• New ‘RICO’ law leads to street gang arrests

    by  • June 13, 2013

    (AP) — The use of a new Illinois racketeering law has resulted in the arrest of dozens of members of a West Side Chicago street gang. Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez announced Thursday racketeering and conspiracy charges were filed against 23 defendants who are primarily top leaders and members of the Black Souls...

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    Coroner: S. Illinois police chief kills self

    by  • June 13, 2013

    (AP) — A coroner says a southwestern Illinois police chief who was suspended after being accused of felony misconduct has committed suicide. St. Clair County Coroner Rick Stone says 56-year-old J.D. Roth died Thursday of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at his Fairview Heights home. Prosecutors charged the former Caseyville police chief last month with...

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    Dahlgren People’s bank robbed

    by  • June 13, 2013

    A late morning bank robbery in Hamilton County is under investigation. People’s National Bank in Dahlgren was reportedly robbed a little before 11:30 Thursday morning. Authorities say an African American man displayed a weapon and demanded money. The suspect then managed to leave the bank on foot. We’ll have more details as they become...

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    Sheriff slams conceal carry measure

    by  • June 13, 2013

    Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart says the concealed carry bill recently passed by the Illinois legislature is “fatally flawed.” Dart says the measure’s permitting process wouldn’t stop some people from having guns who shouldn’t have them. Dart made the assertion in a letter Wednesday to Gov. Pat Quinn that was obtained by the Associated...

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    Mt. Vernon man facing DUI charges for head-on collision

    by  • June 13, 2013

    A 51-year-old Jefferson County man is facing DUI and aggravated DUI accident in a school zone with bodily harm charges, after an accident in Mt. Vernon that sent four Mt. Vernon residents to the hospital. According to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, the accident occurred at approximately 11 o’clock Tuesday night on Illinois 142...

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    Centralia man pleads guilty to home invasion

    by  • June 13, 2013

    A Centralia man pleaded guilty Wednesday to a 2012 Class X felony home invasion. In exchange for 57-year-old William F. Gegan’s plea, a felony firearm possession charge was dismissed. Gegan will be sentenced July 31st. Gegan reportedly forced his way into a Marquis Drive residence where he confronted a person there with a 22-caliber...

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