A Carlyle man appeared in Clinton County Circuit Court last Wednesday on charges of aggravated kidnapping and armed robbery in the parking lot at Walmart in Centralia.Charles Anderson, 36, of Pinyon Street in Carlyle, appeared in court with his public defender, Stewart Freeman, before Judge Dennis Middendorff. Freeman told Judge Middendorff that he had a chance to speak to Anderson and that he had received discovery.
He then wanted to set a preliminary hearing for the end of the month.
Judge Middendorff asked when Anderson was taken into custody and Freeman said on Oct. 1.
Anderson was charged Oct. 2 with aggravated kidnapping with a firearm and armed robbery, both Class X felonies. He was also charged with aggravated assault, a Class A misdemeanor, after he allegedly approached his estranged wife with a knife and threatened to kill her.
Police stated that on Oct. 1, Anderson, while armed with a pistol, forced his way into a pickup truck of a Walmart employee in the parking lot of Centralia Walmart and forced the employee to drive him to a location near Hickory Street and Kell Street in Centralia. Anderson allegedly stole the man’s wallet that was sitting in the truck before exiting the vehicle. The victim was then allowed to drive away. The victim was not hurt in the incident.
It was reported that the employee identified Anderson from a photo while at the Centralia Police Station.
Anderson was later apprehended by Centralia Police at his estranged wife’s home in Wamac, which was where Anderson had allegedly pulled a knife on her and threatened to kill her prior to police showing up.
Police say Anderson apparently gained entry to the home with a key that his estranged wife did not realize he had.
When Centralia Police arrived at the Wamac home, the estranged wife told police that Anderson was ready to run out the back door when she opened the front door to let them in. Police said receipts from the Walmart employee’s wallet were allegedly found in one of Anderson’s pockets when he was taken into custody.
Anderson is in the Clinton County Jail on $100,000 bail. He is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing on Oct. 29 at 11 a.m.
A Carlyle couple voiced their concerns Monday night at the Carlyle City Council meeting that their property will decrease in value after a group home is constructed next to their home.
During the public comments portion of the meeting, Carlyle residents Brian and Melodi Arentsen said they were not aware that a CILA (Community Integrated Living Arrangement) was being built next to their home in a single-residential zone lot on Bond Street in Carlyle until this past Saturday.
“We are quite upset that we were not included in the information regarding the group home,” Melodi Arentsen said.
She said that the home (built in a single-family residential zone) is “large enough to hold eight people.”
The Arentsens are concerned because the new home being built is a group home and is considerably close to their home; and they believe that the property value will go down on their own home.
The Arentsens had posted a sign in their yard on Sunday. The sign read “Disability Home (with an arrow). Three more coming to the town! Property value down. Call Mayor! Are you next?”
“We did this and we should have considered the wording a little more,” Melodi Arentsen said.
The sign has since been taken down, however, the Arentsens stated that they used a bad choice of words stating “disability home.”
“We should have at least stated that it was a group home,” she said.
The Arentsens said that they have a developmentally disabled child themselves.
“We are being harassed now because of the sign. We’ve had people scream at us and stop at our mailbox to see what our address is,” she said. “Of course we are upset. We are not trying to be offensive, however, the community is not aware of what is going on.”
The ground of the house was broken on Sept. 26 and walls have already been built. “It is clear that there is a powerful attempt to get it built fast,” Melodi Arentsen said.
The Arentsens said that they were “blindsided” with the construction of the group home and wanted answers from the city.
The Central Cougars football team was their own worst enemy once again as they took a 25-0 home loss to Cahokia Conference foe Columbia on a wet Friday evening in Breese. With a steady rain throughout the first half, the Cougars turned the ball over twice which resulted in a quick 12-0 deficit for the Cougars.
“That’s been the story of our season right there,” said Central head coach Brian Short. “We failed to do a lot of the little things right and we failed to capitalize on the opportunities that we had.”
Central actually controlled most of the first quarter, outgaining the Eagles 74-13 over the first 12 minutes.
However, Central quarterback Josh Dunning was intercepted with just over five minutes left in the first quarter which set up a Lou Isringhaus 2-yard touchdown run.
After the Cougars mounted another good drive before punting the ball away, the Cougars’ defense shut down the Eagles and forced them to punt it away.
However, the Cougars failed to handle the punt and gave the Eagles the ball back in great field position once again.
Ten plays later the Eagles hit pay dirt again when Isringhaus scored from three yards out to take a 12-0 lead with 5:26 left in the half.
“That’s a good football team that we played and you can’t make mistakes against a good football team because they will turn them into big scores,” added Short.
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