BAD WRECK – An elderly Fairfield man and a Wayne County Ambulance Service EMT were injured this morning in a crash at the intersection of 7th and Main Street. The driver of a white sedan, 94-year-old Bob Watson collided with an ambulance responding to an emergency. Unable to open the door on Mr. Watson’s car, the EMT was injured breaking out a window to gain access to the victim. The impact also disabled the ambulance, jamming its back doors. Mr. Watson was not seriously injured. The EMT was treated at the scene for cuts to her hand and arm. The accident happened at approximately 9 a.m. Thursday.
BEATING VICTIM DIES – Charges are pending against a Carmi teenager in connection with the beating death of 55-year-old Toby Sanders of Carmi. Sanders was badly beaten on Monday, June 18 and taken to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville. He died from his injuries on July 1. The suspect in the beating, 18-year-old Artice Ivy fled White County after the beating and was subsequently arrested after White County authorities received a tip that he was in Washington, Indiana. Ivy waived extradition from Indiana and has been returned to the White County jail. Carmi Police Chief Jason Carter says that charges against Ivy are pending as authorities await the results of an autopsy performed by Vanderburgh, County, IN officials. Until then, Ivy is being held in the White County jail at Carmi formally charged with aggravated battery causing great bodily harm and aggravated battery in a public place. His bond is $250,000. A preliminary hearing has been set for July 11 in White County Circuit Court.
The Fairfield City Band will perform a patriotic concert tonight on the Wayne County Courthouse lawn. Under the direction of Ardis Barbre, several patriotic selections will be performed starting at 7 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public.
Fairfield’s Independence Day fireworks show has been set for Friday night at Southwest Park. Donations to help defray the cost of the $10,000 show are still being accepted at City Hall.
57-year-old Bill Norton of Mt. Vernon has been arrested on charges he stole money from the Christian Outreach Resale Shop in Mt. Vernon. Police say they recovered items from the shop at his home during the execution of a search warrant. Norton is free after posting $3,000 cash bond.
The Wayne County Fair opens Friday evening with a Horse Show at 6 p.m. The Lucas Oil Tractor Pull has been set for 6:30 Saturday night. In the event of rain, the event will be moved to noon on Sunday. Sunday evening will feature gospel music from the Fairfield Ministerial Alliance. The county fair continues through next Saturday, July 14, concluding with a demo derby.
Wayne-White Electric is sponsoring a porkburger sale on Friday, July 13 to raise money for a scholarship. The event coincides with the three-year anniversary of the serious injuries suffered by lineman Gerry Kinney. Kinney came into contact with a high voltage power line and suffered severe injuries. He lost both arms just below the elbow. Money raised during the cookout will help fund a scholarship for an individual interested in a career as an electrical lineman.