• FBI opens investigation into VA

    by  • June 12, 2014

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The FBI says it has opened a criminal investigation into the Department of Veterans Affairs. The move comes as Congress takes steps to help thousands of military veterans who’ve been dealing with long wait times for VA medical care. FBI Director James Comey says the probe is being led by the...

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    Salem postal carrier recognized for heroic act

    by  • June 12, 2014

    METROPOLIS — Seven postal workers from southern Illinois were recognized Thursday for heroism, and one is from Salem. These are people who did more than deliver the mail, coming to the aid of customers in one way or another. Israel Fontanez helped an 80-year old resident of Salem. The woman had fallen outside her...

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    Local officers carry torch for Special Olympics

    by  • June 12, 2014

    CENTRALIA — Local law enforcement agencies got some exercise for a good cause Wednesday in the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run. Five Centralia police officers carried the torch 2.5 miles Wednesday afternoon from the intersection of Calumet and Elm streets in Centralia, to the Citgo station in Central City, where they passed the torch...

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    Mt. Vernon woman found dead, foul play not suspected

    by  • June 12, 2014

    MT. VERNON — The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call around 7:30 Wednesday night, reporting a possibly deceased subject at 1323 North 12th Street in Mt. Vernon. The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Jefferson Rural Fire Protection District, and Litton’s Ambulance personnel initially responded. A short time later, Illinois State Police Crime Scene...

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