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A 28-year-old Centralia woman has pleaded guilty to one of two endangering the life or health of a child charges pending against her.

Maria Marshall of North Hickory was charged with the misdemeanor offenses when her two and three year old children were found outside in the cold temperatures on February 3rd of last year without coats.    She was accused of leaving them at home with no adult care or supervision.  Police say they apparently got outside the home on their own.   

Marshall was placed on two year misdemeanor court supervision, fined $100, ordered to make a $25 contribution to Marion County Crimestoppers and cooperate with DCFS and probation in successfully completing any program the agencies recommend.


A 16-year-old Centralia male juvenile was arrested for disorderly conduct Wednesday after allegedly carrying a BB gun that looked like a real gun around the Evergreen Apartment Complex on Laury Street in Odin.

Marion County Sheriff's Deputies, Odin Police, and State Police all responded when the report came in of a younger man with a gun seen running from an apartment.  Police initially found some of the shell casings indicating the gun was a BB gun.  

The juvenile was later located and questioned.  He claimed to have found the gun on the outside steps and told police he didn't want to cause an issue.  The BB gun was later located in a trash can inside one of the apartments and turned over to police.  

The juvenile was warned if he had encountered police while armed with the real looking BB gun, he would have put his life in jeopardy.  

The juvenile was later released to a parent.


A 29-year-old Effingham woman has been arrested by Marion County Sheriff's Deputies for alleged possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.   Deputies were initially called to Kinmundy Wednesday where Kendall Devore was allegedly looking in windows and acting very suspicious.   Devore told police she was waiting for a ride.  She was arrested on the drug charge after deputies allegedly found less than a gram of methamphetamine in a foil among her possessions that were sitting on a table.

19-year-old Kara Stevers of Richview Road in Mt. Vernon was brought to the Marion County Jail for driving under the influence of alcohol.  Jail officials later added a charge of bringing contraband into a penal institution after some prescription medication was found hidden in her clothing when she was being dressed out.

18-year-old Jacob Mann of North Locust in Iuka remained in the Marion County Jail Thursday after being arrested by sheriff's deputies for alleged violation of an order of protection.

Two others remained in custody on outstanding warrants.  24-year-old Alexandra Pocklington of Standard City was arrested by sheriff's deputies on an outstanding felony warrant.   28-year-old Joshua Williamson of East 5th in Centralia was picked up by Centralia Police on an outstanding Marion County felony warrant and Clinton County warrant. 

30-year-old Blake Harper of McCoy Road in Salem was arrested by Marion County Sheriff's Deputies on an outstanding misdemeanor warrant and for driving on a suspended or revoked license.  He was released after posting $725 bond.    


CHICAGO (AP) - Parents worried about campus temptations as they drop their children off at college may want to note the findings of a new government report. Some illicit drugs pose the greatest attraction around exam time.

The report, released Thursday by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, finds college students are most likely to first try marijuana, inhalants and alcohol during the summer months, not during the school year. Underage college students were most likely to have their first alcoholic drink in June. 

November, December and April were the most common months for students to first use stimulants for non-medical reasons, perhaps thinking drugs like Adderall and Ritalin will help them ace the tests. But there's no medical evidence that such drugs enhance performance and they can be addictive.


BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - Three southern Illinois judges plan to retire in name only to avoid retention elections that require 60 percent approval rather than a simple majority of votes.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports that John Baricevic, Robert Haida and Robert LeChien have filed paperwork to retire in December 2016 but also seek to keep their jobs in the previous month's general election.

Baricevic said that a general election campaign allows him to speak more freely on political issues that sitting judges can't discuss under the state's judicial ethics' code. He is the chief judge for a five-county circuit.

The move is not without precedent in St. Clair County. Former 20th Circuit Judge Lloyd Cueto also retired in order to run in the 2006 general election, which he won.




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