Opening statements are set to begin Monday morning in the murder for hire case of 21-year-old Tyler R. McQueen of Mt. Carmel, IL. McQueen faces charges of first-degree murder for the March 25, 2012 stabbing death of 78-year-old Robert V. Westall of Lawrenceville, IL. McQueen is accused of entering into an agreement with the victim’s niece, 48-year-old Helen Westall of Lawrenceville, IL to kill the elder Westall in exchange for a 1995 Oldsmobile Cutlass and $10,000 cash. Matt Vaughan of Fairfield is serving as Defense Attorney in the case.
The Little Wabash River at Carmi is forecast to crest at 30.2 feet Wednesday morning, more than three feet above flood stage, and at Clay City, the river is expected to fall below flood stage by Tuesday. The Wabash River at Mt. Carmel, IL is forecast to rise to 30.6 feet today, more than 11 feet above flood stage, and at New Harmony, a crest of 21.3 feet is predicted for Tuesday morning, more than six feet over flood stage.
The Fairfield Grade School board meets Monday night at 6 in special session. The meeting has been called to discuss personnel matters, including the hiring of a custodian, an athletic director and an 8th grade Boys Basketball coach.
Wayne County’s unemployment for March was 9.1 percent, according to the Illinois Department of Employment Security. The rate is up from 8.6 percent a year ago. A similar trend was reported in Edwards County, with their March rate at 9.5 percent, up from 8.8 percent a year ago. Richland, Clay, Marion and Franklin counties all reported unemployment for March at over ten percent.
47-year-old Walter Scriff of Indianapolis, IN was killed Friday evening when the motorcycle he was operating ran into the side of a minivan on a county road in Crawford County. State police said 28-year-old Joyce D. Holdiman of Robinson, IL did not see Scriff’s motorcycle as she was turning off Illinois Route 1 onto a county road. Holdiman was arrested for DUI-drugs, failure to yield, not wearing her seat belt and aggravated DUI. A passenger in her minivan, 29-year-old Joshua Tracy of Robinson, IL was injured in the crash, and also arrested for illegal transportation of alcohol. Two other passengers were not hurt.