An Eldorado, Ill. teen died Saturday morning when the SUV he was driving slammed into a concrete bridge abutment in southern Wayne County. Joel Martin Boulds, 17 was traveling southbound on U.S. Rt. 45 near Mill Shoals when his car left the roadway and slammed into a pillar that supports the Interstate-64 overpass. Wayne County Coroner Jimmy Taylor says he is not certain when the accident happened, as the wreckage was discovered by a passing motorist around 4 a.m. Members of the Fairfield Rural Fire Department extricated the victim from the wreckage. He was taken to Fairfield Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 5:19 a.m.
A Lawrence County jury deliberated for nearly five hours Friday before finding 21-year-old Tyler R. McQueen guilty of the March 25, 2012 slaying of 78-year-old Robert V. Westall. Westall was stabbed to death at his cottage on the campus of the United Methodist Village in Lawrenceville. McQueen faces up to life in prison when he is sentenced on July 28th. The victim’s niece, Helen M. Westall, is awaiting trial on charges she paid McQueen $10,000 cash and a 1995 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme automobile to carry out the killing. McQueen was represented by Fairfield attorney Matt Vaughn.
Fairfield Community High School held its annual Awards Day on Thursday. Over $450,000 in scholarship money was awarded to students during the ceremony. Receiving the Stan David Memorial Scholarships of $500 each were Emily McKibben and Will Griffith. Fairfield Rotary First Step Scholarships of $1000 each were awarded to Kali Smith, Mariah Miller, Julie Bryant and Emily McKibben. Miller and McKibben also received the Puckett Foundation Scholarship.
Wayne City High School held its Awards Day program this week. Kacie Slater was named the Wayne City High School Senior of the Year. A $10,000 Wayne City High School Foundation Scholarship was awarded to Merrilee Gibbs Davolt, with $5000 scholarships awarded to Morgan Weber, Dylan Kenshalo, Alex Mayberry, Caitlin Doty, Kalee Davis and Andrea Musgrave. The scholarships were made possible through an anonymous donor.
17-year-old Brandon K. Trost of Albion has been sentenced to seven years in prison after entering a guilty plea to a Class-2 felony charge of burglary. Trost and co-defendant Cody Brown were arrested in March for burglarizing JDL Industries in Albion. Trost also entered a guilty plea to a Class-4 felony charge of criminal damage to property in the same case and drew an additional one-year prison sentence. Trost has also consented to participate in the state’s impact incarceration program, more commonly known as corrections boot camp.
The North Wayne Unit school board held a reorganization meeting this week. Several members were seated following the April 9th election. They included Robert Traiteur Jr., Paul Hill, Lee Milligan and Matthew Moore. Officers elected for a one-year term include Chad Mayes as President, Mack Sites as Vice-President, and Paul Hill as Secretary. Shannon Hosick was designated as the school’s treasurer.
Wabash Telephone Cooperative held its 61st annual meeting recently at North Clay High School in Louisville. Frank Molt of Geff was elected to fill the seat vacated by retiring board member Donnie Barnard, who served the Cisne and Orchardville Exchange for many years. It was also revealed at the meeting that changes made by the Federal Communications Commission in the Universal Service Fund and Intercarrier Compensation policies has required the co-op to slow the pace of its fiber to the home project. The co-op serves over 3400 members in parts of eight counties, including Wayne County.