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Salem City Council Begins Budget Discussion  

Salem City Council Begins Budget Discussion  

The Salem City Council reviewed the general fund budget Monday night. City Manager Bill Gruen says the $5.7-million budget is balanced and includes money for the city’s share of the two new school resource officers and the lease purchase of four new squad cars. Police Chief Sean Reynolds would like to keep two of the…Read more »

Kentucky man killed in I-64 crash in Jefferson County  

Kentucky man killed in I-64 crash in Jefferson County  

A 30-year-old Kentucky man was killed in a car-semi crash on I-64 in Jefferson County early Tuesday morning. State Police say the driver of the semi, Thakur Kafley of Louisville, Kentucky, veered off the road and sideswiped a disabled car on the shoulder of the road.  The truck continued off the road until it hit…Read more »

Bond set at $50,000 for Centralia woman charged with stabbing

Bond set at $50,000 for Centralia woman charged with stabbing

Bond has been set at $50,000 for a 39-year-old Centralia woman formally charged in Marion County Court on Monday with aggravated battery following a late Saturday morning stabbing. The judge also ordered a fitness hearing for Scenica Wilson at the request of her public defender who was appointed to the case on Monday.  Dr. Cuneo…Read more »

Two face new felony charges in Marion County Court  

Two face new felony charges in Marion County Court  

A 28-year-old Centralia woman has been charged in Marion County Court with under five grams of methamphetamine.   Bond for Heather Crabtree of Sherwood Drive was set at $5,000.  The public defender was appointed to represent her.   If released on bond, Crabtree was ordered to abstain from drugs with random testing. A 38-year-old Centralia woman has…Read more »

Police Beat for Tuesday, March 19th, 2019

Police Beat for Tuesday, March 19th, 2019

A 30-year-old Kell man turned himself in at the Marion County Sheriff’s Department on Monday on an outstanding Jefferson County warrant.  Jason Krutsinger of State Route 37 posted $300 bond and was released. 32-year-old Daniel Lane of West Rogers in Salem posted $250 bond and was released after being arrested on a Fayette County felony…Read more »

Illinois agriculture director focusing on rural development

Illinois agriculture director focusing on rural development

MATTOON, Ill. (AP) — Illinois’ new agriculture director says rural economic development and increasing broadband access are among his top priorities. Illinois Department of Agriculture Director John Sullivan spoke Monday to Rotary Club members in Mattoon. The farmer and former Democratic state senator from Rushville has had the position for about two months. He was…Read more »

More than 170 evacuate due to flooding in northern Illinois

More than 170 evacuate due to flooding in northern Illinois

ROSCOE, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say Rock River flooding has surrounded one neighborhood in the northern Illinois village of Roscoe, leaving residents to escape in boats. Neighbors say children have had to walk through high floodwaters or kayak to catch school buses. They say many people are staying at hotels or with family. Residents say…Read more »

Illinois village approves immigration detention center plan

Illinois village approves immigration detention center plan

DWIGHT, Ill. (AP) — A Virginia-based company is one step closer to building a private immigration detention center near Chicago after trustees of a small village approved the plan despite pushback from activists. Dwight trustees last week voted to annex and rezone 88 acres (36 hectares) where Immigration Centers of America plans to build a…Read more »