• Meth lab leads to arrests and decontaminations

    by  • August 16, 2013

    CENTRALIA — Three Centralia police officers were treated and released last night from St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital, after being exposed to an unknown gas believed related to the manufacture of methamphetamine. According to police reports, officers went to a home in the 1400 block of Hester in Centralia Thursday night, looking for an...

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    Centralia teen sentenced in burglary case

    by  • August 16, 2013

    CENTRALIA — A 17-year-old Centralia man was sentenced Thursday to 4-years in the Illinois Department of Corrections after he pleaded guilty to a February residential burglary. D’Shawn Duncan pleaded guilty in June to entering a Centralia home where he was found with 17-year-old Asante Poore attempting to steal electronics from the bedroom. When the...

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    Construction to cause Monday road closures

    by  • August 16, 2013

    The Mount Vernon Public Works Department will be closing some roads on Monday. Weather permitting; they will be paving south 26th street from Perkins to Forest avenues from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Forest Avenue will also be closed then from south 26th to south 27th streets as they are paved. All vehicles parked...

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    Man gets prison time for snatching postal package

    by  • August 16, 2013

    A southern Illinois man has been sentenced to six months in federal prison for bolting from a post office with a package containing an illicit drug without paying for it. Twenty-six-year-old Greg Carroll of Brownstown in Fayette County also was ordered Thursday by a federal judge in East St. Louis to serve three years...

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    Investigation continues into Ill. pipeline fire

    by  • August 16, 2013

    ERIE — (AP) — Investigators say they still don’t know what caused a massive pipeline fire this week in western Illinois. Monday’s rupture and fire in Erie created a 15-foot-deep crater in a cornfield and sent rolling flames hundreds of feet into the air. The fire could be seen for miles. The investigation is...

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    Man arrested after leaving IDOC ID at crime scene

    by  • August 16, 2013

    DECATUR — (AP) — Police didn’t have to work too hard to track down a man they say robbed a central Illinois home after he left his department of corrections id card on the ground. The (Decatur) Herald & Review reports 25-year-old Drake A. Ellis was arrested this week. He’s being held in the...

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