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Police Seeking Two Involved in Herrin Park Shooting Tuesday

Police Seeking Two Involved in Herrin Park Shooting Tuesday

UPDATE: 6/16 @ 12:11 p.m. HERRIN – Herrin Police continue to investigate a report of shots fired that happened shortly after 6:30 Tuesday night in the Herrin City Park. Police said the shots were fired by an unknown suspect or suspects. No injuries have been reported, but officers did find two firearms and shell casings. Police have also…read more »

AP: Some Stolen U.S. Military Guns Used in Violent Crimes

AP: Some Stolen U.S. Military Guns Used in Violent Crimes

An Associated Press investigation has found that at least 1,900 U.S. military firearms were lost or stolen over the last decade. These weapons are intended for war — but some have ended up on America’s streets. Army pistols, for example, were used in violent crimes including shootings and robbery. Pistols, machine guns and automatic assault…read more »

Williamson County Sheriff Seeking Two Wanted on Warrants

Williamson County Sheriff Seeking Two Wanted on Warrants

MARION – The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office is seeking two individuals wanted on warrants for varying charges. The first, 56-year-old Ricky Jo Bozarth of Creal Springs, is a white male standing at 5’9″ with brown hair and blue eyes. According to a release, he’s charged with felon in possession of a firearm. The second, 36-year-old…read more »

Union County Sheriff to Retire, Citing Criminal Justice Bill

Union County Sheriff to Retire, Citing Criminal Justice Bill

JONESBORO – After 34 years of service, the sheriff in Union County is retiring. In a press release posted on the Union County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, Sheriff Scott Harvel said “the decision to retire has been a very difficult decision for me to make, but with the recent passing of the Police and Criminal…read more »

Illinois Senate Adjourns, No Deal Reached on Energy Overhaul

Illinois Senate Adjourns, No Deal Reached on Energy Overhaul

CHICAGO (AP) – The Illinois Senate has adjourned without taking up a major overhaul of energy policy aimed at making Illinois a renewable-energy state by 2050. Lawmakers returned to Springfield this week amid negotiations on Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s plan that would offer a bailout to nuclear power plants and close coal-fired plants by 2035. However,…read more »

Chemical Plant Fire Battle Continues, Smoke Plume Dissipates

Chemical Plant Fire Battle Continues, Smoke Plume Dissipates

ROCKTON, Ill. (AP) – An industrial firefighting team continues to battle a fire that has consumed an chemical plant in northern Illinois and forced the evacuation of nearby homes and businesses. Before pouring fire-fighting foam on the now-destroyed Chemtool plant in Rockton, Louisiana-based U.S. Fire Pumps dug a trench around the facility and placed booms…read more »

Suspect Arrested Monday in Connection to Grayville Shooting

Suspect Arrested Monday in Connection to Grayville Shooting

GRAYVILLE – The Illinois State Police Division of Criminal Investigation-Zone 8 is investigating a shooting that allegedly happened in the 1900 block of County Road 2400 North in Grayville Monday afternoon. According to ISP, 27-year-old Ashton Harper was arrested in connection to the shooting following a pursuit by ISP officers. Police said a vehicle that was suspected…read more »

Feds Inspected Illinois Chemical Plant Weeks Before Blast

Feds Inspected Illinois Chemical Plant Weeks Before Blast

CHICAGO (AP) – A northern Illinois chemical plant that was rocked by an explosion and massive fires that prompted evacuations was inspected by a federal agency less than a month before the blast sent debris raining down onto nearby areas. According to WLS-TV, on May 20 inspectors from the U.S. Labor Department’s Occupational Health and…read more »

More Evidence Suggests COVID-19 Was in U.S. by Christmas 2019

More Evidence Suggests COVID-19 Was in U.S. by Christmas 2019

NEW YORK (AP) — A new analysis of blood samples from 24,000 Americans taken early last year is the latest and largest study to suggest that the new coronavirus popped up in the U.S. in December 2019 — weeks before cases were first recognized by health officials. The analysis is not definitive, and some experts…read more »

Marion Mayor, City Council Provide State of the City Address

Marion Mayor, City Council Provide State of the City Address

MARION – Marion Mayor Mike Absher and members of the Marion City Council gave residents city updates at Monday night’s State of the City Address at the Marion Cultural and Civic Center. Prior to the address, the City Council met for a regular meeting and conducted their normal business. At the conclusion of the regular meeting, Mayor…read more »

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