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Headlines for Friday, May 30, 2014

Interstate 64 westbound at the exit ramp to Illinois Route 37 in Jefferson County was closed early this morning after a semi hauling a hazardous material rolled onto its side.  The material was identified as Ethanol.  As a precaution, police sealed off a 1000-foot area around the scene until the tanker was uprighted.  I-64 eastbound traffic was diverted at the southbound I-57 I-64 split, while westbound I-64 traffic was being diverted off the interstate at the Belle Rive exit at mile marker 89.  Police said a HAZMAT team from the Mt. Vernon Fire Department was called to the scene.  The driver of the semi was not identified.

Foundation Donates to Kitchen projectThe Fairfield Memorial Hospital Foundation has pledged $100,000 for the new Kitchen and Dining Room project at the hospital.  In addition, the Foundation has released $42,475 of restricted funds that were given to the Foundation specifically for the hospital’s new project that were donated through the Foundation’s annual Giving Campaign which is held each November.  The first step in starting the project has been completed with the move of the Business and Health Information Offices into remodeled suites within the Mattie B. Rinard Building.  Final design plans are being made for the project to move into the next phase of construction. (Pictured is CEO Katherine Bunting-Williams accepting the donation, along with Foundation members Keith Baumann, Treasurer; Charlotte St. Ledger, Pat Kenshalo, Lisa Konopasek, Richard Davis, Judy Griswold and Mike Copeland)

33-year-old Michael T. Walker of Fairfield was jailed Thursday afternoon on a failure to appear warrant out of Edwards County for domestic battery, and a body attachment out of Richland County for failure to appear in court.  Total bond on the warrants was $325 cash.

Reports out of Effingham, IL say the southern Illinois man accused of killing his niece is no longer opposed to spending the rest of his life in prison.  Justin DeRyke withdrew his motion to have the life sentence overturned.  He was sentenced in March of last year after pleading guilty to stabbing seven-year-old Willow Long and later dumping her body near the Little Wabash River in Watson, IL last September.  DeRyke said he stabbed the girl to death to put her out of her misery after she fell on a pile of brush, causing a stick to lodge in her throat.

42-year-old Scott D. Land of Cisne was arrested Wednesday afternoon on a DUI charge.  Police found Land passed out behind the wheel of his vehicle with a can of industrial strength aerosol dust off up to his face.  Police stated that as they were taking pictures of Land with the can of aerosol up to his face, he woke up and sprayed the substance into his mouth and shouted “Yahoo!” before a deputy grabbed the can and threw it to the ground.  Land refused to submit to a blood or urine analysis and was jailed on the DUI charge.

Officials with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulations have revoked the CPA license of 54-year-old Kevin Williams of Mt. Carmel, IL and ordered that he pay a $40,000 fine.  The disciplinary action comes after Williams was convicted in federal court of wire fraud and money laundering.  He is currently serving a ten-year federal sentence for swindling an elderly Wabash County woman.  He was ordered to pay the victim $1.7 million in restitution.

Wayne County Supervisor of Assessments Shirley Walters has announced that the 2013 Wayne County Board of Review is in session.  Complaints to the board need to be filed at her office, and the final date to file a complaint is July 7th.  Members of the board include Martin MacDavid, Allen Endsley, James Elliott and Shirley Walters.

The Wayne County Golf Course will be hosting the 5th annual McDonalds of Fairfield Junior golf tournament this Thursday, June 5th.  The tournament is open to boys and girls in five age groups.  The registration fee includes a gift bag and a free practice round.  Lunch will be provided for golfers and adults who accompany them.  The entry form is avaialbe at   and must be mailed by Saturday, May 31st.  More information is available by calling 842-7222.

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