MT. VERNON – A 31-year-old Mt. Vernon man turned himself in Sunday afternoon to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office in connection with a shooting last week that sent one person to the hospital with non-life threatening gunshot wounds. A Jefferson County warrant had been issued for Calvin Webster’s arrest, charging him with aggravated battery with

Hamilton County Deputies Buy New Swings for Broughton Park

BROUGHTON – A few weeks ago, the park in Broughton was vandalized when someone cut the swings destroying them. It’s not known at this time who did it, but deputies with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office donated their money recently to buy three brand new swings for the park. The swings have since been fixed

Benton City Council Set to Meet Monday Night

BENTON – The Benton City Council is set to meet Monday night at 6 at City Hall. The council will discuss and possibly approve advertising for a water maintenance person, lake lot lease transfers, hiring a probationary full-time police officer on an emergency basis, the fire chief’s contract, amending the manufactured house code and reappointing

Last of Three White County Jail Escapees Sentenced

CARMI – The last of three inmates who escaped from the White County Jail last June was sentenced Wednesday in White County to five years and nine months in the Illinois Department of Corrections for escape, a class 2 felony. White County State’s Attorney Denton Aud says 29-year-old Justin M. Bray will also serve two

Jury Finds Mt. Vernon Man Guilty in Child Sex Case

MT. VERNON – A Jefferson County jury found a 32-year-old Mt. Vernon man guilty Thursday of two counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a victim under the age of 13. Jonathan R. Bieniek has remained in the Jefferson County Jail since his January arrest on the two Class X felony charges, with bail set

Diesel Fuel Spill Reported in Rural Jefferson County Thursday

MT. VERNON – Multiple fire departments responded to a diesel fuel leak Thursday at Log Cabin Lane and Saddle Club Road in rural Jefferson County. Jefferson Fire Protection District called Mt. Vernon and Bluford Fire Departments for assistance as a fuel truck spilled over 300 gallons of diesel fuel on the ground. Mt. Vernon Fire

McLeansboro City Council Has Busy Agenda for Tuesday’s Meeting

MCLEANSBORO – The McLeansboro City Council has a busy agenda for Tuesday night’s meeting at 6 at City Hall. The council is expected to discuss and take possible action on several items including establishing policies and/or procedures for the sale of real property owned by the City of McLeansboro, sanitary water lines, proposed City Hall

Saline County State’s Attorney Report – May 2019

HARRISBURG – The following people were sentenced in May of 2019 in Saline County Circuit Court according to the Saline County State’s Attorney’ Office. Amber Brandt Graham, 29 years old, of Harrisburg, IL, was sentenced on May 1, 2019 by Judge Walden Morris to 4.5 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections and 2-year mandatory

Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Seeking Correctional Officer

BENTON – The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office is accepting applications for the position of correctional officer. Sheriff David Bartoni says you may pick up and turn in your application at the sheriff’s office on East Main in Benton. Applications will be accepted until the close of business at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, July 2. The