• Courthouse relaxing new dress code

    by  • August 21, 2013 • 0 Comments

    An area courthouse is relaxing its recently overhauled dress code to allow visitors to wear to shorts — if they’re long enough. Jefferson County Officials began enforcing a new dress code this week. The rules also banned pajamas, house slippers, hats, tank tops, muscle shirts and halter tops along with inappropriate or offensive logos....

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    Judge rules against casinos in Blagojevich-linked case

    by  • August 21, 2013 • 0 Comments

    A judge in a long-running civil case has ruled against casinos that claimed Illinois legislators passed laws helping competitors in the racetrack industry under pressure from then-gov. Rod Blagojevich. Federal judge Matthew Kennelly says there’s no evidence lawmakers imposed a tax on casinos, with proceeds going to racetracks, only after Blagojevich sought donations from...

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    Parents going to trial in abuse case

    by  • August 21, 2013 • 0 Comments

    A Centralia couple is being held for trial for repeatedly striking a one month old girl, causing her permanent disability. Blake Cook, 21, yesterday waived preliminary hearing and formal arraignment. He’ll go to trial in October. Next pre-trial hearing is September 17th. A family member told police the child was bruised, but the baby’s...

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    Business owners charged with selling synthetic drugs

    by  • August 21, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Four people have been indicted by a Franklin County grand jury for allegedly possessing and delivering drugs out of a Benton business. The owners of the smoke break, 46-year-old Daniel Schmechel and 44-year-old Cindy Schmechel, both of Mount Vernon along with 62-year-old Dorothy Williams of Valier and 30-year-old Erin Williams of Mount Vernon are...

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    Illinois teen pleads guilty to having explosives

    by  • August 21, 2013 • 0 Comments

    A southwestern Illinois teen has pleaded guilty in federal court to possessing explosive devices in his home. Thomas Lee Stanton is 18-years-old. He was a student at O’Fallon Township High School when he was arrested in April. Prosecutors say Stanton entered the guilty plea in East St. Louis federal court on Tuesday to unlawfully...

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