Voters support recreational pot use in Chicago

March 21, 2018 Comments off

CHICAGO (AP) — Voters in the Illinois county that includes Chicago have backed the recreational use of marijuana in a nonbinding referendum.

Tuesday’s question for Cook County voters asked if Illinois should legalize “the cultivation, manufacture, distribution, testing, and sale of marijuana and marijuana products for recreational use by adults 21 and older.”

Although the referendum is advisory only, the vote could help state lawmakers make their case for the legalization of marijuana use.

Supporters of legalizing and taxing marijuana for adults contend it could boost revenue for state and local governments, as it has elsewhere. Opponents of legalized marijuana use have raised questions about the social cost and subversion of federal laws.


Traffic Crash Causes Northeast Marion County System Wide Boil Order

March 21, 2018 Comments off

Marion County Sheriff’s Deputies say a fire hydrant was taken out in a traffic crash Tuesday morning that resulted in low or no water pressure and a boil order on the entire Northeast Marion County Water Company.

Deputies say the crash occurred when 36-year-old Trisha Delaney of Seven Hills Road in Odin was northbound on Seven Hills Road at the Tonti Road intersection. The passenger side of her car was struck by a westbound car on Tonti road driven by 44-year-old Jeffrey Brockway of Monroe Drive in Salem. After impact, the Delaney car ran off the northwest corner of the intersection and took out both the stop sign and water hydrant.

Sandoval EMS was called to the scene, but neither driver was transported to a hospital.

The crash occurred at 8:33 Tuesday morning.

Centralia Resident Charged With Two Counts of Possession of Heroin

March 21, 2018 Comments off

A 27-year-old Centralia resident has been charged with two counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

Taylor Rogers of Bonanza Drive is charged in both counts with possession of heroin. She was arrested by Centralia Police on Monday after allegedly found hiding in the basement with a man when police responded with EMS to a medical call at the residence.

Police report Rogers gave permission to a search of her room and wallet. Police allegedly found a half gram of heroin powder and a folded people of paper with meth inside her wallet. 29 used and uncapped syringes were also found.

Police Beat for Wednesday, March 21st, 2018

March 21, 2018 Comments off

A 29-year-old Salem resident has been arrested by Marion County Sheriff’s Deputies on an outstanding Marion County felony warrant. Jesi Irwin of Cedar Avenue remained in the Marion County Jail Wednesday.

19-year-old Hannah Finley of South Walnut in Centralia remained in the Marion County Jail Wednesday after being arrested by Sandoval Police for violation of an order of protection.

Salem Man Pleads Guilty to Possession of Methamphetamine

March 21, 2018 Comments off

A 21-year-old Salem man has pleaded guilty to possession of under five grams of methamphetamine.

Christopher Senn of County Farm Road was placed on two years probation, given credit for 142 days served in jail, and ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation, treatment and random testing.

Salem Man Receives Three Year Prison Term When Pleading Guilty to Forgery and Theft Charges

March 21, 2018 Comments off

A 31-year-old Salem man has been sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty in Marion County Court Tuesday to forgery and theft charges.

Drew Nibert of Salem Mobile Home Park admitted writing a $2,600 check on another persons account and took in excess of $500 from another person’s bank account. The three year prison term will run concurrently on both convictions. Nibert will also have to complete one year of mandatory supervised release when getting out of prison.

Another theft charge for allegedly taking a pickup truck in February was dropped as part of the plea agreement.

Results Tabulated in Area Contested Races

March 21, 2018 Comments off

Democrat Kevin Gaither has won the primary election in the 15th Congressional District and will now take on John Shimkus in the November general election. Gaither beat Carl Spoerer 17,185 votes to 10,508 votes.

One incumbent State Representative was unseated. David Reis was defeated by Darren Bailey 9,718 votes to 7,399 votes in the 109th District that includes Clay County.

Incumbent Republican 108th District Representative Charlie Meier easily beat off a primary challenge. Meier finished with 9,059 votes while challenger Don Moore finished the evening with 3,598 votes.

In the 115th District which includes Jefferson County, Incumbent Republican Terri Bryant beat off challenger Paul Jacobs 4,300 votes to 3,462 votes. There was also a race on the Democratic ticket. Marsha Griffin 5,126 beat Tamiko Mueller 5,126 votes to 2,990 votes.

There was a Republican primary for Clinton County Clerk. Vickie Albers won the race with 2,314 votes. Chri’Voss’ Detmer finished with 1,042 votes and Heather ‘Fist’ Koerkenmeier had 818.

In Washington County, there was a Republican race for treasurer. Linda Unverfehrt defeated Natalie Lynch 1,812 to 1,255 votes.