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Headlines for Friday, November 15, 2013

Kevin WilliamsMount Carmel businessman and CPA Kevin C. Williams has been sentenced to ten years in federal prison for swindling an elderly Mount Carmel woman’s trust out of nearly $3 million. Williams will have to report to prison next Thursday.  The lengthy sentencing hearing was carried out Friday in U.S. District Court in Benton, Ill.  According to federal prosecutors, Williams had control of the 96-year-old victim’s trust account and used the stolen cash for his own personal gain.


Investigators with the Illinois Attorney General’s Office executed a search warrant Wednesday at the home of 64-year-old Donald H. Currier III, and seized computers containing a large quantity of suspected child pornography.  Currier was arrested at his home on Stewart Street in Carmi.  On Thursday, White County States Attorney Denton Aud filed seven counts of unlawful possession of child pornography containing images of a victim under the age of 13.  Currier posted $10,000 cash bond and was released pending a December 12th first appearance in White County Circuit Court.  He faces three to seven years in prison on each count if convicted.

The Wayne County Board voted to approve, with one “no” vote, a policy for county employees that is expected to save the county about $30,000.  The board first heard from Debbie Bradham, stating that the insurance committee had met and recommended staying with Gualdoni Insurance with the same policy and a small increase in premiums from last year.  The board then went into a 10-minute executive session following the presentation to discuss insurance issues before voting for the cheaper policy.

The Wayne County Board approved several appointments at last night’s meeting.  They include Craig Williams to the Woods Drainage District, John Roy Hodges to the Leech Grover Drainage District, Bill Book to the Big Mound Drainage District, and Richard L. Blanton to the Elm River Drainage District.  All are for three-year terms.  Also approved was the re-appointments of Gary Sloan to a one-year term and Dr. Jed Jones and Brenda Rush to three-year terms on the Wayne County Board of Health.

County police are investigating a burglary at the Donna and David Bliss home at Barnhill Thursday afternoon.  Donna Bliss told police she had left the home Thursday morning and returned later in the day to find several doors to the residence open, and several items inside missing.  The missing items include several pieces of jewelry.  Also missing was a paint spray system, pressure sandblaster, cordless drill and charger and various tools.  The items were valued at around $5600.

Mt. Carmel, IL police arrested 38-year-old Tara L. Davis of Lawrenceville, IL Thursday afternoon on drug charges.  Davis was found to be in possession of cannibis and drug paraphernalia while visiting Wabash General Hosptial.  Police said she told them the cannibis was her medical marijuana.  She was cited for possession of cannibis and possession of drug paraphernalia, given a court date and released from custody.

50-year-old Carl Jackson of West Frankfort, IL died last night after attempting to walk across a railroad track to beat a train.  Reports said Jackson went around the gates at Elm Street in West Frankfort, IL and was hit around 9:30 p.m.  An investigation into the incident is underway.

Two Saline County women escaped injury Wednesday evening while hiking in the Pounds Hollow area of Gallatin County.  Officials said the women were hiking around Pounds Hollow Lake on Deer Run Trail when they became lost.  Saline County 911 was able to use GPS tracking from the women’s cell phones to locate them in about 30 minutes.  Gallatin County Emergency Management Agency Director Steve Galt reported the girls were cold, but not injured.  The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office and Shawneetown Fire Department also assisted at the scene.

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