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BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A southwestern Illinois attorney and former candidate for the St. Clair County board is accused of marijuana charges in two counties.
 
The Belleville News-Democrat reports that 49-year-old Scott Hassebrock of Mascoutah is charged in St. Clair County with marijuana trafficking and possession. He is accused in Montgomery County of marijuana manufacturing.
 
In St. Clair County, prosecutors allege Hassebrock brought than 2,500 grams of marijuana from California to Illinois. Authorities say they seized five pounds of the drug from his home.
 
Hassebrock ran as a Republican in 2012 for the St. Clair County board but lost in the general election.
Online court records do not show whether Hassebrock has a lawyer.  A message left Friday at his home was not immediately returned.
 

St. Charles Man Convicted In Heroin Death

Friday, 11 April 2014 09:14 Published in Local News
O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) - A St. Charles County man has been convicted of involuntary manslaughter for providing a fatal dose of heroin.
 
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 37-year-old Jason Shell of O'Fallon was found guilty on Thursday on both the manslaughter charge and distribution of a controlled substance.
 
Shell supplied heroin to 36-year-old James Eyman III, who was found dead in a home in January. An investigation determined that Shell provided Eyman with a syringe of heroin, but did nothing to help when he realized that Eyman was in medical distress.
 
Shell faces sentencing on June 19.
 

Illinois State Police Gets New Commander

Friday, 11 April 2014 09:05 Published in Local News
COLLINSVILLE, Ill. (AP) - There's a new commander for two southwestern Illinois State Police districts that encompass 10 counties.  State police say Lt. Joseph Kollins will oversee District 11 based in Collinsville and District 18, which is headquartered in Litchfield.
 
Kollins has been with the state police since 1995, having overseen a tactical response team and been a narcotics commander. He has a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Illinois State University and has been a Bloomington police officer. He also has served with the Illinois Army National Guard.
 
District 11 includes Bond, Clinton, Madison, Monroe and St. Clair counties. District 18 serves Calhoun, Greene, Jersey, Macoupin and Montgomery counties.
   
 

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