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Lane Closures Set for I-57 and I-64

Lane Closures Set for I-57 and I-64

IDOT – Lane closures set to take place next week on I-57 and I-64 in southern Illinois. According to IDOT, a lane closure is set for northbound and southbound lanes of I-57, near milepost 65 to 64 in West Frankfort, on Monday, May 13 from 6 to 11 a.m. This is necessary so maintenance crews…Read more…

Funeral Arrangements Set for Christopher Firefighter Kody VanFossan

Funeral Arrangements Set for Christopher Firefighter Kody VanFossan

Christopher – Funeral arrangements have been announced for a Christopher firefighter who lost his life fighting a six alarm commercial fire early Sunday morning in Christopher. According to Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher, the funeral for 24-year-old Kody Michael Vanfossan will be held Friday at 10 a.m. in the Christopher High School Gym. Visitation will…Read more…

City of Christopher Firefighter Loses Life in Multi-Alarm Fire

City of Christopher Firefighter Loses Life in Multi-Alarm Fire

Christopher – A City of Christopher firefighter lost his life in the line of duty during a multi-alarm commercial building fire early Sunday morning in Christopher. According to a post on the Firefighters Volunteers Facebook page, Firefighter Kody Vanfossan died from injuries he received. Vanfossen’s father was also inside the building fighting the fire. He was also…Read more…

Governor Declares 34 Counties Battling Floods Disaster Areas

Governor Declares 34 Counties Battling Floods Disaster Areas

Alton (AP) – A disaster proclamation has been issued by Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker for 34 counties along the Mississippi and Illinois rivers due to flooding. Friday’s declaration is to ensure communities battling floods caused by heavy rain will receive state support. That support includes the Corrections Department providing work crews to support sandbagging efforts.…Read more…

Just Elsie’s in Orient Damaged in Friday Fire

Orient – An Orient bar and restaurant is damaged as the result of an Friday morning fire. According to a release from the West Frankfort Police Department, fire crews were called out to Just Elsie’s in Orient at around 9:30am Friday after an employee in the building smelled smoke and alerted authorities. The fire, determined…Read more…

Jarrell Pullen Found Guilty in Fatal 2017 Carbondale Shooting

Jarrell Pullen Found Guilty in Fatal 2017 Carbondale Shooting

Murphysboro – Jarell Pullen of Carbondale faces possible life in prison after being found guilty in the 2017 murder of Javon Trott after a somewhat tumultuous trial. According to a release from the Jackson Co. State’s Attorney’s Office, Pullen was found guilty on two-counts of first degree murder and four counts of aggravated discharge of…Read more…

I-57 Wreck Near West Frankfort Leaves Five Dead

I-57 Wreck Near West Frankfort Leaves Five Dead

Franklin Co. – Five people are dead as the result of a two-vehicle crash Thursday afternoon on I-57 near West Frankfort. In a press release, Illinois State Police say that a 2019 Ford Expedition rear-ended a 2006 Freightliner 5-axle combination just before 2 p.m. in the right lane of northbound 57. None of the victims…Read more…