Louisville Woman Injured in Clay County Crash

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A 72-year-old Louisville woman has been taken to an Evansville, Indiana hospital following a one car wreck north of Flora Saturday morning.  

State Police say Janice Lewis was southbound on U.S. 45 when she went off the road to the left, went down into a ditch, hit a culvert, overturned and struck a tree.  Police believe a medical issue was behind the crash.  

Lewis was transported to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, Indiana.  

The crash correct at 10:20 Saturday morning.

Alma Teen Arrested Following High Speed Trip Through Alma

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A 19-year-old Alma man who allegedly was spotted traveling 80 miles per hour down Route 37 in Alma Saturday night was eventually located, stopped and arrested.  

Tyler West of West Case Street was ticketed for fleeing and eluding a police officer and reckless driving.  Alma and Kinmundy Police were able to follow the vehicle by the cloud of dust that was brown thrown up as it traveled the Broom and Armstrong Road.  

West eventually stopped and was arrested without further incident.  He told police he had to get home to put the dogs out.  West was taken to the Marion County Jail, where he later posted bond and was released.    

Police Beat for Sunday, September 28th, 2014

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Marion County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested two Salem men late Saturday night for alleged driving under the influence. 30-year-old David Clark of Sycamore Street and 31-year-old Ryan Collier of Tonti Road were both later released from the Marion County Jail after posting $100 bond.  

Six others remain in jail on outstanding warrants.  21-year-old Dereck Woods of East 16th in Centralia was arrested by Centralia Police on an outstanding felony warrant for failure to appear on a residential burglary charge.  46-year-old Sue Walker of Jackson Street in Centralia remained in jail Sunday on an outstanding DUI warrant.  The other three warrants were for failure to appear on ordinance violations.  30-year-old Mickey Phillips of North Miller in Salem was arrested by Salem Police,  21-year-old David Graves of Perkins Street in Mt. Vernon by Jefferson County deputies and 35-year-old Harlis Moulton of England Road in Kell was arrested by sheriff’s deputies.

53-year-old Milen Suggs of North Locust in Centralia posted $500 bond and was released after being arrested by sheriff’s deputies on an outstanding warrant.

The Marion County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the theft of a Red and While 2000 Polaris 330 Trail Boss taken from the property of Lisa Spiser on Cemetery Road in rural Sandoval about two Saturday morning.  

SIU-Edwardsville Sees Record Enrollment This Year

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EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) – Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has enrolled a record number of students this year.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports 13,972 students have enrolled at the university. The jump follows two years of declining enrollment.

Chancellor Julie Furst-Bowe says the increase didn’t happen by accident.  She says the university has developed more programs in subjects in which interest is higher. It’s also expanded the admission office and started new transfer student programs with community colleges.

This is also the first year that students from Missouri, Tennessee, Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Iowa and Wisconsin may pay in-state tuition rates. Furst-Bowe says that’s already led to a “significantly higher” number of students from Missouri.  She says the average ACT score of 23.5 for freshmen also is an all-time high.

Police Beat for Saturday, September 27th, 2014

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Four people remain in the Marion County Jail Saturday following arrests on outstanding warrants.  40-year-old Timothy Marshall of South Walnut in Centralia was arrested on an outstanding misdemeanor warrant and for violation of an order of protection.  52-year-old Michael Lawson of North Locust in Centralia was arrested by Centralia Police on an outstanding Marion County felony warrant.  23-year-old Angel Wheetley of Mt. Vernon was arrested by sheriff’s deputies on an outstanding misdemeanor warrant.  24-year-old Terry Thomas of North Public in Alma was arrested by Alma Police on an outstanding traffic warrant.

A 29-year-old Salem man was arrested by Salem Police Friday night for alleged driving under the influence of alcohol, illegal transportation of liquor and resisting a peace officer.  Kevin Simon of West Whitaker was released after posting $100 bond.  

26-year-old James Maines of Chicago was arrested by sheriff’s deputies for driving on a suspended license and possession of cannabis.  He was released on $150 bond.  

23-year-old Jacob Erwin of Shuler Road in Salem turned himself in on an outstanding DUI warrant.  He was released on $300 bond.

Two people were sent to jail on petitions to revoke their probation.  47-year-old Rickie Smith of West Main in Vandalia and 25-year-old Nicole Ryan of Gary Avenue in Centralia bond were released after posting $500 bond. 

Patoka Man Sentenced on Sex Abuse Charge

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A 57-year-old Patoka man who has moved to Hawesville, Kentucky, has been sentenced on a conviction for aggravated criminal sexual abuse.  

Herbert DeWitt was placed on four years probation, ordered to serve 180 days in the Marion County Jail, pay a $500 sex offender and $200 domestic violence fee as well as other court costs.  

DeWitt was found guilty by a Marion County Jury in July for fondeling a 14-year-old girl several times through her clothing between the spring of 2013 and when he was arrested in March.  The girl reportedly admitted to the activity when her mother became concerned about some of her actions.  

National Take Back Initiative Taking Place Today (Saturday)

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The Marion County Sheriff’s Department is participating in today’s National Take Back Initiative.  

Sheriff Jerry DeVore says anyone with old prescription drugs or even medication for their animals that wants to properly dispose of it, can bring the medication to the lobby of the Law Enforcement Center.  DeVore says syringes and inhalers will not be accepted.

The sheriff reports this will be the last day the DEA will accept medications, with arrangements being make through pharmacies and hospitals for disposal after October ninth.   

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