• Leaders fear for future of Scott Air Force Base

    by  • April 29, 2013

    The federal government won’t make a decision for years on whether to close Scott Air Force Base, but leaders in southwest Illinois fear growing budget pressures in Washington could affect the facility’s future. The Belleville News-Democrat reports Illinois congressmen are working to keep the base open even though the next round of base closures...

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    Police and Fire Blotter

    by  • April 29, 2013

    May 2nd, 2013 Larry Evans, 27, of Centralia was arrested by Centralia police and taken to the Marion County Jail Thursday morning around Raccoon Lake. He was charged with alleged criminal trespassing to state supported land and for resisting a city officer. May 1st, 2013 Battery Arrest James Oneil, 21, of Centralia was arrested...

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    Despite an arrest, Centralia vehicle burglaries continue

    by  • April 29, 2013

    Weeks after the first reported car burglary of a series, one suspect has been arrested; however the burglaries are still ongoing. Streets such as Fayette, Seventh, Beech, and Cherry have all had multiple car entries within the last three weeks. Neighboring streets such as Fifth, Sixth, and Lincoln are also reporting cars being broken...

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    McCarter week in review

    by  • April 26, 2013

    While the Illinois House was not in session, it was an active week for the Illinois Senate. A number of legislative measures were approved including several sponsored by Sen. Kyle McCarter. The Senate also gave final legislative approval to a number of House bills, including a measure to help the City of Salem move...

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    Arrest in shooting at Calif. Little League game

    by  • April 26, 2013

    A man has been arrested for investigation of attempted murder after he allegedly shot at the father of a player in a Little League T-ball game following an argument. The San Francisco Chronicle reports 23-year-old Joshua Chi was arrested Wednesday and being held on $750,000 bail. Authorities say the shooting occurred April 17 during...

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