Centralia Police Warn of New Scam

December 3, 2016 Comments off

Centralia Police are warning area residents of another scam.

They received a report Thursday of someone calling and identifying themselves as being with Buchheits. They demanded immediate payment on an overdue credit bill or legal action would be taken. The person who was called hung up and went to Buchheits where they were told the company doesn’t have credit cards and don’t make any such calls.

Police say if you receive such a call to hang up and don’t provide the caller with any personal information.

Police Beat for Friday, December 2nd, 2016

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A 40-year-old Centralia man has been arrested for domestic battery. Ben Davis of Green Street Road was arrested by Marion County Sheriff’s Deputies after he allegedly struck Chelsey Davis at their home. Davis told deputies he was acting in self defense.

Two others remain in custody after being arrested by Marion County Sheriff’s Deputies on outstanding warrants. 29-year-old John Atteberry of South Washington in Salem was being held on a felony failure to appear warrant. 35-year-old Heather Budds of South Wood in Odin was picked up on a failure to appear misdemeanor warrant.

24-year-old Howard Petrea of West 7th in Centralia posted $500 bond and was released on an outstanding Clinton County warrant.

Illinois Lawmakers Sue to Get Paid Despite State Budget Mess

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Six state representatives have sued the Illinois comptroller for holding up their paychecks during the state budget mess.

The Democratic lawmakers filed a lawsuit Friday in Cook County Circuit Court demanding that Republican Comptroller Leslie Munger and Gov. Bruce Rauner “end unwarranted political pressure.”

In April, Munger began putting paychecks for the governor and lawmakers in line and pays them like other vendors’ overdue bills get paid.

Munger says lawmakers suing her to get back pay are “cowards.” She told reporters in Chicago Friday that six state representatives were too cowardly to take legal action before she left office on Friday.

The lawsuit was filed by Democratic representatives Emanuel “Chris” Welch of Hillside, Kate Cloonen of Kankakee, Lisa Hernandez of Cicero, and Chicago residents Mary Flowers, Sonya Harper and Silvana Tabares.

Munger was appointed in 2014 following the death of Judy Baar Topinka, but lost election last month to Democrat Susana Mendoza. Mendoza has pledge to continue withholding pay.

Mt. Vernon man gets 4-year sentence on burglary plea deal

December 1, 2016 Comments off

JEFFERSON COUNTY — A 28-year-old Mt. Vernon man was sentenced Wednesday in Jefferson County Court to 4-years in prison, after he pleaded guilty to residential burglary.

Joshua B. Elliott was charged August 18, with two counts Class X home invasion, Class 1 residential burglary, and Class 4 domestic battery. He pleaded guilty to the Class 1 charge in exchange for the other charges being dismissed.

According to court records, on August 16, Elliott entered a home in the 300 block of Caborn Street and stayed inside the home until people returned home. He then allegedly threatened to cut two people with a knife.

Elliott was arrested in the St. Louis area and was transported to the Jefferson County Jail, where he has remained since his arrest.

 

More Illinois Residents Sign Up for ‘Obamacare’ Plans

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CHICAGO (AP) – Officials say more than 68,000 Illinoisans have selected health plans using the Affordable Care Act’s insurance marketplace, up nearly 1,400 compared to the same time last year.

The sign-ups are happening as President-elect Donald Trump and Republican leaders in Congress discuss repealing the law known as “Obamacare.” It’s unclear what might replace the law if they do repeal it.

Meanwhile, open enrollment for HealthCare.gov began Nov. 1 and continues through Jan. 31. People must enroll by Dec. 15 if they want their coverage to start Jan. 1.

The marketplace policies are the only way some people who aren’t insured through their jobs can get government tax credits to help bring down the cost.

Officials say many Illinois enrollees can find plans with a monthly premium of less than $75.

Three Face Drug Offenses After Search Warrant Is Executed on Ina Home

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Three people face charges after methamphetamine, meth manufacturing supplies, a firearm, ammunition and drug equipment are found at an Ina home following execution of a search warrant.

52-year-old Kenneth Bressler of Ina has been charged with methamphetamine manufacturing, disposal of methamphetamine waste, possession of methamphetamine materials, possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug equipment, possession of a firearm by a felon, and possession of firearm ammunition by a felon.

34-year-old Amber Howard of Ina has been charged with methamphetamine manufacturing, disposal of methamphetamine waste, possession of methamphetamine materials, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of drug equipment.

The juvenile was charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug equipment.

Both Howard and Bressler remain in the Jefferson County Justice Center pending the setting of bond. The Juvenile is being held in the Franklin County Juvenile Detention Center.

Allen is thanking the Mt.Vernon Police Department and his Deputies for all of the hard work they put into the case. The sheriff notes Bressler has a very long criminal history and Howard is currently on probation for Meth. He hopes this will be enough to put them in prison for a long time. Allen says people like this distribute poison to our children and need to stay behind bars.

Salem Kitchen Fire Confined to Oven

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Salem Fire Protection District officials say a kitchen fire at the Vanessa Cook home at 55-38 Edgewood Road was confined to inside the oven.

Fire officials say the self cleaning function was being used when the fire began. It was out on the department’s arrival. Firemen were able to remove a light smoke from the home with no permanent damage.

The home is owned by Beth Tyler.

The fire call came in at 11:17 Wednesday morning. Firemen were on the scene for about 45 minutes.