(SPRINGFIELD) The superintendent of Illinois historic sites, including the Old State Capitol and Lincoln Tomb, has been tapped to serve as curator of the newly remodeled Illinois Governor’s Mansion. Governor Bruce Rauner made the announcement this past Friday that Justin A. Blandford will start the new position today. He’ll be responsible for programs and events that will focus more on history and education, and for attracting visitors to the historic building. Blandford has been a part of the recent $15 million renovation of the home, which is the third-oldest Governor’s mansion still in use today throughout the United States.
(CARMI) One of the three inmates who escaped from the White County Jail in Carmi has been caught, although the search is continuing for the other two, including one who was being held for the murder of a Salem man at a McLeansboro home last September. White County authorities report that 28 year old Justin Bray of Grayville was taken into custody at around 7:30 Saturday night, just east of Crossville. Bray had to be extricated from inside an old oil field tank from where he was hiding. The other two escapees are identified as 24 year old Zachery Shock of McLeansboro and 61 year old Johnny Tipton of Campton, Kentucky. Authorities say both men should be considered armed and dangerous. The three men escaped just after 3:00 early last Saturday morning after using a pipe to break through concrete blocks and bricks. The escape was not discovered until around 5:30 Saturday morning. Since that time, hundreds of law enforcement personnel and others have been combing the White County and Southeastern Illinois region.