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

Arrest Made in Counterfeit Money Investigation in Carbondale

CARBONDALE – Carbondale Police have made one arrest following several reports of counterfeit money in the city recently. Police say the counterfeit currency recovered during their investigations depicts the $50 bill. Even though one arrest has been made, police are encouraging businesses to remain vigilant. They encourage business owners to instruct employees who handle money

Morthland College Students Locked Out of Dorms

WEST FRANKFORT – Some Morthland College students got a rude awakening when they tried to move into their dorm rooms Wednesday. They found the doors to the dorms locked because the owner demanded payment of the first semester’s rent up front. School officials were able to resolve the problem with the dorms yesterday afternoon after

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

Double Homicide Investigation Underway in Murphysboro

MURPHYSBORO – The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office says a Murphysboro couple’s deaths are being investigated as a double homicide. Autopsies on Burl and Brenda Ritcheson were done Tuesday. The cause of death was established for both individuals, but that information is not being released at this time. An adult family member who lives at the

Franklin County Preparing for Monday’s Solar Eclipse

BENTON – We’re just a few days away from the Great American Eclipse. While everyone across the country will see at least a partial eclipse, weather permitting, southern Illinois will get to see a total eclipse Monday. Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to be in our area for the event. To get you ready

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.