Humphries Found Fit to Stand Trial

MT. VERNON – A Mt. Vernon man facing robbery and hijacking charges was found to be mentally fit to stand trial in Jefferson County Court on Tuesday. Twenty-four-year-old Anthony Humphries allegedly stole a vehicle on March 7 by use and threat of force with a firearm. Humphries also allegedly stole a cellular device and candy.

JFPD, MVFD Hazmat Respond to Fuel Leak on Interstate 64

MT. VERNON – The Jefferson Fire Protection District and Mt. Vernon Fire Department Hazmat Team responded to an incident on Interstate 64 in Jefferson County just before midnight Monday evening. A fuel leak from a semi was reported near the eastbound rest area around milepost 85. Both crews were able to clean up the scene

Pawar Selects Cairo Mayor as Running Mate in Governor’s Race

CHICAGO (AP) — Democratic candidate for Illinois governor Ameya Pawar has selected Cairo Mayor Tyrone Coleman as his 2018 running mate. Pawar, who is a Chicago alderman, says in a statement Tuesday that Coleman “embodies the struggle that every Illinois family and town is experiencing.” Coleman spent 10 years in the U.S. Marine Corps. He founded Faith

Mt. Vernon Man Sentenced on Home Burglary, Drug Charge

MT. VERNON – A Mt. Vernon man was sentenced to 20 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections Friday. Court reports indicate 49-year-old Willie Vaughn was sentenced to 20 years each on felony charges of residential burglary and possession of heroin. Those sentences will run concurrently. Vaughn had pleaded guilty in May to entering a

Mt. Vernon Drug Raid Leads to Two Arrests

MT. VERNON – An early Friday morning drug raid resulted in two arrests in Mt. Vernon. The joint Mt. Vernon Police Department/Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office High Risk Team served a search warrant at 615 Harrison Street. Twenty-six-year-old James Matthew Hicks and 26-year-old Meghan J. Hicks were taken into custody after quantities of heroin, methamphetamine, cannabis,

CCHS Taking Nominations for First Responder Award

CARBONDALE – Carbondale Community High School is accepting nominations for its First Responder Award. Every year, the school acknowledges the hard work and dedication of first responders throughout Jackson County at a home football game. The CCHS Game Committee is asking community members, families and supervisors to nominate first responders who go above and beyond the

Stevens Has Motions Hearing in Jefferson County Court

MT. VERNON – An Energy man who faces charges for allegedly driving under the influence of cocaine had a motions hearing in Jefferson County Court on Wednesday. Twenty-five-year-old Cole Stevens is accused of killing 18-year-old Emma Caserotti of Mt. Vernon while allegedly driving under the influence of cocaine. Stevens faces a Class 2 Felony charge

MVTHS School Board Names Second Interim Superintendent

MT. VERNON – Mt. Vernon Township High School’s Board of Education unanimously hired its second interim superintendent at a special board meeting Tuesday. Dr. Kelly Stewart joins Marilyn Holt as a part-time interim superintendent for District 201. Stewart was previously superintendent of Benton Consolidated High School until her retirement. Stewart will be paid a per