Rick VanBrooker

Cost Concerns, Lack of Need
6:09 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

McDonough County Dive Rescue Team Disbanded

Credit Wiki Commons

The McDonough County Board Finance Committee decided against providing funding for the sheriff department’s dive rescue team.

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More Arrests Forthcoming
2:38 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Heroin an Emerging Problem in McDonough County

Items seized during a recent heroin bust in McDonough County
Credit McDonough County Sheriff's Department

McDonough County Sheriff Rick VanBrooker said his office is working to prevent heroin from becoming as large of a problem as meth in the late 1990s.

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More Arrests Expected
3:07 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Two Charged with Dealing Heroin

Robin Myers
Credit McDonough County Sheriff's Department

McDonough County Sheriff Rick VanBrooker said two people arrested Thursday were major heroin dealers in the region.

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Boat Capsized
10:07 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Boater Dies at Argyle Lake State Park

Argyle Lake
Credit Rich Egger

Rescue workers spent more than six hours searching for a western Illinois man who disappeared after the boat he was in took on water and capsized at Argyle Lake State Park.

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Sheriff Starts New Program
9:21 am
Mon September 3, 2012

McDonough County Inmates Put to Work

Sheriff Rick VanBrooker
Rich Egger

Picking up trash for a few hours might not sound like an exciting activity, but if you're locked up you might jump at any chance to get outside for a while.

That is the thinking behind a jail inmate work program started by McDonough County Sheriff Rick VanBrooker. He considers it a good use of resources.

“The taxpayers pay for the inmates' medical, their food, this facility (the jail). This is a program where they can get something back from the system,” VanBrooker said.

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