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Man Arrested in Connection with Tavern Fire

Man Arrested in Connection with Tavern Fire
By: Heartland News

DOWELL, Ill. - Jackson County Sheriff's Department arrested a suspect in connection with a fire that destroyed a tavern in Dowell, Illinois.

Shane, J, Morgan, 32, is in custody in connection with the fire that destroyed Van Zandt's Tavern.

Van Zandt's was a piece of southern Illinois history dating back to the 1920's.

It once attracted pool legend Minnesota Fats and some of the top bands in the Heartland.

A previous owner says it was a speakeasy during prohibition times and also served as a bus station, restaurant and gas station.

No word yet on how the fire was started or a motive for the crime.

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