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Headlines for Friday, October 4, 2013

Robinson, TimA Shawneetown, Ill. man has been jailed on charges he stole a large collection of Lego building blocks from a home in Omaha, Ill. Tim H. Robinson, 33, faces a class-3 felony charge of theft for allegedly stealing a collection of Lego blocks from Patrick Webb of Omaha.  Investigators allege that Robinson was working at the Webb residence as a handyman when he allegedly stole the Lego blocks from a secure storage building on the victim’s property.  Police say Webb has an enormous collection of Lego’s and Star Wars collectibles at his home. Gallatin County Sheriff Shannon Bradley says the theft came to light after Robinson allegedly sold some of the stolen loot on E-bay.  Robinson is being held in the White County jail at Carmi under $20,000 bond.

TBrandon HarrishreeKristy Potts suspects were busted early this morning in Hamilton County for running a suspected meth lab.  The suspects include Brandon Harris of Wayne County, Kristi R. Potts of Eldorado and a 16-year-old juvenile.  Hamilton County State’s Attorney Justin Hood says formal charges will be filed later this morning. An Illinois State Police Meth Lab Cleanup Team was called to dispose of hazardous chemicals found at the scene.

Angie Tucker of Fairfield Community High School has announced that this year’s Make a Difference Day event will honor Darrell Meritt.  Mr. Meritt is retiring from charitable cookouts, with a final cookout set for Saturday, Oct. 26.  On the 26th, there will be three simultaneous cookouts for Darrell; the old Star Station Lot, Wayne White Electric, and Hometown IGA.  A benefit dinner and benefit auction has been set for Saturday evening, Nov. 2.  All the money raised during these events will be divided equally between Darrell Meritt’s three favorite charities – the Scranton Memorial Cancer Fund – the Secret Santa for Wayne County Kids Program and the Festival of Lights.

Glenda Young 001 (2)Wayne County Clerk Glenda Young has announced that she will seek a second term as County Clerk.  Glenda has worked in the County Clerk’s office for 22 years; the last three as County Clerk. She is married to Bill Young who manages Young Auto Sales in Fairfield. They have two daughters, Glenna Michael of Fairfield and Leslie Riley of Cisne.

Albion’s 5th annual Heritage Day is Saturday from 9 – 3.  Crafters on the square will be featured and several historic buildings will be open for tours.  Other special events include a visit with Abraham Lincoln at the Washington Painter House at 10 a.m. and a visit with early Albion residents in the Old Albion cemetery from noon until 1 p.m.

33-year-old Christopher Shelton of Broughton has been sentenced to 6 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges he burglarized the Wonder Market in Norris City this past January.  He will also have to serve another 2 years of parole once he gets out of jail.

Voting is underway to choose Frontier Community College’s sports mascot.  The choices are Mustangs, Bobcats and Wolverines.  Ballots may be cast on Frontier’s website, on Frontier’s Facebook page or they can be mailed to the college or dropped off at the Learning Resource Center. Balloting will continue through November 29.  Frontier will launch two athletic programs next fall – golf and cross country.

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