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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

Guns, Meth Found in Rock Falls Arrest

ROCK FALLS – An investigation by the Blackhawk Area Task Force has led to the arrest of a man on gun and drug charges. On Thursday authorities arrested 38-year-old Joseph H. Greul of Lyndon, Illinois on multiple charges stemming from an investigation into methamphetamine distribution. ...Read more

Active Shooter Drill Planned for Ogle County

KINGS – A multi-agency training exercise will be taking place in Ogle County on Saturday at the school in Kings. The Ogle County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting an active school shooting drill along with the Ogle/Lee Fire Protection District, Rochelle Fire Department, Ogle County ...Read more

Cellular Tax Boost

STREATOR -Telecommunications taxes in Streator will be doubled by next year according to the city council. Committee members met, Wednesday to discuss a tax hike for all Streator citizens with wireless communication. Starting in January taxes will go up from 3% to 6%. With landlines diminishing, ...Read more

Testimonies Wrap Up in Andersen Trial

HENNEPIN – Witnesses testifying for the defense have taken center stage in Hennepin as the trial of Clifford Andersen continues. Andersen’s lawyers will defending the accused in the concealment and murder of Deborah Dewey, charges stemming from her disappearance and discovery in a shallow ...Read more

Prosecution Rests in Putnam County Murder Trial

HENNEPIN – The prosecution has rested their case in the trial of Clifford Andersen in the concealment of a homicidal death and murder of his sister-in-law. The defense now gets to present their case, however, Andersen has indicated he will not be testifying on his behalf. This morning ...Read more