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Sandoval woman being held for aggravated battery after gaining entrance to Central City restaurant by saying someone was trying to kill her    

Central City Police say a 40-year-old Sandoval woman allegedly maced two people and struck one of them after allegedly gaining entry to a closed business by saying someone was trying to kill her.

Jackie Davis of East Wyoming was later taken into custody for aggravated battery after she had left the scene in a vehicle.

Central City Police say Davis was allowed inside Monical’s Pizza after banging on the door claiming she had been drugged and someone was trying to kill her.  Once inside, she is accused of walking through the business and getting into an altercation with an employee that she allegedly struck and maced.

Davis reportedly then went back outside and attempted to gain entry to the employee’s car.   Police say the incident was being videotaped by another man who she also allegedly maced.   He was able to drive off was the can of mace and one of the woman’s shoes in his car.

Police say Davis was holding a child during both incidents before setting the child down and leaving in another vehicle.

An employee of Monical’s picked up and cared for the child until police arrived.

The incident occurred around 10:30 Friday night.

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Centralia Police arrest two on felony drug charges   

Left to right:  Shannon Samuels and Walter Williams (photo:  Marion County Sheriff’s Department)

Centralia Police arrested two people on Saturday on felony drug charges.

46-year-old Shannon Samuels of McKee Street in Centralia was arrested at his home for alleged possession of under five grams of meth and on an outstanding Marion County traffic warrant.

31-year-old Walter Williams of Centralia was arrested while riding his bike on an Illinois Department of Corrections warrant.  Police then allegedly found under five grams of meth and drug paraphernalia in his possession leading to the additional possession charges.

Both were taken to the Marion County Jail where they remained on Sunday.

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Salem man arrested for driving under influence of drugs after car hits house 

A 39-year-old Salem man was arrested by Salem Police for driving under the influence of drugs after his car into a home on South College Street that caused very minimal damage.

Aaron Wolfe of Lakeshore Drive reportedly struck a home owned by Carrie Kaminski in the 500 block of South College Street while trying to turn around.

Wolfe was taken to the Marion County Jail.

The incident occurred just before five Saturday evening.

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Man charged with murder in shooting of Illinois trooper

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — A man has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of an Illinois state trooper who was shot while serving a search warrant.

The St. Clair County state’s attorney announced the charge Saturday against Chris Grant. He’s in custody in southwestern Illinois on $5 million bond. It’s not known whether he has a lawyer who could comment on his behalf.

Trooper Nicholas Hopkins was shot Friday in East St. Louis during an exchange of gunfire while serving the warrant. He later died at a hospital.

The 33-year-old trooper was a state police officer for 10 years. He was married with three children. The Illinois State Police Heritage Foundation is accepting donations for the family.


Illinois Ex-Rep. Joe Walsh to challenge Trump in 2020 GOP primary

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Walsh, a former Illinois congressman ad tea party favorite turned radio talk show host, announced a longshot challenge Sunday to President Donald Trump for the Republican nomination in 2020, saying the incumbent is “completely unfit” for office and must be denied a second term.

“Somebody needs to step up and there needs to be an alternative” among Republicans, Walsh told ABC’s “This Week,” adding that “the country is sick of this guy’s tantrum. He’s a child. … He lies every time he opens his mouth.”

Already in the race is former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld.

Walsh narrowly won a House seat from suburban Chicago in the 2010 tea party wave but lost a 2012 reelection bid and has since hosted a radio talk show. He has a history of inflammatory statements regarding Muslims and others and declared just before the 2016 election that if Trump lost, “I’m grabbing my musket.”

But he has since soured on Trump, criticizing the president in a recent New York Times column over growth of the federal deficit and calling him “a racial arsonist who encourages bigotry and xenophobia to rouse his base.”

Walsh promises to contest Trump from the right as opposed to Weld, who is regarded as fiscally conservative but socially liberal. Weld was the 2016 Libertarian Party vice presidential nominee.

The road ahead for any Republican primary challenger will certainly be difficult.

In recent months, Trump’s allies have taken over state parties that control primary elections in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and elsewhere. State party leaders sometimes pay lip service to the notion that they would welcome a primary challenger, as their state party rules usually require, but they are already working to ensure Trump’s reelection.

