Benton Police Blotter

  • On February 11th, 2017 at approximately 2:50 a.m. Benton Police conducted a traffic stop at Burkitt and Frisco Street.Through investigation, police arrested Nelson A. Dial, age 33, of Thompsonville for driving under the influence.  Dial was charged and transported to the Franklin County Jail for further processing.
  • On February 11th, 2017 Benton Police conducted a traffic stop at Pope and Church Street.  Through investigation, police arrested Austin A. Myers, age 22, of Benton for driving while license suspended.  Myers was transported to the Franklin County Jail for further processing.
  • On February 11th, 2017 Benton Police arrested Natasha L. Potts, age 31, of Benton on an active Franklin County warrant for retail theft. Potts was transported to the Franklin County Jail for further processing.
  • On February 11th, 2017 Benton Police were dispatched to the 1000 block of Frisco Street in reference to domestic in progress. Through investigation, police arrested two male suspects identified as James S. Munyon, age 24, of Benton and Hunter W. Kerley, age 23, of Ewing.  Munyon arrested and charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. Kerley was also arrested and charged with  unlawful use of a weapon.  Both were transported to the Franklin County Jail for further processing.
  • On February 12th, 2017 Benton Police were dispatched to the 700 block of East Taylor Street in reference to a domestic battery.  Through investigation, police arrested Danielle M. Joyce, age 28, of Benton for domestic battery.  Joyce was transported to the Franklin County Jail.
  • On February 12th, 2017 Benton Police were dispatched to the 1300 block of North Main Street in reference to a domestic battery. Through investigation, police arrested William R. Zemia, age 39, of Benton for domestic battery. Zemia was charged and transported to the Franklin County Jail for further processing.
  • On February 12th, 2017 Benton Police conducted a traffic stop in the 900 block of Giacone Drive.  Through further investigation. Police arrested Amy E. Newton, age 30, of Benton for unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and methamphetamine.  Newton was charged and transported to the Franklin County Jail for further processing.

 

 

 

Update on early morning West Frankfort fire

WEST FRANKFORT, IL –  West Frankfort fire crews were called at 6:38 a.m. this morning to 17579 State Hwy. 149, four miles east of town.

WSIL Photo

WSIL Photo

A spokesman for the West Frankfort Fire Department said the fire was an electrical fire that was contained to one bedroom.  Estimated loss was $20,000 in damage.

Mutual aid was provided by Benton, Carterville, Zeigler, and Ewing-Northern.   -sd

State Represenative Dave Severin’s newsletter February 10, 2017

Dear Friend,

Welcome to the Weekly Newsletter for the week of February 10, 2017. This week I split my time between the district and Springfield. The first half of the week was spent in district where I was busy meeting with constituents, visiting with Tom Miller, and welcoming the Governor on his visit to the 117th district. The second half of the week I traveled up to Springfield, as the House reported for session. While we still lack a budget there were some big developments with other legislation. Here is the recap.

Rep. Severin at Educare facility at Chicago

Rep. Severin at Educare facility at Chicago

Last Friday, I visited the Educare facility in West Chicago to learn more about the Ounce of Prevention Fund. The group believes that the first five years of a child’s life is the most important to the future of their education. As a result the Ounce has created teaching models to boost program quality across the state and at the national level. This ensures that more children have to the programs best suited for their future success. It is a great group of people, and I look forward to seeing the impact of their work in our district.

Visited with WJPF Tom Miller

Rep.  Severin on the Miller in the Morning Show, on Newsradio WJPF

Rep. Severin on the Miller in the Morning Show, on Newsradio WJPF

On Tuesday I sat down with Tom Miller of WJPF Radio to talk discuss some of the latest developments in Springfield.

Tom and I discussed my new committee assignments and how the committees are all in areas relevant to the district and Southern Illinois as a whole. We also touched on the Senate’s “Grand Bargain” budget plan, what to expect with taxes, and a recent proposal to make Illinois a sanctuary state.

Governor Rauner Visits Herrin Junior High

State Represenative Dave Severin with governor Bruce Rauner on a visit to Herrin Middle School

State Represenative Dave Severin with governor Bruce Rauner on a visit to Herrin Middle School

Also on Tuesday, the Governor came to visit Herrin Junior High School. He went on a tour of the school with the Principal and later addressed students and faculty in the gym. The Governor spoke about how education is the most important thing we do as a community because we are preparing the future generation and thus preparing for the future. He also thanked the teachers for all their work, as their job is one of the most difficult but also the most important to our community.

The Governor told me he was very impressed with the students, faculty, and facilities at Herrin Junior High. I let him know that it is simply one of many great public schools we have here in the 117th District.

House Bill 40

This week the House Committee on Human Services heard House Bill 40. The bill aims to expand benefits for Medicaid and the State Employee Insurance Act to cover all abortions, as opposed to just cases of rape, incest, or health of the mother as the law currently does.  This is a measure I strongly disapprove of because it contradicts our principles and values.

House Bill 1798

House Democrats are trying to rush through a bill to guarantee pay for state workers. This is a poorly written piecemeal deal that simply kicks the can down the road.  Instead, I am co-sponsoring House Bill 2803 that also secures pay for state workers, has bi-partisan support, and is a permanent solution to this issue.

House Bill 426

House Democrats are seeking to make Illinois a sanctuary state. This would put Illinois at odds with the federal government, and with the current financial situation this state is in, it is silly to be biting the hand that feeds us as this bill does.

Stay Connected

My office in Marion is staffed Monday through Friday, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. You can email me directly through the Contact Form on my website www.repseverin.com. You can also sign up for the E-Newsletter which will send the weekly newsletter and more straight to your email! My staff and I are here to serve you! You can reach the District office at (618) 440-5090 and the Springfield office at (217) 782- 1051. Please feel free to reach out and share your opinions with us.

