Fatal - 4-29

65-year-old Clifford Hooper, Jr. of Geff died this morning when his pickup truck collided with a semi-tanker on U.S. Rt. 45 south of Geff.  In a dense fog, the semi driver was apparently trying to back his tanker into an oil lease road from Rt. 45 and was struck by Hooper’s pickup truck.  Hooper was pronounced dead at the scene by Wayne County Coroner Jimmy Taylor.  The semi driver was identified as Robert Trent McKinney of Bluford. He was driving for Murphy Trucking, Inc.

69-year-old Larry Boehringer of Carmi died Monday morning when the car he and his wife were in collided had-on with a pickup truck on Ill. Rt. 1 north of Carmi. Boehringer’s wife, 69-year-old Lilian Boehringer was airlifted from the scene to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville. The driver of the truck that hit the Boehringers – 24-year-old Eric L. Williams of New Harmony was also airlifted from the scene of the crash. The accident was reported at 11:58 a.m. Police said Williams turned left into the path of the Boehringer vehicle, causing the accident.

Formal charges have been filed against a Crossville man involved in a police chase earlier this month in White County.  29-year-old Luke L. Burnett received major injuries in the incident when the Jeep Cherokee he was driving ran into a ditch, overturned and struck a utility pole. Burnett faces charges of aggravated fleeing or eluding, aggravated assault, disorderly conduct and reckless driving.  Burnett posted bond and has been released.  He received major injuries in the April 18 crash.

22-year-old Jacob Austin of Carrier Mills was convicted Friday night of three counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. A Saline County jury deliberated for nearly ten hours before convicting Austin of sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl.

Opening statements begin this morning in the first-degree murder for hire case of 21-year-old Tyler R. McQueen of Mt. Carmel.  McQueen allegedly murdered 78-year-old Robert V. Westall of Lawrenceville in return for $10,000 and a 1995 Oldsmobile Cutlass.   McQueen is being represented by Fairfield Attorney Matt Vaughan. The case is being heard in Lawrence County Circuit Court at Lawrenceville.

Harrisburg Mayor Eric Gregg has been named to the Illinois Prisoner Review Board.  If confirmed by the Illinois Senate, Gregg would serve in the $86,000 per year job until 2019.

A record number of applications have been submitted to the University of Illinois for the coming school year.  33,178 applications have been received – 2,000 more than last year.

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