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Headlines for Monday, October 14, 2013

KoonceA Mt. Carmel man wanted on warrant for threatening public officials in Wabash County has been captured in Texas. 31-year-old Justin D. Koonce was taken into custody over the weekend in the Houston County Texas community of Crockett, TX. He remains in custody in Texas pending extradition to Illinois. Koonce is accused of threatening violence against a number of Mt. Carmel and Wabash County police officers as well as court security personnel. His bond is $1 million.

39-year-old Rebecca J. Sharp of Fairfield was arrested Saturday afternoon on a charge of drunk driving following a traffic crash on W. Delaware Street in Fairfield.  Sharp lost control of her pickup truck and crashed into a parked car belonging to Fairfield City Alderman David Fletcher. Sharp was injured and taken to Fairfield Memorial Hospital. She faces charges of DUI, having no insurance and improper lane usage.

Katie Liston is this year’s Fairfield Community High School Homecoming Queen. She is the daughter of Steve and Kim Liston. She was crowned Saturday night during the FCHS Coronation ceremonies. Other queen candidates were Sydney Vaughn, Kayla Cessna, and Janae Garrett.

Gun signIllinois State Police have come up with a standard design for the signs that businesses can post warning patrons that guns are not allowed in their establishments.  With the new concealed carry law in Illinois, some businesses have gone ahead and put up a jumble of different kinds of signs stating they don’t want guns on their property.  Now they can download an official template from the state police website.

Hydrant flushing is scheduled this week throughout Fairfield.  Water will be safe to use during the process, but residents are advised to check for discoloration before doing laundry or similar activities.

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