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Headlines for Saturday, June 22, 2013

The annual Wayne County Relay for Life event netted $30,175 this year. The event wrapped up early this morning at Leo French Park in Fairfield. The event opened Friday evening at about 4:30.  Featured events included the survivors lap and the very impressive Luminaria ceremony around the Leo French Park Lake. Volunteer teams from around Wayne County conducted events throughout the year to raise money for the American Cancer Society event.

An AlbioMartin, matthewn man was sentenced to 32 years in prison Friday after being found guilty of sexually assaulting a female relative under the age of 13. Matthew W. Martin, 41, was found guilty of the charges last month following a one-day bench trial before Circuit Judge David Frankland. Martin was found guilty of two Class-X felony charges of aggravated criminal sexual assault and two Class-1 felony charges of predatory criminal sexual abuse. Judge Frankland sentenced Martin to consecutive ten year sentences on each of the Class-X felony convictions and consecutive six years each on the Class-1 felony charges.

A suspect who burglarized the Crossroads Bible Church in Norris City Thursday was captured on the church’s surveillance video system. A search warrant was executed at the suspect’s home near Norris City and the stolen items were recovered from the weeds on the northeast part of the property.  No suspects have been arrested at this time.  About $80 in cash and several power tools were taken in the heist.

Bowling wreck

83-year-old Betty Reed of Eldorado was injured Friday when the car she was driving went out of control on Rt. 45 in Muddy and ran into the Ross Cottom Bowling Alley.  Reed was taken first to the Harrisburg Medical Center and later to St. Mary’s Hosptial in Evansville.

A proposed new 40 mile pipeline that will cross Marion County from the Patoka Oil Tank Farm to near Johnsonville in northeastern Wayne County will cost up to $250 million to build.  Construction is expected to begin in the spring of 2014.

The Fairfield City Council meets Tuesday night with another full agenda. Among the items on the agenda is an electronic payment plan for utility customers.

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