MARION COUNTY — A story from March 2015 about a Salem woman arrested for the alleged murder of her infant daughter was our most viewed story of the year.
Christina Thomason remains in the Marion County Jail with bail set at $1 million. She’s facing two counts First Degree murder in connection with the death of her 3-month-old daughter Aribella Thomason.
According to Marion County State’s Attorney Matt Wilzbach, allegations indicate Thomason smothered her daughter with blankets because the baby wouldn’t stop crying.
Thomason is due in Marion County Court Thursday for a final pre-trial. The defense is arguing the trial needs a special setting, but Judge Mark Stedelin has ruled the motion for a change of venue will be deferred until after jury selection, which is scheduled for January 25.
Our second most viewed story of 2015 was more recent, as people were interested in the developing story of a December 4 armed robbery of People’s National Bank at Broadway and Elm streets in Centralia.
An observant patron in the drive-thru of the bank called 911 about the robbery just moments before the alarm was triggered, after he noticed two black males standing in the lobby of the bank with their faces covered.
The two suspects, who indicated they had a weapon, have not been identified or apprehended. They fled on foot down the alley behind the bank, but are believed to have met a vehicle at some point, as a police K-9 lost their trail.