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Chicago man arrested, charged with inciting summer looting

Chicago man arrested, charged with inciting summer looting

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago man is facing a federal charge of inciting a riot after he allegedly went online last August to urge others to take part in the widespread vandalism of stores and other businesses. Twenty-two-year-old James Massey appeared in a court hearing via telephone on Tuesday, hours after he was arrested. Prosecutors…Read more »

Jesse Jackson out of rehabilitation center after surgery

Jesse Jackson out of rehabilitation center after surgery

CHICAGO (AP) — The Rev. Jesse Jackson has been discharged from a rehabilitation center where he spent more than three weeks following an illness and surgery. The 79-year-old founder and president of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition was hospitalized for eight days earlier this year. The Chicago Sun-Times reports the civil rights leader said Tuesday he…Read more »

3rd man accuses a Chicago activist priest of sexual abuse

3rd man accuses a Chicago activist priest of sexual abuse

CHICAGO (AP) — A third man has come forward with sexual abuse allegations against a Chicago priest who has gained widespread acclaim for his activism. The 59-year-old man alleges in an affidavit shared Tuesday with the archdiocese that in 1979, when the accuser was 18, the Rev. Michael Pfleger grabbed his crotch at St. Sabina…Read more »

Centralia City Manager announces retirement  

Centralia City Manager announces retirement  

Centralia City Manager Lowell Crow has announced that he will be retiring effective March 8th after the city council meeting. Mayor Herb Williams confirms Crow has submitted a conditional letter of retirement.    In the letter, Crow stated ‘that after 34 years of service in the Navy and now seven years of service in City Management,…Read more »

Marion County prisoner faces new aggravated battery charges

Marion County prisoner faces new aggravated battery charges

A 21-year-old Columbus, Ohio man who remains in custody after fleeing a traffic stop on I-57 in January setting off a manhunt now faces two additional counts of aggravated battery. Princeton Glenn is charged with striking a correctional officer in the face and chest in separate counts from the same February 28th incident.   His bond…Read more »

Marion County Drug Court gets $252,853 Federal Grant

Marion County Drug Court gets $252,853 Federal Grant

The Marion County Drug Court program has received a $252,853 three year U.S. Department of Justice grant. The Director of Court Services for Marion County Renee Pride says the funding will allow for significant improvements to the Marion County Drug Court program in partnership with the Community Resource Center and the Marion County Drug Court…Read more »

Three injured in crash in front of Salem McDonald’s    

Three injured in crash in front of Salem McDonald’s    

Two-vehicle crash in front of McDonald’s sends the driver and two passengers in one of the vehicles to the hospital for treatment.     Three people were injured Monday night in a two-vehicle crash on West Main Street at Westgate Avenue. Salem Police say a car driven by 19-year-old Elizabeth Mansell of Valentine Street in Odin…Read more »

Police Beat for Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021

Police Beat for Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021

A 25-year-old rural Kell man was arrested by Centralia Police following a Monday afternoon traffic stop in the 400 block of North Elm on drug charges and a no-bond warrant.   Zachary Higgins of Morton Lane was taken to the Marion County Jail for alleged manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled…Read more »

Three COVID-19 deaths reported in South Central Illinois 

Three COVID-19 deaths reported in South Central Illinois 

The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting three additional COVID-19 related deaths in South Central Illinois on Tuesday.  They include a male in his 40s in Jefferson County, a male in his 70s in Clay County, and a male in his 70s in Wayne County.   They are among 47 additional deaths being reported statewide.…Read more »