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Twardoski stipulates to facts

RANDOLPH COUNTY — The man charged with setting a Percy house on fire in 2013, leaving Ethan, Brandon, Landan and Kailey Owen dead, was found guilty Tuesday morning in Chester by Judge Richard Brown. He was convicted of first degree murder for the death of Kailey, the youngest of the four children.
34 year old Derrick Twardoski stipulated to the facts, meaning he agreed there was sufficient evidence to convict him. This avoided a lengthy and heart wrenching jury trial.
Randolph County State’s Attorney Jeremy Walker said he believes his office had sufficient evidence to convict Twardoski in a trial but said it would have meant having family and friends of the Owens family testify and recall that horrific night last May.
Walker and investigators had been in contact with Matt and Natasha Owen. Walker said he told the Owens he would not agree to the stipulation of fact by Twardoski without first getting their approval.
Based on the agreement between the prosecution and defense Twardoski will avoid a death penalty trial. He does face a maximum of 60 years in prison and under Illinois law, will not be eligible for early release or good conduct credit.
Officials say that means he will serve 100 percent of whatever sentence is handed down. Investigators are still not commenting on the motive for the crime.
His sentencing hearing is set for October 3 at 9 am.



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Entertainment tickets for Du Quoin State Fair selling fast

Tickets are selling at a fast pace for this year’s Du Quoin State Fair grandstand entertainment.
Headliners at the fair, which opens Aug. 22, include Kenny Rogers, Foreigner, Rodney Atkins, Travis Tritt, .38 Special and KC and the Sunshine band.
Fair Manager Shannon Woodworth said as of Wednesday they had sold over 4,300 more tickets than at the same time last year.
Traditionally, he said, ticket sales have a slow start, with purchasers waiting until the last minute to buy. Foreigner has already sold out of $30 tickets; only the $25 tickets are left.
Woodworth also reminded veterans that free parking passes are now available for Veterans Appreciation Day, sponsored by Pass One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning and Chip Banks Chevrolet Buick. The event on Labor Day includes not only free parking but free food and entertainment for veterans and their families in VIP Tent One.
Parking passes can be picked up at Pass One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning at 208 Rushing Drive in Herrin.



New Law allows teachers to give injections

A new law allows Illinois students to carry epi-pens at school and give themselves a shot when they’re having a severe allergic reaction. Trained staff will also be allowed to administer the injection when someone is in need. In the past, only nurses were allowed to give the shots. The law takes effect tomorrow.



Randolph County Sheriffs Blotter, July 28

RANDOLPH COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

Emily J. Joiner 22, Coulterville, arrested by Randolph County Sheriff’s Office on two Randolph County warrants. The first for failure to appear on a DUI charge, bond is $10,000. The second for petition to revoke probation on a DUI charge, bond is $10.000. She also has two St. Clair County warrants. The first for failure to appear on a DUI charge, bond is $10,000. The second for robbery, bond is $5,000. Is incarcerated.

Dennis Wilkes 47, Sparta, arrested July 22, 2014 by Sparta Police on a Randolph County warrant for aggravated criminal sexual abuse. Bond is $15,000. Is incarcerated.

Karli N. Helfrich 18, New Athens, arrested July 22, 2014 by Randolph County Sheriff’s Office for bringing contraband into penal institution. Is incarcerated.

Dylan S. Nauman 19, Herrin, arrested July 22, 2014 by Randolph County Sheriff’s Office on a Williamson County warrant for failure to appear on a unlawful consumption of alcohol charge. Bond is $3,000. Is incarcerated.

Tiffany J. Hammock 29, Sparta, arrested July 22, 2014 by Sparta Police on a Bollinger County, MO warrant for failure to appear on a forgery charge. Is incarcerated.

Jennifer A. Masterson 29, Ellis Grove, arrested July 23, 2014 by Randolph County Sheriff’s Office on a Randolph County warrant for petition to revoke probation on a possession of another debit, credit card. Released after posting $750 cash bond.

Tina M. Niemeyer 49, Red Bud, arrested July 23, 2014 by Red Bud Police for retail theft. Released after posting $150 cash bond.

Alfredo Mata 31, Red Bud, arrested July 24, 2014 by Red Bud Police for domestic battery. Released after posting $350 cash bond.

Tyler W. Lawrence 26, Waterloo, arrested July 24, 2014 by Red Bud Police for possession of controlled substance & possession of hypodermic needle. Is incarcerated.

David C. Downey 20, Chester, arrested July 24, 2014 by Chester Police for possession of methamphetamine. Is incarcerated.

Benny J. Wahl 51, Chester, arrested July 24, 2014 by Chester Police for possession of methamphetamine & possession of drug paraphernalia. Is incarcerated.

Shequel L. Sleydin 20, Sparta, arrested July 25, 2014 by Sparta Police for possession of cannabis. Is incarcerated.

Colty T. Peak 29, Chester, arrested July 25, 2014 by Randolph County Sheriff’s Office on a warrant for failure to report motor vehicle accident involving personal injury & unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia & unlawful possession of cannabis. Bond amount is $51,500. Is incarcerated.

Tacy M. Ticer 55, St Genevieve MO, arrested July 25, 2014 by Chester Police for theft. Released after posting $150 cash bond.

Rufus E. Jones 49, Sparta, arrested July 26, 2014 by Sparta Police for domestic battery & an IDOC warrant for parole violation. Is incarcerated.

Duane G. Carlson 35, Steeleville, arrested July 26, 2014 by Steeleville Police for driving while license revoked. Released after posting $150 cash bond.

Freddie R. Brimmage 20, Madison, arrested July 26, 2014 by Randolph County Sheriff’s Office on a Randolph County warrant for failure to appear on a battery charge. Bond amount is $7,500. Is incarcerated.

Gregory W. Hancock 43, Marissa, arrested July 26, 2014 by Sparta Police on a St. Clair County warrant for unlawful display of license plate & illegal transportation of alcohol. Released after posting $300 cash bond.

Rhonda L. Clutter 49, Marissa, arrested July 27, 2014 by Randolph County Sheriff’s Office for DUI, Improper lane usage & speeding. Released after posting $300 cash bond.



Pinckneyville may get medical marijuana cultivation center

The Pinckneyville City Council approved a resolution committing a total of $500,000 to SI Farmacy Group to purchase the Higman (former TUMS) building east of town to develop a medical marijuana cultivation center.
Gorgi Naumovski and Brad Galli, representing SI Farmacy Group, attending Monday night’s meeting. They company currently operates several pharmacies, including the Medicine Shoppe in Du Quoin.
SI Farmacy is applying for one medical marijuana cultivation license and four dispensary licenses from the state. Naumovski said they hope to know if they will get a license by November.
The city agreed to initially commit $200,000. The money will be used to retrofit the building. The remaining $300,000 would be invested only if SI Farmacy receives a medical marijuana cultivation license from the state.
The investment would be repaid with one percent of the gross profits each year until the full amount of the loan is repaid. The city would continue to receive a half percent of the gross profits each year the cultivation center would continue to operate in Pinckneyville.
SI Farmacy plans to invest $5 million in the building. Naumovski said he anticipates 40 to 50 jobs initially, but at the peak of operations, could supply up to 200 jobs. He added that two percent of the business would be set aside for charitable giving.



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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.