Sandoval Police Investigating Burglary

October 27, 2014 Comments off

Sandoval Police are looking for a safe taken from a Sandoval home that contains $10,000 to $15,000 in cash, rings and other jewelry as well as a will.  

Daniel Burns of East Arizona told police he discovered the safe missing from a closet of his home after waking up on Sunday morning.  He reported several people had been in and out of his home.  There were no signs of forced entry.  

Sandoval Police are asking anyone with information about the theft to contact the department.    

Centralia Halloween Parade a Huge Success, Results Released

October 26, 2014 Comments off

An enormous crowd took to the streets for the 88th annual Centralia Halloween Parade on Saturday. 130 entries including 39 floats and 9 marching bands made their way down Poplar Street during the parade, which lasted just over two hours.

Organizer Butch Mathis is calling the event a success.

“The 88th annual Centralia Halloween Parade was a huge success. We couldn’t have asked for better weather. The crowd turnout was spectacular and it was a real crowd pleaser. We’re very pleased” Mathis told WJBD.

The theme for this years parade was “When I grow up”. It was submitted by gradeschooler Mackenzie Schuchman, the youngest person to ever submit a winning theme.

Winning the coveted Harley Queen Trophy was the entry from the Sears Hometown Store. The Grand Marshall Award went to the Kaskaskia College Nursing Program

Other winners:

Grade School Bands:
1st: Franklin Park Middle School
2nd: Iuka Grade School
Best Auxillary: Franklin Park Middle School
Best Drum Line: Franklin Park Middle School
Best Drum Major: Iuka Grade School

High School Bands:
1st: Bond County High School
2nd: Breese Central High School
Best Auxillary: Bond County High School
Best Drum Line: Bond County High School
Best Drum Major: Bond County High School

Jr/Sr High School Bands:
1st: Sandoval High School
Best Auxillary: Sandoval High School
Best Drum Line: Sandoval High School
Best Drum Major: Sandoval High School

Marching Units:
1st: Salem Community High School Dance Team
2nd: Centralia High School Dance Team

1st: Sandoval FFA
2nd: Alternative Learning Academy

Family and Neighborhood:
1st: Dillinger Family
2nd: Dempsey Family

1st: Laramee Log Cabin Homes
2nd: Odin Healthcare Center

1st: Friendship House
2nd: TBD

1st: Redeemer Lutheran Church
2nd: Knights of Columbus

Police Beat for Saturday, October 25th, 2014

October 25, 2014 Comments off

A 22-year-old Centralia man has been arrested for driving on a suspended license and on a Richland County warrant.  Kenny Cullum of State Route 161 was taken into custody by Sandoval Police.  

Three others arrested on outstanding warrants remained in the Marion County Jail on Saturday.  40-year-old William Wright of Kent Street in Wamac was arrested by sheriff’s deputies on an outstanding felony warrant.  29-year-old Eddie Bender of Beech Street in Centralia was arrested by Centralia Police on an outstanding misdemeanor warrant.  24-year-old Jerrod Hunt of South Oak in Sandoval was arrested by Sandoval Police on an outstanding misdemeanor warrant.

24-year-old Shuanita Thomas of North Frazier of Centralia remained in custody after being arrested by State Police for driving on a suspended license.

28-year-old Kevin Winters of North Elmin Centralia posted $500 bond and was released on a petition to revoke his probation.  

35-year-old Darren Hall of South Marshall in Salem posted $550 bond after being arrested by Salem Police on an outstanding misdemeanor warrant.    

Three Hurt When Vehicle Overturns Southeast of Salem

October 24, 2014 Comments off

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.  

Police Beat for Friday, October 24th, 2014

October 24, 2014 Comments off

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. 

Dix Man Allegedly Fights Police While Being Arrested for Fraud

October 23, 2014 Comments off

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 Drops a Full Percent in September

October 23, 2014 Comments off

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. 


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