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Two Centralia Residents Arrested on Drug Charges Following Separate Stops by Centralia PoliceĀ 

Micki Cox and Chelsey Howard

Centralia Police arrested two people on drug charges following separate stops on Saturday.

Police stopped a bicycle driven by 39-year-old Micki Cox of South Walnut in Centralia in the 700 block of South Locust after receiving a tip that Cox had drugs in her possession. After stopping Cox while she was riding a bike, they determined she was wanted on an outstanding Franklin County felony warrant. Police then went through her two backpacks. They were allegedly found to contain what field tested as meth, 16 baggies with a white residue, numerous drug pipes and other items. Cox was arrested for possession of meth and drug paraphernalia in addition to the outstanding Franklin County warrant.

31-year-old Chelsey Howard of North Maple in Centralia was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and on a Clinton County warrant. Police say after taking Howard into custody on the warrant, they allegedly discovered a hydrocodone pill in her back pocket.

Both were taken to the Marion County Jail to await the setting of bond.

Eartricca Johnson

Chicago Woman Arrested for Assault on Centralia Woman Outside Her HomeĀ 

Centralia Police have arrested a Chicago woman on multiple charges after she allegedly threatened and pushed a Centralia woman sitting outside her residence on Saturday.

Police arrested Eartricca Johnson after being called to the home in the 11-hundred block of McKee Street by the victim’s medical alarm. Johnson was taken to the Marion County Jail for aggravated battery and aggravated assault to a victim over 60 years of age, resisting arrest, interfering with a 911 call and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police say Johnson allegedly threatened to burn down the home and pushed the victim back down when she tried to get up from the steps outside her home where she was sitting. Johnson was allegedly uncooperative with police and repeated threats to burn down the home after she was transported to a holding cell at the Centralia Police Department.

Marion County Jail

Police Beat for Sunday, July 22nd, 2018

A 37-year-old Centralia woman is being held in the Marion County Jail on a probation violation. Tina Burner of Frazier Street was arrested Saturday by Marion County sheriff’s deputies at the direction of the probation department.

A 23-year-old Centralia man posted $250 bond after being arrested on a Clinton County traffic warrant. Zachary Higgins of South Maple was picked up by Centralia Police.

35-year-old Hope Warren of West Verner Street in Nashville posted $150 bond and was released after turning herself in on an outstanding failure to appear in court warrant in a driving on a suspended license case.


Task force seeks cutting Illinois female prison population

CHICAGO (AP) – A proposal by reform advocates would cut the number of women locked up in Illinois prisons by as much as half.

The Chicago Tribune reports that nearly 2,300 women are currently serving prison time in Illinois. Reform advocates argue that the corrections system has largely ignored the needs of female inmates, many of whom suffered years of trauma, abuse or poverty before winding up behind bars.

A plan was recently announced by a 100-member all-female task force made up of experts, current and former prison officials, and formerly incarcerated women. The group’s ambitious, seven-year effort strives to bring down the number of women in the Illinois Department of Corrections by 50 percent.

The task force is planning to take a wide range of options under consideration, including changing laws and designing more social service programs.


Disappearing messages, private phones test open records laws

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – The growing popularity of digital tools that can make text and email messages vanish may be welcome to Americans seeking to guard their privacy, but open government advocates fear they are being misused by public officials.

Some are using them to conduct business in secret and to evade transparency laws.

Whether communications on those platforms should be part of the public record is a growing but unsettled debate in states across the country.

Daniel Bevarly, executive director of the National Freedom of Information Coalition, tells The Associated Press that technologies such as private messaging apps undermine state open government laws.

But some governors and state lawmakers argue that public employees should be free to communicate on private, non-governmental cellphones and social media platforms without triggering open records requirements.


Legislation signed requiring protection for state workers

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation to better protect state workers in vulnerable positions.

The measure requires law enforcement agencies “to make all reasonable efforts to assist” Department of Children and Family Services workers when requested. It also allows officers to cross jurisdictions to provide that protection.

The legislation was introduced in February, a week after DCFS worker Pamela Knight died from injuries suffered when attacked as she was trying to take a child into protective custody.

Andrew Sucher of Rock Falls is being held on $1 million bond in the death of the 59-year-old Knight.

The 25-year-old Sucher is accused of kicking Knight in the head, fracturing her skull and causing severe brain damage on Sept. 29, as she arrived at his parents’ home in Milledgeville to take custody of the toddler.

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