Trial Set for Man Accused of Killing Chester Officer

CHESTER – The date for the start of the trial for the man accused of killing a Southern Illinois police officer is set.  James Michael Stoker is accused of killing Chester Police Officer James Brockmeyer in October.  The trial is set to begin on July 10.  

Murphysboro Man Heading to Prison on Drug Charge

MURPHYSBORO – A Murphysboro man was sentenced Wednesday in Jackson County Court to 18 months in state prison on a drug charge. Jackson County State’s Attorney Michael Carr says 24-year-old Orlando T. Jarrett was sentenced after pleading guilty to the charge of unlawful possession of a controlled substance – a Class 4 felony. Jarrett will

Fingerprint Expert Sought for Mt. Vernon Bank Robbery Case

MT. VERNON – Fingerprint evidence may determine the fate of a 47-year-old Belleville man charged in connection with the 2015 robbery of the former Old National Bank in Mt. Vernon. Court officials are now just looking for an independent expert to analyze those fingerprints. Rodney D. Brock was formally charged in March 2016 with Class

Hamilton County Unit 10 School Board Approves Student Fees

MCLEANSBORO – The Hamilton County Unit 10 School Board recently approved student fees for next school year. The district’s registration fee will stay at $30 while fees for dual credit, driver’s education and other courses will not change. However, prices for breakfast and lunch will go up by 25 cents. Younger students who participate in

Severin Sponsors Farm City Days Resolution

SPRINGFIELD – State Representative Dave Severin (R-Benton) is sponsoring a House Resolution which declares June 10 as Farm City Days in the State of Illinois. The designation coincides with a celebration taking place in Benton that day. The measure was adopted this week by the House Ag and Conservation Committee and will now go before

Cullerton Says OK’d Budget Had GOP Input

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Senate President John Cullerton says Democrats had little choice but to approve a budget proposal on their own after a compromise package with Republicans failed last week. A $37.3 billion spending outline funded by a $5.4 billion tax increase was OK’d Tuesday in the Senate without a single Republican vote. Cullerton

Man Wanted in Union County for Possessing Stolen Gun

JONESBORO – The sheriff’s office in Union County needs your help in finding a man wanted for possessing a stolen firearm. Twenty-year-old Koby Shane Broadway is a white male, standing 5’5” tall weighing 130 pounds. He was last seen in Ware. If you have seen or know where Broadway may be, call the Union County

Herrin Police Investigating Theft of iPads from Local School

HERRIN – Police in Herrin are seeking information regarding the theft of 20 iPads taken from Our Lady of Mount Carmel School recently. Police say each iPad has the name of the school engraved on the back of the tablet. If you have any information that could help detectives in this investigation, call Herrin Police.

Benton City Council Approves Several Items at Monday’s Meeting

BENTON – The Benton City Council Monday night approved a couple of items regarding the city’s new sewer treatment plant. The council approved paying a payment of $786,983.40 for construction of the facility. This money will come from the Illinois Water Revolving Loan Fund. Benton Airport Board Chairman Mike Wyant presented the annual Airport Board

Olmsted Man Arrested Following Weekend Shooting in Carbondale

CARBONDALE – An Olmsted man has been arrested and charged in connection with a weekend shooting in Carbondale. Carbondale Police say officers went to the 300 block of South Crestview Lane in reference to a shooting around 12:50 a.m. Sunday. When officers arrived, they learned that a suspect got out of a vehicle and began