18-year-old Christian Marvel of Wayne City died Sunday evening after being accidentally shot by a friend. The accident happened shortly before 5:30 Sunday evening at Marvel’s home on North Main Street in Wayne City. According to investigators, the friend – not identified by authorities – was handling a semi-automatic handgun that he believed was unloaded. The ammo clip had been removed, but a bullet remained in the chamber. Coroner Jimmy Taylor pronounced Marvel dead at the scene. An autopsy will be conducted today to confirm the cause of death.
47-year-old Robert Smith of Norris City died Saturday in an accident at the White County Coal Company mine south of Carmi. Investigators say Smith was in a haulage cart when it veered off its path and overturned. Federal Mine Safety and Health Administration officials are investigating the death.
The Mill Shoals Township Clerk has been formally charged with felony theft after she allegedly used township funds to pay personal bills. 40-year-old Shannon L. Woodrow of Springerton was arrested on warrant over the weekend and booked at the White County jail under $2,500 cash bond. Woodrow is accused of using township money to pay her Wayne-White power bill, and stealing $500 cash that was supposed to have been used to secure the bond for her job.
Norris City physician, Dr. Jogendra S. Chhabra has filed suit against the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulations in hopes of having his license to practice medicine restored. The February sexual assault trial of Dr. Chhabra ended in a mistrial in White County. The State’s Attorney later decided not to seek another trial and dropped the charges. Chhabra’s license to practice medicine was suspended after he violated an order requiring he not see patients without a chaperone being present.
51-year-old James D. Meyers of Fairfield was arrested Sunday evening on a charge of aggravated battery. Meyers is accused of shoving a 12-year-old boy to the ground in front of his house. The alleged victim was with a group of boys that Meyers said were being too loud.