Benton Police Report for July 17

BENTON – A West Frankfort man was arrested and charged for theft after Benton Police were sent to the 1200 block of North Maple Street in reference to a theft complaint Tuesday. Police say 22-year-old Tyler J. Bethune was taken to the Franklin County Jail. A Benton resident was arrested by Benton Police Tuesday on

Boy Killed in Semi Roller Crash on I-57 near Dongola

DONGOLA – A 12-year-old boy died in a semi rollover over crash Thursday on southbound I-57 near Dongola. Illinois State Police say the semi, driven by 34-year-old Robert James Peterson of Killeen, Texas, was driving south on I-57 near milepost 23 when the semi exited the interstate to the right striking a ditch. The semi

Fire Claims One Home, Damages Another in West Frankfort

WEST FRANKFORT – West Frankfort firefighters were assisted by several area fire departments early Thursday morning in putting out a house fire that spread to a neighboring home in the 900 block of South Jackson Street. According to a post on the Southern Illinois Fire Incidents Facebook page, one home was unoccupied at the time

West Nile Virus Detected in Jackson County Mosquitoes

MURPHYSBORO – Routine mosquito testing has identified the first batch of mosquitoes positive for West Nile virus in Jackson County in 2018. The mosquitoes were collected on July 18 in and around Murphysboro.   West Nile virus is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito that has picked up the virus by feeding on an infected

Authorities Looking for Escaped Inmate from Pulaski County

ULLIN – Authorities in Southern Illinois are searching for an inmate that escaped from the Pulaski County Detention Center in Ullin. According to jail officials, two inmates escaped from the facility, but one has been caught. A description of the escapee on the loose, how the inmates escaped, their identities, when it happened and other

Marion Police Report for July 7-14

MARION – The following information was provided by the Marion Police Department for July 7-14, 2018: Marissa Furlow, 25, of Marion was arrested for Violation of Bail Bond on July 7, 2018 in the 700 block of North Fair Street. Angel Deshazier, 39, of Marion was arrested for Criminal Trespass to Property on July 7,

Suspect Sought for Trying to Steal Gaming Systems from Marion Walmart

MARION – Marion Police are looking for a suspect who attempted to steal two computer gaming systems from Walmart in Marion on June 19. The suspect fled the store and left in a dark, four-door vehicle around 4:30 p.m.  If anyone recognizes this suspect, please contact Marion Police at 993-2124. Photos: Marion Police