• A 64-year-old Carterville man was injured in a motorcycle crash north of Sandoval Sunday afternoon.

    Marion County Sheriff's Deputies say Ricky Ellet was traveling southbound on U.S. 51 near Ferrydale Road when he started to cross a bridge and lost control of the cycle. The bike went sideways and started rolling down the roadway, ejecting Ellet.

    Ellet was treated at the scene by Patoka Fire and Ambulance personnel and later transferred to SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital in Centralia for treatment.

    The crash occurred at 1:46 Sunday afternoon.

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  • Centralia Police have released details on a Thursday afternoon crash at Tenth and Brookside that injured four persons.

    Police say a car driven by 17-year-old Kaylie Penland of East Rexford in Centralia disobeyed a stop sign while westbound on 10th Street and collided with a northbound car on Brookside driven by 54-year-old Michael Harris of South Brookside in Centralia.

    While both drivers refused hospital treatment, a passenger in each car did receive treatment at SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital. 18-year-old Caiden Cook of North Broadway in Centralia was passenger in the Penland's car. 51-year-old Stephanie Harris of South Brookside in Centralia was in Michael Harris' car.

    Penland was ticketed for failure to yield.

    The crash occurred at 12:08 Thursday afternoon.

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  • Salem Police arrested a 19-year-old Salem man for battery after he allegedly attacked a man who came to the defense of a third man who was about to be jumped.

    The incident occurred near the Starlight Mobile Home Park in the 300 block of East Olive where police were called Sunday night to a gathering of people who were starting to fight.

    Police say Dante Crosby of South College allegedly struck Randal Nathan Krutsinger three times in the face after Krutsinger tripped trying to run from the area after earlier trying to protect another person from being jumped.

    Crosby was taken to the Marion County Jail where he was released after posting $150 bond.

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  • A 33-year-old Centralia man has been arrested by Centralia Police for felony retail theft and possession of drug paraphernalia. Police report Christopher Owens of Jana Drive was arrested at the Centralia Walmart Store. He was taken to the Clinton County Jail at Carlyle.

    47-year-old Billy Finley of South Walnut in Centralia was arrested by Wamac Police on a Marion County traffic warrant. He remains in the Marion County Jail.

    A 29-year-old Tennessee man, Brian Ely, posted $500 cash bond at the Centralia Police Station after being arrested on a Clinton County warrant for driving on a revoked license.

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  • SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois State Fair Grandstand officials say this year's fair surpassed a record-setting number of guests in 2016 with help from its music lineup.

    The State Journal-Register reports that more than 58,800 people bought tickets for the Grandstand, up from 58,540 in 2016. The previous high was nearly 57,800 in 1999.

    State Fair Manager Kevin Gordon says part the success might've been because of the diversity of the Grandstand lineup.

    Pentatonix, a three-time Grammy-winning group known for classic covers and a cappella originals, played to a crowd of more than 11,500 on Saturday. The largest draw for the fair was Five Finger Death Punch, a heavy-metal band that played to more than 13,300 people.

    Gordon says good weather also contributed to the high attendance.

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