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Bond has been set at $15,000 for a 25-year-old Centralia man charged Wednesday in Marion County Court with three counts of possession of a controlled substance.

Centralia Police say they were called to remove Lonnie Williamson of North Poplar in Centralia after he passed out in the dining room area of the Burger King restaurant on Tuesday.  

Police report Williamson was acting unusual when he woke up.  He allegedly was found in possession of a flash tube.   It allegedly included three baggies of drugs, one containing methamphetamine, another cocaine and the third the narcotic drug Alprozolam.   

The public defender was appointed to represent Williamson.  He was ordered to use no drugs or alcohol if released on bond and would be subject to random testing.  A first appearance with counsel and a preliminary hearing was set for May 31st.  


EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says he plans to meet with National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency's director to discuss errors in the report that led to the preliminary decision to build the  spy agency's new regional headquarters in St. Louis.

Speaking in East St. Louis on Wednesday, Illinois Democrat says the agency's decision was wrong, adding he didn't know if agency director Robert Cardillo's choice stems from political or rational considerations.

Durbin said he asked President Barack Obama and White House staff to stay out of the decision-making process because the state's application was strong. 

The agency plans to move from its current location near the Anheuser-Busch brewery south of downtown St. Louis to a site on the city's impoverished north side. National intelligence director James Clapper has said he has "no basis" to reject the recommendation by Cardillo.


A 19-year-old Centralia man has been arrested by State Police for resisting and obstructing a peace officer, fleeing or eluding police and on outstanding Washington and Marion County traffic warrants.  Jacob Cranford of Lakewood Drive remained in custody Wednesday morning at the Marion County Jail.  

A 20-year-old Centralia woman has been arrested on an outstanding failure to appear in court warrant on a possession of methamphetamine charge.  Angela Gruen of Page Drive in Centralia was arrested by Marion County Sheriff's Deputies investigating a fight that led to a Kinmundy woman seeking treatment at SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital in Centralia.  The Marion County State's Attorney's office wants further investigation before considering charges against Gruen for allegedly striking Raeann Ashley of East Second Street in Kinmundy.  Several other suspects are also being sought for questioning in connection with the altercation that led to Ashley's injuries.  

35-year-old Tiffany Willard of East 15th in Centralia was arrested by Salem Police for felony retail theft.  Willard was stopped by Wal-mart security who reportedly recovered items from her purse.  The chase is a felony because Willard has a prior retail theft conviction in Missouri.

58-year-old Bruce Reynolds of East Croan of Irvington was arrested during a traffic stop by Marion County Sheriff's Deputies for alleged possession of 2.5 to 10 grams of cannabis and violation of bail bond.  A search of Reynolds' vehicle was completed after Marion County canine Valor alerted on the vehicle.  Four grams of cannabis was allegedly found in the glove box and another 6.8 grams in a baggy found in Reynold's hoodie.   

30-year-old Scott Miller of Public Street in Alma remained in custody Wednesday after being arrested by Marion County Sheriff's Deputies for driving under the influence of alcohol and driving on a revoked license.  

Two others were in custody Wednesday for alleged probation violations.  52-year-old Andre Robinson of North Pine in Centralia and 36-year-old Randle Gillen of West Kirkwood in Odin were both arrested by Marion County Sheriff's Deputies.

33-year-old Joshua Moheit of West Spruce in Salem posted $150 bond after being arrested by Salem Police for driving on a suspended license.

27-year-old Ashley Mizel of Marcel Drive in Centralia posted $150 bond and was released after being arrested by sheriff's deputies for no insurance.


The Centralia High School Board has hired Assistant Football Coach Bobby Brenneisen to be the new Head Football Coach.   

Brenneisen will replace Ray Kauling who resigned last week to become the Athletic Director at Trenton Wesclin High School.  

Brenneisen has been an assistant football coach in charge of quarterbacks and physical education teacher at Centralia High School the past four years.  He has always strived to be a head coach and doesn't anticipate any major changes, noting the program has a great staff of assistant coaches.  

Brenneisen played quarterback at Sacred Heart Griffin High School where his father coached and went on to play quarterback at SIU-C and Quincy University.  

Centralia High Superintendent Chuck Lane says he didn't think it was necessary to go outside the school to seek a new head football coach when they had a strong in-house candidate who had the support of Kauling and all the assistant coaches.  

The appointment was made at a special Centralia High School Board meeting Wednesday afternoon.      


Centralia City Firemen got a quick knockdown late Monday morning on a fire in the spray booth in the powder coating room at EFI at 2325 South Wabash in the Centralia Industrial Park.  

Centralia Fire Captain Johnny Lynch says smoke was rolling out of the room with the booth upon their arrival and flames were visible once they got inside.  The spray booth was destroyed and there was some damage to the insulation and ceiling above the booth.   The powder coat area also received smoke damage.   

The cost of the damage is estimated at $60,000.  The total value of the building and contents was placed at $3.4-million.   

No one was in the room when the fire began.  The fire was discovered by a welder in another part of the large room who saw smoke along the ceiling when taking off his welding mask.  Everyone inside the plant exited safely before the fire department's arrival.  There were no injuries.  

All available firemen were called to the scene and the Centralia Fire Protection District was put on standby.  But when the fire was knocked down quickly, they were not brought to the scene.  

The cause is believed to be related to the build up of old powder coating materials on the powder coating booth.  
 
Lynch said the fire had the potential to spread throughout the EFI complex.   

The fire call came in at 11:21 Wednesday morning, with firemen on the scene for an hour 20 minutes.  




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