Press Releases

Today Sheriff Morgan and Jody Hanisch of Project Success spoke on the WSJD 100.5's Morning Show.  Sheriff Morgan serves as the ATOD (Alcohol Tobacco and other Drugs)  Chairman for Wabash County Project Success.  Morgan and Hanisch spoke about the direction ATOD is taking in getting the conversation started with Parents and Teens about alcohol and Cannabis use.  With recent decriminalizing efforts by the State of Illinois, ATOD is trying to raise awareness on the harmful effects of cannabis use on the mind and body.  To learn more about Wabash County Project Success and community coalition events go to

Today SRO Greg Hart and I had the privilege of reading to Pre-K. I read Dragons love Tacos & SRO Hart read Still it rained. The students received Sheriff Willy coloring books and the ever popular Junior Deputy & Police Officer sticky badges.

On 02/11/17 the Wabash County Sheriff's Office took a complaint form a man that had walked into the Sheriff's Office claiming he had been ran over by a vehicle. Through the investigation the deputy learned this man had been picked up by his father earlier in the evening.  While en route back to their residence it is alleged that 19 year old Bridger A. Kolb of Mt. Carmel,  struck the windshield of the vehicle as it was traveling 55 mph down the highway.  Kolb then struck the driver in the right side of the face, causing the driver do rapidly decrease his speed.  At this point Kolb jumped from the moving vehicle.  The driver stopped and backed up to check the well being of Kolb.  This is where the 19 year old claims he was run over.
Subsequently following the investigation Bridger A. Kolb was arrested for Criminal Damage to Property and Domestic Battery.  He was released on 02/13/17 after posting $500 cash bail.  


On 02/08/17 at 6:18 a.m. the Wabash County Sheriff's Office responded to 2644 N. 900 Blvd., Browns, reference a 911 call. The caller was talking about the person or persons that had murdered his family and wanting to know who was responsible.

When the deputy arrived he was met at the door and the occupant asked him to wait for a second. The deputy could hear banging and yelling inside the residence so he entered the residence. It was discovered that 29 year old Ruben A. Corzine had barricaded himself in a closet of a bedroom at the residence. The deputy forced the door to the room open and found Corzine in the closet holding and AR-15 style rifle with magazine inserted. The bolt of the rifle was locked back suggesting the firearm was empty. The deputy ordered Corzine to drop the weapon and the deputy took custody of the weapon. Corzine advised people had been shinning lights at him all evening and watching him. Corzine advised that a man and woman entered his residence and were there to hurt him. Corzine fired several rounds within the home in an attempt to defend himself.

The deputy continued his investigation and found that there was no evidence of anyone being in the residence to harm Corzine. All other occupants of the home were found to be safe and unharmed.

Subsequently Corzine was taken into custody and transported to the Wabash County Jail. Corzine was charged with reckless discharge of a firearm (Class 4 Felony) due to two juveniles and another adult being present in the residence. Corzine is being held in the Wabash County Jail pending the posting of a $10,000 cash bond.

Contact Information

Wabash County Sheriff's Office
120 East 4th Street
Mt. Carmel, IL 62863
(618) 262-2706
Wabash County Jail
110 East 4th Street
Mt. Carmel, IL 62863
(618) 262-5531