• Murphysboro cop hailed as a hero

    by  • September 3, 2014

    MURPHYSBORO — The Murphysboro Police Department is recognizing one of its officers as a hero for his quick thinking and selfless actions at the scene of a reported fire, but the officer is humbly downplaying the accolades. Officer Benjamin Jones, who was the first to arrive at the Monday fire call, says he doesn’t...

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    Powe denied bond reduction; case continued

    by  • September 3, 2014

    SALEM — A motion to reduce the half-million dollar bail for a 28-year-old Centralia man has been denied in Marion County court, and the case has again been continued with the delay to the defendant. Cedric Deon Powe was in court Wednesday afternoon with his attorney, as the attempted murder case against Powe moves...

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    IDOC struggling with backup power problems

    by  • September 2, 2014

    SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Department of Corrections officials are retesting emergency power equipment at the state’s correctional facilities to ensure they are adequately prepared for emergencies. The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers reports a storm on Aug. 20 caused a 92-minute blackout at Vandalia Correctional Center. One prisoner at the minimum-security facility attacked a...

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    Baby abandoned in Jacksonville dumpster doing fine

    by  • September 2, 2014

    JACKSONVILLE — A baby found abandoned in a dumpster over the weekend is doing fine, according to the Jacksonville police. Meanwhile, the search continues for the newborn’s mother. That mother, or whoever dumped that baby, had choices. A state law allows for unharmed newborns to be dropped off at designated facilities, no questions asked,...

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    Police foil bank robbery plan in Mt. Vernon

    by  • September 2, 2014

    MT. VERNON  — An Arizona man is being held in the Jefferson County jail following an alleged foiled bank robbery late Friday morning. Clark Wayne Kirkman, 72, of Mesa, Az., was arrested around 11:30 a.m. Friday in the parking lot of Fifth Third bank in Mt. Vernon. Kirkman has been tentatively charged with robbery...

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