MOUNT VERNON — Four juveniles from the Mt. Vernon area were arrested Wednesday morning on burglary charges.
The Mt. Vernon Police Department responded to a report of a burglary in progress in the 1900 block of Richview Road in four juveniles were involved.
One juvenile male was had just left the residence when he was taken into custody by authorities.
After further investigation another juvenile male and two juvenile females were taken into custody and all four were transported to the Franklin County Detention Center where they will await the formal filing of charges.
CLINTON COUNTY — A Monday jury trial in Clinton County court was vacated Thursday after a 22-year-old New Baden man pleaded guilty to one of two sexual assault charges against him.
Michael Boothman was sentenced to 4-years in the Illinois Department of Corrections after he pleaded guilty to Class 1 felony criminal sexual assault of a victim unable to give consent.
In exchange for his guilty plea, a Class 1 felony charge of criminal sexual assault by force was dismissed.
In addition to his 4-year prison sentence, Boothman will have to serve 3-years to life mandatory supervised release after he completes his prison term, and will have to register as a sex offender.
Trenton police arrested Boothman on the charges in January and transported him to the Clinton County Jail where he has remained since that time.
Salem Police arrested a 29-year-old Odin man for driving under the influence and unlawful use of weapons following a Thursday night traffic stop in the 500 block of West Main. Levi Cavins of North Everett was also given city ordinance violation tickets for possession of cannabis and drug paraphernalia. He was released after posting $100 bond and his drivers license.
An attempt to stop an 18-year-old Salem man riding a bike after dark without a light led to a foot chase by Salem Police Thursday night. Police say Trevor Lewis of West Warmoth ditched the bike near College and Allmon and ran about two blocks before being taken into custody. He also received a city ordinance violation ticket for possession of a small amount of cannabis.
Salem Police arrested two others on outstanding warrants. 20-year-old Jacob Holman of Ticklen Road in Odin was arrested on an outstanding felony failure to appear warrants for possession of methamphetamine in both Marion and Jefferson Counties. 25-year-old Damien Stanford of East Camp in Iuka was arrested on a Marion County failure to appear warrant for reckless driving. Both were taken to the Marion County Jail.
45-year-old Billy Porter of West 17th Street in Centralia was taken to the Marion County Jail by Centralia Police after being arrested on an outstanding Effingham County felony warrant.
JEFFERSON COUNTY — A 41-year-old Mt. Vernon man pleaded guilty Friday to a reduced charge of making a false terrorist threat on social media.
Travis Burgess was arrested in January on a warrant charging him with Class 1 felony making a false terroristic threat. Burgess filed an open plea of guilty Friday to a Class 4 felony disorderly conduct.
He had rejected an agreement last month that would have required him to file an open plea, which does not provide a set sentencing. He would have been placed on home confinement, ordered to undergo counseling, prohibited from using social media, visiting a school or movie theater, and using or possessing firearms.
At that time, however, Burgess indicated that he did not believe that he made a threat and had reservations about pleading guilty. He also indicated a resistance to the use of medications recommended in his counseling treatment.
Friday’s plea agreement also does not carry an agreed upon sentence but has similar stipulations as in the previous offer. He will not be allowed to own a firearm and his FOID card has been canceled. Burgess remains in the Jefferson County Jail with bail set at $100,000.
Burgess was advised of the possible penalties for the charge and a pre-sentencing investigation was ordered. Sentencing on the reduced charge is scheduled for June 2.
According to reports, Burgess made numerous false public statements on social media which created the impression that various terrorist acts were about to be committed.
A 38-year-old Salem woman has been arrested on drug charges after she had apparently pulled off Pleasant Street near East McCord when being affected by a drug overdose.
Centralia Police say they were able to wake Brandi Morgan of Cope Drive who admitted to injecting heroin a short time before she began to feel bad and pulled over off the road. Police say they found three syringes and a plastic baggie with alleged heroin residue.
Morgan was formally charged in Marion County Court Friday with possession of a controlled substance, less than 15 grams of heroin. Her bond on the charge was set at $75,000.
That’s the same amount that was set on a pending charge of possession of under five grams of methamphetamine Morgan still has pending following an arrest in April of last year. Court records indicate a warrant for Morgan’s arrest was issued in that case after she allegedly failed to show up for a drug test at the Probation Office.
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) – Severe thunderstorms with possible tornadoes are forecast from the Plains states to the Mississippi, Ohio and Tennessee Valley regions.
The National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, says the storms are expected to begin Friday afternoon from northern Texas across Oklahoma, southern Missouri, northern Arkansas, southern Illinois, southern Indiana, western Kentucky and western Tennessee.
The center said the greatest chance for tornadoes appears to be in western Kentucky and northwestern Tennessee, while there is a slight chance for tornadoes in the remainder of the 142,000 square mile area that includes more than 11.2 million people.
Flood watches and advisories have been issued for much of the region.
The storms are expected to continue into Friday night and Saturday and include large hail, strong winds, and heavy rains.
A 45-year-old Irvington man led Wamac Police on a high speed chase Thursday until his truck broke down.
Lance Conner of Huron Street then allegedly refused to open the doors to his vehicle, forcing police to break out a window. Wamac Police were than assisted by Centralia and Irvington Police in forceably removing Conner from the truck and taking him into custody.
He was formally charged in Marion County Court Friday with aggravated battery to a police officer, resisting a peace officer, and fleeing police. Bond was set at $25,000. The public defender was appointed to represent him.
Police in Central City and Centralia had received reports of a reckless driver on Poplar Street before the pickup truck Conner was driving was spotted traveling on a grassy area alongside South Poplar near the Walnut Hill Road. When police attempted to stop Conner, he allegedly sped away with speeds reaching 85 miles per hour before his truck broke down.