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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. 

Family to host service for 3rd anniversary of SIU student’s death:The family launches a scholarship in Pravin Varughese’s name for criminal justice student

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The Varughese family will gather at SIU’s engineering department to announce the first “Pravin Varughese Memorial Scholarship.” Lovely Varughese said the scholarship is for $1,000 and will be given to a criminal justice student.

Rauner, lawmakers can't agree who writes school funding plan

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Democrats who run the Senate Education Committee told Rauner's education adviser Thursday that the Republican governor should draft legislation to reflect recommendations from a school funding report released last week. The adviser, Beth Purvis, countered that the plan should come from the Legislature.

SIU Board of Trustees to talk towers and tuition Thursday: University seeks approval to help with financing and construction costs

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Currently, there are three 17-story, high-rise towers for residence halls. Aging infrastructure, outdated floor designs, resident density, and the negative impact on student recruitment are cited as reasons to replace the high-rise towers.

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