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Chief's firing a complex saga

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Former Carbondale Police chief Jody O’Guinn says he has no idea why he was fired this week, although he is certain it had to do with a string of recent controversial death cases that have shaken the Police Department, despite the city manager’s statements to the contrary.

Varughese suit seeks $5 million in damages

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The family of an SIU student found dead earlier this year has filed a five-count civil lawsuit alleging wrongful death against the last person to see him alive and negligence on the part of Carbondale’s police chief and the city of Carbondale. In a complaint filed Thursday in Jackson County, Lovely Varughese, the mother of Pravin Varughese, alleges her son was attacked and left for dead in February.

City removes stop sign on Mill Street

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The city has removed a stop sign at a key intersection leading to the SIU campus. Public Works Director Sean Henry said that on Saturday morning, the city removed the stop sign on West Mill Street westbound at South Normal Avenue. With the removal, traffic moving west on Mill Street just south of “The Island” no longer must stop.

SIU ordered to pay back employees

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SIU now will have to pay back close to $2 million to employees who were furloughed for four days in 2011, according to a judgment handed down last month. Colleen Harvey, an administrative law judge with the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board, said in a July ruling that SIU’s former administration exercised “bad faith bargaining" with unions.

Man charged with nine child porn crimes

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A man faces nine felony charges related to child pornography after Murphysboro Police and the Attorney General’s Office executed a search warrant Wednesday. Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office says Richard J. Taylor, 48, of Murphysboro was arrested July 30 after investigators with her office executed a search warrant at his home in the 1500 block of Oak Street.

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