Confirmed tornado January 12, 2023

Above is the image from the time a tornado was causing damage early Thursday morning, January 12, 2023. An EF-1 tornado touched down near Monkeys Eyebrow in Kentucky at 2:03am and was on the ground for 6.7 miles before lifting up a half mile southeast of Hillerman, IL. The tornado was 200 yards wide and had estimated peak wind gusts…

Parts of Scott City under boil water order

SCOTT CITY, Mo. (KBSI) – The city of Scott City has issued a precautionary boil water order for all of old Illmo and Parkview. A water main broke on the east end of the city, according to the City of Scott City. Crews are working to repair it. Categories: News

Benton, KY man sentenced to 15 year for attempted sex crimes with a minor

METROPOLIS, Ill. (KBSI) – A man from Benton, Kentucky was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to traveling to Illinois to engage in sexual activity with a minor in May 2020. Justin A. Wadsworth, 37, pleaded guilty to attempted enticement of a minor and attempted commercial sex trafficking of a child, according to the Southern District of…

Semo Alliance for Disability Independence receives Chick-Fil-A grant

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – Semo Alliance for Disability Independence (SADI) announced some big news that they’ve been sitting on for more than a month, as they were one of the recipients of Chick-Fil-A’s True Inspiration awards.  “When they presented the check they told us, and everybody was crying and cheering, and the consumers were there, and we just had…

Fruitland fire crews take advantage of warm weather for training

FRUITLAND, Mo. (KBSI) – In southeast Missouri, the Fruitland Area Fire Protection District took advantage of the warmer temperatures Wednesday to do some training. The training including pump and drafting operations. This allows them to practice accessing alternative water sources in rural response areas. “That’s where our fire water comes from,” said Fruitland Fire Protection District Fire Chief Rob Francis….

5 face charges after series of drive-by-shootings in southern IL

Police Lights (Source: Pexels/Cottonbro)CARBONDALE, Ill. (KBSI) – Five people face charges after a series of drive-by-shootings over the past several weeks in Marion, Herrin and Carbondale. The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office located a vehicle of interest on January 8 which had ties to various criminal activities, according to the Carbondale Police Department, according to the sheriff’s office. The vehicle and…

Mysterious vessel along the Mississippi River

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – A mysterious sailboat has been dormant on the Illinois side of the Mississippi River near Cape Girardeau for weeks. Located just across the Missouri Dry Doc, the white sailboat with blue stripes is anchored in shallow water. The boat is currently missing key components such as the mast and engine. FOX 23 News reached out…

2 women injured by knife, 1 man arrested in Caldwell County

Trever Tucker (Source: Caldwell County Jail)DAWSON SPRINGS, Ky. (KBSI) – Two women were injured with a knife and one man was arrested in Caldwell County, Ky. Kentucky State Police Post 2 received a call from the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Department asking to assist deputies with a domestic dispute at 101 H Haile Road in Dawson Springs about 10:03 p.m. on…

Raising awareness about human trafficking

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – Last week we reported on a 15-year-old being rescued from human trafficking in McCracken County, Ky. From there we did some investigating to find out how to stay aware of human trafficking.  I spoke with the Missouri State Highway Patrol which says the threat of human trafficking is big even in smaller areas.  “So, this…

Gov. Pritzker signs assault weapons ban

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (KBSI) – Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker signed the “Protect Illinois Communities Act” Tuesday evening which bans the sale and distribution of assault weapons throughout the state. HB 5471 also bans the sale of high-capacity magazines and switches in Illinois and requires existing owners of semi-automatic riffles to register their weapons within 300 days. The bill is effective immediately….

Very warm on Wednesday, storms early Thursday

Very, very warm temperatures are expected on Wednesday with highs only a few degrees away from record highs. We do cool down a bit on Thursday, and then really cool off on Friday. We’re all going to be very warm on Wednesday. Highs will in the upper 50s to the north and middle 60s for just about everybody else. We’ll…

New Missouri law bans homeless from sleeping on state-owned property

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI)- The homeless community is now facing another challenge in the new year. A new Missouri law signed last June went into effect on January 1. The law makes it illegal for displaced persons to sleep or camp on state owned land, including bridges and over passes. “Creating more laws is not addressing what is causing this…

Capaha Park dredging project drawing to a close

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI)- The dredging project in Capaha Park is coming to an end in Cape Girardeau. The park’s pond has been undergoing renovations since 2022, and with the last rainfall has started rebuilding its water supply. “Things are going pretty good, weather has been actually pretty decent for us. We’re on schedule everything’s going pretty well. The only…

Boil water order lifted in East Prairie

EAST PRAIRIE, Mo. (KBSI) – The city of East Prairie lifted its boil water order on Tuesday, Jan. 10. Those who live in the city limits of East Prairie were without water Tuesday, Jan. 3 after a pipe busted. The busted pipe flooded the East Prairie Water Plant early Tuesday morning, according to East Prairie City Administrator Brett Bradley. City…

IL Governor JB Pritzker sworn-in for second term

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (KBSI) – Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker was sworn into office Monday for his second term. The democratic politician won his second term after defeating Illinois state Senator Darren Bailey in the general election on November 8, 2022. After he was sworn-in, Pritzker thanked his fellow Illinois legislators and family. He also took a look back at his accomplishments…

Gordonville Fire Protection District receives grant

GORDONVILLE, Mo. (KBSI) – The Gordonville Fire Protection District has received a grant from one of the world’s largest commercial property insurers. FM Global representatives presented the award of $1,998 to Fire Chief Micheal Gentry at Fire Station 1. The award will be used to assist with fire prevention activities in the community and to help educate the community and…

Warm with storm chances Wednesday (1/9/23)

It is going to be very mild the next few days. The average high for early January is in the lower 40s and we’ll be in the middle 50s Tuesday, 60s Wednesday, and the lower 50s Thursday! We do have a chance for storms Wednesday into Thursday. Tuesday will be a very mild and dry day. Highs will be in…

Motivation Monday: Staying consistent with your fitness goals

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – Fitness is at the top of many people’s minds at the top of the new year. “January 1st everyone expects four weeks to see big differences, and it takes, you know, sometimes it takes six before you can really see much difference,” said Tamatha Crowson, 180 Fitness trainer. “The key is really to make the process…

Groundbreaking held for new joint Justice Center in Perryville

PERRYVILLE, Mo. (KBSI) – Nearly two years ago, voters approved a capital improvements sales tax of half of 1 percent for 20 years to fund the construction of the Perry County Joint Justice Center. After 20 years the tax will continue at one-eighth of 1 percent to provide the funds necessary to maintain the facility. “Certainly, the largest project the…

Police respond to crash involving school bus in Jackson

JACKSON, Mo. (KBSI) – Authorities responded to a crash involving a Jackson school bus Monday morning. It happened on Jackson Blvd. about 11:30 a.m. Assistant Chief Alex Broch with the Jackson Police Department says there were students on the bus, but couldn’t confirm the number during the preliminary stage. He says no one on the bus was injured. A school…

How Southern 7 Health Department’s January’s Wellness on Wheels van works

ULLIN, Ill. (KBSI) – For some people in southern Illinois, it could take 30 minutes or longer to get to a doctor’s office. However, the Wellness on Wheels van, which the Southern Seven Health Department takes to various locations in the region, helps those folks get the care they need.  Southern 7 Community Outreach Coordinator Shawnna Rhine says there typically…