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Headlines for Monday, July 29, 2013

43-year-old Brandon Gibbs of Cisne was arrested early this morning on charges he was growing marijuana on property he owns in Jasper Township. Deputies Chris Otey and Ben Lewis recovered 21 plants, including four fully grown pot plants. A search of Gibbs’ vehicle at a location on Union St. in Fairfield revealed 4 grams of suspected marijuana, a set of scales and drug paraphernalia.  Gibbs has been lodged in the county jail on multiple drug charges.

A Colorado man died this morning when the passenger car he was in ran off of Interstate 64 in rural Wayne County and overturned several times.  There were three occupants in the vehicle. Two were ejected.  The victim has been identified as the driver, Jessy L. Bradley, 32 of Elbert, CO.  The injured passengers were identified as Christopher Zelney and Steven Carson.  Zelney was ejected and taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon.  Carson refused treatment at the scene.  The crash happened at the 103 mile marker at about 1 a.m. today.  Coroner Jimmy Taylor and Illinois State Police are investigating the crash.

22-year-old Alex A. Carr of McLeansboro has been hospitalized after being stabbed Saturday night by a juvenile.  Hamilton County State’s Attorney Justin Hood says Carr was stabbed in the back during an altercation. Carr was airlifted to a hospital in Evansville. The juvenile is expected to make a first appearance in Hamilton County Circuit Court this morning.

30-year-old Peter J. Daubs of Fairfield was arrested Friday on a charge of domestic battery.  Daubs is accused of striking and choking his 40-year-old wife, Tammy L. Daubs during an altercation.  Daubs has been lodged in the Wayne County Jail.

48-year-old Quinton D. Hutchison of Fairfield has been jailed on charges he violated an order of protection.  Hutchison is accused of using a third party to send harassing text-messages to his 17-year-old daughter in violation of an order of protection.  He remains in the county jail pending a court appearance.

Nearly 9,000 adoptees have claimed their birth certificates since Illinois fully re-opened birth records for adopted residents less than two years ago. Nationwide, thousands more have come forward to claim their papers, prompting reunions between mothers and children.

A new Illinois law says student athletes with disabilities can be exempt from gym class if they play other sports. The law states that disabled student athletes can be exempt if they are involved in adaptive athletic programs.

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