Two men sentenced for robbing Mt. Vernon pizza delivery driver

February 25, 2017 Comments off

JEFFERSON COUNTY Two men arrested in connection with the November 2016 robbery of a pizza delivery driver in 300 block of North Fifth Street in Mt. Vernon, have been sentenced to 3 years each in the Illinois Department of Corrections on mob action charges.

Both 19-year-old Omar Jackson of Mt. Vernon and 21-year-old Demonteze Rozier of Springfield pleaded guilty to the mob action charges against them in exchange for robbery charges being dismissed.

Police reports indicate that on November 27th, a delivery driver for Domino’s Pizza had been a victim of an alleged incident of battery and robbery in which cash and products were taken by a group of people while in the process of delivering food in the 300 block of North Fifth Street.

Officers responded to the scene and the investigation led to a residence in the 300 block of North Sixth Street, where a search of that residence led officers to recover property stolen during the robbery of the delivery person and an additional prior robbery.

Five individuals, Jackson, Rozier, and three juveniles were arrested in the investigation.  The driver was treated and released from SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital for injuries incurred in the incident.

Illinois College Student’s Alcohol-Related Death Ruled Accidental

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OXFORD, Ohio (AP) – A coroner’s office says the alcohol-related death of 18-year-old student at Miami University in Ohio last month has been ruled an accident.

Autopsy and toxicology reports indicate freshman Erica Buschick, of Gurnee, Illinois, had a blood-alcohol level that was more than four times Ohio’s legal driving limit of .08. Police determined that Buschick had consumed champagne and vodka during a night of partying.

Buschick died Jan. 20. Her roommate found her unresponsive, face-down on a pillow on the floor of a dorm room. Authorities say her position might have been a factor in her death.

Officials at the university have said they’re worried about what they call a “blackout culture” of students heavily consuming liquor, and they’re looking for ways to address that.

Fayette County Coroner Releases Identity of Woman Killed in Thursday Afternoon Crash

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Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen has released the identity of the person killed in a fiery single-vehicle crash on U.S. 51 just north of Shobonier early Thursday afternoon.

62-year-old Dianna Helton of Shobonier had been pronounced dead at the scene, but a positive identification could not be made until an autopsy was completed Friday. Her body was reportedly burned beyond recognition. The cause of death is still pending.

Illinois State Police say preliminary investigative details indicate Helton was traveling northbound on US 51 when just north of Fayette County Road 1000N she crossed into the southbound lane, left the roadway and traveled down the shoulder. The van then struck a fence and a tree as it hit the embankment of a small creek. upon impact, the vehicle became fully engulfed in flames.

The Vandalia Fire Department was called to put out the fire and to assist with extrication.

Eight Indicted on First Degree Murder, Attempted Robbery, and Conspiracy to Commit Robbery in January Shooting Death

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A Jefferson County Grand Jury has indicted eight people for first-degree murder, attempted robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery in connection with the January 20th shooting death of 26-year-old Deandray Jackson.

Those indicted include 20-year-old John Wells and 18-year-old LekaDrion Russell, who were earlier arrested on warrants for the first-degree murder. The others are 24-year-old Curtis Devan Junior, Dentrez Brown, 18-year-old Deon Frazier, 22-year-old Jarron Liddell, 19-year-old Lamar Williams, and 23-year-old Tony Feggins.

One of the earlier murder charges indicated Jackson was shot during a robbery attempt in the 1800 block of Conger Street in Mt. Vernon.

Mt. Vernon Police say this is an ongoing investigation and anyone with useful information is asked to contact Captain Jeff Bullard at (618)242-2131 or Crime Stoppers and (618)242-TIPS (8477).

Bond Set at $750,000 for Registered Sexual Predator Charged With Child Pornography Involving a 16-Year-old Centralia Girl

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Bond has been set at $750,000 in Marion County Court Friday for a 25-year-old registered sexual predator who has been charged with three counts of child pornography.

Seth Karrer was arrested Wednesday by Centralia Police after being questioned about why he was watching a Centralia High School bus stop near McCord and Beech Streets and had also been seen outside the high school. He claimed to travel to Centralia to see a 16-year-old girl he knew as a friend. Because he was a convicted sex offender, it was a violation for Karrer to be either near a bus stop or school.

Marion County State’s Attorney Bill Milner said in a probable cause statement to the court that Karrer agreed to let police look at his phone. They allegedly found multiple photos of a sexual nature. Milner said each of the three charges is based on three different photos. Two are Class 3 Child Pornography Charges and the third is an enhanced Class 2 felony of possession of child pornography by a sex offender.

Milner said after seeing the initial photos on the phone, police stopped until they could get a search warrant which was later obtained. He reports the investigation is ongoing and the phone allegedly contains many additional photos that have not yet been analyzed by police. He expects more charges could be coming and police are looking at a possible additional victim.

Karrer was convicted of aggravated criminal sexual abuse to a 13 to 16-year-old in St. Clair County in June 2013. He was placed on three years probation and also required to register as a child sex offender.

Public Defender Craig Griffin was appointed to represent Karrer. The first appearance with an attorney and preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 14th. If he is able to post bond, Karrer was ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim or anyone under the age of 18.

Fungus Infecting Landscape Shrubs Found in Clinton County

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The Illinois Department of Agriculture says a fungus that kills popular landscape shrubbery has been detected in Clinton County.

Officials say the Boxwood blight was first found in Illinois near Chicago last year and they are somewhat surprised how quickly it has spread to Southern Illinois.

A landscape company owner near Breese found it in his shrubs. The owner thinks the fungus was in plants from out of state. Breese is about 290 miles southwest of Chicago.

Boxwood blight affects only certain plants that are popular as landscaping material around the state.

The Agriculture Department will have a public meeting in March to begin the regulatory process of having boxwood blight a nuisance. That would require eradication of infected plants.

Chicago Man Guilty In Having Drugs In Greenville Prison

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A Chicago man has been sentenced to an additional 6 months in federal prison after being pleading guilty to possessing the synthetic drug K-2 on July 1st, 2016 while in the Greenville Federal Prison.

37-year-old Mario L Gordon’s 6-month sentence must be served consecutively to his original 2002 sentence of 360 months for Possession With Intent to Deliver Cocaine.

The investigation which resulted in Gordon’s arrest and conviction was conducted by the FBI and prosecuted by Assistant US Attorney Robert L. Garrison.