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    Woman injured in weekend Centralia house fire

    by  • November 11, 2013 • News

    A Centralia woman suffered minor burns to her hands in a fire that caused minor damage to the kitchen of her home around noon Saturday. According to the Centralia City Fire Department, Jessica Velazquez of the 1100 block of North Maple Street was cooking and left the stove unattended. When she returned, the food...

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    Man airlifted after Mt. Vernon shooting

    by  • November 10, 2013 • News

    A Mt. Vernon man is in the hospital after he was shot Sunday afternoon. According to Mt. Vernon police, the shooting happened around 2 p.m. Sunday near the intersection of 9th and Cleveland. Reports say 35-year-old Daniel Cortez-Reyes, of Mt. Vernon,  was shot four times and had to be airlifted to a St. Louis...

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    Centralia man suffers serious injuries in I-57 accident

    by  • November 8, 2013 • News

    A serious accident yesterday morning resulted in a 37-year-old Centralia man being airlifted to a St. Louis area hospital with serious injuries. According to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, at approximately 6:30 Thursday morning, a pickup truck being driven by 37-year-old Mark Taylor of Mt. Vernon lost control due to ice on the Interstate...

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    Ex-Ill. judge pleads guilty to heroin, gun counts

    by  • November 8, 2013 • News

    EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — A former southwestern Illinois judge at the center of a courthouse drug scandal that included another judge’s cocaine death has pleaded guilty to federal heroin and gun charges. Forty-three-year-old Michael Cook entered the pleas Friday in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis to charges that led to...

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    State investing in six Kinmundy homes

    by  • November 8, 2013 • News

    The state of Illinois is making a $6.6 million state investment in communities in southern Illinois to support critical public works improvements and home rehabilitations for low-income residents. The program includes nearly $230,000 for rehabilitation of six single family homes in Kinmundy: The investments were made under the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic...

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