• Centralia man sentenced in multiple meth cases

    by  • September 4, 2014

    SALEM — A 24-year-old Centralia man was sentenced Thursday in Marion County to eight years in prison, after he pleaded guilty in multiple felony methamphetamine cases.  Marcus E. Hicks pleaded guilty to probation violation in a 2012 meth case, and was sentenced to four years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. In a 2014...

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    Mt. Vernon bans leaf burning in city limits

    by  • September 3, 2014

    MT. VERNON — The Mt. Vernon City Council voted 3 to 2 Tuesday night in favor of a ban on burning leaves within city limits.  The council had talked about a burn ban for more than a year, when research showed more than a thousand people each year that go to area hospitals for...

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    Alton woman pleads guilty to bank fraud

    by  • September 3, 2014

    EAST ST. LOUIS — A 45-year-old Alton woman has pleaded guilty in federal court to a scheme to defraud and embezzle from U.S. Bank. The U.S. Attorney Stephen R. Wigginton announced Cynthia L. Palmer faces a prison sentence of up to 30 years, a fine of up to $1,000,000, and up to 5 years’...

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    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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