Vehicle Catches Fire after Being Struck by Lightning on I-57

MT. VERNON – The Jefferson Rural Fire Protection District is reporting that a SUV caught fire Sunday night after being struck by lightning while traveling northbound on Interstate 57. According to reports, Caleb Thompson was traveling I-57 on his way to Wisconsin from Texas. Thompson was not injured. The lightning apparently entered the vehicle through

Jury Selection to Begin in Bluford School Embezzlement Case

MT. VERNON – Jury selection is scheduled to begin today with a trial this week in the Jefferson County embezzlement case against a former Webber Township School District Administrator. Attorney General Lisa Madigan charged 56-year-old Sabrina Wheatley in November 2016, with Class X felony theft of government property in excess of $100,000, Class 3 felony

Illinois Pastor Unpaid for FBI, Police Tips Made 2 Years Ago

GOLCONDA, Ill. (AP) — A southern Illinois pastor says he still hasn’t received reward money for a tip he gave two years ago to the FBI and police about a man accused of shooting an officer. Sulphur Springs Baptist Church Pastor John Kunath told authorities in 2016 that he believed Dracy Pendleton shot a Mahomet

SIU Trustees Vote for Ending Randy Dunn’s Presidency

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — The Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees on Monday approved a separation agreement ending Randy Dunn’s tenure as the school’s president. After voting unanimously for the deal, the board also approved the hiring of J. Kevin Dorsey, a former dean of SIU School of Medicine, as interim president. With the separation

Benton Woman Goes to Jail for Domestic Battery

BENTON – A Benton woman was arrested and charged with domestic battery after Benton Police were called out to the 400 block of South DuQuoin Street Sunday about a domestic disturbance. Police say 29-year-old Vanessa D. Swanson was taken to the Franklin County Jail.

Carbondale Police Working to Identify Retail Theft Suspects

CARBONDALE – Carbondale Police need you help in identifying suspects in a retail theft investigation. Police say around 7:40 p.m. on July 1, an unknown man and woman entered the American Tap on South Illinois Avenue where the man concealed merchandise and left the store without paying. Anyone who can identify the suspects or has