Former Wayne County State’s Attorney Kevin Kakac has been appointed Wayne County Resident Judge, filling the vacancy created by the upcoming retirement of Circuit Judge Joe Harrison. The appointment was announced Friday morning by Illinois Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier. Kakac will take office December 2 and will serve until the 2014 General Election. Kakac was elected Wayne County State’s Attorney in 1996, 2000 and 2004. Prior to service as State’s Attorney, he was involved in the practice of Law from 1992 – 1996 at the law firm of Cochran and Kakac. After leaving the State’s Attorney’s job, Kakac worked as corporate counsel for Peoples National Bank at their headquarters in Mount Vernon, Ill. Serving in the U.S. Army Reserve, Kakac currently holds the rank of Lt. Colonel with the Judge Advocates Office. Kakac is seeking the Republican nomination for circuit judge during the upcoming March, 2014 Primary Election.
26-year-old Joshua R. Gray of Grayville was killed Thursday morning in a single vehicle crash in Wadesville, Indiana. Police say Gray’s vehicle ran off the road and overturned several times. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Gray was the Valedictorian of the Grayville Community High School Class of 2006. Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at the Grayville High School Gym.
31-year-old Brandon Harris of Wayne City has been sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to a Hamilton County charge of being in possession of more than 15 grams of methamphetamine. Harris was arrested by McLeansboro City Police earlier this year after officers discovered a meth lab in his vehicle. Harris must serve another 2 years of parole once he is released from prison.
Kevin Newcomb, 26 of Centralia has been sentenced to 15 months in prison after pleading guilty to a Hamilton County charge of theft. She drove off from the Hucks Convenience Store in McLeansboro without paying for $40 worth of gas. The incident happened on July 6.
20-year-old Rex Dalton Reel of Carmi has been sentenced to 5 years in prison after his conditional discharge on an Aggravated Domestic Battery conviction was revoked. Reel’s conditional discharged was revoked after he entered a guilty plea to a charge of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. The sentence was handed down this week in White County Circuit Court at Carmi.