• US government sues Carbondale tax preparer

    by  • July 23, 2013

    EAST ST. LOUIS — (AP) — The U.S. government wants a judge to block to an Illinois man from working as a tax preparer, alleging he routinely cheats the Treasury Department for clients. The Justice Department’s seeks an injunction that would forbid 60-year-old Ronald Manis of Carbondale from preparing tax returns for others. The...

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    Ex-trooper blamed in deadly crash seeks license

    by  • July 23, 2013

    MOUNT VERNON — (AP) — A hearing officer is weighing whether to restore the Illinois driver’s license of a former state trooper blamed for a 2007 freeway crash in that killed two sisters. The Belleville News-Democrat reports that Matt Mitchell said during Tuesday’s hearing in Mount Vernon that he’ll never drive again in Illinois....

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    Injuries lead to toy recall

    by  • July 23, 2013

    Kids II of Atlanta, Ga., is recalling more than 400,000 Baby Einstein Musical Motion Activity Jumpers in the U.S. and Canada. The “sun” toy attachment on the activity jumper can rebound with force and injure the infant. The firm has received 100 reports of incidents including 61 injuries. Reported injuries include bruises, lacerations to...

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    Heavy weekend rain leaves flooding in its wake

    by  • July 22, 2013

    Heavy rainfall over the weekend caused problems in a number of communities in the listening area. In the villages of Kell and Iuka on Sunday, multiple roads were impassable due to standing water. The Marion County Sheriff’s Department received reports of Iuka Road north of Route 161 having between six and eight inches of...

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    Buckner police officer facing manslaughter charges

    by  • July 22, 2013

    A 59-year-old law enforcement official in Buckner is facing involuntary manslaughter charges. William McKinney had been under investigation following the death of 62-year-old Roy Barnhart earlier this month in Franklin county. The investigation stemmed from when McKinney and a Christopher police officer responded to a report about a fight taking place at a home...

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    Centralia man arrested at Mt. Vernon hotel

    by  • July 22, 2013

    A 33-year-old Centralia man is in the Jefferson County Jail, following a Saturday night incident at a hotel in Mt. Vernon. According to the Mt. Vernon Police Department, they responded to a call at approximately 8:38 p.m. Saturday at the America’s Best Value Inn, that Brooks J. Sides of Centralia had allegedly strangled and...

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