• Child identified in Pinckneyville drowning

    by  • June 18, 2014

    PINCKNEYVILLE — A 4-year-old girl has drowned in a friend’s swimming pool in the southern Illinois city of Pinckneyville. Pinckneyville Police Chief John Griffin says the girl, now identified as Taylor Laxton, was likely under water for more than ten minutes before someone found her. Authorities call the Monday drowning a “tremendously tragic accident.”...

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    Man charged in fellow inmate’s death

    by  • June 18, 2014

    PINCKNEYVILLE — A man has been charged in connection with the September 23 death of a Pinckneyville Correctional Center inmate. Austin M. Sherfy, 22, of Barry, was charged Friday with one count of involuntary manslaughter and one count of aggravated battery in the death of Paul Rhoden, while both men were incarcerated at Pinckneyville...

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    Fugitive’s bond forfeited to Marion County

    by  • June 18, 2014

    SALEM — Bond for a 23-year-old Kell man has been forfeited to the county Wednesday, after the defendant repeatedly has failed to appear in court – or to begin serving his 25-year prison sentence. John A. Morton had pleaded guilty in March to the 2012 aggravated battery of his infant son, causing permanent brain...

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    Jury acquits Centralia man of rape charge

    by  • June 18, 2014

    SALEM — A Marion County jury has found a 33-year-old Centralia man not guilty of all charges in a three-day trial in which he was accused of rape and domestic battery. Jamie Merritt was acquitted on both a Class 1 felony criminal sexual assault by force and Class 2 aggravated domestic battery including strangling....

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    Child abuse a growing problem in southern Illinois

    by  • June 18, 2014

    CARBONDALE (AP) — New data shows child abuse is a growing problem in downstate Illinois. On Tuesday, local experts gathered at SIU to look for solutions. The new information comes from the department of children and family services. Child welfare expert Dana Weiner says ten years ago they were seeing about a 50-50 split...

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    U.S. senators propose 12-cent per gallon gas tax increase

    by  • June 18, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) – Two senators unveiled a bipartisan plan Wednesday to raise federal gasoline and diesel taxes for the first time in more than two decades, pitching the proposal as a solution to Congress’ struggle to pay for highway and transit programs. The plan offered by Sens. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., and Bob Corker, R-Tenn.,...

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