67-year-old Donald R. Hoffman of Evansville, IN was injured Saturday afternoon when police say the vehicle he was driving went off I-64 in western Wayne County and hit a tree. Hoffman told police he had bent over to retrieve an item he had dropped when the accident occurred. He was taken to Fairfield Memorial Hospital following the crash, and cited by police for improper lane usage. The accident occurred near the 103-mile marker.
Recent heavy rains, along with snowmelt upstream, is causing the Little Wabash River at Clay City to rise. The river was near the 18-foot flood stage Saturday night, and forecast to crest at about 18.6 feet today before dropping back below flood stage by late Monday. No major rainfall or snowfall is expected in the area for the coming week.
Nine people were arrested Friday by the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department, McLeansboro Police and Illinois State Police in what they say was an effort to reduce the backlog of warrants in the court system. The nine were arrested on failure to appear, criminal damage to property, parole violation, and civil warrants, as well as warrants out of Jefferson and Wayne counties. Those arrested include: 54-year-old Timothy Howe, 25-year-old Ronny Kinear, 30-year-old Brian Dennis, 43-year-old Lynn McDaniel, 33-year-old David Douthett, 30-year-old Kristoffer Brown, 27-year-old Terri Webb, 29-year-old Duane McPherson and 23-year-old Dalton Reinbold.
With the approach of Valentine’s Day, Congressman John Shimkus is asking his constituents for participation in the Valentines For Heroes program. Valentines are being accepted until February 7th at any of Shimkus’ district offices, located in Harrisburg, Effingham, Maryville and Danville. Valentines should not be addressed to any specific person and not include the sender’s last name or address. The valentines will be distributed to local VA and military facilities prior to the 14th, and then sent to those currently serving in the military as well as area veterans.