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    Biggies owner posts $25k bond on synthetic drug arrest

    by  • May 22, 2013 • News • 0 Comments

    Bail has been set at $250,000 for Centralia businessman Kelly Alexander, who was arrested Tuesday after Marion County Sheriff’s deputies raided his business Biggies Cafe and General Store, seizing hundreds of packages of synthetic cannabis and thousands of dollars. The 43-year-old Alexander, of Walnut Hill, was charged Wednesday morning in Marion County Court with...

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    IDNR reminds boaters of water safety

    by  • May 22, 2013 • News • 0 Comments

    Ahead of the Memorial Day weekend, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources wants to remind boaters to be safe. It’s national safe boating week and the message is “wear it,” as in wear your life jacket. Illinois law requires a life jacket for every person on board a boat. State law also requires anyone...

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    Federal prison guard sentenced on tax fraud

    by  • May 22, 2013 • News • 0 Comments

    A former federal correctional officer from the Federal Correctional Institution at Greenville was sentenced to a total of six months in prison, a year of supervised release and $22,108 in restitution to the IRS, according to the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Illinois. Attillah Ruffin, 43, waived her right to...

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    Senate overrides Quinn smart-grid veto

    by  • May 22, 2013 • News • 0 Comments

    The Illinois Senate has again approved a plan to address so-called smart grid technology over the objection of Gov. Pat Quinn. Senators voted 44-11 Tuesday to override Quinn’s veto earlier this month. Quinn claimed the bill undermined oversight and would force automatic rate hikes. Senate President John Cullerton disputed those claims. A three-fifths majority...

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    Mt. Vernon facing road closures

    by  • May 22, 2013 • News • 0 Comments

    Motorists in Mount Vernon should be alert for road closures over the next few days. Starting this morning, crews for the Norfolk Southern Railroad will begin repairs on Illinois Route 15 on the east side of Fifth Street in both the eastbound and westbound lanes and the work will result in road closures. Motorists should...

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    Three arrested in connection with 33 Jefferson County burglaries

    by  • May 22, 2013 • News • 0 Comments

      Three Jefferson County residents have been arrested as part of an investigation into residential burglaries targeting elderly residents in Jefferson County. According to the Mount Vernon Police, 30-year old Cortney Pepple, her 23-year old sister Whitney Payne and Cynthia Hamilton have been arrested and charged with possession of stolen property. Pepple and Payne...

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