SALEM — A 44-year-old Salem man is in the Marion County Jail following his arrest over the weekend on charges of child pornography and unlawful recording. Marion County Sheriff’s deputies arrested David Tindall Saturday afternoon at Bryan Memorial Park in Salem. An investigation reportedly indicated that Tindall placed a video recording device in a residence.…Read more…

Woman charged with attempting to stab people at Mt. Vernon truck stop

JEFFERSON COUNTY — A bona fide doubt to the mental fitness of a 26-year-old Champaign woman was entered Monday in Jefferson County Court following her weekend arrest at a local truck stop. According to Mt. Vernon Police Chief Trent Page, officers arrested Cierra Lewis Sunday after they responded to reports from the Huck’s Travel Center…Read more…

AP: Some stolen US military guns used in violent crimes

An Associated Press investigation has found that at least 1,900 U.S. military firearms were lost or stolen over the last decade. These weapons are intended for war — but some have ended up on America’s streets. Army pistols, for example, were used in violent crimes including shootings and robbery. Pistols, machine guns and automatic assault…Read more…

Feds inspected Illinois chemical plant weeks before blast

A northern Illinois chemical plant that was rocked by an explosion and massive fires that prompted evacuations was inspected by a federal agency less than a month before the blast sent debris raining down onto nearby areas. WLS-TV reports that on May 20, inspectors from the U.S. Labor Department’s Occupational Health and Safety Administration investigated…Read more…

More evidence suggests COVID-19 was in US by Christmas 2019

NEW YORK (AP) — A new analysis of blood samples from 24,000 Americans taken early last year is the latest and largest study to suggest that the new coronavirus popped up in the U.S. in December 2019 — weeks before cases were first recognized by health officials. The analysis is not definitive, and some experts…Read more…

Illinois historic preservation group awards $17K in grants

CHICAGO (AP) — A historic preservaton group is giving out $17,000 in grants to projects across Illinois. Landmarks Illinois announed the New Philadelphia Association in Pike County will receive a $3,500 matching grant to use toward its virtual reality program. The New Philadelphia historic site, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places,…Read more…

Illinois chemical plant explosion, fire prompt evacuations

ROCKTON, Ill. (AP) — Emergency crews are battling a massive fire at a northern Illinois chemical plant that exploded into flames. The Monday morning explosion that sent huge plumes of thick black smoke into the air prompted officials to order an evacuation of residents and business to the south of Chemtool Inc., near Rockton. There…Read more…

Carjacker returns to scene of crime to return toddler to mom

CHICAGO (AP) — A man who carjacked a woman’s SUV on Chicago’s West Side returned to the scene of the crime moments later after realizing the woman’s 3-year-old daughter was in the backseat. Police say the woman was delivering food about 6:40 p.m. Friday when a man pulled her out of her Nissan SUV and…Read more…

Singer Brett Young added to Illinois State Fair lineup

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Country singer Brett Young will perform this summer’s Illinois State Fair. The state’s Agriculture Department officials say Young will take the grandstand stage on Aug. 20, with opening act Russell Dickerson. The fair is Aug. 12 to 22 at the state fairgrounds in Springfield. Among the other grandstand performers are Sammy…Read more…

Illinois average for positive COVID tests remains below 1%

CHICAGO (AP) — The number of COVID-19 cases in Illinois is continuing to drop with the state’s seven-day positivity rate on all tests remaining under 1%. The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 298 new and confirmed cases on Sunday, along with 11 new deaths. At the same time, more than half of the state’s…Read more…

Death of Illinois inmate restrained by cops deemed homicide

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say the death of a man restrained by Sangamon County correctional officers and shocked with Tasers has been classified as a homicide. Thirty-nine-year-old Jaimeson Daniel Cody died April 28 as he was being restrained and couldn’t breathe. That’s according to a report released Friday by Sangamon County Coroner Jim Allmon…Read more…

As US COVID-19 death toll nears 600,000, racial gaps persist

The U.S. death toll from COVID-19 is approaching 600,000, with the virus taking advantage of inequalities across the country. Government health officials say Native Americans, Latinos and Black people are two to three times more likely than whites to die of COVID-19. Also, an Associated Press analysis finds that Latinos are dying at much younger…Read more…

Man wanted for child sex assault known to live in Mt. Vernon area

WILLIAMSON COUNTY — The Herrin Police Department and Williamson County Sheriff’s Department need the public’s help locating a wanted man who could be in the Mt. Vernon area. Juan Antonio Ortiz, 36, is wanted for predatory criminal sexual assault of a child. Ortiz is considered dangerous. Police ask you to not approach him, but call…Read more…

Ashley man who fled car/train crash goes to local motel

JEFFERSON COUNTY — A 39-year-old Ashley man was arrested Thursday night for leaving the scene of an accident after his car was struck by a train. According to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, around 10:33 p.m. Thursday, they responded to a vehicle vs train crash on Old Centralia Lane near East Campbell Road. A tan…Read more…