18, Dec 2014 - Pension litigation case heading to supreme court
BENTON -- Doris Heaton of Benton, who serves as secretary for the Illinois Retired Teachers Association, said she has been notified that the Supreme Court will expedite an appeal in the pension litigation case that threatens pensions for thousands of retired teachers.
18, Dec 2014 - Franklin, IL 30 years for Illinois man who set fire to woman
BENTON, Ill. (AP) — A southern Illinois man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for setting his girlfriend on fire. WSIL-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1uERdUF ) 30-year-old Christopher Rollins of West Frankfort was sentenced Tuesday morning in Franklin County Court.
15, Dec 2014 - No bond for former Illinois man accused of hacking
EFFINGHAM, Ill. (AP) - A federal judge has denied bond for a former Illinois resident accused of hacking the online accounts of more than 250 women. Stephen Mislich of Bowling Green, Ohio, was indicted by a federal grand jury this fall in Benton, Illinois. He was charged with ...
12, Oct 2014 - Benton, IL Southern Illinois man convicted of burning girlfriend
BENTON, Ill. (AP) – A southern Illinois judge on Tuesday convicted a West Frankfort man of setting his girlfriend on fire. Christopher Rollins, 30, was accused of dousing Tessa Leech with cleaning solvent and setting her ablaze after Rollins said she was being unfaithful. Leech survived but sustained burns over much of her body. “God […]
08, Oct 2014 - Benton, IL Watts appears in court: Trial date set for Jan. 12
BENTON -- A man accused of fatally stabbing two Southern Illinois bank workers and critically wounding a third during a botched robbery appeared in court on Wednesday.
16, Sep 2014 - Cancer patient avoids prison for growing marijuana - Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Missouri News,
DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - A dying Iowa man who grew marijuana to treat terminal cancer was sentenced to probation Tuesday, avoiding prison even as he defended his decision to violate the law.
04, Apr 2014 - Marion, IL Southern Illinois man sentenced for bank fraud
BENTON, Ill. (AP) - A southern Illinois man has been ordered to spend two months in federal prison for defrauding a bank of $80,000. Thirty-nine-year-old Mark Troehler of Herrin also was sentenced Thursday to two months of post-prison home confinement and three years of supervised release. Troehler ...
01, Apr 2014 - Benton, IL Trial reset for woman accused in daughter's death
BENTON, Ill. (AP) — The trial of a southern Illinois woman accused of drowning her 8-year-old daughter has been postponed.
01, Apr 2014 - Lawyer: Dad doesn't deny tossing toddler in creek - Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Missouri Ne
FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) - The lawyer for a man charged with killing his 2-year-old daughter by tossing her into a creek while still strapped into her car seat said Wednesday the real question for the jury is not whether he did it but whether he was thinking clearly that night.