Audit Shows Over $315K Missing in Zeigler

ZEIGLER – An audit filed Friday by accountant Dennis Uhls shows former Zeigler City Treasurer Ryan Thorpe stole over $315,000 from the city between Jan. 1, 2013 through Aug. 31 of this year. That’s according to a report in the Southern Illinoisan. A federal grand jury recently returned a five count indictment charging Thorpe with

Jury Finds Harrisburg Man Guilty of Aggravated Battery

HARRISBURG – A Saline County Jury Friday found a Harrisburg man guilty of a Class 3 felony charge of aggravated battery. Saline County State’s Attorney Jayson Clark says the charge against 30-year-old Jared R. Crawford arose out of an incident in which he struck another man in the back of the head with a beer

Three Injured in Sunday Morning Crash in Union County

WOLF LAKE – Three people were injured in a two-vehicle crash in Union County Sunday morning. Illinois State Police say around 7:20, 45-year-old Melissa A. O’Daniel of Anna was driving her car north on Route 3 approaching Shawnee High School when her car crossed into the southbound lane and struck a pickup truck going south

Dispatch Board Puts Hampton on Administrative Leave

CHRISTOPHER – A former Franklin County Sheriff’s deputy arrested last week for alleged sexual abuse and misconduct was put on unpaid administrative leave indefinitely as a dispatcher Wednesday night by the West Franklin County Central Dispatch Board. Christopher Hampton faces one count of criminal sexual assault and a second count of custodial sexual misconduct from

Four Arrested Following Traffic Incident in Mulkeytown

MULKEYTOWN – Three people were arrested for underage drinking and another one on an arrest warrant following a traffic incident in rural Mulkeytown around 7:45 Tuesday night. Franklin County Sheriff Don Jones says 19-year-old Danielle N. Phillips of West Frankfort, 18-year-old Segio M. Davis of Goreville and 19-year-old Kaitlin N. Staley of Christopher were all

McLeansboro Woman Petitions City Council to Allow Sunday Liquor Sales

MCLEANSBORO – Some folks in McLeansboro want city leaders to allow Sunday liquor sales in town. During Tuesday night’s McLeansboro City Council meeting, Angie Rheude Stricklin presented the council with signatures from 359 people wanting Sunday liquor sales. She also requested the council to consider allowing gambling machines at the convenience stores and said that