• Marion County Sheriff's Deputies say they are continuing an investigation into how a Sandoval man ended up lying on Laury Street in Odin with a severe head injury.

    41-year-old Casey Williams was found in front of the apartment complex on Laury Street by a resident who was leaving in his vehicle just after nine Thursday evening.

    Williams was initially taken to Salem Township Hospital and then airlifted to St. Louis University Hospital for treatment of the head injury. His only other injury was what appeared to be a minor road abrasion.

    Deputies say Williams was semi-responsive at the time, but could not provide information on what happened.

    Sheriff's Deputies and Odin Police have both questioned people in connection with the on-going investigation.

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  • Austin Arnold

    Salem Police have arrested a 21-year-old Salem man for residential burglary to his mother's home. Austin Arnold of the Starlight Mobile Home Park is accused of going to his mother's home on East Boone and piling food outside a window of the home. Police say when she returned home and discovered what he was doing she called police. Arnold allegedly left in his vehicle and was later located at his home and taken to the Marion County Jail.

    Salem Police are investigating two new motor vehicle burglaries. Chris Wright of the 400 block of East Bennett reported both his work truck and personal vehicle were entered sometime overnight before seven Saturday morning. Wright reported nothing missing from his work truck. A GPS and power tool were reported missing from his personal vehicle.

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  • Ronald Harris

    Wamac Police have arrested a 33-year-old Wamac man for possession of a controlled substance after initially responding to what was reported to be a possible bicycle accident.

    Police report finding Ronald Harris of Short Street still standing up but slumped over the handle bar of the bike. Harris reportedly could not stay awake. He gave police permission to search him. Two clear capsules that field tested as heroin were allegedly found in his possession.

    Harris was taken to the Marion County Jail.

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  • Clay County Sheriff's Deputies joined Marion County Sheriff's Deputies in going to the home of 24-year-old Joseph Suarez on South Lackey Street and arrested him on an outstanding Clay County felony warrant. Suarez was transported back to the Clay County Jail at Louisville.

    A 30-year-old Centralia man, Michael Deadmond of South Cherry Street, was arrested by Centralia Police on Friday and brought to the Marion County Jail on a probation violation.

    39-year-old Steven Schahner of South Locust in Patoka posted $150 bond and was released after being arrested by Sandoval Police for driving on a revoked license.

    45-year-old Floyd Webb of South 2nd in Vandalia posted $250 bond after being arrested by Salem Police on an outstanding Fayette County warrant.

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  • CHICAGO (AP) - Problems with a state computer system have prevented tens of thousands of Illinois households from receiving federal food stamp benefits since the new system's latest phase got underway.

    The Illinois Department of Human Services began rolling out a new computer system in 2013 to administer entitlement benefits, including food stamps. The second phase of that process began in late October.

    State officials tell The Chicago Tribune that problems with the computer system caused more than 40,000 households to lose their food stamp benefits during November.

    More than 30,000 of those households remain without those benefits.

    Chicago resident Edna Marshall says she's still waiting for food stamps for herself and six of her children since filing for assistance in late October. She's started feeding her kids with her rent money.

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