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Police Beat for Saturday, February 15th, 2020

Police Beat for Saturday, February 15th, 2020

A 36-year-old Centralia man has been arrested by Wamac Police for criminal sexual assault.   Carl Boyce of Johnson Street was taken to the Marion County Jail.  No other details are currently available. 29-year-old Anthony Hays of North James in Centralia was arrested by Sandoval Police for aggravated assault and child endangerment.   He posted $150 bond…Read more »

Centralia house fire confined to small area on front porch  

Centralia house fire confined to small area on front porch  

Centralia city firefighters investigate small electrical fire on the porch of a home at 810 North Beech early Friday night.  Photo by Tim Ferguson. Centralia City Firemen say an overloaded adapter plug apparently started a small fire in the enclosed front porch of the Randy Easley and Michael Cash home at 810 North Beech. Fire…Read more »

Chicago couple treated for new virus released from isolation

Chicago couple treated for new virus released from isolation

CHICAGO (AP) — Public health officials say a Chicago woman and her husband have been released from home isolation after recovering from the new virus from China. The couple was released from a suburban Chicago hospital on February 7th and remained in home isolation until Friday. Dr. Allison Arwady is the commissioner of the Chicago…Read more »

New sculpture honoring Lincoln planned at Springfield museum

New sculpture honoring Lincoln planned at Springfield museum

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A new sculpture honoring the 16th U.S. president is coming to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield. Museum officials announced plans last week for the “Beacon of Endurance” piece, which will stand more than 24 feet tall. Renderings show an obelisk, with a base inscribed with quotes from…Read more »

Officials hope to name new SIU Carbondale leader by April

Officials hope to name new SIU Carbondale leader by April

Officials hope to name a new chancellor to lead the Southern Illinois University Carbondale by spring. Phil Gilbert is the chair of the Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees. Gilbert said at a meeting this week that a 23-member advisory committee has chosen semifinalists. Those candidates will be interviewed then narrowed to a list of…Read more »

Official indicted on bribery charges in corruption probe

Official indicted on bribery charges in corruption probe

CHICAGO (AP) — A member of the staff of a Cook County board member has been indicted on charges he conspired to pay bribes to secure approval of red-light cameras in Oak Lawn. In an indictment revealed Friday, Patrick Doherty of Palos Heights is charged with three counts of bribery. The indictment contends the 64-year-old…Read more »

Harper scores 27, Rutgers beats No. 22 Illinois 72-57

Harper scores 27, Rutgers beats No. 22 Illinois 72-57

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Ron Harper Jr. hit all five of his 3-pointers and scored 27 points, and Rutgers remained unbeaten at home with a 72-57 victory over No. 22 Illinois. That sent the Illini to their fourth straight loss. Gio Baker and Akwasi Yeboah added 12 points apiece and Myles Johnson had 11 rebounds…Read more »

2020 02/21 – Elizabeth ‘Beth’ Sullivan

2020 02/21 – Elizabeth ‘Beth’ Sullivan

Elizabeth “Beth” Sullivan, 63, of Centralia, passed away Friday, February 14, 2020 at Odin Healthcare Center with her family by her side. Beth was an avid St. Louis Cardinal’s fan and enjoyed watching NASCAR. Most of all, Beth cherished the time she spent with her family and friends. Funeral Services for Elizabeth “Beth” Sullivan will…Read more »

2020 02/17 – Marlene SaRae Williamson

2020 02/17 – Marlene SaRae Williamson

Marlene SaRae Williamson, 74, of Mount Vernon, Illinois, passed away at 11:35 pm on February 14, 2020, at SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital in Mount Vernon. Marlene was a member of the Order of Eastern Star Mount Vernon Chapter #233.  She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother whose greatest joy was her family.  She…Read more »