Three Deaths Due to COVID-19 Reported in Southern Illinois

Three Deaths Due to COVID-19 Reported in Southern Illinois

SPRINGFIELD – State health officials Tuesday announced 4,000 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Illinois, including 46 additional deaths. Three deaths were reported among two counties in southern Illinois. The total number of cases since the pandemic began in Illinois has raised to 382,985 including 9,568 deaths. Local case breakdown: Williamson County: 25, two deaths…

Four Charged in Sunday Morning Shooting in Carbondale

Four Charged in Sunday Morning Shooting in Carbondale

Pictured above (left to right): Malik Wright, Jajuan Smith   CARBONDALE – Four people have been charged in an early Sunday morning shooting in Carbondale. According to Carbondale Police, 25-year-old Malik Wright, 22-year-old JaJuan Smith, and two male juvenile ages 16 and 16, all from Carbondale, were arrested for their involvement in the incident. Police…

Mt. Vernon Man to Possibly Change Plea in Child Pornography Case

Mt. Vernon Man to Possibly Change Plea in Child Pornography Case

MT. VERNON – A 32-year-old Mt. Vernon man charged in Jefferson County Court with multiple counts of possessing child pornography has scheduled a possible change of plea next week. Philip Borcherding is facing 10 Class X felony counts of possessing child pornography depicting a victim under the age of 13. He’s remained in the Jefferson…

Over 150 New COVID-19 Cases Reported in Southern Illinois

Over 150 New COVID-19 Cases Reported in Southern Illinois

SPRINGFIELD – State health officials Monday reported 4,729 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Illinois, including 17 additional deaths. Saline County led local case numbers, with Union second among area counties. The total number of cases since the pandemic began in Illinois raises to 378,985, including 9,522 deaths. Local case breakdown: Saline County: 35 Union…

Two Injured in Rear-End Crash in Gallatin County

Two Injured in Rear-End Crash in Gallatin County

GALLATIN COUNTY – Two people are recovering follow a two-vehicle crash in Gallatin County Sunday afternoon. According to Illinois State Police, a 2012 silver Chrysler 200 driven by a 17-year-old female from Harrisburg failed rear-ended a 2019 white Dodge Charger, driven by a 17-year-old male from Eldorado, which was driving south on Illinois 142 approaching…

One Taken Into Custody After Reported Fire in Cleburne

One Taken Into Custody After Reported Fire in Cleburne

CLEBURNE – A person was taken into custody over the weekend after Zeigler firefighters responded to a reported house fire on Gannett Road in Cleburne. According to a post on the Zeigler Fire Department’s Facebook page, when firefighters arrived, police were requested, and units pulled back due to a person possessing lighter fluid and armed…

Suspicious Christopher House Fire Under Investigation

Suspicious Christopher House Fire Under Investigation

CHRISTOPHER – Firefighters from Christopher, Zeigler and Benton responded to a house fire considered suspicious by officials early Monday morning on West 15th Street in Christopher. According to Christopher Police, one woman was sent to the hospital. Information about her injuries has not been released. The home is being treated as a crime scene and the…

Fifth Person Charged in Death of 19-Year-Old Olney Man

Fifth Person Charged in Death of 19-Year-Old Olney Man

MT. VERNON – A 43-year-old Mount Vernon woman is the fifth person charged in connection to the murder last month of a 19-year-old man in Olney. On Thursday, Misty D. Whipple was arrested on a Jefferson County warrant charging her with one count of aiding a fugitive for her alleged role in the September 6 murder of…

Early Sunday Fire Burns Fields in Jefferson County

Early Sunday Fire Burns Fields in Jefferson County

JEFFERSON COUNTY – Fire crews spent two hours early Sunday morning battling fires in corn and bean fields and a burning SUV. According to the Jefferson Fire Protection District a 911 call came in around 3:40 a.m. regarding the fires and a man sitting on a nearby porch after he was involved in a car crash. Fire crews found…

Three Teens Killed, Three Injured in Johnson County Crash

Three Teens Killed, Three Injured in Johnson County Crash

JOHNSON COUNTY – Three teens were killed and three more were injured in a single-vehicle crash early Sunday morning in Johnson County. According to Illinois State Police (ISP), around 2:45 a.m., a 2010 black Ford driven by 18-year-old Jordan Davidson of Vienna was driving west on Ozark Road near Locust Street when he ran off…

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