Law Enforcement and Crime

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Mt. Vernon Police Dept.

A Mt. Vernon man is accused of shooting two others at a local apartment complex.

Mt. Vernon Police say 26-year-old Kandy Collard is also charged with Home Invasion and two counts of Aggravated Battery with a Firearm in connection with the shooting at Garden Glen Apartments.

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Jackson Co. Sheriff's Dept.

A new defense attorney for the man convicted in the 2014 death of a Southern Illinois University Carbondale student has won a delay in his sentencing as he aims to have the conviction thrown out.

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Union County State's Attorney

A southern Illinois man received a long prison sentence after a Union County jury convicted him on two counts of Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault of a Child.

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Benton Police Dept.

Authorities have identified the elderly man wanted in a Franklin County bank robbery.

Benton Police say he is 82-year-old Arthur Bays of Marion. Bays was taken into custody without incident Thursday afternoon in the 1100 block of West Main Street.

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Cape Girardeau Police

Police are searching for a Cape Girardeau woman wanted for stealing money from a non-profit animal rescue shelter.

Cape Girardeau Police are asking for the public's help in locating 40-year-old Elizabeth Hann.

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Carbondale Police

A Carbondale Police officer has been honored for his efforts to stop an active shooter situation last year.

Sergeant Guy Draper was awarded the Chief's Medal of Valor and the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police Medal of Valor Wednesday during a ceremony at the Carbondale Public Safety Center.

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Jefferson Co. Sheriff's Dept.

Two men are in jail after a police chase Monday night in Jefferson County.

Sheriff's Deputies responded to an address on Park Avenue where shots were reportedly fired at around 8:30 p.m.

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Illinois State Police District 13

Illinois State Police are stepping up efforts to make Interstate 57 as safe as possible.

The Trooper in a Truck detail is now on out on I-57.

A man charged in the 2010 kidnapping and death of a 15-year-old girl in southern Illinois has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

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Union County Sheriff's Dept.

An escapee from the Pulaski County Detention Center is back in custody.

The Union County Sheriff's Office assisted the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office in apprehending 18-year-old Alexis Chacon Thursday.

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(Champaign) News-Gazette

A southern Illinois pastor says he still hasn't received reward money for a tip he gave two years ago to the FBI and police about a man accused of shooting an officer.

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Mt. Vernon Police Dept.

Five people were arrested in Mt. Vernon on drug related charges.

The Mt. Vernon Police Department and Jefferson County Sheriff's Office High Risk Team served a drug search warrant early Thursday morning at a residence on South 24th Street in Mt. Vernon.

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Jackson County State's Attorney

A Jackson County woman faces a five-count indictment related to the death of her husband.

The Jackson County State's Attorney says the indictment claims 54-year-old Carmen Stonemark of DeSoto hired a man to kill her husband, 76-year-old Frank Stonemark.

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Jackson County State's Attorney

A Carbondale man is headed to prison after violating terms of his probation.

The Jackson County State's Attorney says 27-year-old James Moody received a three and-a-half year prison sentence.

The two remaining inmates who escaped last month from the White County Jail are back in custody.

Illinois State Police say they arrested 24-year-old Zachery Shock of McLeansboro late Friday night in Gallatin County.

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Jefferson Co. Sheriff's Dept.

A Jefferson County man is accused of killing his brother.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office says it arrested 36-year-old Matthew Sloan of rural Mt. Vernon on Wednesday.

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Mt. Vernon Police Dept.

The manager of a Mt. Vernon thrift store has been arrested for stealing from his business.

The Mt. Vernon Police Department says 57-year-old William "Bill" Norton faces a warrant charging him with felony theft. He manages the Mt. Vernon Christian Outreach & Resale Shop.

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Union County Sheriff's Dept.

The Union County Sheriff's Office is offering a 500-dollar reward for information leading to the arrest of a suspect.

Deputies say Wayne Synek is wanted for unlawful possession of methamphetamine manufacturing material and two counts of obstructing justice.

Williamson County authorities say they don't believe humans were involved in the decapitation of a lamb.

Sheriff Bennie Vick says deputies were called to a farm in rural Thompsonville on Tuesday.

The stepmother of a man charged with murder is calling on him to surrender to police after escaping from 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 early Saturday of the jail in Carmi.

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Carbondale Police

One of two additional men wanted in connection to a shooting incident in Carbondale early Sunday morning is in custody.

Carbondale Police say 21-year-old Rahsaan Graham, Jr. of Murphysboro was arrested Wednesday in Murphysboro.

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Carbondale Police

No injuries were reported after gunfire early Sunday morning in the 500 block of South Illinois Avenue in Carbondale.

The Marion Police Department is asking for the public's help in finding a suspect wanted for attempting to pass a forged check at a local convenience store.

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Closing arguments are set to begin Thursday in the murder trial of the man accused of killing an SIU student in 2014.

The Southern Illinoisan reports the defense team for 23-year-old Gaege Bethune intended to rest Wednesday afternoon.

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Southern Illinoisan

The former treasurer of the City of Zeigler has been sentenced after pleading guilty to wire fraud and embezzlement.

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The trial of a man accused in the 2014 death of a Southern Illinois University student continues in Jackson County.

In opening statements Wednesday, Special Prosecutor David Robinson told the jury Gaege Bethune committed two crimes in February 2014 - aggravated battery and robbery. Those crimes led to the death of Pravin Varughese.

A Carbondale police officer is on paid leave, as the department investigates a social media post that's stirring controversy.

The post shows a coffee mug with a photo of a man lying on the ground. Local social media groups say the man has mental health and substance abuse issues.

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Williamson Co. State's Attorney

A Williamson County jury has found Jack Thomas, Jr. guilty of first-degree murder.

The Williamson County State's Attorney's office says jurors Monday convicted Thomas of murdering Michael Reed of Marion in 2015.

Carterville Police are investigating two separate burglaries from this past weekend.

Officers responded to a report of a burglary at a business in the 200 block of Commercial Drive on Saturday at 3:20 a.m. The officers found someone broke a window and stole cash.

A Carbondale woman was sentenced Wednesday for engaging in a scheme to steal from a health care program.

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