Drug trafficking investigation leads to federal indictment of Centralia woman

July 22, 2017 Comments off

MARION COUNTY — A federal grand jury has indicted at least one of the 15 people arrested last month in a drug-related warrant sweep in Centralia that was the result of an eight-month investigation into drug trafficking in the area.

Anthonette Strowder
(Source: MCSO)

Federal authorities have not yet returned calls to confirm the charges listed in the indictment but reports indicate 58-year-old Anthonette Strowder has been federally indicted.

Bail for Strowder was initially set in Marion County Court at $500,000 but 10 days after her arrest Judge Mark Stedelin reduced that bail to $50,000. Strowder posted $5,000 cash bond the next day and was released from the Marion County Jail.

She appeared in court Tuesday on the Marion County charges of Class X felony aggravated delivery of between 15 and 100 grams of methamphetamine from a protected structure and Class 1 felony possession of between 15 and 100 grams of meth. She’s next scheduled to appear October 5 for a final pre-trial hearing in that case.

Strowder was arrested June 15 along with Roosevelt “Phil” Cooper-McGee. Bail for

Roosevelt Cooper-McGee
(Source: MCSO)

McGee was also initially set at $500,000, with Stedelin reducing that to $200,000.

McGee is now free on $20,000 bond. He’s next due in court September 7 for a final pre-trial hearing on charges of Class X aggravated delivery of between 5-15 grams of meth from a protected structure and Class 2 felony possession of between 5-15 grams of meth.

At the time of his arrest, McGee was free on $10,000 cash bond in an April case charging him with two counts Class 1 aggravated discharge of a firearm into an occupied building or vehicle and Class 4 felony criminal damage to property.

He has been given permission in both cases to leave the state of Illinois and go to Georgia, with the court securing a waiver of extradition.

Ina man charged with felony violation of Sex Offender Registry

July 22, 2017 Comments off

JEFFERSON COUNTY — A 43-year-old Ina man was formally charged Friday in Jefferson County Court with an alleged violation of the sex offender registry.

James Nicholas
(Source: ISP)

James Nicholas was arrested Monday for allegedly failing to report annually as a registered sexual predator for at least the second time.

Nicholas has remained in the Jefferson County Jail since his arrest and appeared in court today via video from the jail. He was advised of the Class 2 felony charge against him and of the possible penalties if he’s convicted, including extended sentencing.

He was convicted in the state of Ohio of aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a 9-year-old victim when he was 21.

Nicholas is next scheduled in court August 15 for a preliminary hearing.

Motorcyclist killed on Highway 15 in Mt. Vernon

July 22, 2017 Comments off

MT. VERNON — A Friday afternoon crash on Illinois Highway 15 near Liebengood Road claimed the life of a motorcyclist.

According to the Mt. Vernon Police Department, the accident was described as car versus motorcycle with the driver of the car also suffering injuries.

An accident reconstructionist and crime scene technician reported to the scene to investigate with an initial report expected this weekend.

We will have more information as it becomes available.

Mt. Vernon Police Say Motorcyclist Died in East Side Crash

July 22, 2017 Comments off

Mt. Vernon Police say a motorcyclist has died from injuries he sustained in a car-motorcycle crash on Illinois Route 15 at Liebengood Road on the east side of Mt. Vernon.

Preliminary reports indicate the car was traveling eastbound on Illinois Route 15 and turned left onto Liebengood Road into the path of the westbound motorcycle. Both drivers were transported to local hospitals, where the cyclist later died.

The names of the drivers have not been released.

An investigation is underway by a Mt. Vernon Accident Reconstructionist and Mt. Vernon Police Department Crime Scene Technician.

The crash occurred at 1:36 Friday afternoon.

Bluford man facing multiple drug, weapons charges in Wayne County

July 21, 2017 Comments off

WAYNE COUNTY — A 45-year-old Bluford man is scheduled Thursday afternoon for a first appearance in Wayne

William Robert Hayes
(Source: Wayne County SO)

County Court on charges stemming from a July 4th arrest on multiple drug and firearms charges.

William Robert Hayes was arrested after sheriff’s deputies executed a search warrant at Hayes’ rural Bluford residence and reportedly located firearms, methamphetamine, a-PVP – also known as bath salts, prescription pills and numerous open vehicle titles.

He’s formally charged in Wayne County Court with four Class 3 felonies – three for being a felon in possession of a firearm and one for possession of less than 5-grams of methamphetamine. He’s also facing two Class 4 felonies for unauthorized possession of open vehicle titles and possession of a controlled substance.

At the time of his arrest, Hayes was free on $5,000 cash bond in a case charging him with aggravated fleeing or attempt to elude a peace officer. Bond in that case was transferred to the more recent case.


Ramsey man sentenced to IDOC on meth-related charges

July 21, 2017 Comments off

FAYETTE COUNTY — A 29-year-old Ramsey man was sentenced Wednesday in Fayette County Court to more than 5-years in prison after he pleaded guilty to two of the drug-related felonies against him.

Samuel Brummet
(Source: FCSO)

Samuel Brummet was charged in October with Class X possession with the intent to deliver between 15 and 100 grams of meth, Class 1 felony possession of between 15 and 100 grams of meth, Class 2 felony use of a vehicle or structure for a meth-related crime, Class 4 felony possession of a controlled substance, and misdemeanor possession of a hypodermic syringe.

Brummet pleaded guilty Wednesday to a reduced charge of Class 2 felony possession of between 5-15 grams of meth, and Class 2 felony use of a vehicle or structure for a meth-related crime. The other charges were dismissed per the plea agreement.

He was sentenced to 63 months on each count to be served concurrently and was given credit for 283 days served in the Fayette County Jail, where he’s remained since his October arrest with bail set at $60,000.

In addition to his prison sentence, Brummet was ordered to pay $2,144 in fines and fees and receive drug treatment.

Texico man pleads guilty to felony domestic battery

July 21, 2017 Comments off

Ronnie Starr

JEFFERSON COUNTY — A 42-year-old Texico man, who was initially arrested in May for charges of aggravated domestic battery, aggravated criminal sexual assault and unlawful restraint, filed an open plea of guilty Wednesday in Jefferson County Court to felony aggravated domestic battery in exchange for the other charges being dismissed.

Ronnie R. Starr pleaded guilty to intentionally strangling a woman. The charge is punishable by three to seven years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Starr will be placed on home confinement until his sentencing hearing, which has yet to be determined. A status hearing is scheduled for August 29th at 1:30 p.m.