Lake Centralia Resident Requests Clean Water Testing from City Manager

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“Carlyle Lake tests their water every two weeks for various things. I want to stand here and request that this council ask the City Manager to do a clean water study on Lake Centralia and let the public know the results. In leu of that, if the council so chooses to not have him do that, I would like a letter in writing, why they wouldn’t.”

Campbell says he can’t find evidence of the water in either Raccoon Lake or Lake Centralia being tested in the past. Campbell has been unhappy with the city over the implementation of boat dock fees at the lake.  

Mayor Tom Ashby addressed the issue later in the meeting, saying the city was not required to do any water testing in Lake Centralia because it was not a water supply lake. 

Project Bread Senior Meal Sites Set to Stay Open

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“We had a conversation with Midland Area Agency on Aging and they are able to cover our costs through the end of July and part of August. We’ll be open with our Project Bread Meal Sites in Centralia, Salem, and Kinmundy through the 31st. We’ll look at it week by week in August and see what we can do.”

Castleman says the programs to assist the homeless are not faring as well. She reports a home prevention program that serves about 35 families, an emergency solutions grant that serves another 50 families, and an emergency and transitional housing program that provides temporary shelter and food to 50 families all remain shutdown as they have been since the state’s new fiscal year began July first. Castleman isn’t sure what is happening to the 135 families.

“I’m sure people are doubled-up, tripled-up, in tents, a variety of places.”

Castleman says they will continue watching the state’s budget impasse closely for other impacts on their programs. She notes additional layoffs of employees cannot be ruled out. 

The PAVE Organization That Helps Domestic Violence Victims Has to Close Doors

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Tolleyne Ray announced Tuesday afternoon the closure of the PAVE organization until the state’s financial issues are resolved. She says the problem goes beyond not having a state budget for the new fiscal year.

“Without all the money being paid to us from last year, we don’t have any money to keep our services open. Plus, we have other services. We help with orders of prtection, that means transportation. We help with safe places. We want domestic violence victims to be able to stay in safe places, when they leave a domestic violence relation, we don’t even have the money for that.”

Ray says seven employees will be laid off, although the two administrators will be available on call to talk to victims.  

All phone calls will go to a statewide answering center that is used now on nights and weekends. Ray says never in the 30 year history of the organization have they been forced to close because of finances.  

PAVE serves Marion, Jefferson, Clinton, Fayette and Washington Counties and has offices in Centralia and Mt. Vernon. They serve 600 to 700 clients a year.  

Ray says they may not be able to immediately open once the budget crisis ends, until cash begins flowing once again. The PAVE organization does take donations.

Police Beat for July 28th, 2015

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Centralia Police have arrested 26-year-old Kristopher Cook of South Elm in Centralia for resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. Cook was taken into custody the third time police were called to a disturbance at his home. When police told Cook he was likely going to be taken into custody, he allegedly ran on foot. He was tackled to the ground about a block away.  Police say he gave up at that point without further resistance. Cook was taken to the Marion County Jail.  

20-year-old Travis Foutch of East 13th in Centralia was arrested by the U.S. Marshall’s Service on an outstanding Illinois Department of Corrections Warrant.

Bond Set for Salem Woman Who Allegedly Attempted to Run Over Husband

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Marjorie Woodward of Prairie View Drive in Salem has been charged with aggravated battery to Larry Woodward.  The public defender has been appointed to represent her.  If released on bond, Woodward was ordered to have no contact with her husband.  A preliminary hearing has been set for August 13th.   

Salem Police reports indicate the Woodward’s had been in a domestic dispute.  Larry told police he wouldn’t initially give his wife the keys because he felt she was too impaired to drive.  However, when she began tearing up his truck, he changed his mind.  

Marjorie than allegedly began trying to hit her husband with the SUV, at one point forcing him to roll off the vehicle after being struck.  She also allegedly struck the garage and her husband’s pickup truck when trying to strike Larry.  

Marjorie allegedly left the scene after a neighbor yelled the police were coming.  She was stopped without further incident near the Boone and Hotze Road intersection.   

Larry Woodward reportedly was injured, but declined hospital treatment.

Two Mt. Vernon Teens Injured after Saturday Crash

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Jefferson County Sheriff’s Deputies say 19-year-old Jasmine Hernandez of Willow Springs Road in Mt. Vernon was distracted by something inside the vehicle, causing her to lose control, run off the road, and go down an embankment before coming to rest in a creek.  A 17-year-old juvenile girl who was a passenger in the car was also injured.   

One was taken to Good Samaritan Regional Health Center, while the other was flown from the ambulance at Crossroads Hospital to a St. Louis Hospital for treatment.The crash occurred at 6:15 Saturday night. 

Centralia Police Investigating Sunday Evening Shooting

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Centralia Police are continuing to investigate an early Sunday night shooting that resulted in a 25-year-old Centralia man being shot in the right foot.  

Police say Dwayne Dardon of North Sycamore was struck while in an alley off 11th and Poplar Street.    They have been given a couple of different stories of what led up to the shooting.  

The incident was originally reported to police as a domestic dispute with shots fired.  A man, later identified as Dardon, reportedly limped away from the scene.   

So far police say they have not found the weapon.  

The shooting was reported at 6:55 Sunday night.  


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