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New Boston Police Chief Warns Of Phone Scam; Provides Update On NB City Hall Vandalism Investigation

New Boston Police Chief Mike DeFrieze warning residents of a phone scam. He says one person has lost over $8,000. DeFrieze also has an update on the investigation involving vandalism to New Boston City Hall. The building was damaged late…

Sherrard FFA To Participate In Cover Crop Tour August 9th

The Sherrard FFA chapter joining forces with a number of area agriculture interests for a cover crop tour. The event begins Wednesday, August 9th at 8:30 a.m. at the Sherrard High School Ag Test Plots. Sherrard ag teacher Ball Hammes…

Arrest Made In Fred Rooth Home Invasion

An arrest being announced today in the home invasion of former Mercer County Board member–83 year old Fred Rooth. The suspect has been identified as 55 year old Brian Tully of Burlington. According to a Warren County Sheriff’s Department press…

Bewley Retirement Date Set For August 31st

The Mercer County Board has accepted the retirement of County Clerk Phyllis Bewley. She is stepping down on August 31st. Bewley has been in office for eight-and-a-half-years. The county board has 60 days to fill her vacancy. Bewley’s term runs…

Sarabasa Elected New Mercer County Board Chairman

The Mercer County Board has a new chairman. Carlos Sarabasa of Aledo was elected to the position last night—replacing Joe Vann, who died in late June. Sarabasa will serve in the role through December 2018. Mark Bieri will continue to…

Mercer County Sex Abuse Case Continued To September

Another court appearance for an Aledo man facing ten felony sex abuse/sex assault counts. 44 year old Michael E. Daniels was in Mercer County Circuit Court today with his pre-trial conference continued to September 12th. He’s facing three Class X…

Crime Stoppers Seeks Information On Burglaries To Area Car Washes

Mercer County Crime Stoppers currently seeking information about a burglary to an Aledo business. On Monday, between 6 p.m. and 9:45 p.m., a coin operated mechanism inside a wash bay was damaged. The coin box was also taken. The burglary…