Johnston City Man Sentenced on Methamphetamine Offenses

BENTON – A Johnston City man was sentenced to federal prison Monday for methamphetamine offenses. U.S. Attorney Donald S. Boyce says 22-year-old Julian V. Rodriguez, who had previously pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine and one count of distribution of methamphetamine, was sentenced to 188 months

Monday Afternoon Crash in Carbondale Injures City Cop, Woman

CARBONDALE – A Carbondale Police squad car was involved in a two-car crash Monday afternoon in Carbondale. Illinois State Police say around 4:10, a Carbondale police officer was on duty at Mill Street and University Avenue when he received a radio call indicating another officer needed assistance. The officer stopped at the red light eastbound

Carbondale Encourages Residents to Recycle Old Trash Cans

CARBONDALE – Carbondale residents – who find themselves with unneeded trash cans following the new trash cart rollout – have several options to choose from. Carbondale Public Relations Officer Amy Fox says residents can keep their old can and use it for other purposes, pass it on to someone who needs it, bring it to

Temporary Area Closings during Deer Seasons at Rend Lake

REND LAKE – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Rend Lake says several recreation areas will be closed to all vehicle and foot traffic during the first weekend of this year’s firearm deer season. Areas affected by the closure that begins today and runs through Sunday include the North Sandusky picnic area and campground;

Raleigh Man Sentenced on Sexual Abuse Charges

HARRISBURG – A Raleigh man was sentenced in Saline County Tuesday to 34 years in state prison after being found guilty of three counts of criminal sexual assault and two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse at a bench trial on Oct. 2. Saline County State’s Attorney Jayson Clark says 42-year-old Kevin A. Johnson must

Carbondale Police Officer Involved Shooting Justified

CARBONDALE – Jackson County State’s Attorney Michael Carr says a Carbondale police officer’s response to a shooting incident last month behind a local bar was fully justified under the circumstances. Carr announced his opinion in the case Thursday and added in a letter to Carbondale Police Chief Jeff Grubbs that the ISP captain who supervised

McLeansboro City Council Approves Several Items at Tuesday’s Meeting

MCLEANSBORO – The McLeansboro City Council passed an ordinance establishing an administrative procedure for the Public Safety Employee Benefits Act at Tuesday night’s meeting. In other action, the council approved a TIF reimbursement for Fox Meadows NFP for $75,000, accepted a bid to purchase a police vehicle for $27,572 from Thomas Dodge Chrysler-Jeep in Highland,

Arrest Made in Carbondale Staples Armed Robbery

CARBONDALE – A St. Louis man has been charged in connection with an armed robbery that took place at Staples in Carbondale last Saturday night. Carbondale Police say 33-year-old Tyler D. Johnson is charged with armed robbery and unlawful possession of ammunition. Police say Johnson walked into Staples around 6:30 p.m., displayed a handgun and