• Two receive prison sentences in Jefferson County

    by  • December 19, 2013

    Twop people have been sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to various crimes in Jefferson County, according to State’s Attorney Douglas R. Hoffman. Jennifer N. Craig, 36, of Mount Vernon was sentenced to four and a half years in prison for unlawful delivery of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a church and...

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    Ina arrest may uncover identity theft ring

    by  • December 19, 2013

    According to Ina police, a traffic stop may have uncovered an identity theft ring. Jacequeline Elibert Martinez Lazo, 24, was taken into custody early Tuesday morning after an officer stopped her car on Interstate 57. Police say Lazo was speeding and under the influence of drugs. During a search of her car, officers reportedly...

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    Bail set for three charged in missing man’s murder

    by  • December 19, 2013

    Bail has been set for three individuals in connection with the death of Effingham man. Three suspects in the murder of Effingham resident Joseph Delaney made their first court appearances on Wednesday. Bail was set at $1 million for 57-year-old Christine Burr, who is being charged with three counts of first degree murder and...

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    Three teens arrested for carjacking woman and her 7-yo son

    by  • December 19, 2013

    Fairview Heights police say three teenagers used a pellet gun to hijack a woman’s vehicle before fleeing police and crashing into a ditch. The Belleville News-Democrat says that the two 15-year-old suspects and a 13-year-old from Washington Park were arrested after the Tuesday night incident. There’s no immediate word on any charges. No injuries...

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    Odin man pleads guilty to sexually assaulting child

    by  • December 18, 2013

    A 56-year-old Odin man has pleaded guilty Tuesday in Marion County court to two Class X felony counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child. Patrick Lyons was arrested in May for committing sex acts starting in 2007 and continuing for two years with a five-year old girl who he would occasionally babysit...

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    ICC approves increase to Ameren gas delivery rates

    by  • December 18, 2013

    The Illinois Commerce Commission today approved new natural gas delivery rates for Ameren Illinois customers, following a months-long financial review and hearings. The Commission voted to allow Ameren Illinois to increase rates that are expected to generate approximately $32 million in new annual revenue, a 10.02 percent increase over current revenue. The company initially...

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