Centralia Man Arrested on Vehicle Hijacking and Kidnapping Charges

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A 22-year-old Centralia man is being held in the Clinton County Jail at Carlyle after allegedly hijacking a vehicle and kidnapping a Centralia woman.

Wamac Police say the incident unfolded at 12:39 Saturday morning after the woman agreed to give Luke DeClue of South Elm Street a ride to his mother’s home in Wamac from the Centralia Walmart Store. Once the car was stopped in front of the home on West 16th, DeClue reportedly asked for $10. When the driver told him no, he allegedly opened the glove box and center console of the car where he reportedly found $10. DeClue reportedly got out of the car at that point with the $10 and loose change he found in the vehicle.

Wamac Police say after standing on the porch of his mother’s home for a short time, DeClue told the woman to let him drive or he would kill her. DeClue then reportedly got into the driver’s seat and the alleged victim was ordered to get into the passenger seat. Police say DeClue drove to Quince and Wabash, where he stopped the vehicle on the road. He allegedly told the female passenger to stay and he would be back in five or ten minutes. Once she couldn’t see DeClue anymore, the alleged victim drove to the Centralia Police department to report the incident.

Wamac Police took DeClue into custody around 11 Saturday morning when they spotted him walking near 15th and Cherry trying to hide his face. DeClue was later transferred to the Clinton County Jail on charges of aggravated assault, misdemeanor theft, vehicular hijacking, and kidnapping.

Police report the woman was not injured.

Police Beat for Sunday, March 19th, 2017

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Marion County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested a 42-year-old Thibodaux, Louisiana resident early Sunday morning for alleged driving under the influence of alcohol. Dana Ordoyne later posted $300 bond and was released from the Marion County Jail.

32-year-old Eddie Bender of Thomas Street in Iuka is being held in the Marion County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bond on a pending Marion County possession of a controlled substance case. He was arrested by sheriff’s deputies.

Two others arrested on warrants posted bond and were released. They are 41-year-old Misty Podergois of West Jefferson in Patoka who was arrested by sheriff’s deputies and 25-year-old Dustin Lackey of Taylor, Michigan who was arrested by Odin Police.

Appeals Court Refuses to Stop Oil in Dakota Access Pipeline

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – An appeals court has refused to stop the imminent flow of oil through the Dakota Access pipeline.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Saturday denied a request from the Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux tribes for an emergency order. That means the pipeline to move North Dakota oil to the Patoka Tank Farm in northwestern Marion County could be operating as early as Monday.

The Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux tribes have been trying to stop that from happening while their legal challenge against the pipeline proceeds.

The $3.8 billion pipeline will move North Dakota oil to Illinois. The tribes fear it could harm their water supply. Dallas-based pipeline developer Energy Transfer Partners disputes that.

Vacant Centralia Home Receives Heavy Damage to Rear of Structure

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A fire that is listed as suspicious in nature caused heavy damage to the rear of a vacant home at 1012 Case Street in Centralia late Saturday morning.

All available Centralia City Firemen were called in to fight the fire at the home owned by Gregory Marcum of Walnut Hill. The fire started in a back room of the home and spread to the kitchen area, but was knocked down before it could breach the roof or move into the front portion of the home. There was smoke damage throughout the home. The home had been empty for about a year and a half and there was no furniture inside. Marcum told firefighters he had plans to remodel the home.

A State Deputy Fire Marshal was called in to try and determine the cause of the fire. No injuries were reported.

The fire call came in at 10:38 am with firemen on the scene for about two hours. A neighbor initially spotted the fire when coming home from the store.

The Centralia Emergency Services and Disaster Area assisted Centralia Police with traffic control.

Police Beat for Saturday, March 18th, 2017

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A 21-year-old Nashville, Illinois man is being held in the Marion County Jail on multiple charges after allegedly entering a Centralia woman’s home on South Marion Street without permission. Cornell Hannah of Kaskaskia Street was arrested by Centralia Police and taken to the Marion County Jail for criminal damage and criminal trespass to Marion County Housing Authority property, aggravated battery to a police officer and resisting arrest.

29-year-old Michael Whitaker of Shumway was arrested by Marion County Sheriff’s Deputies for failure to appear in court on a possession of drug paraphernalia charge. Bond is set at $7,500.

27-year-old Nicole Ryan of East Broadway in Centralia was arrested by Iuka Police for no valid driver’s license.

23-year-old Konner Hess of East Bennett in Salem posted $100 bond and was released after being arrested by Salem Police during a traffic stop for driving under the influence.

35-year-old Chad Stanford of Old U.S. 51 in Sandoval posted $200 bond after being arrested by State Police for reckless driving and speeding over 35 miles per hour over the speed limit.

The Marion County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a residential burglary. Barb Daniels and her husband of Colestock Lane reported returning home Friday night and finding diamond rings and cell phones missing.

Congressman Mike Bost Creates Online Health Care Forum

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CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) – A Republican southern Illinois congressman who has criticized recent raucous town hall meetings around the country has created an online forum to collect comments about health care.

The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan reports U.S. Rep. Mike Bost of the 12th District announced the forum launch Friday. Participants can complete a short survey about the Affordable Care Act. Bost calls it a “one-stop shop for constituents to share their real life health care stories.”

Bost previously has held tele-town halls instead of in-person meetings. Earlier this month he compared the in-person meetings to the practice of “cleansing” by “Orientals.” He later said he “used a poor choice of words” in describing “coordinated disruptions,” he says are taking place across the country.

Crowds at some rowdy town halls involving congressional Republicans have expressed concerns about President Donald Trump’s policies.

New Illinois ID Cards Aim to Help Drivers with Disabilities

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ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) – New identification cards in Illinois aim to ease interactions between police and people with disabilities.

The (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald reports the “Person with a Disability Wallet Card” is available free from any secretary of state’s driver services facility. The cards are given to applicants 16 and older who have been diagnosed with an intellectual, developmental or mental disability, such as autism, epilepsy, anxiety, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia.

The card tells authorities to not interpret behavior as a refusal to cooperate. People with such disabilities may struggle to verbalize.

The card was introduced this year as part of a state law sponsored by Democratic state Rep. Stephanie Kifowit of Oswego and Democratic state Sen. Linda Holmes of Aurora. Kifowit says officials don’t know how many cards have been handed out since becoming available Jan. 2.