• A 40-year-old Centralia woman was arrested at the Marion County Probation Office Tuesday for a probation violation. Fayann Barrow of Linden Avenue remains in the Marion County Jail.

    21-year-old Jarvis Brown of North Sycamore in Centralia is being held on a warrant for failure to appear on a residential burglary charge and on an outstanding Effingham County warrant. He was arrested by Marion County Sheriff's Deputies.

    37-year-old Jeremy Mulvany of State Route 37 South in Salem was arrested by Marion County Sheriff's Deputies for disorderly conduct. He reportedly became involved in a dispute with a neighbor. Mulvany later posted $150 bond and was released.

    26-year-old Emily See of Ticklin Road in Odin was arrested by Salem Police on a Marion County traffic warrant. She posted $150 bond and was released.

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  • Three people face new charges in Marion County Court.

    A 22-year-old homeless man has been charged with possession of methamphetamine. Jeffrey Offill was arrested by Sandoval Police after he was allegedly found in possession of meth while he was being taken into custody on outstanding warrants. Bond for Offill on all Marion County cases was set at $10,000.

    Bond was set at $10,000 for 33-year-old Jarred Evans of South Cherry in Centralia after he was charged with aggravated domestic battery. Evans is accused of strangling a family member.

    59-year-old Randall Hardin of South Walnut in Centralia had bond set at $3,000 on a domestic battery charge. He is accused of kicking and hitting a family member.

    The public defender was appointed to represent all three.

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  • SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois House has sent the governor a measure legalizing industrial hemp.

    The House voted 106-3 Wednesday to allow hemp cultivation for commercial use. Hemp is a form of the cannabis plant distinct from marijuana. It does not produce any high-like effects and is often used in clothing or food.

    Hemp was banned nationwide in 1937 for its relation to the marijuana plant. Former President Barack Obama opened the door for states to legalize industrial hemp in 2015. That removed opposition from Illinois Republicans who had blocked previous attempts to legalize the plant in the state.

    Rebecca Osland is a lawyer with the pro-farming Illinois Stewardship Alliance. She says the move can add hundreds of new jobs and up to $100 million in state revenue.

    The bill is SB2298.

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  • Illinois State Capitol

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois House has approved legislation to create a procedure to temporarily confiscate guns from people threatening violence.

    The House voted 80-32 Wednesday. Democratic Rep. Kathleen Willis of Addison is the sponsor of what she calls a "red-flag bill."

    The measure allows family members and local law enforcement to petition a court to suspend a person's gun license for six months. The person must be displaying signs that they're a threat to themselves or others.

    Republican Rep. Steve Reick of Woodstock says it's a step toward addressing "mass violence."

    But Republican Rep. Jeanne Ives of Wheaton says it's the family's responsibility to confiscate guns or to have the person arrested.

    Gov. Bruce Rauner has proposed a similar plan in different legislation but it requires a prosecuting attorney to seeks a judge's approval.

    The plan goes to the Senate.

    The bill is HB2354

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  • PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - A federal judge has rejected the Illinois Department of Corrections' plan to address flaws in mental health care for 12,000 inmates.

    Assistant Chief Deputy Attorney General Douglas Rees recommended a two-step plan to identify and provide additional care for inmates.

    The Pantagraph reports that U.S. District Judge Michael Mihm said Tuesday the state's plan isn't sufficient.

    A federal court order has forced the Corrections Department's compliance with a 2016 settlement agreement seeking significant improvements to the state's prison mental health care following a 2007 lawsuit by inmates.

    Mihm ruled last month that the state had violated prisoners' constitutional rights and was indifferent to their conditions.

    The judge could appoint a receiver to oversee improvements if the state fails to meet the agreement's terms.

    Mihm will issue a final ruling Friday.

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