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Headlines for Sunday, September 1, 2013

Illinois State Police released additional information Saturday about a bizarre incident Friday afternoon in which a sexual assault  suspect was run over by a vehicle.  34-year-old Carl A. Atteberry of Wayne City was listed in critical but stable condition at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, IN.  He is accused of driving a Wayne County woman down an oil lease road on a four-wheeler and sexually assaulting her.  Investigators say the woman was able to break free and run to a neaby road where she encountered a vehicle.  The driver, 66-year-old Gary W. Weaver of Dix, IL,  took the woman in and drove to a nearby residence to call for help.  While there, Atteberry allegedly drove up on his four-wheeler and started beating on the van with a whiskey bottle as Weaver was attempting to leave.  Police said Weaver was unable to avoid striking Atteberry, causing him to be thrown in a ditch and later struck a second time by the van.  Charges related to the alleged sexual assault are pending.

Wayne County’s Corn and Soybean Yield Tour is set for Tuesday.  This will be the 31st year for the tour to determine this year’s expected corn and soybean yields.  Teams will leave from JT’s restaurant in Wayne City at 7 a.m. checking at least ten soybean and ten corn fields.  The teams will meet back at JT’s at noon to compile the yield estimates.  Lunch will be provided for those participating in the tour.  Anyone interested in participating needs to contact Ron Loker with Consolidated Grain and Barge in Wayne City at 895-2181.

The September Yard of the Month will be judged by the Fairfield Beautification Committee on Tuesday.  Nominations need to be turned in by noon Monday by calling 847-2921.  This will be the last Yard of the Month, as the October Yard of the Month will be judged on a Fall theme.

Illinois Department of Conservation Police are reminding the public that they will be on the lookout for individuals who are under the influence while out on Illinois waters this weekend.  Last year, Illinois Conservation Police and other agencies made 209 arrests for operating under the influence on Illinois waters.  The offense is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $2500.

In advance of the September 6th statutory deadline, Illinois State Police officials announced Friday that the Illinois Concealed Carry Firearms Instructor and Curriculum applications are available on its website at  Applicants will be required to electronically submit fingerprints through an Illinois-licensed Livescan vendor and meet other requirements to speed up the background check process.  The fingerprints are needed to ensure timely approval of instructors and allow those applying for an Illinois Concealed Carry Firearms license access to the required training.

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