Ameren Illinois Seeing Spike in Scam Attempts

COLLINSVILLE – Ameren Illinois is warning customers of an electric utility scam that is targeting customers across the state. Scam artists have been targeting businesses and some residents posing as Ameren Illinois representatives and threatening immediate disconnection of service if payment is not made within an hour. Scam artists are urging that the payment be

Vick: Humans Not Involved in Decapitated Lamb’s Death

MARION – The sheriff’s office in Williamson County Thursday released more information regarding the decapitated, recently-born lamb found on a farm in rural Thompsonville earlier this week. Sheriff Bennie Vick says after investigators spoke with the property owners, wildlife biology experts and examined the area, there is no evidence that humans were involved in the

Public Meeting on USDA Grant Application Thursday in Benton

BENTON – A public meeting will be held on Thursday, June 28 at 2 p.m. in the County Board Room at the Franklin County Campbell Building on the Benton Square to provide the public with information and answer questions concerning the application of a patrol vehicle grant for the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office to the

Deadlocked Vote Prevents Suspension of SIU President

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Southern Illinois University President Randy Dunn survived a vote by the school’s board of trustees on Thursday to place him on administrative leave. The vote came after the board spent more than three hours in a private session discussing Dunn’s future. He declined to comment after the vote. Dunn has been

Fire Destroys Mt. Vernon Home Wednesday Night

MT. VERNON – No one was hurt after a house fire Wednesday night in Mt. Vernon. 9-1-1 received a call just before 10:45 p.m. about the fire in the 600 block of South 25th Street in Mt. Vernon, near Veterans Park. Mt. Vernon Assistant Fire Chief Kevin Sargent says the fire caused heavy damage to

Road Work Begins Monday on Illinois 15 in Mt. Vernon

MT. VERNON – Resurfacing work will begin June 25, weather permitting, on Illinois 15/Broadway, between 15th Street and Wagner Road, in Mt. Vernon. There will be lane restrictions and delays. You should consider alternate routes.

City of Mt. Vernon Introduces New Utilities Payment Website

MT. VERNON – The city of Mt. Vernon has created a new website to allow utility customers to view information regarding their accounts. The site will allow residents to view their latest bill, check the payment amount due and due dates, and provide access to their transaction and consumption history. Customers will also be able

Mt. Vernon Man Sentenced for Meth Delivery

MT. VERNON – A 26-year-old Mt. Vernon man was sentenced Wednesday in Jefferson County court to five years in prison after he pleaded guilty to a delivery of methamphetamine charge. Travis A. Starr was arrested and charged in April with Class 2 felony delivery of less than 5 grams of meth. Starr has remained in

Mt. Vernon Man Arrested Wednesday after Narcotics Search of His Home

MT. VERNON – A 43-year-old Mt. Vernon man was arrested Wednesday morning when the Mt. Vernon Police Department/Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office High Risk Team executed a narcotics search warrant at 2602 Cherry Street in Mt. Vernon. According to MVPD, just before 7:30, they arrested Allen Laslie, the primary resident of that address, for unlawful possession

Mt. Vernon Man Charged with Sex Crimes against Two Children

MT. VERNON – A 23-year-old Mt. Vernon man has been arrested on charges alleging felony sex crimes against two children. Tyler C. Murray was charged Wednesday in Jefferson County court with Class X predatory criminal sexual assault of a victim under the age of 13 and two counts of Class 2 felony aggravated criminal sexual