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    The Illinois Department of Public Health, in its daily COVID-19 update for Jan. 13, reported the death of an 80-year-old Clinton County woman from COVID-19.
    That brings to 77 the numb er of people who have died of the coronavirus disease, according to IDPH and the Clinton County Health Department.
    The woman's death was among the 97 deaths statewide reported by IDPH that day. 
    The Clinton County Health Department, in its COVID-19 update for Jan. 15, reported 43 new positive cases, for a total of 4,910 cases, with 4,524 people released from isolation, 305 people on home isolation and four people hospitalized. 
    In the county health department's previous updates:
    For Jan. 13, reported 54 new positive cases, for a total of 4,885 cases, with 4,425 people released from isolation, 377 people on home isolation and six people hospitalized.
    For Jan. 14, reported 25 new positive cases, for a total of 4,910 positive cases, with 4,468 people released from isolation, 361 people on home isolation and four people hospitalized.
    For Jan. 12, reported 18 new positive cases, for a total of 4,831 positive cases, with 4,398 people released from isolation, 348 people on home isolation and nine people hospitalized.
    At this date, there had been 76 deaths of Clinton Countians attributed to COVID-19.

Testing, vaccinations available
    The Clinton County Health Department is offering free, rapid COVID-19 testing on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 9 to 11 a.m., at the Clinton County Fairgrounds in Carlyle.

    Three Madison County residents were charged last week in Clinton County Circuit Court with vehicle theft conspiracy and aggravated possession of stolen vehicles.
    Wesley E. Mosher, 30, Kames D. Lautz, 30, both of Troy, and Kelsey T. McClelland, 32, of Collinsville, were all charged Jan. 13 with a number of counts, for allegedly conspiring and stealing catalytic converters from vehicles locally.
    Mosher was charged with one count of aggravated possession of stolen vehicle parts and one count of vehicle theft conspiracy, both Class 1 felonies; six counts of theft in excess of $500, all Class 3 felonies; and six counts of criminal damage to property in excess of $500, all Class 4 felonies.
    According to Clinton County Circuit Court documents, on Jan. 9, Mosher allegedly conspired with others and damaged and stole parts from several vehicles, including catalytic converters, from a 2006 white Chevrolet Silverado, a 1997 gold Chevrolet S-10,  a 2012 white Ford F-250, a 2006 green Ford F-550, a 1996 green Chevrolet S-10 and a gray Chevrolet Silverado.
    McClelland was charged with one count of aggravated possession of stolen vehicle parts and one count of vehicle theft conspiracy, both Class 1 felonies; seven counts of theft in excess of $500, all Class 3 felonies; and seven counts of criminal damage to property, all Class 4 felonies.
    On Jan. 9, McClelland allegedly conspired with others and damaged and stole parts from several vehicles, including a 2006 white Chevrolet Silverado, a 1997 gold Chevrolet S-10, a 2012 white Ford F-250, a 2006 green Ford F-550, a 1996 green Chevrolet S-10 and a gray Chevrolet Silverado.
    Lautz was charged with one count of aggravated possession of stolen vehicle parts and one count of vehicle theft conspiracy, both Class 1 felonies; eight counts of theft in excess of $400, all Class 3 felonies; eight counts of criminal damage to property in excess of $500, all Class 4 felonies; and one count of possession of a stolen license plate, a Class 2 felony. 
    On Jan. 9, Lautz allegedly conspired with others and damaged and stole parts to several vehicles, including catalytic converters to a 2006 white Chevrolet Silverado, a 1997 gold Chevrolet S-10,  a 2012 white Ford F-250, a 2006 green Ford F-550, a 1996 green Chevrolet S-10, a gray Chevrolet Silverado, a 2002 white Ford E-350 and a 2017 white Dodge Ram. 
    In addition, Lautz allegedly possessed a stolen license plate from Kapp Trailer Sales & Service. 
    Bond has been set at $50,000 for Mosher. Joe Heiligenstein has been appointed as Mosher's public defender. 
    Bond for McClelland and Lautz have been set at $75,000 each. 
    Public defender Wes Gozia was appointed as McClelland's attorney, and public defender Stewart Freeman has been appointed as Lautz's attorney. 
    A preliminary hearing for all three has been set for Jan. 27 at 11 a.m.

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