• Dozens of amendments filed in conceal carry

    by  • February 26, 2013

    house floor

    More than two dozen amendments involving the issue of carrying concealed weapons in Illinois could be debated on the house floor beginning today. House speaker Michael Madigan has set up a seldom-used process to allow legislators to submit amendments covering different topics involving the issue. Lawmakers filed 27 amendments — including whether a law...

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    One in custody after weekend meth lab bust

    by  • February 26, 2013

    There was a meth lab bust over the weekend involving the Jefferson County Sheriff’s office and the Mount Vernon Police Department’s Joint Narcotics Unit. According to the sheriff’s office, they received a call just after 8 p.m. on Friday that there was a suspicious odor at a residence on the 100 block of West...

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    Two arrested after High Risk Team serves warrants

    by  • February 26, 2013

    On Monday the Mt. Vernon Police Department High Risk Team served narcotic related search warrants at two Mt. Vernon residences, which resulted in the arrests of two individuals. The first warrant was served at 402 Herbert and resulted in crack cocaine, cannabis and currency being recovered. The resident was not at home and charges...

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    Ret. Mt. Vernon judge urges 17-year-old treated as juveniles

    by  • February 26, 2013

    Judge George Timberlake

    Illinois should stop automatically treating 17-year-olds charged with felonies as adults, a state juvenile justice advisory group recommended Tuesday. The Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission, a 24-member advisory group chaired by retired chief judge George Timberlake of Mount Vernon, issued its report after examining the impact of a 2010 change in state law. Before 2010,...

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    Mt. Vernon fire claims life of disabled woman

    by  • February 26, 2013

    fatal fire

    According to the Mt. Vernon Fire Department, a disabled woman was killed in a fire that damaged the home where she lived Tuesday morning. Reports say 63-year-old Donna Romono was pronounced dead at the scene of the residential fire in the 2000 block of College Avenue in Mt. Vernon. Mt. Vernon police reportedly arrived...

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