Police Beat for Friday, February 5th, 2016

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A 22-year-old Centralia man is being held in the Marion County Jail Friday for a probation violation.  Ryan Shaw of Short Street was arrested by sheriff’s deputies at the probation office on Thursday.

42-year-old Renee Bierman of Medlin Road in Centralia remains in custody for violation of bail bond. She was arrested by sheriff’s deputies.

35-year-old Amanda Alcorn of Leafland Drive in Cenralia posted $100 bond after being arrested by State Police for driving under the influence of alcohol.

49-year-old Vincent WIlson of Gary, India was arrested by State Police for driving on a suspended or revoked license.  Wilson was released after posting $100 bond.

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Odin Woman Hurt in Norton Road Crash

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A 20-year-old Odin woman was injured in a single vehicle crash early Thursday morning.  

Marion County Sheriff’s Deputies say Lexis Weinberger lost control when crossing the railroad tracks on Norton Road.   Her car rolled over on the north side of the pavement.   

Weinberger went to a nearby home for assistance and was later transferred to SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital for treatment of her injuries.

The crash occurred at 12:15 Thursday morning. 

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Police Beat for Thursday, February 4th, 2016

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A 28-year-old Sandoval man has been arrested for violation of an order of protection.  Michael Deadmond of East Isle was taken into custody by Sandoval Police.   He remained in the Marion County Jail Thursday morning.

28-year-old Eric Lloyd of West 3rd in Centralia remained in custody on an outstanding Fayette County misdemeanor warrant. 

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Shootings under investigation

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MT. VERNON – A lack of cooperation is hampering efforts by police to investigate the two latest shootings in the southern section of the city.

The first shooting happened last week, about 4 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 26. The shooting was reported from the 18th and Lamar Street area. The victim drove himself to Good Samaritan Hospital, where he was treated and released.

A second shooting happened this week, Tuesday evening about 5:13 p.m., on South 19th Street.

An anonymous caller reported to police they heard eight to 12 gunshots.

Police responded to the area, and officers reported no one was cooperating with the investigation. An officer located a vehicle that had been “shot up” in the 700 block of South 19th Street, and shell casings were found in the roadway, Mt. Vernon Police Assistant Chief Trent Page confirmed. The roadway was blocked and investigators from the department were called to the scene.

Teacher arrested for child solicitation

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MT. VERNON – A Mt. Vernon Township High School math teacher was arrested Wednesday night on charges of indecent solicitation of a child and grooming.

Authorities allege Kevin W. Battas, 25, of Mt. Vernon, met a 14-year-old Troy girl through Whisper, an anonymous social media app. He allegedly discussed an act of sexual conduct with the youth and offered to perform sexual acts upon her, states a news release from the Troy Police Department.

The charges result from an investigation conducted by the Troy Police Department during the past month. Battas is currently being held at the Madison County Jail on a $150,000 bond.

Troy Police Chief Brad Parsons said there are no indications Battas actually met the victim in person.

Salem Woman Being Held For Murder Charged With Attempted Escape

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Christina Thomason

A 24-year-old Salem woman awaiting trial for the first degree murder to her three-month old daughter faces new charges of attempted escape and criminal damage to government supported property.

Marion County State’s Attorney Matt Wilzbach says Christina Thomason of Trenary Street and two other inmates allegedly broke off a piece of the shower rod in the women’s work release cell and used it to pry open an air vent about three inches.  At that point, correctional officers discovered what the three were doing and shut down the escape attempt.  Wilzbach says it is his understanding even if they had gotten into the air vent, the vent never left a secure part of the jail.  The incident occurred on January 17th during the middle of the day.

The criminal damage charge claims she caused less than $500 damage to property supported in whole or part by Marion County government.  

Thomason is scheduled to appear in Marion County Court for the first time on Wednesday on the new charges.  If she is convicted, any sentence would have to be served consecutively to time handed down in the murder case.  Thomason is currently being held in lieu of $1-million dollars bond.  Her jury trial on the murder charges is set to begin February 29th.  

Thomason is accused of suffocating her baby under blankets last March.     

Wilzbach says charges could also be filed against the other two women who were in the cell that were part of the escape attempt.  


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Mt. Vernon Man Draws Lengthy Federal Prison Term on Cocaine Charges

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A 30-year-old Mt. Vernon man has been sentenced to 151 months in federal prison after previously pleading guilty to two counts of a federal indictment.  

Darrain Bowdry had admitted to knowingly and intentionally distributing cocaine on two different occasions on November 4th, 2014.  When he has completed serving the federal prison term, he will have to complete three years supervised release and pay a $400 fine.  

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

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