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Priest pleads guilty to child pornography, meth possession

Nov. 12, 2019 4:37 PM EST

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A priest who served at several southern Illinois parishes has pleaded guilty to the distribution of child pornography and the possession of methamphetamine. The Rev. Gerald Hechenberger faces up to 26 years in prison after pleading guilty last week to three counts of possessing...

Illinois man trapped in tree overnight after dog attack

Nov. 7, 2019 9:27 AM EST

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Southern Illinois authorities say a man was seriously injured when he spent a night trapped in a tree he'd scaled to escape an attacking dog. The Belleville Fire Department says a woman heard the 38-year-old man calling for help Wednesday morning and found him stuck about 4 feet...

Southern Illinois man sentenced for 2017 first-degree murder

Oct. 28, 2019 10:59 PM EDT

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A southern Illinois man has received a 25-year sentence for the 2017 murder of a man who stopped to talk to the convicted killer and three other men. Keundray Kilpatrick of Centreville pleaded guilty in January in the death of 60-year-old Johnny Lovett. The victim was found dead in...

Historic train depot still waiting for a developer

Sep. 21, 2019 1:07 AM EDT

BELLEVILLE, Wis. (AP) — The roof has been repaired but it's still uncertain what business will ultimately reside in the historic train depot in Belleville. The village purchased the depot last year and spent several months repairing the deteriorating structure. The work primarily focused on preventing...

Illinois man drowns at the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri

Sep. 19, 2019 2:01 PM EDT

CAMDENTON, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say an Illinois man has drowned at the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says 67-year-old Stephen Malec, of the St. Louis suburb of Belleville, fell off a dock and into the water Wednesday after suffering from a medical issue. The patrol...