U.S. 50 at Lawrenceville to reopen Oct. 23

The Illinois Department of Transportation announces that U.S. 50 between Business U.S. 50 and Illinois 1 in Lawrence County will reopen Oct. 23.

The road had been closed since early September to remove a bridge just east of Illinois 1 and construct new pavement in its place. Motorists can expect delays and should allow extra time for trips through this area. To avoid the work area, when feasible, use of alternate routes should be considered. Drivers are urged to pay close attention to changed conditions and signs in the work zones, obey the posted speed limits, refrain from using mobile devices and be alert for workers and equipment.

Kelli Storckman Announces Bid For State's Attorney

Kelli Storckman announces her run for Wabash County State’s Attorney. She will run as a candidate on the Republican ballot seeking election in 2020.

She is a 2004 Indiana University graduate and obtained her law degree from Southern Illinois University in 2007. Following law school, Kelli worked in Carbondale and Marion in civil litigation for two years before settling in Wabash County in 2009. She worked as an Associate and then Partner with Rhine Ernest LLP in Mt. Carmel from 2009-2016. She has owned her own law practice in Mt. Carmel since 2016 providing legal services to the community. She is the current City attorney for the City of Mt. Carmel.

Kelli lives in rural Wabash County with her husband, Clayton Storckman, and their three children, August, Scout and Forrest. She has served as a board member on the Wabash County Youth Foundation and the Guardian Center.

“I am a proud resident of Wabash County, Illinois and the opportunity to serve my community in the capacity of State’s Attorney is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time. I have the experience and work ethic necessary to successfully serve in this position. Providing justice to and looking out for the safety of the citizens of Wabash County will be my top priorities if the community chooses me as their next State’s Attorney.”

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James Bryson Homicide Investigation Update

On October 18th, 2019 Indiana State Police Detective Shane Staggs submitted charges to the Orange County Prosecutors Office in relation to a murder investigation that began on December 27th, 2016.  On October 21st, 2019 an arrest warrant was issued for:

Cody Gabrel, 24, of French Lick, IN for the murder of James Bryson, 66, of French Lick. Charges include Felony Murder, Murder,and Burglary Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury.

December 27th, 2016 James Bryson was found deceased inside his residence that he shared with his sister at 11387 West County Road 50 South French Lick, IN. Bryson had last been seen December 24th, 2016. The investigation is currently ongoing and anyone with any information is asked to contact Detective Shane Staggs at 812-482-1441.

All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty

   $5,000 REWARD increased to $10,000, for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person/s responsible for the death of Bryson.

James Bryson was found deceased at his sister’s residence on December 27, 2016 at 11387 West County Road 50 South, French Lick.

Bryson had last been seen on December 24th, 2016.

Indiana State Police Investigators want to remind the public that any information at all no matter how insignificant it might seem could be the missing piece of the puzzle that solves this tragic murder during the 2016 Christmas season.

 

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Garrett Sentenced To 3 Years In Prison After Violating Probation

Cassandra A. Goldman, Wabash County State's Attorney, reports that Brandon L. Garrett, a 26-year old Mt. Carmel, Illinois man, was sentenced to the Illinois Department of Corrections by the Honorable Circuit Judge Michael J. Valentine in Wabash County Circuit Court.

State's Attorney Goldman advises that the Defendant was charged March 4, 2019 with Methamphetamine Delivery, a Class 2 Felony. Mr. Garrett was sentenced to 3 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections, to be followed by two years of mandatory supervised release (parole). On September 21, 2017, the Defendant was charged with Delivery of Methamphetamine, a Class 2 Felony. Mr. Garrett was placed on Probation for 2 years. After admitting to a violation of his probation on October 21, 2019, Mr. Garrett was sentenced to 3 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections, to be followed by two years of mandatory supervised release (parole). On September 28, 2018, the Defendant was charged with Domestic Battery, a Class 4 Felony. Mr. Garrett was sentenced to 3 years in the Department of Corrections, to be followed by 4 years of mandatory supervised release (parole). Sentences shall be ran concurrent.

FACTS AND CIRCUMSTANCES OF OFFENSE:

2019-CF-34 Ct. I:

That on the 16th day of August, 2018 in Wabash County, Illinois, the Defendant, BRANDON L. GARRETT, committed the offense of METHAMPHETAMINE DELIVERY, in that said Defendant knowingly and unlawfully delivered less than five (5) grams of a substance containing methamphetamine to a Mt. Carmel Police Department confidential source, in violation of 720 ILCS 646/55(a)(1). A CLASS 2 FELONY

2017-CF-136:

That on the 8th day of July, 2017 in Wabash County, Illinois, the Defendant, BRANDON L. GARRETT, committed the offense of DELIVERY OF METHAMPHETAMINE, in that said Defendant knowingly and unlawfully delivered less than five (5) grams of a substance containing methamphetamine to a Mt. Carmel Police Department confidential source, in violation of 720 ILCS 646/55(a)(1). A CLASS 2 FELONY

2018-CF-95:

That on the 27th day of September, 2018, in Wabash County, Illinois, the Defendant, BRANDON L. GARRETT, committed the offense of DOMESTIC BATTERY, in that said Defendant, without legal justification, knowingly made physical contact of an insulting nature to XXXXXXX, with whom the Defendant has a dating relationship, in that said Defendant struck XXXXXX with his hands; and, at the time of this offense, Defendant had previously been convicted of a violation of 720 ILCS 5/12-3.2 on July 21, 2011 in Wabash County 2011-CM-81, in violation of 720 ILCS 5/12-3.2(a)(2). A CLASS 4 FELONY

ISP ID's Remains Found In Jefferson County

DuQuoin, IL – Illinois State Police (ISP) officials announce the positive identification of the body of Benedetta “Beth” Bentley.  The human remains, located on December 4, 2017 in rural Jefferson County, have been positively identified. 

On May 23, 2010, a friend reportedly dropped off Beth Bentley at an Amtrak Station in Centralia, Illinois.  Bentley was reportedly taking a train back to her home located in Woodstock, Illinois.  Bentley did not return home and was reported missing.  Information was developed which led the ISP to a rural location in Jefferson County where suspected human remains were recovered at the location. 

The results of the joint investigation conducted by the ISP Zone 7 Investigations, ISP Zone 1 Investigations and Woodstock Police Department (WPD) have been forwarded to the Jefferson County State’s Attorney’s office for review. 

No further information will be available from the ISP.

 

All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.