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Waterloo Man Charged With First Degree Murder

January 13, 2019
Waterloo resident Kyle Roider, 30, has been charged with first degree murder and aggravated battery in connection with Friday’s shooting death of Steven P. Becker, 35, of rural Fults.  According to the initial police report, at 3:05 p.m. on Jan. 11, a 911 call was made from Roider's residence at 107 North Church Street in Waterloo. The caller stated when she entered... Read More

Death At Waterloo Residence Under Investigation

January 12, 2019
The death of a man Friday afternoon inside a downtown Waterloo home is being investigated by multiple police agencies. A suspect has been arrested and remains in custody at the Monroe County Jail. Formal charges are pending. The names of the deceased and the suspect have not yet been released. According to the initial police... Read More

IDOT Makes Traffic Signal Modifications In Columbia

October 19, 2018
The Illinois Department of Transportation is hoping that fine tuning the electric traffic signals along Rt. 3 will reduce the number of deadly accidents in Columbia. Two people have died this year in separate accidents at the intersection of Veterans Parkways and Rt. 3 (Admirals Parkway) in Columbia. Numerous other accidents resulting in serious injuries... Read More

Missing Columbia Farmer Found Deceased

September 11, 2018
After an all-day search, the missing rural Columbia farmer was found deceased underwater in a creek on his property. After last being seen at 7 a.m., Marvin Mueller, 71, was discovered by divers at 8:15 p.m. Searchers had located his cap along the waterway at about 8 p.m., and then focused on that area. He... Read More

Search Continues For Marvin Mueller

September 11, 2018
6:30 p.m. A search is underway for a missing rural Columbia farmer. Marvin Mueller, 71, was last seen early this morning at his farm in the 2100 block of Steppig Road (in the bottoms off Bluff Road) a few miles south of the city of Columbia. He was wearing blue jeans and a green or... Read More

Search Underway For Missing Columbia Bottoms Man

September 11, 2018
(3 p.m.) A search for a missing rural Columbia man continues. He was reported missing at about 11 a.m. today after the family became concerned about his welfare. He was last seen near his home in the Columbia bottoms along Steppig Road between Bluff Road and the Mississippi River levee. The man is described as... Read More

Developer, Citizens Weigh In On Proposed Wind Farm

August 29, 2018
photo - During an Aug. 20 county commissioners meeting, developer Joe Koppeis, right, lays out his vision of a wind farm he would build along the bluffs between Valmeyer and Fults. He is joined at the head table by Garth Klimchuk, a principal partner at the North Renew Energy group based in Massachusetts. Turbines Would Be... Read More

Waterloo Man Indicted For Child Pornography

August 25, 2018
Mark Brueggemann of Waterloo has been charged in federal court with knowingly receiving a video depicting child pornography. The one-count indictment alleges that the offense occurred in Waterloo on or about Feb. 15, 2017. Brueggemann, 60, made his initial appearance at the federal courthouse in East St. Louis today, Aug. 24. He pleaded not guilty... Read More

Fults Family Loses Everything In Overnight Fire

August 23, 2018
A rural Fults family lost their home and nearly all of their worldly possessions in an overnight home fire. Richard “Calvin” and Valerie Anderson live in the 2500 block of Sutterville Road, due east of downtown Fults. They were awoken just before 1 a.m. last night (Aug. 23) when their fire alarms sounded. Their home was... Read More

Letter To The Editor:

August 19, 2018
Lifelong Monroe City resident Mark Baum sends Commissioners his heartfelt view on wind turbine issue...  To the Honorable Commissioners of Monroe County: Hon. Robert Elmore, Hon. Delbert Wittenauer and Hon. Vicki Koerber.... Regarding the Proposed Wind Turbine Development Mega-Project: There has been much air expended on the subject of wind turbine development in Monroe County recently.... Read More