• Centralia City Firemen say a Thanksgiving early evening fire has heavily damaged a Centralia home as the occupants were preparing Thanksgiving dinner.

    Fire officials say one of those gathered had walked outside and noticed smoke coming from the attic of the Ruthie Dabney home at 10-31 North Maple. By the time firemen arrived, flames were shooting out of the attic of the two-story home.

    Firemen say the fire stayed in the attic but burned off most of the roof as their efforts to stop the blaze were hampered by a number of renovations over the years. The fire is believed to be electrical in nature, most likely as a result of a circuit being overloaded.

    The four to five gathered inside the home all got out safely. Fire officials say while there was considerable water damage to the living area of the home from the firefighting effort, smoke damage was only minimal which should allow a number of items to be saved. Much of the ceiling of the second story rooms were pulled down to reach the fire.

    All available Centralia City Firefighters from the other two shifts were called to the scene. The Centralia Fire Protection District provided a pumper truck and manpower for mutual aid. Sandoval Firemen moved a truck and manpower to the Centralia station in the event of another fire call.

    The home is owned by Henry Dabney. If the home is repaired, firemen say an entire new roof will be needed.

    The fire call came in at 4:55 Thursday afternoon, with firemen remaining on the scene until eight pm.

  • Donald Fairchild

    Salem Police have arrested an 18-year-old Salem man on four counts of motor vehicle burglary and three counts of possession of stolen property.

    Police say Donald Fairchild of West Warmoth was taken into custody on Thursday morning after evidence from the burglaries were allegedly recovered in the vehicle he was believed to be driving.

    Police report the investigation began after a resident in the 14-hundred block of North College reported a car parking in one driveway and entering a vehicle parked in the neighboring driveway. The suspect car had left by the time police arrived but based on the vehicle description they went to Fairchild's home. Police found the vehicle matching the description with the engine still warm.

    After seeing an auto insurance card from Brock Waggoner of Cottonwood Drive on the front seat, they contacted Waggoner who confirmed his vehicle had been broken into.

    At that point, police made contact with Fairchild and got permission from his mother to search the car. Other stolen items were allegedly found.

    In addition to the Waggoner car, Fairchild has been charged with entering the Nitya Edwards car on Ohio Street, and the Amanda Orr and James Dice vehicles on North College Street.

    Police report Fairchild is also being looked at as a suspect in some past unsolved vehicle burglaries.

    Salem Police note all the vehicles involved were unlocked. They encourage residents to lock their vehicles to try and prevent becoming a victim.

  • Jacob Williamson

    A 31-year-old Centralia man has been sentenced to three years in prison for unlawful delivery of less than a gram of heroin.

    Jacob Williamson of North Sycamore had five other counts of unlawful delivery of heroin and unrelated charges of possession of methamphetamine and two counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance dropped as part of the plea.

    The sentence will also run concurrently with a two year prison term handed down earlier for driving on a revoked license. The prison term will be followed by two years of mandatory supervised release.

    Williamson had been arrested on a warrant for the unlawful delivery of heroin in June. The offense occurred in November of last year. He had been arrested in March on the other drug charges that were dropped.

  • Three people were placed on probation after pleading guilty in Marion County Court to felony drug possession charges.

    38-year-old John Kelly of East 14th in Junction City was sentenced to two years probation and given credit for 50 days already served in the Marion County Jail after pleading guilty to unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

    29-year-old Brandan Heffron of South Locust in Centralia was sentenced to three years probation and given credit for time served after pleading guilty possession of methamphetamine.

    21-year-old Mallory Seals of South Poplar in Centralia was sentenced to two years first offender probation and given credit for time already served in the Marion County Jail after pleading guilty to possession of under five grams of methamphetamine.

    All three were also ordered to undergo drug evaluation and treatment, with random testing.

  • A 23-year-old Centralia man remained in custody Friday after being arrested by Centralia Police on an outstanding failure to appear in court warrant. Jarrod Jolliff of South Locust is being held in lieu of $1,500 bond. The warrant is on an original charge of aggravated domestic battery.

    19-year-old Jorge Luna of Chicago posted $150 bond after being arrested by State Police for driving on a suspended license.