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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

Two Arrested After Ottawa Home Invasion

OTTAWA – Two Ottawa men are in custody after a reported home invasion in Ottawa on Tuesday. According to the Ottawa Police they received a call to a residence in the 400 block of Windsor Drive where subjects had entered the home and allegedly battered someone. After an investigation a ...Read more

Million Dollar Bond For Heroin Delivery

PERU – A Depue man is in the LaSalle County Jail after an investigation last month by the Tri-County Drug Enforcement Narcotics Team. A press release by Tri-Dent states that 36-year-old Joshua M. Trahan allegedly sold more than one gram of purported heroin to an agent. He was charged with ...Read more

Heron Rescued in Morris

MORRIS – A heron with an apparent broken wing was rescued last week with help from the Morris Police Department. Officer Zwolinski was called to Route 47 just south of the Illinois River for a bird not acting right. In a social media post, Morris Police say the bird proceeded to hide under ...Read more

Will County Man Drowns in Illinois River

MORRIS – A Will County man has died after he went missing in the Illinois River on Sunday. Grundy County Coroner John W. Callahan released a statement that on Tuesday morning a body was recovered west of where the DuPage and Kankakee Rivers meet. An autopsy was performed and the person was ...Read more

Jury Selected In Andersen Trial

HENNEPIN – After a second day of jury selection in the Clifford Andersen trial, a full panel of jurors has been selected at the Putnam County Courthouse.  Clifford Andersen is charged with murder and concealment of homicide in the death of his sister in law Deborah Dewey.  A total of 14 ...Read more