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Marion Police

Marion Police are searching for a suspect in at least two auto burglaries from last month.

Texting While Driving Penalties Increase

Jul 2, 2019
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Stronger penalites for texting while driving took effect on July 1st.  

Drivers who are caught texting behind the wheel will receive a moving violation for their first offence. Previously, first-time offenders were treated as nonmoving violations.

Moving violations are recorded on person's driving record, and the motorist will also be fined and held liable for court costs. Anyone with three moving violations in a 12-month period will have their driver's license suspended.

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Williamson County Sheriff's Department

A Hurst woman is accused of manslaughter in the death of her mother earlier this year.

Illinois’ weed legalization law won’t take effect until next year, but the Illinois State Police is wasting no time. That agency is preparing to enforce new regulations surrounding legal cannabis.


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Carbondale Police

The missing 7-year-old girl from Carbondale has been found alive.

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Williamson County Sheriff's Department

Williamson County State's Attorney Brandon Zanotti has filed formal charges against a man accused of shooting two people, killing one of them.

Illinois House lawmakers passed legislation requiring a parent be present when students are questioned or detained in connection to a crime.

Illinois lawmakers are moving to give judges more discretion in sentencing people convicted of certain crimes.

Carbondale Police say one person is wanted after a shooting on the city's town square Friday night.

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Carbondale Police

Carbondale Police say they have obtained an arrest warrant for a 19-year-old related to an incident on a school bus this morning that prompted a school lockdown for a brief time.

Officers say 19-year-old Jekiary Anderson is wanted on charges for aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. He is considered armed and dangerous.

Come January 14, Illinois will have a new

Hundreds of Chicago murder cases from as far back as 2014 have DNA evidence from the crime scene: it just hasn’t been processed yet by Illinois’ Forensic Science Lab. State senators met in Chicago on Monday to find out why.


An attorney representing the alleged Marshall County High School shooter is claiming that the school system and its legal representation are tampering with witnesses. 

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Carbondale Police are looking for two men accused in a forgery scheme.

How Seeking Justice Retraumatizes Assault Survivors

Nov 14, 2018
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Rape and sexual assault are issues that have dominated the headlines recently. The response to those stories - whether they are about Brett Kavanaugh, Bill Cosby, or #MeToo - reveals a divide among Americans on what to do when someone says they’ve been assaulted.

As a society, we are still struggling to understand how rape and sexual assault affect victims and how to seek justice for these crimes.  

 

It’s an issue that hits close to home for a significant number of Americans.

 

A new report is trying to calculate a more realistic tally of what crime costs in Illinois.

A juror picked to hear the trial of a man accused in the 2014 death of a Southern Illinois University student asked to be excused, delaying the start of testimony.

His name was Devon McClyde, and he was 16 years old when he was caught in the crossfire of an argument while playing basketball one evening in a local park in Danville on June 8, 2016.

He died three days later – the victim of another gun crime in Central Illinois.

 


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Herrin Police

Herrin Police say a man is in custody, after he tried to get away from a traffic stop by speeding through a cemetery.

Illinois is joining several states to abandon drug field testing by state police.

The test involves putting a substance in a liquid vial to confirm the presence of drugs.

The DEA, along with state police in Missouri and Michigan, have also ditched the practice; the move comes as awareness to the danger of opioid exposure is growing.

Updated Feb. 23 at 9:10 a.m. with  additional comments from Kim Gardner — A St. Louis grand jury has indicted Gov. Eric Greitens for felony invasion of privacy for allegedly taking a semi-nude photo of a woman without her permission. Greitens was arrested Thursday afternoon, but was released without having to post bond. 

One of his attorneys, Edward Dowd, said in a statement that he plans to file a motion to dismiss the charges.

“In forty years of public and private practice, I have never seen anything like this. The charges against my client are baseless and unfounded. My client is absolutely innocent,” he said.

Stalking Awareness Month
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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.

When a police officer is injured, getting them medical help is expected.  But what about when that officer is a K-9?  A new Illinois law allows E-M-T's to transport the dog to a veterinarian for treatment. 

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A former Illinois correctional officer received a four-month prison sentence for choking, punching and kneeing a handcuffed prisoner in 2016.

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Illinois State Police

State Police have released the name of the man shot during an altercation with Carbondale Police early Saturday morning.

A public defender entered a “not guilty” plea Wednesday for Brendt Christensen, the 28-year-old man accused of kidnapping and killing Yingying Zhang. The brief arraignment hearing before Magistrate Judge Eric I. Long at the federal courthouse in Urbana came after an emotional outburst from Yingying’s mother.

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A two-semi crash on Interstate 57 in Franklin County Thursday morning sent two people to the hospital and shut down the northbound lanes for nearly seven hours.

Carbondale Police are looking for two suspects after an armed robbery Thursday night.

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.