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Headlines for Friday, June 7, 2013

A 14-year-old Fairfield boy is being questioned in connection with a suspected arson fire that damaged a home on East Johnson Street Thursday afternoon. The scene was the Scott Cuff residence at 405 E. Johnson St.  Fairfield Fire Chief Mike Pottorff said the fire was suspicious based upon the nature of the fire and the fact that there had been a similar fire at that residence a year ago. An Illinois State Fire Marshal Arson Investigator arrived at the scene late this morning and questioned the teen at the scene.  He was later taken to the local police station for further questioning.  Chief Pottorff said the fire started in a storage room of the carport and burned into the attic.  Firemen were able to stop the fire before the living space of the home was affected.  Firemen remained scene for over an hour before securing the structure for further investigation.

Denver-based Strata-X has been issued a drilling permit for the first of a series of oil wells to be drilled in the Wayne County area.  The well will be the first in the company’s “Vail Project” and will be drilled at a location west of Xenia.  The company has secured Les Wilson, Inc. Rig 25 for the project.

Thieves have made off with 20 bags of aluminum cans from the Wayne County Humane Society. The cans had a reported value of $150. The thieves also tampered with a door lock.

At a special meeting of the Jasper School Board, a number of employees were hired for the coming school year. Roberta Biggs was hired as a music teacher; Jennifer Sampson was hired as a special education teacher; Eric Basnett was named the district’s athletic director and Misty Elliott was hired as an assistant cook.

34-year-old Kandi Strean of Enfield has been sentenced to four years in prison after pleading guilty in White County Circuit Court to charges of being in possession of a stolen vehicle and aggravated drunk driving while her license was revoked.  Strean was sentenced Thursday.

Crownline Boats in West Frankfort is laying off 206 workers. Company officials say their sales are suffering from “unusual and calamitous weather patterns” that have slowed sales.

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