• Man pleads guilty to escape from Marion federal prison

    by  • September 30, 2013

    A 75-year old Indiana man, Donald E. Bruce, of Elberfeld, pleaded guilty in United States District Court in Benton on an indictment charging him with escaping from the federal prison camp at Marion, 13 years ago, according Stephen R. Wigginton, United States attorney for the southern district of Illinois. The indictment, returned by a...

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    Wanted man from standoff captured in Harrisburg

    by  • September 30, 2013

    Authorities in southeastern Illinois have arrested a 39-year-old man wanted after escaping from a standoff from late last week in Gallatin County. Brian Potts was taken into custody around 6 yesterday morning at a home outside of Harrisburg. Potts had been on the run since last Thursday when he was holed up in an...

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    Body of missing southern Illinois woman found

    by  • September 30, 2013

    Authorities in southern Illinois’ Hamilton County say the body of a 43-year-old woman has been found days after she went missing. Coroner Ronald Ewald says an autopsy was planned for Monday on Susan Dunlap’s body. She was found Sunday in a wooded area near McLeansboro, not far from her home. Dunlap was last seen...

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    Ex-IDOC employee gets 21 months for embezzlement

    by  • September 30, 2013

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A former Illinois Department of Corrections accounting employee will serve 21 months in federal prison after admitting to embezzling more than $50,000 from a fund meant to benefit prison workers killed in the line of duty. U.S. District Judge Sue Myerscough (MYE’-erz-kauf) sentenced 47-year-old Mary Ann Bohlen on Monday. Myerscough...

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    Ill. workers paid with fed funds might see layoffs

    by  • September 30, 2013

    CHICAGO (AP) — A budget director for Gov. Pat Quinn says if the federal government shutdown proceeds, Illinois employees paid by federal funds could face temporary layoffs as early as Wednesday. The budget office had no estimates Monday for how many employees would be affected. Abdon Pallasch (PAL’-ish) is Quinn’s assistant budget director. In...

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    Gov’t shutdown could force some campers out of campgrounds

    by  • September 30, 2013

    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is preparing for the closure of all USACE-operated campgrounds and day-use parks nationwide beginning Tuesday, October 1, if the potential shutdown of the federal government for lack of fiscal 2014 funding legislation goes into effect. Affected recreation areas would not reopen until after the shutdown...

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