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Carbondale Police Investigating Gunfire Exchange That Damaged Vehicle

Carbondale Police Investigating Gunfire Exchange That Damaged Vehicle

CARBONDALE – Carbondale Police are investigating a report of shots fired in the 500 and 600 blocks of South Oakland Avenue Wednesday night.

Officers from the SIU Police Department located a vehicle abandoned in a parking lot near the intersection of Douglas Drive and Lincoln which was struck by gunfire.

A black male wearing a yellow and orange shirt and a black male in a white t-shirt and jeans were seen exiting the vehicle and leaving the area in another unidentified vehicle.

During the course of the investigation, officers recovered two handguns in the 1000 block of South Oakland Avenue. The investigation revealed occupants in two separate vehicles, including the recovered vehicle, fired shots at one another. There were no reports of injuries as a result of the incident.

The investigation is currently active and ongoing. Anyone with information or possible video of this incident should contact Carbondale Police at 457-3200 or Crime Stoppers at 549-COPS.

Five Southern Illinois Organizations Receive $10K Grants from AmerenCares

Five Southern Illinois Organizations Receive $10K Grants from AmerenCares

MARION – The Benton-West City Ministerial Alliance, Wesley Foundation at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Murphysboro Food Pantry, Herrin Community Food Pantry, and Carbondale Good Samaritan Food Pantry & Soup Kitchen each received recently a $10,000 grant from AmerenCares to support community members near either the Grand Tower or Southern Illinois reliability project. The AmerenCares program, which…Continue Reading

Bost Endorses Jeff Diederich for Williamson County Sheriff

Bost Endorses Jeff Diederich for Williamson County Sheriff

MARION – Jeff Diederich’s campaign for Williamson County Sheriff was formally endorsed Thursday by Congressman Mike Bost. “Jeff is a man of integrity with strong work ethic and motivation, which have helped him develop and operate businesses with progressively successful results and a long record of job creation,” Bost stated in his letter of endorsement. “I know…Continue Reading

COVID-19 Vaccine Walk-in Clinic to Be Held at VF Factory Outlet

COVID-19 Vaccine Walk-in Clinic to Be Held at VF Factory Outlet

WEST FRANKFORT – The Franklin-Williamson Bi-County Health Department announced Thursday they will conduct a walk-in COVID-19 vaccine clinic at The VF Factory Outlet Store in West Frankfort from 7:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Officials said the clinics are for those who live/ work in Franklin or Williamson county and 16 years of age or older. If…Continue Reading

ONe Death, 53 New COVID-19 Cases Reported in Southern Illinois

ONe Death, 53 New COVID-19 Cases Reported in Southern Illinois

SPRINGFIELD – Wednesday 3,536 new COVID-19 cases, including 31 additional deaths, were reported by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). In southern Illinois, 53 new cases of coronavirus and one death were reported by various health departments throughout the region. Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 1,288,934 cases, including 21,570 deaths. Local case…Continue Reading

Two West Frankfort Residents Arrested on Drug, Gun Charges After Traffic Stop

Two West Frankfort Residents Arrested on Drug, Gun Charges After Traffic Stop

FRANKLIN COUNTY – The sheriff’s office in Franklin County said two West Frankfort residents were arrested as a result of a traffic stop Monday in which deputies recovered 24 grams of suspected methamphetamine, a stolen handgun and a shot gun. Sheriff David Bartoni said 37-year-old Timothy A. Powell was charged with aggravated unlawful use of weapons, armed…Continue Reading

First Grads of Drug and Veterans Court to Be Honored in Marion

First Grads of Drug and Veterans Court to Be Honored in Marion

MARION – Williamson County State’s Attorney Brandon Zanotti said Tuesday the Drug and Veterans Court will hold a ceremony and reception for its first two successful graduates April 28 at 2 p.m. in Courtroom 6 of the Williamson County Courthouse in Marion. The Williamson County Drug and Veterans Court began operation in 2019 after many years…Continue Reading

Rosiclare Woman Airlifted After Saline County Crash Tuesday

Rosiclare Woman Airlifted After Saline County Crash Tuesday

SALINE COUNTY – A Rosiclare woman was seriously injured in a one-car crash Tuesday morning in Saline County. According to Illinois State Police, 51-year-old Kimberly R. Hopkins was driving south on Illinois 34 just southeast of County Road 150 when she drove across the center line through the northbound lane, leaving the roadway to the left and…Continue Reading

West Frankfort Police Join Southern Illinois Drug Task Force

West Frankfort Police Join Southern Illinois Drug Task Force

WEST FRANKOFRT – The West Frankfort Police Department will be joining the Southern Illinois Drug Task Force. At Tuesday night’s West Frankfort City Council meeting, a multijurisdictional task force interagency agreement between the Southern Illinois Drug Task Force and the police department was approved. The mission of the Southern Illinois Drug Task Force is to enforce the…Continue Reading

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