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Arson cause of van fire behind Centralia business

Centralia City Firefighters say arson was the cause of a fire that destroyed a van parked behind a Centralia business late Wednesday night. The fire behind the Jay Zanton Law Office at 1501 East McCord was initially reported as a trash fire. Two additional firefighters were called in to help fight the fire when a…Read more »

Eleven arrested in on-going Mt. Vernon and Jefferson County drug investigation

Eleven people have been arrested on outstanding warrants culminating months long drug investigations by the Mt. Vernon Police Department/Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division. During the service of the warrants on Wednesday, additional investigations were initiated and arrests in those cases are pending. Those arrested are identified as 24-year-old Ronald Mount of Mt. Vernon, 28-year-old…Read more »

Three arrested on outstanding warrants

Three people were brought to the Marion County Jail on Wednesday on outstanding warrants. 45-year-old William Wright of East Chestnut in Odin was arrested by Wamac Police on an outstanding Marion County felony failure to appear warrant on an attempted burglary case. Wright reportedly failed to appear for sentencing on the case. Bond is set…Read more »

SC Implements High Five Fridays

Some South Central High School students are starting to spend part of one day a month at the South Central Grade School in Kinmundy. It’s part of the High Five Friday program that will be held the first Friday of each month. South Central Elementary Principal Sara Rose was amazed at the interaction and called…Read more »

Police Beat for Wednesday, September 18th, 2019

Police Beat for Wednesday, September 18th, 2019

An 18-year-old Centralia man is being held on multiple charges in the Marion County Jail after Centralia Police were called to investigate a suspicious person hanging around the South Central Transit building in the 100 block of North Locust.  Police say Kheandre Hatchett of South Locust was agitated and allegedly refused to cooperate.  Hatchett was…Read more »

Illinois opens 24 new investigations of alleged clergy abuse

Illinois opens 24 new investigations of alleged clergy abuse

CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services has opened 24 new investigations into alleged misconduct by Catholic priests amid concerns that cases turned over by the Archdiocese of Chicago weren’t properly reviewed. The Chicago Tribune reported Wednesday that the archdiocese turned over more than 1,000 cases under a 2006 agreement requiring it to…Read more »

Federal agency resists paying North Dakota oil protest cost

Federal agency resists paying North Dakota oil protest cost

By JAMES MacPHERSON Associated Press BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The federal government is contesting North Dakota’s claims that the state should be reimbursed for the $38 million the state spent policing prolonged protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline. The Army Corps of Engineers filed a motion Tuesday asking a federal judge to dismiss the…Read more »