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Phone Records Not Enough in Andersen Trial

HENNEPIN – Phone records for a Standard man was supposed to be the strongest piece of evidence for the defense in the murder trial of Clifford Andersen, however he was found guilty of murdering and burying his sister in law Friday. Defense Attorney Rob Parker strongly believed phone calls

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Tires Slashed; Windows Broken Over Weekend

STREATOR – Vandalism was reported over the weekend in Streator with tires slashed and windows broken in two separate incidents.   On Saturday morning Streator Police were notified that a parked vehicle in the 1400 block of Sterling Street had its windows smashed.   In the 700 block of

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Andersen Verdict: Guilty

HENNEPIN- A Standard man has been found guilty of murdering and burying his sister in law. Clifford Andersen was found guilty Friday, in a Putnam County Court of the 2016 murder of Deborah Dewey. It took a jury of 9 men and 3 women under four hours to reach a guilty verdict on charges of murder

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Final Defense: No Fingerprints or DNA Found

HENNEPIN- Closing statements were heard by prosecution and defense for the murder of Deborah Dewey at the Putnam County Courthouse, Friday. Clifford Andersen is accused of the concealment and murder of his sister in law. The prosecution used circumstantial evidence as their strongest points in

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Closing Arguments Begin in Andersen Trial

HENNEPIN – Closing arguments commence this morning and by this afternoon the Clifford Andersen trial is expected to be in the hands of the jury in Putnam County. Nine men and three women will decide the fate of Andersen, who is accused of the concealment and murder of Deborah Dewey in 2016.

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Guns, Meth Found in Rock Falls Arrest

ROCK FALLS – An investigation by the Blackhawk Area Task Force has led to the arrest of a man on gun and drug charges. On Thursday authorities arrested 38-year-old Joseph H. Greul of Lyndon, Illinois on multiple charges stemming from an investigation into methamphetamine distribution.

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