West Frankfort City Council Recap

WEST FRANKFORT – The West Frankfort City Council Tuesday night approved two properties for demolition. According to City Clerk Angie Baker Deaton, the properties are located at 308 N. Taft and 905 S. Monroe. The city will now advertise for bids to tear down these properties. The council also approved advertising for bids to paint

Marion Police Report for July 20-23

MARION – The following information was released by the Marion Police Department for July 20-23, 2018: Justin Opell, 35, of Marion was issued a citation for Forgery at Menard’s on July 20, 2018. Darryl Drake, 52, of Marion was arrested for Criminal Trespass to Property on July 20, 2018 in the 2700 block of Merchant

RLC Hosting 13 Miner Trainings This Fall

INA – Three specialized trainings for surface and underground miners have been scheduled to meet 13 times this fall at Rend Lake College. All training courses will meet on the RLC Ina campus in the Coal Mining Training Center and will be taught by RLC Mining Technology Instructor Don McBride. Annual Surface and Underground Refresher

Wheatley Embezzlement Trial Enters Second Week

MT. VERNON – The embezzlement trial in Jefferson County court of a former Webber Township School District administrator has entered its second week. Jury selection began last Tuesday in the trial against 56-year-old Sabrina Wheatley, who is facing charges of Class X felony theft of government property in excess of $100,000, Class 3 felony official

DeSoto Woman Pleads Not Guilty in Husband’s Death

MURPHYSBORO – Bail has been set at $2.5 million for a 54-year-old DeSoto woman accused of hiring someone to murder her husband. Carmen Stonemark pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Jackson County court to five charges, stemming from the death of Frank Stonemark in October. James Michael Deese has admitted to killing Frank Stonemark Oct. 29,

Benton City Council Recap

BENTON – The Benton City Council Monday night approved adding a $3 surcharge to bills with out of town water rates. According to City Clerk Brook Craig, this will be effective for September bills. The council also approved spending up to $2,000 to market/advertise the sale of Lake Hamilton Estates, Phase 1 Subdivision lots and

Three Injured Following Tuesday Crash in Carterville

CARTERVILLE – Three people are recovering following a two-vehicle crash in Carterville Tuesday afternoon. Illinois State Police say just after 1, 67-year-old Lynda E. Welch of Marion was driving her vehicle west on Route 13 and ran the stop light at Division Street. Another vehicle, driven by 36-year-old Helen E. Cook of Murphysboro, was turning

Man Sentenced for Role in Southern Illinois Teen’s Death

PINCKNEYVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A man charged in the 2010 kidnapping and death of a 15-year-old girl in southern Illinois has been sentenced to 20 years in prison. The sentencing of 27-year-old Chad Bennett II comes after he pleaded guilty in March to a home invasion charge as part of a plea agreement that dropped