Police Beat for Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

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A 24-year-old Salem man has been arrested for criminal damage to state supported property. Salem Police say Chase Soule of North Trenary Street was standing with his hands behind his back and said he wanted to go to jail after allegedly breaking out the window of his girlfriend’s apartment in a Marion County Housing Authority unit.

36-year-old Jason Phillips of North Maine in St. Elmo was arrested for battery and driving on a suspended or revoked license. Salem Police had responded to a report of a 15-year-old male juvenile being struck by Phillips outside a home on Dawley Street. Phillips reportedly returned to the area while police were investigating and was taken into custody.

48-year-old Cedric Bradley of Centralia is being held in the Marion County Jail for failure to register as a sex offender.

28-year-old Eliuth Polanco of Boyd Road in Iuka posted $300 bond and was released for driving under the influence and driving on a revoked or suspended license.

Centralia man sentenced to IDOC on burglary plea agreement

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MARION COUNTY – A 53-year-old Centralia man was sentenced today in Marion County Court to 2-years in the Illinois Department of Corrections after he pleaded guilty to the lesser of two felony burglary charges against him.

Juan R. Hayes, who has also reported being of Chicago, was arrested last week on charges of Class 2 and Class 3 burglary. He pleaded guilty Wednesday to the Class 3 charge in exchange for the Class 2 being dismissed. He was ordered to serve 2-years in prison, as well as pay court costs.

In May, Hayes was shot in the legs at Laura Leake Park in Centralia, when a disagreement between two individuals resulted in 22-year-old Darius Holliday firing shots at 19-year-old Devale Johnson.

Both Hayes and Johnson were shot in the incident and both were airlifted to St. Louis area hospitals for treatment of their injuries.

A Marion County jury found Holliday guilty October 6, of Class X aggravated battery for shooting both men. He’s scheduled to be sentenced November 22 in connection with that shooting incident, while Hayes will remain in custody of the Marion County Jail pending his transfer to the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Baby Born at Marion County Jail

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The Marion County Jail became a delivery room for the birth of a baby boy early Tuesday morning.

Marion County Sheriff Rich Stevenson says a correctional officer discovered the prisoner in the early stages of giving child birth after answering her call for help. He was able to get her on a mattress cot and pull it partially out of an isolation cell while telling the prisoner and mother ‘don’t push, don’t push’ in hopes Marion County EMS would arrive at the jail to complete the delivery. The paramedics were able to do just that upon arrival.

The baby who was born several weeks premature and weighing just over three pounds began crying after delivery. The mom and baby were both transported to Salem Township Hospital after the birth. The baby was later transferred to a St. Louis Hospital.

The mother, who was being held for aggravated battery to a police officer and an outstanding warrant, remains in a local hospital under guard of the sheriff’s department. The mother was being held in a segregation cell in close view of the jail staff due to the pregnancy.

Stevenson says the birth is one more thing he didn’t expect to deal with when being elected sheriff.

Fire destroys vacant building in Centralia

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CENTRALIA — A suspicious fire Saturday night destroyed a building that once housed an ice cream factory and a second hand store at North Locust and Rhodes streets in Centralia.

Centralia City firefighters arrived on scene around 10:55 p.m. Saturday and found heavy smoke coming from the building at 645 North Locust Street. All shifts were ultimately brought in to fight the blaze that quickly tore through the building, and the roof collapsing.

Centralia Fire Protection District provided mutual aide at the scene and ESDA was brought in to block traffic in the area while firefighters fought the blaze.

The fire has been deemed suspicious, as there were no utilities to the building at the time, but there was evidence squatters had been inside.

Firefighters were allowing the building to burn itself out Sunday morning. The Office of the State Fire Marshal has been asked to investigate.

(Photo credit: Chris Williams)
(Photo credit: Chris Williams)
(Photo credit: Chris Williams)

Mt. Vernon man indicted on federal firearm and drug charges

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BENTON – A 63-year-old Mt. Vernon man has been indicted by a Federal Grand Jury on firearm and drug charges in a three-count indictment, according to Donald S. Boyce, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois.

Count 1 of the indictment charges that on June 28, 2016, in Jefferson County, Larry D. Mays was a convicted felon in possession of three separate firearms while in the process of committing three or more “serious drug offenses,” for which he was also convicted.

Count 2 charges that on June 28, 2016, in Jefferson County, Mays knowingly and intentionally possessed with intent to distribute marijuana in violation of federal law.

Count 3 charges that on June 28, 2016, in Jefferson County, Mays knowingly and intentionally possessed cocaine in violation of federal law.

With respect to Count 1, Mays faces a penalty of 15 years to life imprisonment, up to a $250,000 fine, and up to 5 years’ supervised release following any term of imprisonment.

With respect to Count 2, Mays faces up to 10 years’ imprisonment, up to a $500,000 fine, and supervised release of not less than 4 years following any term of imprisonment.

With respect to Count 3, Mays faces up to 3 years’ imprisonment, up to a $250,000 fine, and up to 2 years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment.

The investigation in this case was conducted by the Joint Narcotics Unit of the Mt. Vernon Police Department and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department.

Dead bird found in Carlyle tests positive for West Nile Virus

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CLINTON COUNTY – The Clinton County Health Department has been notified that a dead bird, collected in rural Carlyle IL, submitted to the state laboratory on October 6, 2016 has tested positive for the West Nile Virus.

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) maintains a sophisticated disease surveillance system to monitor animals and insects that can potentially carry the virus: dead crows, robins, blue jays, mosquitoes and horses.

Mosquitoes can either carry the virus or get it by feeding on infected birds. The surveillance system also includes infectious disease physicians, hospital laboratory directors and infection control practitioners, local health departments and staff from IDPH’s laboratory, environmental health and infectious diseases divisions who test for and report suspect or confirmed cases of various diseases that can be caused by mosquito-borne viruses.

Mild cases of West Nile infections may cause a slight fever or headache. More severe infections are marked by a rapid onset of a high fever with head and body aches, disorientation, tremors, convulsions and, in the most severe cases, paralysis or death.

Usually symptoms occur from three to 14 days after the bite of an infected mosquito. Persons at the highest risk for serious illness are those 50 years of age or older.

The best way to prevent West Nile encephalitis and other mosquito-borne illnesses is to reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home and neighborhood and to take personal precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

In Illinois, health insurance price increases now official

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CHICAGO – Illinoisans who buy insurance on the health care law’s marketplace face steep price increases for next year.

That’s been predicted for some time. Now it’s official. The Illinois Department of Insurance published an analysis of 2017 health plans Friday based on final price increases approved by state and federal regulators.

Statewide, the average rate increase for the lowest cost “silver” plan is 45 percent. (Silver is a label of a middle-tier plan that’s been a popular choice.)

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, with more than 350,000 marketplace customers, is increasing its individual plan rates by 51 percent overall.

Insurers are making up for unanticipated medical and drug costs and payments from the federal government they didn’t receive.

Open enrollment for HealthCare.gov starts Nov. 1 and ends Jan. 31.