• Steven Myers

    A 28-year-old Centralia man has pleaded guilty to aggravated battery with a deadly weapon for hitting a man with his van in December after an argument broke out between the two on Facebook.

    Steven Myers of Frazier Street admitted to striking Damian Marcum of North Locust in Centralia in the leg with his van in a parking lot outside of Marcum's home. Myers was placed on 30 months probation and ordered to serve 180 days in the Marion County Jail. In addition, he will have to undergo drug and alcohol evaluation and treatment and have no contact with Marcum.

    Centralia Police says after Myers threatened to beat up Marcum in a Facebook argument, Myers showed up outside Marcum's home and reportedly began cutting donuts in the parking lot near where Marcum's truck was parked. When Marcum yelled at Myers to stop, Myers allegedly drove the van into Marcum's leg.

    Myers reportedly got out of the truck and yelled at Marcum to 'come get you come' after striking him in the leg. Myers then left, swerving at Marcum again. This time Marcum was able to get out of the way.

    Marcum was treated for his injuries at SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital.

    A charge of aggravated reckless driving was dropped as part of the plea.

  • A 36-year-old Mt. Vernon man has been sentenced in Marion County Court to four years in prison for unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon.

    Jonathan Stuckey of South 15th Street was arrested by Centralia Police on the charge in May 2015 following a traffic stop. Because of Stuckey's past record, a special sentencing range of 3 to 14 years with no possibility of probation was required under the law.

    Once Stuckey is out of prison, he'll have to complete two years of mandatory supervised release and pay court costs.

  • The Marion County Soil and Water Conservation District is now accepting orders for their spring 2017 tree seedling and fish sales.

    The District is offering 7 tree species. All tree seedlings have been selected because they are adapted to the climate of Marion County. Evergreen trees available are White Pine, Norway Spruce, and White Spruce. These are 2 and 3-year-old bare root seedlings and range in size from 10 inches to 18 inches tall. These seedlings are typically purchased in bundles of 25 trees, but can also be purchased individually.

    The remaining species available are Bald Cypress, White Flowering Dogwood, Pecan and Sawtooth Oak. Most of these seedlings are approximately 18 inches tall. All trees are limited in numbers, so order early. Orders will be accepted until March 24th.

    This year the Conservation District will again offer fish for pond stocking. Ten varieties of fish will be sold. They are channel cat, albino catfish, largemouth bass, flathead minnows, black crappie, hybrid sunfish, bluegill, redear, hybrid redear and triploid grass carp.

    Grass Carp orders due by February 28th. All orders for fish orders must be received by March 9th, 2017. The fish delivery will be Thursday, March 16th at 8:00 AM.

    If you are interested or have any questions, please stop by the office at 1550 East Main, Salem IL or call Burke Davies at the Marion County Soil and Water Conservation District, phone 618-548-2230 ext. #3.

  • Terrell Cleggett

    A 35-year-old Centralia man has been sentenced to 42 months in federal prison for possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of stolen firearms.

    The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Donald Boyce, says Terrell Cleggett was also ordered to pay a $200 mandatory special assessment and to serve three years of supervised release after being released from prison.

    Cleggett was investigated following the November 29, 2014, burglary of Buchheit's of Centralia. In that burglary, forty firearms and more than a thousand rounds of ammunition were stolen.

    Two co-defendants previously pled guilty and were sentenced with one receiving 60 months' and the other 248 months' of imprisonment. A juvenile accomplice was prosecuted by state authorities. Two remaining co-defendants, Justin Gibson and Michael Rink, charged in connection with the Buchheit's burglary have both pled guilty and are awaiting sentencing.

    Court records established that two of the guns stolen during the Buchheit's burglary were eventually transferred from the juvenile accomplice to Terrell Cleggett, who knew or had reason to know that the firearms were stolen. Thirty-eight of the stolen firearms were eventually recovered by law enforcement officials, including the two firearms included in the prosecution of Cleggett.

    The investigation is being conducted by agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Centralia Police Department, along with the Clinton County States Attorney's office. The case is being prosecuted by the Assistant United States Attorney Steven D. Weinhoeft.

  • SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The legendary country group Alabama and classic rock star John Mellencamp will be among the performers at this year's Illinois State Fair.

    Fair officials announced Tuesday five of the 11 headliners for the 2017 fair in Springfield.

    Alabama will play Aug. 16. The trio has 43 number one singles and nearly 200 industry awards, with hits including "Song of the South" and "If You're Gonna Play in Texas." Country music performer Neal McCoy will open for Alabama.

    Mellencamp will close out the fair on Aug. 20. In addition to his hits like "Pink Houses," Mellencamp was one of the founding members of Farm Aid. The annual event helps raise awareness of issues facing farmers.

    Other performers include Chase Rice and Jason Derulo.

    The fair is Aug. 11 to Aug. 20.