Gov. Nixon Appoints John Watson as Interim State AuditorA statement from the governor's office says Watson will only serve until Nixon decides on a permanent appointment.
Willow Long's Mom Pleads Guilty to ObstructionThe mother of a 7-year-old Illinois girl who authorities say was stabbed to death by her uncle was sentenced to 120 days in jail.
Ill. Mother Charged in Daughter's DeathWillow Long's mother, Ciara DeRyke, was arrested Monday in Effingham. She's charged with obstruction related to the investigation of her daughter's September slaying.
Trial Pushed Back For Man Accused Of Killing NieceA 22-year-old Effingham County man accused of fatally stabbing his 7-year-old niece won't go on trial until next year.
Brother of Slain 7-Year-Old Willow Long Placed in Protective CustodyIllinois Department of Children & Family Services spokesman Dave Clarkin says that before Willow Long was killed last weekend, the agency had no involvement with the Effingham County family. The boy is 3.
Uncle of 7-Year-old Willow Long Formally Charged With MurderJustin D. DeRyke has been formally charged for killing his 7-year-old niece, Willow Long, but according to court documents he believed he had to.
Uncle of Willow Long Faces Murder ChargesAuthorities say Justin D. DeRyke, 22, of Watson, Ill. has been arrested for the murder of Willow Long.
Water Main Break Causes Partial Collapse Of Watson Road
Man Charged In Box Cutter AssaultAttack followed bar fight, ejection.

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