Author Archives: Monica Seals

Federal warrant reveals weapons, drugs in Centralia home

CENTRALIA — Centralia police are reporting an operation Wednesday morning that resulted in an arrest and the seizure of weapons and a large quantity of drugs. According to Police Chief Greg Dodson, around 6:30 a.m., Centralia Police Department’s High-Risk Entry and Arrest Team along with members of the ILEAS SRT Team assisted the DEA in…Read more…

House passes insulin prescription price cap bill

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Legislation aimed at capping the out-of-pocket costs of prescription insulin for those with state-regulated health care plans passed a House committee Tuesday with bipartisan support and a 13-2 favorable roll call. Senate Bill 667 now awaits a vote from the full House of Representatives. If it passes, it will head to the…Read more…

Chicago records second cold-related death of season

CHICAGO (AP) — Officials say the death of an 80-year-old Chicago man whose body was found on the floor of the garage is the second cold-related death of the season. In a statement, a spokesman for Cook County says the county medical examiner’s office determined that the man died of heart disease but that exposure…Read more…

Centralia man sentenced to 10 years on meth charge plea

CLINTON COUNTY — A 23-year-old Centralia man was sentenced Wednesday in Clinton County court to 10 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to one on seven meth-related charges contained in two separate cases. Blake A. Ross was facing five Class X felonies for aggravated delivery of less than five grams of methamphetamine from a…Read more…

Carlyle to receive 2019 Governor’s Hometown Award

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Carlyle is one of 21 communities that will receive a 2019 Governor’s Hometown Award Thursday at a special reception at the Governor’s Mansion in Springfield. The Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service (Commission) gives the awards as recognition to those who contributed to their community’s quality of life through projects…Read more…

Fairfield man pleads guilty in federal child pornography case

BENTON, Ill. — A 31-year-old Fairfield man pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to one count of a seven-count indictment on child pornography charges. Christopher Zachman is facing the possibility of between 8 and 10 years in prison when he’s sentenced February 25, 2020, in the federal courthouse in Benton. Zachman’s plea was made in…Read more…

Meteor that streaked over Missouri weighed about 220 pounds

ST. LOUIS (AP) — NASA says a meteor seen streaking through the sky behind the Gateway Arch in St. Louis was a basketball-size hunk of rock that broke off from an asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that experts used hundreds of eyewitness accounts from as far away as South…Read more…

Kindergartener left at wrong bus stop, under investigation

DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — A 5-year-old central Illinois kindergartener needed the help of a good Samaritan to get home Monday after she was left in blowing snow at the wrong bus stop. Decatur Public Schools officials said Tuesday they are investigating why Alltown Bus Service left the girl two blocks from where her mother was…Read more…