Marion County Runs at Deficit In Last Fiscal Year

October 14, 2016 Comments off

The Marion County Board operated in the red during the last fiscal year.

The board heard from its new auditor Franklin and Vaughn at Tuesday night’s meeting. Mark Vaughn says there were no findings, but the county’s bottom line took a hit during the fiscal year that ended December first of last year.

“You operated at a bit of a deficit this year, which generated some of that loss of cash. But another reason it is down is because you paid off $600,000 worth of bonds and debt. So just because cash is down, it is not all bad. Alot of it went to pay off bonds and debt. That’s never bad to see the debt going down,” said Vaughn.

The audit is now on file at the county clerk’s office.

In other action, the board rolled back pay to jurors after a new state law was found unconstitutional. Circuit Clerk Ronda Yates says jury pay will once again be $15.50 a day plus mileage. The law also reinstituted 12 person juries in civil jury trials without additional cost.

The board agreed to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with Honeywell for complete a preliminary feasibility assessment study of needed heating and air conditioning improvements at the courthouse, public service building, jail and Moose building. There will be no cost to the county.

The board approved having a special meeting on Monday night, October 17th, at 6 pm, to award a bid for a new roof on the former Moose building. The board earlier approved purchase of the building to renovate for storage. Building Committee Chair Dr. Creighton Engel says if they can get the new roof on before winter it will avoid the need for temporary repairs and allow other work to be completed inside over the winter months.

Knapp Oil Company was awarded the bid to supply oil and gas products to the county in the coming year.

The board also approved an $8,930 replacement of a culvert on Summertime Road in Haines and Raccoon Township and a $14,445 replacement of a culvert on Charlton Road in Haines Township.

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Survey shows 47 percent of Illinois voter want to leave state

October 12, 2016 Comments off

CARBONDALE — According to a new poll conducted by Southern Illinois University’s Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, 47 percent of registered Illinois voters want to leave the state.

In comparison, 51 percent of the poll’s respondents said they’d prefer to remain in the state, while 2 percent remained undecided. According to the poll, 20 percent of respondents said it was likely, somewhat likely or likely that they’d leave the state in the coming year. Nearly 80 percent said it was unlikely.

Respondents cited the state’s taxes, weather, government and jobs as the main reasons for wanting to leave the state. According to the poll, 27 percent cited taxes, 16 percent blamed the weather, 15 percent cited government and 13 percent pointed to jobs and education.

“There are lots of reasons why people want to leave, David Yepsen, director of the institute, said in a statement. “Not much can be done about the weather but policy makers can do something about perceptions of the quality of services, tax competitiveness, tax fairness and educational and job opportunities.”

Pregnant woman arrested for battery to a police officer

October 12, 2016 Comments off

CENTRALIA — A 21-year-old Hoyleton woman was arrested in Centralia over the weekend for felony battery to a police officer and on an outstanding Marion County warrant.

Nikkita Campbell reportedly walked off with the keys to a Centralia home, after becoming upset with how a man at the home was being treated by EMTs after he suffered a seizure.

When Campbell locked the house, however, the EMT crew’s computer was still inside, and when police questioned her at the hospital about the keys she denied having them, but when officers reportedly saw her with the keys later she allegedly refused to give them the keys and they had to be taken from her.

A search of Campbell’s name subsequently revealed the outstanding warrant for her arrest and as an officer was attempting to get the pregnant woman into the back of the squad car she allegedly kicked the officer multiple times and attempted to spit on another officer.

She was taken directly to the Marion County Jail and was charged Tuesday in Marion County Court with Class 2 felony aggravated battery to a peace officer. Campbell’s bail was set at $20,000 and she is next scheduled in court for a November 1 preliminary hearing..

Midland States Bank Robbed in Farina

October 8, 2016 Comments off

Area police departments have converged on Farina where the Midland States Bank was held up Friday morning.

Illinois State Police say a white male suspect wearing a plaid shirt, red plaid jacket, blue jeans, and a green baseball cap entered the bank, displayed a weapon, and demanded money. After receiving an undetermined amount of money, the man exited the bank and was last seen on foot heading north on Walnut Street. The suspect is described as having long black hair, approximately five feet six inches tall and is estimated to weigh 200 pounds.

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to contact ISP Zone 7 Investigations at (217) 342-7853.

Farina Police and the Fayette and Marion County Sheriff’s Departments also joined in the search.

This is an active and ongoing investigation. State Police say no further information is being released.

Police Beat for Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

October 7, 2016 Comments off

A 30-year-old Centralia woman was being held in the Marion County Jail Wednesday for driving on a suspended license, possession of under five grams of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Marion County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Ashley Dennis a short time after she left the county jail after a deputy confirmed her license was suspended. After the arrest, police say the found alleged methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia in her purse.

27-year-old Shanna Lux of Foxville Road in Kell was arrested at the Marion County Sheriff’s Office on a petition to revoke probation.

26-year-old Kirbi Rinehart of North College in Salem was being held on a Marion County misdemeanor warrant.

Two others posted bond on outstanding warrants and were released. They are 55-year-old Dennis Pannell of South Pearl in Sandoval who was arrested by Sandoval Police on a Marion County DUI warrant and 31-year-old Dennis Anderson of Davenport, Iowa who turned himself in on a Marion County traffic warrant.

38-year-old Anthony Gorys of Raymond was arrested by sheriff’s deputies for driving on a revoked or suspended license. He was released on $150 bond.

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Belle Rive Woman Identified as Victim in Fatal Two Vehicle Crash

October 7, 2016 Comments off

A 33-year-old Belle Rive woman was killed in a two vehicle crash on Illinois Route 142 west of Lamp Light Lane in Jefferson County late Tuesday night.

State Police identify the victim as Lea Boykin.

State Police say preliminary investigative details indicate Boykin was eastbound when a westbound pickup driven by 18-year-old Chance Grein of McLeansboro crossed the center line of the roadway and struck Boykin head on. After the impact, Grein’s vehicle rolled over, came to rest in the roadway and caught fire. Boykin’s car traveled off the road after impact.

Boykin was pronounced dead on the scene by the Jefferson County Coroner. Grein was transported to a regional hospital with major injuries.

Grein was ticketed for improper lane usage.

The crash occurred at 10:30 Tuesday night.

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Police Beat for Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

October 5, 2016 Comments off

Four people were arrested on outstanding warrants on Monday and brought to the Marion County Jail. 53-year-old Juan Hayes of North James in Centralia and 42-year-old Brandi Richendollar of South Sycamore in Centralia are being held on outstanding felony failure to appear in court warrants. 48-year-old Stacy Kniser of West 3rd in Centralia is being held on an outstanding Marion County traffic warrant.

18-year-old Briesha Rush of South 17th in Mt. Vernon posted $500 bond on an outstanding Marion County felony warrant and was released from custody.

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