One Injured As Fire Destroys Junction City Home

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One person was taken to the hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation when fire destroyed a Junction City home early Sunday morning.  

Sandoval Fire Chief Chad Parson says a total of six people were in the Nancy Kinney home at 812 Adams when the fire was discovered.   Kinney was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia after other family members helped get her out of the burning home.  Kinney’s daughter, Beth Loyd, and son-in-law, Don Loyd, and their three children all escaped unhurt.  

Parson says Don Loyd discovered the fire after he woke up and thought he heard the smoke detector and found smoke filling the hallway.  The fire burned through two roofs on the double wide mobile home and completely consumed two bedrooms at one end of the home where the fire apparently started.  The rest of the home sustained heavy heat, smoke and water damage. Parson says a few items might be salvageable from the living room.  

Parson believes the fire is electrical in nature.  The State Fire Marshall’s office has been called in to try and further pinpoint the cause.  

Odin and Centralia Fire Protection District officials were both called for mutual aide assistance.  Life Star Ambulance responded with mutual aide to help the Sandoval ambulances keep up with assisting firemen from the extreme heat.  Parson says a few firemen felt woozy due to the effects of the heat, but no injuries were reported.   

The Red Cross was called to assist the family with temporary housing and other assistance.  The fire call came in at 12:30 Sunday morning.  Firemen were on the scene until around 4 Sunday morning.     

Illinois Prison Guard Suffers Concussion in Attack

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VIENNA, Ill. (AP) – State and union officials say a prisoner has assaulted a guard at a southern Illinois prison.

Jeremy Noelle is the Local Union Council 31 representative for the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees. He says the prisoner headbutted the guard, causing the correctional officer to suffer a concussion. Authorities say it happened Friday morning at the Shawnee Correctional Center in Vienna.

Illinois Department of Corrections spokesman Tom Shaer says three other officers were present when the incident happened. Shaer says the department is investigating and the inmate has been transferred to a maximum security facility.

Noelle says the officer was taken for treatment and should return to work in four to five days.

Fast Food Workers Vow Civil Disobedience

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VILLA PARK, Ill. (AP) – Fast food workers from across the country have voted in suburban Chicago to escalate their campaign for higher wages and union representation by including civil disobedience.

More than 1,300 workers gathered Saturday in Villa Park, Illinois. Some workers say they’re prepared to engage in sit-down strikes and organize more workers in their campaign to win $15-an-hour wages and a union.  Their actions so far have included one-day strikes and a protest outside this year’s McDonald’s Corp. shareholder meeting.

Industry officials say a $15 wage would hurt job creation, and that the solution is more education and job training.

Twenty-year-old Cindy Enriquez says the $8.25-an-hour wage she earns a McDonalds in Phoenix makes her dream of going to college impossible.

The workers’ effort is supported by the Service Employees International Union.

Rural Centralia Man Found Dead Outside His Home

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Jefferson County Coroner Eddie Jo Marks does not suspect foul play in the death of a rural Centralia man outside his home Friday afternoon.  

Marks pronounced Robert Dodson of the Dix Irvington Road dead on the scene.  He reports the cause of death remains under investigation by the State Crime Scene Investigators, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department and the Jefferson County Coroner’s office.  

Dodson’s body was found deceased by a family member around 3:30 Friday afternoon.   

Drug Charges Filed Against Two Centralia Men

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Two men face drug charges after Centralia Police went to an apartment on Thursday looking for one of them concerning registration as a sex offender.  

23-year-old Curtis Moghadam of North Beech in Centralia was formally charged in Marion County Court on Friday with unlawful delivery of meth manufacturing materials.  Moghadam is accused of delivering lithium batteries, a meth precursor, to the other man, 24-year-old Marcus Hicks of East Third.  

Police say Hicks initially ran on foot from the apartment, but was later taken into custody by police. Hicks is charged with possession of under five grams of methamphetamine, unlawful possession of a controlled substance and resisting a peace officer in connection with the initial incident.   A second count of unlawful possession of meth manufacturing materials was filed after a backpack with coffee filters, ammonia nitrate, lithium batteries and plastic tubing was found left behind in the apartment.  

State’s Attorney Matt Wilzbach says Moghadam provided the information that led to the second count because he feared there may have been a working meth lab in the back pack that would eventually blow up if not attended.  

Judge Robin Todd found probable cause to hold both men.  He set bond for Hicks at $100,000.   Bond for Moghadam was set at $15,000.  Moghadam allegedly used profanities towards the judge and court after the bond was set and received 30 days in jail for direct contempt of court.   Both men had the public defender appointed to represent them and are due back in court onAugust 19th for a preliminary hearing.  

Wilzbach says other charges could follow, including for the alleged involvement of the two men in a shake and bake meth lab found in a vehicle after it ran into a ditch near the Wamac City Park last week.  Both men are accused of running from the scene as they arrived.  Hicks is also a suspect in retail thefts at both the Salem and Centralia Wal-mart stores.   

Three Enter Guilty Pleas in Marion County Court

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One of the three men charged with the July 2013 burglary of the Centralia Food Mart Store on East 15th Street has pleaded guilty to the charge.  Cody Roth of West 16th was placed on four years probation and given credit for 180 days served in the Marion County Jail.  Restitution will be set at an August 26th hearing.  Roth was also ordered to have no contact with the store and undergo drug evaluation, treatment and random testing.  He had been identified as being involved in the burglary after allegedly trying to cash in some of the rolls of coins taken from the store at another nearby store.  

A 27-year-old Centralia man has pleaded guilty to one of three aggravated battery charges pending against him.  William Burgess of North Beech was accused in all three of committing an aggravated battery to a child under 13.  He pled guilty to the charge that accused him of grabbing the child by the hand and forcing the boy to strike himself repeatedly in his own eye and face.  Burgess was sentenced to three years probation, given credit for 38 days served in jail, ordered not to reside in any residence with a person under the age of 18, to sustain from drugs and alcohol and attend anger counseling.  

A 36-year-old Centralia man has pleaded guilty to domestic battery.  Benjamin Webster of East Rexford in Centralia admitted to striking Rachel Ashlock in the face with his hands.  He was placed on two years probation, given credit for 22 days served in jail. Charges of resisting arrest and obstructing identification were dropped as part of the plea. 

Carlyle Man Charged in Centralia Theft By Deception Case

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A 36-year-old Carlyle man had bond set at $10,000 after being charged in Marion County Court with theft by deception.  

Charles Anderson of Oak Street is accused of taking $250 from Matthew Feazel and deprive him permanently of the property on July 21st.  The charge is based on Anderson having a prior theft conviction.  

Centralia Police have arrested Anderson on several other theft cases in the past two weeks, but he had been released on those charges pending further investigation.  He was taken into custody for allegedly taking the money from Feazel on Thursday.  

Anderson had the public defender appointed to represent him after probable cause was found at Friday’s court hearing to continue holding him on the charge.  A preliminary hearing was set for August 18th.  

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