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State Senator Kyle McCarter and State Representative John Cavaletto are hosting a free Health and Information Fair for area seniors on Wednesday, August 3rd at the Salem Community Center.

The event includes free health screenings and healthcare professionals who will be on hand to answer questions and discuss health concerns.  Seniors can learn about programs that can help them live independently.  Free informational brochures will be available.  The event is free.  Free refreshments and door prizes for those attending.

The Senior Health and Information Fair will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Center, 417 East Oglesby Avenue.  


Police Beat for July 26, 2016

Two people were taken to the Marion County Jail overnight on alleged drug charges. 49-year-old Theresa David of Odin was arrested by Marion County Sheriff's Deputies for alleged possession of less than 2.5 grams of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was given a notice to appear. 19-year-old Cole Rightnowar of Hotze Road in Salem was arrested by Salem Police for alleged possession of between 2.5 and 10 grams of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia. He posted bond and was released.

24-year-old James A. Townsend of Frazier Street in Wamac was arrested by Wamac Police for alleged aggravated assault. He remains in the Marion County Jail.

Salem Police arrested a 17-year-old juvenile for alleged retail theft at Wal-Mart yesterday (Monday) evening. He was given a notice to appear.


Four separate charges of felony residential burglary were filed against a Centralia man on Tuesday. 42-year-old Rodney L. Timmons of 1950 Ross Road was charged for a string of residential burglaries that occurred in Centralia and Kell over the course of eight days. Timmons is accused of entering the homes of Mike Neudecker, Nancy Alexander, Gwen Duncan, and Jessica Walker for the purpose of theft. Bond was set at $50,000.

25-year-old Keila M. Linder of 511 North Shelby Street in Salem was sentenced to 2 years in a correctional facility, minus time served, after pleading guilty to felony aggravated battery. Linder was sentenced for striking Cassandra Deadmond at The Industrial Tavern on April 14th, 2016. Additional fines and fees of $262.00 must also be paid.

59-year-old Ricardo Roberson, who is without a home, was sentenced to 18 months in a correctional facility, minus time served, along with $162.00 in fines and fees following a guilty plea. Roberson was arrested for theft after taking merchandise from the Hucks in Centralia.

45-year-old Darrell W. Donoho II of 3370 Lowery Lane in Salem was sentenced to 4 years felony probation along with fines and fees in excess of $1,000. Donoho pled guilty to one count of aggravated domestic battery for strangling Michelle Donoho. A second charge of aggravated domestic battery was dismissed.

26-year-old Randolph G. Baughman of 616 US Route 50 in Sandoval had a charge of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia dropped after the prosecution voluntarily chose to discontinue efforts. Baughman was originally charged with misdemeanor possession of a cannabis pipe.


CHICAGO (AP) A resentencing hearing is scheduled next month for Blagojevich, who is hoping a federal judge will give him a five-year sentence instead of his original 14 years. Blagojevich has been in a Colorado federal prison since 2012 after jurors convicted him of 18 corruption counts, including attempting to sell the vacant U.S. Senate seat once occupied by President Barack Obama. 

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that prosecutors argue in a Monday court filing that Blagojevich has shown a "complete lack of acceptance of responsibility."

Blagojevich's lawyers said in their own late Monday court filing that they think prosecutors will change their minds after reading letters of support from Blagojevich's fellow inmates.


Two Centralia residents who took a car for a ‘test drive’ reportedly used it to come to the Salem Wal-mart where they attempted to steal two full carts of groceries and other items valued at about $1,700.

33-year-old Jessica Kidd and 49-year-old Lanell Marsh of East Howard in Centralia were both formally charged in Marion County Court Monday with felony burglary and theft. 

Salem Police say the two were stopped Friday afternoon when attempting to leave the store with the second full cart of groceries without paying.  Walmart loss prevention specialists thought another cart had left the store earlier with no payment made.  Police were granted permission to search the car the two drove to Salem and found other items in the vehicle unsacked lying in the rear of the car that were believed to be stolen. 

Marsh reportedly confirmed to police that he had gone to Low Cash Auto in Centralia and asked to test drive the car to have a vehicle to come to the Walmart store.  Bond for Kidd and Marsh was set at $15,000 apiece.




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