Two teens arrested for attacking and robbing man walking in Centralia

June 23, 2017 Comments off

CENTRALIA — Two Centralia juveniles are being held in the Franklin County Juvenile Detention Center after they allegedly attacked and stole the wallet of a 59-year-old Centralia man as he was walking down the street.

Centralia police arrested the two 16-year-old males for alleged aggravated robbery and aggravated battery.

The two reportedly struck the man in the back of the head with a skateboard while in the 400 block of South Maple. The man reportedly struggled against the two attackers as the repeatedly struck him in the head and back, with him twisting his ankle in the struggle.

The two juveniles were ultimately able to take the man’s wallet and then fled the scene.

Police later responded to a reported disturbance involving the two teens and it was subsequently determined that one was a suspect in the attack and robbery on South Maple.

Officers were eventually given information that led them to recover the man’s wallet from a dumpster.

The second juvenile was later located and also taken into custody.

Two more arrested on warrants stemming from drug trafficking investigation

June 23, 2017 Comments off

MARION COUNTY — Two more arrests have been made in the eight-month investigation into the trafficking of heroin and methamphetamine in the community.

Both 38-year-old Mark McClain, of Chicago, and 26-year-old Dustin Marshall, of Salem, are in the Marion County Jail on charges stemming from the investigation that has so far resulted in the arrests of more than a dozen other people.

McClain was arrested in Chicago on a Marion County warrant charging him with six counts unlawful delivery of a controlled substance. He was transported to the Marion County Jail Wednesday with bail set at $75,000.

Marion County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Marshall on Wednesday. He’s charged with three counts unlawful delivery of a controlled substance and his bail is set at $30,000.

The first round of warrants was served June 2, with 10 people being arrested in Centralia and one in Salem.

Since that time four others have turned themselves in to authorities and two others have been arrested in connection with the investigation that was a joint operation between the Centralia Police Department and Marion County Sheriff’s Office.

Illinois man charged with threatening to assassinate Trump

June 23, 2017 Comments off

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois man has been charged after posting online several times that he wants to assassinate President Donald Trump.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports that Joseph Lynn Pickett of Edwardsville was charged June 15 with threatening the president of the United States.

U.S. Secret Service Special Agent Vincent Pescitelli says in a criminal complaint that Pickett “did knowingly and willfully make a threat to take the life of, to kidnap, and to inflict bodily harm” against Trump on Facebook.

The Secret Service was notified of the posts by Pickett’s former co-workers.

A screenshot of one of Pickett’s Facebook posts in the complaint says, “Honestly am I really going to have to kill trump before our fine Government … actually takes me into custody for threatening to assassinate President Donald Trump?”

A phone message left by The Associated Press seeking comment from Public Defender Thomas Gabel was not immediately returned.


Mt. Vernon man arrested for heroin sales after HRT serves warrant

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MOUNT VERNON — A 60-year-old Mt. Vernon man is in the Jefferson County Jail following his arrest early Thursday morning by the Mt. Vernon Police Department/Jefferson County Sheriff’s Narcotics Division.

Eddie Bennett
(Source: MVPD)

Eddie G. Bennett was taken into custody after the Mt. Vernon Police Department/Jefferson County Sheriffs Office High Risk Team was activated to serve a knock and announce narcotics search warrant at 2109 Conger Avenue.

The warrant was issued as a result of investigations by the Narcotics Division into the sale of heroin. Bennett was located inside the home once entry was made, as was multiple quantities of heroin packaged for delivery.

Bennett was taken into custody and transported to the Jefferson County jail on charges of possession of heroin with the intent to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia. He awaits the formal filing of charges and the setting of bail in court.

Carbondale man wanted in shooting of unidentified man

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CARBONDALE — An arrest warrant has been issued for a 22-year-old Carbondale man for allegedly shooting at another man around 6:30 Wednesday night in the 400 block of East Chestnut Street.

Malik Wright
(Source: Carbondale PD)

Carbondale Police say Malik L. Wright was armed with a handgun and was arguing with another person who is believed to be an adult male acquaintance of the suspect.

As Wright began to leave, he entered the passenger side of a black vehicle that drove away.

At that time, Wright fired several rounds at the man who fled on foot from the area. He has not been identified at this time, but is believed to be injured.

The warrant charges Wright with aggravated discharge of a firearm and aggravated unlawful use of weapons. His bail has been set at $150,000.

Police say Wright has not been found and should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information should contact Carbondale Police at 457-3200.

Combine and Tractor Destroyed by Fire in Rural Dix

June 23, 2017 Comments off

Jefferson Rural Firemen say an equipment failure apparently started a fire that eventually destroyed a baler and tractor in a field off the Tinsley Lane three miles west of Dix late Wednesday afternoon.

Firemen report the fire appeared to have started in a baler and then spread to the tractor and started a small field fire. The driver of the tractor, Jim Mays of North Douthit Lane in Dix, was not injured.

Damage is estimated at $32,500.

The fire call came in at 4:16 Wednesday afternoon.

15th and 16th Persons Arrested in Centralia Drug Dealer Round Up

June 23, 2017 Comments off

A 15th and 16th person has been arrested on drug delivery charges following a round up of those believed to be selling primarily heroin and methamphetmaine in Centralia.

38-year-old Mark McClain who now lists a Chicago address was returned to the Marion County Jail Wednesday from Chicago on a warrant charging six counts of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance. Bond on the warrant is set at $75,000.

Marion County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 26-year-old Dustin Marshall of Jean Drive in Salem on a warrant charging three counts of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance. Bond on the warrant was set at $30,000.

The initial round up took place on June 2nd when more than 30 police officers spread out in Centralia looking for those wanted on drug delivery warrants issued at the culmination of an eight month long investigation by Centralia Police and the Marion County Sheriff’s Department.