MVTHS offers free books

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MT. VERNON – Those who love books will be able to benefit from a free book event next week at Mt. Vernon Township High School.

“Mt. Vernon Township High School’s Library, in preparation for the move to the new campus this summer, is offering a unique and exciting opportunity to the public to choose free books for themselves from those books which have been removed from the collection,” information from library Ann Garrett states. “The library personnel have removed several books from their shelves due to age, non-circulation and title duplication. These removed books are available at no charge.”

The books will be on display for the public at specific times next week after school in the library, Room 202 C. Access to the library is through the front door of Building C, which is on Sixth Street across from the practice football field, and up the stairs.

There is no limit to the number of books that can be taken.

The books will be available for the public from 4 to 6 p.m. on next Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

The books do not include local, Illinois history, current and popular books and classics, which will be kept in the library collection and moved to the new school campus this summer. Students will also still have the ability to order material from other state libraries through the Illinois Heartland Library System.

No Signs of Foul Play Found in Death of Odin Man

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Marion County Coroner Troy Cannon says an autopsy has found no signs of foul play in the death of 22-year-old Cole Eaker of rural Odin.  

Eaker was found deceased in a vehicle parked in an alley behind a house in the 100 block of Linton Street in Odin Tuesday night after being reported missing earlier in the day.  

Cannon says they will now have to await toxicology results to try and determine the cause of Eaker’s death.  The tests usually take about six weeks to be returned from the lab.  

Marion County Sheriff’s Department Investigator Anthony Decker earlier said Eaker had health issues.  Eaker was last seen on Monday night leaving a meeting in Centralia. 

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I-57 Crash

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One person was injured in an accident on snow slick I-57 near Farina early Wednesday night.   

State Police say a pickup driven by 50-year-old Sheilia Kay Reed of Blytheville, Arkansas attempted to pass another pick-up driven by 48-year-old Alan Austin of Delavan, Wisconsin when she lost control on the icy pavement.  Reed crossed over the centerline and struck Austin.  Reed then left the roadway to the right and struck a tree.  

Reed was transported to St. Anthony’s Hospital in Effingham by Fayette County Ambulance service.  Austin and passengers in both vehicles escaped injury.  

Reed was issued a citation for driving too fast for conditions.  

The crash occurred at 6:42 Wednesday night.

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Sandoval Gets Authorization to Issue Special Bonds If New Grade School Project Moves Forward

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Sandoval School Superintendent Jennifer Garrison says the $2-million dollars in bonds the district has been authorized to issue Wednesday through the Qualified School Construction Bond program would only be used if the State Capitol Development Board comes through with the other 75-percent funding for a new grade school building.  

Garrison says the Qualified School Construction Bond program has a federal interest subsidy that would save local taxpayers the interest payments on the bonds that would pay for the local share of the project.  She notes the authorization is only good for 18 months and it is unclear how long funding for Capital Development Board projects will be frozen due to the state having no budget.  The bond issue approved by voters for the new school is also set to expire next year, which would mean another vote of Sandoval School District residents would be required for the project to be completed.   

Sandoval was one of 29 school districts approved for the program by the State Board of Education at their Wednesday morning.   

State Superintendent of Education Tony Smith says the authorization means selected districts can take advantage of low to zero-interest bonds to pay for building and construction needs rather than diverting limited financial resources away from the classroom.  He notes no state dollars are being spent and local taxpayers will not have tohelp foot the bill for higher interest costs.   

The State received a total of 193 applications for funding.    

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Kaysie Belmont pleads guilty

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MT. VERNON – Kaysie Belmont pleaded guilty Wednesday to a felony count of reckless conduct and was sentenced to 30 months probation along with fines and court fees.

Kaysie and Michael Belmont were charged in connection to the severe beating of a 3-year-old child who was in their care in 2014. By pleading guilty to reckless conduct, Kaysie Belmont admitted to failing to call 911 to “seek immediate emergency medical assistance” for the victim. The other charges against her were dismissed.

The conditions of her probation prevent her from having any contact with the victim and the victim’s immediate family. She is also required, if called by prosecutors, to testify truthfully in the upcoming trial of Michael Belmont who is charged with aggravated battery of a child and aggravated domestic battery. His trial is slated to begin at 9 a.m. Feb. 22.

Police Beat 2-10-16

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Two people remain in the Marion County Jail following Tuesday arrests.  

27-year-old Kirk Johnston of East Broadway in Centralia was arrested by Centralia Police for felony retail theft at the Farm Fresh Store on South Poplar Street.  

54-year-old Veronica Flagg of Saddler Street in Centralia remains in the Marion County Law Enforcement Center on an outstanding Marion County Ordinance Violation Warrant and for resisting a peace officer.  

The Marion County Sheriff’s Department received a report this week of a burglary at an apartment occupied by John Pflueger on North Broadway Avenue in Sandoval.  Pflueger reported returning home after being away for a week and discovered the burglary on Sunday afternoon.

The sheriff’s department received a complaint from Connie Heicher of Ashmore, Illinois that tools were stolen out of a garage they own in the 87-hundred block of Wilson Road in Kinmundy.  

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Man Wanted For September Shooting in Centralia Arrested in Michigan

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A 25-year-old Centralia man wanted for attempted first-degree murder and aggravated battery in connection with a shooting in Centralia last September has been arrested in Battle Creek, Michigan.   

The U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force based in East St.Louis learned that Charles Collins was reportedly at a home in Grand Rapids.  After waiting several hours outside the home, the U.S. Marshal’s service reports Collins surrendered without incident.  

Collins reportedly shot Fernando Calcutt of Centralia in the right arm when firing shots while hanging out the passenger window near 4th and Linden Street near the old Centralia High School.  Calcut was released after 20 minutes of treatment at SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia.  

Calcutt told police he had just pulled into a driveway on Linden near the 4th Street intersection to turn around when an on-coming vehicle began firing shots at him.   The shots reportedly continued as the vehicle came closer. Calcutt’s wife, Inez, was a passenger in his vehicle.  She was not hit.

Centralia Police Chief Doug Krutsinger earlier identified Collins as the man injured in the August 23rd shooting in the Maulding Drive area that resulted in the death of his friend, 24-year-old Dustin Ryhnes of Irvington.  That shooting remains under an investigation being headed by State Police.    

Collins is being held in the Calhoun County, Michigan jail awaiting extradition back to Marion County.  The Task Force also include Battle Creek Police Department officers and the Michigan State Police Fugitive Team.  

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