Centralia Man Found Dead in His Father’s Home

February 21, 2018 Comments off

A 36-year-old Centralia man was found dead in his father’s home in the 100 block of South Hickory Monday morning.

Marion County Deputy Coroner Doug Krutsinger pronounced Dorian Reeves dead on the scene. There were no signs of foul play. Toxicology samples were taken to try and determine the cause of death. Krutsinger says an autopsy is not planned.

Centralia Police received the initial call about Reeves being found unresponsive around eight Monday morning.

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Central City Agrees To Use Centralia Tow List

February 21, 2018 Comments off

The Central City Council has agreed to utilize the City of Centralia’s approved towing rotation list to handle the removal of vehicles following a traffic accident. This announcement followed the City of Centralia discussing an ordinance that would have required towing companies to maintain their principal place of business within the city limits to be part of the rotation. If the ordinance would have passed, Jerry & Sons Towing, based in Central City would have been made ineligible. The item was tabled at that time for further investigation.

Village President Terry Johnston said there is nothing in the Central City municipal code mandating that a certain towing company or companies be used, so there is no need to enact an ordinance to open up the eligibility.

In other business, the police still await their new squad car from Morrow Brothers Ford in Greenville.

Police Beat for Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

February 21, 2018 Comments off

A 31-year-old Salem man is being held in the Marion County Jail on a Marion County warrant for failure to appear on a possession of methamphetamine charge. Bond for David Huffine of East Church Street is set at $10,000.

41-year-old Matthew Hunt of James Street in Wamac is being held in lieu of $7,500 bond on a Marion County DUI warrant.

Centralia Police Arrested Runaway From One Hope United for Series of Vehicle Burglaries

February 21, 2018 Comments off

Centralia Police have arrested a 16-year-old who left the campus of One Hope United on East McCord in Centralia and broke into multiple vehicles.

Police say an employee of One Hope United called police when the 16-year-old returned to the home with a back pack full of items that they did not believe belonged to him.

Police immediately identified the back pack as being taken during one of the recent burglaries and items found inside from multiple other car break-ins.

The first break-in occurred on the parking lot of St. Mary’s Emergency Room on February 17th when a car owned by Mary Mishler of North Walnut was entered. Burglaries were reported to vehicles owned by Shelonda Shackleford in the 500 block of North Poplar and Selena Fleener in the 700 block of Rasback on February 18th. A car owned by Whitely Mulvaney of East Seneff Street in Salem and a vehicle owned by Javon Williams Junior of Community Beech Road in Centralia were entered on February 19th. The Williams car was parked at Borowiac’s IGA when it was entered. Mulvaney’s car was parked at St. Mary’s Hospital.

Police believe the remainder of the items found were from vehicles where burglaries have not yet been reported. Most occurred from the area of One Hope United into the northeast part of Centralia.

The juvenile was detained pending a first appearance in Marion County Court.

Former Nashville Police Officer Says He Was Fired When Trying to Expose Corruption in the Police Department

February 18, 2018 Comments off

A 16-year veteran of the Nashville Police Department says he was fired because he was trying to expose corruption at the police department to city leaders.

Greg Hopfinger was fired last August by Police Chief Brian Fletcher. Among the allegations made against Fletcher were falsifying state firearm qualifications records, misappropriating donated funds, not being compliant with the U.S. Department of Justice Asset Forfeiture program, payroll violations, and trying to get a ticket dropped for a friend.

Hopfinger said he made his complaints to former Mayor Raynold Kolweir and Council members Josh Fark and Eric Rolf. He claims after he was fired Fletcher told people in a Nashville bar that he was fired for a criminal matter.

Hopfinger alleges in the lawsuit he was fired unlawfully, his right to free speech under the Illinois Whistleblower Act was violated, and defamation of character. He also claimed he was never provided written charges or an opportunity to defend himself.

Sandoval School District Names New Superintendent

February 18, 2018 Comments off

The Sandoval School Board has named a new Superintendent.

The Principal of the Madison School District Student Support Center Timothy ‘Rob’ Miller was hired Thursday night after four candidates of the ten who applied were interviewed.

Outgoing Superintendent Dr. Jennifer Garrison says Miller will start on April 2nd, so no interim superintendent will be needed for the remainder of the school year. Garrison resigned to become the Superintendent of the Vandalia School District starting April 2nd.

Garrison says the board had decided they would pick the best candidate and appoint an interim superintendent if needed, but that will not be the case.

Garrison says Miller has been at the Madison School District for the past 17 years. He earlier was involved in social work in the Granite City area.

The Madison School District website says the Student Support Center was developed to assist students who have exhibited behaviors that interfere with their ability to succeed in the traditional school setting. At the same time, academic instruction ensures that the learning process is uninterrupted. Success of the students is determined by their ability to be reintegrated into their home-school population without re-occurring conflicts.

Garrison is very happy with the choice and feels Miller will keep the school district moving forward.

Miller will be at the Sandoval Schools on Wednesday to meet the staff.

In other action at Thursday’s special board meeting, Mary Suedmeyer of Hoyleton was hired as Elementary School Nurse and Parent/Community Coordinator.

Further Details Released on One Vehicle Crash on Monroe Street Northwest of Centralia

February 18, 2018 Comments off

The Clinton County Sheriff’s Department says the 17-year-old male driver of a car that crashed on Monroe Street northwest of Centralia during the noon hour Friday has been airlifted to a St. Louis Hospital for treatment.

Both the driver and 16-year-old passenger initially went to SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital when emergency help arrived on the scene. The passenger has since been released from the hospital.

The deputy was unable to talk to either juvenile about the crash because of their injuries. Their names are not being released because they are juveniles.

The deputy reports initial investigation indicates the car rolled about four times before it went onto the Norfolk Southern Railroad tracks where it landed. While it was originally believed one or both of those in the car were ejected, he questions the theory. Since neither has had head injuries, the deputy believes both may have crawled out of the car before emergency help arrived.

The Centralia Fire Protection District and Lifestar Ambulance assisted at the scene until the sheriff’s department arrived. The Norfolk Southern railroad was alerted so they could shut down train traffic until the wreckage of the car could be removed.