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    Drew County man suspected of sexual assault of 8-year-old

    A Drew County man has been arrested for allegedly assaulting an 8-year-old boy as part of a game called “dare”. Kenneth Willis, 20, of Drew County is alleged to have played a game called dare with two young boys and had one of the boys perform a sexual act upon him, according to Lt. Tim Nichols, a criminal investigator with the Drew County Sheriff’s Office. Willis was interviewed and subsequently arrested for second-degree sexual assault, … Continued

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    Police searching for suspected arsonists

    Drew County Sheriff's deputies are searching for a man and woman suspected of setting fire to an apartment in Drew County. A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Patrick Pippen and Michelle Spears for arson and aggravated assault. The fire was set early Wednesday morning around 4:30 a.m. outside a duplex apartment building between two apartments, according to Lt. Tim Nichols, criminal investigator with the Drew County Sheriff's Office. "Gas was poured from … Continued

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    Monticello’s first independent mayor in 30-plus years sworn in by state’s only independent county judge

    Independent candidates who lack the backing of political parties typically have a hard time gaining traction in partisan elections but that is not the case in Drew County. A Democratic stronghold where candidates rarely run as an independent and only recently began seeing Republicans on the ballot, Drew County and its county seat, Monticello, apparently is becoming more independent in its political ideology. Joe Rogers, the first independent candidate to be elected mayor of Monticello … Continued

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    Trial reset for Monticello man charged with killing Warren woman

    A continuance has been granted in the first-degree murder trial of a Monticello man accused of killing a Warren woman then burying her body in a wooded area behind his home. Fred Lee Williams, 51, is charged with abuse of a corpse and first-degree murder in the April 2013 death of 36-year-old Tangela Walton, of Warren. Williams' trial was scheduled to begin this week but was postponed until late August because a local physician who … Continued