Police Beat for Monday, August 14th, 2017

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Three people were brought to the Marion County Jail Sunday on outstanding warrants.

31-year-old Lindsey Brandt of South Locust in Centralia was being held in lieu of $80,000 bond for failure to appear on a Marion County warrant for unlawful delivery of heroin as well as an outstanding Clinton County misdemeanor warrant.

29-year-old Karen Sloan who told jail officials she was homeless was arrested by Centralia Police for failure to appear for violation of an order of protection. Bond is set at $5,000.

A 29-year-old Central City man, Matthew Stebbins of Richmond Heights Mobile Home Park, has been released on $15,000 personal recognizance bond for failure to appear on a Marion County felony warrant for failure to report annually.

Olney Man Hurt in Clay County Motorcycle Crash

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A 50-year-old Olney man was seriously injured early Monday morning when trying to avoid hitting a deer while riding his motorcycle.

State Police preliminary investigative details indicate Jesse Henry was traveling west on U.S. 50 about two miles west of Flora on his motorcycle when he attempted to avoid hitting a deer standing in the roadway. In the process, Henry fell off the motorcycle on to the pavement. The motorcycle continued off the roadway where it landed in a creek.

Henry was transported by Clay County ambulance to the Clay County Hospital in Flora for treatment of serious injuries. He was then airlifted to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, Indiana.

The crash occurred at 3:48 Monday morning.

Odin Third Grade Teacher Nominated for National LifeChanger of the Year Award

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An Odin third grade teacher has been nominated for the 2017-18 national LifeChanger of the Year award.

Melynda Frederick was nominated by her principal, Sam Alli. She was recognized for her passion and drive for both her students and education. As a result, Alli says she has been able to build strong relationships with her students and their families.

The principal says he cannot say enough positive words about Mrs. Frederick. He notes she loves what she does and it shows from the moment she arrives until the time she leaves.

The National Life Group Foundation’s LifeChanger of the Year recognizes and rewards the very best K-12 educators and school district employees across the United States who are making a difference in the lives of students by exemplifying excellence, positive influence and leadership.

Frederick says she is humbled and so honored for the nomination. She says her goal is to give students the best experience possible and make them excited to come to school.

Winners are chosen by a selection committee comprised of former winners and education professionals. Winners are announced via surprise award ceremonies held at their schools. The grand prize finalists will also be honored at a national awards ceremony in spring 2018 in Bermuda, where the Grand Prize Winner will be revealed.

Centralia Police Arrest Third Person in July 30th Home Invasion

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16-Year-Old Was One of Two Shot in the Incident

A 16-year-old Centralia juvenile boy who was shot during a July 30th home invasion has now become the third to be arrested in connection with the case.

Centralia Police picked up the juvenile on Friday for alleged home invasion, aggravated robbery, and aggravated discharge of a firearm. He was initially taken to the Marion County Jail and then ordered detained at the Franklin County Juvenile detention center pending a first appearance in Marion County Court on Monday.

Centralia Police believe four people entered the home in the 900 block of East Broadway late on the evening of July 30th. One of the residents fired at the group after their entered the home. All four fled before Centralia Police arrived.

A 22-year-old Central City man and the 16-year-old juvenile both were initially treated at St. Mary’s Hospital before being transferred to St. Louis hospitals. Both have since been released.

The two others earlier charged in the case were 19-year-old James Powers of Arbor Lane in Centralia and 18-year-old Bryce Bradley of Belleville and formerly of Centralia. They were both charged with residential burglary, home invasion and aggravated discharge of a firearm.

Centralia Man Injured in Single Vehicle Crash in Rural Iuka

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A 20-year-old Centralia man was injured in an early Thursday evening single vehicle crash on the Iuka Road south of the Calvert Road in Iuka Township.

Marion County Sheriff’s Deputies say Austin Reed of State Route 161 swerved to miss a deer, ran off the left side of the road, traveled down an embankment, went airborne across a creek and struck the embankment on the other side. The vehicle eventually came to a stop in the creek.

Reed was taken to Salem Township Hospital for treatment of injuries.

The crash occurred at 5:31 Thursday evening.

Police Beat for Saturday, August 12th, 2017

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A 33-year-old Centralia man has been arrested by Centralia Police for allegedly felony theft and aggravated unlawful use of weapons. Joshua Lyons of Patterson Street was arrested after completing a construction job and allegedly taking five boxes of left over brick with him that were purchased by the person who hired him. When confronted, Lyons allegedly refused to return the bricks. Police were called and Lyons was taken into custody. The weapons charge was added after a pair of brass knuckles were allegedly found in one of his pockets.

28-year-old Zachary Konhorst of Deanna Drive in Centralia was arrested by Centralia Police for domestic battery, motor vehicle theft, resisting a peace officer, and aggravated battery to a police officer. No other details are currently available.

28-year-old Dustin Melton of South Franklin in Wamac was arrested by Wamac Police on an outstanding Marion County felony warrant for domestic battery. Bond on the warrant is set at $5,000.

Law Requires Swift Treatment for Mentally Ill Jail Inmates

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CHICAGO (AP) – Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart is applauding a new law that shortens delays for transferring mentally ill jail inmates to needed treatment.

Backlogs have left those who have court-ordered mental health treatment waiting in jail. Legislation sponsored by Chicago Democratic state Rep. Art Turner and signed into law by Gov. Bruce Rauner sets deadlines for exchanging information between law enforcement agencies and the Illinois Department of Human Services .

The law requires court orders to be transmitted from county offices to DHS within five days. There is no deadline currently.

Dart said Tuesday that there are 20 inmates in Cook County Jail awaiting treatment. One case involves a 62-year-old woman facing a criminal trespass charge who has waited 117 days since her order for treatment.