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Headlines for Monday, February 24, 2014

King, Randy edited59-year-old Randy C. King of Fairfield entered a guilty plea Monday to two class-2 felony charges of being in possession of child pornography. Sentencing has been set for April 21. King entered the negotiated guilty plea Monday afternoon before Circuit Judge Tom Dinn.  In return for the guilty plea, the state’s attorney dropped three Class-X felony charges against King.   Judge Dinn ordered a pre-sentencing investigation and advised King that the sentences on the two separate charges will have to be served consecutively.  King was arrested in September of last year as a result of an investigation by agents of the Illinois Attorney General’s office.

Due to recent rainfall and snow melt, area rivers are on the rise. The Wabash at Mount Carmel is forecast to crest more than three feet above flood stage by Sunday.

An Olney man is being held in the White County jail on home repair fraud cases dating back to 2006. In Wayne County Circuit Court last week, home repair fraud charges against Lawrence Meyer were dropped by the state’s attorney. However, $2,140 bond posted in his 2006 case was assigned to a local victim – Ruth Ann Young. Meyer is currently being held in jail on an Edwards County home repair fraud charge from 2007.  Meyer is expected to appear in court Tuesday for a preliminary hearing in Edwards County Circuit Court.

The FCHS Math Team had a very successful day at a meet Saturday on the campus of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston. Several FCHS Mathletes will advance to state competition.

The City of Fairfield’s utility payment plan is expected to be discussed at Tuesday night’s meeting of the Fairfield City Council.  The issue arose earlier this month after a number of residents expressed difficulties in paying higher than normal heating bills brought about by the harsh winter.

An autopsy has revealed a Southern Illinois University student found dead in a wooded area last week likely died of exposure to the cold.  19-year-old Parvin Varughese had been missing for a week.  He was a criminal justice major at SIU.

A member of State Rep. David Reis’ office will be at Fairfield City Hall this Wednesday from 2:30 – 3:30.   He will also be at the Carmi City Hall Council Chambers from 9 – 10 a.m. Wednesday.

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