Four Arrested Following Drug Raid on Mt. Vernon Home

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Desmond Taylor of 401 Jordan Street was at home at the time the search warrant was executed by the Mt. Vernon Police Department/Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department High Risk Team.

Narcotics Division Detectives say they recovered approximately six pounds of cannabis, heroin, digital scales, and packaging materials. Additionally several thousand dollars in property including televisions, car rims, stereo equipment and a vehicle were seized as items believed to have been purchased with drug proceeds.

After completion of the investigation, arrest warrants will be requested for three other persons who were not at the residence at the time of the search.

The search warrant was sought after investigations by the Narcotics Division developed information that cannabis was being sold from the residence.

Centralia Man Arrested on Multiple Drug Charges

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The Marion County Sheriff’s Department has arrested a 35-year-old Centralia man wanted in connection with several on-going methamphetamine investigations.   

Shaun Brown of West 5th also faces some additional charges because of items he allegedly had in his possession at the time of his arrest.   He’s being held in the Marion County Jail for alleged meth conspiracy and possession of meth precursors in connection with the meth investigation.  Brown had a charge of possession of a controlled substance added after he was allegedly found in possession of a baggie with a white powdery substance that field tested positive for cocaine.  He was arrested for unlawful use of weapons after a pair of brass knuckles were allegedly found in his pants pocket.  

Sheriff’s Deputies say Brown’s name showed up in several meth investigations for allegedly selling pseudoephedrine and in some cases for buying the meth precursor.   

Centralia Police initially received information Brown was at the Knight’s Inn Motel and assisted in making the arrest.  

Brown is being held in the Marion County Jail pending a first appearance in court.  

Downtown Centralia Crash Sends Four to Hospital

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Four people were injured in a late Thursday morning wreck at McCord and Poplar in downtown Centralia.

Centralia Police say the crash occurred when a westbound vehicle on McCord driven by 23-year-old Jennifer Callaway of Charleston entered the signalized intersection at Poplar and struck a car driven by 39-year-old Doris Holsapple of South Beech in Centralia.  After the impact, the Holsapple car overturned and came to a stop at the southwest corner of McCord and Poplar.  

Both drivers along with two passengers in the Holsapple car went to St. Mary’s Hospital for treatment of injuries.  The passengers are identified as 44-year-old Chrisopher Mansker of South Beech in Centralia and 35-year-old Matthew White of Davis Street in Centralia.  

The crash occurred at 11:35 Thursday morning.  

Three Hurt in Crash on U.S. 50 East Of Salem

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Three people were injured in a two vehicle crash just east of Salem Friday morning.   It occurred on U.S. 50 just west of the County Farm Road.

Marion County Sheriff’s Deputies say 74-year-old Rudolf Clark of East U.S. 50 had slowed to make a a left turn into a drive when an unknown semi locked up his brakes behind Clark.  Clark attempted to make the turn and struck a westbound pickup driven by 47-year-old Randy Hawkins of East Locust in Salem.  After impact, the Hawkins vehicle went off the right side of the road, across the ditch and driveway, and came to rest in a yard in the 51-hundred block of U.S. 50.  

Clark was taken to Salem Township Hospital by Marion County EMS ambulance service.  Hawkins and a passenger in his van, 12-year-old Gracie Hawkins of East Locust in Salem, went to the hospital via private vehicle.   

Salem Firemen were called to help clean up a spill of transmission fluid from the van.   

The crash occurred at 9:26 Friday morning.    

19-Year-Old Rural Kell Man Dies From Apparent Self-Inflicted Hanging

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A 19-year-old rural Kell man has died from an apparent self-inflicted hanging.  

Marion County Deputy Coroner Doug Krutsinger pronounced Donte Rush of England Road dead on the scene after a family member discovered Rush in the basement of their home Friday morning.  Krutsinger says toxicology samples were taken, but there will be no autopsy.  

The Marion County Sheriff’s Department assisted in the investigation.  

Rush was a graduate of Salem Community High School where he excelled in basketball.  He was presently attending Kaskaskia College.

Funeral services have been set for 11:00 Tuesday morning at Grace Church of the Nazarene.  Burial will follow at the Oddfellows Cemetery in Woodlawn.  Visiting hours will be from 4-8:00 Monday evening at the Grace United Church of the Nazarene. Memorials to be used by the family may be left with Rankin Funeral Home who is in charge of arrangements.

Rush’s death is the fourth apparent suicidal death in Marion County in the past two weeks.   

Former Centralia Police Officer Pleads Guilty to Domestic Battery Charge

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A 40-year-old former Centralia Police Officer has pleaded guilty in Marion County Court to one of two domestic battery charges pending against him.  

Mason Jackson admitted to a charge of pushing Melanie Courter in a March 2014 argument.  A second count that accused Jackson of holding a handgun to Courter’s head and forcing the handgun into her mouth was dropped as part of the negotiated plea.  

Jackson was placed on one year probation, fined $100 and court costs, and ordered to surrender the gun and forfeit his fire owners identification card.  He will also have to undergo the Men’s Challenging Violence Program and make a $100 contribution to the People Against Violent Environments organization.   

State’s Attorney Matt Wilzbach says if the conviction alone is not enough, by forfeiting his fire owners identification card, Jackson will be prevented from obtaining another job in law enforcement.  He notes prosecution of the case before a jury could have been complicated because Jackson is now married to the victim in the case.  

After his arrest, Jackson worked out a severance agreement with the City of Centralia which led to his resignation from the police department.  

State Police Piece Together How 6 Vehicle Crash Occurred On U.S. 50 Near Odin

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State Police have released details on how a six vehicle wreck occurred at a construction zone on U.S. 50 between Odin and Salem on Monday of this week.  

Police say four vehicles were stopped in traffic waiting to travel through a construction zone when a semi driven by 27-year-old Daniel Crain of Kell failed to stop.  

Crain first hit a small trailer being pulled behind an SUV driven by 31-year-old Lea Teirre of Sandoval.  The trailer became disconnected and a small lawn mower it was hauling became lodged between the wheels of the semi.  The semi then hit the Teirre vehicle, pushing it into westbound traffic.   

Crain next struck a car driven by 71-year-old Fay Kemmerling of Odin, pushing her into an SUV driven by 18-year-old Jacob Mabrey of Salem.  Mabrey then struck the rear of a UPS truck driven by 31-year-old Craig Smith of Kell.  When Crain hit Kemmerling, his semi veered into the westbound lane striking the driver’s side of an oncoming semi driven by 28-year-old Shawn Anders of Jacksonville. Crain’s semi then jacknifed.  Kemmerling’s car went into a 270 degree clockwise skid around the UPS truck, but came to a stop without making contact with the UPS vehicle.  

Three people were taken to the hospital for treatment.  They are Kemmerling, Anders and a passenger in the Teirre vehicle.  The crash occurred just after eleven Monday morning three-tenths of a mile east of Westline Road. 

Meanwhile, State Police have not released reports on a two car rear end collision that occurred at nearly the same spot on U.S. 50 on Tuesday.  Three people reportedly went to the hospital for treatment. 


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