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Headlines for Monday, December 30, 2013

Edwards County Sheriff Darby Boewe reports the arrest of two suspects in connection with a double burglary last week in Albion. The suspects are a 17-year-old male – not identified by police, and Robert W. Pritchard, 18 of Albion.  Both face charges of theft over $300, criminal damage to property over $300 and residential burglary. The two are accused of burglarizing a residence owned and occupied by Brandon and Sierra Merrill of rural Albion.  The residence was entered twice, police said.   Both suspects have been booked into the White County jail at Carmi under $5,000 cash bond each.

Rutherford

State Treasurer Dan Rutherford visited Fairfield Monday morning as part of a campaign swing through Southern Illinois.  Rutherford is a Republican candidate for Governor. He made a campaign stop in Albion as well. Pictured left to right are Ron Woodrow, Royce Carter, Mr. Rutherford and Wayne County Sheriff Mike Everett.

White County Sheriff Doug Maier is investigating the discovery of what appears to be human bones in the Concord area of southern White county.  An Illinois State Police Crime Scene Technician has processed the scene. The bones have been transported to Springfield for analysis by a forensic anthropologist.  Sheriff Maier says he does not believe the bones were in the location as a result of a crime.

A group of retired Illinois teachers and administrators have filed a lawsuit seeking to have a new plan to reduce the state’s $100 billion pension shortfall declared unconstitutional. The legal challenge comes less than a month after Gov. Pat Quinn signed the measure into law.

State officials are putting $7 million more toward efforts to move non-violent offenders from prison to community-based programs.  State officials say the programs save money and are shown to produce better results in rehabilitating non-violent offenders.

State Treasurer Dan Rutherford will be in Albion and Fairfield today.  He will be at the Edwards County Farm Bureau office at 9 this morning and Jimini Coffee House in Fairfield at 10:15.  Rutherford is the Republican candidate for Governor in Illinois.

Law enforcement agencies across Illinois are gearing up to implement the new concealed carry gun law which goes into effect January 1.  Training is underway for police on where people with a concealed carry license can carry a weapon versus where carrying is forbidden.

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