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Alma man arrested after vehicle runs into flood water   

A Salem man wanted on a U.S. Marshal’s warrant was arrested in the aftermath of his pickup truck running off the Kinoka Road east of Belik Road in rural Alma into floodwaters.

William Hill of Airport Road was spotted walking away from his vehicle by a sheriff’s deputy responding to the incident and taken into custody on both the warrant and for leaving the scene of a property damage accident and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

The original caller about the incident told sheriff’s deputies the man tried to convince him not to call the police.  Deputies say no one else was in the vehicle.

The incident occurred around two am.

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Centralia man arrested on drug and stolen property charges  

A 42-year-old Centralia man has been arrested on drug and stolen property charges after a search warrant is executed on his home Friday afternoon.

Centralia Police Chief Brian Atchison says Charles Hays of the 600 block of East 7th has been taken to the Marion County Jail on charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of stolen property.   He was allegedly found in possession of Oxycotin and a scooter that had been reported stolen out of Wamac approximately two months ago.

The search warrant was executed by members of the Centralia Police Department’s High-Risk Team and the Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System Special Response Team.

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Illinois trooper serving warrant dies from gunshot wounds

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois State Police trooper died from wounds suffered early Friday while executing a search warrant in East St. Louis.

Trooper Nicholas Hopkins, 33, of Waterloo, a 10-year veteran of the force, was wounded during an exchange of gunfire while serving the warrant at an East St. Louis home, said State Police Acting Director Brendan Kelly. He later died at a hospital.

After the shooting, police surrounded the home and arrested three people. Police remained on the scene throughout the day, uncertain if another suspect was barricaded in the house, according to authorities. The three people arrested were not identified.

Police didn’t say if anyone else was shot, nor have they revealed the issues addressed in the search warrant.

Waterloo Mayor Tom Smith says Hopkins was married and the father of four-year-old twins and an infant daughter.

“It is nearly impossible to express the depth of my sadness and my condolences to the entire Hopkins’ family and his friends and the Illinois State Police family,” Kelly said. “I give my thanks to troopers who performed CPR for an extended period on their fellow trooper to sustain their brother’s life so that his family could see him one last time.”

In a statement following the shooting, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker noted state troopers display unbelievable courage and “put their lives on the line for us every single day.”

“Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers during this dangerous, active situation in East St. Louis and every day,” he said.

U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Illinois Steve Weinhoeft says the area where the shooting of Hopkins occurred is “particularly dangerous.”

“He (Hopkins) was trying to make that community safer for every man, woman, and child,” Weinhoeft said.

The shooting Friday, was the latest of law enforcement officers while attempting to serve a warrant, and the second of an Illinois State trooper this month.

A Philadelphia man who barricaded himself in a house is charged with attempted murder for the Aug. 14 shooting of six police officers.

Maurice Hill, 36, is accused of shooting at officers who were serving a drug warrant and then keeping police at bay while he fired from inside a building. The six officers were released after being treated at hospitals. Four other men are charged with drug offenses.

A suburban Chicago man has been charged with attempted murder for shooting and wounding an Illinois state trooper who was serving a warrant at the man’s home.

The wounded trooper was with other officers attempting to serve the warrant Aug. 15 at the home of Volodymyr Dragan, 43, of Wheeling when someone inside fired shots, striking a trooper in the arm. Dragan is being held without bond.

The officer was taken to a nearby hospital with injuries that weren’t life-threatening.

In addition to attempted murder, Dragan also is charged with aggravated battery with a firearm to a police officer, aggravated unlawful restraint and aggravated assault of a police officer.

Illinois State Police has also suffered an unusual number of fatalities this year with the deaths of three troopers.

Troopers Christopher Lambert, in January, and Brooke Jones-Story, in March, were struck by vehicles. Trooper Gerald Ellis died in an automobile crash in March.


First Death Believed to be related to vaping is confirmed in Illinois

Officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have confirmed that an adult in Illinois is being counted as the first death in the investigation of deaths believed to be the result of vaping.

In a Friday news release, the Illinois Department of Public Health says a person who recently vaped died after being hospitalized with “severe respiratory illness.” The agency didn’t give any other information about the patient, including a name or where the person lived.

Melaney Arnold also says the number of people who have experienced respiratory illness after vaping doubled to 22 in the past week.

All of the illnesses were in teens or adults who had used an electronic cigarette or some other kind of vaping device. Doctors say the illnesses resemble an inhalation injury, with the lungs apparently reacting to a caustic substance.

No single vaping product or compound has been linked to all of the cases. Officials say it’s not clear if there’s a common cause.

Nationwide, health officials say the number of severe breathing illnesses reported in people who vape has grown to nearly 200 in 22 states.

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Kaskaskia Workshop explains their push to help inclusive playground and host ‘Pack the Pool’ Friday night   (updated 4 pm)

A big fundraiser is planned Friday night for the Inclusive Playground at Bryan Memorial Park in Salem.

The Kaskaskia Workshop is hosting the Pack the Pool event at the Salem Aquatic Center from 6:15 to 9:15.  Tickets are $5 and will be available at the pool tonight. 

Why is the workshop so supportive?

Birth to Three Therapist Kate Bookhout works with young children with a variety of special needs.

“It is really going to open up a lot of opportunity for these kids that previously did not have opportunities to play or the kiddos who respond a lot to music and sound.  They will all these different opportunities.   Plus it will be enclosed so there will be the safety component where parents won’t have to worry around having their child in a large open area where they could just runoff,” said Bookhout.  “It will really help a lot of families in the area.  There are a lot that travel all the way to Hanna’s Playground in Breese to play rather than utilizing the playground we have in Salem.

Bookhout says it’s also important for socialization, especially for preschoolers.

“The biggest issues that the family of special needs children are secluded and the families themselves are also secluded.  They have to stay in their home environment because that is what they are used to and that’s what the kiddoes are comfortable with and that is the safest. So having this inclusive playground would provide them another opportunity to be out with children whether it be other children with other diagnoses or children that are just typically developing,” said Bookhout.  “It will provide them that opportunity to have social involvement with others.”

Bookhout adds the current playground hill in Bryan Memorial Park is not accessible to those in wheelchairs or grandparents raising grandkids who may not be able to walk to the current playground.

Pulled pork dinners will be available to those who do not go to the pool party.   The dinners will include drink, sandwich, and chips for $10 between five and seven Friday night at the park pavilion just outside the aquatic center.    300 dinners are being prepared.

Hotdogs, chips, and drink will be provided to those who attend the pool party courtesy of Salem Walmart.

100 percent of the food and pool income will go to the fundraiser.  Kaskaskia Workshop is paying for the food costs, the city covered the pool costs and People’s National Bank will donate the $10 per ticket sold.

The goal is to raise $10,000.

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