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Centralia man arrested on domestic battery charge

CENTRALIA, IL — A 30-year-old Centralia man was arrested early Friday morning on multiple charges after he reportedly fought with police attempting to arrest him on a domestic battery charge. Acting Centralia Police Chief Steve Writenour says around 12:14 a.m. Friday, a resident in the 500 block of Rhodes...
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Drowning Friday afternoon near Raccoon Lake Dam

A girl has apparently died from drowning in Raccoon Lake. Centralia Police along with Centralia Fire and EMS and Lifestar Ambulance were called to the area near the Raccoon Lake Dam to a report of a possible drowning around 1:30 Friday afternoon. The girl was removed from the water about...
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Police Beat for Friday, July 1st, 2022

A 41-year-old Centralia man has been arrested for violation of bail bond. Jeffrey Foutch of South Walnut Street was taken to the Marion County Jail. Two others were arrested on Marion County felony failure to appear warrants. 28-year-old Jacob Schleuter who told jail officials he was homeless was arrested by...

Centralia woman faces multiple charges following two altercations

A 43-year-old Centralia woman is being held in the Marion County Jail for aggravated battery to a police officer, simple battery, and hate crime following two separate altercations. Police say they were called to the Jera Alcorn home on South Maple Street early Thursday morning to a report of an...

Break-In And Burglary Reported In Norris City

A report of break-in and burglary has been made to the White County Sheriff’s Department. On Wednesday morning, Officer George Spencer responded to 452 County Road 60o N in Norris City and met with Michial Phillips who advised Spencer that someone had cut a lock off of his front porch door and entered his residence. Phillips said that on June 28th between the hours of 3:00 and 10:00 PM, someone broke into his home and stole 100 10 mg Hydrocodone. There were also items thrown around inside the residence. Phillips said that he located a glove in his driveway that does not belong to him. Spencer photographed the damage lock piece near the door as well as the pry marks on the door frame, and collected the glove to put in evidence. Phillips stated that he wanted to file a report about the incident. Spencer told Phillips it would be placed on file at the WCSD. The officer also told Phillips he would be contacted if any further information became available.

Centralia woman arrested for assaulting neighbor

CENTRALIA, IL — A 43-year-old Centralia woman was arrested early Thursday morning after allegedly assaulting her neighbor. According to Centralia police, Jera Alcon was arrested on charges stemming from Thursday morning’s alleged incident and another alleged incident from March. Officers responded around 3:47 a.m. Thursday to the 1300...

Area 4th of July celebrations

SOUTHERN, ILLINOIS — Independence Day Celebrations will be happening across the country this weekend and our area will have its share of events. The Centralia American Legion Fourth of July Celebration starts tonight at 6 p.m. at Fairview Park, with Bingo. The Carnival will also be at the park...

Ronald Kreamalmeyer – Service 1pm 7/5/22

Ronald James Kreamalmeyer of West Frankfort, IL died Sunday at the age of 62. The funeral service will be 1:00 Tuesday at Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Visitation for Ronald Kreamalmeyer will be 11:00 until time of service Tuesday at the funeral home.

Hazlecrest man receives 42-months in prison for unlawful restraint

A 43-year-old Hazelcrest man has been sentenced to three and a half years in prison after pleaded guilty in Marion County Court for unlawful restraint. Francisco Lavigne is accused of grabbing a family member by the arm and preventing her from leaving a residence in Centralia. A charge of aggravated domestic battery in connection with the same incident was dropped.

11th Greater Centralia Veterans July 4th Parade

The 11th Annual Greater Centralia Area 4th of July Veterans Parade will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, July 4, with participants lining up on Chestnut Street in downtown Centralia beginning at Noon. The Parade will end in Fairview Park. Awards will be presented directly after the parade at the War Memorial by the Veteran’s pavilion in Fairview Park. This year’s parade lineup is as follows.

Area fireworks displays planned for the Fourth of July weekend

The annual Vandalia fireworks will be held on Saturday, July 2, at the Vandalia Lake. The display is set to begin around 9:20 p.m.Other vendors are also planned for the celebration.”The kettle corn people who were at the Grande Levee will be out there sometime late afternoon/early evening. The guy who sells light up toys, etc will also be out there sometime in the evening,” Jerry Schukar said.

Kell Fire Department announces promotion of Kyle Boozer

A ten-year member of the Kell Fire Department has been promoted to the lieutenant’s position. Kyle Boozer first joined the department in August 2012. He’s been responsible for the maintenance on the department’s self- contained breathing apparatus (air packs) for many years. Fire Chief Lonnie McDaneld says...

Wildcats Varsity Baseball Drops Pair To Mt Vernon

The Salem Wildcats dropped a pair of summer baseball games to Mt Vernon at SCHS Field last night. Salem fell in the opener 4-2. Mt Vernon scored 3 runs in the opening inning, but after starter Gavin Zimmermann had to leave with an injury; Drew Davis worked the next 5.1 innings allowing just 4 hits and 1 run. At the plate, Kam Wilkins doubled going 2-3, Davis drove in a run with a single and run from Aden Susmena, Josh Powless also had a hit.

Police Beat for Wednesday, June 29th, 2022

Salem Police arrested 39-year-old Michael Talley of Rubel Lane in Salem for violation of the sex offender registration. Police report Talley was not living at the address he had provided to the police department. 33-year-old Roderick Currie of East Kerr in Centralia was arrested by Centralia Police on an outstanding...

2022 07/01 – John ‘Rusty’ Lockwood

John “Rusty” Lockwood, 74, of Woodlawn, Illinois, passed away June 27, 2022, at SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital in Mount Vernon, Illinois. He was born November 4, 1947, in Evansville, Indiana to the late Russell and Doris Eleanor (Kuykendall) Lockwood. John married Patricia (Koy) Lockwood on March 7,...

Centralia man arrested while in possession of meth & a gun

CENTRALIA, IL — A 42-year-old Centralia man was arrested early Monday morning when police officers reportedly found him in possession of methamphetamine and a weapon. According to acting Police Chief Steve Writnour with the Centralia Police Department, around 2 a.m. Monday, an officer noticed an individual leaving the Huck’s Convenience Store on Calumet with an armful of items and looking back at the door of the store.