Three Sentenced to Prison In Marion County Court

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28-year-old Christopher Mosterson of South Poplar in Centralia was sentenced to three years in prison after his probation was revoked for failure to register as a sex offender.  The sentence will run concurrently with three two year prison terms handed down to Mosterson in Clinton County Court on sex offender registration violation charges.   When released from prison, Mosterson will have to complete one year of mandatory supervised released.  

52-year-old Roxan Mays of East Broadway in Centralia had her probation revoked for unlawful possession of a controlled substance. She was ordered to serve two years in prison and one year of mandatory release.

Four Face New Felony Charges Following Memorial Day Weekend Arrests

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Four people face new felony charges in Marion County Court following weekend arrests.  

37-year-old Shannon Winkler of East Bryan in Salem had bond set at $20,000 after being charged with domestic battery and resisting arrest.  Winkler is charged with grabbing Michelle Cox out of a vehicle and later running from police.  Prosecutors also filed a petition to revoke Winkler’s probation on another domestic battery case that Winkler just entered a guilty plea on May 20th.  If released on bond, Winkler was ordered to have no contact with Cox.  He indicated he would hire his own attorney.  

Bond was set at 25-thousand dollars for 37-year-old Jerome Johnson of Oglesby Street in Salem after he was charged with aggravated domestic battery and aggravated battery following an incident in Centralia.  Johnson is accused in the aggravated domestic battery count of strangling Kayla Tate of rural Texico.  The aggravated battery charge accused Johnson of striking Rebecca Roddy of Kell with his hand and spitting on her.  Roddy was reportedly trying to come to Tate’s aide when she was allegedly struck.  The public defender was appointed to represent Johnson.  He was ordered to have no contact with the victims if posting bond.  

A 47-year-old Centralia woman had bond set at $10,000 after being charged with felony theft of $200 from Hailey Finley and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.   Tina Deadmond of West Noleman allegedly took the money from a mailbox.  The charge is a felony because Deadmond has a past theft conviction.  She had the public defender appointed to represent her.

Bond was set at $10,000 for 40-year-old Daniel Rivera of West 15th in Centralia  after he was charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance, drug paraphernalia and cannabis.  He is accused of having Hydrocodone in his possession without a prescription.  The public defender was appointed to represent him.  

Illinois Bill Penalizes for Leaving Pets in Extreme Weather

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Illinois lawmakers have sent Gov. Bruce Rauner legislation that would make leaving pets outside in extreme hot or cold weather punishable with jail time and fines.
The Chicago Tribune reports ( ) that the Illinois House approved the measure 104-11 on Tuesday. The state Senate passed it last month. It now needs approval from Rauner to become law.
The bill would make it a misdemeanor to expose dogs and cats to extreme temperatures. Offenders could face up to a year in jail and fines of up to $2,500.
Democratic state Rep. Sara Feigenholtz of Chicago says she is sponsoring the bill because of the death of dogs in subzero temperatures last winter.
Opponents of the measure say it goes too far and could affect farmers.

The legislation is SB0125.
Information from: Chicago Tribune,

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Fight That Spills Out Onto Downtown Salem Street Injures Two

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Salem Police Chief Sean Reynolds says an investigation is continuing into a fight at a party early Saturday morning that sent two young women to the hospital for treatment of injuries.  

He reports a police officer came upon the disturbance at Main and Maple Streets.   Those involved scattered, leaving behind a 17-year-old juvenile girl who had been injured lying on the ground.  

Police found 18-year-old Brittany Finley of Salem sitting on the steps of a nearby apartment in the 200 block of West Main, where she had apparently been pushed down the steps.  

Both were taken to Salem Township Hospital for treatment and later transferred to St. Louis before being released and returning home.  

Reynolds says the 17-year-old girl may have been struck trying to help Finley.  

The chief reports a list has been compiled of five or six suspects from the Mt. Vernon area apparently involved in fighting the two girls.  A male also told police he was struck in the altercation, but didn’t need hospital treatment.  

The case has been turned over to the Salem Police investigative unit for follow-up.  So far no arrests have been made.  

Police Investigating Mt. Vernon Street Fights Recorded on Cell Phone Video

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MT. VERNON — Police say two people faces charges after gunshots were fired in Mt. Vernon early Saturday morning.   

On Saturday, a Mt. Vernon police officer reported hearing gunshots. Other 911 calls reported shots being fired in the 600 block of Herbert Street.

Tyrane Jackson was found at the scene in possession of a handgun and ordered to drop the weapon. Police say Jackson fled but was caught after a chase.

“At the 600 block of Herbert there was a large gathering there, 100 to 150 people, several series of shots rang out,” said Mt. Vernon Police Chief Chris Deichman.  

As officers began trying to clear the crowd, several fights broke out. Police say Alvin Gray refused to follow officers’ commands and began fighting with the officers.

While fighting with the officers, police say Gray hit officers causing a minor injury to one officer. The officer did not require medical attention, according to police.

This isn’t the first time street fights have broken out on the city’s south side. Earlier this month, a pair of videos were posted to social media, showing the ongoing violence.  

“We had a couple of calls from concerned citizens that saw them,” said Deichman.  “Some of the offenders have been identified, or are in the process of being identified, for possible charges.”

Flying Traffic Control Sign Blamed For I-64 Wreck That Injured Three

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Three people, including a Salem man, received major injuries in a freak Washington County accident blamed on a temporary interstate traffic control road sign being caught by the heavy winds and flung into their vehicle.  

State Police say the pickup driven by 27-year-old Jared Arnold of Washington, Illinois was traveling westbound on the Interstate 64 between Nashville and Okawville when the sign struck the driver’s side windshield around 12:15 Tuesday afternoon.  Arnold reportedly swerved to avoid the sign, but lost control, entered the median and overturned.  

A rear seat passenger, 27-year-old Dustin Ferrell of Salem, was ejected during the rollover.  Ferrell along with the driver and front seat passenger 53-year-old Karen Cox of Washington, IL, were transported via ambulance to a local hospital for treatment of their injuries.  

The inside lane of I-64 west bound was closed for clean up of the scene and crash investigationg for about one and a half hours. 

2 Arrested for Carrier Mills Bank Robbery

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SALINE CO. — Two people have been arrested in connection with a bank robbery in Carrier Mills.

The Saline County Sheriff’s Office says Jeffrey S. Townsend, 43, and a male juvenile from rural Stonefort were each taken into custody Friday.

Townsend, formerly of Winchester, KY and Butte, MT, is charged with one count of armed robbery, a class X felony, for the Dec. 10, 2014 robbery at First Southern Bank in Carrier Mills. Prosecutors allege Townsend stole more than $7,800 from the bank.

FBI agents arrested Townsend Friday in Midland, Virginia. He’s currently awaiting extradition back to Illinois.

The sheriff’s office would not release any other information concerning the juvenile suspect. 

“With great cooperation between agencies, surveillance video and crime lab analysis, we were able to develop a case and apprehend the two suspects without harm to the public or officers. Overall, we were able to put an end to this case,” said Saline County Sheriff Keith Brown.

Brown said his department has worked with the FBI, Illinois Secretary of State Police, and FBI since December to develop leads in the bank robbery. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Williamson County Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Attorney’s Office also assisted.


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