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2019 08/29 – John Ranft

2019 08/29 – John Ranft

John Ranft, 74, of Irvington, passed away Friday, August 23, 2019, at SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia.  John retired from Gilster Mary Lee in Centralia after working there for 5 plus years. He enjoyed taking care of his pets, fishing and watching John Wayne Movies and old Westerns. A Celebration of Life Service…Read more »

2019 08/29 – Jerry Michael ‘Mike’ Brasel

2019 08/29 – Jerry Michael ‘Mike’ Brasel

Jerry Michael “Mike” Brasel, age 53 of Salem, passed away at his home on Friday, August 23, 2019.  Mike was an Engineer with S&S Urethane in Farina. Funeral services for Jerry “Mike” Brasel will be held on Thursday, August 29, 2019, at 10:00 am at Rogers-Atkins Funeral Home with Phil Martin officiating. Burial will be…Read more »

Vernon man killed in single vehicle rollover crash on Vermundy Road in northern Marion County

A 63-year-old Vernon man died in a single-vehicle crash on the Vermundy Road in northern Marion County Saturday morning. The victim is identified as Mitchell Norris. State Police say preliminary investigative details indicate Norris was traveling eastbound on the Vermundy Road a quarter-mile west of Garrett Road when he drove off the roadway and overturned.…Read more »

Salem man killed in motorcycle crash on Selmaville Road

Salem man killed in motorcycle crash on Selmaville Road

A 44-year-old Salem man has died in a Saturday morning motorcycle crash on the Selmaville Road near the Nation Road southwest of Salem. The driver of the cycle, Christopher Campbell, was pronounced dead on the scene by Marion County Coroner Troy Cannon shortly after the crash occurred. A passenger, 40-year-old Amanda Charlton of Salem, was…Read more »

63-year-old Vernon man died in single vehicle crash on Vermundy Road     (Updated 6:45 pm Saturday)

63-year-old Vernon man died in single vehicle crash on Vermundy Road     (Updated 6:45 pm Saturday)

A 63-year-old Vernon man died in a single-vehicle crash on the Vermundy Road in northern Marion County Saturday morning. The victim is identified as Mitchell Norris. State Police say preliminary investigative details indicate Norris was traveling eastbound on the Vermundy Road a quarter-mile west of Garrett Road when he drove off the roadway and overturned.…Read more »

Police Beat for Saturday, August 24th, 2019

Police Beat for Saturday, August 24th, 2019

31-year-old Andy Appleton of Selmaville Road in Salem was arrested for misdemeanor theft.   Salem Police arrested Appleton at the request of Marion County Sheriff’s Deputies who had developed him as a suspect in a theft case.  He was taken to the Marion County Jail. Salem Police arrested 39-year-old Dominic Arnold of West 6th Street in…Read more »

Illinois county slows wind farm plan along Mississippi River

Illinois county slows wind farm plan along Mississippi River

VALMEYER, Ill. (AP) — A southern Illinois county repealed an ordinance that would enable the construction of wind farms, stalling a proposal to build 50 turbines along the Mississippi River. The Monroe County Board of Commissioners voted to suspend the Wind Energy Conversion Ordinance after residents voiced safety concerns about the long-planned Southern Illinois Wind…Read more »

Illinois judge convicts man of drowning wife 19 years ago

Illinois judge convicts man of drowning wife 19 years ago

ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill. (AP) — A Wisconsin man has been convicted of murder in the drowning death of his wife 19 years ago in the bathroom of their suburban Chicago home. A Cook County judge announced the verdict Friday against 70-year-old Frank Buschauer, saying he didn’t believe Buschauer’s claims of a memory lapse over what…Read more »

Franklin County correctional officer charged with sexual misconduct with jail inmates

Franklin County correctional officer charged with sexual misconduct with jail inmates

BENTON, Ill. (AP) — A southern Illinois correctional officer is on administrative leave after being accused of sexual misconduct involving female inmates. Illinois State Police say Chet L. Shaffer of Thompsonville was arrested Thursday and charged with aggravated criminal sexual assault, official misconduct, and custodial sexual misconduct. The 58-year-old Shaffer is accused of engaging in…Read more »