Lovely Varughese files suit against state trooper

Lovely Varughese, mother of deceased SIU student Pravin Varughese, has filed a $100,000 civil lawsuit against Illinois State Trooper Chris Martin for his negligence while investigating the disappearance of her son. Pravin was reported missing on Feb. ... Continue Reading →

Morton Grove mayor shows support for Varughese family

On the eight-month anniversary of the death of SIU student Pravin Varughese, Morton Grove Mayor Dan DiMaria held a news conference to show support for the family. “We are a close-knit community in Morton Grove. We pride ourself on family,” ... Continue Reading →

O’Guinn releases statement

Former Police Chief Jody O’Guinn released a statement Wednesday explaining the circumstances of his firing. O’Guinn said he does not know the reason Carbondale City Manager Kevin Baity fired him. Baity described the justification of his termination ... Continue Reading →
File photo| Carbondale Police Jody O'Guinn speaks at a press conference Feb. 18
Jennifer Gonzalez · DAILY EGYPTIAN

Carbondale chief of police fired

The Carbondale chief of police has been fired. City Manager Kevin Baity announced this morning in a press release that he is dismissing Jody O’Guinn from his position and naming Deputy Chief Jeff Grubbs as interim police chief. Grubbs was previously ... Continue Reading →

Second autopsy shows bruising on Varughese

An independent autopsy on the body of Pravin Varughese, commissioned by the family has found several discrepancies with the official report. Charles Stegmeyer, the attorney for the family, said the autopsy showed Varughese had a “significant number ... Continue Reading →

Toxicology report negative in Varughese case

The toxicology report for Pravin Varughese came back Wednesday with no signs of alcohol or drugs in his system. Varughese family attorney James Vachachira confirmed the Carbondale Police Department informed the mother of the toxicology report’s findings.  Varughese ... Continue Reading →
File photo| Carbondale Police Jody O'Guinn speaks at a press conference Feb. 18
Jennifer Gonzalez · DAILY EGYPTIAN

Body of missing student found

Carbondale police found the body of missing SIU student Pravin Varughese Tuesday. Chief Jody O’Guinn confirmed Varughese’s body was found in a wooded area east of the 1400 block of East Main Street near Buffalo Wild Wings around 9:45 a.m. Police ... Continue Reading →

SIUC: Party image unrealistic

Talks of the university’s party school reputation have resurfaced in the first few weeks of the semester, as a party attended by hundreds ended with police using tear gas in the street, and the chancellor insisted the image has affected enrollment. SIUC ... Continue Reading →

Carbondale prepares for Polar Bear

While Chancellor Rita Cheng warns the university community about alcohol safety, employees at one local bar are removing pool tables to provide extra space for the busy weekend. “Polar Bear” and “Puck Finch” are day-long drinking events some Carbondale ... Continue Reading →
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