• Murder charged in 2nd Menard prison inmate death

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    According to The Southern, a first-degree murder charge has been filed against a Menard Correctional Center prisoner in connection with the Feb. 25 death of inmate Yusuf Abuzir. Donald Hazzard, 23, was scheduled to be released from Menard today. Instead, Hazzard will be transferred to Randolph County Jail and held on $750,000 bond for...

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    Communities ready for Tuesday election

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    The local consolidated elections will be held Tuesday, with the last day for early voting, grace period registration and early voting, as well as in person absentee voting held  from 9 a.m. until noon tomorrow at the Marion county courthouse. According to Marion County Clerk Steve Fox, he anticipates less than 15 percent turnout...

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    Three facing felony charges in meth bust

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    Three people were arraigned today in Marion County Court, after sheriff’s deputies allegedly found more than one ounce of finished methamphetamine in a Centralia apartment late Wednesday. Deputies reportedly discovered two portable “shake and bake” meth labs in a garage apartment in the 800 block of north cherry street, after going to the apartment...

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    Too few mine inspectors, says state audit

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    State auditors say the Illinois Department of Natural Resources didn’t employ enough mine-safety inspectors the past two years to comply with state law.  An Illinois auditor general’s report released yesterday says the department had 10 inspectors for more than 40 mines. The state Coal Mining Act calls for at least 16 inspectors. DNR Spokesman...

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    JCSO to layoff more deputies

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    Jefferson County’s loss of a federal deal to house immigration detainees means it’ll be laying off three sheriff’s deputies. The Jefferson County Board signed off on the job cuts Thursday night, and they’ll take effect in 45 days. The U.S. government last year stopped housing federal immigration and customs inmates at the Mount Vernon...

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    18 charged with trafficking focused on Chicago

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    The FBI in Chicago says more than a dozen reputed associates of the Black Disciples street gang have been arrested on federal drug and gun charges. A statement today from the agency says the arrests are part of an ongoing investigation into alleged trafficking in the Altgeld Gardens area on Chicago’s South Side. The...

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