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Fallout over fired police chief continues

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Former Carbondale Police Chief Jody O’Guinn says that right after City Manager Kevin Baity fired him, Baity took him to get a gun. O’Guinn, who was dismissed Aug. 18 after five years as the city's police chief, says he was immediately required to turn over his badge, his city phone and the keys to his city vehicle.

Downtown committee has mixed first week

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Carbondale City Manager Kevin Baity unveiled a slew of ideas during a meeting held last week to help stimulate and beautify the city’s downtown area as well as further incorporate the different industries and communities involved in the area. Following the meeting, some behind-the-scenes difficulty took place.

Murphy man named to Barbecue Hall of Fame

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Pat Burke, a veteran of championship barbecue competition, has been named to the Barbecue Hall of Fame and will be inducted at the annual World Series of Barbecue Championship in Kansas City in October. In the announcement, Burke is recognized for his tireless mentoring of those wanting to enter competition and his legendary success in the circuit.

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.

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