Two adults and a 16-year-old juvenile have been arrested in connection with the alleged kidnapping and beating of a Fairfield, Ill. teen last Saturday. Patrick Vaughan, 19 of Fairfield reported the alleged incident to Fairfield City Police on Thursday, claiming he was terrified of his alleged captors and too shaken up to come forward earlier. The suspects have been identified as John R. Robertson, 34 (lef), Kevin Lemond, 18, (right) and a 16-year-old juvenile, all from Fairfield. Robertson and Lemond have been lodged in the Wayne County jail pending the filing of formal charges and setting of bond. The juvenile has been housed in the Franklin County Juvenile Detention Center in Benton, Ill. All three suspects face preliminary charges of kidnapping, unlawful restraint and aggravated battery. The juvenile and LeMond face an additional charge of criminal damage to property. John R. Robertson faces an additional felony charge of driving revoked.
The Illinois State Police Child Death Investigation Task Force has joined the investigation into the death of a two-month-old boy who died Thursday night at his mother’s home in Carmi. Joshua Houston Armstrong, the 2-month-old son of Alisha Armstrong of Maple Street in Carmi was pronounced dead at 10:52 Thursday night at the Hamilton Memorial Hospital in McLeansboro. Hamilton County Coroner Ron Ewald stated he does not have a cause of death at this time, adding that an autopsy will be scheduled later at a facility in Bloomington, Ill.
The Fairfield Community High School Board voted Thursday night to hire Enfield native Amber South as the district’s band and choir instructor. South is a 2012 graduate of Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. She replaces Rachel Dinwiddie.
Plans to establish a sports program at Frontier Community College are on hold. IECC CEO Terry Bruce says funding concerns will delay the establishment of a sports program. With deadlines fast approaching to recruit athletes and hire coaching staff, it’s very unlikely that any sports program will be launched in time for the 2014 season.
The FCHS Board voted Thursday night to apply for a Health Life Safety Grant to make several improvements to the school. If received, the district plans to replace 37 interior doors, renovate the lobby and breezeway bathrooms, and add several indoor and outdoor surveillance cameras. The project could cost up to $100,000 with the district’s share being half that amount.
FCHS English instructor Linda Vaughn is retiring effective the end of the current school year. Her letter of retirement was accepted at Thursday night’s FCHS Board meeting.
Cynthia Steiner (pictured) attended Thursday’s meeting of the Fairfield Rotary Club. Cynthia presented the club with a $5,000 check in honor of the late Lester Steiner. The money has been earmarked for the Rotary Club’s Paul Harris Program.
Customers of Wabash Independent Networks will be getting a one-time $5 credit on their June bill because of a recent TV outage. The service interruption lasted nearly 48 hours and was caused by an equipment failure.