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Lyft launches in Carbondale at noon on Thursday

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The service launches at noon Thursday, meaning residents will be able to request a ride through Lyft by using their mobile device. Users will have to download the application, sign up and then request a ride.

Fatal traffic crash kills 7-year-old

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At about 3:30 p.m., the sheriff's office received a report of a head-on traffic crash on Union School Road, near Skidmore Road, in rural Ava.

Carbondale man sentenced to five years for burglary

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A Carbondale man has been sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to burglary charges, Jackson County State’s Attorney Michael Carr announced Friday.

Timothy Hubbert, 25, pleaded guilty to one count of residential burglary Thursday and was sentenced to five years in prison. 

Carr said on Jan. 31, 2016, a residence in the 500 block of Mill Street in Carbondale was burglarized. Officers with the Carbondale Police Department determined the perpetrator entered through an unlocked window. Carr said the fingerprints officers found were determined to be Hubbert’s after being analyzed by the Illinois 
State Police. 

After his release, Hubbert will serve two years of mandatory supervised release and be placed in the Illinois Impact Incarceration Program through the Department of Corrections.  

Carbondale man sentenced eight years for home invasion

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A Carbondale man pleaded guilty to a home invasion charge in December, and was formally sentenced in Jackson County Court on Wednesday, according to Jackson County State’s Attorney Michael Carr on Thursday. 

Shahere Lark, 20, was sentenced to eight years in prison for the charge of home invasion, a Class X felony. 

Carr said on July 9, officers from the Carbondale Police Department responded to a report of a home invasion at an apartment on East College Street. The victim reported he was asleep in his living room when he awoke to see a black male standing in his doorway. 

The victim began yelling at the suspect to leave when another man came down the stairs, holding a handgun and pointing it at the victim. The second man demanded the victim’s wallet. The two men then ran from the residence after taking $20 from the wallet. Carr said the handgun was later determined to be a BB gun. 

Murphysboro man sentenced five years

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A Murphysboro man was sentenced to prison Thursday on battery charges stemming from a domestic violence dispute in May, according to Jackson County State’s Attorney Michael Carr. 

Tyrone Webb, 36, was sentenced to serve five years in prison after being found guilty by a Jackson County Jury in December for a charges of aggravated domestic battery, a Class 2 felony, aggravated battery, a Class 3 felony, and domestic battery, a Class A misdemeanor. 

Carr said on May 9, deputies with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department received a walk-in report from Webb’s girlfriend, who lived with him at the time of the incident. She reported that over the past three days, she had been repeatedly beaten by Webb, and wasn’t allowed to leave the residence. In addition to receiving punches and kicks to her head and body, she was also cut on her leg with a razor blade by Webb, causing her to need medical treatment. 

Rutherford event Sept. 13 a chance to shake hands, find cash

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Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford will hold a community networking event from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. next Tuesday, Sept. 13 at the SIU Student Center — and many attendees could walk away with more cash than they came in with. The event is a promotion for the treasurer's Cash Dash program, which takes unclaimed property businesses and banks legally are required to turn over to the treasurer's office — inactive checking accounts, unpaid wages, bill overpayments and paid-up insurance policies — and returns it to the rightful owners.

SIU men's, women's basketball release 2011-12 schedules

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SIU released its 2011-12 men's and women's basketball schedules this morning, unveiling a slate that features 16 home games for the men and 14 for the women this season. Men's basketball will open the season with four of their first six regular-season games at home. Included in those games are matchups with traditional rivals St. Louis Nov. 15 and Western Kentucky Dec. 7. The men also begin a new home-and-home series with SIUE when they host the Cougars Dec. 19.

Henry named director of Carbondale Public Works Department

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The acting director of Carbondale's Public Works Department for the past five months has been promoted to that department's full director, the city announced Wednesday morning. Sean C. Henry, who has been employed with the city since 2006, was selected out of 35 applicants for his engineering background and management skills, City Manager Allen Gill said in a release. Henry is a graduate of Carbondale Community High School and attended John A. Logan College.

SIU enrollment falls 1.1 percent for fall 2011

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Student enrollment at SIU is down 1.1 percent compared with last year, according to 10th-day numbers released Sept. 6 by the university. Despite that, the university is finding plenty of silver linings on which to focus. Fall enrollment at SIUC stands at 19,817, and on-campus undergraduate enrollment stands at 13,339. In graduate programs, new student enrollment stands at 554, or 10.5 percent fewer students than last year.

Months after the threat surfaced, a strike at SIU remains an uncertainty

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Labor rallies, collective bargaining drama and a venomous campus dialog have hung over SIU for the better part of a year, but whether any of this will result in the worst-case scenario — a labor strike by any or all of the university’s four Illinois Education Association-affiliated bargaining units — remains as uncertain as it was months ago. Those four unions all filed notices of intent to strike in April.

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