Police Beat for Thursday, December 6th, 2012Ameren natural gas crews had to put on fire retardant suits and climb into a hole where a two inch gas line had been severed Wednesday in order to shut off the leaking gas. Centralia City Fire Officials say the gas main was not marked and the crews were unable to trace the route of the line in order to find a shutoff valve. A construction company working on the Wabash Avenue improvement project struck the line near the Swan Avenue intersection. As a precaution, electricity to the nearby Industrial Tavern had to be shutoff for most of the afternoon while crews worked on the problem. Firemen had to extinguish a small smoldering leaf fire on another adjoining property as another safety precaution.
A 51-year-old Centralia man was in the Marion County Jail Thursday morning charged with obstructing justice and a warrant for possession of drug paraphernalia. Charles Crabtree of East 11th was arrested by Junction City Police.
A 28-year-old Kinmundy man was transported to the Clay County Jail after being arrested by Marion County Sheriff's Deputies on an outstanding Clay County warrant.
22-year-old Roosevelt Cooper McGee of North College in Centralia posted $750 bond and was released after being arrested by sheriff's deputies on a petition to revoke his probation.
27-year-old Kip Missey of Vermundy Road in Kinmundy posted $250 bond and was released after being arrested on an outstanding traffic warrant.
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