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The Centralia City Council heard more complaints Monday night about low flying planes from the the Centralia Municipal Airport and the feeling recent meetings to abate the problem had actually made the situation worse.  

Larry Duvall of Patriot Road reported a crop duster plane buzzed his house Monday morning, violating flight path rules.   He felt this may have been a 'targeted' event because of complaints he has made.

Jennifer Price said it appeared the Airgo School may have been emboldened by the meeting about FAA requirements, instead of mitigating the problem.  

The city continues to push for a plan to change the flight patterns to the east over farm ground, and away from the city, but so far the changes have not been made. 

Councilman David Sauer, who lives near the Airport, noted he was now even having problems getting his e-mails answered by the airport manager.  She has also reportedly not returned a call from a citizen.  Sauer says he's disappointed and doesn't think they will get the cooperation he thought they were going to get from Airgo.    

Mayor Tom Ashby feels the only way they will be able to address the issue is to get credible evidence on how high the planes are actually flying.  Ashby says a computer device is available to gather that information that may not prove a violation of the law, but would show a violation of public trust.  

The complaints come as Airgo has ramped up the training of Chinese pilots and are flying additional planes.  

In other action, the city council Monday night agreed to seek bids for the sale of property at 523 and 525 North Locust, where homes were earlier torn down.

The Mayor announced the state now owes the city over $500,000 in overdue water and sewer bills, mostly from the state prison.  The council agreed to look at charging the state late fees.  Some of the bills haven't been paid since July first when the old state budget expired.  Lawmakers have still not been able to pass a budget for the current fiscal year that ends June 30th.   


A father and son were arrested at the father's home in Walnut Hill after the father entered the home after being ordered to stop by Marion County Sheriff's Deputies.   

Deputies say they were seeking 49-year-old Mark Linkon of Jefferson Street in connection with a reckless conduct incident that occurred on May 1st when he shot a bow and arrow close to another man.  Linkon was spotted driving by a deputy near his home and was ordered to stop.  Instead, he allegedly ran into his home.  

Deputies say Linkon's son, 21-year-old Jacob Linkon of St. Louis, initially opened the door, but then held his arms out to prevent the deputy from getting inside the home.   The deputy physically pushed the son out of the way.  

A second deputy was able to arrest the father at gun point without further incident.

Both father and son were arrested for resisting arrest in addition to the father being charged with reckless conduct.  

Both posted $150 bond and were released from the Marion County Jail. 


Jordan McMullin

Bond has been set at $50,000 for a 23-year-old Odin man who was formally charged in Marion County Court Monday with residential burglary to an Alma home.

Jordan McMullin of North Everett Street is accused of the May 10th burglary to the Bill Wells home on Illinois Street in Alma.  Marion County Sheriff's Deputies say two guns and ammunition were taken from a dresser at the home.  Nothing else was touched.

The sheriff's department had asked other department's to stop and detain McMullin if they came into contact with him.   Centralia Police stopped a car he was driving Saturday and took him into custody.   

Police also discovered a number of items used in the manufacture of meth in the car and had arrested McMullin as well as two passengers, 23-year-old Zachary Zeller of South Maple in Centralia and 21-year-old Samantha Wolff of Arnold, Missouri on drug charges.  

State's Attorney Matt Wilzbach says no drug charges will be filed against McMullin or the two passengers because Centralia Police did not have probable cause to initiate the search for drugs.   Zeller and Wolff were released from the jail Monday morning as a result. 

The State Police Meth Response Team was called to clean up the car due to the large amount of meth related materials found.


Two Centralia residents were airlifted from the scene of a single vehicle crash on the Selmaville Road southwest of Salem just before noon Tuesday to Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.

Marion County Sheriff's Deputies say 48-year-old Mary Faught of Case Street was traveling southbound on the Selmaville Road near the Tri-County Electric Cooperative substation when the SUV she was driving ran off the left side of the road.   Faught was bringing the vehicle back onto the roadway at the Page Road intersection when the SUV started overturning and flipped over four times before coming to a stop.  The SUV came to a stop upside down in the ditch on the east side of the road.

Faught was trapped in the vehicle and was removed by Salem Fire Protection District officials after they cut a door off the vehicle.  The passenger, 22-year-old Ryan Shaw of Short Street, was thrown from the vehicle as it was overturned.  

The two Air Evac Helicopters landed in a nearby field.  

Marion County Emergency Services and Disaster Agency and Marion County EMS also assisted deputies and fire officials at the scene.   The crash occurred at 11:55 am.  


The Irvington Grade School has released their Honor and High Honor Roll.

The 4th quarter honor roll students from 5th grade were Alexis Hossler and Madoc Unger.  

In 6th grade, Zach Hebert, Tony Jacinto and Raeann Thurmann.

In 7th grade, Kylie Eckhoff, Abby Snell and Dylan Aaron.  

In 8th grade it was Sarah Tatjenhorst.

The 4th quarter high honor roll students from 6th grade were Brooke Ballantini and Savannah Lamar.  In 8th grade they were Angel Jacinto and Kylie Venable.

The 2nd semester honor roll students from 5th grade was Alexis Hossler.  In 6th grade it was Zach Hebert and Raeann Thurmann.  In 7th grade they were Kylie Eckhoff, Abby Snell and Dylan Aaron.  In 8th grade it was Sarah Tatjenhorst.

The 2nd semester high honor students in 5th grade was Madoc Unger.  In 6th grade it was Brooke Ballantini and Savanna Lamar.  In 8th grade it was Angel Jacinto and Kylie Venable. 




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