Public Safety

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State of Illinois

Gov. Bruce Rauner Friday signed four pieces of legislation related to public safety.

One encourages police officers to seek mental health treatment, without jeopardizing their career.

A Perry County man was seriously hurt when his concrete truck left the road, hit an embankment and overturned.

A five-year-old boy was killed in Carbondale Monday night after being hit by a vehicle.

Carbondale Police say the incident occurred around 8 p.m. in the 500 block of North Wall Street.

A 10-week-old southeast Missouri girl has died after being left inside a hot vehicle.

A southeast Missouri county is dealing with a salmonella outbreak.

When we think about preventing domestic violence and human trafficking, we may not think that one of the first lines of defense against these issues is standing at the front of our classrooms.

  

Last week, the U.S. Secret Service released a guide for preventing school violence. Issued in response to recent massacres in Parkland, Florida, and Santa Fe, Texas, it’s subtitled “An Operational Guide for Preventing Targeted School Violence.”

But closer to home, a group from the Illinois Terrorism Task Force had already presented a very similar set of recommendations back in April.

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A report by a watchdog says the federal government could have done more to intervene in Alexander County while residents were stuck with mice, mold and lead paint in public housing.

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Jefferson Rural Fire Protection Dist.

The Waltonville and Woodlawn Fire Departments as well as the Jefferson Rural Fire Protection District are seeking help with some special supplies.

Members of each department recently completed an Active Shooter Training Program in Mt. Vernon. Now, they're asking for donations to purchase active shooter bags to help treat victims in a mass shooting situation.

100 fire departments across the state are splitting more than two million dollars in fire safety grants.

State Fire Marshal Matt Perez says departments will use the money for things like safety equipment, protective clothing and breathing apparatuses. He says these small equipment grants are a huge help.

The American Red Cross says there's an urgent need for people to donate blood following the Fourth of July holiday.

The Red Cross says in a statement Monday it's facing an emergency blood shortage because donations lagged during the holiday week.

Federal funds are now available to improve security at schools.

Fatal Crash Early Monday on I-57

Jul 2, 2018

A single car crash left one person dead and another injured early this morning on Interstate 57 in Williamson County, near milepost 55.

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Authorities are continuing to search for two men who they say escaped from a southeastern Illinois county jail over the weekend with a third man who's been captured.

With heat index readings expected to soar into triple digits this weekend, the Centers for Disease Control reminds us more than 600 people in the U.S. are killed by extreme heat every year.

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Ameren Illinois is trying to help people in the area beat the heat this summer.

The utility Thursday donated 50 window air conditioners to the Western Egyptian Economic Opportunity Council office in Murphysboro.

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The House of Representatives late Wednesday night passed The Water Resources Development Act.

The measure also included an amendment offered by Southern Illinois Congressman Mike Bost to facilitate the repair of Len Small Levee in Alexander County.

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A southern Illinois man was seriously hurt when two tractor trailers collided near the Chester Bridge on Thursday.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says 52-year-old James Klump of Ullin was taken to St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau.

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The teacher who reportedly intervened in Friday morning's school shooting at Noblesville West Middle School in Indiana is a former SIU football player.

The Indianapolis Star reports Jason Seaman has been a science teacher for Noblesville schools for nearly four years and a 7th grade football coach for two years.

One person is in a St. Louis area hospital after a four-vehicle crash in Jackson County.

How To Stop Gun Violence? Just Ask

May 18, 2018

Conversations around gun violence often revolve around long-term solutions, like improving schools or the local economy.

But even if those things were easy — and they’re not — it would take a generation to realize the benefits.

And for the Illinoisans living and dying in these communities — mostly low-income, black communities — they don’t have time to wait.

Students at Dixon High School are safe after a shooting in the school around 8:00 Wednesday morning. Police say a 19-year-old student entered the school with a gun and fired shots near the gym, where graduation practice was taking place.

He was pursued by the school’s resource officer, who shot him in the shoulder outside of the building. The shooter was taken into custody. Dixon Police Chief Steven Howell credits active shooter training with preventing casualties.

How Schools Can Help Kids Traumatized By Gun Violence

May 15, 2018
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Last month, about a dozen people gathered in the basement of a church in Champaign, Ill. to learn about how traumatic experiences affect the lives of children and young adults, and what they can do to mitigate its effects.

 

A Williamson County man is dead after an accident in Ferne Clyffe State Park over the weekend.

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Carbondale Police have identified the person who died after being hit by a train early Sunday morning.

Officers say 20-year-old Aaron Banez of Chicago- a student at SIU-Carbondale - was hit along the overpass at East Pleasant Hill Road. That area is not a railroad crossing.

Fatal Crash in Jackson County

Apr 20, 2018

One person was killed in a single vehicle crash Thursday afternoon in Jackson County.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office responded to the crash on Highway 51 near Traux Traer Road in Elkville.

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The issue of school safety remains a hot topic as another academic year winds down.

Wednesday, Baysinger Architects in Marion hosted a School Building Safety Lunch and Learn for area school and law enforcement officials.

The Jackson County Health Department and county sheriff's office are holding a medication disposal event Saturday.

They say the initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.

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Illinois' child abuse rates are the highest in the southern third of the state.

To kick off April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month in Union County, child advocacy groups and local leaders gathered Tuesday to recognize the event.

The Illinois Department of Public Health is confirming a second death linked to synthetic cannabinoids.

So far, there have been 56 cases of severe bleeding found in synthetic cannabinoid users...and two have died.

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