Multi-county pursuit, armed robbery end with arrest on I-57

May 26, 2018 Comments off

JEFFERSON/MARION COUNTIES — A 25-year-old Louisiana man was arrested Friday night by Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputies after an alleged armed robbery in Dix and a pursuit through multiple counties.

Illinois State Police received a call around 7 p.m. regarding a thin, black male driving a white, Dart Advantage semi-truck with trailer who allegedly threatened another truck driver and an employee at a truck stop in Effingham.

The same subject then allegedly held up the gas station in Dix at gunpoint and returned to I-57.

Spike strips were deployed as the truck was exiting onto Route 161. He then returned to the interstate heading south, where a second set of spike strips were deployed at the 108.

Despite having been hit by two sets of spike strips, the subject continued south for approximately one more mile.

Rickey D. Growe was ultimately stopped around 9:30 p.m. by both Marion and Jefferson county deputies on southbound Interstate 57 at the 107 milemarker.

Reports indicate a 40 caliber firearm was recovered from the semi that was towed from the scene by Rend Lake Towing. Marion County Animal Control was called to pick up a dog that was in Growers truck.

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Mt. Vernon man arrested for kidnapping small child through house window

May 26, 2018 Comments off

MOUNT VERNON — A 38-year-old Mt. Vernon man is being held in the Jefferson County Jail accused of the early morning kidnapping of a small child from its Mt. Vernon home.

Jerod Buchanan
(Source: JCSO)

Jerod M. Buchanan has been formally charged with Class 1 felony residential burglary, Class 2 felony kidnapping and misdemeanor violating an order of protection.

According to Assistant Police Chief Trent Page, officers responded around 5:47 a.m. Friday to the 1700 block of Oakland in response to a call from a person saying they witnessed a man climb through a window of a neighbor’s house and then a few minutes later leave out the same window with a small child.

Officers made contact with Buchanan near Salem Road and Oakland. He initially gave officers the wrong name, but when they discovered his real name they also discovered an order of protection against him that prohibited him from having contact with the Oakland home or a list of individuals at the home, including the small child taken through the window. The child was taken into protective custody and transported back to the mother.

According to Page, Buchanan was also arrested on burglary charge for allegedly entering a vehicle belonging to another resident of the Oakland residence prior to entering the home. Items reportedly taken from the vehicle were found on Buchanan at the time of his arrest.

He’s scheduled for a June 20, first appearance with his court appointed attorney.

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Mt. Vernon man arrested for kidnapping small child through window

May 25, 2018 Comments off

MOUNT VERNON — A 38-year-old Mt. Vernon man is being held in the Jefferson County Jail accused of the early morning kidnapping of a small child from its Mt. Vernon home.

Jerod M. Buchanan has been formally charged with Class 1 felony residential burglary, Class 2 felony kidnapping and misdemeanor violating an order of protection.

According to Assistant Police Chief Trent Page, officers responded around 5:47 a.m. Friday to the 1700 block of Oakland in response to a call from a person saying they witnessed a man climb through a window of a neighbor’s house and then a few minutes later leave out the same window with a small child.

Officers made contact with Buchanan near Salem Road and Oakland. He initially gave officers the wrong name, but when they discovered his real name they also discovered an order of protection against him that prohibited him from having contact with the Oakland home or a list of individuals at the home, including the small child taken through the window.

According to Page, Buchanan was also arrested on burglary charge for allegedly entering a vehicle belonging to another resident of the Oakland residence prior to entering the home. Items reportedly taken from the vehicle were found on Buchanan at the time of his arrest.

He’s scheduled for a June 20, first appearance with his court appointed attorney.

Centralia man arrested for sexually abusing young girl

May 25, 2018 Comments off

Zachery Finney
(Source: MCSO)

CENTRALIA — Bail is set at $50,000 for a 27-year-old Centralia man been arrested on a Marion County warrant charging him with aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a 13 to 16 year old.

Centralia police had arrested Zachary Finney on the charge earlier this month, but had been released by the Marion County State’s Attorney’s Office pending further investigation.

Additional investigation led to Finney again being arrested Thursday.

Centralia police had been informed March 1, of the alleged abuse of a 14-year-old girl that reportedly happened several months before.

Centralia Man Charged with Reckless Homicide Following Fatal Motorcycle Crash

May 25, 2018 Comments off

Marion County State’s Attorney Bill Milner has filed a reckless homicide charge against a 58-year-old Centralia man involved in a fatal pickup truck-motorcycle crash in Central City on May 15th.

The felony charge against Thomas Joy of Woods Lane was filed Friday morning. Joy is expected to make his first appearance in court Friday afternoon on the new felony charge as well as driving under the influence and failure to yield tickets filed in court last week.

Joy is accused of pulling from an alleyway near the Broadway Tavern in front of a motorcycle driven by 65-year-old Jerry Clarkson of O’Fallon Street in Odin. Clarkson died in a medical helicopter on his way to a St. Louis Hospital for treatment of his injuries.

Joy was released following the crash on $100 bond. He reportedly refused to take a breathilizer test.

Joy is part-owner of the Centralia Sentinel newspaper.

Centralia Man Re-Arrested for Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse

May 25, 2018 Comments off

A 27-year-old Centralia man has been arrested on a Marion County warrant for aggravated criminal sexual abuse to a 13 to 16 year old.

Zachary Finney of South Sycamore had been arrested before on the charge by Centralia Police, but had been released by the Marion County State’s Attorney’s office pending further investigation.

After the additional investigation, the arrest warrant was obtained. Bond on the warrant is set at $50,000.

Centralia Police earlier said they were notified of the alleged sexual abuse involving a 14-year-old girl on March 1st. It reportedly occurred several months earlier. They had taken Finney into custody the first time on May 1st following questioning.

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