Whiteside County

PROPHETSTOWN, Ill. - Police in western Illinois say a hunter who was scouting land ahead of deer season found 260 marijuana plants illegally growing at Big Bend State Fish and Wildlife Area. The Whiteside County Sheriff's Department says about $250,000 worth of marijuana was destroyed. Deputy Andy Henson says workers hacked down the plants found last week with machetes and lopping shears. The plants were burned on a wood fire. Henson says police believe the plants were grown indoors and transferred to the park.

Under heavy security in Rock Island, jury selection began this week for the third murder trial of Nicholas Sheley. The 34-year-old from Sterling is currently serving two life sentences for murder. And he's now standing trial on charges that six years ago, he killed four people in Whiteside County.