One Person Injured in Two Vehicle Crash in Front of Salem Walmart

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One person was injured in a two car crash on West Main Street in front of the Salem Walmart Store early Wednesday evening.

Salem Police say 55-year-old Deanna Weber of East Poplar in Odin was traveling westbound on West Main when a car driven by 43-year-old Steven Thomas of North Mill in Flora pulled from the stop sign at the east exit to Walmart and ran into the passenger side door of the Weber vehicle.

Weber was taken to Salem Township Hospital for treatment of injuries. Thomas was not hurt, but was ticketed for failure to yield when making a left turn.

The crash occurred at 6:11 Wednesday evening.

Centralia Man Hurt in Jefferson County Crash

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A 22-year-old Centralia was injured in a single vehicle crash on Tuesday in rural Waltonville.

Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department reports indicate David Wilson lost control and struck a guardrail in the 6600 block of North Hall Lane and rolled over on its side into a creek. He was trapped in the vehicle, but was able to keep his head above water until emergency help arrived.

Wilson was taken to SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon for treatment of injuries. He was ticketed for driving under the influence and no insurance.

The crash occurred at 12:14 Tuesday morning.

Two Injured in Flora Crash Early Wednesday Night

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State Police say two persons were injured in a two vehicle crash on U.S. 50 at Worthey Street in Flora early Wednesday night.

Preliminary investigative details indicate a 16-year-old male juvenile turned from northbound U.S. 50 onto Worthey Street in front of a westbound semi driven by 49-year-old Darrel Frank Bell of Everton, Arkansas. The impact spun the juvenile’s car around and both vehicles came to a stop facing westbound.

Both the 16-year-old juvenile drive and his 13-year-old female juvenile passenger, both from Flora, were taken to Clay County Hospital for treatment. Bell escaped injury.

The crash occurred at 5:31 Wednesday evening.

Centralia Police Arrest Three on Drug Charges

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Centralia Police arrested three people on Tuesday on drug charges.

31-year-old Bethany Nollman of Eaglecrest Drive in Centralia was arrested for possession of a narcotic instrument. Police initially came into contact with Nollman after responding to a report of a verbal argument between two people in the 100 block of South Sycamore. They report Nollman was in possession of a plastic container that contained hypodermic syringes and spoons with heroin residue.

The other two people were arrested following a traffic stop. The driver, 29-year-old Walter Williams who told police he was homeless, was ticketed for driving on a revoked or suspended license and for possession of drug paraphernalia. Williams allegedly had a drug pipe partially showing from a pocket. 29-year-old Jeffrey Skibinski of South Elm in Centralia was arrested for possession of a controlled substance. He was allegedly found in possession of a small amount of cannabis and methamphetamine.

All three were taken to the Marion County Jail.

Two Proposals Address Illinois’ Minimum Wage

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Two proposals on raising Illinois’ minimum wage will be tackled by the new Illinois General Assembly.

The Herald and Review reports Senate members have proposed raising the current minimum wage, which is $8.25 an hour, by 50 cents each year until reaching $11 in 2021 as part of a bipartisan budget package. A proposed bill by House members is meanwhile looking to bump up minimum wage to $15 an hour by October.

Senate approved bills in 2014 and 2015 to raise the minimum wage to $11 by 2019. The House has not yet approved a minimum wage increase.

About 63 percent of voters were in favor to raise the minimum wage for adults to $10 in a 2014 advisory memorandum.

The Illinois’ minimum wage was last raised from $8 to $8.25 in July 2010, due to a 2006 law.

State Attorney General Alleges Fraud at Student Loan Company

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CHICAGO (AP) – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office is suing the nation’s largest student loan company, alleging unfair and deceptive practices with lending and debt collection.

The lawsuit filed Wednesday in Cook County seeks restitution and penalties. It names Navient Corporation and subsidiaries, including Sallie Mae Bank.

The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau filed a separate lawsuit Wednesday, alleging Navient made it harder to repay loans by giving bad information, processing payments incorrectly and failing to address complaints.

Madigan alleges the companies knowingly put students in expensive and risky loans they knew would fail. Madigan estimates tens of thousands of Illinoisans were affected. She says it’s unknown how much money was involved.

Navient officials dispute the allegations in both lawsuits and claim they’re politically motivated days ahead of a new presidential administration.

Trial Begins for Man Charged of Promoting Sex with Children

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EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) – A trial for a man who promoted sexual relations with children as a religious rite began Tuesday afternoon with jury selection.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports James Lopes has been charged with three counts of grooming, a Class 4 felony, in regards to cards he allegedly handed out directing people to online videos of him promoting sexual relations with children in April 2016. Lopes has also been charged with several misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct and trespassing.

The felony charges are on hold pending Lopes’ trial to determine whether he should be declared sexually dangerous.

Lopes has been held in lieu of $75,000 bail at Madison County Jail since last year. He has opted to represent himself throughout the process.