• Mt. Vernon man airlifted after I-57 accident

    by  • March 12, 2014

    Two people were injured in a crash Tuesday afternoon on Interstate 57. It happened around 1:30 p.m. on northbound I-57 at mile post 66. Illinois State Police say a 2008 GMC Denali SUV hit a attachment on the back of an IDOT truck that was stopped in the left lane. Police say the IDOT...

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    Centralia man sentenced on burglary charge

    by  • March 12, 2014

    A 20-year-old Centralia man was sentenced Tuesday in Marion County court to five years TASC probation after he pleaded guilty to residential burglary. Dereck Woods was arrested in December for an August residential burglary after fingerprints indicated he had been in the home where a large amount of jewelry had been taken when the...

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    Timing of hearing on prison chief called “peculiar”

    by  • March 12, 2014

    KURT ERICKSONĀ  The Southern Springfield Bureau SPRINGFIELD — A Senate panel charged with vetting Gov. Pat Quinn’s appointees has scheduled a hearing on at least two controversial nominees for the day before next week’s primary election. The Democrat-led panel is scheduled to hear testimony on Illinois Department of Corrections Director S.A. “Tony” Godinez and...

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    Man gets 4 years in prison for sex trafficking

    by  • March 12, 2014

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Chicago man has been sentenced to more than four years in prison for sex trafficking involving two female victims. Jamall Brown was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in St. Louis. Authorities say Brown advertised the prostitution services on Backpage.com. Brown drove the victims to St. Louis and Denver,...

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    Manhunt in Marion County for escaped felon

    by  • March 12, 2014

    Area law enforcement, including Marion County Sheriff’s deputies and Illinois State Police, along with ESDA officials have been searching for a 22-year-old Kell man Wednesday, after he fled a vehicle taking him to report to jail so he could begin serving a 25-year prison sentence. John Morton reportedly jumped from his father’s vehicle and...

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