Centralia man arrested for alleged child sex assault

June 21, 2017 Comments off

Ronnie Oglesby

CENTRALIA — A 31-year-old Centralia man is in the Marion County Jail after Centralia police arrested him Monday night for alleged criminal sexual assault.

Ronnie Oglesby was arrested for alleged sexual assault of a 13-year-old distant relative over the last few years.

Oglesby was questioned Monday at his home on Martin Luther King Drive after the girl had brought forward the allegations.

Oglesby was ultimately taken into custody and transported to the Marion County Jail where he awaits the formal filing of charges and the setting of bail.

Centralia woman arrested in connection with area home invasions

June 21, 2017 Comments off

MARION COUNTY — Two arrests have been made in connection with two reported home invasions in Marion County.

Imani Kaufman

According to reports, 19-year-old Imani Kaufman, and two juveniles forced their way into a home Monday night in Odin. The three were reportedly armed with a knife and tire wrench and allegedly struck one resident and a juvenile female visitor at the home. Neither alleged victim required hospitalization.

Marion County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Kaufman, of Centralia, and she has been formally charged in Marion County Court with Class 1 felony residential burglary and misdemeanor criminal damage to property. Her bail was set at $20,000 and she was scheduled for a July 11 preliminary hearing.

She is also suspected in a June 8, incident at a home in Walnut Hill, allegedly committed with 18-year-old Jade Burns, of Centralia and one of the two juveniles suspected in the Odin incident.

The three reportedly had been at a pool party at the residence but were told to leave after a fight broke out. They allegedly returned later, forced their way into the home, and allegedly stole multiple items.

Burns was arrested on charges in connection with that incident but has since been released from the Marion County Jail without formal charges.

Kaufman remains in jail in connection with both incidents. The Marion County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate both crimes and are still looking for one adult and two juveniles in connection with the investigation.

Death of Soldier From Wayne City Stationed at Fort Hood, Texas Under Investigation

June 21, 2017 Comments off

U.S. Army officials say Pfc. Devon James Tucker of Wayne City was found unresponsive June 15th at his off-post residence near Fort Hood, Texas.

A release from the U.S. Army indicates Tucker’s death is under investigation by the Copperas Cove, Texas Police Department. They identify Tucker as an indirect fire infantryman who joined the Army in January 2016. He arrived at Fort Hood in May 2016 and was deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from August 2016 to February 2017.

Tucker had earned the Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon and NATO Medal.

Tucker is described in his obituary of having a passion to serve and protect, even as a young boy he wanted to serve in the military. He was also described as liking to help others in any way he could.

Funeral Services will be held at one Saturday afternoon at the Orchardville Church in Orchardville, with visitation from ten until the time of the service on Saturday. Members of the U.S. Army Honor Detail will conduct Full Military Honors at the cemetery. Memorials may be made to Devon Tucker and Christian Marvel Scholarship Fund.

See the WJBD obituary page for the full obituary.

Farina Man Sentenced to Prison for Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault

June 21, 2017 Comments off

A 52-year-old Farina man has been sentenced to 11 and a half years in prison after pleading guilty in Fayette County Court to predatory criminal sexual assault of a victim under the age of 13.

In exchange for the plea, Larry Sapp had two other felony counts dropped against him. He’ll have to complete three years of mandatory supervised release when getting out of prison. He’ll also have to register as a sex offender the remainder of his life.

Sapp faced a sentencing range of 6 to 30 years in prison.

Parking dispute leads to Odin man’s arrest on firearms charges

June 20, 2017 Comments off

CENTRALIA — A dispute over a parking space reportedly resulted in a 45-year-old rural Odin man allegedly pulling a gun and pointing it at the head of another man over the weekend.


Jason Barnes

According to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Jason Barnes was arrested for alleged possession of weapons by a felon, aggravated assault with a firearm, possession with the intent to deliver cannabis, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of cocaine.


The sheriff’s department reportedly received a 911 call from a 44-year-old Centralia man who said he was able to get away after Barnes allegedly placed a gun to his head after Barnes blocked in his vehicle making it difficult for him to escape.

The man reportedly told police he would have moved his vehicle if asked. Barnes denied having a gun but after receiving permission to search deputies allegedly found a gun, as well as a scale with substances that field tested positive as cannabis, cocaine, and methamphetamine residue inside a safe.

Height of Illinois Levees Concerning to Some in Missouri

June 20, 2017 Comments off

ST. LOUIS (AP) – State versus state battle lines are being drawn across the Mississippi River, with a top Missouri official urging Illinois regulators to back away from a plan that would allow higher levees, potentially worsening flooding on the Missouri side of the river.

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley sent a letter last month to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources urging the agency to reconsider a proposed rule change that would deregulate levees and allow those already built too high to remain at the unauthorized level. The letter echoes concerns raised by environmentalists and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

But several Illinois lawmakers and some river interests favor higher levees, citing the increasing frequency of severe floods.

Salem Police Make Arrest in Vehicle Burglaries

June 20, 2017 Comments off

The Salem Police Department has arrested a 17-year-old Salem juvenile male and is looking for a second person in connection with a rash of recent vehicle burglaries.

Salem Police Chief Sean Reynolds says their break in the case came when the owner of a car discovered the two teens inside his vehicle in the 400 block of South Marion Street at 11:14 Sunday night.

Reynolds says by the time officers arrived the two had exited the vehicle, but were still in the area on their bikes. Both fled police. One was apprehended while the other got away.

Reynolds reports the juvenile who was apprehended had items reported from several vehicles in the backpack he was wearing. He says the department is still seeking owners for some of the recovered items. Reynolds is fairly certain the two teens were involved in the multiple vehicles on the city’s northwest side earlier this month.

The 17-year-old was released to a parent pending a court appearance. Police are continuing to look for the other person who got away.