Police Beat for Saturday, March 25th, 2017

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A 22-year-old Central City man is being held in the Marion County Jail after being arrested by Marion County Sheriff’s Deputies for residential burglary. Landon Bone of North Morrison was arrested in connection with a burglary to a home on Colestock Lane near Lake Centralia last week.

Sandoval Police arrested a 31-year-old Sandoval man for aggravated assault and disorderly conduct. Michael Miller of South Maple was taken to the Marion County Jail Friday night after allegedly pulling a knife and threatening to cut another person during an altercation at the Sandoval Village Park.

18-year-old Eryn Hollinshead of Hawthorn Road in Salem remained in jail Saturday after being arrested by Salem Police for no valid drivers license.

Two others remain in jail Saturday on outstanding warrants. 19-year-old Coleman Ross of Frazier Street in Wamac was arrested by Centralia Police for failure to appear on a criminal damage to property charge. 40-year-old Mark Davis of West Allmon in Salem was arrested by sheriff’s deputies for failure to appear or pay on a 201 Marion County DUI case. Both were being held in lieu of $5,000 bond apiece.

60-year-old Brian See of North Vine in Sandoval and 42-year-old Allen Branch of West Olive in Salem both posted $150 bond and were released for not having a valid driver’s license.

20-year-old Colton Hays of Edgewood Road in Salem posted $150 bond and was released for driving on a revoked license.

Bill Introduced to End Marijuana Prohibition in Illinois

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Legislation has been introduced in both the Illinois House and Senate in Springfield to end marijuana prohibition in Illinois and establish a system in which marijuana is regulated and taxed for adult use.

Both proposals would make it legal for adults 21 and older to possess, grow and purchase limited amounts of marijuana. The state would license and regulate businesses to cultivate, process, test, and sell marijuana to adults and it would create and enforce strict health and safety regulations, such as testing and labeling requirements and restrictions on marketing.

State Representative Kelly Casidy, who introduced the house legislation, says regulating marijuana and removing the criminal element from marijuana production and sales will make our communities safer. Based on current usage rates and market price in Colorado, marijuana sales could generate between $349-million and $699-million per year in new revenue in Illinois.

Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Heather Steans, who introduced the senate bill, says instead of the money spent on marijuana going into the pockets of criminals, in a regulated system it would go into the cash registers of licensed, taxpaying businesses.

The Marijuana Policy Project reports eight states have enacted laws regulating and taxing marijuana for adult use. A February Quinnipiac University poll found 59-percent of US voters think marijuana should be made legal.

Alabama Man Sentenced for Farmers State Bank Robbery in Central City Last August

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A 38-year-old Alabama man has been sentenced to 115 months in federal prison for his role in the August 26th bank robbery of the Farmers State Bank in Central City.

George David Treece was also ordered to pay a $300 fine, a $100 special assessment, $345 in restitution to the Farmers State Bank and to complete three years of supervised release when getting out of prison. Treece has been held without bond since his arrest shortly after the robbery.

Treece reportedly entered the bank and demanded from a teller. After the teller removed the money from her drawer and placed it on the counter, Treece took the money and left. A high-speed chase followed that ended when Treese crashed his vehicle. Later that day, federal prosecutors say Treece admitted robbing the bank.

The case was investigated by the Central City Police Department, Centralia Police Department, Wamac Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Police Beat for Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

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A 54-year-old Centralia man has been arrested for criminal trespass and indecent exposure. Centralia Police say they were called to the Centralia Library to a report of a man who had been there several hours and was ‘scaring patrons’. Police found Ira Sidney of North Locust, who reportedly had made a mess around where he was sitting. He was given a plastic bag to clean up and then was led out of the library and warned if he came back he would be arrested. Police say they spotted him back at the library a short time later. They reported his pants had also fallen down below his thighs resulting in indecent exposure.

A 22-year-old Ramsey man was taken to the Marion County Jail for domestic battery following a rolling domestic disturbance. Marion County Sheriff’s Deputies say the alleged victim was able to call for help while they were traveling near Green Street and Bell Club Road. When the two were later allegedly found at a home in Sandoval, Bradin Taylor was arrested after deputies were told by the victim that Taylor had grabbed and pulled her back into the vehicle after she had managed to get out on Route 161 East of Centralia.

25-year-old Randall Thomas of West Center in Fairfield was arrested by sheriff’s deputies on an outstanding Lawrence County warrant.

Mt. Vernon man arrested after striking person with his vehicle

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MOUNT VERNON — The Mt. Vernon Police Department has arrested a 40-year-old Mt. Vernon man for alleged aggravated battery in a public place and disorderly conduct after he allegedly struck a person with his vehicle.

Officers were called out around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday to the 1100 block of South 23rd Street on a report of a domestic disturbance

They arrested Miguel Hernandez after an investigation determined that he had struck an individual with his vehicle and a further physical altercation ensued.

The injured individual refused treatment at the scene. Hernandez was transported to the Jefferson County Jail where he is awaiting the formal filing of charges and the setting of bail.



Three Arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine Following Traffic Stop

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Three occupants of a car stopped for improper lane usage early Wednesday morning have been charged in Marion County Court with possession of methamphetamine.

Salem Police say the driver, 21-year-old Brandon Behnke of South Main in Clay City, was arrested along with passengers, 18-year-old Zoie Bryant of Big Four Road in Clay City and 28-year-old Christopher Gajewski of Meadowlane in Centralia.

Police report the drug items were in plain view following the traffic stop at 1:58 Wednesday morning on Cross Road just west of College Street. Police say in addition to the meth, Gajewski and Bryant allegedly were in possession of a narcotic instrument.

All three had public defenders appointed to represent them and preliminary hearings set for April 13th.

South Dakota and Iowa Confirm Vandalism on Dakota Access Pipeline

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Authorities in a second state have confirmed an incident of vandalism against the Dakota Access pipeline.

Mahaska County Sheriff Russell Van Renterghem in Iowa says it appears someone used a torch to cut a hole in the empty pipeline at an above-ground safety valve site southeast of Des Moines. He says it appears the culprit maneuvered under a fence around the facility. The incident was discovered March 13th.

A similar incident was discovered Friday in southeastern South Dakota. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputy Chad Brown says someone burned a hole in the pipe at an above-ground valve site Friday. He says the site had no fencing or other security.

No injuries were reported. Brown says no suspects were immediately identified. Local and state officials are investigating and have notified the FBI.

Pipeline developer Energy Transfer Partners said in court documents Monday that there have been “coordinated physical attacks” along the $3.8 billion pipeline that will carry oil from North Dakota to Illinois, but company officials didn’t provide further details.

State officials in North Dakota and Illinois say they aren’t immediately aware of any incidents in their states.

Energy Transfer Partners still plans to turn on the pipeline this week from the North Dakota Oil Fields to the Patoka Oil Tank Farm in northwest Marion County.