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Headlines for Friday, May 9, 2014

Illinois State Police have arrested Fairfield Community High School math instructor and track coach Timothy Going. Going is accused of unlawful videotaping of students.  Details of the alleged crime have not been released at this time.  Going has been lodged in the Wayne County jail without bond pending the filing of formal charges and setting of bond on Monday. State Police, assisted by Fairfield City Police, executed a search warrant this afternoon in connection with the investigation.

Areedgrena education and community leaders gathered at Foundation Hall in Fairfield Thursday to meet one of the two finalists for the job of Frontier Community College President. Leaders met Thursday with Dr. Jay Edgren, Jr. of Seattle, WA.  (pictured) The other finalist is Dr. Jeffrey Cutchin of Olney.  The successful candidate will be replacing Dr. Tim Taylor who is leaving the district at the end of the current fiscal year. Community leaders will meet with Dr. Cutchin on Monday.

36-year-old Jeremy Kohn of Flora was seriously hurt Thursday afternoon in a near head-on crash in Clay County.  State police said Kohn was westbound on U.S. Route 50 at Clay City when the vehicle he was driving crossed the centerline and hit an eastbound semi, driven by 58-year-old Joseph Logue of Farina, IL.  A third vehicle, a semi driven by 47-year-old Carl Bunting of Albion was damaged when it struck debris from the crash, however Bunting was not hurt.  Kohn was airlifted to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, IN with major injuries.

A federal judge has thrown out a civil rights lawsuit filed against two Illinois State Police detectives by former Wayne County Sheriff and retired State Police detective Jimmy L. Hinkle. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court at Benton in 2012, claimed that Hinkle has been unable to find a job in law enforcement after Detective White of Fairfield discussed details of an investigation of sex abuse allegations against Hinkle outside the law enforcement community.  Detective White’s supervisor, now retired Detective Thomas Oliverio was also named in the suit.  In issuing the summary judgment in favor of Detectives White and Oliverio, Judge Michael J. Reagan cancelled all pending case settings and ruled all pending motions are moot.

chhabraThe Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulations has revoked the medical license of a Southern Illinois physician accused of having unlawful sexual contact with patients.  Dr. Jogendra S. Chhabra, 58 of Marion, Ill. can no longer practice medicine in Illinois. Dr. Chhabra’s license was revoked for “engaging in inappropriate conduct with multiple patients of his private practice.” Dr. Chhabra operated a clinic in Norris City, Ill.  Chhabra’s license to practice medicine in Illinois has been suspended since March of 2012.

Frontier Community College’s 36th annual commencement ceremony is tonight at 7 at Fairfield Community High School.  246 degrees and certificates will be conferred during this evening’s graduation ceremony.

Today is Senior Awards Day at Fairfield Community High School and Wayne City High School.  The Senior Slide Show at FCHS – originally scheduled for 12:30 has been moved back to 12 noon.

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