• Coroner investigating Choate resident’s death

    by  • January 22, 2013 • 1 Comment

    We have confirmed at this hour the death of a Choate Developmental Center resident. Union County Coroner Phil Hillman said his office is in the early stages of an investigation into the incident and could not comment. Choate is located in Anna, Illinois and is a residential provider for the developmentally disabled. Januari Smith,...

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    Sandoval recognizes emergency volunteers

    by  • January 21, 2013 • 0 Comments

    It’s Martin Luther King Jr., day, a holiday during which we recognize the slain civil rights leader and for which most schools, banks and government offices are closed. The holiday also means volunteering, and the Serve Illinois Commission is promoting the day off from school and work as a day of service. Scott McFarland,...

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    Charges dropped against Iuka man

    by  • January 21, 2013 • 0 Comments

    A 39-year-old Iuka man was released Friday from the Marion county jail after charges against him were dropped. Just hours before his release, Jason Benjamin Vaughn had been arrested by Marion County Sheriff’s deputies for alleged improper sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl. The girl and her grandparents filed a complaint alleging the contact...

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    Former governor due for prison release

    by  • January 21, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Reports from Chicago say former Illinois governor George Ryan could be out of prison and back in the state by the end of January.  Ryan reportedly qualified for an early release program and could head to a Chicago halfway house by January 30th.  Ryan has been serving just over six years at a federal...

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    Near overdose leads to arrest

    by  • January 21, 2013 • 0 Comments

    A Centralia woman is facing heroin possession charges after a potentially fatal heroin overdose Thursday afternoon. Lenzie Pracht, 29, was found at the CVS parking lot suffering from an apparent heroin overdose. Rescuers were able to restore breathing and the victim was hospitalized. Pracht was arrested for possession of heroin and obstructing justice after...

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