• Saturday is Ask a Lawyer Day.

    Anyone in Illinois with a question about a legal matter can consult a lawyer - at no cost - during the 36th Annual Ask A Lawyer Day from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

    The event is sponsored by the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) in cooperation with bar associations in Cook, DuPage, Lake, and Will counties.

    Volunteer lawyers will be standing by to provide general information about consumer problems, family law, estate planning, personal injury, and other common legal issues. Callers will be given information about their legal difficulties, which may include consulting with another lawyer on the caller's specific legal situation.

    The ISBA toll-free numbers are 252-8908 or 800-678-4009.

    In addition to two toll-free numbers, the public can email their questions to askalawyerday-at-isba.org or discuss their legal problem with a lawyer using Skype at isbalaw1.

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  • The Odin Renewal and Development Council is holding an electronic recycling event on Saturday. It will be from nine to two at the corner of Wood Street and U.S. 50 in Odin.

    Items that will be accepted include any type of metal, small appliance with cords, telephones, microwaves, freezers/refrigerators, computers and components, and vacuum cleaners. Anything electronic including radios, remote controls, audio speakers, electric motors, electric fans, air conditioners, washers/dryers, any kind of wiring, including Christmas tree lights and all other similar items will also be taken.

    TV sets cannot be accepted without a donation. Plastic, paper or glass will also not be collected.

    For more information, please call 775-8401. Items to be donated to this project should be brought to the site on the day of the event or call to arrange possible pickup. Volunteers will be available on the day of the event to assist in unloading your donated items.

    Proceeds will go to the ORDC to be used in the continued renovation of the Sugg Building and other Odin Community projects.

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  • Bond has been set at $15,000 in Marion County Court Friday for a 20-year-old McDonough, Georgia man arrested on a weapons charge following a Thursday night traffic stop. Devale Johnson was charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon after a loaded and uncased .380 semi-automatic was allegedly found in his vehicle. He reportedly did not have a FOID card. Centralia Police had searched the vehicle after their canine alerted on the vehicle. A small amount of cannabis was also allegedly found.

    A Centralia man faces a new unlawful possession of controlled substance charge. 20-year-old Jacob Cranford of Lakewood Drive had bond set at $15,000 after being charged with unlawful possession of prescription drugs. The public defender was appointed to represent him. Cranford was arrested following a Thursday traffic stop.

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  • Salem Police arrested a 29-year-old Odin man for driving under the influence and unlawful use of weapons following a Thursday night traffic stop in the 500 block of West Main. Levi Cavins of North Everett was also given city ordinance violation tickets for possession of cannabis and drug paraphernalia. He was released after posting $100 bond and his drivers license.

    An attempt to stop an 18-year-old Salem man riding a bike after dark without a light led to a foot chase by Salem Police Thursday night. Police say Trevor Lewis of West Warmoth ditched the bike near College and Allmon and ran about two blocks before being taken into custody. He also received a city ordinance violation ticket for possession of a small amount of cannabis.

    Salem Police arrested two others on outstanding warrants. 20-year-old Jacob Holman of Ticklen Road in Odin was arrested on an outstanding felony failure to appear warrants for possession of methamphetamine in both Marion and Jefferson Counties. 25-year-old Damien Stanford of East Camp in Iuka was arrested on a Marion County failure to appear warrant for reckless driving. Both were taken to the Marion County Jail.

    45-year-old Billy Porter of West 17th Street in Centralia was taken to the Marion County Jail by Centralia Police after being arrested on an outstanding Effingham County felony warrant.

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  • BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) - The military says a 22-year-old soldier from central Illinois has been killed in Afghanistan.

    The Department of Defense released a statement Friday saying Sgt. Josh Rodgers of Bloomington was among two soldiers killed this week as a result of small arms fire in Nangarhar Province.

    Rodgers' family pastor, Paul Thomasson, tells the Pantagraph newspaper the family was notified of his death Wednesday.

    Rodgers graduated in 2013 from Normal Community High School, where he competed in track and football.

    Rodgers' track coach, Bryan Thomas, says Rodgers had a work ethic that "was second to none." Thomas says Rodgers was a quiet athlete who led by example.

    His football coach, Wes Temples, says Rodgers was brave for serving in the U.S. Army.

    The military says the fatal incident is under investigation.

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