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Headlines for Monday, January 13, 2014










Wayne County Sheriff’s Deputies executed a search warrant at the home of a rural Wayne County woman Monday morning, seizing a suspected meth lab and making seven drug-related arrests. Shortly after 12:30 Monday morning, officers raided a mobile home belonging to Cynthia Bruce of rural Bluford, Ill. and found a wide assortment of items allegedly used to manufacture meth. The scene of the raid was a very rural area of western Wayne County. Jailed on charges of unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine, possession of meth and possession of drug paraphernalia were: Cynthia D. Bruce, 61 of rural Bluford, Everett E. Irwin, 31 of Wayne City, Lakota L. Gammon, 20 of Belle Rive and Jamie M. Simpson, 35 of rural Bluford. Jailed on preliminary charges of being in possession of meth and drug paraphernalia were: William L. Anderson, 38 of McLeansboro, Gregory P. Bullard, 39 of rural Bluford and Jennifer M. Parson, 32 of Wayne City. All seven suspects have been lodged in the Wayne County jail pending the filing of formal charges and setting of bond. Pictured above – top row left to right – Gregory Bullard, Everett Irwin, Jamie Simpson, William Anderson, Cynthia Bruce and Jennifer Parson. Bottom left – Lakota Gammon.

36-year-old John R. Ackerman of Springerton was seriously injured Saturday night when the car he was driving ran off a rural White County road and overturned. Ackerman was taken first to the hospital in McLeansboro and later transferred to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville. State Police cited Ackerman for DUI, driving suspended and not wearing a seat belt.

67-year-old Donald R. Hoffman of Evansville was injured Saturday afternoon when the semi he was driving ran off I-64 in rural Wayne County and hit a tree.  Hoffman was taken to Fairfield Memorial Hospital. State Police cited him for improper lane usage following the 3:30 p.m. crash.

In the wake of recent rains and melting snow, area rivers are on the rise. The Little Wabash east of Fairfield was at 19 ft. 3 inches Sunday morning– more than 2 feet above flood stage. No significant rain is in our forecast for the rest of the week.

Bowl pic

The Fairfield High School Varsity Scholastic Team captured first place in the Illinois High School Scholastic Bowl coaches Association Turnabout Tournament in Carterville Saturday.  Fairfield went 6 – 0 on the day. Senior Kyle Ellis was named to the all-tournament team. Fairfield improves to 11 – 5 on the year. (Pictured are members of the team, front row, Breyaniah Noble and Abigail Trotter.  Back row from left, Chelsie Walker, Alex Brake, Kyle Ellis, Ian Baumgardner and Trevor Guthrie)

wexsttenIllinois Fifth District Appellate Court Justice James M. Wexstten of Mt. Vernon has announced he will retire at the end of the month.  Wexstten, 62, has served as an Appellate Justice since January of 2007 when he was appointed to serve the remaining term of Justice Terrence J. Hopkins who died in office. An application process has begun to fill the upcoming vacancy. The deadline to apply for the position is January 31.  The person appointed will serve through the November 2016 General Election.

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