Salem City Council Seats New Member

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The Salem City Council has a new member.

Jim Koehler was recommended by Mayor Rex Barbee and approved by the rest of the council to fill the term of Tim Hudspeth who resigned when moving out of the city limits.

Koehler is a retired teacher and coach and has served a number of years on the city’s Tourism Board.

“I’m interested in a lot. Of course, I’m into recreation, streets, just about everything in town. I just want to continue to Salem a great city to raise children, live in, have fun in. I have no other agenda actually. There is nothing major I want to do. I just want to make sure we keep everything going well,” said Koehler.

Barbee says he was one of four to submit a letter of interest, with one of those later withdrawing. He explains why he selected Koehler.

“I think that his prior service to the community. The other applicants were all sharp and had traits they would bring to the council and all serve well. I just thought Jim’s experience on several different city projects, having a good following in the community, and I thought he would fit in with the rest of the council.”

After the council voted unanimously for Koehler to be the new member, he was sworn into office and took his seat at the council table.


Centralia Police Make Arrest in December Armed Robbery Case

March 20, 2018 Comments off

Bond has been set at $30,000 for a 23-year-old Centralia woman who has been charged with armed robbery for her role in the December robbery of a Centralia man in his home.

Centralia Police had been seeking Jazmin Acres of West Kell Street since the December 4th incident and made contact with her when she called police on a different matter on Saturday.

Acres and a second woman were allegedly left inside the home of the victim in the 700 block of Rasback Street. The two then allegedly let an accomplice armed with a gun into the residence.

The victim was then reportedly beat up before his billfold, cell phone, two x-boxes and a TV were stolen. The victim did not require hospital treatment.

Centralia Police say they are still seeking the other two they believe are involved in the armed robbery.

Probable cause was found to hold Acres on the charge during her first court appearance on Monday.The public defender was appointed to represent Acres. If released on bond she was ordered to have no contact with the victim. A preliminary hearing is set for April 12th.

Kinmundy Man Pleads Guilty to Five Counts of Bank Fraud

March 20, 2018 Comments off

A 75-year-old Kinmundy man has pleaded guilty in Federal Court at East St. Louis to five counts of bank fraud. Alfred Cross admitted to defrauding seven southern Illinois banks out of more than $500,000.

Cross faces up to 30 years in prison and a fine up to $1-million on each count when he is sentenced on May 9th at 9:30 am. The court can also order Cross to pay restitution to the victim banks.

In pleading guilty, Cross admitted that he opened checking accounts at the Bradford National Bank in Greenville; Community First Bank of the Heartland in Mount Vernon; the Farmers and Merchants National Bank in Nashville; First Southern Bank in Carbondale; Midland States Bank in Effingham; State Bank of Whittington, in Benton; and Washington Savings Bank, located in Effingham.

After these accounts had been open for a short period of time, the U.S. Attorney’s office says Cross deposited into each of the accounts very large checks, ranging from $18,875 to $148,000. These checks were drawn on out-of-state bank accounts in the names of businesses that Cross controlled. Cross admitted that at the time he deposited these checks, he knew there were insufficient funds in the out-of-state accounts to cover the checks.

Cross further admitted that before the checks could be returned as non-sufficient funds, he withdrew almost all of the funds he had deposited. Cross gave some of these funds to his relatives and used the remainder to pay for personal expenses.

Cross conducted this fraud scheme from April 14, 2011, through March 25, 2015.

Taylorville Police Believe Person Being Sought for Shooting Three People May Be Headed to Southern Illinois

March 20, 2018 Comments off

Court Records Indicate Lee Wayne Kennedy Has Lived in Washington County

Taylorville Police are searching for a 43-year-old Taylorville man who shot three people on a Taylorville Street Monday morning during an ongoing domestic violence situation.

All three of the victims, which include a 13-year-old child, were taken to Taylorville Memorial Hospital and then transferred to Springfield Hospitals for treatment.

The man being sought is identified as 43-year-old Lee Wayne Kennedy, who has lived in Washington County. Police say he should be considered armed and dangerous and may be headed to Southern Illinois.

Taylorville Police say Kennedy was last seen driving a 1996 GMC Sierra extended cab truck, with Illinois registration 2363510B.

Anyone knowing of Kennedy’s whereabout is asked to call 911 immediately.

Central City School Kindergarten Pre-Registration

March 20, 2018 Comments off

Kindergarten pre-registration at Central City School will be held on Thursday, April 5th from 9-11:30 and from 12:45-2:45.

Children must be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2018, to be eligible to register for Kindergarten for the 2018-19 school year. Parents must present a birth certificate with the courthouse seal at the time of registration. Also, parents are asked to provide proof of immunizations at this time and a copy of the child’s Social Security Number.

All Kindergarten students must have a physical exam and be fully immunized according to Illinois law before they will be allowed to enroll in August. Lead screening will be required prior to enrollment. Dental and vision exams are now required for students entering Kindergarten. All forms will be provided at the time of registration.

Each child registered will be scheduled for a developmental, vision and hearing screening to identify potential problems in each child’s readiness for school. Parents should call the school office at 532-9521 to schedule an appointment. Parents who find it impossible to attend this registration should also call the school so an accurate count can be made for planning purposes.

Marion County Clerk Projects Just 14% Turnout for Tuesday’s Primary

March 20, 2018 Comments off

Marion County Clerk Steve Fox is projecting just a 14% voter turnout in Tuesday’s primary election. He makes the projection based on just 235 early voters through Saturday and only 50 absentee ballots being issued.

“Even though there is a governor’s race on both sides and quite a few candidates in the state-wide offices to vote for, local elections there’s just not much going on and it doesn’t appear that we will have any big turnout from what we normally have.”

In addition to the contested statewide elections, Marion County residents will help nominate a Republican candidate for 107th District State Representative to replace retiring John Cavaletto and 54th District State Senator Kyle McCarter. In the State Representative Primary, Laura Myers and Blaine Wilhour are facing off. Four candidates are seeking the Republican State Senate nomination. They are Benjamin Stratemeyer, Jason Plummer, Rafael Him, and George Barber.

The only contested Marion County race is to decide if Tabitha Meador or Gary Purcell should be the Republican Party’s nominee for county treasurer to replace retiring Patty Hahn. All those running for other county offices and county board are unopposed in the primary.

Polls will be open from six am to seven pm on Tuesday. Make sure to vote and listen to voter returns on WJBD-FM 100.1 beginning around eight Tuesday night.

Police Beat for Sunday, March 18th, 2018

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A 23-year-old Centralia woman is being held in the Marion County Jail after being arrested by Centralia Police Saturday night for armed robbery. Police say Jazmin Acres of West Kell Street had been wanted for questioning in a previous armed robbery case when she was located when making a complaint in a different matter.

A 47-year-old Centralia resident, Jackie Scanlon of Wabash Avenue, remains in custody after being arrested by Wamac Police for felony theft and criminal trespass to property.

39-year-old Samuel Jones of Martin Luther King Drive in Centralia was arrested by Centralia Police for manufacture or distribution of a look-a-like substance, resisting arrest, and on an outstanding Marion County misdemeanor warrant.