Three people were airlifted to Barnes Hospital in St. Louis following a single vehicle wreck on the Bannister Road near the Cedar Road intersection Thursday afternoon.
Marion County Sheriff’s Deputies say Timothy Johnson of Dweebie Road in Salem was northbound on the Bannister Road when he ran off the side of the pavement, overcorrected, ran off the south side of the road, and rolled two to three times. The vehicle came to rest on its wheels off the right side of the road.
Johnson was trapped in his SUV and had to be freed by Iuka Firemen. He was airlifted by the scene to Barnes Hospital in St. Louis.
Two children in the SUV were able to get out on their own. 12-year-old Amily Johnson and 13-year-old Drake Hill of the same Dwebe Road address were initially transported to Salem Township Hospital and then transferred to Barnes Hospital in St. Louis.
The crash occurred at about 5:20 Thursday night.
A 43-year-old Centralia man was being held in the Marion County Jail on Friday for alleged driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs and possession of under 2.5 grams of cannabis. Nathaniel Wesley of South Lincoln was arrested by State Police.
40-year-old Richard Vargo of Allen Park, Michigan remained in custody Friday after being arrested by Sandoval Police for driving on a suspended license and on an outstanding LaSalle County warrant.
Jeremy Smith ended up being taken into custody for resisting arrest, aggravated battery to a police officer, possession with intent to deliver heroin, and on the original fraud charge.
Police initially made a traffic stop on a car where they believed Smith was a passenger. When they approached the passenger window, Smith allegedly began moving around in his seat raising safety concerns. After he was told he was under arrest for home repair fraud, police say Smith unsuccessfully tried to pull away and run. During the altercation, one of the Centralia Police officers sustained a finger injury, leading to the aggravated battery charge.
An inventory of the vehicle allegedly turned up a plastic baggie with three three rocks that field tested as heroin. Because the amount totaled 1.4 grams or about 14 doses, Smith was charged with the intent to deliver.
The original fraud case stems back to July 29th, where Smith allegedly asked for a $550 check when just starting a tree trimming job and then never returned as promised.
Unemployment numbers fell during the month of September in Marion County to around 8.2%, a decrease of over a full percentage point from August, where unemployment stood at 9.5%.
Labor Market Economist Dennis Hoffman contributes the drop to a number of factors.
“Some of the factors that occur in September and October that help the unemployment rate decline, is the continuation of the construction season and the return to school from the students. So some of the students have left the job market. The retail trade is gearing up during the fall [as well]” said Hoffman.
Unemployment numbers count only those who are both unemployed and actively seeking employment. Unemployment in the county was at 11% a year ago.
Elsewhere in the listening area, the story was the same. Clay County unemployment rate stood at at 8.6%, down from 10.3% a year ago. Clinton County unemployment stood at 4.9%, down from 6.4% a year ago. Washington County unemployment was at 4.7%, down from 6.2% a year ago. Jefferson County clocked in at 6.4% from 8.7% in 2013. Wayne County stood at 6.6%, down from 8.2% a year ago.
St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia is now a certified “Stroke Ready” facility, following recognition from the Illinois Department of Public Health.
To gain the status, St. Mary’s Hospital adjusted its emergency stroke care policies and procedures to align with national standards, such as those from the American Heart/Stroke Association.
A stroke is an emergency where vital blood flow and oxygen is cut off from the brain. It’s the third leading cause of death in the United States and can affect anyone of any age. According to St. Mary’s RN Ann Leadendecker, the majority of stroke victims wait too long before going to the hospital once their stroke symptoms appear, which can lead to serious brain damage or death.
Stroke symptops include sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm, or leg – especially on the right side of the body, sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding, sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes, sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination, sudden severe headache with no known cause. Immediate treatment is crucial during a stroke.
Three people were brought to the Marion County Jail after being arrested on outstanding warrants.
28-year-old Joshua Schiller of East 8th in Junction City remained in custody Thursday on an outstanding Marion County traffic warrant.
24-year-old Taylor Jacklin of Melrose Drive in Centralia posted $300 bond and was released after being arrested on a Marion County ordinance violation warrant.
23-year-old Julian Heffron of South Sycamore in Centralia was transferred to the Washington County Jail at Nashville after being arrested on an outstanding Washington County warrant.
The Marion County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the theft of construction tools from a home being remodeled on the Berry Road in rural Alma. The son of the tool owners, Jason Powell of Iuka, made the report.
Bond has been set at $25,000 for a 22-year-old Centralia man who has been charged with criminal damage to property, domestic battery, and resisting a peace officer. Kyle Obermeier of West Kell Street is accused of striking Kevin Mullins in a vehicle during an argument. Sheriff’s Deputies say the vehicle stopped in the Junction City Bowling Alley until their arrival when Obermeier allegedly resisting arrest and head butted the bumper of a squad car, causing damage. The public defender was appointed to represent Obermeier.
Bond was set at $15,000 for 26-year-old Matthew Stebbins of North Elm in Centralia after he was formally charged with failure to register as a sex offender.
A 49-year-old Central City woman, Rhonda Grimes of North Marion Street, was fined $25 and cost and ordered to make a $25 contribution to the Marion County Crimestoppers after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor deceptive practice charge.