Firefighters from several southern Illinois communities battled a major fire in Olney, Ill. Friday morning. At 4:09 a.m., Olney firemen responded to Papa Mike’s Restaurant and Bar at 728 South West Street in Olney. Fire officials said flames were visible from the rear of Papa Mike’s when they arrived and quickly spread to the nearby NAPA Auto Parts Store. One firefighter was injured when he was struck by a piece of metal when oil and other chemicals inside the NAPA store exploded. The fireman was not seriously injured and was treated at the scene.
Carmi Mayor Jeff Pollard faces an Oct. 1 court date in Franklin County Circuit Court on a charge of Boating under the Influence of Alcohol. Pollard says he was arrested last Saturday on Rend Lake as he rode a jet ski into a no-wake zone at Rend Lake. Pollard said he does not plan to contest the charges and will pay his fine. Pollard was elected Carmi Mayor last April.
Registered Sex Offender Jesse O. Hedden of McLeansboro has been sentenced to six years in prison after failing to notify police he had changed his place of residence. A former Wayne County resident, Hedden was convicted in 2004 of aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a St. Clair County woman, causing bodily harm.
A federal grand jury has indicted a Mount Vernon, IN woman for operating a multistate methamphetamine operation from her home. 44-year-old Dawn Davis faces federal charges of conspiracy to manufacture meth in Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky.
74-year-old Peggy Kolb of Mt. Carmel faces a charge of domestic battery. Mt. Carmel City Police allege that Kolb “kicked a family member several times” during an argument. She posted bond and was released from custody.
A Wyatt, MO man was critically injured Thursday when the Ford F-150 pickup truck he was driving crashed into the back of a semi at the I-57 rest area in rural Franklin County. State Police report 56-year-old Donald W. Ashworth was driving at a high rate of speed when he entered the rest area and crashed into the parked semi. He was taken to Barnes Hospital in St. Louis.
Geff Frontier Days opens this evening with children’s games at 5 p.m. The crowning of the Little Miss Frontier Days will be at 7 o’clock tonight. The celebration continues through Saturday with a parade at 2 p.m. and a ham and bean dinner starting at noon.