NEWS BRIEF April 15, 2014

SPARTA — If you are heading to the circus in Sparta this evening, don’t go to Walmart. Wet grounds have forced organizers to move the circus to the Sparta City Park.
Everything else will still be the same, just a change in location. Showtimes will still be at 5 and 7:30 tonight.

SPRINGFIELD — Lawmakers in both the Illinois House and Senate have oposed a hike in the Illinois soft drink tax.
Soft drinks in the state are subject to a 6.25 percent tax compared to ‘qualifying food and drugs,’ which are taxed at one percent. The legislation would raise the cost of soda, juice drinks, sports drinks and teas.
The tax would be a penny-per-ounce surcharge on sugar-sweetened drinks.
Critics argue the tax would hurt consumers and small businesses.

SPRINGFIELD – Wet, cold weather has kept Illinois farmers out of their fields this spring. Only 1 percent of the corn crop has been planted.
Typically farmers would have about 10 percent of the statewide corn crop in the fields by mid-April.
The heavy rainfall across Illinios last week has hampered farmers ability to get the crop in.
Illinois and Iowa are the top corn producing states in the country.

SPRINGFIELD — Gas prices in Illinois are among the highest in the country and a new gas tax could force drivers to pay even more at the pump. Bill Fleischli with the Illinois Petroleum Marketers Association, says that’ll put an undue burden on drivers and businesses.The Transportation for Illinois Coalition is asking lawmakers to boost the tax by four-cents-per-gallon because funding for the capital construction program is set to expire this year. They say the extra money will generate enough money to makes sure bad roads and bridges can be fixed up. Gas station owners disagree. They say the state is already bringing in more than a-billion-dollars-a-year from the gas tax and much of that money isn’t being used for roads, like it’s supposed to be.



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NEWS BRIEF April 14, 2014

Two high school students are in custody after committing a prank.  The students from Waterloo High School got a student phone list last week and made calls claiming that the school would be closed Friday due to a gas leak.  Police are still trying to figure out how they got a hold of the list.  They plan to send a report the state’s attorney’s office for possible charges.  There’s no word yet on how many students missed school because of the prank.

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A southwestern Illinois attorney and former candidate for the St. Clair County board is accused of marijuana charges in two counties.
The Belleville News-Democrat reports that 49-year-old Scott Hassebrock of Mascoutah is charged in St. Clair County with marijuana trafficking and possession. He is accused in Montgomery County of marijuana manufacturing.
In St. Clair County, prosecutors allege Hassebrock brought than 2,500 grams of marijuana from California to Illinois. Authorities say they seized five pounds of the drug from his home.
Hassebrock ran as a Republican in 2012 for the St. Clair County board but lost in the general election.

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Illinois gas station owners are speaking out against proposals for a fuel tax hike being floated in Springfield this year.
Retail gas station leaders will announce their opposition to such a plan at a news conference on Monday afternoon in the state Capitol. They say increasing the gas tax in a tough economy would hurt drivers and businesses owners.
Two weeks ago, a state transportation group unveiled their plan for funding road construction and public transit. The Transportation for Illinois Coalition’s proposal included increasing the gas tax by 4 cents. They also called for higher vehicle registration fees and ending the ethanol credit for gasoline.
Funding from the state’s five-year capital construction program is set to run out this year. The state gas tax hasn’t been increased since 1990.

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A bill passed April 2 by the Illinois House, will allow the return of poker runs in Illinois. A bill drafted last year did not make the popular fundraisers illegal, but did require any organization hosting a poker run to pay a $400 permit fee and have all proceeds taxed at 3 percent.
The were place under the jurisdiction of the Illinois Game Board after some lawmakers claimed poker runs were a form of gambling.
The new law will place the jurisdiction with the county board in the county where the events begin. The jurisdiction would cover the entire area the poker run goes.
Representative Jerry Costello II was a co-sponsor of the bill.

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Looking for a job? You may want to check out tomorrows job fair at Southwestern Illinois College Red Bude Campus.
The job fair will run from 9 a.m. to noon. There will be employers representing a wide array of career fields including Avon, Premier Designs Jewelry, Roeslein and Associates , Schnuck Markets, Inc., Extra Help, Linnemann Lawncare, Oak Hill (Care Center and Rehabilitation), Army National Guard, Illinois Department of Corrections, LINC, Inc. and Red Bud Care Center/Regional Hospital.
If you’re going organizer advised you dress appropriately for an interview and take along several copies of your resume. The job fair is open to the public.
Get more information by calling 866-942-7942 ext. 5562.

