An Illinois State Police Accident Reconstruction officer has joined the investigation into an early Saturday morning crash that claimed the life of an Eldorado teen. 17-year-old Joel Martin Boulds died around 4 a.m. Saturday when the 2002 Jeep Liberty he was driving ran into a concrete bridge support at the I-64 overpass of U.S. Rt. 45 north of Mill Shoals. Boulds (pictured) was a senior at Eldorado High School and played on the Eldorado Eagles Varsity Basketball team. Wayne County Coroner Jimmy Taylor, State Police and the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department are investigating the death. Funeral Services for Joel Boulds will be 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Duff-Kingston High School Gymnasium in Eldorado. Visitation will be from noon until the time of service at the gym. The Colonial Terrace Funeral Home of Eldorado is in charge of all the arrangements.
29-year-old Angel L. Young of Sims was arrested Sunday evening after she allegedly beat up 40-year-old Jennifer L. Hanley at her home on Epworth Street in Fairfield. Young was taken into custody by Fairfield City Police at about 5:30 p.m.
At the age of 10, Adrien King and his twin brother Alex of rural Fairfield, began to annually donate their birthday money to the FMH Foundation, but since then, Adrien, now age 12, has launched his own business, King of Art Products, and has been donating a portion of his profits to the FMH Foundation. So far, he has donated well over $100 through his business and the total is continuing to grow. Adrien is a sixth grader at Center Street School, and is the son of Alex and Kimberly King, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists at Fairfield Memorial Hospital.
The Fairfield Community High School math team participated in the ICTM mathematics contest Saturday on the campus of the University of Illinois. The Junior/Senior Eight Person Team tied for 11th place overall in the state. The team is coached by Tammy Austin.
21-year-old Tyler R. McQueen of Mt. Carmel will be sentenced July 28 for the stabbing death of 78-year-old Robert V. Westall of Lawrenceville. A jury deliberated for nearly five hours Friday night before finding McQueen guilty. He faces up to life in prison.
Striping of area highways will begin soon. Motorists are being cautioned to be on the lookout for slow moving Illinois Department of Transportation vehicles used in the painting process. Over 2,000 miles of pavement in the region will receive a fresh centerline, edge line and no passing zone lines by the end of October.