SALEM PAROLEE ARRESTED AFTER LENGTHY PURSUIT

MARION COUNTY, IL — A 24-year-old Salem man was arrested Sunday afternoon after taking area law enforcement on a pursuit that ended when his vehicle left the road on U.S. Highway 51 south of Centralia. John E. Phillips was wanted on an Illinois Department of Corrections warrant for an alleged parole violation for a 2018…Read more…

Caritas Family Solutions Celebrates over 70 decades of service to their communities

MT. VERNON, IL — Caritas Family Solutions is celebrating their 73rd anniversary as an Illinois, nonprofit, human services agency. Caritas Family Solutions’ services include care for women who are homeless and pregnant, counseling, independent living for adults with developmental disabilities (CILA), and assisted living and employment assistance for low-income seniors. CEO Gary Huelsmann says this year’s…Read more…

Bluford School Board Approves Return to School Plan at Thursday Meeting

BLUFORD — The Bluford School Board approved their tentative return to school plan Thursday night at their board meeting. Students and staff will be in attendance every day from 8:10 a.m. to 3:10 p.m. with CDC and IDPH protocols in place for the health and safety of everyone in the building. Bluford Schools Superintendent Shane…Read more…

JEFFERSON COUNTY ARREST REPORTS 7-31-2020

MT. VERNON, IL — On Friday, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests to WMIX/WDML News: 58-year-old Walter Williams of Madisonville, KY was arrested Thursday for Driving on a Revoked License. 36-year-old Cody Frierson of Hattiesburg, MS was arrested Thursday for Controlled Substance Trafficking. 44-year-old Vincent Levy of Lexington, MS was arrested Thursday…Read more…

August Jury Trial Date Confirmed for Mulberry Grove Man Accused of Murder

FAYETTE COUNTY — Prosecution and defense attorneys in Fayette County confirmed on Tuesday an August jury trial date in a case accusing a 71-year-old Mulberry Grove man of murder. David Bright was found mentally fit last July to stand trial for the September 2017 murder of a Brownstown man. Bright is charged with first-degree murder for allegedly shooting James…Read more…

McClellan Grade School Superintendent Shares Re-Opening Plan

JEFFERSON COUNTY — Local grade schools are putting their plans in place for what their return to the classrooms are going to look like in just a few weeks. McClellan School Superintendent Terry Milt says they plan to offer in-person instruction and online learning for any student, and letting the parents choose which they would…Read more…

Centralia Man Accused of Murder Set for Bench Trial Next Month

MARION COUNTY — A 27-year-old Centralia man accused of murder waived his right on Tuesday to a jury trial in his Marion County case and agreed to a bench trial that’s scheduled to be held next month. Mantez Duncan is charged with first-degree murder in the December 2019 shooting death of 39-year-old Clendar Edmond, of East St. Louis. Duncan…Read more…

State Meth Charges Against Centralia Man Dropped After Federal Charges Filed

CENTRALIA — Meth-related charges against a 33-year-old Centralia man were dropped Wednesday morning in Clinton County Court after federal prosecutors indicted him in connection with the seizure of more than one pound of methamphetamine earlier this year. Centralia police arrested Jacob Williamson in April after he sped away from an attempted traffic stop near the Fairview Shopping…Read more…

Former Centralia Attorney Being Sued in Madison County

MADISON COUNTY — A former Centralia attorney is being sued in Madison County Court by a couple claiming he represented them in an auto crash lawsuit and then left Illinois with their settlement money. According to a lawsuit filed July 13 by Denise and Valjean Lueking, Jack S. Paker represented them in a suit filed in Clinton…Read more…