Police Beat for Saturday, August 29th, 2015

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A 47-year-old Centralia man has been arrested by State Police for unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon and on an outstanding Clinton County warrant.  State Police stopped John Brown of Holiday Terrace at East McCord and Country Club Road.  Brown was first arrested on the outstanding warrant.  The weapons charge was added after police allegedly found an uncased and unloaded handgun on the driver’s side floorboard of the car.  

Salem Police arrested two people following a traffic stop early Saturday morning.  46-year-old Michell Cox of East Bryan in Salem was taken into custody for alleged driving under the influence.  A passenger in the car, 38-year-old Shannon Winkler of West Whitaker Street, was arrested on an outstanding Clay County warrant.  Cox posted $100 cash bond and Winkler posted $250 cash bond.

Two people remain in jail after being arrested on probation violations.  21-year-old Joshua Wesselman of Foxville Road in Kell was arrested by sheriff’s deputies.  25-year-old Gregory Pocrnich of West Broadway in Richview was arrested at the probation office.  He had been released on bond Thursday after being arrested for possession of cannabis.  

Two others remain in jail on outstanding warrants.  44-year-old Kenneth Willard of St. Charles, Missouri was arrested by State Police on an outstanding Marion County warrant in a battery case  33-year-old Brandon Sloan of North Morrison in Central City was arrested by State Police on an outstanding Missouri warrant.

24-year-old Willie Smith of South 23rd in Mt. Vernon posted $150 bond and was released after being arrested by State Police for operating an uninsured vehicle, driving on a suspended license, failure to signal and failure to change address on his driver’s license.  

18-year-old Brittany Finley of Laury Street in Odin posted $150 bond and was released after being arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia and illegal consumption of liquor by a minor.  

2 arrested on meth charges in Mt. Vernon, IL

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MT. VERNON, IL – Two people were arrested in Mt. Vernon on Friday on meth charges after a traffic search revealed an active meth operation.

On Friday detectives from the Mt. Vernon Police Department and Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Unit initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle in the 1000 block of South 12th in Mt. Vernon at around 2:15 p.m.

During the traffic stop the detectives found an active methamphetamine lab, methamphetamine, and related materials inside the vehicle.

The driver, Chad J. Davis, 30, and a passenger, Jennifer N. Craig, 38, were taken into custody.

South 12th street was closed for a short period of time as the narcotics detectives, Mt Vernon Fire Department and Illinois State Police Methamphetamine Response Team secured the lab.

Davis was charged with manufacture of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine manufacturing materials and possession of drug equipment.

Craig, who is also on parole in Illinois, was charged with possession of methamphetamine with the intent to deliver, possession of methamphetamine manufacturing materials, and possession of drug equipment.

Davis and Craig are incarcerated in the Jefferson County Justice Center with bond to be set.

Chicago Man Pleads Guilty to Distributing Heroin in Centralia

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A 24-year-old Chicago man has pleaded guilty to three federal court charges pending against him for heroin distribution in Marion County.

Marquise Ross was indicted by a Federal Grand Jury in November 2014 one one count of conspiracy to distribute heroin and two counts of distribution of heroin on two occassions in July 2014.  Each count carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison, a $1-million fine and not less than three years of supervised released after leaving prison.  

According to court documents, Ross agreed with his co-defendants to distribute heroin for profit in Centralia.  ARoss and the others shared a cell phone which customers would contact to order heroin.  While a co-defendant answered the shared cell phone and took the order, Ross or another would be sent to complete the transaction with the customer at whatever location was agreed upon.  

Information leading to the charges against Ross was obtained in an investigation conducted by the FBI and the Marion and Clinton County Sheriff’s Department.  

Centralia Police Investigating Shooting That Has Left One Dead and One Injured

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The chief adds there is nothing at this point to tie this shooting to shots fired between two groups at South Poplar and Sixth Street on Friday morning and shootings on two other recent Sunday evenings.  No one is believed to have been struck in two of those earlier shootings and a man sustained a gunshot wound to his foot in the third.  No arrests have been made in any of those shootings.    

The latest shooting case has been turned over to Illinois State Police for investigation.   State Police investigators spent the morning with Centralia Police combing the Maulding Street area for evidence.  

Krutsinger believed there had been a second person shot when they were investigating the case Sunday night, but no one else turned up until the body was discovered Monday morning.

Centralia Police Make Arrest in Auto Theft and Burglary Cases

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Centralia Police have made an arrest in connection with three auto thefts and ten vehicle burglaries that occurred early Tuesday morning on the city’s east side.  

18-year-old Cole Childress of East Kent in Centralia was arrested Saturday and is being housed in the Marion County Jail pending the filing of formal charges.  He had just been released from a state correctional institution on July 14th and was on parole.  

Police say a tip about Childress allegedly talking about sustaining injuries when he crashed a stolen car and one of the stolen cars being found within sight of his home resulted in Childress becoming a person of interest.  

Police say the car stolen on Lakewood Drive was later found crashed into a power pole at Pleasant and Rexford.  Another car taken from a residence on East Third was found parked nearby in the Lamplight Apartment complex where it apparently had been left.  Childress is then believed to have taken the third vehicle from a home on Melrose Drive that was found in the driveway near his home.   All of the stolen vehicles had items that had allegedly been stolen in the car burglaries.   

Police say the ten vehicle burglaries all occurred on East Third, Devonia and Lakewood Drive.   In most cases, loose change was stolen along with items that could be easily removed from the vehicles.  

Childress was also arrested for domestic battery to a 17-year-old female juvenile and ex-girlfriend from Alma.  He allegedly struck her in the face Saturday when she refused to let him into a home on South Hickory where he demanded to see one of the residents.  When the juvenile girl refused to get him, Childress allegedly tried to push past her before striking her in the face.  

Mt. Vernon Man Draws 210 Month Federal Prison Term on Meth Charges

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A 31-year-old Mt. Vernon man has been sentenced to 210 months in federal prison after being sentenced for manufacture of methamphetamine and distribution of methamphetamine.  

Robert Tate had been found guilty earlier this summer on both counts by a federal jury.  Tate was charged with manufacturing meth in Jefferson County from February 2013 to June 2014.  The second count alleged he intentionally distributed meth in Jefferson County on March 31st, 2014.  

U.S. Attorney Stephen Wigginton says if you are wondering about this very lengthy and well deserved entence, he would simply say that meth is a killer and destroyer of lives and those who sell it do so knowing that they are killng people in our communities.  He adds if you are thinking about making or selling meth, please think about spending a good part of your life behind federal bars.  

The investigation was conducted by the Joint Narcotics Unit of the Mt. Vernn Police Department and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department.  

Car Hits Home in Sandoval; Flees the Scene

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A 30-year-old Sandoval man was arrested on multiple charges after his car struck a house early Saturday night and fled the scene.  

Carl Thomason of South Mulberry posted $300 bond and was released from the Marion County Jail for alleged driving under the influence, illegal lane usage and no insurance.   

Initial information indicates Thomason struck the Roger and Delane Bright home in the 600 block of South Main Street and then left the scene.   His vehicle reportedly sustained heavy front end damage.  There’s no word yet on the amount of damage to the house.  

The car was later left at the Hide Out Tavern in Junction City and Thomason was brought back to the scene of the crash by his mother.  

Sandoval Firemen were called to assist with a gas line break as a result of the accident.   They report no injuries.  

Reports on the wreck are not yet available from Sandoval Police.  

The crash occurred around seven Friday night.  

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