Centralia City Council to Consider of City Manager’s and Police Chief’s Contracts Monday Night

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The Centralia City Council will be asked to extend the contracts of both City Manager Dan Ramey and Police Chief Brian Atchison on Monday night.

City Manager Dan Ramey has agreed to have his contract extended until June 30th. Ramey had earlier indicated he wanted to retire this month but says he’s willing to stay on through June and even longer if there is no one to replace him. His pay will remain the same and there is no severance clause, so if the council finds a replacement at any time he will step aside.

Ramey says he agreed to stay on longer because of the number of projects that are still in progress, including the move to a new city hall and transportation projects. He notes the support he received at the last meeting from various organizations in the city made his decision even easier. Ramey says the city is being successful in getting things done because everyone wants the same thing.

The council will also consider a one-year contract extension for Police Chief Brian Atchison. His contract was due to expire next January. The proposal would extend it to January 2020. Ramey says he’s been pleased with the work of Atchison since his appointment as chief.

The council Monday night will once again consider an ordinance waiving the payment of demolition permit fees during 2018 as the city continues its aggressive effort to get rid of substandard buildings.

The meeting begins at six Monday night at Centralia City Hall.

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Police Beat for Friday, January 19th, 2018

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A 24-year-old Centralia man has been arrested by Centralia Police for aggravated domestic battery and unlawful restraint. Blake Shafran of North Cherry was located on Oak Park Drive Thursday morning following the alleged incident at his home on North Cherry Street on Wednesday. Shafran reportedly left the home as the alleged victim was calling the police.

19-year-old Zacharia Hodge of Red Stripe Road in Odin has been arrested by State Conservation Police for possession of stolen property and possession of drug paraphernalia.

62-year-old David Phelps of North Trenary in Salem posted $300 bond and was released for driving on a revoked license and on an outstanding Clay County failure to appear warrant in a traffic case.

The Marion County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the theft of a pickup truck owned by Jay Telford of the Selmaville Road sometime between noon and five on Thursday.

Salem Woman Pleads Guilty to Meth Charge

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A 26-year-old Salem woman has pleaded guilty in Marion County Court to possession of 15 to 100 grams of methamphetamine.

Onica Wimberly of Locust Street was placed on four years probation, given credit for 96 days served in jail and ordered to undergo outpatient treatment.

Wimberly was arrested in October of last year.

Home East of Centralia Damaged by Smoky Fire

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A home east of Centralia received heavy fire damage to one room and heavy smoke damage throughout on Friday afternoon.

Centralia Fire Protection District Chief Greg Earle says no one was home at the Lloyd Williams home at 1210 Patriot Road near the Woods Lane intersection when a neighbor noticed smoke pouring from the home. He reports firemen were able to break out a window to the living room where the fire was burning and got a quick knockdown. Earle says it appears the fire had burned long enough it had used up a large amount of the oxygen which helped keep it from spreading further.

The State Fire Marshals office has been called in to investigate the cause of the fire which is currently listed as undetermined.

Centralia Fire Protection District Firemen received mutual aid assistance from Kell and Odin Firemen. Both brought tankers to the scene.

The fire call came in at 12:51 Friday afternoon and was on the scene about two hours.

Three Area Residents Hurt in Metro East Crash

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Three area residents were injured in a crash on Illinois Route 161 at Summerfield South Road near Mascoutah early Friday morning.

State Police are not releasing the names of the three involved in the single-vehicle crash, but identify the driver as a 26-year-old Mt. Vernon man and the passengers as a 26-year-old female from Salem and a 26-year-old male from Dix.

According to the preliminary investigation, the driver was traveling eastbound when he ran off the roadway to the right and rolled over several times. The front seat passenger was ejected from the vehicle and transported to Barnes Jewish Hospital with life-threatening injuries. The driver and back seat passenger had to be extricated from the vehicle.

The driver was transported to St. Louis University Hospital with life-threatening injuries. The back seat passenger was transported to Memorial East Hospital in serious condition.

The crash remains under investigation by Illinois State Police. It was reported at 3:27 Friday morning.

State Police Asking for Public’s Help in Locating Car Involved in Hit and Run Crash

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State Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a vehicle involved in a fatal hit and run crash on Interstate 64 in Washington County on January fifth. The crash killed a 93-year-old World War II veteran Ervin Goeden of Omaha, Nebraska, and caused serious injury to his wife Patricia.

The vehicle that crashed into them and then left the scene is described as a 2007 Cadillac CTS. The Cadillac will likely have damage to the rear passenger side and contain silver paint transfer in the damaged area.

Witnesses reported that the Cadillac had tinted windows at the time of the crash. The crash occurred around five pm on January fifth

If you have any information about the crash or the whereabouts of the 2007 black Cadillac CTS, you are asked to contact ISP Zone 7 investigations at 618.542.1129.

The family is offering a $3,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the hit-and-run driver.

Stolen purse leads deputies to arrest pair on theft, meth charges

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JEFFERSON COUNTY — Two people are in the Jefferson County Jail after an investigation into the report of a stolen purse led officers to locate the suspects near the local Walmart store.

According to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, 29-year-old Brandin Hylton, and 31-year-old Christian Sloan, both of Springfield, Missouri, were arrested.


Hylton is charged with possession of methamphetamine, burglary, and theft. He is also being held a on an outstanding Missouri warrant for possession of a controlled substance.

Sloan faces charges of possession of methamphetamine and driving on a revoked license.

Deputies initially responded to the Bluford American Legion for a report of a stolen purse. A credit card in the purse had reportedly been used at Walmart, and while enroute to Walmart, a deputy reportedly spotted Hylton walking down the interstate.

After questioning, Hylton threw something that later was discovered to be the meth on the ground. The sheriff’s office also reported that Hylton matched the description of the person who took the purse at the American Legion.

As the suspect vehicle was leaving Wal-Mart another deputy preformed a traffic stop on the vehicle and identified the driver as Sloan. Sloan had a revoked driver’s license and was arrested.

Inside the car Deputies located the stolen purse and additional methamphetamine with needles.

Both suspects were transported to the Jefferson County Jail where they remain.