Murphysboro alderman accused of jail escape bid


Associated Press

 MURPHYSBORO, Ill. (AP) - A southern Illinois alderman facing charges of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, kidnapping and unlawful restraint now is accused of trying to escape from jail last month.

Jackson County prosecutors charged 46-year-old Ronald Nolan of Murphysboro with attempted escape, aggravated battery and resisting a peace officer.
Nolan was being held in the lockup on $100,000 bond related to charges he drove around Jackson and Union counties in September with a 20-year-old Carbondale woman against her will.
The latest charges allege Nolan broke a guard's finger and struck another's genitals while trying to escape. The Associated Press left a message with his attorney.
Nolan was elected in April to a four-year term as a Murphysboro alderman.
Murphysboro's mayor says there's no attempt to remove Nolan from the council since he's awaiting trial.