Benton Police Make Drug Arrest, Another for Domestic Battery

CHRISTOPHER/BENTON –  A Christopher man was arrested on a drug charge following a traffic stop for a traffic infraction near the 900 block of Fairland Street in Benton early Thursday morning. Police arrested 46-year-old Steven W. Wright for unlawful possession of methamphetamine subsequent to a vehicle search after Benton Police K9 Ranger alerted to the odor

SIU Raises over $480,000 on Day of Giving

CARBONDALE – The second annual Day of Giving for Southern Illinois University Carbondale raised more than $480,000 from more than 1,800 donors, and the donations are still rolling in. With the theme of “Give the Gift of Experience” as its call to action, the 24-hour fundraising campaign rallied SIU supporters across the country and the

Carbondale Police Investigating Construction Site Burglary

CARBONDALE – Carbondale Police are investigating a burglary that happened at a construction site in the 2500 block of East Walnut Street earlier this week. Police responded to the scene just after 7:30 Thursday morning and learned that an unknown suspect or suspects entered the construction site and stole property between 4 Wednesday afternoon and

Semi Overturns on I-57 South of Marion, Driver Not Injured

MARION – A semi driver from Dearborn, Michigan was involved in a single-vehicle crash around 2:30 Thursday morning on I-57 just south of Marion. Illinois State Police say the driver was going south on I-57 at mile post 52, when the semi drifted off the roadway into the median and overturned. The southbound lanes of

Centralia Woman Charged in Armed Robberies Pleads Guilty to Theft

CENTRALIA – A 20-year-old Centralia woman has been sentenced to time served after she pleaded guilty Wednesday to a felony charge of theft in exchange for armed robbery charges being dismissed. Alexis Sanders was arrested in December after Centralia police found evidence indicating she had been in a vehicle used during the Dec. 17 armed

RMTD Offering Free Rides to Polling Places Tuesday

HARRISBURG – Need a lift to your polling place Tuesday? Rides Mass Transit District will be providing transportation to the polls for the Illinois primary election to all residents of the RMTD service area. Residents will be able to ride to the polls on regular existing routes throughout their county on Election Day at no

Murder Charges Waived after Illinois Man Accepts Plea Deal

PINCKNEYVILLE, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois man charged with murder in the 2010 death of a 15-year-old has accepted a plea deal, waiving multiple homicide charges. Under the plea bargain, Chad Bennett II, 27, pleaded guilty to home invasion on accountability, The Southern Illinoisan reported. Bennett was initially charged in 2016 with four counts of

Bomb Threat Forces Evacuation of Fairfield Walmart

FAIRFIELD – A bomb threat forced the evacuation of the Fairfield Walmart just before 7 Wednesday night. Once the threat was received, Fairfield Police, Wayne County Sheriff’s deputies and Illinois State Police cleared the store, directing shoppers to leave their purchases where they were and to immediately exit the store. Nothing suspicious was found during

McLeansboro to Make Improvements to City Pool

McLEANSBORO – It looks like the city swimming pool in McLeansboro is going to get some improvements. At Tuesday night’s City Council meeting, the council approved seeking bids for a new roof at the pool and making repairs to the pool prior to it opening in May.  Megan Woodrow and Krystal Kelly presented the 2018