Family Asks for Escaped Illinois Murder Suspect to Surrender

CARMI, Ill. (AP) — The stepmother of a man charged with murder is calling on him to surrender to police after escaping from a southeastern Illinois county jail over the weekend. The White County Sheriff’s Office says 24-year-old Zachery Shock was among three men who used a pipe to break through an outside wall of

Benton Police Report for June 16-19

BENTON – Benton Police made a drug arrest following a traffic stop at the intersection of Madison and East Main streets in Benton Saturday. Police say K-9 Ranger alerted to the odor of illegal narcotics in the vehicle after it was stopped. Upon investigating further, a passenger identified as 47-year-old Rodney G. Salliez was arrested

Frankfort CUSD #168 Board to Hold Special Meeting Tonight

WEST FRANKFORT – The Franklin Community Unit School District #168 Board of Education will hold a special meeting tonight at 6 in the Central Junior High School Library. Supt. Matt Donkin says the purpose of the meeting is to interview candidates to provide architectural and engineering services. You’re invited to attend the meeting.

Community Discussion on Substance Misuse Thursday in Whittington

WHITTINGTON – Shining a Light on Substance Misuse in Franklin County will be the topic of discussion during a free community event Thursday night from 6 to 8:30 at the Whittington Church in Whittington. It’s located at 200 West Main. According to the event’s Facebook page, this event hopes to open a dialogue about substance

Veterans Town Hall Tonight in Harrisburg

HARRISBURG – The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has scheduled a town hall meeting tonight in Harrisburg to discuss the VA health care system. It will be held from 5 to 7 at the Harris-Pruett Building, located at 107 E. Church St. in Harrisburg. The town hall is being held to allow feedback from veterans,

SIU Board Sets Meeting on Removing President

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Southern Illinois University’s Board of Trustees has set a special meeting to consider placing the school president on administrative leave after a dispute over a failed move to shift about $5 million in state funding between its campuses. The board members are scheduled to meet Thursday in Edwardsville about the future

DeSoto Man Charged with Gun Offense in Carbondale

CARBONDALE – A DeSoto man is facing gun charges in Carbondale. According to Carbondale Police, officers were in the 500 block of South Illinois Avenue monitoring crowds at bar-closing time early Sunday morning, when just before 2:20 a.m. officers saw a disturbance begin among a group of people in the alleyway behind the businesses. As

Illinois Officials to Begin Search for Vendor to Run Resort

WHITTINGTON, Ill. (AP) — Illinois officials have finished remediation efforts at a resort in the southern part of the state and will soon begin seeking a new vendor to run the site. Officials will soon put out a request for proposals to run the Rend Lake Resort at Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park, according to Connie

Mt. Vernon Man Killed in Weekend ATV Crash

MT. VERNON – Authorities in Jefferson County say a 39-year-old rural Mt. Vernon man died in an ATV crash over the weekend just west of Mt. Vernon. According to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, a farmer reportedly found James W. McCoy lying in a field Saturday afternoon just off Presley Lane. McCoy was taken to

MVPD Investigating after 13-year-old Shot in Leg

MT. VERNON – Mt. Vernon Police continue to investigate an early Monday morning incident that sent a 13-year-old boy to a St. Louis hospital for treatment of a non-life threatening gunshot wound to the leg. According to police, they responded just after 1 a.m. to the 1100 block of South 24th Street for a call