MT. VERNON — Three people were arrested in a 30-minute time frame Wednesday morning as the joint narcotics division of the Mt. Vernon Police Department and Jefferson County Sheriff's Office conducted a drug sweep.Officers from both departments were seeking to serve 20 warrants, and captured the three suspects all in a southeast neighborhood. The Narcotics Division was attempting to serve warrants all related to methamphetamine-related offenses, according to Detective Ronnie Almaroad of the Mt. Vernon Police Department.By mid-afternoon, approximately 13 of the 20 individuals had been taken into custody, according to Chief of Police Chris Mendenall. Arrested during the first hour of the sweep were: Roy Baker, 44, with two counts of unlawful delivery of methamphetamine; Amanda Albright, 33, charged with unlawful delivery of methamphetamine; and Crystal Bain, 30, charged with unlawful delivery of a controlled substance — methamphetamine.Eight other individuals arrested and their charges include:Christopher Williams, delivery of meth; Wilbert Nailing, delivery of cannabis; Elaine Moore, delivery of crack cocaine; Jacob Wagner, delivery of meth; Karen Garrison, delivery of meth; Kyle Badgett, delivery of meth; Larry York, delivery of meth; and Rhiannon Cates, delivery of meth.Ages and addresses were not immediately available on those suspects. The remaining three suspects have not been identified by MVPD."We've had an increase in meth activity recently," Almaroad said as the sweep began. "Most of our investigations have been breaking over the last several months. We want to take out these drug offenders."Almaroad said this latest detail was the third in the last three months, resulting in nearly 70 individuals being arrested for drug-related offenses."This is to make a point that we're hot and heavy after the drug crowd," Almaroad said.
Bids opened for new high school
MT. VERNON — Roughly 90 base construction bids for the new proposed Mt. Vernon Township High School were opened and read aloud Thursday at a special ceremony at the MVTHS auditorium. Now that the bids have been received, MVTHS consultants will beginContinued ...
RLCF hosts annual dinner
MT. VERNON --Teamwork and individuals who personify teamwork were honored during the Rend Lake College Foundation annual dinner. The 2013 Men's Basketball D-II National Championship team, the Allied Health Division and the Mining Technology program wContinued ...
Nearly 700 families to receive Christmas baskets
MT. VERNON -- A change in the delivery date of the Christmas baskets provided by the Jefferson County Ministerial Association from a weekday to a weekend should boost the number of available volunteers. Ministerial Association spokesman, the Rev. GenContinued ...
District 80 to undergo state audit
MT. VERNON — A portion of District 80's finances will soon undergo a specialized audit by the Illinois State Board of Education. Superintendent Mike Green said the ISBE conducts these audits on districts periodically and it's not a cause for concern.Continued ...
District 80 to be audited by the state
District 80 will be audited soon by the Illinois State Board of Education and school officials say the process is normal and not a cause for concern.Continued ...
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