The wife of an Illinois State Police officer from Fairfield, Ill. died early Friday morning after her car ran off into the backwaters of the Little Wabash River northeast of Fairfield. Jennifer Murbarger, 42, apparently drove her vehicle off into flood waters in rural Jasper Township in the very early morning hours Friday. Police say she called her husband on her cell phone to report she was stranded, but did not know her precise location. Searchers found her vehicle, but it was abandoned. Instead of staying with the flooded vehicle, she apparently tried to walk to safety, and was overcome by hypothermia. Shortly before daylight, an Illinois State Police airplane equipped with a FLIR (forward looking infrared) device was able to locate the victim beneath the ice, not far from her vehicle. She was taken by ambulance to Fairfield Memorial Hospital where she was pronounced dead at 8:45 a.m. Wayne County Coroner Jimmy Taylor said she died from apparent hypothermia due to exposure to the icy cold flood waters.
A candlelight vigil has been set for 6 p.m. Saturday for a Shawneetown woman who has been missing since Dec. 2. Chrisandra “Crissy” Williams was last seen leaving a home in Rosiclare on Monday, Dec. 2. The vigil will be held on the lawn of the Gallatin County Courthouse in downtown Shawneetown. Police say her vehicle is still missing and there has been no cell phone or credit card activity since her disappearance.
Officials with the Better Business Bureau say many retailers have shortened the amount of time customers have to return Christmas gifts for exchange or refunds. Many retailers now require items be returned within 30 days of purchase instead of the previous 45 days.
Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation to prevent lenders from selling a home if the homeowner is applying for federal mortgage assistance. Quinn’s office says about 47,000 Illinois families have received modifications through the program, helping avoid foreclosure.
Trash pickup in Fairfield is running on a one day delay because of the holidays. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday’s pickup next week will also be delayed because of the New Year’s Holiday.