Semi and Trailer Full of Pizzas Burns On I-57 South of Salem

October 21, 2014 Comments off

Several area fire departments combined efforts to put out a fire that engulfed a semi and part of the trailer it was pulling early Tuesday morning.  

Salem Fire Protection District officials say the southbound truck was traveling on Interstate 57 near the rest area south of Salem when the fire broke out in the cab.  The driver, Gabriel Torres of Alabama, got out of the vehicle safely.  The cause of the fire has not been determined.  

Salem Firemen called Sandoval and Kinmundy-Alma Firemen for additional pumper trucks, while Odin Firemen stood by at the Salem station in the event of another fire.  The fire was reported around midnight, with firemen on the scene until about five Tuesday morning.  

Landers Towing unloaded pizzas that were not burned up in the blaze before towing off the remains of the cab and trailer.  Both were considered a total loss.    

Southbound Interstate 57 was down to one lane traffic during the fire fighting effort.  

Police Beat for Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

October 21, 2014 Comments off

A 45-year-old Centralia man has been arrested by Centralia Police for alleged domestic battery and unlawful restraint.  Jarid Moore of North Locust was taken to the Marion County Jail pending a decision on formal charges.

24-year-old Jordan Rivera of South 15th in Mt. Vernon was arrested by Centralia Police for alleged retail theft at the Family Dollar Store. 

Three others were arrested on outstanding warrants.  20-year-old Brandon Kehn of Tower Road in Richview remained in custody Tuesday on a warrant issued in a DUI case.  31-year-old Clay Mitchell of Fairfield Road in Carlyle posted $300 bond and was released on an outstanding felony failure to appear in court warrant.  44-year-old Roger Parker of North Beech in Centralia posted $500 bond after being arrested on an outstanding felony failure to appear warrant.  

Three Hurt in Two Vehicle Crash at Boone and Broadway in Salem

October 18, 2014 Comments off

Three people were injured in a two vehicle crash at Boone and Broadway in Salem Friday afternoon that is blamed on a sneeze.  

Salem Police say 29-year-old Raymond Wilkins of Bryant Lane in Salem was traveling northbound on North Broadway when he sneezed.  When he looked back up, Wilkins realized he was going to run a red light.  His car struck the right front passenger fender of an eastbound vehicle on Boone Street driven by 37-year-old Amy Day of East Seneff in Salem.  

Both drivers along with a passenger in Day’s car, 41-year-old Patricia Hill of East Seneff in Salem, were all taken to Salem Township Hospital for treatment.  A second passenger, 19-year-old Sierra Mattmiller of East Seneff, escaped injury.  

Wilkins was ticketed for disobeying a traffic control device.  

The wreck occurred at 1:20 Friday afternoon.

Two other wrecks in the Salem area on Friday resulted in no injuries.  

Marion County Sheriff’s Deputies say 56-year-old Mary Kendrick of North Madison in Kinmundy swerved to avoid a car that stopped in front of her and ran down a deep embankment.  

Salem Police say no one was hurt in a two vehicle crash on North Broadway near East Park Street on the north side of Salem Community High School  Reports indicate 37-year-old Jonathan Bryan of North Broadway in Salem hit the rear of an SUV driven by 18-year-old Dalton Rakestraw of Cottonwood Village in Salem.

Cars, Copters, and Food at Alma Fall Festival

October 18, 2014 Comments off

A large crowd gathered at the newly-renovated Alma Ballpark for this weekend’s Alma Fall Festival and Car show. Mayor Russell Swift says that despite having to reschedule the event from last weekend, he’s expecting a decent amount of money will be raised for the Alma Ballpark and Village Park.

“Turnout has been fantastic, way more than we expected. We’ve probably got about 50 or 55 cars. The crowd has been wonderful” said Swift.

Many Alma residents and visitors got their first ride in a helicopter, courtesy of Ron Brushwitz. Brushwitz owns a Helicopter flying service and remained in the air constantly throughout the afternoon.

Around 55 unique vehicles entered into this years car show. Vintage cars, modern sportscars, and other unique vehicles such as a recreation of the “Bumblebee” Transformer Car from the “Transformers” series were on display during the event.

Pony rides, a silent auction, music provided by WJBD’s own Carla Linder, and plenty of food rounded out the annual event.

Grease Fire Causes $7,500 Damage to Centralia Duplex

October 18, 2014 Comments off

A pan of grease left on a stove burner started a fire that heavily damaged the kitchen of a Marion County Housing Authority duplex at 10-33 Maulding Drive in Centralia early Saturday morning.  

Centralia City Firemen say the occupant, Kendra Shackleford, apparently went to bed and forgot to turn off the burner.  She was able to escape safely. A dog that was in a plastic kennel sustained some burns, but is expected to survive.  

Firemen were able to knock down the fire before it spread to the rest of the duplex, but there was moderate smoke damage throughout.   Damage was estimated at $7,500.

All available Centralia City firemen were called in to fight the fire, which was first reported at 4:24 Saturday morning.  Firemen remained on the scene for about an hour.  

Salem Woman Hurt In Hit and Run Crash While Taking A Test Drive

October 18, 2014 Comments off

A 30-year-old Salem man was taken to the Marion County Jail on multiple charges following a hit and run accident that sent the other driver to the hospital for treatment.  

Salem Police say Kevin Simon of East Boone was traveling westbound in the 12-00 block of West Whitaker near Collision Specialists when he struck the rear of an SUV in front of him.  The driver of the SUV, 73-year-old Carol Tate of Boone Street in Salem, had her vehicle spin around following impact.  She was taken to Salem Township Hospital for treatment.  

Meanwhile, police say Simon left the scene.  However, he had already been stopped a few blocks for speeding 50 miles per hour in a 25 mile per hour zone before the accident had even been reported.  

Simon was questioned about front end damage to his SUV, but allegedly denied being involved in the accident.  He was arrested for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, failure to render aide, illegal transportation of liquor, and not wearing a seatbelt.  Simon could also face a charge of obstructing justice for not giving truthful information to police.  

Police say the vehicle Tate was driving was out on a test drive from Schmidt Ford of Salem. 

The wreck occurred at 10:30 Friday morning.

Report: Ferguson Officer Says He Feared For Life

October 18, 2014 Comments off

The newspaper reports that Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson has told authorities that Michael Brown reached for the gun during a scuffle. The Times reports that the officer’s account to authorities did not explain why he fired at Brown multiple times after emerging from his vehicle.

According to the newspaper, the account of Wilson’s version of events came from government officials briefed on the federal civil rights investigation into the Aug. 9 shooting.

Racial unrest and weeks of protests followed Brown’s death.

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