Coello Man Arrested for Animal Cruelty

BENTON – A Coello man was recently arrested for aggravated cruelty to animals. Franklin County Sheriff Don Jones says further charges are anticipated against 21-year-old Samuel E. Baker. Jones says deputies assisted Franklin County Animal Control officers in serving a search warrant and conducting an ongoing investigation at Baker’s home and property in Coello. Animal

Withers Broadcasting, Dana Communications Win IBA Silver Dome Awards

NORMAL – Withers Broadcasting and Dana Communication brought home several awards from the Illinois Broadcasters Association’s Silver Dome Awards Gala Wednesday night at the Marriott Hotel in Normal. Best Radio Humorous Commercial for Medium Market Radio went to Gavin Murphy and Wes Bennett at WVZA in Marion for Adams Shoe Store The Holidays. Best Radio

Carbonadale Police Investigating Social Media Post

CARBONDALE – A Carbondale Police officer is on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation into a social media post allegedly published by the officer. According to a Carbondale Police press release, the police department immediately initiated a formal personnel investigation into the incident to determine the source and validity of the social

Anna Man Sentenced to Prison for Aggravated Battery of Police Officer

JONESBORO – An Anna man has been sentenced to three years in state prison with an impact incarceration recommendation on one count of aggravated battery – a Class 2 felony. Union County State’s Attorney Tyler Edmonds says 29-year-old James William Dukes will also serve two years of mandatory supervised release. Edmonds says last July, Anna