Mt. Vernon Man Sentenced on Meth Delivery Charge

MT. VERNON – A 37-year-old Mt. Vernon man was sentenced Tuesday in Jefferson County Court to 10 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to a methamphetamine delivery charge. James B. Lockwood pleaded guilty to a Class X felony charge of delivery of between 15 and 100 grams of meth in exchange for a Class

Body Found Near Oil Pumps in Jefferson County Last Week Identified

MT. VERNON – The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is reporting that the body found last week near oil pumps south of Ina has been identified as a 27-year-old male tourist from the Republic of Lithuania. Benas Bacanskas was reportedly passing through the area while traveling from Nashville, Tennessee to Chicago. The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office

Carmi Police Report

CARMI – The following information was released by Carmi Police on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019. A Carmi man was arrested Friday on a White County warrant for predatory criminal sexual assault of a child under the age of 13. Carmi Police Chief Jason Carter says around 7:30 p.m., dispatch alerted police that 19-year-old Joseph Tate

Sesser Man Charged in Saturday Afternoon ATV Accident

SESSER – A Sesser man has been charged in connection with an ATV accident that happened Saturday afternoon in Franklin County. According to Franklin County Sheriff David Bartoni, deputies responded to the scene of an ATV crash on Quiet Acres Road in rural Sesser at 5 p.m. The on-scene investigation showed that 41-year-old Travis Todd

Butler Named Franklin County State’s Attorney

BENTON – The Franklin County Board Friday afternoon named Phillip Butler as the county’s new State’s Attorney replacing newly appointed Second Judicial Circuit Judge Evan Owens. Owens’ last day was Friday. Butler has served as an Assistant State’s Attorney in the office under Owens. Butler was sworn into office by Judge Owens shortly after being

Former Mt. Vernon School Teacher Dies in Jet-ski Accident

BENTON – A former Mt. Vernon school teacher was killed in a jet-ski accident at Lake Benton Sunday afternoon. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is investigating, along with the Franklin County Coroner’s office, the death of 73-year-old Gary D. Graham of Benton. Initial reports from the IDNR state that two men were riding together on