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Headlines for Saturday, June 1, 2013

38-year-old Mary Rebecca “Becky” Thomason of Dahlgren was taken into custody Friday afternoon on a Class-3 felony charge of aggravated battery of an elderly person.  The case dates back to June 17, 2012 in which Thomason is accused of going to the home of her grandmother, 78-year-old Mary Bullock in Dahlgren and getting into an argument.  At some point, police said Bullock feared for her life and shot Thomason in the abdomen.  In October of last year, after Thomason had recuperated from her injuries, Hamilton County States Attorney Justin Hood filed formal charges in the case, but police were unable to locate Thomason until States Attorney Hood received a tip Friday that she was staying at a residence on Illinois Route 242 near the Wayne County line.  Thomason is being held in the White County Jail at Carmi under $25,000 bond pending a court appearance.

38-year-old Michelle Fields of Mt. Vernon, IL was sentenced to four years in prison Friday after entering a guilty plea to charges she stabbed her father last month at his home in McLeansboro.  Fields entered a guilty plea to a felony charge of aggravated domestic battery.  She admitted that she stabbed her father, Jesse Combs, in the hand with a knife during an altercation on May 20th.

41-year-old Nancy A. Steele of Mt. Vernon, IL was charged with driving revoked following an accident late Thursday night on Illinois Route 37 in Jefferson County.  State police said the vehicle Steele was driving near Weber Road developed mechanical problems and stalled in the roadway.  A second vehicle, driven by 36-year-old Melinda C. Howard of Ina, struck Steele’s vehicle in the rear.  A third vehicle, driven by 18-year-old Ashley R. Delaney of Mt. Vernon, struck the Howard vehicle after it had come to rest in the roadway.  Steele and Howard were taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon, IL following the crash.  A 14-year-old male passenger in Delaney’s vehicle had minor injuries, but refused treatment.

21-year-old Damon Garrison of Fairfield drowned Thursday afternoon at Forbes State Park near Omega in Marion County.  Coroner Troy Cannon said Garrison was swimming with friends in the beach area of the lake when he became exhausted and went under.  His friends attempted to help him, but were unable to keep him from going under.  Garrison was pronounced dead at 3:37 Thursday afternoon.

Curt Robbins, Agriculture teacher at Fairfield Community High School, has been named the Section 23 winner of the IAVAT “Excellence In Teaching” Award.  The award recognizes those who excel in classroom teaching at the Section, District, and State levels.  Robbins has taught Agriculture at FCHS the past nine years.  The final selection process will occur Thursday, June 20th at the IAVAT Conference in Bloomington, IL.

Heavy rains the past few days have resulted in flood warnings being posted along area rivers.  The Skillet Fork at Wayne City is expected to crest above the 15-foot flood stage today.  At Clay City the Little Wabash is forecast to rise to 20.5 feet on Sunday, and at 33.1 feet this Wednesday at Carmi.  On the Wabash River at Mt. Carmel, a crest of 21.5 feet is expected next Saturday evening.  Here at the studios of WFIW/WOKZ, we’ve measured 1.35 inches of rain so far today, and 4.67 inches Friday.

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