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Police Beat for Sunday, July 3rd, 2022

Centralia Police have arrested 34-year-old Evan Winkoff for criminal trespass to a residence and resisting arrest. He told police he was homeless. Winkoff was taken to the Marion County Jail to await a decision on formal charges. 38-year-old Brett Alcorn, who indicated he was homeless, was arrested by Central City...
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Marion County Sheriff’s Department investigates thefts and burglaries

The Marion County Sheriff’s Department investigated three theft and burglary complaints last week. The sheriff’s department was called Thursday to a building in the 100 block of Railroad Street in Patoka where nearly 900 electronic components were stolen. Most of the items were later recovered at a recycling business. The sheriff’s department is looking for a suspect.
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Person hit and killed by dump truck near Christopher

FRANKLIN COUNTY - A pedestrian was hit and killed Saturday night in Franklin County. The accident happened around 11:30 p.m. on Old North Road near North City, Illinois. One male subject was reportedly hit by a dump truck on the roadway. They were later pronounced deceased at the scene. Additional...

2022 07/06 – William T. “Bud” Lents

William T. “Bud” Lents of Flora, IL passed away Thursday, the 30th of June 2022 in his home, after a long battle with cancer. Bud was born on the 17th of February 1938 in Flora to Frank and Madeline (Gibson) Lents. He graduated from Flora High School. He served our nation in the US Navy for twenty years, obtaining the rank of Chief Petty Officer. In 1976, Bud retired from the Navy and returned with his family to Flora. He quickly found another way to serve, this time his neighbors, as a US Postal Service letter carrier for twenty years.

Two formally charged following separate altercations with Centralia Police

Two Centralia residents have been charged in Marion County Court in the aftermath of altercations that led to confrontations with police. 43-year-old Jera Alcorn of South Maple Street in Centralia has been charged with aggravated battery to a police officer, battery, and disorderly conduct. Alcorn is accused of refusing to break contact with a Centralia Police officer who had come to her home to investigate an early Thursday morning altercation with a neighbor. The battery count alleges she scratched the neighbor across the face. The disorderly conduct count is for allegedly yelling and aggressively approaching the neighbor to alarm and disturb him. Bond was set at $5,000. If Alcorn is released she was ordered to have no contact with the neighbor and abstain from drugs and alcohol.

Salem Firemen confine pickup truck fire to contents

The Salem Fire Protection District was able to confine a fire in a pickup truck owned by Kevin Bishop of Julia Drive in Salem to the contents in the bed of the truck. There was concern when the fire was called in that the fire could spread to Bishop’s mobile home a short distance away. However, a quick knockdown kept that from occurring as well as the fire spreading to the rest of the truck.

2022 07/05 – Kenneth Lyle McKinzie

Kenneth Lyle McKinzie, 94, of Woodlawn, Illinois, passed away at 7:34 pm June 30, 2022, at SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital in Mount Vernon, Illinois. He was born January 19, 1928, in Irvington, Illinois to the late James and Mae (Raines) McKinzie. Ken married Betty Jean (Butler) McKinzie on September 10, 1954, at Faith United Methodist Church in Centralia, Illinois. They were blessed with 62 wonderful years of marriage before her passing on April 5, 2017.

Centralia celebrates Independence Day early with Saturday night fireworks

Fireworks went off over Fairview Park in Centralia Saturday night as part of the Centralia American Legion Homecoming Celebration. The display was moved to Saturday due to the company that provides the display not having enough manpower to do the show on Monday night. The Homecoming continues on Sunday night...

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...

Two plead guilty to felony possession of methamphetamine charges

Two men have pleaded guilty in Marion County Court to unlawful possession of under five grams of methamphetamine. 43-year-old Timothy Hill of East 5th in Centralia was sentenced to two years first offender probation, ordered to abstain from drugs, with treatment and random testing, and complete 30 hours of public service work. Hill was arrested in August of 2020.

2022 07/07 – Clifford C. “Cliff” Christian

Clifford C “Cliff” Christian 85, of Centralia, passed away Friday, July 1, 2022, at his home surrounded by his family. He was born in Wewoka, Oklahoma on April 16, 1937, the son of Clifton “Clif” Christian and Lourena (Sewell) Christian. Cliff married Judy J VanZandt on...

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...

Sandoval woman arrested for alleged DUI following crash in rural Odin

A 29-year-old Sandoval woman has been arrested for alleged driving under the influence following a two vehicle crash in the 1200 block of Red Stripe Road in rural Odin. Marion County Sheriff’s Deputies say Cassandra Deadmond rear-ended a car on the side of the road that had run out of gas. The driver, 20-year-old Elizabeth Mansell of Valentine Street in Odin, was still waiting in the vehicle waiting for gas to arrive.

Officials find 31 dead bodies inside funeral home

JEFFERSONVILLE, ILLINOIS - Officials are investigating an Illinois funeral home after decomposed bodies were found. According to Jeffersonville police, the investigation of the Lankford Funeral Home and family center began after 31 dead bodies were found. Some of the bodies were in advanced stages of decomposition. During the investigation, officials...

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...