CRIME & SAFETY
Police Beat for Sunday, October 1st, 2023
Seven people were brought to the Marion County Jail on Saturday and early Sunday morning. 26-year-old Jace Zimmerman of South Cherry in Centralia was arrested by Central City Police for domestic battery, resisting arrest, and threatening a public official. 49-year-old Tonya Pannell of South Sycamore in Centralia was arrested by...
Centralia woman airlifted to St. Louis hospital for treatment following Green Street Road crash
A 23-year-old Centralia woman was airlifted from the scene of a Wednesday afternoon single-vehicle crash on Green Street Road to a St. Louis Hospital for treatment. Marion County Sheriff’s Deputies say the vehicle driven by Krimsen Hufstedler of South Lincoln in Centralia ran off the road, struck a power pole, and overturned on its top.
Salem man held on charges connected to early morning stabbing
SALEM — A 39-year-old Salem man is in the Marion County Jail in connection with an early Friday morning stabbing in Salem. According to Salem Police Chief Kyle Ambuehl, officers responded just after midnight Friday to MotoMart on West Main Street in Salem, where they found a 39-year-old man with an apparent knife wound to the back of his head. United Medical transported the man to Salem Township Hospital for treatment.
17-year-old Salem juvenile boy injured in South Hotze Road crash
A 17-year-old Salem juvenile boy was injured after crashing into a power pole late Thursday afternoon on South Hotze Road near Andrews Court. Marion County Sheriff’s Deputies say the juvenile told them he looked down to take a drink and when he looked up the power pole was in front of him. The crash sheared off the power pole and the live power lines fell across his SUV.
Two injured when semi collided with mini-van on Kinmundy Road
State Police have released preliminary information on a crash involving a semi and a car on Kinmundy Road just south of Prairie Road in rural Kinmundy. Reports indicate the semi-truck was making a right-hand turn into a field when for unknown reasons the driver of the minivan attempted to pass on the right and struck the cab of the truck.
Two injured in crash at US 51 and Red Stripe Road south of Sandoval
Two people were injured in a pickup truck-car crash on US 51 at the Red Stripe Road intersection south of Sandoval early Friday night. The Marion County Sheriff’s Department reports the pickup driven by 26-year-old Seth Hoffman of Beckemeyer was westbound on Red Stripe Road when he failed to stop at the stop sign and his truck was hit in the passenger side by a southbound car driven by 43-year-old Robin Burton of East Robin Road in Mt. Vernon.
Central City man shows up at hospital with gunshot wound to the leg
The Marion County Sheriff’s Department is investigating how a 32-year-old Central City man received a gunshot wound to the leg. The department received a call at 1:30 Sunday morning when the man showed up in the emergency room of SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital for treatment of the wound.
Fire destroys garage/workshop in Salem; owner burned trying to put out fire
A fire destroyed a 20-by-60-foot garage and workshop building at the Melvin Minor home at 915 South Franklin Street in Salem late Wednesday afternoon. Salem Assistant Fire Chief Bill Fulton says Minor had been welding at his workbench and it is believed a spark may have set off a fire that wasn’t visible at the time. Minor reportedly found the fire when returning outside later in the north end of the building. He initially attempted to put it out with a garden hose and caught his shirt on fire in the process. By the time firemen arrived, the fire had spread throughout the building and flames were shooting from the windows.
Centralia man wanted in shooting case surrenders to U.S. Marshals
CLINTON COUNTY — A 23-year-old Centralia man wanted in connection with a shooting earlier this month in Centralia has reportedly turned himself in Wednesday to the U.S. Marshals. According to the Centralia Police Department, Clinton County State’s Attorney J.D. Brandmeyer issued an arrest warrant for Jonathon Hunt last week...
Rural Kell home damaged in Wednesday morning fire
Salem Fire Protection District officials were able to confine a fire at the Gail Goff home at 5068 Cartter Road in rural Kell to one room, but the entire home sustained heavy smoke damage. Salem Fire Assistant Chief Bill Fulton says a passerby initially spotted smoke coming from the residence...
6-year-old boy at center of pizza gift card scam in Illinois, police say
Police believe a 6-year-old Illinois boy is at the center of a pizza scam that delivered fake gift cards to unsuspecting customers in an area about 20 miles east of St. Louis.
Police Beat for Thursday, September 28th, 2023
Centralia Police arrested 38-year-old Jonathan Hiltibidal of North Locust in Centralia for alleged criminal damage to property and violation of bail bond. He was taken to the Marion County Jail to await a final decision on formal charges. Centralia Police arrested 38-year-old Steven Joslin of Pinckneyville on a no-bond Perry...
16-year-old juvenile injured in Kinmundy crash
A 16-year-old juvenile boy was injured Wednesday morning in a single-vehicle crash on Kinmundy Road at the Kingshighway intersection in Kinmundy. Kinmundy Police say the juvenile was traveling at too great a speed when he ran off the side of the Kinmundy Road, struck a power pole and a street sign, then crossed Kingshighway and hit a mailbox and a second power pole before his pickup came to a stop in the street.
Police Beat for Tuesday, September 26th, 2023
Centralia Police arrested two people when called to a domestic battery. Both 44-year-old Dawn Ruez and 31-year-old Billy Williams both of South Elm Street were arrested for violation of a no contact order. In addition, Ruez was arrested for domestic battery. The two were taken to the Marion County Jail.
Centralia man first in county to be held on new SafeT Act provisions
CENTRALIA — A 45-year-old Centralia man is being held in the Marion County Jail under the provisions of Illinois’ new pretrial release law. According to Centralia Police, Christopher Ramey was arrested Friday for an alleged violation of his previous release conditions on a domestic battery arrest. At the...
Fire in Irvington burns 40 to 45 acres of corn stubble
Five fire departments and two tractor-implements battled a corn stubble field fire in Irvington on Tuesday afternoon. Irvington Fire Chief Andy McDaniel says the fire spread from the village burn pile and was fueled by the wind. He reports no buildings were ever endangered and there was no crop loss since all the corn in the fields was already cut. McDaniel says the fire was finally stopped by the tractors disking some of the ground to stop the spread.
Centralia police interrupt burglary in progress
CENTRALIA — Centralia police arrested a 35-year-old homeless man Friday morning when officers allegedly interrupted a burglary in progress. Michael Lutz was arrested on charges of burglary, theft, criminal damage to property and possession of drug paraphernalia. Centralia police responded to the home around 8:30 Friday morning, when the...
Police Beat for Sunday, September 24th, 2023
A 23-year-old Centralia man is being held without bond after being arrested on a Marion County failure to appear in court on a possession of methamphetamine case. Johnathan Alton of North Hickory was arrested on Friday by Centralia Police and taken to the Marion County Jail to await a Monday court hearing.
Salem woman injured in one vehicle wreck on Yards Road in Salem
A 41-year-old Salem woman was taken to Salem Township Hospital for treatment of injuries following a one-vehicle wreck on the 19-hundred block of Yards Road northeast of Salem early Thursday night. Marion County Sheriff’s Deputies say Rachael Casner of North Lincoln was a passenger in the vehicle that had run...
Owners of gas stations in Salem, Central City, Xenia, and Wayne City charged with more than $ 4 million in tax fraud
Attorney General Kwame Raoul has charged three men who own and operate a dozen Central and Southern Illinois gas stations, including Salem, Central City, Xenia, and Wayne City, with more than $ 4 million in tax fraud. The charges against 29-year-old Roger Multani of Peoria and brothers 34-year-old Surinder (Paul)...