Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Awarded Grant for Patrol Vehicle

BENTON – The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office says a $24,000 Community Facilities Grant was recently received by the sheriff’s office from the U.S. Department of Agriculture that will be used to replace a patrol vehicle within the aging fleet. Sheriff David Bartoni says the receipt of this grant is also a great cost savings benefit

West Frankfort Man Faces Child Sexual Assault Charge

BENTON – The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office arrested a West Frankfort man Friday for predatory criminal sexual assault of a child. Sheriff David Bartoni says 23-year-old John A. Fonte-Weston is currently being held in the Franklin County Jail pending formal charging by the Franklin County State’s Attorney’s office. Sheriff Bartoni says the investigation is a

Woman Found Dead in Mechanical Device Friday in Carbondale

CARBONDALE – A death investigation is underway in Carbondale. Carbondale Police say at about 1:50 Friday morning, officers responded to the 800 block of West Mill Street in reference to a subject trapped in a mechanical device. Officers located a 37-year-old woman dead in a device. The victim is not being identified as this time

Prudent Named West Frankfort Police Chief

WEST FRANKFORT – West Frankfort has a new police chief. The West Frankfort City Council Tuesday night named John Prudent to the post. Prudent became acting police chief after Police Chief Mike Irwin retired recently after serving in the role since late 2016 when he replaced Shawn Talutto. Prudent will make $66,300 per year as

Woodlawn to Celebrate 150 Years June 22

WOODLAWN – The Village of Woodlawn will celebrate 150 years with a full day of events on June 22. Brian Spangler with the Village says all those who want to celebrate are welcome. Spangler says the fun will be setup for all ages. The celebration will kick-off at Chapman Sports Complex with a Vendor Fair