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Booking photo of former St. Clair County Circuit Judge Michael Cook of Belleville.

Convicted Killer Seeks New Trial After Judge is Accused of Heroin Use

Judge Cook was arrested two months after the trial on charges of possessing heroin and a having a gun while on controlled substances.

10/30/2013

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Belleville Martial Arts Instructor Admits to Sexual Abuse

Christopher Horton, 22, of Highland entered pleas to five counts of sexual exploitation of a minor and one count of attempted sexual exploitation of a minor.

10/29/2013

Booking photo of former St. Clair County Circuit Judge Michael Cook of Belleville.

Prosecutors: Man Sold Heroin to St. Clair Co. Judge Almost Daily

Prosecutors say Michael Cook was a St. Clair County circuit judge when he got heroin from Sean McGilvery “on an almost daily basis.”

10/17/2013

Booking photo of former St. Clair County Circuit Judge Michael Cook of Belleville.

St. Clair County Expands Drug Testing Months After Judge’s Overdose

The American Civil Liberties Union says the new policy opens the county up to lawsuits but Mark Kern, the St. Clair County Board Chair, disagrees.

10/02/2013

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Man Accused in 1972 Metro East Killing Scheduled for Hearing

Last week, Prosecutors in southwestern Illinois’ St. Clair County charged 62-year-old Gary Warwick in the 1972 death of 1-year-old Joseph Henry Abernathy III.

09/16/2013

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Illinois Police Search for Teenage Murder Suspect

Prosecutors in St. Clair County last week charged 17-year-old Shaun Henderson of Washington Park with first-degree murder.

08/28/2013

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Madison, St. Clair Counties Could Opt Out of Higher Speed Limit

The law states that counties in more urban areas have the choice to opt out altogether, or pick and choose which highways to let vehicles go faster.

08/22/2013

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Police: Metro East Drug Sweep Nabs 58

At a press conference Thursday announcing the capture and charges of more than 58 people, Kelly said the area is “in a state of lawlessness.”

08/16/2013

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UPDATE: Shooting Inside St. Clair County Courthouse Parking Garage

The man found dead inside the St. Clair County Courthouse parking garage died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

08/12/2013

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St. Clair Co. Official Defends Audit as Routine

The Belleville News-Democrat reported the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund was “investigating” the county but Board Chairman Mark Kern insists it is not an investigation.

07/30/2013

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