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Police Beat for Saturday, October 27th, 2012

By Bruce Kropp

A 27-year-old Centralia man was being held in the Marion County Jail on Saturday for alleged motor vehicle theft. Blake Benden of Hester Street is accused of taking a car owned by his boss Len Buntz of Community Beach Road in Centralia without his permission. Benden admitted he had possession of the car when Marion County Sheriff's Deputies had come to his home Friday telling him to stay away from the Buntz home. The two had been involved in a disagreement earlier in the day and deputies had been called by Buntz who said Benden was trying to break into his home. Benden was gone by the time deputies arrived. Buntz had not yet discovered one of his cars had been stolen when he was notified Benden had driven it to his home.

A 25-year-old Centralia man has been arrested by sheriff's deputies on an outstanding warrant for burglary. Paxton Price of West 14th is being held in the Marion County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bond.

Three people remained in the Marion County Jail Saturday on petitions to revoke their probation. 22-year-old Jared Stroup of North Avenue in Iuka, 36-year-old Amy Bivens of Fairfield of Mt. Vernon and 23-year-old Joseph Miranda of South Poplar in Centralia were all arrested during appearance at the courthouse on Friday. 25-year-old Jacob Neff of Douglas Street in Central City was also arrested on a petition to revoke his probation. He was released after posting $1,000 cash bond.

The Marion County Sheriff's Department is investigating a burglary at the Christian Church on West Fayette in Patoka. Church officials say hot dogs, other food items, and greeting cards were stolen. There were no signs of forced entry. The break in was discovered at 1:34 Friday afternoon.  

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