McLeansboro House Fire Claims Life of Disabled Man

MCLEANSBORO – A Sunday afternoon house fire has claimed the life of a 57-year-old disabled McLeansboro man. Clarence Jones reportedly activated his “Life Alert” call around 3:30 Sunday afternoon and informed emergency dispatchers that he had fallen out of his chair and couldn’t get back up. According to Hamilton County Coroner Steve Bowling, when first

Meth Conspiracy Trial Set to Begin in Jefferson County

MT. VERNON – The jury trial of a 26-year-old Mt. Vernon man on meth conspiracy charges is scheduled to begin Tuesday in Jefferson County court. Dewayne Moore has been charged in Jefferson County Court with a Class X Felony conspiring to obtain 15 to 100 grams of methamphetamine with two other subjects and deliver that

Sunday Fire Destroys Mt. Vernon Home

MT. VERNON – An early Sunday morning fire destroyed a home located at 917 Perkins in Mt. Vernon. The residents were able to get out of the home safely and called the fire department to report the fire. Firefighters found heavy flames visible when they arrived. Despite a quick knockdown of the fire inside the

Southern Illinois Police Officer Charged with Sexual Assault

MURPHYSBORO, Ill. (AP) — A Southern Illinois police officer faces charges that he sexually assaulted a juvenile. The Southern Illinoisan reports that Ava police officer William F. Fenton was indicted by a grand jury on felony counts of criminal sexual assault and aggravated criminal sexual abuse and was arrested on Wednesday by the Illinois State

JCSO Warns of New Phone Scam in Time for Tax Season

MT. VERNON – The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is warning the public that as it’s getting close to tax time, scammers are busy, again. The sheriff’s office warns of a recent scam in which a computerized message is calling people and claiming to be the IRS. The message claims the person will be arrested if

Carbondale Woman Indicted in Stabbing Death of Boyfriend

CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — A Carbondale woman has been indicted on a first-degree murder charge in the Thanksgiving Day stabbing death of her boyfriend. The Southern Illinoisan reports that Jackson County State’s Attorney Michael C. Carr announced Wednesday that 42-year-old Rebecca B. Valentine was indicted by a county grand jury. Valentine was arrested early on

Carbondale Mayor Set to Give State of the City Address Dec. 12

CARBONDALE – The Carbondale Chamber of Commerce will host the 2017 State of the City Address on Tuesday, Dec. 12 during its monthly luncheon. Carbondale Mayor John “Mike” Henry will unveil the city’s new logo and branding. He will also highlight the city’s progress and accomplishments over the last year as well as discuss plans