Mt. Vernon Woman Killed in Crash on I-57 in Jefferson County

INA – A multi-vehicle crash on Interstate 57 Sunday afternoon in Jefferson County has claimed the life of an 18-year-old Mt. Vernon woman and sent a 25-year-old Energy man to the hospital with minor injuries. Illinois State Police say shortly before 1, the Energy man was driving his car north on I-57 at milepost 81

Budget Impasse Forces Closing of Southern Illinois Museum

CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — The museum at Southern Illinois University has become another casualty of Illinois legislators’ failure to come up with a state budget. The Southern Illinoisan in Carbondale reports that due to the ongoing state budget impasse, the museum at SIU-Carbondale will close on July 1. Interim Chancellor Brad Colwell says the library

Tennessee Man Charged for Child Sex Solicitation

MT. VERNON – A Tennessee man is in the Jefferson County Justice Center on a $40,000 bond after being formally charged Tuesday with Class 3 Felony indecent solicitation of a child and misdemeanor disorderly conduct. The charge alleges that 36-year-old Joshua Banks of Memphis, Tennessee, solicitated a child under the age of 17 to perform

Two Men Arrested for Felony Robbery

MT. VERNON – A pair of Mt. Vernon men were formally charged with Class X Felony Armed Robbery after an incident in which they robbed an individual of police confidence with a knife.  Authorities arrested 43-year-old Bobby G. Berner and 49-year-old Michael A. Jones after an incident on May 23, in which Berner took money

Man Injured in One-vehicle Crash on NB I-57 near West Frankfort

WEST FRANKFORT – A Fairview Heights man was involved in one-vehicle crash on northbound I-57 near West Frankfort Thursday morning. Illinois State Police say around 7:10 a.m., 86-year-old Charles W. Sparks was driving his pickup truck pulling a camper trailer north at mile post 64.5 and when he passed another vehicle on the left, Sparks

Harrisburg Woman Sentenced for Bankruptcy Fraud

BENTON – A Harrisburg woman was sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Benton on her federal bankruptcy fraud conviction. U.S. Attorney Donald S. Boyce says the court ordered 52-year-old Rietta M. Miller to serve three years of probation with the first six months of that time being spent under home confinement. The court also ordered

One Injured in Early Morning Crash on SB I-57 North of Benton

BENTON – The southbound lanes of I-57 three miles north of Benton were shut down for almost an hour early this morning following a crash involving a charter bus and a car. Illinois State Police say just after 1:30, the charter bus, driven by 50-year-old Robert Cuthbertson of Stewart, Tennessee, struck the rear of a

Superman Celebration Begins Today in Metropolis

METROPOLIS – Fans of the “Man of Steel” will gather in Metropolis for the 39th annual Superman Celebration that gets underway today and runs through Sunday in Metropolis. According to the event’s website, 47 states and six different countries were represented at last year’s celebration. This year marks the 45th year that Metropolis has been

RLC Trustees Vote to Forgive, Cancel Alternate Revenue Source Bonds

INA – The Rend Lake College Board of Trustees Tuesday voted to approve, concur and ratify the cancellation and forgiveness of the Series 2010 alternate revenue source bonds which were purchased by and owed to the college’s insurance reserve fund. In September 2010, the college issued a series of alternate revenue source bonds for approximately