William Shatner Captains Bitcoin Mining Farm in Murphysboro

MURPHYSBORO, Ill. (AP) — Could southern Illinois be the final frontier for bitcoin miners? Actor William Shatner thinks so, and is recruiting new tenants at solar-powered mining facility in the area. The former Star Trek actor is the spokesman for the alternative energy developer Solar Alliance. The Chicago Tribune reports the company plans to convert

Woman Injured in Saturday Morning Crash in Carterville

CARTERVILLE – A two-car injury accident happened around 10:45 Saturday morning on Route 13 at Greenbriar Road in Carterville. Illinois State Police say 34-year-old Robert Farmer of Johnston City was driving his pickup truck east on Route 13 at the intersection of Route 13 and Greenbriar Road as 33-year-old Brianna Howell of Carterville was driving

Buckner Man Lands in Jail for Home Invasion

BUCKNER – A Buckner man is facing tentative charges related to a home invasion early Friday morning. Franklin County Sheriff Don Jones says deputies responded to a 911 call around 6:20 a.m. reporting that 48-year-old Christopher H. Shurtz had forced his way inside a home in Buckner and attacked a man with a claw hammer.

Two Zeigler Residents Charged in Rural West Frankfort Home Burglary

BENTON – Franklin County Sheriff’s deputies made two arrests Thursday in a residential burglary and felony theft that was reported Wednesday in rural West Frankfort. Sheriff Don Jones says 22-year-old Zachary A. Sneed and 59-year-old Linda F. Dobbins, both of Zeigler, are charged with residential theft and burglary. Jones says the pair had been arrested

One Dead Following Three Semi Crash on I-57 in Union County

ANNA – Three semis were involved in a crash that killed one semi driver around 2:20 Thursday afternoon on I-57 in Union County. According to Illinois State Police, a semi, driven by 60-year-old Lester C. Barr, was going north on I-57 at milepost 33 as another semi, driven by 67-year-old Philip R. Lawrence, was trying

Jury Finds Bethune Guilty in 2014 Death of SIU Carbondale Student

MURPHYSBORO – A Jackson County jury has convicted a man of first-degree murder in the February 2014 death of a Southern Illinois University student. The jury returned the verdict Thursday night against 23-year-old Gaege Bethune of Eldorado, Illinois. He faces 20 to 60 years in prison when sentenced. Bethune was accused of striking 19-year-old Pravin

Phone Scam Reported in Franklin County

BENTON – Franklin County Sheriff Don Jones is warning residents about a phone scam. Jones says a county resident got a phone call Thursday morning from a man identifying himself as a member of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office. The man told the resident that she had an arrest warrant in Franklin County for Contempt