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Around the Tri States: Bond increased in decomposed body case; Seven sentenced on meth charges

Jane Carlson
Tri States Public Radio

A weekly roundup of news from around the region.

Bond increased in decomposed body case

A judge denied a motion to reduce bond for a Knox County woman charged with concealing a dead body.

Instead, the judge granted the state’s motion to increase bond for Marcy Oglesby, 50, of Maquon, from $10,000 to $100,000.

In addition to being accused of concealing the body in a Maquon storage unit, Oglesby was arrested on two Fulton County warrants for fraud and deceptive practice.

She was also on probation for 2020 forgery charges at the time of her arrest last month.

A pre-trial conference is set for Dec. 5.

Seven sentenced for meth distribution in McDonough County

The suspects were prosecuted as part of a two-year federal investigation named Operation Icy Road.

All seven were sentenced to serve time in the Federal Bureau of Prisons:

· Christopher Yates, 39, of Joliet – 14 years

· Jerel Guarin, 42, of Colchester – 12 years

· Trenton Sealock, 25, of Bardolph – 12 years

· Jeanna Rechkemmer, 32, of Bushnell – 11.25 years

· Amanda Edwards, 40, of Bardolph – 10 years

· Amber Phelps, 31, of Colchester – 10 years

· John Yates, 56, of Bushnell – 10 years

The investigation has also covered Knox, Warren, Hancock, Fulton, Henderson, and Mercer counties in western Illinois and the city of Burlington in southeast Iowa.

WIU basketball teams to play a home game in the Quad Cities

For many years, the basketball teams at Western Illinois University have played their home games at Western Hall in Macomb. However, there will be one exception this season.

The women’s and men’s teams will play a doubleheader in the Quad Cities on Friday, Dec. 16. It will take place inside Vibrant Arena at The Mark in Moline.

The university said this is a first in WIU basketball history.

The women’s team will play St. Xavier at 5:30 p.m. After that, the men’s team will play Eureka College at 7:30 p.m.

Galesburg lead remediation grants

The city of Galesburg is taking applications for the Housing and Urban Development Lead Paint Hazard Reduction Program and the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Help Eliminate Lead Program.

The grants provide lead remediation for owner-occupied and rental homes.

Eligible houses are those built before 1978 that are home to children aged six and under and or pregnant women.

Residents must meet income guidelines.

Those interested can contact the Western Illinois Regional Council or the city of Galesburg.

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