Mary Cooley, News Democrat

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Past articles by Mary:

At 8, this Belleville girl has already beaten cancer and leukemia. Now she tackles school.

A Southern Illinois child has returned to school after a bone marrow transplant from her sister helped her defeat a rare and often fatal cancer and leukemia. Her family is grateful for the community’s support. → Read More

Belleville police quiet about Tuesday shooting, but release one suspect

A person was shot on Tuesday in Belleville and police have not released any details. They did release one suspect pending further investigation; the other suspect remains in jail on unrelated warrants. → Read More

Police officer charged with domestic battery in Madison County

Madison Police Officer is charged by Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office with one count of domestic battery regarding an incident in public in November in front of Pavia’s Place in Granite City. → Read More

Two charged after police catch them on roof of building they’re accused of trying to rob

Two Southern Illinois men faces burglary charges after police take them into custody for trying to break into A&S Market. Firefighters helped get the suspects off the building they are accused of trying to rob. → Read More

Two semis overturn on major highway; police diverting traffic

Troy Police report two overturned semis on Interstate 55 near Illinois State Police headquarters in Southern Illinois. Officers were diverting traffic onto Interstate 270 and Illinois 157. → Read More

Man accused of robbing courier in Millstadt restaurant’s parking lot is arrested

Millstadt cops say a suspect approached a courier in the parking lot of Breadeaux Pizza and demanded the money otherwise headed to the restaurant’s video gaming machines. The arrest was made after a car chase. → Read More

Breese man jailed on charges of robbing video gaming courier

Police arrested a Breese, Illinois man and charged him with armed robbery in relation to a robbery of a video gaming courier at the Breadeaux Pizza parking lot in Millstadt, Illinois in Southern Illinois. → Read More

Del Monte issues recall for nearly 65,000 cases of corn

The food manufacturer Del Monte has issued a recall for the Fiesta canned corn Seasoned with Red and Green Peppers nationwide including cans shipped to Illinois and Missouri. → Read More

State adds murder to dad’s list of charges in infant son’s death

Devin O’Daniell of Marion, IL, now facing murder charge in relation to his son’s death in late November. Prosecutors said the infant boy died after the father beat him. → Read More

Mom charged with DUI after crash; police say she refused medical treatment for daughter

A mother is facing several counts of aggravated DUI after police say she drove into parked cars, injuring her daughter. She’s in jail and her child in DCFS custody after the crash in Southern Illinois. → Read More

75-year-old man gets no break in sentence on bank fraud

Kinmundy man, formerly of Mattoon, IL, opened bank accounts with more than $500,000 in checks he knew would bounce, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois said. Alfred L. Cross, 75, asked for leniency given his age but didn’t get it. → Read More

Semi overturns and spills product all over Interstate 55, delaying traffic in the area

A semi truck hauling a tractor trailer full of agricultural product overturned and spilled all over the southbound lanes of Interstate 55 near Hamel, Illinois, slowing northbound traffic in the area. → Read More

Man dies from medical issue after crashing into other cars, Fairview Heights store

Man died from a medical emergency after crashing into a business building in Southern Illinois. Police said no one else was injured in the crash that involved a Lenscrafter’s store near Illinois 159. → Read More

St. Clair County ordered to pay $301,000 to family of jail inmate who committed suicide

Bradley Scarpi, accused of a home invasion, was arrested and incarcerated Belleville, IL, killed himself in the St. Clair County Jail in Southern Illinois. A court said an officer was responsible for the death. → Read More

Downtown Belleville businesses experiencing low water pressure

Downtown Belleville, Illinois, including City Hall and the Belleville News-Democrat, had low water pressure. Illinois American Water is assessing cause and responding in Southern Illinois. → Read More

Fatal accident closes most lanes on I-255 near Columbia

Officers closed all but one northbound lane on Interstate 255 near Columbia, IL, as cops and fire crews were responding to a fatal vehicle accident in Southern Illinois. One person is confirmed dead. → Read More

19-year-old accused of sexually abusing 13-year-old near Belleville

Police say a Southern Illinois man used social media to meet a child and now he’s charged with abusing the child over two months near Belleville, Illinois. He has been arrested by officers and is in jail. → Read More

East St. Louis man charged in shooting death of 19-year-old

An Southern Illinois man is charged in the shooting death of a 19-year-old after police say he fired the gun that caused the killing and remains in jail. The victim died at a hospital in St. Louis, MO. → Read More

Belleville school evacuated briefly after alarm detects gas odor

Signal Hill Elementary School students were evacuated after an alarm detected a gas odor in Southern Illinois. The Signal Hill Fire Department was called and class resumes shortly after in Belleville, Illinois. → Read More

Car catches fire in Belleville auto shop garage

A car caught fire in an automotive garage shop in Southern Illinois, closing the road as crews battled the flames. The fire chief said several people heard explosions, possibly caused by leaking fuel. → Read More