Two adults and a 16-year-old juvenile have been arrested in connection with the alleged kidnapping and beating of a Fairfield teenager last Saturday. The victim, 19-year-old Patrick Vaughan of Fairfield reported the alleged incident to Fairfield Police Thursday. The suspects have been identified as 34-year-old John R. Robertson, 18-year-old Kevin Lemond and a 16-year-old juvenile, all of Fairfield. All three face preliminary charges of kidnapping, unlawful restraint and aggravated battery. The juvenile and Lemond face an additional charge of criminal damage to property. Robertson faces an additional felony charge of driving revoked. Vaughan told police the three suspects came to his home last Saturday and forced him into their vehicle, with the suspects allegedly driving around the county for over an hour, beating him up and smashing his cell phone before eventually releasing him. Police said Vaughan did not require medical attention.
The Illinois State Police Child Death Investigation Task Force has joined the investigation into the death of two-month-old Joshua Houston Armstrong, the son of Alisha Armstrong of Carmi. The infant was pronounced dead at Hamilton Memorial Hospital in McLeansboro. Carmi Police received a call late Thursday night of a child not breathing in the 500 block of Maple Street, and upon arrival, began CPR on the child until ambulance personnel arrived. The child was later transported to the hospital in McLeansboro. Hamilton County Coroner Ron Ewald said as of Friday he did not have a cause of death, and added that an autopsy will be scheduled later in Bloomington, IL.
The Fairfield Grade School board meets Monday night in regular session. During the meeting, the board is expected to accept the resignation of a 7th grade basketball coach and the retirement of two teachers. The board is also expected to employ a vocal music instructor and co-cheerleading coaches, and move the June board meeting from the 17th to the 24th.
Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford is making a run to become governor. A fundraising email sent Friday said a formal announcement will be made soon. Rutherford, a former Republican state senator from Chenoa, noted he received more votes in his 2010 race for treasurer than Governor Pat Quinn did in his campaign for governor the same year.
Someone could get very rich tonight, as the jackpot for tonight’s Powerball drawing is an estimated $600 million. The jackpot would be the second largest in U.S. history. The biggest jackpot is the $656 million Mega Millions, which was paid out last year.