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Headlines for Friday, May 16, 2014

POWERSGOODMANHarperWayne County Sheriff’s Department deputies responded to a complaint of underage drinking and drug use Thursday night at a residence in Fairfield and seized a suspected meth lab. Three suspects have been jailed. Deputies went to 502 Spring Street to investigate the complaint.  Smelling a strong chemical odor coming from the house, police gained entry to the home and seized several items commonly associated with the manufacture of methamphetamine. Those taken into custody have been identified as Kent M. Harper, 35, Ashley B. Powers, 18 and Aaron R. Goodman, 24, all of Fairfield.  Authorities also report a two-year-old boy was in the household where the meth lab was found.  The child was turned over to his biological mother.  Officials with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services were notified of the incident. All three suspects face charges of child endangerment, participating in meth manufacturing, possession of meth making materials, possession of meth and drug paraphernalia and possession with the intent to distribute meth. Pictured left to right are Ashley Powers, Aaron Goodman and Kent M. Harper.

A bank robbery in Cairo turned deadly Thursday evening.  Two bank employees were killed and a third worker critically injured when a man armed with a knife and a gun held up the First National Bank of Cairo.  A suspect has been taken into custody following a police chase and standoff.

25-year-old William Daniel Payne of Johnston City was killed Wednesday afternoon in an accident at the long wall M-Class Mine – Viking Portal near Macedonia.  Franklin County Coroner Mary P. Leffler said Payne died after being crushed by a roof bolting machine. Payne and his wife were expecting their first child in June.

A proposal to add a one percent sales tax in Wayne County to support school facilities has been tabled for one month. The proposal is being advanced by officials with Fairfield Community High School.  If placed on the November ballot and approved by voters, revenue from the tax could only be used for school facilities.

The Fairfield Community High School district will end the fiscal year in the black by about $1,100.  FCHS Supt. David Savage said the surplus would have been around $25,000 had it not been for an unexpected $17,000 bill from WOVSED and $8,300 more than expected expenditures in the transportation department.

Graduation is this evening for Edwards County High School seniors. The program is set to start at 8 this evening.  The welcome will be given by Karlin Compton, Senior Class President.  Supt. David Cowger and Principal Andy Julian will present special honors, including naming of the Salutatorian and Valedictorian.

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