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On 02/11/17 the Wabash County Sheriff's Office took a complaint form a man that had walked into the Sheriff's Office claiming he had been ran over by a vehicle. Through the investigation the deputy learned this man had been picked up by his father earlier in the evening.  While en route back to their residence it is alleged that 19 year old Bridger A. Kolb of Mt. Carmel,  struck the windshield of the vehicle as it was traveling 55 mph down the highway.  Kolb then struck the driver in the right side of the face, causing the driver do rapidly decrease his speed.  At this point Kolb jumped from the moving vehicle.  The driver stopped and backed up to check the well being of Kolb.  This is where the 19 year old claims he was run over.
Subsequently following the investigation Bridger A. Kolb was arrested for Criminal Damage to Property and Domestic Battery.  He was released on 02/13/17 after posting $500 cash bail.  


On 02/08/17 at 6:18 a.m. the Wabash County Sheriff's Office responded to 2644 N. 900 Blvd., Browns, reference a 911 call. The caller was talking about the person or persons that had murdered his family and wanting to know who was responsible.

When the deputy arrived he was met at the door and the occupant asked him to wait for a second. The deputy could hear banging and yelling inside the residence so he entered the residence. It was discovered that 29 year old Ruben A. Corzine had barricaded himself in a closet of a bedroom at the residence. The deputy forced the door to the room open and found Corzine in the closet holding and AR-15 style rifle with magazine inserted. The bolt of the rifle was locked back suggesting the firearm was empty. The deputy ordered Corzine to drop the weapon and the deputy took custody of the weapon. Corzine advised people had been shinning lights at him all evening and watching him. Corzine advised that a man and woman entered his residence and were there to hurt him. Corzine fired several rounds within the home in an attempt to defend himself.

The deputy continued his investigation and found that there was no evidence of anyone being in the residence to harm Corzine. All other occupants of the home were found to be safe and unharmed.

Subsequently Corzine was taken into custody and transported to the Wabash County Jail. Corzine was charged with reckless discharge of a firearm (Class 4 Felony) due to two juveniles and another adult being present in the residence. Corzine is being held in the Wabash County Jail pending the posting of a $10,000 cash bond.

On Tues. January 10th at approximately 5 a.m. members of  the Wabash County Sheriff's Office, Mt. Carmel Police Department, Southern Illinois Drug task Force and Illinois Police SWAT team served a search warrant and arrests warrants at 108 W. Oak St. in Allendale.  Taken into custody were residents 48 year old Tyce L. Wade and 45 year old Ruby A. Wade. 

During the early morning raid law enforcement found the Wade's to be in possession of a substantial amount of methamphetamine along with other narcotics and numerous items of drug paraphernalia. Both Wade's are charged with Aggravated Delivery of Methamphetamine. Bond on  Tyce and Ruby Wade has been set at $500,000 each.  Aggravated Delivery of Methamphetamine is a Class 2 Felony.

This is the result of a two year investigation into the distribution of methamphetamine throughout Wabash and neighboring counties.  The Wabash County Sheriff's Office would like to extend their thanks and gratitude to the Mt. Carmel Police Department, Southern Illinois Drug Task Force, and Illinois State Police SWAT Team for their assistance in the investigation.  The investigation continues and more arrests are anticipated.  Methamphetamine remains a problem in our community and the Sheriff's Office is taking every step to combat this dangerous, life altering drug. 

AAA recommends the following winter driving tips:

  • Avoid driving while you’re fatigued. Getting the proper amount of rest before taking on winter weather tasks reduces driving risks.
  • Never run a vehicle in an enclosed area, such as a garage.
  • Make certain your tires are properly inflated.
  • Keep your gas tank at least half full.
  • If possible, avoid using your parking brake in cold, rainy and snowy weather.
  • Do not use cruise control when driving on any slippery surface (wet, ice, sand).
  • Always look and steer where you want to go.
  • Use your seat belt every time you get into your vehicle.

Tips for long-distance winter trips:

  • Watch weather reports prior to a long-distance drive or before driving in isolated areas. Delay trips when especially bad weather is expected. If you must leave, let others know your route, destination and estimated time of arrival.
  • Always make sure your vehicle is in peak operating condition by having it inspected by a AAA Approved Auto Repair facility.
  • Keep at least half a tank of gasoline in your vehicle at all times.
  • Pack a cellular telephone with your local AAA’s telephone number, plus blankets, gloves, hats, food, water and any needed medication in your vehicle.
  • If you become snow-bound, stay with your vehicle. It provides temporary shelter and makes it easier for rescuers to locate you. Don’t try to walk in a severe storm. It’s easy to lose sight of your vehicle in blowing snow and become lost.
  • Don’t over exert yourself if you try to push or dig your vehicle out of the snow.
  • Tie a brightly colored cloth to the antenna or place a cloth at the top of a rolled up window to signal distress. At night, keep the dome light on if possible. It only uses a small amount of electricity and will make it easier for rescuers to find you.
  • Make sure the exhaust pipe isn’t clogged with snow, ice or mud. A blocked exhaust could cause deadly carbon monoxide gas to leak into the passenger compartment with the engine running.
  • Use whatever is available to insulate your body from the cold. This could include floor mats, newspapers or paper maps.
  • If possible run the engine and heater just long enough to remove the chill and to conserve gasoline.

Tips for driving in the snow:

  • Accelerate and decelerate slowly. Applying the gas slowly to accelerate is the best method for regaining traction and avoiding skids. Don’t try to get moving in a hurry. And take time to slow down for a stoplight. Remember: It takes longer to slow down on icy roads.
  • Drive slowly. Everything takes longer on snow-covered roads. Accelerating, stopping, turning – nothing happens as quickly as on dry pavement. Give yourself time to maneuver by driving slowly.
  • The normal dry pavement following distance of three to four seconds should be increased to eight to ten seconds. This increased margin of safety will provide the longer distance needed if you have to stop.
  • Know your brakes. If you have anti-lock brakes (ABS) and need to slow down quickly, press hard on the pedal-it’s normal for the pedal to vibrate a bit when the ABS is activated.
  • Don’t stop if you can avoid it. There’s a big difference in the amount of inertia it takes to start moving from a full stop versus how much it takes to get moving while still rolling. If you can slow down enough to keep rolling until a traffic light changes, do it.
  • Don’t power up hills. Applying extra gas on snow-covered roads just starts your wheels spinning. Try to get a little inertia going before you reach the hill and let that inertia carry you to the top. As you reach the crest of the hill, reduce your speed and proceed down hill as slowly as possible.
  • Don’t stop going up a hill. There’s nothing worse than trying to get moving up a hill on an icy road. Get some inertia going on a flat roadway before you take on the hill.
  • Stay home. If you really don’t have to go out, don’t. Even if you can drive well in the snow, not everyone else can. Don’t tempt fate: If you don’t have somewhere you have to be, watch the snow from indoors.

Contact Information

Wabash County Sheriff's Office
120 East 4th Street
Mt. Carmel, IL 62863
(618) 262-2706
Wabash County Jail
110 East 4th Street
Mt. Carmel, IL 62863
(618) 262-5531