Man Wanted on Theft and Aggravated Battery Charges Arrested Following Jefferson County Police Chase

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A 49-year-old man wanted on a warrant for theft and aggravated battery was arrested following a chase Wednesday in Jefferson County.

John Brown was arrested after a deputy reportedly shot at the tires on the pickup truck when it attempted to go around spike strips on Davis Road north of Bonnie. Brown reportedly slowed to 40 miles an hour and then pulled over after the back tire went flat.

Brown was reportedly taken into custody without incident. The Sheriff’s Department had earlier described Brown as possibly armed and dangerous after he reportedly made threats to kill police officers.

Brown was already out of jail on $15,000 bond on aggravated arson, residential arson and domestic battery charges stemming from a fire he is accused of setting in a house on the Dix-Irvington Road last September. He’s accused of lightning the fire after pouring gasoline over his former’s girlfriend. He then fled the burning home on foot, starting a day long search that ended in his arrest. Brown is scheduled to go on trial in that case on November 14th.

More charges are expected after the chase on Wednesday.

Aviation Company to Lay Off 330 Workers at Metro-East Airport

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CAHOKIA, Ill. (AP) – A St. Louis-based aviation company is expected to lay off about 330 employees at an airport in southwestern Illinois as its parent company plans to discontinue some of its services.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports that Jet Aviation St. Louis Inc. officials announced Tuesday that its parent company, General Dynamics, plans to discontinue the plane finishing work it performs at St. Louis Downtown Airport in Cahokia.

Jet Aviation spokesman Charlie Bosworth says the layoffs will affect a little more than half of the company’s staff.

General Dynamics is planning to move another subsidiary, Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., into the Cahokia airport. Gulfstream Spokeswoman Heidi Fedak says the Cahokia site will be the company’s ninth service center in the United States.

General Dynamics purchased Gulfstream in 1999 and Jet Aviation in 2008.

Officers Revive Man Overdosing at Illinois County Court

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WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) – Authorities in northern Illinois say three correctional officers revived a man who suffered an apparent opiate overdose in a courtroom seating area.

Lake County Sheriff’s officials tell the (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald that two officers were in a courtroom at the Lake County courthouse Wednesday morning when they saw the 24-year-old man slumped over in the public seating area. Authorities say the officers approached the man, found him unconscious and barely breathing and determined he likely was overdosing.

Officials say the officers administered him two doses of the drug overdose antidote naloxone. The man started to regain consciousness and breathe normally. He was taken to the hospital for an evaluation.

The man wasn’t immediately identified. The newspaper reports he admitted to using Xanax and heroin before arriving at court.

Police Beat for Thursday, August 17th, 2017

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Sandoval Police arrested and took a Junction City man to the Marion County Jail for domestic battery. John Bradley of West 14th was arrested after allegedly striking his girlfriend and pulling her hair.

A 39-year-old Centralia man has been arrested at at the Marion County probation office for a probation violation. Sheriff’s deputies took Samuel Jones of Martin Luther King Drive to the county jail where he was held pending further court action.

23-year-old Whitley Thompson of Illinois Street posted $500 bond and was released after being arrested by Marion County Sheriff’s Deputies on a Washington County traffic warrant.

Two Arrested on Drug Charges Following Separate Traffic Stops

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Separate traffic stops have resulted in two drug arrests Wednesday night.

Salem Police arrested 21-year-old Jacob Hayes of North Marion in Salem for manufacture or delivery of 10 to 30 grams of cannabis. Police had initially approached Hayes because his vehicle was illegally parked at Marion and McMackin Street. After smelling a strong oder of raw cannabis, police say cannabis was located in Hayes’ shoe. Police also located a scale and numerous baggies consistent with a narcotic sale.

Central City Police arrested 28-year-old Nicholas Hatfield of Centralia for possession of under five grams of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and no valid drivers license after he was stopped for not signaling and other lighting problems. Hatfield allegedly admitted to having a syringe. Police report the plunger tested positive for the possession of meth.

Both were taken to the Marion County Jail.

Central City Man Pleads Guilty to Reduced Child Sex Abuse Charge

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A 53-year-old Central City man has pleaded guilty in Marion County Court to a reduced charge of aggravated criminal sexual abuse to a child between the ages of 13 and 17.

Brett Herbert of North Morrison was sentenced to four years sex offender probation, 170 days in the Marion County Jail with time served and ordered to pay court costs. As part of the plea, two counts of criminal sexual assault were dropped. All three of the charges involved the same underage boy.

Herbert was arrested on a warrant charging the two criminal sexual assault cases in March following an investigation by Central City Police. Chief Jim Malloy said the investigation began in February when the department received a call from the alleged victim’s mother. An investigation ensued, including an interview with the boy at the Amy Center, before the warrant was sought for Herbert’s arrest.

Herbert has been held in lieu of $250,000 bond until after his court hearing on Wednesday when he was released with credit for time served.

Police Beat for Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

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Four people were arrested on outstanding warrants on Tuesday.

18-year-old Jalon Hamilton of Marion Street in Odin was arrested by Odin Police on a Marion County misdemeanor warrant for failure to appear on a battery charge. Bond is set at $5,000.

38-year-old Amanda Ballard of South Sycamore in Salem posted $1,000 bond and was released after being arrested by Alma Police for failure to appear on a felony bad check charge.

46-year-old Doris Nehrt of South Marion in Central City turned herself in on an outstanding Marion County traffic warrant failure to appear warrant for leaving the scene of an accident. She posted $150 bond and was released.

29-year-old Kayla Coleman of North Dawley in Salem was arrested by sheriff’s deputies on an outstanding Marion County failure to appear warrant in a no insurance case.