Carmi Woman Spends Day Trapped in Mud

September 2, 2014 Comments off

A 39-year-old Carmi woman has been rescued alive after spending nearly a day trapped in mud.   

White County Sheriff Doug Meier says they received a 9-1-1 call around 9:45 Sunday morning about a body being discovered near a Little Wabash River boat ramp.  When deputies arrived, they found Amy Chittwood was alive.  She reported falling down a deep embankment while walking in the remote area Saturday morning.  She injured her hip and then became stuck in the thick mud up to her waist.   

Once she was freed from the mud by rescuers, she was flown to a Mt. Vernon hospital for treatment.   The sheriff says the injuries did not appear life-threatening.   

Wrong Way Crash on I-70 Kills Shobonier Woman

September 1, 2014 Comments off

A 71-year-old Shobonier woman was killed Sunday afternoon in a wrong way collision on Interstate 70 near the Brownstown/Bluff City interchange.  

State Police say Jeanette Sassae entered Interstate 70 going eastbound in the westbound lanes from the Brownstown exit ramp.   Her SUV was struck head on by a westbound semi driven by 22-year-old Eulu Marifat-Azamat of Chicago.  

Sassae was pronounced dead on the scene.  Marifat-Azamat was taken to the Fayette County Hospital in Vandalia for treatment of apparent minor injuries.  

Illinois State Police and the Fayette County Coroner’s Office is investigating.  The crash occurred at 1:52 Sunday afternoon.  

Missed T-Intersection Results in Injury to Odin Driver

September 1, 2014 Comments off

A 62-year-old Odin woman was injured in a one vehicle crash Sunday morning when she missed a t-intersection on Soper Road at Westline Road.  

Marion County Sheriff’s Deputies say Karen Bivens of Delmar Avenue was eastbound on Soper Road when she crossed the Westline Road intersection, went through the ditch, struck a fence and posts and hit two trees before coming to a stop.  

Bivens was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia for treatment of injuries.  

The wreck damaged a fence owned by John Barnes of Laclede Street in Odin.  It occurred at 7:52 Sunday morning.  

Governor Quinn to Live on Minimum Wage for Week

September 1, 2014 Comments off

CHICAGO (AP) – Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is hoping to show first-hand what it’s like to live on the state’s minimum wage of $8.25 an hour.

Quinn has made raising Illinois’ minimum wage a cornerstone of his re-election campaign against Republican challenger Bruce Rauner. On Sunday the governor announced at a campaign event that he would limit his spending on food and other expenses for the next week to $79.

That’s how much money he says someone working full time for minimum wage has to spend after housing, transportation and taxes.

Rauner has said that he’s open to raising the minimum wage if it is tied to business reforms so small businesses can absorb the added labor costs.

Quinn first announced in late July that he planned take the minimum wage challenge.

Labor Day Brings Closings and Kinmundy Homecoming

September 1, 2014 Comments off

Today is Labor Day….a federal, state and local government holiday.

Area courthouses and Salem and Centralia City Halls will be closed.  Garbage pickup in Salem will be on the regular schedule, with pickup on Monday.  In Centralia, there will be no garbage or landscape waste pickup on Monday, with pickup being one day late the rest of the week.   There will be no home mail delivery and financial institutions will be closed.  

The Kinmundy Lion’s Labor Day Homecoming is set for Monday.  It begins with a breakfast of scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy, pancakes and sausage from six to nine at the Kinmundy Community Center.  

A 5k run will be held at 8:00 Monday morning.  A chicken dinner lasting between 11:00am and 1:00pm is planned for the Kinmundy Community Center building.

The parade steps off at two Monday afternoon.  Entries for the parade can be registered at the west side of the park with entry for horses at the fire station. All entries must be in place by 1:30pm.

Two Arrested for Allegedly Making Meth At Home of 85-Year-Old After Grandson Holds Them For Deputies

September 1, 2014 Comments off

A grandson punched two men in the face and then held them for police after discovering the two were allegedly making methamphetamine inside his grandmother’s rural Sandoval garage.  

Marion County Sheriff Jerry DeVore says the two were eventually taken into custody late Friday night on multiple drug charges. The 84-year-old handicapped grandmother evacuated from her home for the night until the State Meth Response Team could clean up the unstable meth lab. One of the two arrested, 50-year-old Dale Lyons, was the elderly woman’s son and lived with her at the home in the one-thousand block of Bethel Road.   

The grandson, who lived next door, had gone to the garage to investigate after he saw a vehicle he didn’t recognize pull inside the garage.   DeVore say that car was driven by the other suspect, 43-year-old William Donoho of Dean Street in Centralia.   

While the garage door had been locked, the grandson went in through a back door when he heard his uncle and Donoho allegedly discussing the manufacture of meth.  After the grandson refused their offer to take some meth, he was grabbed by the shoulder and told he was not leaving.  The grandson then reportedly punched both men in the face and held them down, while his wife who was alerted to the altercation called sheriff’s deputies.   

After seeing some drug items in plain view, the elderly occupant of the residence gave permission to search.   A ‘shake and bake’ meth lab in a Gatoraide bottle allegedly was located along with meth waste on a burn pile, items used in the manufacture of meth, and a small baggie with finished meth.   

Lyons and Donoho were both arrested and taken to the Marion County Jail aggravated participation in meth manufacturing, meth manufacturing waste, possession of less than five grams of meth, possession of meth precursors, and using or allowing a property to be use for the manufacture of meth.  In addition, Donoho was charged with bringing contraband into a penal institution.  He allegedly had three baggies of meth that were discovered when he was being booked into jail.  

No other arrests are expected in the case.  DeVore say other family members have agreed to help the elderly grandmother now that her son is in jail.

Newborn Baby Found Alive Inside Illinois Trash Bin

September 1, 2014 Comments off

JACKSONVILLE, Ill. (AP) – Police say a newborn baby found alive inside a trash bin in the central Illinois community of Jacksonville is in good condition.

Lt. Chris Johnson of the Jacksonville Police Department says authorities are still searching for the mother of the infant. The baby was apparently placed in the trash bin Saturday morning, less than 12 hours after it was born.

Johnson says police aren’t releasing the gender of the baby or exactly where it was found.

The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports that an employee taking out garbage heard a noise coming from inside the trash bin and discovered the unclothed baby inside.

Police say it’s fortunate that the baby was found early in the morning before temperatures inside the bin climbed high enough to cause heat-related injuries.

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