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Feds Seize $250,000 Cash, Goods from Fairfield Man

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 Court

Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Announces School Resource Officer Program

BENTON – The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office has formed a School Resource Officer program. The program’s goal is to maintain a safe learning environment and build positive relationships with students, parents, educators, and school administrators. The sheriff’s office believes that positive police presence in schools will greatly reduce violence, acts of physical aggression, and other

Carbondale Police Coats for Kids Campaign Begins Thursday

CARBONDALE – The City of Carbondale Police Department is teaming up again this year with Saluki Athletics for the Annual “Coats for Kids” Drive. The Coats for Kids initiative is a collaborative effort between the Carbondale Police Department and Saluki Athletics to collect new winter coats for children in Southern Illinois. The donated coats will

City of Carbondale Announces Holiday Lights Contest

CARBONDALE – It’s time to break out the holiday lights and show your creativity! The City of Carbondale announces the return of the annual ‘Let It Glow’ Holiday Lights Contest and drive tour.  To enter, email pictures of your holiday display to contest@explorecarbondale.com. Please include your name, address, and phone number in case you are

SSM Health Illinois Installs Weapons Detection Units

MT. VERNON – You may notice new equipment at SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital and SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital emergency entrances starting November 28, 2022. The AI-based touchless weapons detection units, Evolv Express®, were recently installed at the emergency room entrances. Ray Gilbert, Regional Security Manager at SSM Health Illinois mentions, “At SSM Health