Salem Man Charged For Second Time With Aggravated Battery to a Marion County Jail Correctional Officer

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A 29-year-old Salem man for the second time has been charged with aggravated battery to a correctional officer at the Marion County Jail.

In the latest charge filed Thursday, Steven Schultz of East Boone is accused of striking and biting the hand of a correctional officer on August 18th. His bond will remain at $60,000. Schultz waived appointed legal counsel on the latest charge.

Schultz faces another count of aggravated battery for another altercation with a jail correctional officer on June 19th. He also still faces charges of aggravated intimidation and threatening a public official in connection with his May 30th arrest by Alma Police. Schultz has remained in the Marion County since that arrest.

He also has a reduced charge of misdemeanor assault still pending from a January incident where he fought with Kinmundy Police Chief Corey Parker as he was attempting to bring Schultz into the jail. Schultz had originally been charged with aggravated battery in connection with that case as well, but it was later amended to a misdemeanor count.

Schultz was found fit to stand trial on the offenses on October 11th after the court reviewed an evaluation by a psychiatrist.

Schultz is due back in court for a pre-trial hearing on the pending charges October 25th.


Police Beat for Friday, October 20th, 2017

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Two people are being held in the Marion County Jail after being arrested on outstanding warrants.

27-year-old Richard Woods of North 5th in Ashley is being held in lieu of $25,000 bond for failure to appear on a domestic battery conviction.

30-year-old Holly Creamer of Camp Street in Iuka is being held in lieu of $5,000 bond for failure to appear on a methamphetamine charge.

More Than $200-Million in Spending Cut from Illinois Budget

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration has outlined more than $200 million in cuts it wants to make to Illinois’ new budget, including to human services, agriculture programs, and transportation.

The cuts were presented in materials Rauner’s budget office gave to the four legislative caucuses.

Democratic Rep. Greg Harris of Chicago says the cuts include $89 million to human services programs, including autism services, after-school programming, and immigrant and refugee services.

Other cuts include $85 million to the Illinois Department of Transportation, $41 million to the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, and $21 million to the Department of Agriculture.

Rauner’s administration says more cuts will need to be made, because the budget is still $1.5 billion out of balance.

Burglary charge dismissed against Centralia man still facing criminal cases

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MARION COUNTY — The Class 2 felony burglary case against a 38-year-old Centralia man has been dismissed in Marion County Court while two other cases against him remain pending.

Brian Hartnell
(Source: MCSO)

Brian Hartnell was arrested in June when Centralia police allegedly broke up a burglary in progress to a shed in the 1100 block of North Elm Street in Centralia.

According to police reports, they were called when someone noticed a light from a flashlight moving around inside the shed.

When officers with CPD and Central City arrived, they reportedly found 24-year-old Nathan Hale, also of Centralia, sitting in a van owned by Hartnell who had run up on the porch of the home where he was banging on the door.

The owner of the shed confirmed to police that the lock on the shed had been damaged and that items from inside were missing. Most of those items were reportedly found inside Hartnell’s van.

Hale pleaded guilty last week to Class 2 felony burglary for his role in the incident.

Hartnell was then charged later in June in an unrelated case with Class 4 felony criminal damage to property, which is still pending.

More recently Hartnell was arrested when a bleeding woman jumped from his moving van after she spotted a Centralia police officer on patrol.

The woman was reportedly bleeding from the face and told the officer that Hartnell had punched her in the face multiple times, choked her, and threatened to kill her.

She had reportedly been walking to Wamac and accepted a ride from Hartnell. She told police that Hartnell became angry when she wouldn’t help unload a van and trailer.

Hartnell; however, told police he struck the woman to prevent her from taking his van.

A Class 3 felony charge of aggravated battery stemming from that arrest is also still pending.

Hartnell’s $2,000 bail from the burglary case was transferred to his criminal damage case but he remained in the Marion County Jail Thursday night. He’s next scheduled to appear November 16 on the two pending cases.

Illinois teachers can get tax credit for buying supplies

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CHICAGO (AP) – Illinois teachers who buy classroom supplies with their own money may now receive a state tax credit of up to $250.

The new credit is in addition to a $250 federal deduction. It’s available for public school principals, aides and teachers who work at least 900 hours in a school year.

State Sen. Tom Cullerton is encouraging teachers to take advantage of the credit, which is available for the first time this year.

He says more than 90 percent of teachers nationwide use their own money to buy supplies and instructional materials.

Cullerton says the credit “will help lessen the burden for teachers who work endlessly to ensure our children receive the best education possible.”

Sandoval Firemen Limit Damage in Apartment Fire to Insulation in Attic

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A shorted out wire is believed to have started a fire in the ceiling above the bathroom of a Marion County Housing Authority unit at 319 East Arizona in Sandoval early Thursday evening.

Sandoval Fire Chief Chad Parson says the fire was confined to the insulation. After using about 15 gallons of water to put out the fire, they pulled out the burning insulation before opening windows to clear the smoke. The only damage was to the insulation and the ceiling below it.

The occupants were home at the time and called the fire department when smelling smoke.

The fire call came in at 5:15 Thursday evening.

Wamac Home Heavily Damaged by Fire Friday Morning

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Flames were shooting out the front porch of the Michelle Scarborough home at 333 Sanders in Wamac when Centralia Fire Protection District firemen arrived on the scene.

Fire officials say the fire also moved into the living room of the single story home. The fire was stopped there, but there was heavy smoke damage to the rest of the home.

The cause of the fire has not been determined. The State Fire Marshals office was called to the scene to investigate. Damage is estimated at $15,000 to $20,000.

Scarborough was not at home when the fire was discovered at 4:47 Friday morning. There were no injuries.