Franklin County arrest record

Man crashes car into Rend Lake

Benton mayor punched in face by acquaintance at grocery store

Benton Mayor Fred Knodritz (Southern Illinoisan File Photo)

Benton Mayor Fred Knodritz (Southern Illinoisan File Photo)

BENTON, IL (Issac Smith, The Southern Illinoisan. Click on the link to read the full story. Here is an excerpt) Mayor Fred Kondritz never saw it coming. As he was walking with his wife in front of the Fred’s Super Dollar in Benton about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, he saw Albert Smith, a man Kondritz said he’s known most of his life. “As a matter of small town conversation I said, ‘Hey, you going to the ball game tonight,’” Kondritz said. After Smith pushed his cart to the front of the store, Kondritz said Smith responded, “I’ve been to more games than you have.” Kondritz was taken aback. “He was walking over to me and I mean just hauled off and punched me in the face,” Kondritz said.

Benton Police Blotter

Below are the following arrests made by the Benton Police Department:

  • On February 3rd, 2017 Benton Police conducted a traffic stop at the intersection of Joplin and McLeansboro Street.  Through investigation, police arrested Branden C. Eubanks, age 31, of Benton for driving while license suspended. Eubanks was transported to the Franklin County Jail.
  • On February 4th, 2017 Benton Police conducted a traffic stop in the 400 block of North McLeansboro Street.Through investigation, police arrested Nissa M. Upton, age 29, ofBenton Police Benton for driving while license suspended.Upton was transported to the Franklin County Jail.
  • On February 5th, 2017 Benton Police were dispatched to Franklin Hospital in reference to a domestic dispute.  Through further investigation, police arrested Brandon E. Rodriguez, age 29, of Ellenboro NC, the suspect of a domestic disturbance that occurred in the 800 block of N. Eighth for aggravated domestic battery. Rodriguez was charged and transported to the Franklin County Jail for further processing.

Severin Weekly Newsletter February 3, 2017

Dave Severin contact

Dear Friend,

Welcome to the Weekly Newsletter for the week of February 3, 2017. The House did not hold session this week but there was still plenty going on both in Springfield and the 117th District. From meeting with constituents at the district office to supporting new legislation to protect state employee paychecks, there is a lot to catch you up on.

HB 1787 – Keep Paying State Employees

This week I signed on as a sponsor of HB 1787. The bill would create a continuing appropriation for state employee pay. HB 1787 was filed in response to the Attorney General’s motion last week to stop paying state employees as long as the state does not have a budget.

As I said last week, the Attorney General’s motion is simply a political stunt. However this stunt has real life consequences for thousands of hardworking Illinoisans. The services state employees provide are crucial, and like any other job we cannot expect them to continue if they are not paid on time and in full. I am proud to be a sponsor of HB 1787. State employees should be protected from political stunts like this, especially while negotiations on a balanced budget with reform continue.

You can learn more about HB 1787 by clicking here

Rotary Club of Marion

On Thursday, I was invited to attend the Rotary Club of Marion’s meeting. I really enjoyed having the opportunity to meet some of the members and learn more about the community service projects they’re working on. I also had the chance to talk to the club about what is going on in Springfield. The Rotary Club of Marion is a great group of community leaders and I look forward to visiting them again soon.

Committee Assignments

Also on Thursday, I learned what committees I will be sitting on for the 100th General Assembly. I will be serving on the following committees: Appropriations – Elementary & Secondary Education, Business Incentives for Local Communities, Agriculture & Conservation, Tourism, Appropriations – Human Services, and Mental Health. I am excited to work on all the legislation that comes to these committees, since they all have relevance to the 117th district.

You can read my full statement on these Committee Assignments by clicking here 

Stay Connected

My office in Marion is staffed Monday through Friday, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. You can email me directly through the Contact Form on my website www.repseverin.com. You can also sign up for the E-Newsletter which will send the weekly newsletter and more straight to your email! My staff and I are here to serve you! You can reach the District office at (618) 440-5090 and the Springfield office at (217) 782- 1051. Please feel free to reach out and share your opinions with us.

 

Home on East Elm St. a total loss following fire

BOST VOTES TO OVERTURN ENVIRONMENTAL RULE THAT HURTS COAL JOBS

Here is a press release from Congressman Mike Bost (R- Murphysboro) dated February 1.

Joint Resolution of Disapproval Would Overturn Dept. of Interior Rule
Southern Illinoisan file photo

American coal Galatia Mine – Southern Illinoisan file photo

Washington, DC– U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) today voted to overturn the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) “Stream Buffer Rule,” which threatens jobs at coal mines and has virtually no environmental impact off-site.  Among many requirements, the rule requires a 100-foot buffer between coal mines and nearby streams, although DOI’s own reports show that almost all coal mines have no off-site impact, mines are being operated safely, and that lands are being restored successfully under existing state and federal regulations.  Bost was cosponsor of the legislation, H.J. Res. 38, which passed the House of a vote of 228-to-194 and now moves to the Senate for its consideration.

The resolution was passed by the House pursuant to the provisions of the Congressional Review Act, which allows Congress to overturn an agency’s rule if a joint resolution of disapproval is passed by both the House and Senate and is signed by the president.

“The Obama Administration’s anti-coal regulation was a solution in search of a problem. It wasn’t intended to protect the environment. It was intended to put our coal miners out of work. And sadly, it’s been successful at achieving that goal,” said Bost.  “If ever there was a time for Congress to act, this is it.”