Centralia Police Investigating Multiple Burglaries on City’s West Side

CENTRALIA — Centralia Police are investigating multiple burglaries to businesses on the city’s west side over the past few days. CPD initially reported an investigation into the burglary Friday of the Verizon Store on West McCord. That was followed by burglaries of Pizza Hut on West Broadway and Doug Loy Automotive on North Chestnut Street. According to…Read more…

EXCESSIVE HEAT WATCH IN EFFECT THROUGH THE WEEKEND

MT. VERNON –An excessive heat watch remains in effect for our region from Wednesday afternoon through Saturday evening. The National Weather Service forecasts heat index values of up to 113 and temperatures in the upper 90s. Dangerously high temperatures and humidity could quickly cause heat stress or heat stroke if precautions are not taken. The…Read more…

Carterville Man Sentenced to Four Years in IDOC for Meth Manufacturing

WILLIAMSON COUNTY — A Carterville man pled guilty Monday in Williamson County Court to participation in meth manufacturing, a Class 1 felony, and was sentenced to four years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. Williamson County State’s Attorney Brandon Zanotti says on July 20, 2016, Williamson County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a reported hostage situation in Carterville. Once…Read more…

Free Back to School Event to be Held at Bi-County Health Department July 26th

MARION — The Franklin-Williamson County Positive Youth Development Action Team, the Bi-County Health Department and other partner organization will hold a free back to school event on Friday, July 26 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Bi-County Health Department on Express Drive in Marion, next to Veterans Airport of Southern Illinois. This event will…Read more…

Carmi Woman Arrested on Edwards County Warrant

CARMI — A Carmi woman is facing additional charges after Carmi Police arrested her around 10:30 Saturday night on an Edwards County warrant for failure to appear on a DUI case. Police say 21-year-old Neola D. Wilson was found at 609 N. 6th Street. She was uncooperative at the scene but eventually was calmed and taken to the…Read more…

GAETTI BREAKING GROUND ON SPORTS ACADEMY IN CENTRALIA

CENTRALIA — The City of Centralia announced Monday that Gaetti Sports Academy will host a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday at 10 a.m. at the location of its new building on the grounds of the old Meadow Woods Country Club at 1750 Tee Lane in Centralia. Gary Gaetti, a former professional baseball player and Centralia native, has…Read more…

JURY FINDS MT. VERNON MAN GUILTY OF STABBING AT BLUFORD LEGION

JEFFERSON COUNTY — A Jefferson County jury has found a 45-year-old Mt. Vernon man guilty of two counts armed violence stemming from an incident last year at the Bluford American Legion that sent another man to the hospital with a stab wound to the neck. Robbie Hayes (Source: JCSO) Robbie E. “Shady” Hayes was found…Read more…

Jefferson County Arrest Reports 7-16-19

MT. VERNON — On Tuesday, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests to WMIX / WDML News: 32-year-old Charles Riley of Bluford was arrested by Mt. Vernon Police Monday for driving on a suspended license. 39-year-old Charles Banes of Ina was arrested by Ina Police Monday for domestic battery, criminal damage to property,…Read more…

Death of Vandalia woman under investigation after being found at her place of employment

VANDALIA — The Fayette County Coroner and Vandalia police are investigating the early Sunday morning death of a 36-year-old Vandalia woman. According to the coroner’s office, Nikki L. Handegan, was discovered early Sunday morning by a co-worker at their place of employment. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday in Effingham. No other information has been released at this time but the…Read more…

One killed in fatal crash south of Effingham

EFFINGHAM, IL — One person was killed Monday morning in a single-vehicle crash on southbound Interstate 57 in Effingham County. According to preliminary reports, emergency personnel responded around 8:40 a.m. to a crash involving a dual rear wheel equipped pick-up truck with a contractor’s bed. The truck reportedly left the roadway on the outside shoulder causing the…Read more…