Reviewing the top local stories of year, Part 2
The following excerpts are highlights from the Putnam County Record during May through August of 2018.
Following the recommendations of its streets committee and the results of a village-wide sidewalks assessment, the village of Hennepin approves $110,000 in repairs and upgrades.
The Mattern family, of Magnolia, proudly receives their Centennial Farm honor from the Illinois Department of Agriculture.
The details of Clifford Andersen’s financial relationship with his sister-in-law Deborah Dewey, of Ladd, become a focus of his trial for her murder. Prosecutors believe she drained her retirement account to help him pay off his high-interest gambling debts and that after she cut him off financially, he killed her and buried her body in the yard of the Standard house for which he was caretaker.
Public defender Roger Bolin begins making arguments for a speedy trial for his client Richard Henderson, of Standard. Henderson, 26, is initially charged with concealing the homicidal death of 16-year-old Diamond Bradley, of Spring Valley.
Judge Stephen Kouri allows video evidence to be entered in the prosecution’s case against murder suspect Clifford Anderson in the upcoming trial for the murder of Deborah Dewey. The video in question was taken by surveillance cameras at the Morris truck stop where Dewey’s car was recovered and where Andersen was a frequent visitor.
The prosecution and defense argue over continuations and other aspects in regards to the speedy trial of suspect Richard Henderson, who is initially charged with concealing a homicidal death after being taken into custody on Feb. 5. The judge sets a final status hearing date for July 19.
The Putnam County School Board hears presentations from security experts on how to “harden” their schools and improve safety as school and other mass shootings continue to occur across the nation.
Putnam County EMS Chief Andy Jackson is awarded a National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians honor for his EMS advocacy work and his decades of service to Putnam County.
Six dirt bikes stolen from a building in Magnolia are recovered in Henry and Magnolia, and the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office asks the public for help.
Villages in Putnam County are asked to help pay for dispatching and other law enforcement services provided by the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office by entering into an agreement that is similar to many others in the region. Only the village of Granville disputes the proposal.
The new Illinois Valley Veterans Memorial Bridge, which spans the Illinois River on Route 89 and connects Putnam and Bureau counties, opens for traffic. While construction in the area near the $41 million bridge will still be taking place for some time while workers put the finishing touches on the major project that began in 2016, the new bridge provides a wider and safer path across the river.
Health officials are alerted to a possible algal bloom on the Illinois River, and conditions are monitored to keep communities informed. Residents are advised to use caution while recreating in, on, or near Illinois rivers, lakes and streams as blue-green algae may bloom in these waters, and it can produce harmful toxins.
Granville’s long-awaited McCoy Street project is well underway.
Because of the small size of the county and the sensational nature of the case, court officials are concerned about the ability to sit a local jury in the upcoming trial of Clifford Andersen in connection to the killing of Deborah Dewey.
Despite concerns, eight local jurors are seated on the first day of Clifford Andersen’s murder trial.
After heated disagreements, the Granville Village Board approves a contract for the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office to provide their police department with dispatching services in a revised agreement charging the village $5,558.64 for a prorated, 10-month period and $7,633.85 the next year. Following that, the village can negotiate for four-year renewal terms.
Dozens of pieces of evidence seized from the home of Clifford A. Andersen Jr. are entered by the prosecution during the trial for the murder of Deborah Dewey. Items include gloves, soiled towels, six bottles of carpet-cleaning solution, cleaning brushes, multiple lengths of rope that investigators said matched the rope found in the grave, a cell phone, a journal with press clippings about Dewey’s disappearance, a checkered shirt matching a description mentioned earlier in the trial, missing person fliers, a washing machine hose, a blue tarp, a bag of straw hay, a carpet cleaner and carpet fibers. Andersen also faces witnesses who testify he lied about his whereabouts.
Clifford Andersen is found guilty of the concealment of the homicidal death and first-degree murder of Deborah Dewey, of Ladd, who was his sister-in-law. After a two-week trial, he now faces 20 to 60 years or more in prison, with no possibility of parole.
Edgewood Park Golf Club members celebrate the McNabb course’s 50th anniversary.
Putnam County State’s Attorney Christina Judd-Mennie announces the results of DNA testing have been received from the crime lab, and that suspect Richard Henderson, of Standard, could be facing a murder charge in relation to the death of 16-year-old Diamond Bradley, of Spring Valley.
The Cioni family celebrates five decades of providing award-winning customer service to their customers at their Ford dealership in Granville.
The Wetlands Initiative’s species count during the Dixon Waterfowl Refuge’s 2018 Bio Blitz documents nature’s return to the restored area.
The village of Granville celebrates the completion of the McCoy Street renovation with a highly successful Granville Cruise Night.
The weight limit for the decaying Bottom Road bridge is reduced to eight tons, half of what it was previously.
Judge Stephen Kouri sentences Clifford Andersen to 60 years in prison for the 2016 killing of his sister-in-law, Deborah Dewey, 62, of Ladd.