Author Archives: Monica Seals

Suspicious vehicle call results in four arrests at Salem motel

SALEM — A suspicious vehicle/suspicious persons report Thursday morning to the Salem Police Department resulted in four people being arrested. According to Salem Police Chief Sean Reynolds, officers responded around 9 a.m. Thursday to the Super 8 Motel in Salem where they found three men – 45-year-old Brian W. Cavins, 32-year-old Lloyd Finley, and 31-year-old…Read more…

Metro East region moves to lighter COVID-19 restrictions

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced Friday that Region 4 — Bond, Clinton, Madison, Monroe, Randolph, St. Clair, Washington counties — is moving to Tier 2 effective immediately. All 11 regions have now moved out of Tier 3 mitigations.  If metrics continue to improve or are stable, regions 10 and 11 are on…Read more…

ISP investigating fatal crash on I-57 near Benton

FRANKLIN COUNTY — Illinois State Police is investigating a fatal crash Friday morning on Interstate 57 in Franklin County. One lane of the interstate was shut down following the single-vehicle crash that reportedly claimed the life of the driver just south of Benton. According to ISP, initial reports indicated that the crash was a hit-and-run…Read more…

Salem man accused of sexually assaulting child in his care

MARION COUNTY — A 19-year-old Salem man was arrested Wednesday by Salem police on multiple child sex crime charges following an investigation spurred by a tip to the Internet Crimes against Children. According to police reports, Dustin Peach was arrested Wednesday afternoon in the 300 block of South Lackey Avenue on charges of predatory criminal…Read more…

Tire falls from small plane into Chicago neighborhood

CHICAGO (AP) — A tire fell from a small plane near homes in a Chicago neighborhood before the plane landed safely at O’Hare International Airport. No injuries were reported on the ground or among those on the plane, which the Chicago Department of Aviation said sent up sparks on a runway as it landed Thursday…Read more…

Documents: Illinois House spent $330K for 2 weeks of rent

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois House spent $187,000 in taxpayer money to rent out Springfield’s downtown convention center last week after the coronavirus pandemic forced lawmakers from the Capitol. Lawmakers met at the Bank of Springfield Center in downtown Springfield, the second time the House has conducted business outside the Capitol since the pandemic…Read more…

Man held without bond for threatening inauguration violence

CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois man was ordered held without bond for allegedly threatening the lives of President Joe Biden and other Democrats before the inauguration. U.S. Magistrate Judge Gabriel Fuentes on Thursday rejected a defense argument that there was no evidence Louis Capriotti had any real plan to act on the threat. The 45-year-old…Read more…

Betty L. Klosterman

CENTRALIA — Betty L. Klosterman, 89, of Centralia, passed away Monday, January 18, 2021, at Centralia Manor. Funeral arrangements are pending at the Sutherland-Garnier Funeral Home in Centralia, where friends may call 618-532-3523 for more information.Read more…

Bertha L. “Shorty” Ganswind

CENTRALIA — Bertha L. “Shorty” Ganswind, 99, of Centralia, passed away, Thursday, January 21, 2021, at Fireside Nursing Home in Centralia. Funeral arrangements are pending at the Sutherland-Garnier Funeral Home in Centralia, where friends may call (618) 532-3523 for additional information. Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting sutherlandfuneralhome.com or the Funeral…Read more…

Vivian Hutchins

CENTRALIA — Vivian Hutchins, 84, of Centralia, passed away Wednesday, January 20, 2021, at her daughter’s home surrounded by her family. Funeral arrangements are pending at Sutherland-Garnier Funeral Home in Centralia where friends can call and inquire more information.Read more…