• State agrees to paper applications for concealed carry permits

    by  • December 18, 2013

    State officials have changed their minds about the kind of applications they’ll accept from people who want concealed carry permits. After saying the Illinois State Police would only accept online applications, the Quinn administration says that beginning in July paper applications will also be accepted. The online application process begins next month. In similar...

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    Red Bud girl’s “kill list” posed no actual threat

    by  • December 18, 2013

    Police in southern Illinois’ Red Bud say they’ve concluded that a sixth-grade girl’s list of schoolmates she wanted to kill posed no actual threat. Reports say the unidentified girl’s so-called “kill list” involving 11 students was discovered Friday. Police investigated and have told parents there’s nothing to fear. Police and school administrators say the...

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    State moving to fire IDOC official with criminal history

    by  • December 18, 2013

    One thing appears to beat clout in Illinois and that’s bad press. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the state is moving to fire a $111,432-a-year Illinois prison official after the publication revealed earlier this month the man’s lengthy criminal history. Xadrian R. McCraven was placed on paid leave Monday afternoon, said Tom Shaer, a...

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    Centralia teen charged with multiple counts battery

    by  • December 18, 2013

    Another One Hope United resident was arrested by Centralia police Tuesday, after multiple incidents landed him in the Marion County jail. Shannon I. Barnes, 17-year-old, was charged Wednesday in Marion County court with two Class 2 counts of aggravated battery to a peace officer, a Class 3 count of aggravated battery to a school...

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    One Hope resident charged in child sex assault

    by  • December 18, 2013

    A 17-year-old resident of One Hope United was arrested Tuesday morning by Centralia police for alleged sexual assault of a 12-year-old girl. Phinique L.D. Jones was formally charged in Marion County court Wednesday morning, with two Class X counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a victim under the age of 13. According to...

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    Stoops facing over 30 years for injuries to infant son

    by  • December 17, 2013

    A 25-year-old Central City man was charged Tuesday in Marion County court with two felonies in connection with the injuries sustained by his 2-month old infant son. Jeffrey A. Stoops was formally charged Tuesday with Class X felony aggravated battery to a child under the age of 13 resulting in permanent disability and Class...

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