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Headlines for Monday, December 16, 2013

Another defendant in the Oct. 18, 2012 home invasion and beating of Reggie Shemwell of Fairfield has been sentenced. In Wayne County Circuit Court Monday, Mary Denise Harrison, 43 of Cisne was sentenced to five years in prison after entering a guilty plea to a felony charge of burglary.   In addition to prison time, she was also ordered to pay restitution to the victim in the case – Reggie Shemwell, 37 of Fairfield with the amount to be determined later. In the attack, Shemwell suffered a broken neck, bruised lungs and severe head injuries. Harrison’s co-defendant in the case, John R. Robertson, 35 of Fairfield was sentenced to 10 years in prison for his role in the attack of Shemwell.

A Mount Carmel man has been jailed on a class-X felony charge of home invasion after he allegedly forced his way into a house in Mount Carmel Sunday night and beat up a man. Robert Johnson, 30 of Mt. Carmel was arrested Sunday night by Illinois State Police.  He is accused of forcing his way into the home of 21-year-old Ethan Adams in the 800 block of 9th street in Mount Carmel around 6 o’clock Sunday night.  While inside, Johnson is accused of beating up Adams in an alleged dispute over money. Adams was injured and taken to Wabash General Hospital where he was treated and released.  State Police arrested Johnson and booked him into the Wabash County jail at Mt. Carmel where he is being held pending the posting of $5,000 cash bond.

Poldolsky Donation for Kitchen

Pictured above is Pat Kenshalo, President of the Fairfield Memorial Hospital Foundation, (center) accepting a donation on behalf of the Fairfield Memorial Hospital Foundation from Susan Schoomer and Mike Podolsky from the Bernard and Naomi L. Podolsky Charitable Trust.  The generous donation, in the amount of $25,000, will be used for Fairfield Memorial Hospital’s new kitchen and dining room project.  Blueprints for the new kitchen and dining room are being finalized, with construction to begin sometime in 2014.

The famwilliams chrissyily of a missing Shawneetown woman is offering a $1,000 reward for any information leading to her whereabouts.  33-year-old Chrissy Williams has been missing for two weeks. She was last seen on Dec. 2 leaving a home in Rosiclare.  She was last seen driving a red 2011 Ford Explorer.  There has been no activity on her cell phone or credit cards since her disappearance.  Volunteers and local law enforcement officials have been searching the Ohio River and areas of the Shawnee National Forest for the missing woman.

Because of icy conditions, Fairfield city workers will be estimating some utility readings over the next couple of weeks.  Lingering ice and snow has made it difficult for meter readers to complete their rounds.

The Fairfield Beautification Committee’s annual Christmas Light Tour for Senior Citizens has been cancelled tonight  because of icy road conditions.

JEnsen with santa (2)

Santa will be in his house in Freedom Park in downtown Fairfield this week.  Monday – Friday, Santa will be visiting with children from 5:30 – 7:30.

Today’s winner in the Fairfield Community High School After Prom Committee’s 12-days of Christmas Promotion is Sandra Henson.  Sandra wins $100.


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