Kaley Johnson, News Democrat

Kaley Johnson

News Democrat

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  • News Democrat
  • The Kansas City Star
  • The Miami Herald
  • Bradenton Herald
  • Tacoma News Tribune
  • The Modesto Bee

Past articles by Kaley:

Two dead after crashing into fuel tanker during police chase

Two people were killed during a police chase near Wood River, Illinois in Southern Illinois. The fatal crash left two dead after colliding with a semi tractor trailer hauling fuel. → Read More

Catholic officials, parents interpreted ‘inappropriate texts’ from coach as teenage crush

According to an interview between St. Clare Catholic School athletic director and police in Southern Illinois, officials knew a coach and female student had inappropriate contact and did not report it. → Read More

Man found dead in river at Luhr’s Landing

A man was found dead in the Mississippi River at Luhr’s Landing in Southern Illinois. The man was not identified by police and a cause of death was not yet known, but authorities are investigating. → Read More

Report of woman trying to abduct child at Wood River Walmart is unfounded, police say

Police say the report of a possible child abduction at a Southern Illinois Walmart business was unfounded when a stranger asked a man if one of his children could crawl through a car window. → Read More

LouFest 2018 canceled, organizers blame ‘unfortunately timed media coverage’

The music event in Missouri near Southern Illinois was canceled. Organizers announced the cancellation was due to money problems, bad weather and media coverage, Refunds are in the works, they say. → Read More

Woman dies in crash on same stretch of road in Columbia that killed mother of six

A woman died in a vehicle accident on Illinois Route 3 near the Columbia High School in Southern Illinois, which has sparked outrage from the community who say the highway is dangerous and causes deaths. → Read More

Man doused girlfriend in lighter fluid and threatened to light her on fire, police say

A man in Southern Illinois was charged with pouring lighter fluid on a woman when she tried to leave the house and threatened to light her on fire, police say. He was arrested and charged. She was not injured. → Read More

Two arrested, one hospitalized after police chase ends in crash in Southern Illinois

Two people taken into custody and one injured after a police chase began due to a vehicle break-in. Caseyville, Illinois police pursued a car to Pontoon Beach, Illinois, where it crashed in Southern Illinois. → Read More

‘Eleven people could have been killed,’ Swansea chief says as pair charged with arson

Police arrest two suspects, charge them with setting a home on fire in Southern Illinois that had multiple people, including children, inside. Swansea Fire Department responded; the crime is under investigation. → Read More

Woman says Catholic school officials covered up years of sex abuse by O’Fallon coach

A woman says she was sexually abused, raped by a coach and has filed a lawsuit in court against St. Clare Catholic School officials, the church, and the Diocese of Belleville in Southern Illinois. → Read More

Man arrested at Target poured glue on floor, tried to take officers’ guns, police say

A man from St. Louis, Missouri was charged with disarming a police officer when he took a stun gun from the cop and cut the officer’s finger during a dispute at a Target store in Southern Illinois, police say. → Read More

Husband and wife sue city, say they were fired for exposing police chief’s corruption

A woman claims in a suit she was fired by the mayor of Nashville, Illinois for exposing corruption within the police department following surgery in Southern Illinois, violating the Whistleblower Act. → Read More

Here are your 2018 Midwest Salute to the Arts award winners

The Southern Illinois art show at Moody Park is August 25 and August 26 and features craft demonstrations, a children’s gallery, kids entertainment, and music. → Read More

House destroyed in Southern Illinois fire as crews battle flames overnight

A fire destroyed a vacant house in Centreville, Illinois with three fire departments fighting the flames overnight in Southern Illinois. No one was injured in the fire. → Read More

Metro-east football game canceled after shooting next to stadium in Chicago

The Metro-east Lutheran High School football team’s game in Chicago, Illinois was canceled after three people were shot and hospitalized near the stadium. The team, located in Southern Illinois, was not hurt. → Read More

Two killed in head-on semi versus motorcycle crash in Southern Illinois

A driver and passenger of a motorcycle were killed in a double fatal Southern Illinois crash in Williamson County near Crainsville, Illinois when a semi truck trailer and motorcycle crashed. → Read More

91-year-old man killed, 8-year-old flown to hospital in Southern Illinois crash

An elderly man was killed in an accident in Marion County, Illinois in Southern Illinois and a child was airlifted to a St. Louis, Missouri hospital after a traffic crash at an intersection. → Read More

Head-on crash closes highway in Madison County

A vehicle accident in Madison County near Horseshoe Lake on Highway 11 closed the road while police and fire crews were on the scene. Injuries were unknown for those involved in the collision in Southern Illinois. → Read More

Man killed in triple MetroLink shooting was innocent bystander, police say

The man shot and killed in the triple MetroLink shooting was an innocent bystander who worked for the County Health Department, police investigating said. The shooting occurred at the MetroBus stop near Grand. → Read More

Shots fired at police during two-county chase, standoff

A man was arrested and charged with shooting at police during a high speed chase in multiple counties in Southern Illinois. The suspected shooter hit a cop car and fled from officials before being arrested. → Read More