Boyd Man Arrested on Drug and Assault Charges After Allegedly Making Threats While Armed With Machete

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A 28-year-old Boyd man has been arrested on drug and assault charges after allegedly threatening a Centralia resident while armed with a machete.

John Kaufman of East Seven Oaks Drive is being held in the Marion County Jail for possession of a controlled substance, aggravated assault, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Centralia Police say they were called to the home of Dawn Ferguson on South Sycamore Street early Sunday morning after the man allegedly threatened to have people come shoot up her apartment. Kaufman was found walking nearby when police arrived. By that time he had put the Machete down.

Ferguson told police that she had lent Kaufman $20 earlier. He later returned asking her to hold his belongings until he could go get her money. When Kaufman returned he reportedly didn’t have the money, but offered to give Ferguson the Machete and later methamphetamine to cover his debt. When Kaufman was told ‘no’, he allegedly began making the threats.

Police found the machete and a small container that contained a small amount of a white crystal substance that tested positive for meth. Police also searched a back pack Kaufman had left at the Ferguson home and allegedly found a syringe w2ith meth residue inside.

Police received the call at 3:49 Sunday morning.

Three People Arrested by Centralia Police On Felony Drug Charges

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Three people were arrested in Centralia on felony drug charges on Saturday. All three arrests followed separate traffic stops.

Centralia Police arrested 55-year-old Harold Rudder of North Pine in Centralia following a brief chase. He allegedly increased speed as police tried to stop him at McKee and Howard. He eventually stopped at Lincoln and Rexford. Police say Rudder threw something out the passenger window after he stopped. A $20 bill wrapped around a rock of what field tested as cocaine was allegedly recovered. Rudder was taken to the Marion County Jail for possession of a controlled substance, driving on a suspended or revoked license, no insurance, having only one taillight and disobeying several yield and stop signs.

State Police arrested 34-year-old Tabatha Oakley of North Hickory in Centralia for possession of a hypodermic needle and possession of under five grams of methamphetamine. Oakley was pulled over as part of a roadside safety check. Police asked to search her car after a canine alerted on the car. A black pouch with two hypodermic syringes and a blue container with residue that field tested as methamphetamine was allegedly found.

Centralia Police arrested 45-year-old Darin King of North Lincoln in Centralia for alleged possession of meth and possession of drug paraphernalia. King was stopped after allegedly traveling the wrong way on East McCord Street near Poplar. After a positive alert from a canine unit, police searched the car and found a set of scales that allegedly tested positive for methamphetamine along with a drug pipe.

Police Beat for Sunday, February 19th, 2017

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Four people were taken to the Marion County Jail on Saturday after being arrested on outstanding warrants.

26-year-old Kelly Taylor-Schulte of James Street in Centralia remained in custody after being arrested by Central City Police on outstanding Marion and Clinton County traffic warrants.

33-year-old Cassandra Weibley of Deanne Drive in Centralia was arrested by Sandoval Police on a Marion County small claims warrant.

32-year-old Jacob Moseley of Marion was arrested by Centralia Police on an outstanding Marion County felony warrant and Clay County misdemeanor warrant.

25-year-old Kyle Holsapple of Benton was arrested by Jefferson County Sheriff’s Deputies and later moved to the Marion County Jail on an outstanding Marion County traffic warrant.

Vinyl Railing at Centralia Home Damaged When Leaf Fire Gets Away

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Centralia City Firemen say a leaf fire spread quickly across the extremely dry grass and caused about $1,000 damage to a vinyl railing at the Mason Jackson home on Mitchell Drive Sunday afternoon.

Fire officials say the fire had largely been put out with a garden hose before their arrival. The fire itself was confined to a 10 by 20-foot area.

The fire call came in at 2:45 Sunday afternoon.

The fire was the only incident during the burn weekend in Centralia. The rest of the Fire Departments in Marion County issued a burn ban for Saturday and Sunday due to the extremely dry conditions.

Williamson County officials monitor use of synthetic opioid

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MARION, Ill. (AP) – Williamson County officials are monitoring the use of a synthetic opioid they say was recently introduced in the area and poses a major threat of overdose.

Officials say U-47700 is eight times stronger than heroin. It can be purchased online from Chinese manufacturers at a low cost.

The Southern Illinoisan reports that the drug, also referred to as “U,” “U-4,” “Pink,” or “Pinky,” was introduced throughout Illinois last year. It has claimed the lives of at least 100 people in Illinois since then.

Williamson County State’s Attorney Brandon Zanotti says one case is under investigation in his county. A bill introduced by Republican state Sen. Kyle McCarter of Vandalia would mark the drug as having a risk for potential abuse.

Ex-Doctor Sentenced for Prescribing Drugs to 3 Who Overdosed

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) – A former northern Illinois doctor has been sentenced to federal prison for prescribing drugs that prosecutors say contributed to three deadly overdoses.

The (Sterling) Daily Gazette reports Richard Ng of Sterling prescribed at least one controlled substance to each of his patients after every visit, even though he saw signs they were misusing the drugs.

Investigators say three patients who died had the drugs in their bodies.

Ng was sentenced Friday to 7 years and 3 months in prison. He must report on April 7.

The 65-year-old pleaded guilty in September to dispensing a controlled substance outside the course of professional practice and without a legitimate medical purpose.

Ng offered his “deepest apologies” to those affected. He said he had no explanation for his actions.

Salem Man Faces Multiple Charges After Leading Sheriff’s Deputies on High-Speed Chase

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A 20-year-old Salem man is being held in the Marion County Jail after leading Marion County Sheriff’s Deputies on a high-speed chase Friday night.

Justin Landreth of South Pearl eventually fled the car on foot after missing a 90-degree turn on the Wisher Road in rural Patoka and getting the car stuck after hitting a fence and railroad ties. Deputies searched the heavily wooded area without success. However, they learned Landreth was likely the one they were looking for when finding his phone in the car after it started ringing. After having the car towed, deputies left the area. Landreth was arrested a short time later along U.S. 51 near Patoka where a deputy saw him walking.

The chase began on U.S. 51 near the Red Stripe Road south of Sandoval after the deputy attempted to stop Landreth for having only one headlight. Instead of stopping he accelerated. Speeds in the chase reached 100 miles per hour heading into Sandoval, where the deputy back off the chase. Landreth reportedly drove through Sandoval at a high rate of speed, swerving into the other lane and passing other vehicles.

Once Landreth was north of Sandoval, speeds in the chase reached 125 miles per hour. He exited U.S. 51 at the Britt Road and continued east to the Wisher Road where he eventually ran off the road.

Landreth was arrested for aggravated fleeing and eluding police, driving on a revoked license, improper lighting, improper lane usage, and speeding.

Deputies say Landreth had borrowed the car from Cassidy Hunter of Currie Lane in Alma.