Public Safety


The Illinois State Police is urging motorists to be prepared for Monday's eclipse.

For starters... Trooper Joey Watson says you need to plan on a lot of traffic in southern Illinois...especially on Interstate 57, Highway 51 and Route 13.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Department says its continuing to investigate the death of a rural Murphysboro man.

Southern Illinoisans are asking a lot of questions about an uptick in crashes along Interstate 57 and Highway 13. What’s causing them? How can they be prevented?

July 26th marks Speed Awareness Day in Illinois. Traffic safety is a growing concern among southern Illinoisans, as a spike in crashes along major transportation routes continues to make headlines. But what’s causing the spike? And how will it end?

Updated at 9 a.m. July 26 with more details — There will be an investigation into whether the St. Louis County officers assigned to patrol MetroLink stations and trains violated any laws, the St. Louis County Council decided Tuesday on the heels of three reports by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Four semis were involved in a traffic accident on Interstate 57 Thursday afternoon.

Illinois State Police say the four vehicles were traveling north in the right lane on I-57 north of milepost 43 in Williamson County.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

You may have heard the story recently about a Major League Baseball umpire saving a woman who apparently was about to jump off a bridge in Pittsburgh.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson talks about the city's history of bridge jumpers and how this lifesaving move has a deeper meaning.

Reading Baseball is a series of essays and commentaries by Richard "Pete" Peterson, the co-author, with his son, Stephen, of  The Slide: Leyland, Bonds and the Star-Crossed Pittsburgh Pirates, and the editor of  The St. Louis Baseball Reader.


U.S. Coast Guard

The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating after a tow boat sank in the Mississippi River near Cairo, leading to a rescue of the crew.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Department says two people may have drowned Sunday afternoon in the Mississippi River.


Richmond Hall at Murray State University has suffered extensive damage from an explosion  that shook buildings many miles away.  

Belleville News-Democrat

Authorities say a sewer line in southern Illinois broke last month and daily is dumping about 2 million gallons of storm water and sewage into the Mississippi River.

Operations are getting back to normal at Franklin Hospital, after an evacuation Sunday.

Jackson County EMA

The Union County Sheriff's Office and the the county emergency management agency wants residents in the Wolf Lake and Ware areas to consider evacuating until the Mississippi River falls to a safe level.

Officials say several sand boils were identified on the levee west of Wolf Lake. Local, state and federal agencies say their non-stop work to stabilize the sand boils appears to be successful, so far.


Governor Bruce Rauner is activating the state's Emergency Operations Center to help flooded communities.

The center helps coordinate emergency and relief efforts to rain soaked areas. The governor says a big focus now is on river flooding that will increase throughout the week.

Drug Takeback Day Set for April 29

Apr 28, 2017
US Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration

Police departments around the country are joining together to help get unused, unwanted, and expired medicine out of peoples' homes - in an environmentally friendly way.

Need to get rid of old, unused, or expired medication? Local police departments can take care of that for you Saturday.

Mug Shot
Carbondale Police Department

A Carbondale man is wanted for murder in connection to a shooting on the city's northeast side Thursday evening.

Students at Murphysboro High School were sent home early Thursday after the school received a bomb threat.

According to the district's Facebook page, school officials were alerted to the threat at around 1 p.m. and students were dismissed soon after that.

Carbondale Police Department

Carbondale Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a potential suspect in a recent arson.

A fire has destroyed a Jackson County business.

The sheriff's office says deputies and MPS fire responded to Abbey Ridge Brewery and Tap Room just before 1 a.m.

The first measurable snow of the winter season across much of the region brought out salt and cinder trucks.

With winter weather in the area, Illinois State Police warn drivers about an expansion of Scott's Law.

Also known as the Move Over Law, it requires drivers to reduce speed, change lanes if possible, and proceed with caution when approaching emergency vehicles.

Chicago's violent year was especially dangerous for the city's children. Dozens of young kids were shot in 2016 before reaching high school age.

Carbondale Police

23-year-old Thomas Morrison was located in Missouri. He reported he left Carbondale on his own accord.

Carbondale Police

Carbondale Police say a missing teenager is back home.

Officers say they met with 17 year old Cassandra R Brooks on Wednesday at 11:00 p.m. at her residence after learning she voluntarily returned home. The incident is considered to be closed.


Carbondale Police

The search is on for a missing teenager.

Carbondale Police say 17-year-old Cassandra R. Brooks was last seen on Sunday at about 5:40 the 2400 block of South Illinois Avenue.

The Tennessean

A team from the Shawnee National Forest may be headed to Tennessee to help battle raging wildfires near the Great Smoky Mountains that have reportedly killed three and forced thousands to evacuate.


Healy Chapel in Aurora says the family of 20-year-old Alex Kierstead will receive friends from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, December 17th at New England Congregational Church in Aurora. The address is 406 W. Galena Blvd. Aurora, IL 60506.


The SIU student who died in last week's house fire in Carbondale has been identified.

Carbondale Police say 20-year-old Alex Kierstead from Aurora was the only person inside the residence on West Freeman Street when the fire occurred in the early morning hours of November 23rd.

Teenagers are texting while behind the wheel, despite the law prohibiting it.  And that's not all they're doing. 

SIU Student Dies in Carbondale House Fire

Nov 23, 2016
House Fire
Daily Egyptian

Carbondale Police say an SIU student died in an early morning house fire.

City officials say the fire in the 700 block on West Freeman Street was reported at about 4:50am Wednesday.