• WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court won't hear an appeal challenging Illinois' system for issuing permits for people to carry concealed weapons in public.

    The justices on Monday let stand a lower court ruling that upheld the state's requirements for obtaining a concealed-carry license.

    Three men sued state officials after they said a state review board denied their permit requests without offering an adequate explanation. After the state amended its regulations in 2015, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the new requirements.

    The new regulations require a review board to explain the basis for any denial and give an applicant 15 days to respond.

    The men say the new rules still violate their due process rights.

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  • Centralia Police Acting Police Chief Brian Atchison says city police have seized a total of five firearms as well as illegal drugs in three separate incidents during the past three days.

    The latest incident was around 9:30 Monday morning when officers were dispatched to a report of a suspicious vehicle occupied by a male subject who appeared to be sleeping in the Walmart parking lot.

    The driver, 20-year-old Brandon Behnke of Clay City, was arrested for unlawful use of a weapon, no firearm owners identification card, and possession of methamphetamine. A passenger, 18-year-old Zoie Bryant of Clay City, was charged with possession of methamphetamine and drug equipment for allegedly possessing a hypodermic syringe.

    The officer who first approached the car allegedly saw Behnke with a drug pipe sitting in his lap. After exiting the vehicle, an officer allegedly discovered a partially concealed handgun between the front seat and console. They seized the nine mm handgun as well as a loaded 12 gauge shotgun later reportedly found in the trunk.

    Both Behnke and Bryant were taken to the Clinton County Jail at Carlyle.

    Another incident occurred Sunday morning when an officer saw a wanted subject run into a residence in the 900 block of East Kell. Upon contact, 26-year-old Theodore Johnson of East Kell was arrested on an outstanding Vermilion County warrant for failure to appear on a probation violation for possession of a controlled substance.

    While at the residence, Atchison says an officer saw a handgun in plain view, located inside of a car parked in the driveway at the residence. Two loaded handguns as well as 30 grams of suspected heroin were found in the car. The seized items will be sent to the Illinois State Police Crime Lab for processing.

    Johnson later posted $1,000 on a warrant and was released.

    On Saturday, Centralia Police arrested 22-year-old Cameron Threadgill of Carlyle after a loaded 9mm handgun was found concealed in his pants following a traffic stop in which he was a passenger. Threadgill was arrested for possession of armed violence, unlawful use of weapons and no firearm owners ID card. In addition to the gun, $452 in cash was seized from Threadgill.

    Another passenger, 21-year-old Kourtney Guess of Carlyle, was arrested for manufacture/delivery of cannabis after 15 grams of suspected cannabis was seized.

    The driver, 19-year-old Dangelo Fleener of Rasback Street in Centralia, was arrested for driving on a suspended drivers license and not wearing a seatbelt.

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  • Joevante Simms

    A 20-year-old Centralia man has been arrested on a Union County, Kentucky warrant charging two counts of murder in connection with a Friday night shooting.

    The Henderson, Kentucky Gleaner newspaper reports Joevante Simms along with 19-year-old Clarence Smith III of Danville and 21-year-old Keyontae McGuire of Morganfield, Kentucky have been served with Union County, Kentucky warrants in connection with the Friday night shooting deaths of 33-year-old Caesarrae Rapier and 28-year-old George Black, Junior at a home in Morganfield.

    Details have not been released by the Morganfield Police Department on what led up to the shooting. The three men were arrested after a pursuit of the car they occupied from Morganfield to Henderson, Kentucky. The three eventually abandoned the car and attempted to run on foot. Smith and Simms were arrested nearby, while McGuire was not located until Saturday.

    The three are also expected to face charges in Henderson County, Kentucky in connection with the chase.

    All three remained at the Henderson County Detention Center following their arrests.

  • A rural Wayne City man has been jailed after he allegedly slashed two people with a knife and beat up two others during an early Sunday morning altercation southwest of Keenes in western Wayne County.

    WFIW Radio in Fairfield reports 38-year-old Paxton D. Bruce faces preliminary charges of attempted murder, four counts of aggravated battery and two counts of aggravated domestic battery.

    Bruce is accused of slashing Daniel Stevenson of rural Belle Rive and slicing a finger on Stevenson's wife Jessica. Bruce is also accused of battering his sister, Peggy Rightenower and 24-year-old Cole Tatum of Wayne City. Police say the altercation apparently began when the Stevenson's refused to give Bruce a ride to another location.

    Learning of the altercation, Bruce's sister, Peggy Rightnowar arrived at the scene and was allegedly choked and punched in the chest by Bruce.

    A short time later, 24-year-old Cole Tatum of Wayne City drove up and stopped to help, believing a vehicle has broken down. Bruce is then accused of attacking Tatum, punching him several times. At some point, Bruce smashed a car window with his fist, causing serious injuries to himself.

    Bruce's sister, Peggy Rightnowar drove her brother to a hospital in Mt. Vernon, Ill. for treatment of his hand injuries. Jefferson County authorities were notified of the incident and held Bruce until he was treated and released into the custody Wayne County authorities.

    Daniel Stevenson was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon for treatment of serious slashing injuries. Police say the knife allegedly used in the attack has not been recovered at this time.

    Bruce remains in the Wayne County Jail at Fairfield pending the filing of charges and setting of bond.

    Bruce has an extensive criminal history, having served a 14-year federal prison sentence for conspiracy to manufacture and deliver more than 500 grams of meth. In November of 2015, his parole on that conviction was revoked and he was sentenced to serve another 14 months in prison. At the time of his arrest Sunday morning, he was no longer on federal parole.

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  • Mt. Vernon Police have released the identity of the 26-year-old man who was shot to death early Friday evening in the alleyway off the 1800 block of Conger Street.

    Mt. Vernon Police Chief Chris Deichman identified the man as DeAndray Jackson of California. He was in Mt. Vernon visiting family.

    Deichman says the investigation is continuing and they have developed some good leads. However, no arrests have been made.

    Deichman says multiple gunshots were fired, but he does not know how many hit Jackson. Several lodged in a nearby building.

    Deichman is continuing to urge the public to come forward with information. You can contact the Mt. Vernon Police Department at 242-2131 or Jefferson County Crimestoppers at 242-8477. You do not have to identify yourself and may be eligible for a cash reward.

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