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Illinois lawmakers are pushing for legislation that childproofs electronic cigarettes.  State Representative Robyn Gabel proposed the bill.   Her measure would allow the Illinois Department of Public Health to set standards for the packaging of e-cigarette liquid, or e-liquid, refills, which contain concentrations of nicotine in liquid form. It can cause acute nicotine poisoning if ingested, inhaled or absorbed into the skin or eyes. The Senate is expected to consider the measure by the end of the month.

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Randolph County Sheriffs Blotter for April 14, 2014

RANDOLPH COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
April 14, 2014

Mark J. Lenhard 57, Red Bud, arrested April 7, 2014 by Red Bud Police on a Nashville TN warrant for theft & forgery. Is incarcerated

David W. Shoemaker 43, Tilden, arrested April 7, 2014 by Randolph County Sheriff’s Office on a Randolph County warrant for aggravated domestic battery. Bond amount is $25,000. Is incarcerated.

Dylan R. Hatley 18, Tilden, arrested April 7, 2014 by Tilden Police on a Randolph County warrant for criminal damage to property. Released after posting $300 cash bond.

Craig M. Eddinger 37, Tilden, turned himself in on April 8, 2014 on a Randolph County warrant for failure to appear on an operation of uninsured vehicle. Released after posting $250 cash bond.

Cory S. Houk 26, Chester, arrested April 8, 2014 by Chester Police for unlawful delivery of controlled substance, unlawful possession of cannabis & unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. Is incarcerated.

Bonnie C. Dickenson 19, Chester, arrested April 8, 2014 by Chester Police for unlawful possession of controlled substance, unlawful possession of hypodermic needle/syringe & unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. Is incarcerated.

Lisa M. Williams 33, Cape Girardeau MO, arrested April 10, 2014 by Randolph County Sheriff’s Office on a Randolph County warrant for driving while license suspended & a Johnson County warrant for driving while license suspended. Released after posting $1,000 cash bond.

Shannon L. Knuckles 32, Tilden, arrested April 10, 2014 by Randolph County Sheriff’s Office on a Randolph County warrant for permitting truancy. Released on recognizance bond.

Brett A. Starks 27, Freeburg, arrested April 10, 2014 by Randolph County Sheriff’s Office on a warrant for failure to appear for resisting a peace officer. Bond amount is $3,000. Is incarcerated.

John W. Huckstep 21, Evansville, arrested April 10, 2014 by Sparta Police on a Randolph County warrant for failure to appear on an obstructing identification charge. Bond amount is $3,500. Is incarcerated.

Russell R. Asbury 45, Chester, arrested April 10, 2014 by Chester Police for driving while license suspended. Released after posting $150 cash bond.

Ervin F. Smith 45, Sparta, arrested April 10, 2014 by Conservation Police on a St Clair County warrant for DUI. Released after posting $1,000 cash bond.

Blake D. Kueker 19, Red Bud, arrested April 11, 2014 by Randolph County Sheriff’s Office for indecent solicitation of a child. Released after posting $1,000 cash bond.

DeShon R. Wooley 23, Carbondale, arrested April 11, 2014 by Illinois State Police on a Washington County warrant for failure to appear on an obstructing identification charge. Released after posting $300 cash bond.

Berrimaind J. Breeden 30, Ellis Grove, arrested April 11, 2014 by Randolph County Sheriff’s Office for driving while license suspended & operation uninsured motor vehicle. Released after posting $150 cash bond.

Donald D. L. Weaver 24, Ellis Grove, arrested April 12, 2014 by Sparta Police for unlawful possession controlled substance & unlawful possession of hypodermic needle/syringe. Is incarcerated.

James T. Hall 26, Chester, arrested April 12, 2014 by Sparta Police on a Randolph County warrant for failure to appear on an unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia charge. Bond amount is $2,000. Is incarcerated.



WHCO News Brief 4/11/14

SPRINGFIELD – Legislation inspired by 11-year-old Chloe Stirling of Troy and sponsored by State Representative Charlie Meier of Okawville, passed yesterday in the Illinois House of Representatives. The vote was unanimous to allow “home kitchen operations” to continue baking and selling homemade goods in a limited capacity.
Meier said current law had a negative impact on home kitchen operators like Stirling, but once this bill becomes law, they should be able to continue selling baked items without having the fear of being shut down by the health department.
Meier’s legislation was inspired after Stirling’s home-based cupcake bakery was shut down by the Madison County Health Department. Meier decided to draft legislation that would allow Stirling to continue operating her business in a limited fashion. Original legislation did not allow for the inspection or regulation of home kitchen operations but was amended to allow the Department of Public Health or the local health department to inspect home kitchen operations in the event of a complaint or disease outbreak.
In order to qualify as a home kitchen operation, monthly gross sales cannot exceed $1,000, the food cannot be potentially hazardous, and the operator must provide to the purchaser that the food was produced in a home kitchen.

