• Cairo man charged in deadly bank robbery appears in court

    by  • October 1, 2014

    BENTON — A 29-year-old Cairo man accused of killing two bank employees appeared in federal court Wednesday morning. James Watts is charged with attempted armed bank robbery resulting in death. The incident happened last May when federal prosecutors say Watts tried to rob the First National Bank in Cairo. On Wednesday, there was a...

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    Kinmundy man pleads guilty, sentenced on heroin charge

    by  • October 1, 2014

    SALEM — A 31-year-old Kinmundy man was sentenced Tuesday in Marion County court to 18 months in the Illinois Department of Corrections, after he pleaded guilty to the lesser of two felony charges connected to a March heroin arrest. Josh Robinson pleaded guilty to a Class 4 felony charge of possessing a controlled substance,...

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    Court rules AFSCME back wages must be paid

    by  • October 1, 2014

    CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois appellate court has ruled that back wages owed thousands of state government workers from 2011 to 2013 must be paid. A panel of judges from the First District Appellate Court found that members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees should get the back pay, and...

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    Carlyle man given 10 years on multiple meth charges

    by  • October 1, 2014

    CARLYLE — A 25-year-old Carlyle man was sentenced to 10 years in prison, after he pleaded guilty today in Clinton County court to multiple meth offenses. Anthony Travis Willis pleaded guilty to Class X felony possession of more than 900 grams of meth, for which he was sentenced to 10 years in the Illinois...

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    Quinn’s former agency director to testify before panel

    by  • October 1, 2014

    SPRINGFIELD — The attorney for the former director of an Illinois agency in charge of a troubled anti-violence program says his client will testify before a legislative panel next week. Attorney John Theis says Barbara Shaw, who was director of the Illinois Violence Prevention Authority, will answer questions at the Oct. 8 and 9...

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