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Students released early following bomb threat at Marion High School

Students released early following bomb threat at Marion High School

By George Wiebe, Staff Reporter April 28, 2021
Students were released when a bomb threat was made over the phone following a week of unease at Marion High School.
Derek Chauvin found guilty on all counts in death of George Floyd

Derek Chauvin found guilty on all counts in death of George Floyd

By News Desk, News Desk April 20, 2021
Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been found guilty an all three counts in the death of George Floyd last summer in Minneapolis, Minn. April 20, 2021. 
Attorney Eric Nelson and his client, Derek Chauvin. (Court Tv/Pool/TNS)

Derek Chauvin tells court he will not testify in his murder trial

By Paul Walsh, Star Tribune, Tribune Content Agency April 15, 2021
MINNEAPOLIS — Derek Chauvin said in court Thursday that he will not testify in his murder trial shortly before the defense said it has completed its case and the prosecution reiterated the same, setting the stage for closing arguments and deliberations Monday.
SIU alerted after Carbondale Police respond to shots fired near campus

SIU alerted after Carbondale Police respond to shots fired near campus

By Danny Connolly, Staff Reporter April 15, 2021
SIU sent out alerts via text message and email to students after Carbondale Police responded to a report of shots fired near Oakland Avenue and Freeman Street. According to the police’s investigation, people in two separate cars fired at each other. 
Civil rights attorney Ben Crump arrives with family members of George Floyd at the Hennepin County Government Center as the trial continues for former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on March 30, 2021, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Security is heightened in the city in an effort to prevent a repeat of the violence that occurred in Minneapolis and major cities around the world following Floyd's death on May 25, 2020. (Scott Olson/Getty Images/TNS)

Derek Chauvin had ‘heartless’ look as George Floyd pleaded for his life, teen who shot viral video testifies

By Paul Walsh, Chao Xiong and Rochelle Olson, Star Tribune, Tribune Content Agency March 30, 2021
MINNEAPOLIS — The teenager who brought before the world's eyes the events leading to George Floyd's death last spring testified Tuesday in Derek Chauvin's murder trial that the ex-Minneapolis police officer had a "cold look, heartless" as Floyd pleaded for his life.
Photo of Alexander McWilliam, courtesy of the Illinois State Police Investigations.

Death of Mishealia Meredith leads to manhunt for southern Illinois man

By George Wiebe, Staff Reporter March 18, 2021
Alexander McWilliam, 36, is wanted for alleged first degree murder in the death of 19-year-old Mishealia Meredith of Harrisburg.
Counterfeit currency creates complications for local businesses in Carbondale, Jackson County

Counterfeit currency creates complications for local businesses in Carbondale, Jackson County

By Courtney Alexander, Staff Reporter March 2, 2021
Over the past decades, there have been several reports of counterfeit money circulating around Carbondale. The forged currency has been used at several businesses around the city and businesses have lost profit as a result. 
Crime bill would end cash bail but could expand electronic monitoring abuses

Crime bill would end cash bail but could expand electronic monitoring abuses

By Jason Flynn, Staff Reporter February 10, 2021
The omnibus crime bill that passed the Illinois general assembly in January, HB 3653, would eliminate cash bail if signed into law by Governor JB Pritzker, but civil libertarians worry the bill could lead to abuses in electronic monitoring. 
Inmate dies in Jackson County Jail

Inmate dies in Jackson County Jail

By Jason Flynn, Staff Reporter February 4, 2021
An inmate was found dead in Jackson County Jail cell, according to a press release by the Jackson County Sheriff's department. 
Carbondale Police and Fire responded to the scene on Monday, Sept. 2, 2019 at the railroad crossing at Route 13 and Main Street in Carbondale. At approximately 6 p.m. Carbondale Police responded to the railroad crossing in connection to an individual being struck by a train.

Who is Mathew Capsel? A look at an Illinois resident charged for his involvement in the Jan 6.

By Danny Connolly, Staff Reporter February 4, 2021
Mathew Capsel, from Marselies, Ill. was arrested on Jan. 27 multiple charges for endangering police, unlawfully entering a restricted building and resisting law enforcement. He posted on TikTok that he was pepper sprayed after charging the national guard’s riot shields, and multiple social media followers reported it to the FBI.  
Criminal justice reform bill could make Illinois first state to abolish cash bail

Criminal justice reform bill could make Illinois first state to abolish cash bail

By Jason Flynn, Staff Reporter January 29, 2021
The Illinois Legislature passed what experts say may be the most transformative criminal justice reform bill in the country which would make Illinois the first state in the country to end money bail.
SIU alumni Joe Crevantez is currently running for the position of Jackson County State's Attorney. Cervantez is a practicing Attorney/Partner at Tetzlaff, Cervantez & Associates, P.C in Marion, Illinois. Joe Cervantez poses for a portrait that was provided by the Joe Cervantez campaign on Friday, Sept. 4, 2020.

State’s Attorney and Chief of Police discuss improving Carbondale

By Keaton Yates, Staff Reporter January 29, 2021
Joe Cervantez, Jackson County’s State’s Attorney, and Stan Reno, Carbondale’s Interim Chief of Police, held a forum hosted by Southern Illinois Unity Coalition on how they plan on improving police relations, violence and crime in Carbondale. 
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