West Frankfort man apprehended after domestic incident

West Frankfort police apprehended a man involved in a domestic dispute after a brief manhunt Saturday night. Authorities received a call about a dispute in the Strawberry Meadows neighborhood regarding a man striking his mother and sister, and threatening to use a weapon. West Frankfort police along with Illinois State Police officers sent in a robot, a canine unit and SWAT members to determine that the family members and the suspect had fled, leaving the weapon behind. They later apprehended 45-year-old Richard Earl Denham, and charged him with two counts of domestic abuse. The investigation closed nearby roads, with some residents being asked to wait in the West Frankfort Outlet Mall parking lot until the scene was cleared.