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The Following is a press release from the West Frankfort Fire Department:

At approximately 8:48 PM on Tuesday, March 28th, 2017, the West Frankfort Fire Department was notified of a fire in an occupied residence located at 10400 Gass Street in the Pershing area. When firefighters arrived on scene, they found the residence heavily involved in fire and spreading quickly. Fire fighters from several surrounding communities assisted in extinguishing the blaze. The structure was a total loss.

Franklin County Coroner Marty Leffler confirmed that Gay Vaughn, 59, of West Frankfort was found deceased inside the structure by firefighters. She was pronounced deceased at 10:41 PM. The cause of death is unknown at this time but an autopsy has been scheduled. No one else was home at the time of fire and no other injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation at this time by officials from the Illinois State Fire Marshal’s Office.
Fire Chief Jody Allen says that more details will be released as they become available……

A GoFundMe account has been established for Henry Vaughn the surviving husband.  Here is a link to the account.  https://www.gofundme.com/vaughn-family-fire-recovery-fund.

More information will be updated as it becomes available.  -sd

 

Two rounds of severe weather in the next 36 hours

Laura Wibbemeyer-KFVS TV

Laura Wibbemeyer-KFVS TV

There will be two rounds of severe weather that will be hitting Franklin County and the rest of Southern Illinois.  One will be late tonight.  The other one will be this afternoon and evening.

This is for the chance of wind damage in Southern Illinois tonight. This means there is a 5% chance of someone experiencing damaging thunderstorm winds in a 25 mile radius. The hail threat is similar. (SPC image)

This is for the chance of wind damage in Southern Illinois tonight. This means there is a 5% chance of someone experiencing damaging thunderstorm winds in a 25 mile radius. The hail threat is similar. (SPC image)

The first round will be late tonight into the early morning hours.  At this time the tornado threat will be minimal.  Large Hail and damaging winds will be the greatest threat.  Franklin County is in a marginal risk (level 1 of 5) for severe weather in this event.

Tomorrow is where things will get interesting.  The tornado threat will be higher.  Here in Franklin County we are under a marginal risk (level 3 of 5) for severe weather tomorrow.

Dr. Greg Forbes, The Weather Channel

Dr. Greg Forbes, The Weather Channel

For Southern Illinos, Dr. Greg Forbes of the weather channel has the TORCON level at four.  This means there is a 40% change that there will be a tornadic event  50 miles from your location.

Here is the hazardous weather outlook issued by the National Weather Service in Paducah, KY.

.DAY ONE…Today and Tonight Isolated strong to severe thunderstorms will be possible late tonight, mainly after midnight across southeast Missouri, far western Kentucky and southern Illinois. Locally heavy rain is also possible. .

Laura Wibbemeyer-KFVS TV

Laura Wibbemeyer-KFVS TV

DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN…Thursday through Tuesday There is a good chance of severe thunderstorm activity Thursday across most of the area, from midday through late afternoon. The area of greatest concern is western Kentucky at this time. Large hail, damaging winds and a few tornadoes will be possible. Locally heavy rainfall is also possible. There is a chance of thunderstorms next Monday.

Franklin County and most of Southern Illinois have a 30 percent chance of experiencing some type of severe weather event in a 25 mile radius. SPC image

Franklin County and most of Southern Illinois have a 30 percent chance of experiencing some type of severe weather event in a 25 mile radius. SPC image

I will do my best to keep an eye on the radar through the severe weather event overnight and tomorrow afternoon.  Any weather briefing videos or Facebook Live posts from local meteorologists will be posted on the franklincounty-news.com Facebook page.  -sd

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Kevin Shuman

Kevin Shuman

On March 23, at 4:13 p.m. a traffic stop in West Frankfort resulted in the arrests of Kevin W. Shuman, 40 of Benton, and Monte Johnson,  33 of West Frankfort.

Shuman was charged with driving with license suspended, possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.  Shuman was also wanted on a warrant for failure to appear on a previous felony arrest involving drug activity.

Monte Johnson

Monte Johnson

Johnson, who is on parole, was charged with possession with intent to deliver ecstasy (a class X felony) possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance.

Both are being held in the Franklin County Jail pending review by the States Attorney’s office and further investigation.  More charges and arrests are possible.

OTHER ARRESTS 

On March 18th., a traffic stop in West Frankfort, resulted in the arrest of John Ladd, 33 of West Frankfort, for driving while license were suspended.

On March 19th., a traffic stop in West Frankfort, resulted in the arrest of Steven R. Johnson, 29 of West Frankfort, for possession of drug paraphernalia.

On March 20th., a traffic stop in Royalton resulted in the arrest of Joni R. Williams, 32 of Royalton for driving while license suspended.

On March 20th., deputies responded to a domestic dispute in Royalton that resulted in the arrest of Terry L. Leonard, 36 of Royalton for domestic battery.

WARRANT ARRESTS 

On March 15th., Braden Eubanks, 31 of Benton, for failure to appear on a traffic charge.

On March  16th., Jeremy Toth, 29 of Benton, for criminal trespass to a vehicle.

On March 17th., Catherine Meeks, 57 of West Frankfort, for failure to appear on traffic charges.

On March 23rd., Tyler Morlan, 23 of Sesser, for failure to appear on domestic battery charges.

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