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Columbia Man Pleads Guilty To Receipt Of Child Porn Images

August 9, 2017
Steven D. Blosser of Columbia pleaded guilty today, Aug. 9, to Receipt Of Child Pornography. The plea carried a prison term of 5 (minimum) to 20 years, a fine up to $250,000, and five years of supervised release. Blosser, 40, will appear back in court later this year for sentencing. He had appeared in federal... Read More

Truck Jackknifes After Swerving To Miss Car Cutting Through Busy Intersection

August 9, 2017
(2:05 p.m.) Luckily no one was injured today when a semi truck and trailer jackknifed on Rt 3 on the north end of Columbia.  Just after 2 p.m., a semi-truck was traveling north on Rt 3 when it swerved to avoid hitting a car that cut into its path at the North Main intersection. The... Read More

Graffiti Sprayed In Metter Park – Pavilion, Scout Hut And Turner Hall Targeted

August 7, 2017
photo - The rear of Turner Hall is filled with graffiti following an act of vandalism reported Aug. 4. Vandals used spray paint to deface several buildings in and around Columbia's A.C. Metter Park as well as the city's paved walking trail. Just before 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 4, police officers were notified at there was... Read More

Break-In At Columbia Taco Bell

August 1, 2017
Burglars broke into the Columbia Taco Bell overnight. Early Tuesday morning employees notified the Columbia Police Department of the break-in. An empty safe was sitting outside next to a squad car during investigation. (It appears the burglars made ‘a run for the border' as the old Taco Bell commercial jingle went.)  Illinois State Police specialists... Read More

First At Demo Derby 11 Years And Counting….

July 28, 2017
photo - Art Juelfs, Steve Nason and Zak Hicks get comfortable in their 50-yard line seats at the Monroe County Fair's grandstands. They are always the first folks set up to watch Friday's demolition derby.   - photo by Zach Wienhoff For the 11th year in a row, Art Juelfs, Steve Nason and Zak Hicks... Read More

Taco Takes Home Top Trophy In Rooster Crowing Contest

July 28, 2017
Vince Gonzalez of rural Red Bud and his rooster Taco won first place in the Fair's Rooster Crowing Contest. Taco crowed 53 times during the 30-minute event held Wednesday morning. Riley Middendorf of rural Waterloo took home second place. His rooster crowed 48 times. There were three roosters who earned the last place moniker with... Read More

Waterloo Police Forms Video Sharing Program

July 27, 2017
The Waterloo Police Department has begun a Security Camera Video Sharing Program designed to deter crime and promote public safety. The WPD is hoping to work with residents and businesses which operate surveillance cameras on their property. When a crime occurs, police will be able to search the registration data of the nearby cameras. “We... Read More

Power Outage Knocks Out Electric At Fairgrounds And Rural Monroe County

July 26, 2017
An Ameren feed connecting to a Co-Op Electric line blew in rural Monroe County knocking out power for much of the rural area for a couple hours Wednesday evening. Utility crews were quick on the scene and fixed the issue. Power returned for most of the county by 10:30 p.m. The power outage made things interesting at... Read More

Second Person Is Arrested Following July 18 Manhunt

July 21, 2017
Two of the three men involved in a July 18 manhunt south of Waterloo have been arrested and charged. Eighteen-year-old Markevion Winford of East St. Louis was arrested July 19 at a residence in East St. Louis. He appeared Thursday, July 20, at the Monroe County Courthouse. He has been charged with a felony county... Read More

One Man Charged Following This Morning’s Police Pursuit

July 18, 2017
One man has been charged in connection with Tuesday morning’s burglaries and fleeing from police. Marquise Spates, 18, of East St. Louis, has been charged with several counts, including criminal trespass to a motor vehicle and obstructing Justice. He also has outstanding warrants for being a fugitive from justice and also tampering with a motor vehicle... Read More