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Headlines for Sunday, October 20, 2013

42-year-old Jason R. Weasel of Carmi was arrested Friday night following an incident at a Carmi home in which police report shots were fired.  Officers were called to 400 South Church Street around 8:40 p.m.  An investigation revealed that Weasel had apparently went to the home to confront his 18-year-old daughter and forced his way inside.  Weasel was then allegedly drug outside by the home’s occupants, and later went to his truck and grabbed a large handgun.  Police said two shots were fired in the general direction of the house, with at least one of the shots striking an SUV and two neighboring houses.  Weasel was taken to the jail in Carmi and later treated for a head wound.  A report of the incident is expected to be forwarded to White County States Attorney Denton Aud.

The second suspect in last Thursday’s robbery of the Old National Bank in Harrisburg, IL has been captured.  28-year-old Casey Allen Heflin of Boaz, KY, was taken into custody Friday night at a hotel in Cape Girardeau, MO.  Saline County officials said Heflin was captured after police received a tip that he was staying at the hotel.  Heflin’s alleged accomplice, 38-year-old Shawn Thomas Gregory of Harrisburg, was taken into custody Thursday evening.  Both face robbery charges.  Police said bank surveillance video showed Heflin armed with a silver handgun when he robbed the bank shortly after 9 a.m. Thursday and got away with about $4000.

Hydrant flushing will resume in Fairfield Monday after water leaks in the city late last week postponed the flushing schedule.  The 4th ward hydrants are scheduled to be flushed on Monday and the outlying areas on Tuesday.  The water will be safe to drink during the process but could become discolored.  Residents with questions can contact the city’s water department at 842-7015 or 842-5016.

Congressman John Shimkus has announced his latest round of office hours later this month to allow constituents to address any concerns they may have about his office or the federal government.  A member of Shimkus’ staff will be at the Grayville City Hall at 122 South Court Street on Thursday, October 31st from 1:30 to 3 p.m.   Those needing special accomodations should call at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled office hours, and those who can’t attend in person can call his local office at the Harrisburg City Hall at (618) 252-8271.

An Illinois Supreme Court ruling Friday invalidates the state’s so-called Amazon Tax.  The tax aims to equalize sales tax collections on Internet purchases from out-of-state companies with those made at area stores.  The court ruled the federal Internet Tax Freedom Act preempts the state’s Main Street Fairness Act.  The Illinois Department of Revenue is expected to explore the possibility of amending the tax law to address the court’s concerns.

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