DU QUOIN – Inmates from the Illinois Department of Corrections Impact Incarceration Program, commonly referred to as Boot Camp, spent Thursday filling sandbags in Du Quoin. The bags will be available to any Illinois county to help alleviate flooding issues this spring.
A total of 105 tons of sand, along with 12,000 sand bags were donated by Bill Bonan II, chairman and president of Peoples National Bank and Nikki’s.
Inmates from the boot camp can often be seen working on community projects around the area including jobs such as cutting weeds along roads and ditches, cleaning up streets following celebration events.

MURPHYSBORO – Murphysboro Police handled a crash April 10 involving a motorcycle and car.
Officers say they received the call around 4:49 pm.
Apparently a vehicle driven by 28 year old Brandi Holderfield of Murphysboro pulled into the path of a motorcycle driven by 56 year old Ronald Leforge from DeSoto.
The report states the motorcycle struck the front of Holderfield’s car. Leforge and a passenger, 41 year old Kateena Leforge were thrown from the motorcycle. They were taken to a Murphysboro hospital with what police describe as non-life threatening injuries.
Holderfield was cited for failure to yield at a stop intersection, and operating an uninsured vehicle.

CARBONDALE – Longtime Chester resident Caroline Wylie lost her life earlier this year, apparently from injuries sustained in a car accident in Jackson County.
She had been missing for several days before Wylie, her vehicle, and a service dog were found in a ravine along Route 3.
The service dog was apprently uninjured in the crash and was taken back to the Carbondale based training facility where Wylie had been working with her at.
Now, Mindi, a black labrador retriever, is nearly ready to return to the work she has been trained for. Being a service dog.
WSIL TV 3 News in Carbondale is reporting Mindi is undergoing training through the This Able Veteran program and will be paired with a former soldier to help them cope with post traumatic stress disorder and anxiety related to combat.
Mindi’s trainers say this will be a connection that they know Wylie would have wanted.

BELLEVILLE – A man suspected of abducting a child in the Metro East is behind bars this morning. KMOV-TV reports the child was reported kidnapped from a location in Belleville Thursday night. Police later received a tip the suspect was headed to a Walmart store, where the unidentified man was arrested. Further details surrounded the incident haven’t been released.

SPRINGFIELD – Legislation providing pregnant Illinois women with new workplace rights will now be considered by the state Senate. The measure passed in the House yesterday by a vote of 65-to-35. The sponsor of the bill state Representative Mary Flowers says “women who are pregnant deserve to be respected.” Just a few things that her bill covers, include employers required to allow frequent bathroom breaks, water breaks, help with manual labor, and time off to recover from childbirth.

SPRINGFIELD – Legislation that bans Illinois government departments from purchasing, renting or leasing vehicles not made in America is advancing to the state Senate. The measure cleared the House yesterday. The state would not be required to get rid of any foreign cars that are currently in its fleet if this bill becomes law. Opponents argue the plan could hurt both the state’s international trade options and local economies.



Randolph County Sheriffs Blotter for April 7, 2014

RANDOLPH COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
April 7, 2014

Terra L. Yearian 20, Red Bud, arrested March 31, 2014 by Red Bud PD for domestic battery. Is incarcerated.

Donald J. Kempfer 23, Chester, arrested April 1, 2014 by Chester Police for unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia & unlawful possession of cannabis. Released after posting $150 cash bond.

Bonnie C. Dickenson 19, Chester, arrested April 1, 2014 by Chester Police for unlawful possession of hypodermic needle/syringe, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia & unlawful possession of cannabis. Bond amount is $1500.00 Is incarcerated.

Jason J. Seaton 34, Carbondale, arrested April 1, 2014 by Randolph County Sheriff’s Office on a Randolph County warrant for failure to appear on a retail theft charge. Bond amount is $3,500. Is incarcerated.

Jason E. Loveless 27, Carbondale, arrested April 3, 2014 by Steeleville Police on a Randolph County warrant, a Jackson County warrant, and a St Clair County warrant. All for failure to appear on driving while license suspended charges. Bond amount is $11,500.00 Is incarcerated.

Sandra L. Baker 60, Perryville MO, arrested April 3, 2014 by Randolph County Sheriff’s Office for theft. Released on recognizance bond.

Aaron E. Anna 39, Red Bud, arrested April 4, 2014 by Randolph County Sheriff’s Office for domestic battery. Is incarcerated.

Angela N. Schulein 20, Chester, arrested April 4, 2014 by Chester Police on a Randolph County warrant for failure to appear on a resisting a peace officer charge. Bond amount is $3,000. Is incarcerated.

