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Man Wanted in Williamson County on Sexual Assault Charge

HERRIN – The Herrin Police Department in conjunction with the Williamson County Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help in locating Juan Antonio Ortiz. Please notify your local police department with any information regarding Ortiz’s whereabouts, but do not approach the subject as he should be considered dangerous.

Mt. Vernon Man One of Two Sentenced This Month for Rural Burglary

  MT. VERNON – A 40-year-old Mt. Vernon man was sentenced Wednesday in Jefferson County Court on a residential burglary charge as part of an investigation into a break-in on East Cedar Hills Road in rural Mt. Vernon. Michael Upton was actually arrested Wednesday by the Mt. Vernon Police Department for Driving While License Privileges

City of Carbondale’s Mask Ordinance Expires

CARBONDALE – With Illinois now in Phase 5 of the Restore Illinois Plan, the City of Carbondale’s mask ordinance is no longer in effect.  Fully vaccinated individuals may enter City buildings without a face covering. Masks and social distancing are still recommended for unvaccinated individuals, per Phase 5 guidance. To review the Phase 5 guidelines,

Dead Body Found at Former Motel Marion Site Identified

MARION – The Marion Police Department has released the name of a Marion man found dead at the former site of the Motel Marion earlier this week. Police say the Williamson County Coroner’s Office Thursday positively identified the dead man’s remains as 51-year-old Russell W. Bozarth. The coroner’s findings indicate that foul play is not

Shots Up, Virus Cases Down: Illinois Easing Rules Friday

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois will hit a milestone Friday. That’s when the state lifts all capacity limits on bars, restaurants, businesses and other venues. It comes nearly 15 months after the first stay-at-home order during the coronavirus pandemic. The Illinois health department says more than 68% of Illinois residents who are 18 or older have