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Police: Southern Ill. alderman facing kidnapping charges tries escaping jail

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By Sarah Heath By Sarah Heath

MURPHYSBORO, Ill. -- 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. He is still receiving a salary of $250 a month from the city. Mayor Will Stephens said they can't do anything about his elected position until Nolan is convicted

Murphysboro’s mayor says there’s no attempt to remove Nolan from the council since he’s awaiting trial.

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