The Johnston City Police Department is currently taking applications for full time police officer. Starting pay is $19.04 an hour with retirement and 50% paid by the city health Insurance, clothing allowance and other benefits. Applications must be returned by April 14th and are available at the city hall.
Press Release – Runaway Juvenile April 9, 2018
The Williamson County Sheriff Bennie Vick is asking for help from the public in locating a runaway male ...juvenile.
Elijah Burnett, 15 years old, ran away from his residence in Pittsburg in the early morning hours of Sunday April 8.
Elijah is described as a black male with a medium complexion, about 6’1” tall and weighing about 180 pounds. Elijah is supposed to have long, braided black hair. He was last seen wearing a white hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, and white shoes.
Elijah is believed to be in the Marion or Metropolis areas.
Anyone who has information on Elijah’s location is asked to contact the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office at 618-997-6541 or their local police department.
No turn signal traffic stop leads to methamphetamine and loaded weapon by felon arrest. Weapons charges still pending.
Couple arrested on multiple drug and weapon charges
Posted: Apr 07, 2017 6:59 PM CDT
Updated: May 05, 2017 6:59 PM CDT
JOHNSTON CITY -- A routine traffic stop Thursday morning ended with a husband and wife behind bars.
Johnston City Police pulled over Clay and Summer Kirby at around 12:13 a.m. on Grand street for a license plate violation. Police say the stop was suspicious so a K9 was called to search the car.
Authorities found several grams of meth, drug delivery items, a loaded pistol and over $5,000 in cash.
The Kirbys now face several drug and weapons charges.
A Johnston City woman was sentenced to federal prison Friday for methamphetamine and firearm offenses, according to a Monday news release from U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois Donald S. Boyce.
Summer Kirby, 28, was sentenced to 140 months in prison and four years of supervised release. She had previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and using or carrying a firearm during a drug trafficking offense.
The offenses occurred between 2015 and April 2017 in Williamson and Franklin counties. Evidence at the plea and sentencing hearings established that Kirby and a co-defendant were involved in the distribution of ice in Southern Illinois. Ice is methamphetamine with a purity level of at least 80 percent.
On multiple occasions, Kirby sold ice to a confidential source working for law enforcement. During an April 2017 traffic stop in Johnston City, Kirby was in possession of a loaded firearm. Officers also located methamphetamine, drug scales and a large amount of money in the vehicle.
The rain is still coming and not expected to stop for several hours. Several roads in town are already covered in water. If you see a road with water over it take another route. Do not chance driving through. Water over a roadway, especially flowing water is very dangerous.
All Johnston City Schools have been cancelled tomorrow due to inclement weather. The weather is supposed to continue to degrade over night. If you do not have to get out, please do not. Road conditions are expected to be slick and dangerous.
This time of year residential burglaries and car burglaries increase. Make sure you lock your car doors even if your going inside for a minute and especially over night. Lock your house doors and windows when you are away and leave a light on so it may appear occupied. Trim hedges below windows and motion sensor lights are a great addition. Make sure your home deliveries are delivered while you are home or to a neighbor who is home or have someone come get them. Deliveries sitting at your door are also targeted this time of year. These few simple steps can make a big difference.
It is the job of the police, I feel, to not only be reactive to crime, but also proactive to crime and look at ways to prevent it. There are many ways to do this, but what I want to talk about now is to prevent the idleness of our children in the community. Currently there is no city park for our kids to play, no city slides to slide down, no basketball goals to play under the lights or skate park to avoid them getting into trouble on private property. I would like to change ...this. Yes, we do have equipment at the lake area but this is too far for children in town to walk to or the parents as well.
For the last year or so, the police department has begun raising funds for a Johnston City recreation area for the youth of the city. We have worked concession stands and did small fundraisers to try to build this fund up. Unfortunately, it's not growing very fast. I have recently got permission from the city council to solicit funds outside the city to make this project a reality sooner. So, I am asking for the communities and business support in raising funds for this project. I am currently working with a play equipment company to come up with designs and pricing for a basketball area, play equipment for children and a skate park area. We estimate this project to be around $50,000 to $60,000. I am hoping that we can do a lot more in the future. The area would be located at the scout cabin next to the middle school. This area is in the center of town where kids and parents could walk to and enjoy it easily. We are at the very beginning stages in planning and fundraising so any help would be appreciated. Donations can be sent to City of Johnston City - Park Development 100 W. Broadway Blvd Johnston City, IL 62951. Any ideas from area businesses that might be interested in teaming up with us to make this a reality would be appreciated. I think it's important to have a place for our children to go to and enjoy and to keep them from roaming our streets bored and getting into trouble. Thank you for your time.
Chief William Stark
Today 11/25 is the first annual stuff the truck (ambulance). The Johnston City Police has teamed up with Abbott EMS to bring non perishable foods, new toys, hygiene items and winter clothes to help the less fortunate in Johnston City. We will be at the Dollar General from 10 am to 1:45 then we will be moving to the Hometown Christmas area. All donations will go to the Manna Mission. Come help us help people.
On 10/24/2017 a residence on East 13th St was reported as burglarized, and several items stolen including 3 firearms. During the subsequent investigation by the Johnston City Police Dept. 2 individuals were arrested and charged for the Burglary into the residence (Hearn, Douglas K. 31 years old from Johnston City and Hutchinson, Charles C. 26 years old from Johnston City). An additional subject (Blair,Brandon M. 24 years of age from Vienna) was arrested in Jackson County for possession of stolen property after a search warrant was conducted and 2 stolen guns found in a home in rural Carbondale by members of the Johnston City Police Department, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and the ILEAS Tact Team. All 3 guns were recovered because of the arrests.
All suspects are innocent until proven guilty
On 10/27/2017 at approximately 12:30 pm Joshua A Connors, 31 years old, from West Frankfort IL was taken into custody in West Frankfort for a warrant for Aggravated Armed Robbery.
Connors is being charged with the armed robbery of Casey's General Store in Johnston City on October 16th 2017.
The Johnston City Police Department would like to thank all the local police agencies that assisted in this investigation....
All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
On 10/16/2017 at approximately 10:32 pm a lone male walked into the Casey's General Store located at 1117 Grand Ave in Johnston City. The male pointed a black gun at the store clerks and demanded the money from the register. After the clerk's complied, the male left on foot north east from the store. The male is white and between 5 foot and 5 foot 5 inches tall. He was wearing a gray hoodie (with unknown lettering on the hoodie), blue jeans with rips in the upper thighs, white shoes, black sock cap and a bandanna over his face. He was also carrying a olive colored back pack. The Johnston City police Department is asking for your help in assistance identifying this individual. If you have any information please contact the Johnston City Police Department at 618-983-5888.