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Matt Hopf

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Matt Hopf has joined The Herald-Whig newsroom as a staff writer in 2010. His primary responsibility is covering Illinois region news and features, and also writes the popular "Answers" column. A Palos Heights native, Matt received a master's degree in public affairs from the University of Illinois Springfield and a bachelor's degree in journalism from Eastern Illinois University. Before starting at The Herald-Whig, Matt interned with the GateHouse Media State Capital Bureau. He also interned at newspapers in Palos Heights and Tinley Park. In his free time, Matt roots for the Chicago White Sox and the Green Bay Packers, watches cooking shows religiously and plays trumpet in the Quincy Concert Band. Matt and his wife, Melissa, live in Quincy and have a daughter.

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Local Government

Park Board approves riverfront master plan agreement

The Quincy Park District is signing onto an intergovernmental agreement to develop a riverfront master plan, but some commissioners are leery at any plan that includes a boat dock.

January arraignment set for Quincy man charged in shooting death
Police & Courts

January arraignment set for Quincy man charged in shooting death

A January arraignment has been set in the case a Quincy man charged in the Dec. 4 shooting death of another Quincy man.

Quincy man pleads not guilty in May death
Police & Courts

Quincy man pleads not guilty in May death

The Quincy man charged in the strangulation death of another Quincy man has pleaded not guilty to charges.

Quincy man makes first court appearance in standoff case
Police & Courts

Quincy man makes first court appearance in standoff case

QUINCY -- The Quincy man arrested Friday after a short standoff on Quincy's north side and then arrested Sunday in Hannibal, Mo., after escaping the Blessing Adult Psychiatric Unit made his first court appearance Tuesday in Adams County Circuit Court.

Zachary D. Nokes, 46, faces charges of intimidation, a Class 3 felony; and aggravated assault, a Class A misdemeanor, in Friday's standoff at 2043 Maple. He also is charged with residential burglary, a Class 1 felony; and possession of stolen firearm, a Class 2 felony, in a burglary Thursday in rural Camp Point.

Charging documents say that Nokes told a woman that he would kill her if she did not let go of a gun. Documents also state that he burglarized the house in Camp Point and possessed a 20-gauge shotgun.

Nokes was arrested after the standoff with Quincy Police. He was being held in the Blessing Hospital psychiatric unit when he escaped, reportedly because a locked door had malfunctioned. He was later...

Police & Courts

Quincy man pleads guilty to sex abuse charges

A Quincy man faces up to 17 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections after pleading guilty to sex abuse charges, including one where he encouraged his roommate to sexually abuse a child.

What are ward projects for the Quincy infrastructure plan?
Answers

What are ward projects for the Quincy infrastructure plan?

The Quincy City Council approved a $33 million infrastructure program earlier this year. The plan calls for $19 million for streets and $14 million for water and sewer projects.

Quincy man charged in fatal shooting makes first court appearance
Police & Courts

Quincy man charged in fatal shooting makes first court appearance

The Quincy man charged in the Wednesday shooting death of another Quincy man made his first court appearance Friday.

Quincy police resolve standoff with man who allegedly had gun
Police & Courts

Quincy police resolve standoff with man who allegedly had gun

QUINCY -- A Quincy man was arrested following a short standoff with police Friday morning on Quincy's north side. Zachary D. Nokes, 46, faces a charge of aggravated assault with a firearm after the incident Friday morning at 2043 Maple.

Police & Courts

Indictment filed against Quincy man charged in May death

An Adams County grand jury has indicted a Quincy man in the May death of another Quincy man. Carlos Williams was indicted on three counts of first-degree murder in connection with the death of 20-year-old Orlando Smith.

Quincy man indicted in Wednesday shooting death
Police & Courts

Quincy man indicted in Wednesday shooting death

The Quincy man arrested Wednesday in connection with the shooting death of a man early Wednesday morning has been indicted on three counts of first-degree murder.