Headlines Saturday February 11, 2017

The WFIW Radio Auction is set to start at 8 o’clock this morning. The auction will be broadcast on WFIW AM and FM as well as WOKZ.  You can also hear the auction online at wfiwradio.com or on the WFIW APP on your smart phone.

Widely acclaimed wildlife photographer Tom Ulrich has died. Tom died Friday morning at the Siteman Cancer Center at Washington University in St. Louis following a battle with a rare form Leukemia. Ulrich taught biological sciences at Fairfield Community High School from 1971 – 1975 and also taught photography, local flora, botany, zoology, general biology, biochemistry and anatomy and physiology at Frontier Community College in Fairfield.  A freelance photographer since 1975, Ulrich is acclaimed around the world for his nature photography skills.

Mt. Carmel Police arrested 29 year old Joseph D. Payne of Mt. Carmel Thursday, after police were called to a home in reference to a disturbance.  When police arrived on scene they were told that Payne was intoxicated and had ripped a gas heater from the wall of the residence.  The Mt. Carmel Fire Department was dispatched to the residence and secured the scene.  Payne was arrested and transported to the Wabash County Jail where he was charged with criminal damage to property, reckless conduct, and endangering the life or health of a child.

Hunters and trappers took a preliminary total of 141 bobcats during the 2016-17 Illinois Bobcat Hunting and Trapping Season.  Locally 2 bobcats were taken in Wayne County, 1 by gun and the other by trap.  White County reported 3 bobcats taken one by gun, one by trap and one salvaged from the road.  Clay County Reported 4 bobcats taken, 1 by bow and arrow, 2 by gun and 1 by trap.  In Hamilton County 3 bobcats were taken 2 by trap and 1 by gun.

The scheduled status hearing of murder suspect Glenn Ramey has again been delayed.  Ramey is being evaluated as to his fitness to stand trial on charges of first degree murder and predatory criminal sexual assault. The charges stem from last November’s death of eight-year-old Sabrina Stauffenberg in Olney.  On Thursday, parties for both sides in Ramey’s case agreed to continue the hearing until March 16.  Ramey remains in Richland County Jail under $10 million bond.

The Mt. Carmel Police are investigating a theft that occurred at the Wabash Valley College dorms.  Police were called to an apartment around 3:30 am Friday morning.  The complainant advised that a male subject had entered her apartment accusing her of stealing his wallet.  The complainant advised the male subject then threatened to kill her and her friends if he didn’t get $700.00 from them.  Police arrested 20 year old Daniel Dydo of Mt. Carmel and transported him to the Wabash County Jail.  Police were able to recover evidence at the residence where Dydo was found.  Dydo is currently being held on one count of theft over $500.00 a class 3 felony.