• Jefferson County warrant sweep captures 22 on drug charges

    by  • August 21, 2013

    On August 21, 2013, members of the Mt. Vernon Police Department/Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department began an effort of locating and arresting several persons wanted on drug related warrants throughout Mt. Vernon and Jefferson County. The warrants were issued by the Jefferson County State’s Attorney’s office and were signed by the Honorable Judge Jo Beth...

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    Pedestrian survives being struck by train in Wamac

    by  • August 21, 2013

    Wamac acting police chief Brooks Alcorn has confirmed that a 50-year-old Centralia man struck by an Amtrak train last night survived the accident. According to Alcorn, 50-year-old Richard Tate was struck by the passenger train as it was entering the rail yard. Brooks says the train was traveling 35 mph when it noticed Tate...

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    Bail set at $150k for Ina man in meth case

    by  • August 20, 2013

    A 41-year-old Ina man is in the Jefferson County Jail, after police raided a home Friday and reportedly found a methamphetamine lab. According to police reports, Jonathan W. Cooper was arrested after police entered the home at 202 Maple Street in Ina and found a large amount of meth and meth making materials. Cooper...

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    Judge warns of telephone scam involving jury duty

    by  • August 20, 2013

    The chief federal judge in southern Illinois is warning citizens not to fall for a telephone scam involving jury duty and possible identity theft. The caller poses as a court official and threatens prosecution for shirking jury duty. The caller then tries to extract confidential data from the call’s recipient. Chief Judge David R....

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    Ill. workers’ comp insurance rate down 4.5 percent

    by  • August 20, 2013

    Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration says the statewide average workers’ compensation rate has dropped 4.5 percent. Officials say the figure set by a national rating agency continues a downward trend that has saved Illinois employers $315 million in insurance premium costs since 2011. The National Council on Compensation Insurance issued the figure Monday. Insurance companies...

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    Centralia gearing up for fall cleanup days

    by  • August 20, 2013

    The City of Centralia would like to announce that this year’s Keep Centralia Beautiful fall city wide cleanup event is scheduled for October 19th, 2013. Any organizations or individuals interesting in volunteering will need to meet at 9 .m. in Fairview Park. Bags will be provided along with vests, gloves & orangatongs for everyone....

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