Man accused of painting swastikas on graves unfit for trial

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A man charged with painting swastikas on more than 200 gravestones at a southern Illinois cemetery has been found unfit to stand trial. The Belleville News-Democrat reports a judge determined 34-year-old Timothy V. McLean to be mentally unfit following an evaluation by a court-appointed psychologist. He’ll be re-evaluated after receiving treatment. McLean is…Read more…

Illinois officials to begin search for vendor to run resort

WHITTINGTON, Ill. (AP) — Illinois officials have finished remediation efforts at a resort in the southern part of the state and will soon begin seeking a new vendor to run the site. Officials will soon put out a request for proposals to run the Rend Lake Resort at Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park, according to Connie…Read more…

Woman gets 5 years for southern Illinois nursing home arson

CAHOKIA, Ill. (AP) — An East St. Louis woman who set a nursing home where she worked on fire has been sentenced to five years in prison for arson. U.S. Attorney Donald Bryce says 50-year-old Lori M. Jones also was ordered to pay $1 million in restitution and serve three years of supervised release after…Read more…

Bipartisan work yields gun bills, fate rests with Rauner

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Legislation aimed at curbing gun violence — some of which wouldn’t have stood a chance just a few years ago — won approval in the Illinois General Assembly this spring amid scrambling to respond to mass shootings around the country. Ultimately, they’re bound for Gov. Bruce Rauner, who’s proposed his own…Read more…

Illinois to fund Medicaid preventative dental services

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois’ Medicaid program will soon provide preventative dental care for almost half a million low-income residents. The State Journal-Register reports that Gov. Bruce Rauner recently signed the addition into law as part of a bipartisan agreement on the fiscal 2019 state budget. The expansion of dental coverage is estimated to cost the…Read more…

Two of three Southern Illinois escapees remain at large

WHITE COUNTY — Two of the three inmates who escaped from the White County Jail in Carmi early Saturday morning are still on the run. Corrections officials say they are still looking for 24-year-old Zachery J. Shock, who is awaiting trial for murder in Hamilton County, and 61-year-old Johnny E. Tipton, who is charged with…Read more…

Shobonier man killed in weekend ATV crash, passenger airlifted

FAYETTE COUNTY — A 23-year-old Shobonier man was killed and a Vandalia woman injured in an ATV crash early Saturday morning in Fayette County. According to Illinois State Police, around 12:05 a.m. Saturday, 23-year-old Billy Joe Tate Jr., was killed after his four-wheeler left the roadway at Fayette County Road 1150 North, at County Road 1225…Read more…

Mt. Vernon man killed in weekend ATV crash

MOUNT VERNON — Authorities in Jefferson County say a 39-year-old rural Mt. Vernon man died in an ATV crash over the weekend just west of Mt. Vernon. According to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, a farmer reportedly found James W. McCoy lying in a field Saturday afternoon just off Presley Lane. McCoy was taken to…Read more…

Missouri trucker arrested in Ohio for fatal hit-and-run near Vandalia

FAYETTE COUNTY — A 59-year-old Buffalo, Missouri man has been arrested in connection with a fatal hit-and-run last Wednesday night along Interstate 70 in Fayette County. According to Illinois State Police, a semi rig driven by Ray L. Ryan was identified as the suspect vehicle and was located in Cambridge, Ohio, about an hour and…Read more…

Homeless Centralia man arrested on weapons charges

MARION COUNTY — A 26-year-old Centralia man who told police he is homeless was arrested on multiple weapons charges following a Friday night traffic stop. Police initially stopped Jeremy Lippert for reportedly having a broken windshield. When asked, Lippert reportedly admitted to having a syringe in his pocket. A further search reportedly located a bullet…Read more…

CPD arrests Rockford man on drug, weapons charges

CENTRALIA — A 40-year-old Rockford man is in the Marion County Jail after being arrested by Centralia police Friday night on multiple charges. According to police, Timothy Ramsey was initially stopped as a person of interest in a stolen vehicle case. Ramsey reportedly admitted to officers that the vehicle in question was in Rockford. As…Read more…

Two airlifted after head-on crash Saturday in Jefferson County

JEFFERSON COUNTY — Two people were airlifted Saturday night from a multi-vehicle head-on crash in Jefferson County to a St. Louis area hospital for treatment. According to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, they responded around 10:20 p.m. Saturday to Illinois Highway 148 near East Emerson City Road in Scheller for a 911 call about the…Read more…

MVPD investigating after 13-year-old shot in leg

MOUNT VERNON — Mt. Vernon police are investigating an early morning incident that sent a 13-year-old boy to a St. Louis hospital for treatment of a non-life threatening gunshot wound to the leg. According to police, they responded just after 1 a.m. Monday to the 1100 block of South 24th Street in Mt. Vernon for…Read more…

Illinois health officials report one victim from contaminated cereal

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reporting one case of Salmonella that matches a multi-state outbreak strain. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reporting 73 cases of Salmonella Mbandaka from 31 states. The CDC investigation indicates Kellogg’s® Honey Smacks® cereal is the likely source of this multi-state…Read more…