A Centralia man has been sentenced to 4-1/2 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections after pleading guilty in Clinton County Circuit Court to residential burglary of a home in Carlyle. Jeremiah W. Bobbett, 24, appeared in court on Aug. 19 before Judge William Becker, with his public defender, Stewart Freeman.
Per a negotiated plea, Bobbett plead guilty to Class 1 felony residential burglary and Class 3 felony unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon.
In addition to the 4-1/2-year prison sentence (to be served concurrently or at the same time on both charges), he was also fined court costs and $6,950 in restitution costs.
Following Bobbett’s prison sentence, he is to be placed on one year of mandatory supervised release, otherwise known as parole.
A co-defendant, Blake T. Featherstone, 28, also of Centralia, was also charged with residential burglary, a Class 1 felony, in connection to the case. His court case is still pending.
On July 21, Bobbett and Featherstone allegedly entered a residence in the 1100 block of Ridge Street in Carlyle with the intent to commit a theft.
Bobbett also possessed a shotgun after having been previously convicted of a felony.
It was reported that Bobbett was recently out on parole after serving two years in prison for escaping from a penal institution. Other convictions include burglary and theft in 2013 in Marion County.
According to documents from the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department, deputies assisted Carlyle Police in the arrest of Bobbett as a suspect in a residential burglary.
Bobbett was located and arrested July 25 at 3:33 a.m. after he was found at a residence in the 800 block of Jefferson Street in Carlyle. A shotgun and several other stolen items were recovered from the residence.
Featherstone is expected to appear in court for a preliminary hearing Sept. 2 at 11 a.m.
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed legislation Wednesday sponsored by state Rep. Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) to make handicap-accessible park projects a priority. According to Rep. Meier, “I introduced this legislation to make handicap-accessible park projects a priority in Illinois because of Hannah Berndsen, her family and friends which built Hannah’s playground this year in Breese. There are too few parks that provide this kind of access, and I wanted to shine a light on this very important issue.”
The new law P.A. 99-0391, directs the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) to add to the criteria for giving park projects priority, handicap-accessible playground equipment such as ramped, ground-level play features, accessible swings, wheelchair accessible tables, adjustable equipment, universally accessible swings, and transfer platforms.
Rep. Meier added, “My focus, as state representative, has always been helping those who need it. I believe that improving our parks by making them more handicap-accessible will give families that need help the most some much needed relief. Improving our parks by making them handicap-accessible will allow parents and their children to escape the stresses of home by being able to enjoy the outdoors.”
The Keyesport Fire Protection District responded to an oil tank fire as a result of a lightning strike early Saturday afternoon, one-half mile south of Keyesport Road just off Hopewell Road near the Clinton-Bond County Line. According to Chief Jim Golder of the Keyesport Fire Protection District, authorities were called to the scene at approximately 1:13 p.m. on Aug. 22. Mulberry Grove, Greenville and Wheatfield Fire Protection Districts were called for mutual aid and the fire departments applied approximately 50 gallons of foam to extinguish the fire. It was reported that there were two storage tanks — one of the tanks was empty with the other one having approximately 100 barrels of oil. No injuries were reported and the departments were on the scene for approximately two and a half hours. It was reported that the initial lightning strike caused some debris and oil to land on nearby crops. The Environmental Protection Agency will be investigating any contamination to the area.
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