West Frankfort Residents Arrested on Meth Charges

West Frankfort Residents Arrested on Meth Charges

WEST FRANKFORT – Two West Frankfort residents – 48-year-old James Melvin and 51-year-old Theresa Martin – were arrested on drug-related offenses after methamphetamine and firearms were seized at a home in West Frankfort by the Southern Illinois Drug Task Force (SIDTF), West Frankfort Police Department and Franklin County Sheriff’s Department Wednesday. Officials said a search warrant was…

Carmi Man Booked for Child Porn After Investigation and Warrant

Carmi Man Booked for Child Porn After Investigation and Warrant

CARMI – Carmi Police Thursday arrested a Carmi man for child pornography. Carmi Police Chief Jason Carter said the White County Sheriff’s Department, Carmi Police and the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force executed a search warrant at 696 County Rd. 1100 North in Carmi in regards to a lengthy investigation into child pornography possession. Following the…

First Illinois Minimum Wage Increase Beginning Jan. 1, Second in July

First Illinois Minimum Wage Increase Beginning Jan. 1, Second in July

SPRINGFIELD – In under a month, employers with minimum-wage employees in Illinois will have to raise wages per the $15 minimum wage measure signed by Governor J.B. Pritzker earlier this year. On New Year’s Day, Illinois minimum wage will raise to $9.25 an hour, with a second increase to $10 an hour on July 1.…

Granite City Man Arrested Following High-Speed Chase in Stolen Vehicle

Granite City Man Arrested Following High-Speed Chase in Stolen Vehicle

MT. VERNON – A 42-year-old Granite City man is being held in the Jefferson County Jail following a high-speed pursuit Tuesday night that ended on Interstate 57. Bobby Smith was reportedly traveling eastbound on Interstate 64 at more than 101 miles per hour near the 61 mile marker in a vehicle that was reported by OnStar as…

Accidental Death in Lake of Egypt Neighborhood Under Investigation

Accidental Death in Lake of Egypt Neighborhood Under Investigation

LAKE OF EGYPT – The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an apparent accidental death that happened Wednesday afternoon in a Lake of Egypt neighborhood. Williamson County Sheriff Bennie Vick said around 1:45 p.m., Williamson County deputies and the Lake of Egypt Fire Department were dispatched to what was initially thought to be a vehicle fire with…

Wabash Communications Receives $13 Million to Expand Services

Wabash Communications Receives $13 Million to Expand Services

LOUISVILLE – Wabash Communications was awarded nearly $13 million Wednesday to expand broadband internet services to rural areas of Jefferson and Wayne County. The grant/loan combination award from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will be used to install almost 300 miles of fiber internet lines in northeastern Jefferson and western Wayne Counties. Among those in…

Tower Square Christmas Event Coming Dec. 14-15 in Marion

Tower Square Christmas Event Coming Dec. 14-15 in Marion

MARION – The City of Marion will host a downtown Christmas event around Tower Square on Saturday, Dec. 14 and Sunday, Dec. 15 from 2 to 8 p.m. each day, weather permitting. Cody Moake, Mayor Mike Absher’s chief of staff, said the upcoming activities should help create a “great event.”   The ice skating fee is $10…

Dahlgren Man Arrested on Multiple Charges After Reckless Driving

Dahlgren Man Arrested on Multiple Charges After Reckless Driving

MCLEANSBORO – A Dahlgren man will face multiple charges after Hamilton County Sheriff’s deputies were sent to Illinois 14 west of McLeansboro for a report of a reckless driver traveling east towards McLeansboro around 5:45 p.m. Tuesday. Hamilton County Sheriff Tracy Lakin said deputies intercepted the vehicle driven by 56-year-old Alan Rubenacker near the intersection of…

Carmi Man Hospitalized After Motorcycle Crash with Deer

Carmi Man Hospitalized After Motorcycle Crash with Deer

ELDORADO – A Carmi man was in a crash involving his motorcycle and a deer early Wednesday morning in Saline County. According to Illinois State Police, 40-year-old John McKay was traveling north on US 45, a quarter mile north of Eldorado, when a deer entered the roadway around 12:40 a.m. McKay was unable to avoid striking the…

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