Carmi Woman Sentenced for White County Burglary

MCLEANSBORO – A Carmi woman has been sentenced to four years in state prison for burglary. Hamilton County State’s Attorney Justin Hood says 43-year-old Heather L. Browning will also serve two years of mandatory supervised release once she is released from prison. Browning was originally placed on probation in Hamilton County on Oct. 15, 2015,

Hamilton Unit 10 Purchases Property for Transportation Department

MCLEANSBORO – The Hamilton County Unit 10 School District Wednesday closed on a piece of property that will become the district’s new transportation department. Supt. Jeff Fetcho tells us the district will move the transportation department to the former Kirk’s Auto site located at 1108 E. Randolph St. in McLeansboro. Fetcho says the transition to

Mexican, Honduran National Sentenced for Being in U.S. Illegally

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS – Two illegal aliens have been sentenced for unlawfully entering the United States. According to U.S. Attorney Donald S. Boyce, 33-year-old Jose Donaldo Vazques-Santelis of Honduras will spend five years in prison and 40-year-old Vicente Santiago-Castro of Mexico will spend 16 months in prison after both men were previously removed by immigration officials.

Anna Man Sentenced to Prison for Sex Abuse

JONESBORO – An Anna man has been sentenced to four years in state prison for aggravated criminal sexual abuse – a Class 2 felony. Union County State’s Attorney Tyler Edmonds says 68-year-old Stewart Everett Gowan will also serve a two year period of mandatory supervised release and must register as a sex offender for life.

Shawneetown Man Faces Sexual Assault Charge Involving Children

MCLEANSBORO – A Shawneetown man was arrested Monday in Saline County and charged with five counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child. According to Hamilton County State’s Attorney Justin Hood, the counts against Rick R. Horton allege that the crimes were committed between 2006 and 2009 with three different victims. All counts are

Semi Driver Killed in Jefferson County Crash

MT. VERNON – A Willowbrook, Illinois man died in a semi crash around 8:50 Monday night on I-57 in Jefferson County. Illinois State Police say 74-year-old William R. Calabretta was driving his semi north on I-57 at milepost 88.5 when the semi traveled off the roadway, across the center median and the southbound lanes of

McLeansboro Man Sentenced for Residential Burglary

MCLEANSBORO –  A McLeansboro man was recently sentenced to six-and-a-half years in state prison for residential burglary – a Class 1 felony. Hamilton County State’s Attorney Justin Hood says 19-year-old Justin D. Karnes will also serve two years of mandatory supervised release after he is released from prison. Hood says Karnes admitted to breaking into