Columbia Woman Injured in DUI Crash on I-64 in Jefferson County

WOODLAWN – Alcohol is to blame in an early Wednesday morning accident on Interstate 64 near Woodlawn. According to Illinois State Police, 33-year-old Regina L. Dillard of Columbia was allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol whenever the crash happened at 3:10 a.m. Dillard was traveling eastbound on I-64 approaching milepost 70 when her Chevy

Volunteers Sought for Eclipse Activities at SIU-Carbondale

CARBONDALE – We’re getting closer to the solar eclipse on Aug. 21. If you happen to be free that day, SIU-Carbondale is still looking for volunteers to help with activities surrounding the eclipse. Volunteers are needed at the Student Center, parking area and art and craft tents among other areas of campus. Several volunteer shifts

Mt. Vernon Man Pleads Guilty to Heroin Delivery

MT. VERNON – A Mt. Vernon man pleaded guilty in Jefferson County Court Friday to a Class 1 Felony charge of unlawful delivery of 1 to 15 grams of heroin. Forty-six-year-old Robert W. Riddle, Jr., now faces a sentence of four to 15 years in prison. The plea deal resulted in a previous Class X

Wells Murder Case to Be Tried in Juvenile Court

MT. VERNON – A ruling in Jefferson County Court Monday has transferred a local murder case to juvenile court. Court reports indicate that Resident Judge Jo Beth Weber ruled in favor of a defense motion seeking to transfer the case of 21-year-old Christopher Wells to juvenile court citing recent changes to the law. Wells, who

HUD’s Carson to Visit Illinois Town Hit by Housing Crisis

CAIRO, Ill. (AP) — U.S. Housing Secretary Ben Carson is expected to visit a far southern Illinois community where two public housing complexes are being torn down, forcing hundreds of residents to find new homes. Carson told The Southern Illinoisan he wants to visit Cairo to see if anything can be done to “salvage the situation.” The U.S. Department of Housing

Jonesboro Man Sentenced to Prison for Domestic Battery

JONESBORO – A Jonesboro man will spend the next three years in a state prison on a domestic battery charge. Union County State’s Attorney Tyler R. Edmonds says 31-year-old James L. Smith was sentenced after admitting to a petition for revocation of conditional discharge for the original offense of domestic battery – a Class 4