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Headlines for Monday, April 8, 2013

Bush, Brittany N paintA Fairfield woman was arrested on warrant this morning on charges she had unlawful sexual contact with a 15-year-old boy. Brittany N. Bush, 24 of Fairfield was arrested this morning on a Wayne County warrant charging her with criminal sexual abuse – a class-2 felony. Bush was booked into the Wayne County jail late this morning under $50,000 bond.  The case was investigated by Illinois State Police detectives. A Wayne County Grand Jury returned the indictment against Bush on Friday.



Serena mugshotA rural Hamilton County, Ill. man has been jailed on charges he was operating an indoor marijuana grow operation at his home. Michael D.Serena, 59 of Thompsonville, Ill. was arrested Saturday after police executed a search warrant at his home and recovered 15 suspected pot plants, grow lights, pots, marijuana seeds and other cultivation equipment. Serena has been lodged in the White County jail at Carmi on a class-3 felony charge of unlawful production of 5 – 30 marijuana plants and a class-4 felony charge of manufacture or delivery of 30 – 500 grams of suspected marijuana.

Bond has been set at $250,000 for an Albion man accused of kidnapping his ex-girlfriend’s 13-year-old daughter.  46-year-old David Tapia is accused of taking the girl to West Virginia during Easter Weekend. Tapia is being held in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail in Belington, WV pending extradition back to Edwards County. He also faces a charge of intimidation.

A Ridgway man is being held without bond on federal charges of being a convicted felon in possession of firearms. 48-year-old Frederick “Buzz” Zirkelbach is accused of being in possession of 14 firearms, including six rifles, seven shotguns and one pistol. Zirkelbach was indicted last week by a Federal Grand Jury in Benton.

Attendance at Wayne-White County Electric Cooperative’s annual meeting was one of the lowest on record. The meeting was held Friday night at the high school in McLeansboro.  Members re-elected three board members – Jack Kelsey of Albion, Richard Rubenacker of Belle Prairie and Noel Edmison of Wayne City.

Lea CarterFairfield’s Leah Carter has been named the State Winner in Agriscience Research Integrated Systems. Leah (pictured)  is the fifth State FFA Proficiency winner for the Fairfield Chapter in the last six years.



Mikayla MassieLucretia's Vet Med picCisne High School’s Mikayla Massie (pictured left) won the State turf Grass Management Award at the State FFA Awards Day on the campus of the University of Illinois.  Lucretia Mills (pictured right) won the State Veterinary Medicine Award. Both will receive their awards during the State FFA Convention this June in Springfield.

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