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Small earthquake reported in Randolph County, Ill.

RANDOLPH COUNTY, Ill. (KFVS) - A small earthquake was reported in Randolph County Friday night, June 24. According to the USGS, a magnitude 2.2 earthquake registered at 7:50 p.m. approximately 3.9 miles east of Ellis Grove. The epicenter is directly north of Chester, approximately 5.5 miles. At this time, no...
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2 arrested after death of 3-year-old girl in Carbondale

(KBSI) – Two Carbondale residents face child endangerment charges after a 3-year-old girl died. Isaac Hill, 45 and Katrina S. Simelton, 41, each face a charges of child endangerment (Class 3 Felony). The child was taken to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead. Illinois State Police notified...
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Small earthquake rattles southwest Illinois

ELLIS GROVE, Ill. – There was a small earthquake southeast of St. Louis Friday night. The USGS reports a 2.2 magnitude quake occurred about four miles east of Ellis Grove, Illinois at around 7:50 pm. The depth was around 6.5 miles. The earthquake happened in the Illinois Basin of...

Two Carbondale residents arrested for child endangerment in connection with death of 3-year-old

Two Carbondale residents have been arrested in connection with the death of a three-year-old female. Illinois State Police Division of Criminal Investigation Zone 7 agents say 45-year-old Iassc Hill and 41-year-old Katrina Simelton were arrested on Class Three Felony charges of child endangerment. The three-year-old was pronounced deceased after being...

Carbondale police asking for help locating two missing teens

CARBONDALE, IL — Police say that Ashanti and Basheer Tucker were last seen in the 1900 block of Old West Main St. in Carbondale around 1:19 a.m. on June 24. 14-year-old Ashanti is described as 5 feet, 5 inches tall, weighing about 130 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair. 13-year-old Basheer is described as 5 feet, 9 inches tall, weighing about 180 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair.

Street Machine Nationals roll into Du Quoin

DU QUOIN, Ill. (KFVS) - It’s a weekend of hot rods and cool rides in Du Quoin. The Continental Tire Street Machine Nationals is back at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds with dozens of vehicles lined up for enthusiasts to enjoy. The event continues Saturday, June 25 at 9...

Two arrested in the death of 3-year-old

CARBONDALE, Ill. (WJPF) – Two Carbondale residents have been arrested for the death of a toddler. Illinois State Police say Isaac Hill, 45, and Katrina Simelton, 43, both face a felony charge of child endangerment. On Wednesday, ISP says a three-year-old girl was taken to an area hospital where...

Ill. State Police arrest couple after investigating death of 3-year-old

DU QUOIN, Ill. (KFVS) - Illinois State Police (ISP) arrested a couple following an investigation by the Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) Zone 7 agents into the death of a 3-year-old girl. According to ISP, 45-year-old Isaac Hill and 41-year-old Katrina Simelton, both from Carbondale, were arrested and charged with...

2 face charges after death investigation in Carbondale

CARBONDALE, Ill. (KBSI) – Two people face charges in the death of a woman in Carbondale. Ashley Curtis was reported missing on May 3. Her body was discovered on May 9 in the 400 block of East College Street. Jamar Boyd, 42, of Hollandale, Mississippi was indicted on two...

Carbondale parents arrested following death of 3-year-old girl

CARBONDALE - Illinois State Police have arrested two parents of a three year old girl pronounced deceased this week in Carbondale. According to police, 45-year-old Isaac Hill and 41-year-old Katrina S. Simelton, both from Carbondale, are facing charges of Child Endangerment (Class 3 Felony). On June 22, 2022, the Carbondale...

State Police release details on fatal crash on Route 37 south of Salem

Illinois State Police have released details on the fatal crash on Route 37 at the Sassafras Road intersection south of Salem. The victim is identified as 43-year-old Jessie Scott of Valier. He was pronounced dead on the scene. The driver of the other vehicle that received life-threatening injuries and was air-lifted from the scene to a regional hospital is identified as 32-year-old Ryne Smith of Centralia.

Two Republicans face off to run for 118th District of Illinois House of Representatives

Two candidates are running to represent the new 118th District of the Illinois House of Representatives, State Rep. Paul Jacobs of Pomona and Aaron Smith of Marion. Dr. Paul Jacobs of Pomona is the current representative of the 115th District of the Illinois House of Representatives and an optometric physician. He works two days a week when the House is not in session.

George Robert Tilley of Du Quoin

George Robert Tilley, 83, of Du Quoin, passed away at 4:52 p.m. on Monday, June 6, 2022 at his residence. George had retired from the U.S. Army. He was a Vietnam War veteran and served from 1958 until 1979. George owned and operated Tilley's Used Appliances from 1992 until 2018....

Plans in place to replace Chester Bridge

PERRYVILLE, Mo. (KBSI) – For 80 years, the Chester Bridge has connected Chester, Ill., and Perryville, Mo. But the time has come to replace it. Replacing the bridge will take years, but Project Director Brian Okenfuss said it is a necessary undertaking. “The Chester Bridge has been in poor...
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Simon Institute analysis of 2020 election provides context for ’22

Republicans have gained geographical ground in Illinois elections, but at the same time have lost votes in the state’s major population centers, according to the latest research from Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Paul Simon Public Policy Institute. “Biden, Trump, Durbin, and Taxes” is the latest paper in the...

Man charged with murder, woman charged with obstruction in connection to Carbondale woman's death

CARBONDALE, IL — Two people have been charged in connection to the death of a Carbondale, Illinois, woman whose body was found in a home on East College Street in May. Ashley Dawn Curtis was reported missing in early May. When she was reported missing, police said she'd last been seen in the 400 block of East College Street on May 1. The Carbondale Police Department later announced that the 39-year-old woman's body had been found in a home in that same block of East College Street.