A Collinsville man who dresses up as an evil clown and plays in a band called "The Core of Your Nightmares" has been charged with producing child pornography. 31-year-old Martin Evanick pleaded guilty on Monday to taking inappropriate pictures and having a sexual relationship with a minor. The investigation started after the mother of a 16-year-old girl tipped off police about the relationship. According to the federal indictment, the alleged abuse took place over a two-year period. Evanick faces up to 30 years in prison.
A Shiloh, Illnois man has been jailed after being accused of causing injuries that sent his 4-month-old son to the hospital. Prosecutors have charged Randall Penn with five counts of aggravated battery to a child and two counts of aggravated domestic battery. The infant's injuries aren't considered life-threatening.
A Belleville clothing store is the latest target of a smash and grab. This happened around 4:30 this morning at Hays Top Style clothing on West Main at North 95th.
The front window was smashed. A witness saw someone leaving in a full size maroon vehicle heading west on Main.
MOUNT VERNON, Ill. (AP) - A hearing officer is weighing whether to restore the Illinois driver's license of a former state trooper blamed for a 2007 freeway crash in that killed two sisters.
The Belleville News-Democrat reports that Matt Mitchell said during Tuesday's hearing in Mount Vernon that he'll never drive again in Illinois. Now living in Texas, he says he needs the license to get a job.
A decision is expected within 90 days.
Mitchell was a state trooper driving more than 120 mph and using his cellphone in November 2007 when his car crossed the median on Interstate 64 east of St. Louis and slammed into a car occupied by two Collinsville sisters. The girls, ages 18 and 13, died.
Mitchell later received probation after pleading guilty to reckless homicide.