Category Archives: Local News

Feds: Indicted drug agent duped DEA into hiring him

NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors say a federal narcotics officer joined the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to help the leader of a murderous Puerto Rican drug ring become “unstoppable.” The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan alleged in new court filings this month that Fernando Gomez divulged the DEA playbook and smuggled firearms to the drug…Read more…

Jurors watch FBI video of suspect in Chinese scholar’s death

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Jurors in the trial of a former University of Illinois doctoral student accused of killing a visiting scholar from China are watching video of the suspect explaining to an FBI agent that the woman looked “panicky” when he spotted her and offered her a ride. The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports that jurors on…Read more…

Defense seeks to split Fayette County murder trial into two phases

FAYETTE COUNTY — In an unusual move Friday, the attorney for a 25-year-old St. Peter man filed a motion to split his client’s murder trial scheduled for Monday’s in Fayette County court into two separate phases. Alexander Beccue is charged in Fayette County with two counts first-degree murder, Class 2 felony possession of a stolen…Read more…

Ex-Posen village president pleads guilty to embezzlement

CHICAGO (AP) — The former village president of a Chicago suburb has pleaded guilty in federal court to embezzling public money and spending it at casinos. The U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Illinois announced Thursday that 79-year-old Donald W. Schupek pleaded guilty to one count of embezzlement. The conviction carries a maximum penalty…Read more…

Du Quoin State Fair in southern Illinois is free again

DU QUOIN, Ill. (AP) — The Du Quoin State Fair in southern Illinois is dropping a $2 entry fee. The admission fee for people 13 and older was started in 2016. Fair manager Josh Gross and John Sullivan, the head of the Illinois Agriculture Department, said they heard many complaints. Sullivan says he’s “thrilled” to…Read more…

Family: Baby cut from slain Chicago woman’s womb dies

CHICAGO (AP) — An infant boy who was cut from a Chicago woman’s womb with a butcher knife died Friday at a hospital where he had been in grave condition since the April attack that killed his mother, family spokeswomen said. Family spokeswoman Cecilia Garcia confirmed a family statement posted on Facebook that 19-year-old Marlen Ochoa-Lopez’s baby…Read more…

Borowiak’s IGAs in Centralia, Mt. Vernon to close

CENTRALIA — Borowiak’s IGA stores in Centralia and Mt. Vernon will be closing their doors after years of struggling against dropping sales. Store officials say the Centralia store was hit hard by the opening of the new Walmart Supercenter three years ago, which has taken a 40-percent bite out of sales. When Borowiak’s started to…Read more…

Mt. Vernon Fire Department Concluding Hydrant Testing Monday

Mt. Vernon Fire Department Concluding Hydrant Testing Monday

MT. VERNON — The Mt. Vernon Fire Department will wrap up their annual fire hydrant testing on Monday. The areas to be tested Monday include those south of Veterans Memorial Drive from Junipter Drive to North Triton Lane and also those North of Interstate 64 between Route 37 and Lincoln Park. Residents should be aware…Read more…

Bridge Construction Work to Begin on I-57 in Jefferson County Monday

Bridge Construction Work to Begin on I-57 in Jefferson County Monday

JEFFERSON COUNTY — Motorists traveling on I-57 through Jefferson County should expect bridge construction to start south of Mt. Vernon next week. IDOT says starting Monday night, weather permitting, work will begin on the bridges near milepost 85 between Mt. Vernon and Ina. The contractor will be allowed to close one lane of traffic on…Read more…