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Michael Brown grand jury results coming Monday, Collinsville schools prepared

By   /  November 24, 2014  /  Breaking News, Caseyville, Collinsville, Education, Fairmont City, Maryville, News  /  1 Comment

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The St. Louis County grand jury has reached a decision on whether to indicate officer Darren Wilson in the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown. The St. Louis County Office of the Prosecuting Attorney has confirmed that the decision will be announced later Monday. The area has been making preparations for weeks in anticipation […]

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Escaped prisoner captured walking alongside the road

By   /  September 24, 2014  /  Breaking News, Caseyville, Collinsville, Illinois, News, Region  /  No Comments

Prison escapee Marcus Battice was captured Sept. 24 at 7:30 a.m.

After an intense search that included aircraft, boats, utility terrain vehicles and four canine units, an escaped prisoner was captured walking alongside the road this morning about 17.5 hours after he escaped. Marcus Battice, 21, escaped from the Vandalia Correctional Center at about 2 p.m. Tuesday and was picked up alongside a gravel frontage road […]

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Prisoner escapes from Southern Illinois correctional center

By   /  September 23, 2014  /  Breaking News, Caseyville, Collinsville, Fairmont City, Maryville, News, Region  /  No Comments

Marcus Battice

At about 2 p.m. Tuesday, a 21 year-old minimum-security inmate escaped from the Vandalia Correctional Center in Vandalia, Ill., approximately 60 miles from Collinsville. Marcus Battice, an African-American male described as 5-feet-9, 167 pounds, was inside the fence at the prison and had been considered a low risk for escape. He escaped while returning from […]

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Former Collinsville Christian Academy principal charged with attempted sex abuse

By   /  March 7, 2014  /  Breaking News, Collinsville, News  /  1 Comment

Robert Allen Lane

A former principal at Collinsville Christian Academy had been charged with two felony counts of attempted aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a male between the ages of 13-18 Robert Allen Lane, 57, of the 1200 block of Antler Drive in Troy, allegedly made two attempts to fondle a male student between the ages of 13-18. […]

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CARD executive director resigns amid park district’s financial concerns

By   /  March 6, 2014  /  Breaking News, Collinsville, Maryville, News  /  No Comments

Terry Wilson

The executive director of the beleaguered Collinsville Area Recreation District resigned Thursday, effective immediately. In a resignation letter to David Tanzyus, president CARD’s Board of Commissioners, Terry Wilson, 55, said when he was hired he believed he could help the district to become “functionally and financially healthy” after nearly two decades of mismanagement. But, with […]

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Updated – Major gas line break in Collinsville closes intersection

By   /  February 27, 2014  /  Breaking News, Collinsville, News  /  No Comments

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***Updated at 6:15 p.m., Feb. 27*** Crews are still working to stem a gas line break at the corner of Beltline Road and Golfview Drive in Collinsville. The fix is expected to take at least two more hours. Unable to locate the valve to shut the line down, Ameren crews are installing a cap-like device on […]

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-updated-Former Collinsville football player, 23, dead from gunshot wound

By   /  February 23, 2014  /  Breaking News, Collinsville, News  /  2 Comments

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***Updated on Feb. 24 at 5:35 p.m with additional details of the incident*** Collinsville Police have confirmed that the person who died of a single gunshot wound to the head in the early hours of Sunday morning was Andrew M. Birch, 23, of Collinsville. The incident occurred in Birch’s home in the 600 block of […]

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Body of missing Collinsville man found in St. Louis, death ruled a homicide

By   /  February 12, 2014  /  Breaking News, Collinsville, News  /  No Comments

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***Updated at 10:15 a.m., Feb 12 with additional details about manner of death*** A Collinsville family is in mourning today after St. Louis police confirmed that a body found along the railroad tracks near 3000 Wharf Street in North St. Louis, near the Mississippi River, is that of missing 22-year-old Collinsville man, Joe Hartsoe. On […]

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Unit 10 “snowcation” reaches day five

By   /  January 9, 2014  /  Breaking News, Caseyville, Collinsville, Education, Maryville, News  /  No Comments

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Collinsville Unit 10 has called off school for Friday, Jan. 10, the fifth consecutive day. The district again cited concern for student safety when making the decision. Superintendent Bob Green said the lack of clear sidewalks were a major concern when making the decision to call of school Thursday. ”We have a lot of small […]

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Charges filed in murder of Collinsville man

By   /  December 30, 2013  /  Breaking News, Collinsville, News  /  No Comments

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An East St. Louis man was charged today with first-degree murder in the death of Jarrett D. Mosby, 21, of Collinsville. Deneshion M. Swope, 24, faces three felony murder charges in the Dec. 23 death of Mosby, whose body was found in his car in Madison. Police allege Swope shot Mosby seven times with a […]

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Accused Collinsville craigslist robbers identified

By   /  December 26, 2013  /  Breaking News, Collinsville, News  /  No Comments

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The three 17-year-old Collinsville men arrested Monday in connection with the “craigslist robberies” were identified today as Devante P. Marshall, Maurice S. Morris and Garrett A. Babb. Charges were filed today by the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office against all three suspects for at least one of the three armed robberies that took place between […]

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Arrests made in Collinsville craigslists robberies

By   /  December 24, 2013  /  Breaking News, Collinsville, News  /  No Comments

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The Collinsville Police Department arrested three suspects Monday in a recent string of armed robberies linked to advertisements placed on craigslists. The arrests come after a third armed robbery Sunday in the 200 block of Sandridge Dr., about 1/2 mile from the other two robberies at 50 Brookhill Court. The suspect in the robbery Sunday […]

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Collinsville Police Chief leaving to be O’Fallon’s next Director of Public Safety

By   /  November 1, 2013  /  Breaking News, Collinsville, News  /  No Comments

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For the second time in just over a year, Collinsville will be searching for a police chief. Police Chief Eric Van Hook tendered his resignation Thursday to City Manager Scott Williams, the man he replaced as police chief on Sept 3. 2012. Van Hook has accepted the Director of Public Safety position with the city […]

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Emergency siren malfunctions, startling residents

By   /  August 24, 2013  /  Breaking News, Collinsville, News  /  No Comments

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Collinsville residents enjoying a picture perfect afternoon Friday were confused when the city’s emergency siren blared at 4:25 p.m. The confusion heightened when the alarm sounded again nearly two hours later. The Collinsville Police Department announced on their Facebook page, shortly after the first incident, that the siren was malfunctioning. Some who posted on the […]

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Unit 10 teachers approve new contract

By   /  August 21, 2013  /  Breaking News, Collinsville, Education, News  /  1 Comment

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The Collinsville Unit 10 teacher’s union voted today to approve the latest contract offer from the School Board. The Collinsville Education Association approved the one-year contract by a “comfortable majority,” co-bargaining chair Mark Schusky said. The CEA had rejected a previous offer by a 167-86 vote on Aug. 7. The new contract includes a small […]

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