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Headlines for Monday, June 3, 2013

Sonny Southall28-year-old Sonny D. Southall of McLeansboro has been jailed on charges he brandished a handgun inside the Sportsmen’s Den in Enfield early Sunday morning.  Southall is accused of sticking a .9 mm Wilson Combat semi-automatic handgun in the belly of a patron and waving it around at patrons in the parking lot.  The gun was located in a tree-line near the club a short time after the incident.   Southall denied he was armed. When asked why he was wearing a holster, he told a White County deputy it was for carrying “an extra beer”.

A measure regulating the use of high volume, high pressure hydraulic fracturing in Illinois was approved Friday night by the Illinois Senate. The measure now goes to Governor Pat Quinn for his signature. The measure was approved by a vote of 52-3.  Millions have already been spent leasing up thousands of acres of Southern Illinois land for the development of the New Albany Shale Formation.

38-year-old Becky Thomason of Dahlgren has been jailed on a felony charge of aggravated battery of an elderly person.  Thomason is accused of shoving her grandmother, 78-year-old Mary Bullock during an argument nearly a year ago.  Bullock said she felt threatened, pulled a gun and shot Thomason in the abdomen. Thomason is now being held in the county jail at Carmi under $25,000 bond.

33-year-old Phillip N. Pixley of Mt. Carmel died Friday night after the pickup truck he was driving ran off a rural Wabash County road and into a ditch. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Paula K. Kollack, 48 of Albion was arrested Saturday for allegedly shoplifting $66.52 worth of merchandise from the Fairfield Super Wal-Mart. Kollack was booked at the Wayne County jail on a charge of retail theft.

Michelle Fields, 38 of Mt. Vernon, IL has been sentenced to four years in prison for stabbing her father last month.  The victim, Jesse Combs of McLeansboro was stabbed in the hand.

A cookout to benefit the victims of the recent tornado in Moore, OK will be held today on the front lawn of Fairfield Memorial Hospital.  Serving will begin at 10 a.m. and will feature BBQ pork and smoked chicken sandwiches.

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