Public Safety

Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

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.


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

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.


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.

Tuesday's school shooting at Marshall County High School in western Kentucky was the 11th this month.

A southern Illinois law enforcement officer is busy training schools, churches and private businesses how to deal with an active shooter situation.

A new plan in Illinois aims to end youth tackle football programs… and it bears the name of Dave Duerson, a 1985 Chicago Bear who killed himself. 

The proposed law bans tackle football for children under 12 throughout the state… with the goal of preventing CTE, a degenerative disease of the brain caused by repetitive brain trauma.

A day after two teenagers were killed and 18 others injured in a shooting at Marshall County High School, state legislators weighed in on whether the General Assembly should pass any policies to try and prevent similar tragedies.

A Jackson County man is dead after succumbing to a poisonous gas in his home.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Department says a Grand Tower couple tried to clear a clogged drain Tuesday afternoon by mixing a commercial drain cleaner with bleach, a mixture that created a poisonous gas.


The Kentucky State Police are now saying that a total of 20 people were injured during the shooting. They say 16 suffered gunshot wounds (Previous reports said 19 total, 14 gunshot wounds).  This number includes two victims who died.

Salem Police Warn About Hard to Spot Scam

Jan 18, 2018

A new phone scam is going around the Salem area.

Phone scams are becoming more common and now they use local numbers to get you to answer the phone.

Union County Sheriff's Dept.

A junior at Anna-Jonesboro High School is being recognized for his effort to help a motorist in distress.

The Union County Sheriff's Office and the Illinois State Police presented Kyle McMahan a Life Saving Award Wednesday.

There are several locations in Williamson County serving as warming centers during the extreme cold.

Winter Storm Warning for Parts of Region

Jan 10, 2018


Stalking Awareness Month
Benjy Jeffords / WSIU

January is Stalking Awareness Month and Union County States attorney Tyler Edmonds wants the public to know how dangerous this can be.

Millions of people are victims of some type of stalking every year.

Someone has been posting flyers promoting a white-supremacist group across the Northern Illinois University campus, Acting President Lisa Freeman informed the community by email Tuesday.

She said the flyers are being removed as they are discovered because they violate the NIU posting policy.

“Hatred is not something that aligns with the principles of NIU,” Freeman wrote.

The labor union representing Illinois prison guards says assaults on staff are way up - and state officials aren't doing enough about it.

Roberta Lynch is the head of AFSCME. She says too often, the Department of Corrections only increases staff or repairs equipment AFTER correctional officers are assaulted.

A Metro East man died in a three-vehicle crash Tuesday morning on Interstate 57 in southern Illinois.

Illinois State Police say 57-year-old Wayne Maxwell of O'Fallon was pronounced dead on the scene of the crash in the northbound lanes of I-57 at milepost 47.


Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill is asking the Department of Homeland Security to give ``full consideration'' to an effort by the St. Louis Cardinals to enhance security and anti-terrorism measures at Busch Stadium.

Sen. Durbin's office

Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin visited the Marion VA Medical Center Tuesday to look into potential issues with patient safety and care.

There is an ongoing investigation at the facility related to mismanagement and retaliation against whistleblowers.

State and federal legislators from Illinois are proposing new laws in response to Sunday’s mass shooting in Las Vegas.


Illinois politicians continue reacting to Sunday’s mass shooting in Las Vegas.

Responses are falling down party lines.

Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

Organizers of Williamson County's Traffic Safety Days are honoring one of their partners with the 10th annual event logo.
The logo, unveiled Tuesday at the sheriff's office in Marion, features a tractor-trailer from Thomason Express.