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In an effort to encourage a more positive outlook for children in the community, the Hardin County Sheriff's Department says it has created a Junior Deputy Program in the elementary school.

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Mt. Vernon Police Dept.

A 10th and final defendant has been sentenced in connection with a 2017 murder in Mt. Vernon.

Police say Deon Frazier was sentenced to four years in prison for attempted robbery and attempted home invasion in the attempted robbery and shooting death of Deandray Jackson.

A federal inmate at the U.S. Penitentiary in Marion is guilty of filing fictitious involuntary bankruptcy petitions.

Fifty-five year old Kurt F. Johnson was convicted for filing the petitions in January against the prison warden and an officer.

The Illinois Supreme Court on Wednesday heard arguments over whether victims of the illegal drug trade can sue dealers.

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Jackson Co. Sheriff's Dept.

WSIL reports a judge Monday morning vacated the first-degree murder conviction against Gaege Bethune.

A jury convicted the Eldorado man in June of first-degree murder for the death of former SIU-C student Pravin Varughese.

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Jackson Co. Sheriff's Dept.

A Jackson County jury Thursday found a Murphysboro man guilty of killing his parents in their home last year.

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Jackson County State's Attorney

A grand jury has returned an indictment charging a Carbondale man with murder.

The Jackson County State's Attorney says 24-year-old Judious Kizeart is charged with two counts of first-degree murder, one count of armed robbery, one count of robbery and one count of criminal cannabis conspiracy.

The Alexander County man killed in a car crash early Sunday morning has been identified.

State Police say 38-year old Jason Klein from Olive Branch was driving a 2002 Ford pickup truck south on Route 3 when he lost control.

Centralia Bank Robbed

Sep 10, 2018
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Authorities are investigating a bank robbery in Centralia.

WJBD Radio reports there were no injuries when two men held up the People's National Bank facility around 9 a.m. Monday.

Insurance giant State Farm has reached a $250 million preliminary settlement of a federal class-action lawsuit claiming the company funneled money to the campaign of a candidate for the Illinois Supreme Court.

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Saline Co. Sheriff's Dept.

A prosecutor says a southern Illinois physician charged with killing his estranged wife and destroying her body will have his trial delayed because of questions over his fitness to stand trial.

Carbondale Police Investigate Weekend Shooting

Aug 27, 2018

Early Saturday morning Carbondale Police say a man arrived at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale with a life-threatening gunshot wound.

Authorities say the victim is a 27-year-old man from Chicago.

One of the nation's largest providers of oxygen and other respiratory therapy services to patients in the home has paid $5.25 million to resolve a lawsuit.

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A Chester man has been sentenced after pleading guilty to reckless homicide in the death of a southern Illinois police officer who crashed during a 2016 high-speed chase.

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Sangamon Co. Jail

A staff member for Republican Congressman Rodney Davis’ campaign was arrested Wednesday night. He’s been charged with aggravated battery at a campaign event for Davis’ opponent. He was fired Thursday.

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FBI

A pharmacist and drug store owner in Red Bud admits to defrauding the government and private insurers.

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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.

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