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Five arrested in felony murder and robbery investigation; name of victim not yet released 

Five arrested in felony murder and robbery investigation; name of victim not yet released 

Marion County Sheriff Rich Stevenson says five Centralia residents are in custody as the department continues an investigation into a recent robbery and homicide. The name of the victim has not yet been released by the coroner’s office. The five in custody for felony murder and felony robbery are identified as 28-year-old Blake Shahan of…Read More »

2 involved in A.J. Freund case no longer state workers

2 involved in A.J. Freund case no longer state workers

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — State officials say that two Department of Children and Family Services employees at the center of an investigation into the well-being of a five-year-old boy who later died are no longer employed. The Chicago Tribune reports that a DCFS spokesman declined to say whether Carlos Acosta and his former supervisor, Andrew…Read More »

Centralia man pleads guilty to federal drug charges 

Centralia man pleads guilty to federal drug charges 

A 45-year-old Centralia man has pleaded guilty to an indictment charging him with conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute controlled substances and distribution of meth, and possession with intent to distribute meth. U.S. Attorney Steven Weinhoeft says Danny Lee DeShane will be sentenced on March 31st. He faces up to 20 years…Read More »

Centralia Police name co-officers of the year and present special award

Centralia Police name co-officers of the year and present special award

Centralia Police Chief Greg Dodson is surprised by being named Co-Officer of the Year by Sargeant Steve Whritenour (right) after awarding the annual award to Lieutenant Jamie James (left).    Centralia’s recently appointed Police Chief Greg Dodson and Lieutenant Jamie James were honored Thursday night as the department’s co-officers of the year. This is the…Read More »

Police Beat for Friday, December 13th, 2019

Police Beat for Friday, December 13th, 2019

Two people were arrested by Marion County Sheriff’s Deputies for bond violations in felony cases. 36-year-old Adam Phillips of West Warmouth in Salem and 34-year-old Scott Miller of Public Street in Alma were both taken to the Marion County Jail. Three others remain in custody on outstanding warrants. 57-year-old Faith Moon of South Franklin in…Read More »

Local Sports

Lady Cats Host Mascoutah Saturday

Lady Cats Host Mascoutah Saturday

The Salem Lady Cats return to action tonight as they step out of Cahokia Conference play when they host Mascoutah today.  The JV will tip at 12 and the varsity around 1:30.  Salem has won 3 in a row since opening the regular season with a loss at Breese Central.  Salem is 4-4 on season.…

Oil Belt Conference Boys Basketball Tournament, All Conference Baseball Announced

Oil Belt Conference Boys Basketball Tournament, All Conference Baseball Announced

The Oil Belt Conference Boys Basketball Tournament concluded on Thursday night at Iuka. In the Consolation Championship Game, Willow Grove defeated Selmaville 66-53. Iuka edged Odin 38-35 in the 3rd Place game. And Central City defeated Raccoon 53-32 for the Championship. In the Cheerleading Tournament, the following teams placed: Willow Grove – 3rd Place Selmaville – 2nd Place…