• Jerod Buchanan

    A 38-year-old Mt. Vernon man has been arrested by Mt. Vernon Police on multiple charges after allegedly kidnapping a child after entering a home through a window.

    Jerod Buchanan is being held in the Jefferson County Justice Center on charges of residential burglary, burglary to a motor vehicle, kidnapping, violation of an order of protection and obstructing a police officer.

    Mt. Vernon Police say they initially responded at 5:47 Friday morning to a residence in the 1700 block of Oakland for a report of a male subject climbing through the window of a residence. A later report indicated the male left the home and now had a child with him.

    Police made contact with Buchanan near Salem Road and Oakland Avenue where he allegedly provided a false name and attempted to walk away.

    After further investigation, it was determined there was an order of protection prohibiting Buchanan from being at the residence and the child was also a protected person. The child was taken into protective custody and transported back to the mother. Buchanan was taken into custody.

    It was further determined that Buchanan had illegally entered a vehicle parked at the residence and stole items from inside. Stolen property from the vehicle burglary was located on Buchanan's person at the time of the arrest.

    Bond for Buchanan has not yet been set.

  • Superintendent Chuck Lane says with the additional money received from the state and savings the district has made over the year, the amended budget for the end of this fiscal year shows the District $200,000 in the black.

    In addition to the amended budget, the board approved an inter-fund loan of $55,000 from working cash to bond and interest fund. They also repayed an inter-fund loan for $40,000 from working cash to the transportation fund.

    In personnel action, the board accepted the letter of resignation from Nick Border as assistant cheerleading coach, Travis Sanders as assistant girls' track coach. They approved motions to employ Tara Bousman as health occupations teacher and Emily Wakefield as flag corp coach. They also hired Brendan Colclasure as an assistant girls basketball coach to assist hew head coach Katie Meador.

    The board also approved some minor handbook changes and re-appointed the current members of the negotiations and athletic committees.

  • The Luke Hanks Scholarship has come a long way since being started in 2013 in honor of the son of Adam and Sara Hanks of Sandoval. Their son died after 52 minutes of being born on June 17, 2013 after suffering from a kidney abnormality called MCDK. Luke lived long enough to meet his parents and grandparents in spite of doctors giving the couple a 0% chance of Luke surviving at all.

    This year Luke's Scholarship was awarded to every Sandoval student that applied for it. Usually it's one Sandoval student and or one Carlyle student, but this year Hanks said they were able to award $500 each to Beth Pennington, Paige Ralidak, Cady Williams, Kalli Coleman, Owen Speiser and Marisa Duncan.

    Adam Hanks' tells WJBD/WSIQ it has come a long way from when they started giving out $250 to a student. They have had a Color Run 5k and Glow Run 5k this year and will do another Color Run on September 15th. The proceeds of these races all go directly to KC Foundation-Luke Hanks. Adam added that Christmas and birthday's his family always give to his scholarship just like if he was here and they would've bought him gifts.

    The Hanks started dating and fell in love when attending Kaskaskia College and now have a 3-year-old daughter Addison. He added it's not how he had envisioned having a son and what it would be like, but this is all he has and he could not be more proud to be Luke's dad.

  • The Emergency and EMS departments at SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital and SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital are showed their appreciation to regional EMS partners by sponsoring a cook-out that took place Wednesday, May 9, as SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital celebrated National Health Care Week.

    MT. VERNON, IL (May 21, 2018) – During National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week, SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital-Mt. Vernon is proud to salute all EMTs, paramedics and first responders for their dedication to saving people's lives. This year’s special recognition week, "Stronger Together," is being celebrated May 20 through May 26. The Emergency and EMS departments at SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital are showing their appreciation to our regional EMS partners all week long, which included a cook-out that took place Wednesday, May 9, as SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital celebrated National Health Care Week.

    EMS Week brings together local communities and medical personnel to honor the dedication of those who provide the day-to-day lifesaving services of medicine's "front line." "EMS workers are highly trained, compassionate individuals who serve the public 24/7, 365 days a year while expecting no praise or other accolades," says System EMS Coordinator Robert Hyman. "EMS workers work in dangerous and at times severely austere environments while tending to the emergency needs of the sick and injured. EMS workers do what they love to do to better serve the communities that they live in. That is why we recognize the EMS workers."

    In 1974, President Gerald Ford authorized EMS Week to celebrate EMS practitioners and the important work they do in our nation's communities.

    The SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital EMS System was established in 1979 and provides medical oversight for agencies in Jefferson, Marion, Franklin, Washington, Perry, Lawrence, Wayne, Williamson, Pulaski, Massac and Saline County. Our EMS System​ is located in E.M.S. region five as established by the Illinois Department of Public Health. EMS personnel within the Good Samaritan Hospital EMS System operate under direct medical direction and approved protocol​ orders.

    Don't forget if you see an EMS worker this week (or any day of the year) make sure to thank them for all of their hard work.

  • Thomas Joy

    A 58-year-old Centralia man posted $25,000 cash to gain his release after being charged in Marion County Court Friday with reckless homicide.

    Thomas Joy of Woods Lane faces the charge in connection with a May 15th fatal pickup truck-motorcycle crash in Central City. He's accused in the charge of operating his pickup truck at a speed greater than was safe and disobeying a traffic control device before entering North Broadway in front of a motorcycle. The cycle driven by 65-year-old Jerry Clarkson of O'Fallon Street in Odin struck the bike. Clarkson died while being airlifted to a St. Louis Hospital for treatment.

    Centralia Attorney Eddie Veltman entered an appearance on Joy's behalf. Judge Mark Stedelin found probable cause to hold Joy on the charge after Veltman waived the reading of a probable cause statement.

    A preliminary hearing was set for 11 am on July 18th. A first appearance on DUI and failure to yield tickets issued the night of the crash will be held at the same time.

    Veltman was told there was no record yet available on two search warrants executed as a result of the wreck. While State's Attorney Bill Milner did not indicate in court the subject of the search warrants, he told WJBD-WSIQ news later one was for a blood draw on Joy and the second was for a computer in his pickup truck that could provide information on items such as speed and RPMs.

    Milner reports they are still awaiting the results of the blood test. Joy refused to take a breathalyzer test the night of the crash.

    Milner also added additional charges could still be added against Joy.

    Joy is part-owner of the Centralia Sentinel newspaper.