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William Donoho and Dale Lyons. Marion County Sheriff booking photos.

A grandson punched two men in the face and then held them for police after discovering the two were allegedly making methamphetamine inside his grandmother's rural Sandoval garage.  

Marion County Sheriff Jerry DeVore says the two were eventually taken into custody late Friday night on multiple drug charges. The 84-year-old handicapped grandmother evacuated from her home for the night until the State Meth Response Team could clean up the unstable meth lab. One of the two arrested, 50-year-old Dale Lyons, was the elderly woman's son and lived with her at the home in the one-thousand block of Bethel Road.   

The grandson, who lived next door, had gone to the garage to investigate after he saw a vehicle he didn't recognize pull inside the garage.   DeVore say that car was driven by the other suspect, 43-year-old William Donoho of Dean Street in Centralia.   

While the garage door had been locked, the grandson went in through a back door when he heard his uncle and Donoho allegedly discussing the manufacture of meth.  After the grandson refused their offer to take some meth, he was grabbed by the shoulder and told he was not leaving.  The grandson then reportedly punched both men in the face and held them down, while his wife who was alerted to the altercation called sheriff's deputies.   

After seeing some drug items in plain view, the elderly occupant of the residence gave permission to search.   A 'shake and bake' meth lab in a Gatoraide bottle allegedly was located along with meth waste on a burn pile, items used in the manufacture of meth, and a small baggie with finished meth.   

Lyons and Donoho were both arrested and taken to the Marion County Jail aggravated participation in meth manufacturing, meth manufacturing waste, possession of less than five grams of meth, possession of meth precursors, and using or allowing a property to be use for the manufacture of meth.  In addition, Donoho was charged with bringing contraband into a penal institution.  He allegedly had three baggies of meth that were discovered when he was being booked into jail.  

No other arrests are expected in the case.  DeVore say other family members have agreed to help the elderly grandmother now that her son is in jail.


Three people were injured in a two vehicle crash early Saturday night at Broadway and Elm in downtown Centralia.  

Centralia Police say a car driven by 26-year-old Jocelyn Pokojski of South Pine in Centralia ran a red light while traveling northbound on Elm Street and collided with an eastbound pickup truck on East Broadway driven by 17-year-old Kaleb Loyd of Adams Street in Junction City.  

Both drivers, along with a passenger in the Loyd pickup, 16-year-old Matthew Beshon of Junction City, were all taken to St. Mary's Hospital in Centralia for treatment.  A two-month-old in the Pokojski vehicle, Remy Pokojski, was not injured.  

Jocelyn Pokojski was ticketed for disobeying a traffic control device.  

The wreck occurred at 5:26 Saturday evening.  


A 52-year-old Centralia man remained in the Marion County Jail Sunday on multiple charges following a traffic stop by State Police.  Michael Lawson of North Locust was arrested for alleged driving under the influence of drugs, possession of cannabis and drug paraphernalia and obstructing justice.  

19-year-old Devin Starnes of Franklin Street in Carlyle remains in jail after being arrested by Centralia Police for possession of a controlled substance.

Marion County Sheriff's Deputies arrested 37-year-old Mindie Bushue of South Rotan of Salem for possession of drug paraphernalia.  She was taken into custody at a home on Dago Hill Road in rural Iuka where the sheriff's department had been called to a report of a person tearing up items.

27-year-old Jonathan Downs of East 6th in Centralia posted $150 bond and was released after being arrested by Conservation Police for driving on a suspended or revoked license.  

The Centralia Fire Department was called Saturday afternoon to wash down gas off the steps of a mobile home and a shed occupied by Denise Rigney in the 100 block of South Walnut.  The gas was allegedly poured onto the steps and shed during a domestic dispute.  Centralia Police say no arrests were made.  


JACKSONVILLE, Ill. (AP) - Police say a newborn baby found alive inside a trash bin in the central Illinois community of Jacksonville is in good condition.

Lt. Chris Johnson of the Jacksonville Police Department says authorities are still searching for the mother of the infant. The baby was apparently placed in the trash bin Saturday morning, less than 12 hours after it was born.

Johnson says police aren't releasing the gender of the baby or exactly where it was found.

The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports that an employee taking out garbage heard a noise coming from inside the trash bin and discovered the unclothed baby inside.

Police say it's fortunate that the baby was found early in the morning before temperatures inside the bin climbed high enough to cause heat-related injuries.


PLEASANT HILL, Ill. (AP) - There is evidence of the beginning of a soybean crop infection in some parts of west-central Illinois.

University of Illinois Extension educator Mike Roegge says some fields started showing signs two weeks ago and affected areas rapidly expanded. He tells The Quincy Herald-Whig that's "not a good sign."

The soil-based fusarium organism causes the sudden death syndrome. Roegge says the organism keeps the plant from sending water and nutrients to the leaves. The leaves start dying and turn yellow and brown.

Roberta Simpson Dolbeare farms near Pleasant Hill. She says crop yields are going to be reduced, but she's not sure by how much. The newspaper reports that not every field is affected but the ones that are could see losses of 10 to 20 percent.




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