Mt. Vernon Police Arrests Juvenile on Gun Possession Charge

MT. VERNON – Mt. Vernon Police have arrested a 17-year-old juvenile after they responded around 3:30 Sunday afternoon to the area of 12th and Wescott on a report of a stabbing. While handling the call, officers reportedly saw a 17-year-old juvenile hiding a backpack. Upon checking the backpack, officers located a loaded handgun. The juvenile

Home Fire Preparedness Campaign Is Saturday in Carbondale

CARBONDALE – The Carbondale Fire Department and the American Red Cross are teaming up to put smoke alarms in Carbondale homes. The goal of the “Home Fire Campaign” is to reduce the number of fire-related deaths and injuries, one home at a time. Free smoke alarm installations and home fire preparedness education sessions will take

Franklin County Sheriff Releases Results from Recent Distracted Driving Enforcement Campaign

BENTON – The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office participated in Illinois’ Distracted Driving Enforcement Campaign last month bringing awareness to area residents and issuing 72 citations. During the month-long campaign, the sheriff’s office issued 53 electronic communication device citations, three seat belt citations, apprehended two fugitives, cited three for suspended/revoked licenses, six for uninsured motorists and

Funeral Set for Christopher Firefighter Killed in Early Sunday Morning Fire

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 the Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher, the funeral for 24-year-old Kody Michael Vanfossan will be held Friday at 11 a.m. in the Christopher High School Gym. Visitation

Herrin Police Report

HERRIN – This is the Herrin Police Department’s weekly arrest report for the week of April 29, 2019. Danielle N. Wilkie, Age 33 From: Herrin, IL Arrested on 04-23-19 for disorderly conduct. Wilkie was released on a individual bond. Letrennis Patton, Age 25 From: Herrin, IL Arrested on 04-23-19 for battery. Patton was transported to

Mt. Vernon Man Killed in SUV-Pedestrian Crash

MT. VERNON – A 24-year-old Mt. Vernon man died over the weekend after he was involved in an SUV-pedestrian crash in rural Belle Rive early Saturday morning. David Derrald Leon Jay was the pedestrian. He was pronounced dead on the scene.   The sheriff’s department reports Jay was trapped under the Chevrolet Blazer and had

Battle of the Badges Blood Drive Set for Tuesday in Carbondale

CARBONDALE – Respond to the call and give blood. The Carbondale Police Department, Carbondale Fire Department and Illinois Department of Transportation District 9 are teaming up with the American Red Cross to host a “Battle of the Badges” blood drive Tuesday. The blood drive will be held at the Illinois Department of Transportation Administration Building,

Inpatient Labor and Delivery Services Ending at Marion Hospital

MARION – Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion is set to end their inpatient labor and delivery services at the end of the month. Hospital officials recently announced that the decision was made due to a decrease in demand for obstetrical services combined with a decrease in Medicaid funding among other factors. Women’s Health Services

Firefighter Loses Life Battling Early Sunday Morning Fire in Christopher

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