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3-vehicle crash on I-57 SB near Mt. Vernon

3-vehicle crash on I-57 SB near Mt. Vernon

MT. VERNON — A 3-vehicle crash occurred around 9:30am Wednesday just south of the I-57/64 interchange north of Mt. Vernon. Early reports indicate a semi-tanker and two other vehicles were involved. As of now neither names nor vehicles have been reported, but there has been a fatality and two people were taken to the hospital for treatment.…Read more…

More react to recreation marijuana

More react to recreation marijuana

ILLINOIS (RFD) — Smart Approaches to Marijuana-Illinois or SAM-IL, wants state lawmakers to slow down and consider the best options before rushing headlong into the legalization of recreational marijuana. Colton Grace is a spokesman for SAM-IL. Representatives of SAM-IL are continuing to lobby against the current legalization legislation which the organization claims does not account…Read more…

Centralia man found guilty of child sex assault

Centralia man found guilty of child sex assault

MARION COUNTY — Marion County Resident Judge Mark Stedelin found a 49-year-old Centralia man guilty of sexually assaulting a child, after hearing the case earlier this month in a one-day bench trial. Carl Privatt was arrested and charged in January with Class X felony predatory criminal sexual assault of a victim under the age of…Read more…

MINOR GAS LEAK MONDAY SHUTS DOWN ROUTE 37 SOUTH OF BENTON

MINOR GAS LEAK MONDAY SHUTS DOWN ROUTE 37 SOUTH OF BENTON

BENTON — A minor gas leak happened on Route 37 south of Benton Monday afternoon. Ameren Illinois spokesperson Brian Bretsch says a third-party contractor working for Ameren hit a 2-inch gas pipe around 3:30 p.m. Benton Fire was called to the scene and shut down the highway until Ameren crews could arrive to assess the situation.…Read more…

Some Crop Progress But Not Much

Some Crop Progress But Not Much

ILLINOIS (RFD) — “Busier” is the fair way to describe farmers in Illinois last week but not as busy as most would like to be. Spring continues to be unusually wet and has delayed planting and other field work that should have been done a month ago. But there were pockets of activity in Illinois…Read more…

Bail set for Salem man charged with stabbing a woman

Bail set for Salem man charged with stabbing a woman

MARION COUNTY — Bail was set at $10,000 Tuesday for a 21-year-old Salem man charged in Marion County court with the early Tuesday morning stabbing of a woman near 10th and Hickory in Centralia. According to police, Austin Crenshaw stabbed the woman around 2 a.m. Tuesday as they were getting out of her car and she allegedly became unruly. Crenshaw then…Read more…

House Committee Passed Tax Proposal

House Committee Passed Tax Proposal

ILLINOIS (RFD) — The move to change Illinois flat income tax structure is another step closer for voters to consider in 2 years. It’s a long process but another rung has been climbed on the ladder as a house committee advanced a bill Monday to the full house for consideration. However, the bill out of…Read more…

Benton man causes 2-vehicle crash; alcohol deemed a factor

Benton man causes 2-vehicle crash; alcohol deemed a factor

BENTON — A Benton man is facing alcohol-related charges following a two-vehicle crash in Benton Monday night. Benton Police Chief Kyle Melvin says Benton Police and Fire, West City Police, Abbott EMS and Franklin County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the crash at the intersection of South Main and Wastena Street at 7:45 p.m. Based on the investigation, a…Read more…

Centralia residents gather in red shirts demanding “Justice for Jaden”

Centralia residents gather in red shirts demanding “Justice for Jaden”

CENTRALIA — A large group of people sporting red shirts gathered Tuesday night at the southwest corner of McCord and Poplar streets in Centralia, to draw attention to the recent shooting death of 13-year-old Jaden Krauss and to demand answers and justice for the young man and his mother. Jaden was fatally shot during a sleepover May 4th.…Read more…

Name of woman released who was trapped in mechanical device

Name of woman released who was trapped in mechanical device

CARBONDALE — Police in Carbondale have released the name of the woman who was found dead after being trapped in a mechanical device in the 800 block of West Mill Street early Friday morning. Police say the woman is 37-year-old Kristin Duncan of Murphysboro. Around 1:50 Friday morning, police responded to the 800 block of West Mill Street…Read more…