Headlines Friday February 23, 2018

Mt. Vernon Township High School officials are investigating a social media message that indicates a threat of violence at the school.  School officials gathered Wednesday night at the high school to work with police officials on contacting individuals regarding the threat made Wednesday on SNAPCHAT regarding an incident reportedly planned for the high school on Thursday.  School officials and law enforcement believed this was an unfounded rumor but in light of recent events at schools across the country, they believed everyone needs to do their best to help students and families feel safe, so extra law enforcement was present at the school Thursday.

Ryan T Harmon, 44 of Xenia, was sentenced on Wednesday to 120 months in prison and 3 years of supervised release.  Harmon plead guilty to three counts in a federal indictment.  In part, Harmon pled guilty to 3 counts of conspiring to knowingly and intentionally distributing, and possessing with the intent to distribute Alpha PVP or more commonly known as Bath Salts.  The investigation in this case was conducted by the Flora Police Department, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, the Illinois State Police Southeastern Illinois Drug Task Force, and the Metropolitan Enforcement Group of Southwestern Illinois.

Clay County State’s Attorney Joel Powless says that 28-year-old Coty J. Workman, was sentenced to serve four years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for the Class 4 Felony offense of Criminal Trespass to a Residence.  The charge alleges that on February 3rd, in Clay County, Workman kicked open the door and entered the residence of Erin Workman, at a time when Coty Workman knew that one or more persons were present in that residence.  As a result of this conviction, his probation for Domestic Battery was revoked.  This case was investigated by officers of the Clay County Sheriff’s Office.