Public Safety

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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.

This past weekend across the country and across Illinois,  high-school students by the thousands took part in marches to push for reforms to prevent school shootings.  WSIU's Kevin Boucher  recently caught up with 12th District US Congressman Mike Bost.

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Schools aren't the only institutions concerned about mass shootings.

Many churches and businesses are offering employees and volunteers active shooter training.

The Vienna City Council recently hired two additional part time police officers to support the local schools.

Illinois Congressman John Shimkus says President Trump’s plan to put a tariff on steel and aluminum imports could have widespread effects.

The person killed in a two vehicle crash in Washington County on Tuesday has been identified.

Illinois State Police say he is 58-year-old John Frye of Freeburg.

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Several gun related measures will be discussed in the General Assembly this week in response to recent mass shootings across the country.

Schools officials in Salem are working with local police to investigate the possibility of a threat of school violence.

High school superintendent Brad Detering sent out a Facebook post Wednesday saying there is no information to substantiate the threat and there is no credible threat at this time.

The recent school shooting in Florida has area schools asking what they can do to better protect their students from a possible attack.

Wednesday's deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida fell on the tenth anniversary of a shooting at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, that killed five students and wounded 17 more.

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A Cessna four-seat one-engine plane crashed while attempting to lift off at the Centralia Municipal Airport Thursday morning.

WJBD Radio reports the Federal Aviation Administration, which is handling the investigation, indicated the aircraft stalled when attempting to depart the airport and crashed on airport property.

Small Plane Crashes in Centralia

Feb 8, 2018
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A plane crashed Thursday morning at the Centralia Municipal Airport.

WJBD Radio reports Centralia Police Chief Brian Atchison says the only person in the plane was the pilot and he was taken to SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital for treatment of injuries.

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Wednesday is the 206th anniversary of a major earthquake in the New Madrid Seismic Zone.

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency is encouraging people to prepare for earthquakes.

Southern Illinois Congressman Mike Bost and his wife Tracy were among those on a chartered train that crashed into a garbage truck in West Virginia.

In a written statement, Bost said he and Tracy were not hurt on the train carrying Republican lawmakers to a retreat in West Virginia.

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