Du Bois, IL

Police Beat for Friday, June 24th, 2022

A 29-year-old Ottawa man, Brandon Stange, was arrested by State Police for possession of a controlled substance and possession of adult cannabis in a vehicle. He was taken to the Marion County Jail. Four others were brought to jail on outstanding warrants. 36-year-old Carolyn Pribble of Richmond Height Mobile Home...
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Centralia home heavily damaged in Friday morning fire

A vacant Centralia home was heavily damaged by fire Friday morning. Flames were showing when firemen arrived at 528 South Maple Street. Centralia City Firemen say the cause of the fire is currently listed as undetermined but may have been caused by a downed electrical line which was lying near a back storage area of the home where the fire started. It’s unclear if the downed line may have occurred during the severe weather last Friday morning.
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State Police release details on fatal crash on Route 37 south of Salem

Illinois State Police have released details on the fatal crash on Route 37 at the Sassafras Road intersection south of Salem. The victim is identified as 43-year-old Jessie Scott of Valier. He was pronounced dead on the scene. The driver of the other vehicle that received life-threatening injuries and was air-lifted from the scene to a regional hospital is identified as 32-year-old Ryne Smith of Centralia.

Ill. State Police arrest couple after investigating death of 3-year-old

DU QUOIN, Ill. (KFVS) - Illinois State Police (ISP) arrested a couple following an investigation by the Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) Zone 7 agents into the death of a 3-year-old girl. According to ISP, 45-year-old Isaac Hill and 41-year-old Katrina Simelton, both from Carbondale, were arrested and charged with...

Centralia student is IHSA state champion

Jeh’Chys Brown, a junior at Centralia High School, became the IHSA State Champion in the shot put in the Class 2A state track meet held recently in Charleston. His winning throw was 59’6¼”, which also is a new CHS record, breaking CHS student Bill Alli’s record of 59’0½” in 1989.


(CARLYLE) A Hopkinsville, Kentucky man, who went on a two-state crime spree after murdering a Wayne County Sheriff’s Deputy on I-64, now faces 30 criminal counts in Clinton County Court in connection with a kidnapping and home invasion that brought the ordeal to an end in rural Carlyle. The charges allege that on December 29th of last year, Ray Tate secretly confined two persons against their will at a residence in rural Carlyle while armed, plus he’s also accused of discharging the firearms. The 30 counts include nine of Class X aggravated kidnapping, four of Class X home invasion, three of residential burglary, one of aggravated possession of a stolen firearm, three of unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon, one of aggravated battery, six of aggravated unlawful restraint, and three of reckless discharge of a firearm. Tate previously plead guilty and was sentenced to life in prison without parole for charges stemming from the murder of Wayne County Sheriff’s Deputy Sean Riley. Tate has since filed a handwritten motion from his cell at the Menard Correctional Center seeking to withdraw his guilty plea and that his sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole be vacated due to coercion and threats by police, no adequate representation, and for not being competent. A hearing on the motion will be held next Tuesday, June 28th, at the Wayne County Courthouse in Fairfield.

1 victim rushed to hospital after apartment shooting

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV) - A 29-year-old man was sent to the hospital after a shooting in North City. Police received a call around 2:15 a.m. in the 100 block of N. 15th St. Reports say two men were allegedly being followed by a red sedan while coming back from a nightclub downtown.


MT. VERNON, IL — On Thursday, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office along with the Mt. Vernon Police Department reported the following arrests to this Withers Broadcasting/Dana Communications Radio Station;. 33-year-old Shirley Knott was arrested Wednesday for Disorderly Conduct. 43-year-old Oley Stanley of Waltonville was arrested Wednesday by the...

Hoyleton Woman Killed in Car Crash Near Irvington

The storms that rolled through the area may have been to blame for the death of a Hoyleton woman in a car accident last Friday. Carrie Shopinski, 38, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident Friday at 10:07 a.m. by Washington County Coroner Mark Styninger. The report indicates that weather may have been a factor in the accident.

Library hosts movie night and game day

The C.E. Brehm Memorial Public Library in Mt. Vernon offers a variety of classes and special presentations. Below are some of their upcoming events. Family Movie Night will be held on June 24. Kids must be accompanied by an adult and adults must be accompanied by a kid. Because of the licensing agreement they can’t advertise what movies they will be showing, so call 618-242-6322 to find out the movie being shown. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Movie starts at 7 p.m.

KC Students In Welding Apprenticeships

CF Fabricators of Hoffman is partnering with Kaskaskia College to welcome two students into a welding technology apprenticeship program that will play an essential role in providing a skilled labor workforce. Logan Smith of Centralia and Cayden Harris of Salem are in a fitter fabricator apprenticeship with CF Fabricators. The...

George Robert Tilley of Du Quoin

George Robert Tilley, 83, of Du Quoin, passed away at 4:52 p.m. on Monday, June 6, 2022 at his residence. George had retired from the U.S. Army. He was a Vietnam War veteran and served from 1958 until 1979. George owned and operated Tilley's Used Appliances from 1992 until 2018....

Centralia student signs to play KC soccer

Kaylee Bierman of Centralia has accepted a soccer scholarship to play for Kaskaskia College. Kaylee (pictured center, front row) is the daughter of Kelly and Mike Bierman (front row). Back row: Coach Joe Basch and Coach Abby Sherman.

SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital receives $50,000 Patient Transportation Grant

SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia has received a $50,000 patient transportation grant from the Healthcare Foundation. The grant will be used to safely escort patients to and from St. Mary’s Hospital. Whether patients are going home after a stay in the hospital or getting to an appointment this grant will provide that service.
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Betty Keller of Pinckneyville

Betty M. Keller, 80, of Pinckneyville, passed away at 4:38 a.m. on Sunday, June 12, 2022 at the Pinckneyville Community Hospital. Betty had been a sales clerk for a uniform store and Kmart. She was of the Catholic faith. Betty loved to dance, listen to country music and play bingo. She also loved fishing and riding motorcycles.

Balloon Fest announces special shape balloons

A giant unicorn and frog have been spotted flying towards Centralia! August 19, 20, and 21 “Alleycorn” the pink unicorn and “Kermie” the frog will be at Centralia, IL Balloon Fest!. “Magic is in the air at this year’s Balloon Fest! This is a theme both...