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Five Arrested After Drug Search Warrants Executed at Two Mt. Vernon Homes

Five Arrested After Drug Search Warrants Executed at Two Mt. Vernon Homes

Pictured: Roy Kimber (top-left), Tesha Howard (top-right), Brynt Long (center), Lindsey Bradford (bottom-left), John Phillips (bottom-right)

MT. VERNON – Multiple people were arrested early Wednesday morning after the Mt. Vernon Police Department/Jefferson County Office High-Risk Team executed two narcotics search warrants in Mt. Vernon.

According to the Mt. Vernon Police Department, after both residences were secured, the Mt. Vernon Police Department/Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO)/Southern Illinois Drug Task Force Narcotics Unit searched each home and conducted narcotics investigations.

At 232 Opdyke, a quantity of methamphetamine, a large amount of illegal cannabis for distribution, drug paraphernalia, and a large amount of currency was located.

At that location, police arrested 45-year-old Roy Kimber of Mt. Vernon for alleged possession of less than 5 grams methamphetamine, possession of between 500 grams to 2000 grams of cannabis with intent to deliver, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Also arrested was 46-year-old Tesha Howard of Mt. Vernon for alleged possession of less than 5 grams of methamphetamine, possession of between 500 grams to 2000 grams of cannabis with intent to deliver, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

At 105 E. Opdyke, a quantity of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia was located and police arrested 56-year-old John Phillips of Mt. Vernon for alleged possession of less than 5 grams of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

Also arrested was 34-year-old Lindsey Bradford of Mt. Vernon for alleged possession of less than 5 grams of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and on an outstanding no bond Jefferson County warrant for failure to appear on a petition to revoke probation for a previous possession of methamphetamine conviction.

Lastly, 21-year-old Brynt Long of Mt. Vernon was arrested at the second location for alleged possession of less than 5 grams of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. He was additionally charged with domestic battery in reference to an investigation by JCSO.

All five subjects were taken to the Jefferson County Jail to await the formal filing of charges and the setting of bail.

Two Death Due to COVID-19 Reported in Southern Illinois

Two Death Due to COVID-19 Reported in Southern Illinois

SPRINGFIELD – 4,979 new COVID-19 cases, including 123 additional deaths, were reported by the Illinois Department of Public Health Thursday. Two deaths and 262 new cases of the novel coronavirus were reported throughout southern Illinois. Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 1,086,333 cases, including 18,520 deaths. Local case breakdown: Perry County: 65 (52 at…Continue Reading

Banker Survey Suggests Growing Improvement in 10 States

Banker Survey Suggests Growing Improvement in 10 States

CHICAGO (AP) – A new monthly survey of bankers suggests growing improvement in the economy in rural parts of 10 Plains and Western states. But Creighton University economist Ernie Goss said bank CEOs’ biggest fears for 2021 are excessive inflation and higher long-term interest rates. The overall index of January’s Rural Mainstreet Survey improved to…Continue Reading

Fewer Americans Apply for Unemployment Amid Pandemic

Fewer Americans Apply for Unemployment Amid Pandemic

WASHINGTON (AP) – Fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, lowering claims to 900,000, still a historically high level that points to further job cuts in a raging pandemic. The government said that 5.1 million Americans are continuing to receive state jobless benefits, down from 5.2 million in the previous week, signaling that fewer…Continue Reading

Phase 1B COVID-19 Vaccinations Underway with SSM Health

Phase 1B COVID-19 Vaccinations Underway with SSM Health

Pictured: Bill and Barbara Beck of Mt. Vernon, waiting after receiving their COVID-19 vaccines. MT. VERNON – COVID-19 vaccinations for Phase 1B patients are underway with SSM Health. Per the Illinois Department of Public Health, Phase 1B includes persons aged 65 years and older and frontline essential workers. Currently, vaccines are administered at SSM’s primary…Continue Reading

Carbondale Man Sentenced Seven Years for 2019 ABC Liquor Shooting

Carbondale Man Sentenced Seven Years for 2019 ABC Liquor Shooting

Pictured: Jody Pullen CARBONDALE – A Carbondale man will spend seven years behind bars in connection to a 2019 shooting in Carbondale. According to the Jackson County State’s Attorney’s Office, 29-year-old Jody Pullen was sentenced Wednesday on charges of attempted first-degree murder, multiple counts of aggravated battery with a firearm and aggravated discharge of a…Continue Reading

Several Injured in Franklin County Accident Involving School Bus

Several Injured in Franklin County Accident Involving School Bus

BENTON – Several people were injured in a school bus accident Wednesday afternoon in Franklin County. According to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office via Nixle, the accident happened at around 2:30 on Route 37 just south of Benton at the intersection with Andrews Road. The release states that three vehicles were involved including the bus,…Continue Reading

Longtime Valier Village President Passes Away Wednesday

Longtime Valier Village President Passes Away Wednesday

VALIER – Longtime Valier Village President Martin Buchanan has passed away. Franklin County officials made the announcement regarding Buchanan’s passing Wednesday afternoon in a written statement on their Facebook page. Buchanan served the Village of Valier for more than 50 years. “His dedication to the village and the public he served was unmatched,” the statement read.…Continue Reading

Two Injured in Wayne County Crash Wednesday

Two Injured in Wayne County Crash Wednesday

WAYNE CITY – Two people were injured following a two-vehicle crash on I-64 in Wayne County Wednesday morning. According to Illinois State Police, at 8:20 a.m., 56-year-old Cary Jackson-Kallemback of Dahlgren and 42-year-old Tosha Swink of St. Louis were both driving in the right lane east on I-64 at milepost 101 when Jackson-Kallemback entered the…Continue Reading

One Death, 215 COVID-19 Cases Reported in Southern Illinois

One Death, 215 COVID-19 Cases Reported in Southern Illinois

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) officials announced 4,822 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, including 107 additional deaths. Southern Illinois reports totaled 215 new cases of the novel coronavirus, including one death. Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 1,081,354 cases, including 18,398 deaths statewide. Local case breakdown: Williamson County: 40 Jefferson County: 40…Continue Reading

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