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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. 

Who has the most at stake in a potential SIU strike?

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The administration. Labor problems roll uphill.
14% (3 votes)
The faculty. Academic freedom must be protected.
14% (3 votes)
Graduate assistants. They do the heavy lifting.
10% (2 votes)
Civil servants. They keep the campus going.
14% (3 votes)
The students. Will there be class next week or not?
48% (10 votes)
Total votes: 21

Power outage provokes late night student disturbance at SIU

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Reports of multiple injuries and scattered property damage are coming in today after a power outage sparked a rowdy student gathering outside dorms on the SIU campus last night. A power outage around 9:30 p.m. prompted more than 1,000 residents of Schneider, Mae Smith and Neely halls to assemble outside, leading to a disturbance that blocked off traffic to the east side of campus.

18-year-old arrested after deadly shooting in Carbondale

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A Carbondale man is dead, and another in custody, following a shooting early Sept. 14 on North Brush Street. Police say that about 1:55 a.m., they responded to a home in that street's 400 block following a report of gunshots. There they found 20-year-old Deaunta R. Spencer, who was transported to Memorial Hospital of Carbondale and later pronounced dead.

Science Café series brings inquiry to the masses

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Geology, the development of inventions and how mutant mice can provide clues about aging will be the topics up for discussion at the fall 2011 Science Café series, which aims to present scientific ideas and concepts in casual, conversational settings. The events, which all begin at 7 p.m., are hosted by the Science Center of Southern Illinois, located at the University Mall in Carbondale.

Campus Habitat a no-show at appeals hearing

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Campus Habitat faces an uncertain future in Carbondale after its representatives failed to show up at a second hearing before the city’s Building Board of Appeals Monday afternoon and the company failed to satisfy some conditions laid out by that board at an initial hearing last month. Now, inspections will begin again this week at some of the New York-based housing provider’s Carbondale facilities.

Parents, staff put it all on the table at CES 95 FACTS suppers

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Parrish School was a hub of activity hours after school had ended for the day. About 30 parents, teachers, community members and district personnel gathered in the school’s cafeteria Monday, Sept. 12 for the Family and Community Town Supper, the third such event held this fall by District 95 administrators. A fourth is set for next Tuesday, Sept. 20 at Carbondale Middle School.

McDonald’s offers healthier Happy Meals promotion in September

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Nine Southern Illinois McDonald’s restaurants operate by Short Enterprises, including the Carbondale Murdale location, will offer a healthier version of the popular Happy Meal by default to customers through the month of September. Instead of automatically giving fries and soda in each happy meal, children will receive apple dippers and white milk, and parents will have to specifically ask for the higher calorie options.

'SlutWalk' meant to address sexual violence against women

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Participants are being encouraged to dress in their most provocative and sexually empowering attire to protest sexual violence against women in an event being called "SlutWalk Carbondale." The event, planned for 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, is in response to a Toronto police representative’s comment that, “Women should avoid dressing like sluts in order to not be victimized."

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