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Centralia Police make another buy/bust operation arrest   

Centralia Police make another buy/bust operation arrest   

The Centralia Police Department has conducted another Buy/Bust operation today in order to combat street-level drug trafficking. The Department’s Investigations Division set up officers covertly in a downtown area where they had set up a prearranged drug purchase.  The interdiction team then witnessed the drug deal take place and then initiated an arrest of the…Read More »

Centralia Police establish Safe Exchange Zone Initiative   

Centralia Police establish Safe Exchange Zone Initiative   

With the holiday season upon us the Centralia Police Department is starting a program for its citizens offering a safe exchange zone for online purchases such as Craigslist, eBay and other consumer to consumer direct exchange purchases. While the City of Centralia Police Department has not investigated any incidents involving meetings where purchase exchanges have led to…Read More »

State Trooper from Greenville arrested on sexual offenses that allegedly occurred while he worked at Vandalia Community High School 

State Trooper from Greenville arrested on sexual offenses that allegedly occurred while he worked at Vandalia Community High School 

A 29-year-old State Trooper from Greenville has been arrested for sex offenses that occurred during his earlier employment at Vandalia Community High School. James Dierkes was arrested on one count each of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and criminal sexual assault following an investigation by the Illinois State Police Division of Internal Investigation.   He was taken…Read More »

Reports: Illinois made major cuts at environmental agency

Reports: Illinois made major cuts at environmental agency

CHICAGO (AP) — Two reports show staffing cuts and dwindling funding at the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency in recent years. An Environmental Integrity Project report released Thursday shows the agency’s workforce was reduced by 38% between 2008 and 2018. A November report by the University of Chicago Law School and former federal EPA officials show…Read More »

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