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Don’t miss this: Man hurt in stabbing was accused of rape

The man hurt in a knife attack Tuesday night in Fairview Heights had been accused of raping his attacker’s girlfriend a year ago, according to a Swansea Police Department search warrant. Paul M. Sweitzer, 33, of Fairview Heights was doing yard work around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday when Jason P. Seibel, 31, of Swansea allegedly approached him and attacked, allegedly stabbing Sweitzer in the neck, chest and shoulder. Sweitzer was in stable condition and Seibel was charged Thursday with attempted murder.

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A subject who fled police after his car crashed into a corn field near New Baden Thursday afternoon has been captured. Police began chasing the vehicle after a Clinton County Sheriff’s deputy observed its occupants engaged in suspicious activity. Two others in the car were transported to hospitals for treatment of injuries following the crash.

Clinton County deputies and New Baden police are on the scene of a crash just east of New Baden on Illinois 161.

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Arrest warrants have been issued for the man who police say helped carry out an armed robbery at the Dollars 4 Gold store in O’Fallon. The man is identified as Wadell R. Savage, 21, of East St. Louis. Another suspect in the robbery was taken into custody shortly after it took place.

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The process for rebuilding the I-270 Mississippi River bridge at Granite City has begun as the Illinois Department of Transportation heard comments from the public about such a project Thursday. The bridge is 50 years old. The cost to replace it has been estimated at $170 million. More than 51,000 cars traverse the bridge daily, according to IDOT.

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