• A 39-year-old Centralia man faces multiple weapons charges after being found lying in the middle of East Broadway in Centralia late Saturday night.

    Once a State Trooper was able to get Richard May of the 900 block of East Broadway off the pavement, a gun was allegedly found underneath him. It was later determined the gun had been stolen earlier in Salem.

    May was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon, possession of a stolen firearm, and no valid FOID card. In addition, he was arrested for being a pedestrian under the influence and improper walking on the roadway.

    May was taken to the Marion County Jail where he remained on Sunday.

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  • Centralia Police arrested two persons when investigating two suspicious vehicles stopped in the 400 block of South Maple. Police say 32-year-old David Wells of North Street in Carlyle turned over a meth pipe and meth was allegedly found in his wallet leading to possession of meth and drug paraphernalia charges. A man with him, 29-year-old Casey Horn of Main Street in Walnut Hill, was arrested on a Marion County failure to appear in court warrant for aiding in the possession of stolen vehicle case. Bond was set at $15,000.

    A 34-year-old Centralia woman was arrested by Centralia Police for three counts of retail theft at the Salem Walmart store. Police say on two occasions Kass Barnes of North Elm took items directly from the store shelves to return them for a cash refund. On the third occasion, Barnes allegedly left the store with items.

    30-year-old Megan Schulte, who told Centralia Police she was homeless, was being held on a Marion County failure to appear traffic warrant.

    24-year-old Joietta Mansker who told Centralia Police she was homeless was arrested on an outstanding Fayette County felony warrant. She was later transferred to the Fayette County Jail at Vandalia.

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  • CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago aldermen are considering paying out $6 million to settle two lawsuits alleging police misconduct.

    The city's law department is asking the aldermen to approve two settlements worth millions of dollars each, according to the Chicago Tribune.

    One alleges that a Chicago police officer pointed a gun at a 3-year-old girl, leading to psychological distress.

    The other accuses detectives of ignoring evidence that established a suspect's innocence in a 1981 robbery and gang rape. The suspect spent 20 years in prison before a federal judge overturned his conviction.

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  • Attorney General Lisa Madigan

    CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's work has been recognized by the National Association of Attorneys General.

    The Democrat received the Kelley-Wyman Award for doing the most to meet the association's goals of leading litigation for a state, reforming laws when necessary and leading legal and public advocacy initiatives.

    Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen presented the award recently in Portland, Oregon. He noted Madigan's work on mortgage lending and servicing, sexual assault victims' rights and privacy issues.

    The 51-year-old Madigan has been attorney general since 2003. She isn't seeking re-election.

    The association also recognized Madigan's office with the Best Brief Award for the brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court in Janus v. AFSCME. Officials expect the court to rule soon on the matter of "fair share" union fees.

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  • CHICAGO (AP) - A state-assigned license plate in Illinois drew considerable online backlash after one social media user pointed out it's a symbolic number used by white supremacists.

    A Twitter user posted a picture of the license plate "1488" and questioned why the state issued it. The Chicago Tribune reports the number 1488 is often used by white supremacists as a way to celebrate white purity and salute Hitler.

    The owner of the license plate says he had no idea about the number's meaning. He says the social media backlash has been so intense that he fears for his life. Twitter users advocated for slashing the car's tires and burning the vehicle.

    The Illinois Secretary of State's Office has agreed to pull the plate. Officials are offering the owner a new plate.

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