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Cory Davenport, Staff Writer

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Cory Davenport has worked as a reporter in Alton for more than five years. Starting at the Alton Telegraph, he covered education, community events, and several large scale investigative pieces. He is a graduate of Marquette Catholic High School, and trained in radio broadcasting and mass communications at Lewis and Clark Community College. He is writing for Riverbender to serve the community through providing information. He believes a good community is a well informed community, which can celebrate achievements and remedy problems together.

WOOD RIVER - The Wood River Police Department is investigating four possible overdoses related to a possible bad batch of what was sold as cocaine in Wood River.Wood River Deputy Police Chief Dan Bunt said the department was currently investigating these cases, including two seemingly unrelated incidences,...
ALTON - More than 300 people attended this year's Taste of Downtown Thursday night.Taste of Downtown is an annual event hosted by Alton Main Street for the benefit of Alton Main Street. It was held at the Argosy Casino, and included food from: Olive Oil Marketplace, Journey at Argosy Casino, Perfect...
WOOD RIVER - Police and paramedics have responded to a recent slew of possible overdoses over the last 12 hours in Wood River.In the early hours of Friday morning, reports were received of two potential overdoses as Donzo's at 8 E Ferguson Avenue. Each of those cases are reported to have been responsive...
ROSEWOOD HEIGHTS - Home security cameras captured footage of a suspect breaking into cars just after 3 a.m. in Rosewood Heights early Wednesday morning.Captain Mike Dixon of the Madison County Sheriff's Office said five separate reports were filed after several cars were violated in the early hours o...
JERSEYVILLE - There is finally a bit of good news from the horrific story unraveling in Jerseyville.A 7-year-old child identified as A.P.R. in court documents has been released from the hospital as of last week, a close friend of his biological mother, Kimberly Roberts, revealed Thursday morning. A.P.R....
ALTON - What's Up Downtown?, an event hosted by Alton Main Street, had no intentions of moving from its usual home of Jacoby Center for the Arts, but Tuesday night it did just that.Tuesday's What's Up Downtown was moved to the old post office building, which was recently donated to Hugh Halter, a Christian...
ALTON - November is Trans Awareness Month, which honors many people's acceptance of identity, but many people are still struggling for that acceptance from their families and communities.Some do not even have support networks due to the judgement for their identities received by those in their lives...
JERSEYVILLE - A Jerseyville couple has entered a plea of "not guilty" following the death of 6-year-old Liam Roberts.Mike and Georgena Roberts, both 42 and both of Jerseyville, were each charged with one count of first-degree murder and two counts of endangering the life and safety of a child after 6-year-ol...
JERSEYVILLE - A recent GoFundMe page was recently removed after it promised to raise funds towards funeral expenses for a recently-deceased Jerseyville child.Kimberly Roberts, the biological mother of 6-year-old Liam Roberts, who recently died as a result of what authorities are calling being "extremely...
ALTON - Deluxe Corporation is looking for a town to be on season three of its Small Business Revolution - Main Street series, and Alton is one of 20 on its list. The selected city will received a $500,000 revitalization from the corporation for the series, which runs on www.smallbusinessrevolution.org,...
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