Salem Man Receives Minor Injuries in Rollover Crash

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A 33-year-old Salem man escaped with minor injuries when his car went out of control and overturned at the Shelby and Lyford Street intersection in Salem late Friday night.

Salem Police say the car driven by Quinton Nix of North Hamilton in Salem rolled into the roadside ditch. He was able to get out of the car on his own. Nix was treated at the scene by Marion County EMS for a cut to his arm. He refused hospital treatment.

Nix was arrested for driving on a revoked license and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. He was released after posting $150 bond at the Marion County Jail.

Salem Man Arrested After Allegedly Threatening to Kill Officer Following Traffic Stop

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A 29-year-old Salem man has been arrested by Alma Police on multiple charges including aggravated intimidation of a police officer following a Friday night traffic stop.

Alma Police report they originally stopped Steven Schultz of East Boone because they knew he was driving on a revoked license. During the stop, they report Schultz became upset and told the officer he was not bringing him to jail. When he resisted being handcuffed, the officer pulled out a can of mace Schultz is believed to have mistaken for a taser and allowed one hand to be handcuffed. When the mace was raised again, police were able to handcuff Schultz’s other hand.

Shultz reportedly threatened to kill the officer and take his gun away and shoot him. Once at the jail, he reportedly remained combative and made more threats.

In addition to aggravated intimidation of a police officer, he’s also being held for resisting arrest and driving on a revoked license.

Police Beat for Saturday, May 27th, 2017

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A 30-year-old Patoka man has been arrested for violation of an order of protection. Joshua Eyman of Spruce Street was arrested Saturday night by Marion County Sheriff’s Deputies and remained in the county jail on Saturday.

19-year-old Tabitha Street of Edgewood Road in Salem remained in custody after being arrested by sheriff’s deputies at the probation office on Friday on a petition to revoke her probation.

Two people were arrested on outstanding warrants. 65-year-old Michelle Mize of East 3rd in Centralia was arrested by Centralia Police for failure to appear on an outstanding Marion County misdemeanor charge. 35-year-old Shawn Gelsinger of Bryant Lane in Salem posted $500 bond and was released after being arrested at the probation office on an outstanding Clinton County warrant.

22-year-old Kord Johnson of Fischer posted $150 bond after being arrested by State Police for driving on a suspended license.

21-year-old Brayan Chavez-Castro of Pullen Street in Centralia posted bond after being arrested by Wamac Police for no valid drivers license.

Centralia Police Chief Attends New Chief Orientation

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Centralia Police Chief Brian Atchison was among the new police chiefs attending the course Enduring, Surviving and Thriving as a Law Enforcement Executive hosted by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board Executive Institute this week in Springfield.

The orientation presents concepts, strategies, and information that will guide the law enforcement executive in managing and leading the organization effectively.

Chief Atchison received training on a variety of subjects including legal issues, managing critical assets, mentoring, strategic planning, leadership development, and political realities.

Fire engulfs old Lawrenceville High School

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LAWRENCEVILLE, Ill. — Officials in Lawrenceville are reporting a fire broke out around 6:15 Thursday night at the old Lawrenceville High School in Lawrence County, engulfing the old building.

Witnesses say they are being pushed back away from the building as there is a concern the gas was on in the school.

Reports indicate the ceiling has collapsed on the top floor and everything in the attic of the building is considered a total loss.

All Lawrenceville and Bridgeport fire departments are on the scene, but more firefighters will likely be called to assist.


Bill Would Ease Gender-ID Change for Transgender Citizens

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – The Illinois House has endorsed a plan to make it easier for transgender people to change their birth certificates.

The Democratic-led chamber approved the proposal 63-43 Thursday. It would allow transgender citizens to change their gender designation with authorization from a medical professional confirming they have undergone medically appropriate treatment. Current law requires proof of a surgical operation.

Democratic Rep. Greg Harris of Chicago is sponsoring the measure. He says it would align state law with contemporary medical standards at the federal level.

At least a dozen other states no longer require surgery. Advocates say these updated standards help protect from discrimination transgender people who do not want or cannot afford surgery.

Republicans countered the current law permitting a change following surgery goes far enough.

The bill is HB1785.

Life Sentence for Deaths of 2 Women in Botched Cairo Bank Robbery

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BENTON, Ill. (AP) – A southern Illinois man will spend the rest of his life in prison for fatally stabbing two bank workers and critically wounding a third during a botched robbery.

A federal judge on Thursday sentenced 32-year-old James Nathaniel Watts of Cairo, Illinois, to life in prison without parole plus 10 years. Watts pleaded guilty in March to attempted armed bank robbery resulting in death and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

The crime occurred in May 2014 at the First National Bank branch in Cairo. Authorities say Watts was armed with a gun when he confronted three female employees as they emerged from the bank after closing.

Killed were 52-year-old Anita Grace of Olive Branch, Illinois, and 52-year-old Nita Jo Smith of Wickliffe, Kentucky. A 23-year-old woman survived.