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Coroner asks public to be more respectful at accident scenes

January 25, 2023

“As the coroner of Fayette County I am asking that the general public be more respectful of everyone’s privacy.  Yesterday I was called to the scene of a fatal accident on Interstate 70 near Wal-Mart.  Someone posted a picture of that accident on Facebook before the family was notified and less than an hour after…

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Indiana man killed in I-70 wreck near Vandalia

January 25, 2023

An Indiana man was killed in a semi-trailer vs. pickup accident on Interstate 70 near Vandalia on Tuesday afternoon. Fayette County Coroner David Harris pronounced James E. Krieger, 52, of Batesville, IN, dead at the scene. According to Harris, Krieger had been driving a truck and was traveling eastbound near mile marker 60 when the…

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Blair pleads guilty to stolen car possession

January 24, 2023

By Leah Williams and Charles Guffey   A Missouri man accused of armed violence in Fayette County Court after a 2020 traffic stop has pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle, a Class 2 felony. Tion Blair, 30, of Florissant, MO, appeared in court on Tuesday, Jan. 24, where he entered a negotiated…

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Area gets ready for winter storm

January 24, 2023

The Illinois Department of Transportation is warning the public that winter weather will affect much of the state Tuesday evening through Wednesday, creating slick and slippery conditions, with some areas expected to receive up to 9 inches of snow. To prepare, IDOT as usual will have its snow-and-ice teams pretreating roads and bridges as necessary,…

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Coroner investigating New Year’s Eve death

January 6, 2023

The Fayette County Coroner’s Office is investigating the death of a 39-year-old woman who was found dead on New Year’s Eve. According to Coroner David Harris, he responded to a Vandalia home where the body was found. Harris said an autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday. The identity has not been made public at this time.…

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