• Holiday patrols underway across Illinois

    by  • July 2, 2014

    The traffic enforcement effort that accompanies many holiday weekends is now under way. Police from 320 departments around Illinois will have stepped-up patrols. “The Illinois State Police and law enforcement partners across the state of Illinois will enforce traffic violations, but will take a strong look four different offenses: Speeding, DUIs, seat belts and...

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    Former Fairfield coach now charged in federal court

    by  • July 2, 2014

    EAST ST. LOUIS — A former Fairfield track coach and teacher charged in both Wayne and St. Clair counties with videotaping young girls has now been indicted in federal court. Timothy C. Going is charged in federal court with attempted sexual exploitation of a minor for allegedly using and attempting to use a minor...

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    Preliminary hearing continued in fatal Breese hit-and-run

    by  • July 2, 2014

    CARLYLE — The preliminary hearing for a 25-year-old Damiansville man charged in the early June hit and run death of 22-year-old Lana E. Albert was continued Wednesday morning until August 19, at 11 a.m. Defendant Jonathon Nast appeared Wednesday morning in Clinton County court with his attorney Joe Heilegenstein who filed the motion to...

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    Vernon teen dead of apparent self-inflicted gun shot

    by  • July 1, 2014

    VERNON — Sad news to report from the small Marion County community of Patoka and Vernon, according to the Marion County Coroner’s office, it’s investigating the Tuesday death of a 16-year-old rural Vernon boy. Marion County Coroner Troy Cannon says Brandon Helgen died Tuesday from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Cannon says his office...

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    Graco expands car seat recall

    by  • July 1, 2014

    DETROIT (AP) — Graco children’s products is recalling 1.9 million infant car seats, agreeing to government demands in what is now the largest seat recall in American history. The recall came after a five-month spat between Graco and the national highway traffic safety administration. Earlier this year the company recalled 4.2 million toddler seats...

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