Headlines for Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Officials have confirmed that the financially troubled Phoenix Rehabilitation Center in Carmi is closing. Officials are making plans to move the facility’s 33 patients to other facilities. An adult day care program is slated to close in October. Carmi Mayor Jeff Pollard confirmed Phoenix still owes the City of Carmi thousands in unpaid utility bills and late payments on a $750,000 loan from a city-issued revolving loan fund.

35-year-old Eric M. Vaughan of Fairfield has been jailed after city police and probation officers discovered he tried to defraud a drug test following a court appearance Monday. Police searched Vaughan’s car and found a bottle of urine that was wrapped in hand warmers. They also recovered a small quantity of suspected marijuana.

28-year-old Dustin Paul Bell of Carmi has been sentenced to four years in prison after pleading guilty to a charge of failure to register as a sex offender – a class-3 felony and another three years on a conviction of unlawful solicitation to meet a child – a class-4 felony.

Illinois Department of Public Health officials say the state has 73 known cases of mumps, with more than two thirds of the cases in Champaign County. More than 50 cases have been confirmed on the campus of the University of Illinois.

31-year-old Justin D. Webb of Fairfield has been admitted to a mental health facility for an evaluation after police tried to arrest him over the weekend for violating an order of protection. Police said Webb pulled a knife and threatened to cut his own throat. Officers shot him with their Taser gun to subdue him.

More harness racing is on tap tonight at the Edwards County Fair. Action starts at 6 p.m. Local talent will be featured at 5:30 tonight in the exhibition building.

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