jay jacksonA suspected “quick change artist” from Cincinnati, Ohio has been jailed on charges he scammed a number of Southern Illinois businesses out of hundreds of dollars. Jay V. Jackson, 60 was transferred from the Franklin County, Indiana jail to the White County jail at Carmi on Thursday.  Fairfield City Police Chief Brad Winter says Jackson is suspected of scamming the Countrymark Convenience Store in Fairfield out of $180 last July, and is wanted for similar thefts in Effingham, Richland and White Counties.  Chief Winter added that Jackson is also a suspect in other cases in Missouri and Kansas. Illinois State Police are investigating the Southern Illinois cases. Jackson became a suspect after police reviewed surveillance video from a Carmi convenience store that showed Jackson allegedly practicing his “quick change” scam on a clerk.

A Mount Carmel, Ill. man was badly injured Thursday night when his car crashed into a furniture store in Keensburg, Ill. Dustin Lee Kieffer, 27 was driving a 2004 Toyota Camry north on Wabash County 900 N when he lost control around 10:45 p.m., struck a utility pole then crashed into Timberlake Furniture.  Kieffer was injured and taken by ambulance to Wabash General Hospital in Mt. Carmel and later airlifted to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville. There were no passengers in his car. Wabash County Sheriff Joe Keeling stated that “alcohol is suspected” as a contributing factor in the accident, which remains under investigation. Heavy damage was reported to Timberlake Furniture and Kieffer’s Toyota.

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Family members believe the body of Chrissy Williams has been found inside a red SUV pulled from the Ohio River at Rosiclare Thursday afternoon. Williams, 39 has been missing since Dec. 2.  An autopsy is scheduled for later today.  Illinois State Police and Hardin County Sheriff’s Department officials have released no details about the discovery. A vessel equipped with a sonar device located the vehicle near a boat ramp at Rosiclare. Williams was last seen around 9 p.m. on Dec. 2 leaving the home of a friend in Rosiclare.

Fairfield Community High School senior Kyle Ellis has been named to the Illinois High School Scholastic Bowl Coaches Association All-State First Team.  The honor recognizes the top ten scholastic bowl players across the state of Illinois in Class-A.  Kyle is the son of Randy and Cindy Ellis.

Wayne County Sheriff Mike Everett is warning area residents about a new phone scam that’s going around.   Someone claiming to be with the FBI has been calling residents offering free home surveillance equipment.  Sheriff Everett warns residents that there is no such program offered by the FBI.

Thieves have targeted a machine shed owned by Jason T. Draper of rural Carmi.  Draper reports seven tractor weights and two batteries were taken.

The Illinois Supreme Court has declared the state’s decades-old eavesdropping law unconstitutional.  The 1961 law made it a felony for someone to produce an audio recording of a conversation unless all parties agree. The high court stated the law violates the free speech and due process protections of the U.S. and Illinois constitutions.

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