Benton Police Report

BENTON – A Benton man was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia after Benton Police were sent to the 100 block of Hickory Street to investigate a criminal trespass complaint Thursday afternoon. Police say 41-year-old Lowell V. Moore was taken to the Franklin County Jail. A Florida man was arrested and charged

West Frankfort Man Threatens Public Official on Social Media

BENTON – A West Frankfort man was recently charged in Franklin County for threatening a public official. Franklin County Sheriff Don Jones says deputies were notified on Aug. 10 of a threat made to a circuit court judge posted on a social media site. Jones says the investigation resulted in the arrest of 40-year-old Bobby


MARION – A rural Marion man was convicted of criminal sexual assault by a jury late Thursday at the Williamson County Courthouse in Marion. According to Williamson County State’s Attorney Brandon Zanotti, 48-year-old Richard L. Komasinski’s trial stemmed from charges filed in August of 2015 alleging that Komasinski had committed the assault at his home.

Train Derailment under Investigation in Benton

BENTON – The Union Pacific Railroad crossing on Webster and Spani Street in Benton is back open after several flatbed railroad cars derailed south of Webster Street Saturday. Franklin County Emergency Management said there was no threat to the public’s safety. The area was shut down for cleanup. It’s unknown what caused the derailment. It

Pinckneyville Man Injured in Concrete Truck Crash Thursday

PINCKNEYVILLE – A Pinckneyville man was involved in a one-vehicle crash in Perry County Thursday afternoon. Illinois State Police say just after 3:30, 36-year-old Brian A. Cook was driving his concrete truck west on Route 154 near Crocus Road when the truck left the roadway to the right and struck an embankment. The truck then