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Carmi Man Sentenced to IDOC for Domestic Battery

CARMI – A Carmi man was sentenced to the Illinois Department of Corrections on a domestic battery charge in White County Monday. White County State’s Attorney Denton Aud says 36-year-old Christopher D. Blazier will spend three years in IDOC and serve four years of mandatory supervised release. Aud says Blazier had previously been placed on

Mt. Vernon Man’s Trial on Child Sex Crimes Set for Next Week

MT. VERNON – All court dates have been confirmed in Jefferson County Court for a 48-year-old Mt. Vernon man charged with multiple felonies accusing him of child sex crimes. Michael Lee Wheeler was arrested over the summer and charged with two Class X felonies for predatory criminal sexual assault of a child under the age

Two Sought in Saturday Afternoon Armed Robbery in Carbondale

CARBONDALE – Carbondale Police are investigating a Saturday afternoon armed robbery that allegedly happened in the 300 block of East Mill Street. According to a Carbondale Police report, officers responded to the mentioned area around 2 p.m. where the victim reported that he agreed to meet with a female acquaintance in that area. While waiting

Public Health Officials Monday Reported 2,312 New COVID-19 Cases in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Monday reported 2,312 new COVID-19 cases, including 16 additional deaths. Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 1,128,613 cases, including 19,259 deaths, in Illinois. The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from Jan. 25–31 is 3.9%. The preliminary seven-day statewide

SSM Health Updates Its Visitor Policy

MT. VERNON – Beginning Monday, Feb. 1, SSM Health in Illinois will be updating its visitation policy – allowing one support person, per day to visit. For the health and safety of our patients and employees, rotating additional guests in patient rooms will not be allowed. This new policy includes outpatient surgical procedures, emergency department

Public Health Officials Sunday Reported 2,428 New COVID-19 Cases in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD – 2,428 new COVID-19 cases, including 40 additional deaths, were reported by the Illinois Department of Public Health Sunday. Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 1,126,301 cases, including 19,243 deaths, in Illinois. The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from Jan. 24–30 is 3.9%. The preliminary seven-day statewide