Union County State’s Attorney Tyler R. Edmonds reported Thursday, April 13, that Dejun Deneil Booker, 36, of Indiana has been sentenced to nine years in the Illinois Department of Corrections after pleading guilty to two counts of burglary, both Class 2 felonies.   Booker burglarized a tavern near...
Union County Sheriff Scott Harvel, left, presented a “Neighborhood Hero” certificate to Norman Hickam, right, last Friday afternoon.
The quiet, calm courage of a Union County resident was recognized by his neighbors during a surprise gathering last Friday afternoon. Norman Hickam’s neighbors met at his home along Morgan School Road between Jonesboro and Ware.  The neighbors, who were joined by Union County Sheriff Scott Harvel,...
Union County Sheriff Scott Harvel is pictured visiting Kiri Lomax's 1st grade class. Photo provided by Shawnee School District 84.
Shawnee School District 84 teacher Kiri Lomax’s 1st grade class wrote a thank you letter to the Union County Sheriff’s Office for keeping them and the school safe during last week’s manhunt. The students were going to send the letter to Sheriff Scott Harvel, but he surprised the students on Monday...
A suspect in an alleged Union County burglary was taken into custody without resistance at approximately 10 a.m. Tuesday. Union County Sheriff Scott Harvel reported in a news release that a plainclothes detective from the sheriff’s office spotted the suspect, identified as Dejun D. Booker, 26, near...
Suspect in custody. Photo by Geof Skinner
A suspect in an alleged Union County burglary was taken into custody Tuesday morning along Morgan School Road west of Jonesboro. The suspect has been the focus of an extensive manhunt.

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