South Carolina Republicans have gone so far as to discuss canceling their state’s GOP primary altogether if a legitimate primary challenge emerges to eliminate the threat.

At the same time, polling consistently shows that Trump has the solid backing of an overwhelming majority of Republican voters. An Associated Press-NORC poll conducted this month found that 78% of Republicans approve of Trump’s job performance. That number has been hovering around 80% even as repeated scandals have rocked his presidency.

“Look, this isn’t easy to do. … I’m opening up my life to tweets and attacks. Everything I’ve said and tweeted now, Trump’s going to go after, and his bullies are going to go after,” Walsh told ABC.

Asked whether he was prepared for that, Walsh replied: “Yes, I’m ready for it.”

Walsh, 57, rode a wave of anti-President Barack Obama sentiment to a 300-vote victory over a Democratic incumbent in the 2010 election. He made a name for himself in Washington as a cable news fixture who was highly disparaging of Obama.

Walsh was criticized for saying that the Democratic Party’s “game” is to make Latinos dependent on government just like “they got African Americans dependent upon government.” At another point, he said radical Muslims are in the U.S. “trying to kill Americans every week,” including in Chicago’s suburbs.

He lost his 2012 reelection bid by more than 20,000 votes to Democrat Tammy Duckworth, who was elected to the U.S. Senate four years later.

Walsh told Obama to “watch out” on Twitter in July 2016 after five police officers were killed in Dallas. Just days before Trump’s 2016 win over Hillary Clinton, Walsh tweeted: “On November 8th, I’m voting for Trump. On November 9th, if Trump loses, I’m grabbing my musket. You in?” Walsh later said on Twitter that he was referring to “acts of civil disobedience.”

Walsh wrote in his New York Times column that “In Mr. Trump, I see the worst and ugliest iteration of views I expressed for the better part of a decade.”

“On more than one occasion, I questioned Mr. Obama’s truthfulness about his religion,” Walsh wrote. “At times, I expressed hate for my political opponents. We now see where this can lead. There’s no place in our politics for personal attacks like that, and I regret making them.”

Walsh said his 2016 vote for Trump was actually against Clinton and faulted Trump for his unwillingness to confront Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“He encouraged Russian interference in the 2016 election, and he refuses to take foreign threats seriously as we enter the 2020 election. That’s reckless,” Walsh wrote. “For three years, he has been at war with our federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies, as he embraces tyrants abroad and embarrasses our allies. That’s un-American.”

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Data indicates 4 remaining coal plants among worst polluters

CHICAGO (AP) — Vistra Energy has brokered a deal with Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s administration to close four coal plants in Illinois, but the power company will continue to operate four other fossil fuel facilities that federal data indicates were its worst polluters in the state last year.

The remaining four coal plants were responsible for more than 80% of the asthma-triggering sulfur dioxide emitted by the company in Illinois last year, according to a Chicago Tribune analysis of federal data. The analysis also found that the plants produced about 60% of the company’s emissions of heat-trapping carbon dioxide and smog-forming nitrogen dioxide.

The four remaining plants are in Baldwin, Bartonville, Joppa, and Newton.

Environmental activists say three of the four are so old that environmental regulators have exempted them from installing modern pollution-control equipment. People living near those coal plants will continue to be exposed to pollution at levels that would be illegal if the facilities were built today.

“We are concerned about the workers and communities impacted by these announcements,” said Jack Darin, director of the Illinois chapter of the Sierra Club, a nonprofit group that has been fighting for years to ditch coal.

Closing the other four plants will nonetheless reduce the level of emissions that can take years off lives and cause lung damage, heart disease and respiratory ailments for people in Chicago and other downwind communities. It’s also expected to eliminate millions of pounds of carbon dioxide that the plants emit each year — equivalent to taking more than 1.3 million cars off the road.

The company employs about 1,000 people in Illinois, and the power plants contribute to the tax base of local communities.

About 300 workers will lose their jobs when the plants in Canton, Coffeen, Havana and Hennepin shut down this year, which was announced Wednesday.

“Even though today’s retirement announcements were inevitable … they are nonetheless difficult to make,” said Curt Morgan, Vistra’s president and chief executive officer said Wednesday.

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‘Most humiliating experience of my life:’ Black North Carolina man who was handcuff and removed from his home after false burglar alarm

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