Son of Salem Day Care Providers Pleads Guilty to Sexual Assault of 10 Month Old Girl

August 25, 2016 Comments off

Justin Atteberry

The now 17-year-old son of a Salem day care provider has entered an open plea of guilty in Marion County Court to a Class X charge of aggravated criminal sexual assault.  

Justin Atteberry of Mills Cart Road admitted to sexually assault a ten month old girl who was being cared for at the home day care center.  Sentencing has been set for November 16th.  

State’s Attorney Matt Wilzbach earlier said the girl’s mother discovered her daughter’s diaper on backwards and blood inside after picking her up in December 2015.   After initial treatment at Salem Township Hospital, the girl was transferred to Children’s Hospital in St. Louis where four anal tears and bruising were confirmed.  The criminal charge states Atteberry by the use of force inserted an object into the girl causing the bodily harm.  

Police began their investigation at the day care because it was last place the girl had been.  Fresh blood was found on a changing table.  The investigation led to Atteberry.

At the time of the arrest, Wilzbach says Atteberry initially denied any responsibility, but eventually confessed to committing the act in a video recorded interview.  Atteberry indicated a Matchbox type car was used to cause the injury, but never gave a reason for why he committed the alleged act. 

The State’s Attorney says this is one of four sex crimes where a juvenile who is at least 15 years old is automatically tried as an adult.  

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Rural Odin Man Pleads Guilty To Reduced Charge for Shooting Neighbor’s Dog

August 25, 2016 Comments off

Anthony Shaw

A 45-year-old Odin man has pleaded guilty to a reduced misdemeanor charge of aggravated cruelty to an animal and was sentenced to 30 days in the Marion County Jail.

Anthony Shaw of Hoots Chapel Road had initially been charged with felony aggravated cruelty to an animal in connection with the shooting death of his neighbor’s Golden Retriever in November 2013.  Shaw reportedly admitted to Marion County Sheriff’s Deputies to shooting the dog while it was in his backyard because he was tired of chasing dogs out of his yard.  Shaw had turned over the gun and the casing of the shotgun pellet used to fire the shot.  

The owner of the dog, James Thompson of the Hoots Chapel Road, had earlier found his dog Jake lying in a ditch near Shaw’s home.  The incident led to the formation of a Facebook Page ‘Justice for Jake’.   

In addition to the jail time, Shaw will have to pay court costs in the case.

Meanwhile, Shaw asked for a continuance in an unrelated case where earlier this month he is charged with aggravated battery and resisting arrest.   He is accused in that case of shoving a Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy out of the way when arriving at the Evergreen Apartments where his daughter had been in an earlier confrontation with another man.  

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Governor Signs Legislation to Curb Gun Violence

August 24, 2016 Comments off

SPRINGFIELD (AP) – Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation to try to curb gun violence in Chicago by punishing people convicted of firearm trafficking with long prison sentences.

The bill the Republican governor signed Tuesday in Chicago will impose a sentence of up to 20 years for a first offense. A subsequent conviction for trafficking guns into Illinois from other states will be punishable by up to 30 years. 

A 2014 report from the Chicago mayor’s office concluded that nearly 60 percent of the guns used in Chicago are traced to neighboring states where it’s easier to buy guns. Illinois requires permits to screen for criminal records and other disqualifiers. The report found that about 20 percent of illegal guns come from Indiana where no permit is required.

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Police Beat for Tuesday

August 24, 2016 Comments off

The Marion County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a burglary at Atchison Coating on Madison Avenue in Junction City.  Employees arriving at work Monday found an east door pried open.  Nothing was immediately noticed as missing, with an inventory to be completed.

A 52-year-old Salem man has been arrested on a Marion County misdemeanor warrant.  Len Lange of West Allmon was picked up by sheriff’s deputies.

18-year-old Jenna Phillips of Austin Street in Effingham was arrested by Centralia Police on an Effingham County warrant.  She was later transferred to the Effingham County Jail.

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KC with 2.5 Million Dollar Shortfall To Make Up

August 24, 2016 Comments off

Due to a lack of state funding and declining enrollment, among other factors, the Kaskaskia College Board will be dealing with around a $2.5 million shortfall in the tentative Fiscal Year 2017 budget presented to the Board of Trustees Monday night.

In the presentation, the Board was told that in the past 15 years, the school relied on 30-40% state funding.  In Fiscal Year 2015, Kaskaskia saw 33% funding by the state. That is expected to drop 63% loss over 2 years, or a loss of $12.6 million in aid.  State funding is expected to be at just 16% in the coming fiscal year.

The college’s budget problems are being compounded by a drop in enrollment.  Summer enrollment was down 2,051 credit hours or 23%, which equates to $305,000 in tuition and fees lost.  The Fall Semester is down 3,211 credit hours or 12% equating to a $478,000 loss.

Before the Tentative Budget was approved by the Board, Trustee Kelly Bennett amended it to reflect an additional $120,000 to be added to the already budgeted $80,000 for the colleges website to be rebuilt without objection.  Bennett stated that he thought it was also important to have measurables to better determine what will work and what will not when it comes to the new site and it’s content.  

The tentative budget was approved by the Board and will now be on display for 30 days ahead of a budget hearing set for September 26th at 6pm followed by a vote on the budget at the regularly scheduled meeting following at 6:30.  

In other matters, the Board approved the pre-filing election notice for nominating petitions for the trustee seats that will be up in the April consolidated election.  The board also authorized the Veterans Tribute Committee to move forward with the design, preperation of construction documents and quoting process for installation of concrete aprons surrounding the three new walls of the Tribute.  This construction will allow the tribute to be handicapped accessible.  It will be fully funded by Veterans Tribute donors, with no college funds will be expended.  

In personnel matters, the Board approved the resignation of head baseball coach Mitch Koester as well as the retirement of Dean of Nursing Dr. Janet Garretson, who has served the college for 27 years.  The Board also accepted the retirement of Professor of Early Childhood Tina Suarez.

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Marion County Coroner’s Office Investigating Death of Odin Man

August 24, 2016 Comments off

Marion County Coroner Troy Cannon says a weekend death of a 32-year-old Odin man is being investigated as an apparent drug overdose, pending toxicology test results.   

John Steven Holsapple was pronounced dead at Salem Township Hospital on Saturday after being brought from a residence in Odin.  

A Celebration of Life Service for Holsapple is set for 11 Thursday morning at the Community of Christ Church in Salem.  Visiation will be from six to eight Wednesday night at the church.  Memorials in honor of John’s memory can be made to the Community of Christ Church or to the Continuing Recovery Center in Irving, Illinois and will be accepted at the Rankin Funeral Home in Salem, who is in charge of arrangements.

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Vandalia Man Charged Following Five Hour Stand Off With Police

August 24, 2016 Comments off

Bond has been set at $25,000 for a 33-year-old Vandalia man formally charged in Fayette County Court at Vandalia on Monday with aggravated battery with use of a deadly weapon and domestic battery.

Randy Bone was arrested at a home on South Lake Street after police were called to a report of Bone being in the home and allegedly armed.  A five hour standoff followed.  Police eventually got a search warrant and the SWAT team entered the home where Bone was taken into custody.  

A preliminary hearing is set for September 20th.

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