Chicago man receives life sentence for murder of Centralia woman

MARION COUNTY — A 46-year-old Chicago man was sentenced Monday in Marion County Court to life in prison for the 2018 murder of a Centralia woman in her home. A Marion County jury found Lorenzo Patton guilty in September of first-degree murder in the shooting death of Precious Jones. Judge Allan Lolie denied a defense…Read more…

4th teen dies after October crash in southern Illinois

VIENNA, Ill. (AP) — A fourth teenager has died from injuries in an October car crash in southern Illinois. Max Koehler of rural Vienna died Thursday while in hospice care in Missouri. Max would have turned 16 on Dec. 7. Students and teachers at Vienna High School are encouraged to wear anything associated with one…Read more…

AstraZeneca manufacturing error clouds vaccine study results

LONDON (AP) — AstraZeneca and Oxford University acknowledged a manufacturing error that is raising questions about preliminary results of their COVID-19 vaccine. A statement Wednesday describing the error came days after the company and the university described the shots as “highly effective” and made no mention of why some participants didn’t receive as much vaccine…Read more…

Kinmundy woman formally charged with child sex assault, child pornography

MARION COUNTY — A 31-year-old Kinmundy woman was formally charged Monday morning in Marion County Court with multiple Class X felonies accusing her of child sex crimes. Vickie Odem had been arrested in Clay County on a $500,000 Marion County warrant issued November 20 and remains in the Marion County Jail. The warrant charges Odem…Read more…

Man slain in Chicago dispute over hands in Thanksgiving food

CHICAGO (AP) — Authorities say a Chicago man has been charged with murder after a fatal fight that began when he put his hands in Thanksgiving leftovers. James Dixon is charged with killing Vincell Jackson, who was the boyfriend of the Thanksgiving party host. A prosecutor says Jackson was trying to escort Dixon out of…Read more…

Bail set at $500k for Kinmundy woman charged with child sex assault

MARION COUNTY — A 31-year-old Kinmundy woman has been arrested in Clay County on an outstanding warrant from Marion County charging her with sexually assaulting a child. Vickie Odem is being held in the Marion County Jail with bail set at $500,000. The warrant charges her with predatory criminal sexual assault of a child under…Read more…

Chicago-area priest investigated for past child sex abuse

CHICAGO (AP) — The Archdiocese of Chicago is investigating claims that a suburban priest sexually abused children about 25 years ago. Cardinal Blase Cupich wrote a letter Saturday saying he asked the Rev. David Ryan to “step away from ministry” after the archdiocese received the allegations. Ryan is pastor at St. Francis de Sales Catholic…Read more…

Deck the halls? Not at the Illinois Capitol due to virus

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The coronavirus has extinguished some traditional holiday cheer at the Illinois Capitol in Springfield. There will be no Christmas tree nor any holiday displays inside or outside the building. The Capitol for months has been closed to all but employees and others with permission. Tours were suspended months ago because of…Read more…

Legal group to help Illinoisans clear marijuana convictions

CHICAGO (AP) — A new legal group will help people with marijuana convictions clear their records. New Leaf Illinois launched earlier this month as part of the state’s law legalizing recreational cannabis. Under the law, people with low-level marijuana convictions can have their records expunged. New Leaf, a state-sponsored program, will help people do that.…Read more…

Charges: Indiana woman tried to conceal son’s role in deaths

VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) — A northwestern Indiana woman whose son was convicted in the shooting deaths of two Lake County teenagers faces perjury and other charges for allegedly trying to conceal his role in the killings. Forty-seven-year-old Roxann Kerner of Chesterton is charged with felony obstruction of justice and perjury, and misdemeanor false informing. The…Read more…

Inmate from Arizona dies at Illinois prison after fight

THOMSON, Ill. (AP) — A 37-year-old inmate from Arizona has died at a northwestern Illinois prison after a fight with another inmate. The Federal Bureau of Prisons reported the death of Edsel Aaron Badoni at Thomson prison on Friday night. Sauk Valley Media reports he died around 2:30 p.m. after the fight. The other inmate…Read more…

Illinois reports 57 more virus deaths among 7,178 new cases

CHICAGO (AP) — Public health officials in Illinois are reporting 57 more deaths from COVID-19, among 7,178 new confirmed and probable cases. There have been 720,114 COVID-19 cases in Illinois since the pandemic began. The death toll has reached 12,193 people. The state reported 62,740 tests in the past 24 hours with more than 10.4…Read more…

Centralia Fire responds to call of explosion, man on fire

CENTRALIA — Centralia City firefighters responded Friday morning to a report of an explosion and a man on fire in the 1900 block of Shook Lane. Reports indicate that around 9:25 Friday morning, an attempt to install a propane tank at the location resulted in the explosion and that people on scene were attempting to…Read more…

Two men stabbed at Sandoval residence

SANDOVAL — Sandoval police are investigating a double stabbing that occurred Thanksgiving afternoon. According to the police department, Centralia police received a call around 2:13 p.m. Thursday from SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia reporting two men had been brought in with stab wounds. It was then discovered the men were stabbed at a…Read more…

Illinois: Fraudulent jobless claims soar during pandemic

CHICAGO (AP) — State officials say fraudulent unemployment claims have soared in Illinois as scammers direct jobless benefits to their own accounts at a time when record numbers of residents have sought relief due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Acting director Kristin Richards said Monday that the Illinois Department of Employment Security “is experiencing fraud in…Read more…