• Charles Hamburg

    A 44-year-old Odin man has been arrested for alleged retail theft on two occasions at the Salem Walmart Store.

    Charles Hamburg of North Everett was initially stopped by Salem Police when leaving the store on Saturday when setting off the exit alarm. Hamburg claimed the items had all been purchased earlier and he had gone to the store to return them.

    After a discussion with Walmart loss prevention, it was determined Hamburg was the man on video who was allegedly seen taking a speaker in March that he had apparently brought back to the store on Saturday. Walmart officials determined some of the other items in the cart had been taken while he was in the store Saturday, leading to the second retail theft charge.

  • Firemen remove the smoldering washer from the building to put an end to the fire threat.
    Photo by Tim Ferguson.

    Centralia Fire Protection District firefighters disconnected a smoking washing machine at the Honey Pot Comfort Wash at 119 North Broadway in Central City Saturday night and took it outside.

    Fire Chief Greg Earle says it appears the short occurred in the controls of the washer, which became hot enough to melt some of the paint and begin smoking. There were no actual flames.

    Earle says they also removed smoke from the laundry, but there did not appear to be any lasting damage.

    The fire call came in at 9:25 Saturday night.

    Centralia Fire Protection District Firemen at the Honey Pot Laundry in Central City Saturday night.
    Photo by Tim Ferguson
  • A 21-year-old Salem man has been arrested for violation of an order of protection. Alexander Brown of Maplewood Drive in Salem was taken to the Marion County Jail by sheriff's deputies on Saturday.

    56-year-old Timothy Ashby of Centralia was arrested by Centralia Police on a Jefferson County felony failure to appear in court warrant. He was initially taken to the Marion County Jail and then transferred to Jefferson County.

    35-year-old Sabrina Hoercher of Delores Street in Centralia was arrested by Sheriff's Deputies on an outstanding failure to appear in court warrant for possession of meth.

    23-year-old Aaron Walk of Rio Grand Street in Flora posted $350 bond and was released on an outstanding Clay County warrant.

  • Thomas Erlinger and Nathan Hegwood

    Two people were arrested for possession of under five grams of methamphetamine following a Friday night traffic stop.

    Marion County Sheriff's Deputies arrested 27-year-old Thomas Erlinger of Uhlman Road in Centralia and a passenger in his car, 26-year-old Nathan Hegwood of South Maple in Centralia, following a traffic stop at 15th and Poplar.

    Sheriff's Deputies received permission to search after suspicious activity by the occupants and spotting a suspicious item in the car. The search of the vehicle allegedly turned up a baggie that contained what field tested as meth on the passenger side floor.

    A transport of Erlinger to the police station was stopped due to his suspicious activity in the back seat. Police say they found Erlinger's hands covered with what field tested as meth and the drug in the squad car seat.

  • Matthew Stebbins

    Bond has been set at $75,000 for a 30-year-old Centralia man who faces two counts of aggravated battery to a correctional officer after trying unsuccessfully to flee from the Marion County Courthouse on Thursday.

    Marion County State's Attorney Bill Milner says if convicted, Matthew Stebbins of South Wabash will be sentenced as a Class X offenders due to prior convictions.

    Stebbins was in the third-floor courtroom of Judge Mark Stedelin awaiting sentencing for possession of meth when he was informed he had just failed a drug test.

    Stebbins ran out of the courtroom and down the stairs to the first floor where he shoved the correctional officer at the security desk and then attempted to shove another correctional officer bringing additional prisoners to the courthouse. However, that officer was able to knock Stebbins off his feet onto the ground where he was taken into custody.

    Stebbins had the public defender appointed to represent him on the new charge. Sentencing on the possession of meth case was delayed.