George Pawlaczyk, News Democrat

George Pawlaczyk

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Past articles by George:

17 years after he was attacked outside a nightclub, his family still waits for justice

After John Hill was shot at an East STL, Illinois nightclub, and died in a St. Louis, MO, hospital, police arrested a suspect who was never charged with murder and the family believes cops helped cover it up. → Read More

East St. Louis public housing residents are terrified they’ll be murder victims next

Four public housing complexes in East STL, the Roosevelt Homes, John Desheilds Homes, Orr Weathers Homes and John Robinson Homes, are the site of dozens of killings. Residents don’t expect police to help. → Read More

In murder trial for judge’s ex-roommate, distraught 911 caller claims defendant shot her boyfriend

David E. Fields, 22, is on trial for the shooting death of Carl Silas near Belleville two years ago. The defendant once resided with Circuit Court Judge Ron Duebbert, who is under investigation by the Illinois Judicial Inquiry Board. → Read More

Murder trial to begin for suspect who formerly lived with St. Clair County judge

Jury selection was set to begin today in the first-degree murder trial of David E. Fields, 22, who is charged with shooting Carl Z. Silas during a home invasion in Belleville in southern Illinois in December 016. → Read More

Missouri mother of 10 vanished 40 years ago. Do her remains lie in Fairview Heights?

A missing Missouri mother may be buried in a Southern Illinois cemetery. A judge will decide this week whether the body will be exhumed and tested, another step in this unsolved cold case from the 1970s. → Read More

Centreville didn’t file annual reports for how it spent tax dollars, but wasn’t fined because state lost paperwork

Centreville, Illinois did not file annual TIF grant reports for 18 years in Southern Illinois, but state officials did not fine the city because paperwork was missing from the state comptroller’s office. → Read More

World-traveling federal judge to donate antique globe to Collinsville historical society

U.S. Magistrate Judge Gerald Cohn said he will donate antique globe from the early 1800s to the Daniel Dove Collins House in Collinsville. He is an amateur acheologist who has traveled the world. → Read More

Days after mayor is charged, State Police search Alorton Village Hall

Four ISP squad cars and an SUV showed up Monday morning at the Alorton Village Hall to search for documents, according to a member of the village board. The police squad car that Mayor Joann Reed was driving also was searched. → Read More

Our commitment to you: Investigative stories that make a difference

Knowing your community empowers your community. Your support makes that possible. Buying a digital subscription to the Belleville News-Democrat supports Southern Illinois investigative journalism. → Read More

Embattled Illinois Mayor Accused of Impersonating Officer

Drivers heading east on Interstate 64 were startled Saturday afternoon to see a black police car with blue and red lights flashing and a sign on the driver’s side door that stated, “Mayor Jo Ann Reed,” weaving through traffic near the Illinois 157 exit. → Read More

As cops responded to 14th homicide in 2018, body from 15th homicide was yards away

Police are investigating after a man was found shot to death in an vacant apartment building in Southern Illinois. Officers have not arrested any suspects in connection to the crime. → Read More

Police investigate if Alorton mayor impersonated cop. Brendan Kelly wants her to resign.

Illinois State Police check complaint about cop car using emergency lights with a Mayor Jo Ann Reed sign on Interstate 64 near Caseyville in Southern Illinois. Democrat Brendan Kelly says she should resign. → Read More

Special prosecutor chosen to head Madison County computer probe

The Illinois attorney general will take over the investigation formerly headed by the Madison County Corruption Task Force that served search warrants seeking the computers of several administration officials earlier this year. → Read More

Township worker beats woman with vacuum and mug, charges state

Keith Randolph, a convicted armed robber and son of East St. Louis Township Trustee Scott Randolph, is charged with three counts of misdemeanor battery for beating a woman in the family household. → Read More

Stealing a hat and $1 landed him at Tamms. After decades in solitary, he’s now free.

Anthony Gay, sentenced for a minor crime as a teen, spent 24 years in jail, most of it in solitary confinement at Tamms Correctional Center supermax prison in Southern Illinois. He was released in August 2018. → Read More

One dead in crash discovered by detective on his way to officer-involved shooting

A Mt. Vernon, IL man died when a car he was a passenger in hit a light pole and wrapped around it at an Illinois State Police weight station on Interstate 64 in Southern Illinois near Scott Air Force Base. → Read More

Driver distracted by stereo avoids crash he caused, police say

A distracted driver caused a three-vehicle accident in Southern Illinois after police say he was busy tuning his car stereo to see the vehicle in front of him at stopped at an intersection. No one was injured. → Read More

Woman killed in semi accident; 5 others flown to hospital

A woman died when a tractor trailer read-ended a car in Southern Illinois and police said five other people in the vehicle were flown to the hospital with injuries. The truck driver was cited in the crash. → Read More

Social worker dies from stress over racial complaint against superintendent, lawyer says

Stroke kills an employee at High Mount School in Southern Illinois that her attorney says was brought on after she filed a racial discrimination complaint against the superintendent with the board of education. → Read More

East St. Louis Township Board asks prosecutor to enforce ordinance barring supervisor’s spending

Politics news: Prosecutor to enforce law prevent East St. Louis, IL, Township Supervisor Alvin Parks from spending money, funds in Southern Illinois near Belleville, IL, and St. Louis, MO. → Read More