• Measure would help prosecution of synthetic drug crimes

    by  • April 8, 2014

    State Representative John Cavaletto has signed on as chief sponsor of a measure designed to help strengthen current laws addressing synthetic drugs in Illinois. The Salem republican says his district has seen a recent increase in arrests of users of synthetic cannabis and other synthetic drug products, and an associated increase in hospitalization of...

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    Mt. Vernon man arrested on meth charge

    by  • April 8, 2014

    A 37-year-old Mt.Vernon man has been charged in Jefferson County court with multiple drug related crimes. Jerry A. England was charged this morning with felonyp0ssession of less than 5-grams of methamphetamine, felony possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor retail theft. England is awaiting trial in a 2013 felony meth possession case and is...

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    Centralia man arrested for domestic battery

    by  • April 8, 2014

    Bail was set Tuesday morning at $25,000 for a 23-year-old Centralia man who was arrested Monday night after police caught him following a foot chase near the railroad tracks. Martez Isiah is charged with felony aggravated battery of a pregnant or handicapped person and felony domestic battery with a prior conviction. Centralia police were...

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    Measure would extend statute of limitations on sex crimes

    by  • April 8, 2014

    Illinois lawmakers have advanced legislation changing the statute of limitations for prosecuting some sexual assaults. The proposal passed the state Senate on Monday without opposition. Under the measure, the amount of time it takes for a DNA evidence kit to be entered into a state police database would not count against the time frame...

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    Madigan warns of ATM hackers

    by  • April 8, 2014

    The Illinois attorney general is warning residents about hackers gaining unauthorized access to bank accounts and illegally withdrawing money from ATMs. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says the warning follows a report by federal banking regulators that there has been an increase in the number of illegal withdrawals from banks. Authorities say criminals are...

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    Tactical team fails to apprehend Marion County fugitive

    by  • April 1, 2014

    Police activity led to the Highway 161 exit being temporarily closed Tuesday, as tactical officers attempted to find a Marion County fugitive. Officers were in place from Tuesday afternoon until late Tuesday night as they searched for 22-year-old John Morton, a fugitive who fled before turning himself in to begin serving a 25 year...

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