Phillip C. Keeton 32, Chester, arrested April 4, 2014 by Chester Police for domestic battery. Released after posting $300 cash bond.

Ashley D. L. Dravland 27, Belleville, arrested April 4, 2014 by Randolph County Sheriff’s Office on a Randolph County warrant for failure to appear on a resisting a peace officer charge. Bond amount is $4,000. Is incarcerated.

Rakeim J. Joiner 18, Belleville, arrested April 4, 2014 by Randolph County Sheriff’s Office on a Randolph County warrant for retail theft. Bond amount is $7,500. Is incarcerated.

Kevin M. Russell 51, Carrier Mills IL, arrested April 5, 2014 by Randolph County Sheriff’s Office on a Lincoln County MO warrant for tampering with a motor vehicle & harassment. Released on recognizance bond.

Kari J. Boyster 27, Sparta, arrested April 5, 2014 by Sparta Police for theft over. Is incarcerated.

David W. Shoemaker 43, Tilden, arrested April 5, 2014 by Randolph County Sheriff’s Office for domestic battery. Released pending further investigation.

Michelle L. Koeneman 40, Steeleville, arrested April 6, 2014 by Randolph County Sheriff’s Office on a Randolph County warrant for operation of uninsured motor vehicle & a Sparta City warrant for driving while license suspended. Bond amount is $5,240. Is incarcerated.



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Tue. Aug. 14, 2012

RANDOLPH COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE, CHESTER, ILLINOIS
August 13, 2012

Antwone L. Nesbitt 37, Sparta, arrested August 6, 2012 by Sparta Police for Domestic Battery. Is incarcerated.

Jacob W Eisenmann 23, Red Bud, arrested August 6, 2012 by Red Bud Police for Domestic Battery. Is incarcerated.

Ricky L. Eggemeyer 30, Chester, arrested August 7, 2012 by Chester Police for violation of order of protection. Is incarcerated.

Ronald A. Arpin 21, Red Bud, arrested August 9, 2012 by Red Bud Police on a Randolph county warrant for failure to appear on a permitting unauthorized person to drive charge & battery. Released after posting $250 cash bond.

Humberto J. Ledezma 52, Savannah MO, arrested August 10, 2012 by Sparta Police for no valid drivers license & unlawful possession of identification card. Is incarcerated.

Joshua D. Stacy 26, Percy, arrested August 10, 2012 by Percy Police on a Perry Co IL warrant for failure to appear on a DUI charge. Transported to Perry Co Jail.

Nathan D. Seyler 32, Chester, arrested August 10, 2012 by Chester Police for failure to appear on a domestic battery charge. Bond amount is $5,000. Is incarcerated.

Jamey A. Carson 33, Pinckneyville, arrested August 10, 2012 by Sparta Police for driving w/ suspended, criminal damage to state supported property, resisting a peace officer, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia & unlawful possession of cannabis. Is incarcerated.

Joseph S. Hatley 34, Tilden, arrested August 11, 2012 by Randolph County Sheriff’s Office for driving with license revoked, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia & unlawful possession of cannabis. Released after posting $150 cash bond.



Chester Basketball Coach Arrested

Twisting the details of an automobile accident has led to the arrest of the Chester Basketball Coach. Randolph County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Robert Bell, 32, of Herrin outside Chester High School yesterday on a warrant charging Leaving the Scene of an Accident With Vehicle Damage and Failure to Report an Accident. The incident, which occured on January 30th on Oakdale Road, was reported to County officers, but Mendy L. Yankey, 40, of Ellis Grove, claimed to be the operator of the vehicle with Bell as her only passenger. Later a senior at Chester High School was learned to have been in the vehicle at the time of the accident and had to leave school to seek medical treatment for injuries that had occurred in a traffic crash. Upon investigation, officers learned Bell was actually the driver at the time of the crash despite was was reported to the County. Yankey was also arrested on a Warrant charging Obstructing Justice. Both Bell and Yankey are free on bond.



Four Men Arrested for Randolph Co. Thefts

Three area men are in custody, charged with committing a string of burglary and thefts. Herbert Michael Dyke, 43 of Sparta, Greggory W. Harris, 20 of Sparta, and James L. Anders, 18 of Sparta were all arrested by the Randolph County Sheriff’s Department, along with Michael E. Mcallister, 47 of Brazil, Indiana. The four are alleged to have committed at least four burglaries and/or thefts in Randolph County where they stole farm equipment, wheel rims, farm tools and other scrap metal that was then sold as scrap materials. Sheriff’s deputies were able to recover numerous items and continue their investigation. Anyone with information or who have had similar thefts can contact Detective Donnie Krull at 826-5484, extension 504.