• Marion County celebrates first Drug Court graduation

    by  • May 31, 2013

    In celebration of “National Drug Court Month,” the Marion County Drug Court held its first graduation ceremony at 3 p.m. Friday at the Marion County Courthouse. According to a press release from Judge Michael McHaney, who oversees the Marion County Drug Court program, the ceremony marks participants’ completion of an intensive program of comprehensive...

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    Former prison guard charged with gun trafficking

    by  • May 31, 2013

    A former Illinois prison guard is being held for allegedly selling five assault rifles and other guns to a known convicted felon. Dwayne Meeks was arrested by FBI agents after an undercover sting during which a former Illinois prison inmate posed as a gun trafficker. Authorities say Meeks met the buyer when the individual...

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    Lane closure for I-57 at Dix

    by  • May 31, 2013

    Road construction on Monday will close a section of Interstate 57 and an entrance ramp at the Dix interchange. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, they are alerting motorists that the northbound I-57 entrance ramp from west South Street will be closed from 9 a.m. Monday through 9 a.m. Tuesday, when it is...

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    FEMA hiring temporary help

    by  • May 31, 2013

    Federal officials are looking for Illinois residents to assist with getting disaster assistance to thousands affected by the flooding in April. The Federal Emergency Management Agency says 78 temporary, full-time workers are needed in finance and administration, planning, logistics and other fields. Applications can be submitted through the Illinois Department of Employment Security website.

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    AMBER ALERT: Luvell Maurice Dukes

    by  • May 31, 2013

    The Bel Nor Police Department issued an Amber Alert for an 8-year-old boy abducted Thursday from school. suspected of taking Luvell Maurice Dukes.  Chief Scott Ford said Harrell went to the boy’s school with a fake birth certificate to pick up the child. Ford said the boy’s father has no relationship with the child. The name...

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