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Headlines for Thursday, August 1, 2013

White County authorities are investgating an apparent drowning at a farm pond Wednesday night.  Coroner Chris Marsh says the victim, 35-year-old Brent Thomas of Carmi, was at a residence north of Phillipstown and had gotten into an argument with people at the residence.  At some point, Marsh said, Thomas became angry and walked out of the residence into the woods and a nearby farm pond.  Authorities were alerted of the apparent drowning around 7:45 Wednesday night.  Foul play is not suspected, however an autopsy is scheduled for today.

18-year-old Lee David Roth of Fairfield was arrested by city police Wednesday evening after spotting him riding a 4-wheeler on SW 7th Street in Fairfield.  He was eventually taken into custody at his home on Center Street.  He was charged with fleeing and attempting to elude an officer, improper opreation of an ATV on a rodaway, reckless driving and disobeying a stop sign.  He was taken to the Wayne County Jail and later released after posting bond.

52-year-old Robert Lee Bryson died shortly before noon Wednesday from an apparent gunshot wound.  Bryson had served as the Chief Deputy Coroner of Hamilton County and also was the assistant McLeansboro Fire Chief.  His body was found at the McLeansboro Fire Station.  Hamilton County Coroner Ron Ewald confirmed that Bryson died of a gunshot wound, but did not provide further details.  An autopsy is scheduled for today.

Retired Illinois State Police detective and former Olney Mayor Kelly Henby has dropped his federal lawsuit against State Police Detective Rick White of Fairfield and Southern Illinois Drug Task Force Agent Greg Hanisch of rural Carmi.  In a court filing Wednesday afternoon in U.S. District Court, Henby’s attorney, Greg Roosevelt of Edwardsville, voluntarily dismissed the lawsuit.  In Henby’s suit, the ex-detective had alleged that he couldn’t find employment as a law enforcement officer because of statements allegedly made by White and Hanisch in public about him regarding various pending legal cases.

The Career Development Center in Fairfield, in cooperation with the City of Fairfield, is giving residents a chance to dispose of some items that are not normally picked up by weekly hauling services.  The city-county wide cleanup is being provided by Baby Huey’s Recycling, and will take place at the South parking lot of CDC’s New 2 U Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. til 2 p.m.  Items that will be accepted include metal items, including various appliances, electronic items including computers and monitors for a $5 collection fee, and aluminum items.  Tires and liquid waste will not be accepted.

Paychecks to Illinois lawmakers are set to stop today.  Lawmakers had alleged in a lawsuit that Governor Pat Quinn’s decision to stop paychecks as punishment over their failure to end the pension crisis was unconstitutional.  Quinn said the move to stop the monthly paychecks will save the state arond $14 million.

Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon is making a run for Illinois comptroller.   She officially launched her bid Wednesday, which could set up a race with Republican Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka in the general election.  Simon was quoted as saying Wednesday she is looking forward to a good, competitive race, and said she’s up for the challenge.

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