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The Marion County Coroner's Office is investigating the death of a 32-year-old Salem man.  

Coroner Troy Cannon reports Christopher Hurayt was discovered apparently deceased at a friend's home on Julie Drive in Salem, where he had spent the night.  Hurayt was pronounced dead at 11:27 am.  

An autopsy is scheduled for Monday to determine a cause of death.  No foul play is suspected at this point.


EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A southwestern Illinois judge has denied a bid by landowners group to put Illinois' new rules for high-volume oil and gas drilling on hold.

Madison County Circuit Judge Barbara Crowder rejected the request for a preliminary injunction on Friday. That was three days after she heard arguments about the rules meant to regulate hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking."

Attorneys for the landowners had insisted that the state's rules were procedurally flawed. Attorneys for the state countered that the public had sufficient input.

Fracking generally uses a mixture of water, chemicals and sand to crack rock formations deep underground and release trapped oil and gas. Opponents fear it can cause air and water pollution and health problems. Industry officials contend the method is safe and will create needed jobs in southern Illinois.


Both drivers received apparent minor injuries in a two vehicle crash at the Xenia-Iola and Kinmundy Road intersection in Clay County Saturday morning.

State Police say a van driven by 50-year-old Shiela Brown of Cisne was traveling northbound on the Xenia-Iola Road when she approached the stop sign on Kinmundy Road.  She reportedly failed to stop at the stop sign and began making a left hand turn into the path of a pickup driven by 47-year-old Kathy Branch of Kinmundy.  Branch was traveling eastbound on Kinmundy Road at the time.  

Both Brown and Branch were taken to Clay County Hospital in Flora for treatment.  

Brown was ticketed for disobeying a traffic control device.  


Both the driver and passenger were arrested following a traffic stop on the River Road in Iuka early Sunday morning.  Marion County Sheriff's Deputies say the driver, 47-year-old Lee Klingler of Rural Irvington, was arrested for driving on a revoked license and on a Jasper County warrant.  A passenger, 38-year-old Mindy Bushue of South Rotan in Salem, remains in custody for possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.  

A 39-year-old Taylorville woman was arrested on misdemeanor drug charges after Marion County Sheriff's Deputies were notified of a rolling domestic dispute on U.S. 51.   Deputies removed the passenger allegedly causing the problem and arrested her for possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of cannabis.  

Two others remained in custody Sunday morning on outstanding warrants.  23-year-old Keith Charlton of East Broadway in Centralia was arrested on a felony failure to appear warrant.  33-year-old Jai Young of Maulding Drive in Centralia was arrested on a pending misdemeanor warrant.    


Authorities say a Mascoutah man died after being shot while on a hunting trip in northeastern Missouri.

Sangamon County Coroner Cinda Edwards says 31-year-old James Funk of Mascoutah died Thursday in a Springfield hospital, three days after being shot in Missouri's Knox County.

Edwards says the shooting appeared to have been accidental, though an investigation by the Missouri Department of Conservation continues.

The department's Matt Wolken has told KTVO-TV of Kirksville, Missouri, that Funk apparently was shot by a relative after the hunters chased a deer from a wooded area.




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