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Flames and smoke could be seen for miles when a semi tanker just loaded with crude oil exploded.


Firemen complete efforts to put out the fire and explosion that destroyed an oil tanker truck northwest of Sandoval Friday afternoon.

A semi tank truck that had just removed crude oil from an oil tank battery northwest of Sandoval exploded and burned Friday afternoon.   

Officials say the driver of the truck, 24-year-old Glen Dial of North 1700 Street in St. Peter, heard the truck trailer making noises as he prepared to leave the tank battery and took off running to escape.  Sandoval Fire Protection District firemen say Dial received apparent minor injuries, including singed hair.   He was transported to St. Mary's Hospital in Centralia for treatment.  

The incident occurred in a field off the Meridian Road near the Ducomb Road intersection about five miles north of U.S. 50.  Firemen say when they arrived the truck cab had been destroyed by fire and a large hole had been blown into the side of the tanker.  The fire also spread to about 20 acres of soybeans.  

Sandoval called Odin, Patoka, and Huey-Boulder-Ferrin Firemen for mutual aide assistance.  They all brought tanker and brush trucks to help put out the large field fire.  Lifestar Ambulance transported the truck driver to the hospital to allow Sandoval Firemen to concentrate on the fire fighting effort.  

Sandoval Firemen say the truck and oil battery are owned by Bi-Petro.  

The explosion and flash fire was reported at 1:26 Friday afternoon.  Firemen were on the scene for about three hours.  


Four fire departments combine efforts to fight a fire set off by a truck explosion.


BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A southwestern Illinois sheriff recruited by the national Democratic Party to challenge a first-term Republican congressman has declined the offer.

St. Clair County Sheriff Rick Watson recently met with party leaders in Washington to discuss a possible candidacy in the 12th Congressional District, a U.S. House seat that had been in Democratic control since World War II before Rep. Mike Bost's 2014 election.

The Belleville News-Democrat report that Watson cited his commitment to serving as sheriff in opting against a congressional campaign.

Belleville labor lawyer C.J. Baricevic is the first Democratic challenger to declare his candidacy in a district that covers 12 counties in the state's southernmost reaches, including Jefferson.

Bost is a former Marine and state lawmaker from Murphysboro who defeated U.S. Rep. Bill Enyart in 2014.


Salem Police have arrested a 29-year-old Salem man for aggravated domestic battery.  Brenton Beard of North Franklin Street was arrested at his home after he allegedly became involved in a physical altercation with his mother Lori Jourdan and his step-father Dusty Jourdan.  He's accused of placing both in a headlock and placing his hand over his mother's mouth to make her breathing more difficult.  Beard was taken to the Marion County Jail.  Police say neither of the victims required medical treatment.

Salem Police arrested 26-year-old Rachel Kirby of North Woodland Drive in Salem for driving under the influence following a one vehicle crash early Saturday morning.  Salem Police report the wreck was found on South Broadway near Kell Street by a Marion County Sheriff's Deputy at 4:04 Saturday morning.  Kirby was not injured.  She was taken to the Marion County Jail where she later posted bond and was released.

Sandoval Police arrested a 38-year-old Sandoval man on two counts of criminal damage to property.  Matthew Lyons of South Maple was stopped while walking on South Main Street.  He told police the underworld was coming after him and then allegedly admitted to breaking out a windshield in a semi and damaging a light on CSX railroad equipment.  When police located the semi at Main and Isle with the windshield knocked out and the damage Lyons admitted to committing to CSX property he was arrested and taken to the Marion County Jail.  

An investigation of a loud music complaint on Illinois Street in Salem Saturday morning led to the arrest of a 24-year-old Anna man on an outstanding Union County warrant for aggravated battery and domestic battery.  Salem Police say Austin Kimmel was  the driver of the car with the loud music.  He was taken to the Marion County Jail to await transport back to Union County.

Salem Police arrested a 24-year-old Salem man for alleged driving on a suspended license.  Police say they saw Andrew Sloat of Ohio Street driving a motorcycle on North College Street Saturday morning and confirmed he had a suspended license.  He was later located at his home where he was taken into custody.  

21-year-old Brandon Kehn of Tower Road in Richview was arrested by Marion County Sheriff's Deputies on an outstanding Marion County DUI warrant.    He remained in custody Saturday.   

24-year-old Nathaniel Rameriz of Seneff Street in Salem was arrested by Salem Police during a traffic stop on an outstanding Marion County traffic warrant.  Rameriz was taken to the Marion County Jail where he later posted $500 bond and was released.

22-year-old Anthony Parrish of South Wood in Odin was arrested at the courthouse on Friday on a petition to revoke his probation on an outstanding DUI case.  He later posted $500 bond and was released.  

Salem Police are investigating a criminal damage to property and theft complaint.  Sheila Rhodes of East Lyford reported someone damaged the siding on her home and dented the hood of her car.  A TV was also stolen from inside her home.  So far no arrests have been made.  


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois has entered its second month without a state budget, and there's no indication that summer's dog days will present any new opportunities for a breakthrough between Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and majority Democrats.

Senators face a tricky vote when they return to the Capitol on Tuesday - whether to reject a pay increase for themselves and violate the state Constitution, as the House already has done.

Lawmakers were unable to gather the votes necessary to override a gubernatorial veto of the budget adopted in May and continue to rail against Rauner's demands for pro-business structural reforms even as they appear to be buckling to his pressure to reject the automatic pay raise.  

House Speaker Michael Madigan characterizes the weekly meetings in Springfield as a "continuous session." 


CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - A long-awaited solar farm is under construction at the University of Illinois.

The 21-acre farm will be built on open land on the far south side of the Urbana-Champaign campus. It will eventually provide 2 percent of the campus' power.

Morgan Johnston is associate director of sustainability at UI Facilities and Services, which is overseeing the project. Johnston told The News-Gazette in Champaign (http://bit.ly/1eK8ZAs ) that the first panels will go up in mid-September. The facility is expected to be generating power before Christmas.

The farm is being built in partnership with Phoenix Solar of San Ramon, California.

The university will pay the company $15.5 million over 10 years to run the solar farm and then take it over.

The solar farm's construction was initially supposed to be built in 2013.




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