Police Beat for Saturday, January 14th, 2017

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21-year-old Albert Gardner of East Kell in Centralia remains in custody at the Marion County Jail after being arrested by Centralia Police for alleged domestic battery for allegedly punching and hitting Ricosha Young of Centralia.

38-year-old Charles Jackson of South Brookside in Centralia remains in custody on an outstanding Marion County felony warrant.

44-year-old Charles Weatherwalk of Crossroads in Salem posted $500 bond after being arrested by Salem Police on a Marion County felony failure to appear in court warrant.

Chicago Immigration Rally Decries Trump Plans

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CHICAGO (AP) – More than 1,000 people poured into a teachers’ union hall in Chicago to support immigrant rights and implore each other to fight for those rights against what they fear will be a hostile Trump administration.

The Saturday rally attracted leaders from various religious faiths, ethnic groups and human rights organizations. Many told the audience to fight deportations, a Muslim registry and other efforts they believe President-elect Donald Trump will lead.

People told of fearing deportation. Some expressed worries that the Trump administration will prevent relatives – some in some of the most dangerous corners of the world – from joining them in the United States.

Thirty-one-year-old Rehab Alkadi says she fears what might happen to her and her family members who fled war-torn Syria because Trump has “said a lot of bad things about Muslim people.”

One Person Has Been Arrested for Attempted Murder Following the Shooting of 2 People at Salem Party

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One person is in custody and two others were injured when gunfire broke out at a party at a home in the 700 block of Markland Street in Salem late Friday night.

Salem Police have confirmed the two who were shot and taken to a St. Louis Hospital for treatment as 21-year-old Jacob Joyner of East Bennett Street in Salem and 20-year-old Jacob Hayes of East Lester in Salem.

One person has been arrested by Salem Police for attempted murder in connection with the case. 18-year-old Tyler Caswell of Salem remains in the Marion County Jail pending the filing of formal charges.

Marion County State’s Attorney Bill Milner expects to be able to review the police reports on Sunday and make a final decision on charges and have bond set since court is not in session Monday due to the Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior Holiday.

Milner says it is his understanding that Hayes will be able to be interviewed about the case on Sunday. He notes while police have questioned many at the party, the two who were shot probably have the most information.

Salem Police had initially responded to the home at 10:37 Friday night to a report of shots fired. They then spent most of the night questioning those in attendance.

Salem Police were assisted by the Marion County Sheriff’s Department, Odin Police, Kinmundy Police and Illinois State Police.

Reynolds says the Salem Police Department is continuing their investigation.

Centralia Resident Pleads Guilty to Federal Weapons Charge

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A 34 year old Centralia resident has pleaded guilty in US District Court to conspiracy to possess and sell stolen firearms. Michael Rink faces up to five years in federal prison.

Rink was investigated following his role in the November 29th, 2014 burglary of Buchheit’s of Centralia. In that burglary, forty firearms and more than a thousand rounds of ammunition were stolen.

Dakota Moss, also of Centralia was sentenced to just over 20 years of imprisonment on September 11th of 2015 for committing that burglary. A juvenile accomplice was prosecuted separately in state court.

According to court records, Rink drove his co-defendants around helping conceal and transport the stolen firearms between locations. Rink agreed to accept money for providing transportation while the stolen guns were being moved from place to place and for agreeing to drive co-defendant Justin Gibson for the purpose of selling them. Two of the guns stolen were eventually transferred from the juvenile accomplice to co-defendant Terrell Cleggett who later sold the two guns to his friend Brandon Hoskins.

Eight of the stolen guns were recovered by law enforcement officials, including the 2 included in this prosecution.

Hoskins was sentenced to 5 years on December 13th, Cleggett is awaiting sentencing which is currently scheduled for February 21. Gibson also recently pleaded guilty and is set to be sentenced on April 20th.

Police Beat for Friday, January 13th, 2016

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A 22-year-old Salem man has been arrested by Sandoval Police for alleged felony theft. Jacob Heser of Nation Road is accused of taking a debit card belonging to Joshua Russell of Salem while both were at the 50/51 Saloon. Sandoval Police say Heser was later identified using the card to obtain money by video recording of the transaction. He was taken to the Marion County Jail.

31-year-old Devin Jordan of Richland Heights of Central City was arrested by Centralia Police for alleged aggravated domestic battery and felony criminal damage to property. Police say Jordan is accused of slapping his brother in the face and shoving him against a wall.

27-year-old Mallory Ritchey of South 14th in Mt. Vernon remained in custody after being arrested on an outstanding Marion County felony warrant.

Wamac Police arrested 21-year-old Chance Hoskey of Selmaville Road in Salem for alleged driving under the influence of alcohol. Hoskey posted $100 bond and was released.

Salem Police are investigating a burglary at a garage at the Doval McLean home on North Ohio Street. A muzzle loader, compound bow and power tools were reportedly stolen before nine Thursday morning.

Fire Causes Minor Damage to Sandoval Home

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Sandoval Firemen report only minor damage to the David and Amanda Brink home at 404 South Main in Sandoval following a Wednesday morning fire.

Sandoval Fire Chief Chad Parson says a mattress outside the home and part of the outside wall were on fire when the department was called. Most of the fire was knocked down by the occupants upon their arrival. The fire department used a water extinguisher to put out the rest of the fire.

Parson reports a make-shift shelter for the resident’s pets alongside the home had a heat lamp that started a fire on a tarp and a mattress that spread to the outside wall.

Sandoval Firemen had no problem putting out the fire. They were on the scene for about a half hour.

Two Are Charged With Armed Robbery of Blue Goose Liquor Store in Wamac Last January

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Two Mt. Vernon residents have been charged with Class ‘X’ felony charges of armed robbery of the Blue Goose Liquor Store in Wamac last January.

23-year-old Denzel Haynes of South 21st Street and 27-year-old Steven Collier of Harrison Street are both already serving lengthy prison terms after being convicted of other armed robberies that occurred in Mt. Vernon at about the same time. The charge against the two men claimed while armed with a handgun they took cash, checks, and coupons from the clerk by threatening imminent use of force.

Haynes is currently serving a 21-year prison term for the December 2015 armed robbery of Times Square Liquors North. Collier is serving a 14 year prison term for his role in the January 2016 armed robbery of the Jumpin Jimmies store in Mt. Vernon.

The two will be brought from prison at a future date to be formally arraigned on the charges.