as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Mammography is a specific type of imaging test that uses a low-dose X-ray system to examine breasts. ...Read more

Phone Records Not Enough in Andersen Trial

HENNEPIN – Phone records for a Standard man was supposed to be the strongest piece of evidence for the defense in the murder trial of Clifford Andersen, however he was found guilty of murdering and burying his sister in law Friday. Defense Attorney Rob Parker strongly believed phone calls ...Read more

Tires Slashed; Windows Broken Over Weekend

STREATOR – Vandalism was reported over the weekend in Streator with tires slashed and windows broken in two separate incidents.   On Saturday morning Streator Police were notified that a parked vehicle in the 1400 block of Sterling Street had its windows smashed.   In the 700 block of ...Read more

Son of Seneca Police Chief Found Dead in River

SENECA -The son of the police chief of Seneca has apparently drowned in the Illinois River. In a release by the Grundy County Coroner’s Office, a call came in Saturday afternoon for a person in the water near the Seneca boat ramp. Around 4:30 p.m. a body was recovered and identified as ...Read more

Andersen Verdict: Guilty

HENNEPIN- A Standard man has been found guilty of murdering and burying his sister in law. Clifford Andersen was found guilty Friday, in a Putnam County Court of the 2016 murder of Deborah Dewey. It took a jury of 9 men and 3 women under four hours to reach a guilty verdict on charges of murder ...Read more

Final Defense: No Fingerprints or DNA Found

HENNEPIN- Closing statements were heard by prosecution and defense for the murder of Deborah Dewey at the Putnam County Courthouse, Friday. Clifford Andersen is accused of the concealment and murder of his sister in law. The prosecution used circumstantial evidence as their strongest points in ...Read more

Closing Arguments Begin in Andersen Trial

HENNEPIN – Closing arguments commence this morning and by this afternoon the Clifford Andersen trial is expected to be in the hands of the jury in Putnam County. Nine men and three women will decide the fate of Andersen, who is accused of the concealment and murder of Deborah Dewey in 2016. ...Read more