Illinois Man Charged With Kidnapping Stepdaughter, Baby

September 21, 2016 Comments off

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) – Prosecutors in southern Illinois have filed kidnapping and child abduction charges against a 39-year-old man they say took his 13-year-old stepdaughter and her infant son.

Police haven’t located Christopher M. Derleth, his stepdaughter Katherine Elizabeth Derleth and her son, Christopher Ray Derleth. He’s previously been ordered not to contact the girl. Madison County prosecutors announced the charges Monday. The three went missing over the weekend. Officials say the girl and baby were taken from a home in the town of Carpenter, north of Edwardsville.

Authorities say the baby was born Sept. 1. Sheriff John Lakin said authorities are worried because the infant is so young and the girl gave birth not long ago.

Authorities think they’re possibly headed to West Virginia in a green minivan.

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Mt. Vernon Man Charged with Ford Square Burglary Among Other Offenses

September 20, 2016 Comments off

Mt. Vernon Police have arrested a 24-year-old Mt. Vernon man on multiple charges after he allegedly was found inside a vacant residence.

Police say Quavarus Jackson appeared to have broken into the home in the 700 block of South 23rd. After taking Jackson into custody, officers found property stolen during a burglary at Ford Square on September 16th. One officer also recognized him from video surveillance at Ford Square.

Jackson is being held in the Jefferson County Justice Center for burglary, criminal trespass to property, and criminal damage to property. Bond has not yet been set.

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Salem City Council To Consider Bids on Two Projects; Discuss Changes to Cannabis Ordinance

September 20, 2016 Comments off

The Salem City Council will be asked to move forward on two infrastructure improvements Monday night.

City Manager Bill Gruen is recommending a $258,446 bid be approved for replacement of sewer lines at Lakedale, Monroe and Madison Streets. A bid from KRB Excavation of Trenton for $63,750 is recommended for sidewalk repair and parking lot repaving at Main and Jefferson where an old apartment building was earlier torn down.

Discussion on needed changes in the city’s cannabis ordinance to reflect the decriminalization of cannabis at the state level is on the agenda.

The council will be asked to approve a location for the Prisoner of War Memorial they earlier approved for the East Lawn Cemetery. In addition to approving the location, the council will be asked to decide where to use a concrete surface enhanced with a color to a granite surface. The memorial is being provided to the city if they provide the base.

Final approval could come for a franchise agreement for US Sonet. The agreement is needed as part of the sale agreement to Wabash Communications.

A closed session is set to discuss purchase of real estate, sale of real estate, and security.

The meeting begins at six Monday night at Salem City Hall.

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Nashville Man Named Chief Justice of Illinois Supreme Court

September 20, 2016 Comments off

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Illinois Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier has been selected by his peers on the state’s highest court to be its next chief justice.

The state Supreme Court on Monday announced Karmeier’s unanimous selection to a three-year term beginning Oct. 26. He will be the chief administrative officer of the state’s judicial system and oversee more than 900 judges in Illinois.

Karmeier has served on the Supreme Court since 2004. He received attention for voting in 2005 to overturn a $10.1 billion class-action judgment against Philip Morris over past efforts to market “low-tar” and “light” cigarettes as healthier alternatives. Plaintiffs’ attorneys wanted him recused from the case, saying he had received contributions from Philip Morris, which Karmeier denied.

Karmeier is replacing Justice Rita Garman, who is finishing a three-year term as chief justice.

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Juvenile arrested in second bomb threat of Johnston City HS this year

September 20, 2016 Comments off

WILLIAMSON COUNTY — A second bomb threat to the Johnston City High School this brief school year has resulted in the arrest of one student following the Monday morning evacuation of students.

According to police, Monday’s threat saw students evacuated to the football field until the building was cleared.

The school was evacuated last week after a note was reportedly found in a boys’ bathroom.

Three bomb threats were made to Johnston City Schools last year, with schools in Mt. Vernon, Hamilton County, and Wayne City also facing multiple evacuations throughout the school year for similar threats. Multiple juvenile arrests were made in separate threats in last year’s spate.

State Police Arrest Two on Drug Charges During Roadside Safety Check in Centralia

September 19, 2016 Comments off

Five people were brought to the Marion County Jail following a State Police roadside safety check in Centralia, including two on drug charges.

20-year-old Brandon Clements of Casey remains in custody for alleged possession of under five grams of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

A 17-year-old juvenile male was arrested for unlawful manufacture or delivery of meth, possession of meth, and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. Police had initially noticed a smell of cannabis when the vehicle pulled into the roadside safety check. The juvenile allegedly admitted to having the meth and reportedly selling it. Five meth and five cannabis pipes were also allegedly found.

20-year-old Justin Blankenship of Mattoon remains in custody after being arrested on an outstanding Effingham County felony warrant.

19-year-old Gage Devers of West 17th in Centralia is being held on an outstanding Marion County felony warrant.

20-year-old Justin Landreth of South Pearl in Salem posted $150 bond and was released for driving on a revoked or suspended license.

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Illinois Schools Eliminating Zero-Tolerance Policies

September 19, 2016 Comments off

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Illinois schools are now required to limit long-term suspensions and expulsions under a new law that also eliminates the use of zero-tolerance policies used to severely punish students for certain offenses.

The law that took effect last week is designed to reduce the number of days students are pulled from classrooms and encourage school administrators to use suspensions as a last resort.

Sen. Kimberly Lightford sponsored the law. The Chicago Democrat says she wants it to help schools think more about how to keep students in an academic setting.

Illinois lawmakers passed the bill with overwhelming support last year. States have been rethinking the zero-tolerance policies that gained prominence following the mass shooting at Colorado’s Columbine High School in 1999.

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