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Mantez Duncan

A 23-year-old Centralia man has been charged with two counts of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance.  

Marion County Sheriff's Investigators say Mantez Duncan of East McCormick Street completed three sales of heroin to a confidential source in December.  He has been charged with two of them.  Duncan was arrested over the weekend by Centralia Police on a warrant charging the two sales.  Bond was set at $300,000.    

Duncan was given time to hire his own attorney during his first appearance in Marion County Court Monday morning.  His first appearance with counsel has been set for July 6th.  

A sheriff's investigator says the confidential source was provided money by the sheriff's department to complete the controlled buys.   An arrest warrant was not sought until last week until the State Police lab confirmed the drugs purchased tested positive for heroin.  

No other arrests are expected in the case.   

A 44-year-old Nashville trucker escaped injury Monday morning after his rig went out of control on I-57 and hit a bridge support.

State Police say Shane Blumhorst was traveling southbound on I-57 in northern Franklin County when his truck began drifting towards the right side of the roadway.  He was not able to regain control and struck the bridge support, went off the right side of the roadway, and entered the ditch.  The truck remained upright.  

The debris from the truck caught fire due to the impact between the bridge and vehicle, but the truck itself did not catch fire.  The driver was issued a citation for improper lane usage.   

The crash occurred at 5:05 Monday morning.

Salem Police Chief Sean Reynolds says a couple local businesses took in counterfeit $100 bills over the weekend.  He reports they did not realize it until they made their deposits at the bank.  

Reynolds is recommending businesses to please examine any $100 bills they receive.  He notes the bills presented do not have the safety strip and are not centered on the paper when examined closely.  Reynolds says the color also appears to be slightly off.  

If a business is unsure of the validity of the bill, they may contact the police department for assistance.  

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Gov. Bruce Rauner says there's general agreement on a partial-year budget to keep Illinois state government going past Thursday's end of the fiscal year.

The Republican on Monday urged Democrats who run the General Assembly to approve that plan and one to open public schools on time. Rauner says his discussions with Democratic leaders indicate there's agreement on a stopgap funding plan. He didn't name the leaders he spoke with.

The House and Senate return to session Wednesday in Springfield. 

Steven Brown is spokesman for House Speaker Michael Madigan - a Chicago Democrat. He says Democrats' partial-year plan increases higher education funding by $400 million over what Rauner-backed legislation proposes. 

Brown says House Democrats approved hundreds of millions more for elementary and secondary education than Rauner seeks. So the schools issue remains unsettled.

A 22-year-old Chicago man arrested in connection with the shootings of two men in Laura Leake Park on June 5th made his first appearance in Marion County Court Monday morning.  

Darius Holliday had Assistant Public Defender Craig Griffin was appointed to represent him.  Bond on the two Class 'X' charges of aggravated battery with a firearm was kept at $300,000.   Holliday's first appearance with attorney and preliminary hearing was set for July 7th.

Holliday had been arrested in Chicago after a warrant was issued for his arrest a few days after the shooting occurred.  A prisoner transport service returned him to the Marion County Jail on Friday.  

Centralia Police believe Holliday fired the gun at 19-year-old Devale Johnson of Georgia after comments were made to Holliday about an earlier event where a girl had been followed while riding her bike.  He is also accused of shooting 52-year-old Juan Hayes of Chicago as he ran for his truck.  Police believe Hayes was an unintended victim.  

Both Johnson and Hayes were airlifted to St. Louis Hospitals for gunshot wounds to the upper legs and were later released.  

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