Law Enforcement and Crime

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Anna Police Dept.

The Anna Police Department is currently investigating several criminal damage to property complaints, which involves an unknown person or persons shooting a BB gun at the windows of businesses.

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Franklin County Sheriff's Dept.

The Franklin County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help with a fraud investigation.

Deputies say the case involves a Franklin County resident that was traveling and stopped at a gas station in Princeton, Kentucky.

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Carbondale Police

Carbondale Police have made an arrest in a series of armed robberies from earlier this year involving food delivery drivers.

Officers says in April, they received three separate reports of armed robberies of restaurant delivery drivers.

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Southern Illinoisan

Two former officials with the Alexander County Housing Authority face a civil fraud complaint accusing them of using public housing money for personal use.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced the complaint Tuesday against former housing authority executive directors James Wilson and Martha Franklin.

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Secretary of State

Secretary of State Police will target holiday shoppers abusing disability parking at malls statewide, including University Mall in Carbondale.

The enforcement will start on Black Friday since it marks the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season and is one of the busiest shopping days of the year.

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Carbondale Police

Carbondale Police have made an arrest in last weekend's armed robbery of the Staples retail store on East Main Street.

Officers say 33-year-old Tyler Johnson of St. Louis was taken into custody late Monday night at a Carbondale hotel.

Carbondale Police are searching for a suspect in an armed robbery over the weekend at the Staples retail store.

Officers say they were sent to the store at around 6:30 Saturday evening.

A Grand Tower man is in custody after leading authorities on a slow speed pursuit through the Jackson County community.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Department says 29-year-old Keith Ticer is jailed on two unrelated warrants, but additional charges are expected.

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Mt. Vernon Police

One of the four men accused in the 2011 killing of a Mt. Vernon cab driver has been found guilty of first-degree murder.

The Mt. Vernon Police Department says 25-year-old Mark Taylor of Mt. Vernon will be sentenced to prison in the shooting death of 75-year-old Charles Ellis.

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A Williamson County teenager was killed when an Amtrak train hit his vehicle in Jackson County.

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An investigation continues into a bomb threat Wednesday at a Union County business.

A Secretary of State Bomb Disposal Unit neutralized the device that appeared to be hazardous in nature at Clark and Sons Salvage in rural Cobden.

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Carbondale Police

A suspect has been arrested for an armed robbery last week at the Circle K convenience store in Carbondale.

The Carbondale Police Department says 43-year-old Arthur Eckles, Jr. of Calumet City was arrested and taken to the Jackson County Jail, where his bond is set at 500-thousand dollars.

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Jackson County State's Attorney

A southern Illinois woman avoids jail time for resisting a peace officer earlier this year.

The Jackson County State's Attorney's office says 29-year-old Lauren Stoelzle of Herrin was sentenced to serve 12 months' probation and perform 100 hours of public service work. She was found guilty in a bench trial.

The Cities of Carbondale and Herrin are offering a $3,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for a recent string of armed robberies in both cities.

Seven robberies occurred from July 27th through September 16th.

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Jackson County State's Attorney

A Jackson County Jury returned guilty verdicts on five criminal counts against a Carbondale man.

A federal grand jury now accuses the alleged kidnapper of Yingying Zhang of murdering her as well.

The U.S. Supreme Court announced Thursday that it will again take up a case from Illinois that seeks to do away with mandatory fees for public sector unions.

Nearly half of the states in the country allow them. The unions argue the bargaining process benefits all workers, even if they are non-members.

The Carbondale and Herrin Police Departments have partnered to investigate a series of recent armed robberies that have occurred in both towns.

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Carbondale Police

Carbondale Police are searching for a suspect accused of firing gunshots into a residence late Monday night.

Officers say 30-year-old Dennis Higgins, Jr. of Carbondale is charged with Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm and Felon in Possession of a Weapon. He should be considered armed and dangerous.

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Carbondale Police

A California man has been arrested for an incident in Carbondale on Labor Day.

Police say Demareonte Jones of Sacramento, California is charged with home invasion, criminal damage to property and interfering with a 911 call.

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Carbondale Police

A Carbondale man has been arrested in a stabbing incident over the weekend.

Carbondale Police say 36-year-old Nathan Bowles is accused of stabbing the victim following a dispute around 4:30 Sunday morning in the 400 block of East Sycamore Street.

A standoff in Jackson County ended peacefully.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Department says 25-year-old Zachary Todd of Pomona faces charges of unlawful possession of a firearm and aggravated discharge of a firearm. He reportedly fired a gun at a family member.

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Pettett Funeral Home

The Jackson County Sheriff's Department is investigating a double homicide in rural Murphysboro.

Deputies say 65-year-old Burl Ritcheson, and his 65-year-old wife Brenda, were found dead inside their home just after midnight on Monday by an adult family member who lived with the couple.

Updated at 10:45 a.m. July 25 with County Council expected to consider a related resolution — St. Louis County’s police chief disputed allegations Monday that his officers aren’t working hard enough to keep MetroLink trains safe.

Illinois State Police say one person is dead following a traffic crash involving 3-semis on Interstate 57.

Troopers say at around 9 a.m. Thursday in the south bound lanes at Mile Post 82, say two of the semis were heading south approaching slowed traffic due to crews working on an overturned vehicle at Mile Post 79.

A southern Illinois correctional officer has pleaded guilty in federal court to charges accusing him of assaulting and injuring a handcuffed inmate.

Bethune Pleads Not Guilty in Varughese Case

Jul 18, 2017
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Daily Egyptian

The man accused of killing a student from SIU-Carbondale in 2014 entered his plea in Jackson County Court.

The Daily Egyptian reports Gaege Bethune pleaded not guilty Tuesday to two counts of first-degree murder of SIU-C student Pravin Varughese.

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Justice for Pravin

A southern Illinois man has been indicted in the death of former SIU-Carbondale student Pravin Varughese.

The Carbondale Police Department says 22-year-old Gauge Bethune of Eldorado faces two counts of first-degree murder.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Department says the body of one of the two people who drowned Sunday afternoon in the Mississippi River has been recovered.

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Carbondale Police

A Carbondale man is facing charges of being a felon in possession of a handgun after a shooting incident at a local bar.

Officers say 32-year-old Jonathan Moore is charged with Unlawful Use of Weapon by a Felon for being in possession of a handgun. He has not yet been charged with the shooting at the Hollywood Lounge on West Jackson Street.

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