Category Archives: Local News

Harvey Man Sentenced 10 Years for Felony Armed Violence

Harvey Man Sentenced 10 Years for Felony Armed Violence

MT. VERNON – A 20-year-old Harvey, Illinois man was sentenced Thursday in Jefferson County Court to 10 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to felony armed violence. Terrell Burnam was arrested over the summer after he fled the scene of a reported home invasion involving a firearm on Wescott Avenue in Mt. Vernon. As officers arrived…Read more…

Legislation Passes to Transfer Possession of Southern Illinois Arts & Artisans to Rend Lake Conservatory

Legislation Passes to Transfer Possession of Southern Illinois Arts & Artisans to Rend Lake Conservatory

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – State Representative Dave Severin (R-Benton) announced Thursday that legislation he sponsored that facilitates the transfer of possession of the Southern Illinois Arts and Artisans Building from the IDNR to the Rend Lake Conservancy District has passed the Illinois House and Senate and is headed to the desk of the Governor.  Severin said the initiative is…Read more…

Annual Lights Fantastic Parade Returns to Carbondale Saturday Night

Annual Lights Fantastic Parade Returns to Carbondale Saturday Night

CARBONDALE – The 31st Annual Lights Fantastic Parade returns to downtown Carbondale Saturday night. The parade will begin at 6 p.m. on South Illinois Avenue at Mill Street and will travel north on Illinois Avenue and around the Town Square on Jackson and Washington Streets to Main Street where it ends. Roads will close and detours of…Read more…

New County Sheriffs Sworn In Across Region

New County Sheriffs Sworn In Across Region

Several counties in southern Illinois swore in new sheriffs Thursday. Sheriff Jordan Weiss was sworn into office Thursday morning in Carmi. Sheriff Weiss replaces Sheriff Randy Graves, who retired Wednesday after serving the last 18 months as sheriff. Graves was with the sheriff’s office for 32 years. In Williamson County, Sheriff Jeff Diederich was sworn into office Thursday morning in Marion.…Read more…

Death Investigation Underway After Burglary in Williamson County

Death Investigation Underway After Burglary in Williamson County

WILLIAMSON COUNTY – A death investigation is underway in Williamson County. According to the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, just before 2 Tuesday afternoon, deputies responded to 1221 Morning Glory Road in rural Williamson County for a report of a residential burglary in progress.  Upon deputies arrival they located a male subject who sustained injuries. The male subject was transported to Memorial…Read more…

Man Arrested for Attempted Murder in Marion Tuesday

Man Arrested for Attempted Murder in Marion Tuesday

MARION (WRXX) – A 44-year-old man has been arrested in Williamson County for attempted murder in connection with a Tuesday afternoon incident in Marion. According to the Marion Police Department, around 2 p.m. Tuesday, they were dispatched to a report of a man with a gun. Dispatch further advised officers a female caller was very frantic and then…Read more…

Bluford Woman Held in Jefferson County Jail Receives New Meth-Related Charges

Bluford Woman Held in Jefferson County Jail Receives New Meth-Related Charges

MT. VERNON (WRXX) – A 40-year-old Bluford woman who has been held in the Jefferson County Jail since her August arrest was charged Wednesday in Jefferson County Court with new offenses. Rose McCormick was the primary suspect in August when four people were arrested during an operation by the Mt. Vernon Police Department/Jefferson County High Risk Team…Read more…

Around $250K Seized From Fairfield Man Charged for Counterfeit Trafficking

Around $250K Seized From Fairfield Man Charged for Counterfeit Trafficking

(WRXX) BENTON — Nearly a quarter of a million dollars has been ordered seized from a 21-year-old Fairfield man. Trevor J. Edwards was arrested earlier this month on a petition to revoke his bond on multiple federal charges related to the trafficking in counterfeit goods including cell phone cases. In an administrative forfeiture notice, the…Read more…

Salem Women Sentenced Seven Years for Meth Charges

Salem Women Sentenced Seven Years for Meth Charges

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (WRXX) – A 32-year-old Salem woman was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in East St. Louis to seven years in prison on felony meth-related charges. Jennifer Branson was arrested in October 2021 when she went into the Centralia Police Department to pick up another person who was taken in for questioning. Officers were aware of…Read more…

Around $1.8B to Be Paid Towards Illinois Unemployment Insurance Debt

Around $1.8B to Be Paid Towards Illinois Unemployment Insurance Debt

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WRXX) – Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Tuesday announced a move to pay off more than $1 billion in remaining debt in the state’s unemployment insurance trust fund and set aside with a little extra for “hard times that may be ahead.” The business community is praising the actions. During a press conference Tuesday in Springfield, Pritzker said…Read more…