Search warrant leads to Mt. Vernon woman’s arrest on drug charges

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JEFFERSON COUNTY — A 21-year-old Mt. Vernon woman was arrested early Thursday morning on drug charges when members of the Mt. Vernon Police Department/Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office High Risk Team executed a search warrant at 1702 Forest Avenue in Mt. Vernon.

Chasity Robinson
(Source: MVPD)

Chasity Robinson remains in the Jefferson County Justice Center awaiting the setting of bail on charges of possession of controlled substance, and possession of drug equipment and possession of ammunition without a FOID card.

An investigation by the MVPD/JCSO Narcotics Divisions, with the assistance of the Jefferson County State’s Attorney’s office indicated that controlled substances were being sold from the residence and led to the search warrant being issued.

After the residence was secured a search was conducted by Narcotics Division Detectives and led to the discovery of narcotics, drug equipment and ammunition.

The investigation is on-going and more arrests are anticipated.


Two Injured in Three Vehicle Crash on I-57 Near Ina

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Iuka Trucker Escaped Injury in Crash That Sent Two Kentucky Residents to the Hospital

Two people were injured in a three vehicle crash on I-57 southbound near Ina on Sunday afternoon.

Preliminary investigative details from State Police indicate a semi driven by 30-year-old Isic Mirza of Caledonia, Michigan failed to slow for traffic backed up in a construction zone and hit a car in front of him driven by 52-year-old Tod Watson of Murray, Kentucky. The impact pushed the Watson car into the rear of a semi pulling a flat bed trailer driven by 52-year-old James Dennison of Iuka.

Watson and a passenger in his car, 24-year-old Shannon Watson of Murray, Kentucky, were were transported by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment.

Mirz was charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid a crash.

The crash occurred at 2:07 Sunday afternoon.

Report: Payments for Mental Health Treatment Often Denied

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – A report says frequent denials of payment for substance-abuse and mental-health services in Illinois are creating barriers to treatment despite an ongoing opioid crisis.

The State Journal-Register reports nonprofit The Kennedy Forum Illinois released the report with the Illinois Association for Behavioral Health, Illinois Health and Hospital Association and others.

Three out of four treatment providers responding to the non-scientific survey from late 2016 to early 2017 said managed-care companies serving Medicaid patients denied paying for a range of services sometimes, often or always.

Nearly 60 percent of those providers said Medicaid managed-care companies always or often denied payment for inpatient treatment.

Democratic state Rep. Deb Conroy, chairwoman of the House Mental Health Committee, says she plans to hold hearings on the issues.

The 16-page report was released Tuesday.

Patoka Teen Ticketed After Crashing Into Car at State Police Roadside Safety Checkpoint in Vandalia

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A 16-year-old Patoka juvenile crashed into a car that had slowed for an upcoming State Police Roadside Safety Checkpoint in Vandalia Saturday night.

State Police say a car driven by 26-year-old Danielle Beck of Ramsey was hit in the rear by a pickup truck driven by the juvenile on U.S. 51 southbound at West Orchard Street in Vandalia.

Beck and a passenger in her car, 26-year-old Kristen Phillips of Mulberry Grove, were both transported to the Fayette County Hospital in Vandalia for treatment of injuries. The 16-year-old was not hurt, but was ticketed for failure to reduce speed to avoid a crash and traveling too fast for conditions.

The crash occurred at 10:07 Saturday night.

Three Fire Departments Fight 30 Acre Brush and Grass Fire in Rural Odin

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Three fire departments fought a fire in 30 acres of grass, brush, and railroad ties late Saturday afternoon in rural Odin.

Odin firemen say the fire was near the Westline and Soper Road intersection. It was extinguished except a very large pile of railroad ties left to burn after the perimeter was soaked with water. The cause of the fire has not been determined. The owner of the property was also not immediately clear since it recently had been auctioned.

Odin Firemen received mutual aide assistance from Sandoval who provided a brush truck, tanker truck, and manpower and Salem Firemen who provided a brush truck and manpower.

The fire came close to several abandoned buildings, but none were effected by the fire.

The fire call came in around five Saturday afternoon. Firemen were on the scene for two and a half hours.

Police Beat for Sunday, September 24th, 2017

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A 58-year-old Centralia man was being held in the Marion County Jail on Sunday after being arrested by Wamac Police for disorderly conduct and criminal trespass to land. The arrest came after Wamac Police were called to a report of an intoxicated pedestrian who had apparently fallen down and was sitting in a lawn in the 200 block of Wabash Avenue. Police reported he was unable to stand and was not wanted on the property he was located.

25-year-old Stanley Hunt of Webster Creek Road in Centralia remained in custody Sunday after being arrested by Marion County Sheriff’s Deputies for alleged domestic battery.

25-year-old Brandon Nangle of East South Street in Irvington was arrested by Salem Police for driving under the influence. He was stopped after police received a report of a reckless driver.

20-year-old Dylan Starr of East Green Street Road in Centralia was arrested by Salem Police for failure to appear on an outstanding Clinton County warrant. Police report Starr was a passenger in a vehicle during a traffic stop. Bond on the warrant is set at $5,000.

29-year-old Jason Sheffield of Jefferson Street in Walnut Hill posted $150 bond after being arrested by Marion County Sheriff’s Deputies for criminal trespass to land.

50-year-old Mark Anderson of Spring Garden Lane in Bonnie was taken to the Marion County Jail after being arrested for violation of his Commercial Driver’s License for violation of an out of service order. He posted $150 bond and was released.

Washington County K-9 Marley dies from accident

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WASHINGTON COUNTY — The Washington County Sheriff’s Department announced that Marley, it’s K-9, died of injuries suffered during an incident involving an ATV on Sept. 5.

WCSO K9 Marley
(Source: WCSO)

According to the report from the sheriff’s department, Marley escaped the control of her handler, Deputy Tommy Moss, chasing an ATV that ultimately struck her.

The incident occurred near the deputy’s residence while both were off-duty. Immediately following the accident, Deputy Moss transported Marley to meet with a veterinarian for treatment in St. Clair County.

While transporting Marley to the vet, Moss struck a deer in rural St. Clair County. Moss was not injured, but the department-issued vehicle was damaged.

Marley succumbed to her injuries prior to reaching the veterinarian clinic, though her death was unrelated to the incident with the deer.

The ATV which struck Marley was operated by a juvenile who sustained non-life threatening injuries and was treated and released at a local hospital.

The report indicates that due to the conflict of interest, the Perry County Sheriff’s Office investigated and completed the report of the incident involving Marley and the ATV