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Drive-Through Food Giveaway Saturday at Salem Grace Church of the Nazarene

The Salem Grace Church of the Nazarene will have a drive-through food giveaway beginning at 8:30 Saturday morning.

The parking lot will not be open until after 8:30 and you are asked not to park on the highway.

Due to limited supply, only one box of groceries will be available per family. Salem Grace Church is located at 1900 North Broadway Avenue in Salem.   For questions, call the church at 618-548-0881 or send an email to mscopley@salemgrace.com .

The food is provided through Cusumano’s and Sons and the USDA.

Marion County Jail

Police Beat for Friday, April 16th, 2021

A 51-year-old Salem woman was sent to the Marion County Jail from court on Thursday for a bond violation. Court records indicate Tammy Williams was taken into custody after she was tested positive for drugs. Bond was set at $5,000. Williams was in court on pending possession of a controlled substance

33-year-old Michael Lux of Apple Street in Wamac was arrested on an outstanding Marion County warrant to revoke his probation on a domestic battery conviction. Bond is set at $5,000.

37-year-old Marlon Martin of Riverview, Florida turned himself in at the jail on an outstanding Marion County traffic warrant. He posted $300 bond and was released.

Centralia Police ended a high-speed chase after speeds reached an estimated 125 miles per hour around midnight on the Green Street Road near Farthing Road. The driver fled police following an attempted traffic stop at 6th and Sycamore Streets.


State Health Department reports COVID-related death in Clay County; only one new case in Marion County

The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting a COVID-19 related death in Clay County. The fatality was a male in his 90s. It was one of 40 deaths being reported around the state on Thursday. There were also 3,581 new cases statewide.

In Marion County, just one new case is being reported. It was not a student or long term care resident and is believed to be from community spread.

There are now 11 active cases in the county, including three who are hospitalized and one who is on a ventilator.

The Clinton County Health Department is reporting two new cases with 15 currently on home isolation.

Jefferson County Health Department is reporting one new case on Thursday. Nine are on isolation.

The preliminary seven-day positivity rate remains at 4.2-percent.

Another 129,755 doses of vaccine were administered in Illinois on Wednesday, with more than 7.6-million total vaccines now administered.


The problem within: Biden targets lead pipes, pushes equity

CHICAGO (AP) — President Joe Biden’s proposal to get rid of every lead water pipe in the country could have huge ramifications. That’s especially true in communities where a large number of Black, Latino, and low-income residents have been left effectively drinking from a lead straw.

The problem persists decades after scientists established that lead consumption is unsafe at any level.

Biden announced the pipe proposal as part of his $2.3 trillion infrastructure package.

There are few, if any, cities across the country where the issue resonates more than in Chicago. The city is estimated to have some 380,000 lead pipes bringing water into homes, schools, and businesses.


EXPLAINER: Can officers stop drivers for air fresheners?

The mother of a 20-year-old Black man who was fatally shot by Minnesota police this week says it all started when police pulled her son over for having air fresheners hanging from his rearview mirror.

Some people might ask how an air freshener can be the basis for a traffic stop.

Minnesota is one of a number of states with laws that prohibit drivers from hanging objects from their rearview mirrors on the grounds that the items could obstruct their view.

The laws have led to vehement complaints from civil rights advocates who say police can use them as a pretext for stopping Black motorists to investigate them for more serious crimes.

Chicago Police Department Patch

Video: Chicago boy wasn’t holding gun when shot by officer

CHICAGO (AP) — Disturbing bodycam video shows a 13-year-old boy appearing to drop a handgun and begin raising his hands less than a second before a Chicago police officer shoots and kills him.

The jumpy nighttime footage from Officer Eric Stillman’s bodycam was released Thursday. A still frame from the footage shows that Adam Toledo wasn’t holding anything and had his hands up when Stillman shot him in the chest on March 29.

Police say the boy had a handgun on him before the shooting. Stillman’s bodycam footage shows him shining a light on a handgun on the ground near Toledo after he shot him.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot implored the public to stay peaceful.

National News

What we know about the fatal police shooting of 13-year-old Adam Toledo

Chicago Police Department(CHICAGO) — The fatal police shooting of 13-year-old Adam Toledo was captured on newly released body camera footage, along with witness and surveillance video. Chicago Police Officer Eric Stillman has been identified in the original case incident report as the officer who fatally shot the teen on March 29 in the Little Village…read more »

What we know about the fatal police shooting of Daunte Wright

Wright Family(BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn.) — A traffic stop quickly turned deadly Sunday when a white Minnesota police officer fatally shot Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man. Kim Potter, 48, meant to deploy her Taser instead of her gun when she fatally shot Wright in his car, according to then-Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon. Two…read more »