Mt. Vernon Man Faces New Charges in Extortion Plot

MT. VERNON — A Mt. Vernon man faces new charges related to a second extortion plot involving the same victim. Twenty-four-year-old Nicholas P. Duncan is accused of extorting money from a man with threats of false child pornography accusations against the man if he does not comply. Duncan was charged Aug. 11 with three Class 3 felonies, including

Shots Fired in Pursuit of ‘Armed and Dangerous’ Mt. Vernon Man

BONNIE – A 49-year-old Mt. Vernon man was taken into custody Wednesday afternoon following a police chase in Jefferson County, just hours after the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office described him as “armed and dangerous.” The sheriff’s office confirms shots were fired during a pursuit of John Brown Wednesday near Bonnie. Law enforcement had earlier in

Humphries Found Fit to Stand Trial

MT. VERNON – A Mt. Vernon man facing robbery and hijacking charges was found to be mentally fit to stand trial in Jefferson County Court on Tuesday. Twenty-four-year-old Anthony Humphries allegedly stole a vehicle on March 7 by use and threat of force with a firearm. Humphries also allegedly stole a cellular device and candy.

JFPD, MVFD Hazmat Respond to Fuel Leak on Interstate 64

MT. VERNON – The Jefferson Fire Protection District and Mt. Vernon Fire Department Hazmat Team responded to an incident on Interstate 64 in Jefferson County just before midnight Monday evening. A fuel leak from a semi was reported near the eastbound rest area around milepost 85. Both crews were able to clean up the scene

Pawar Selects Cairo Mayor as Running Mate in Governor’s Race

CHICAGO (AP) — Democratic candidate for Illinois governor Ameya Pawar has selected Cairo Mayor Tyrone Coleman as his 2018 running mate. Pawar, who is a Chicago alderman, says in a statement Tuesday that Coleman “embodies the struggle that every Illinois family and town is experiencing.” Coleman spent 10 years in the U.S. Marine Corps. He founded Faith

Mt. Vernon Man Sentenced on Home Burglary, Drug Charge

MT. VERNON – A Mt. Vernon man was sentenced to 20 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections Friday. Court reports indicate 49-year-old Willie Vaughn was sentenced to 20 years each on felony charges of residential burglary and possession of heroin. Those sentences will run concurrently. Vaughn had pleaded guilty in May to entering a

CCHS Taking Nominations for First Responder Award

CARBONDALE – Carbondale Community High School is accepting nominations for its First Responder Award. Every year, the school acknowledges the hard work and dedication of first responders throughout Jackson County at a home football game. The CCHS Game Committee is asking community members, families and supervisors to nominate first responders who go above and beyond the

Stevens Has Motions Hearing in Jefferson County Court

MT. VERNON – An Energy man who faces charges for allegedly driving under the influence of cocaine had a motions hearing in Jefferson County Court on Wednesday. Twenty-five-year-old Cole Stevens is accused of killing 18-year-old Emma Caserotti of Mt. Vernon while allegedly driving under the influence of cocaine. Stevens faces a Class 2 Felony charge