Third Trial Possible
2:45 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Belknap Case Heard by Illinois Supreme Court

Credit Wiki Commons

The Illinois Supreme Court is reviewing arguments over whether a McDonough County man should get a third trial in the death of a young girl.

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Family Arrested
10:09 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Bushnell Meth Mother Sentenced

Brenda Raines was sentenced to more than 10 years in federal prison for meth-related crimes.
Credit McDonough County Sheriff's Department

The person described as the “matriarch” of a criminal enterprise in western Illinois has learned her punishment.

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Three Week Investigation
1:51 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Another Meth Bust in Macomb

Kurt Kipling is charged with Possession of Meth under 5 Grams, Meth Conspiracy, Possession of Anhydrous Ammonia, Possession of Meth Manufacturing Materials, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Meth Manufacturing Waste.
Credit McDonough County Sheriff's Department

Macomb police said three more people face charges for making methamphetamine in the Macomb area.

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Locals Make Up Difference
11:12 am
Fri April 18, 2014

State Keeps Cutting Task Force Money

The Lee County Narcotics Task Force says it will continue to do more with less help from the state of Iowa.

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Ongoing Investigations
2:11 pm
Sat April 5, 2014

Eight Meth Arrests in Hancock County

Crystal meth
Credit Wikipedia

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Department said it arrested eight people early Friday as part of ongoing investigations into the manufacture of methamphetamine in the county.

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Scourge of Rural Areas
3:46 pm
Sun October 27, 2013

Meth Use on the Rise Again in Illinois

Ingredients used for cooking meth litter the ground. Such parts are often found with small cooking operations, making it difficult for police to track.
Credit East Central Illinois Task Force

This past summer, Tena Logan of Loxa, Ill., was convicted of conspiring to manufacture 50 grams or more of methamphetamine and possessing it with intent to distribute.

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Meth Lab and More Seized
3:24 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Bushnell Family Snared in Meth Bust

Virgil Raines

The McDonough County Sheriff’s Department said members of a Bushnell family face numerous methamphetamine-related charges after a search warrant was executed at their home early Sunday.

Those arrested at the house at 793 North Sperry Street are Virgil Raines, age 50; Brenda Raines, age 50; and Travis Raines, age 22.

The sheriff’s department said three others were arrested in Macomb: Daniel Raines, age 24; Timothy Raines, age 23; and Tiffany Raines, age 21.

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Public Plays Key Role
10:33 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Busy 2012 for Task Force

Lee County Narcotics Task Force Commander Stacy Weber

The Lee County Narcotics Task Force got its start in 1992.

The organization has been extremely active since the start of 2012.  It has made public dozens of arrests throughout the county.

Commander Stacy Weber credits the work of the detectives involved with the task force.             He says they are three of the most highly motivated officers he has ever met.

Weber also credits the flow of information coming from inmates and staff within the Lee County Jail.

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