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Headlines for Thursday, May 2, 2013


The Wayne County Shrine Club’s annual Vidalia Onion Sale started today on the parking lot of Joe’s Body Shop on the east edge of Fairfield. Shrine Club Members are selling 10 pound bags for $10 each. All proceeds go to the Wayne County Shrine Club. Pictured is Shrine Club Member, Russ Rodgers.

55-year-old Scott W. Patrick of Galatia died Wednesday afternoon when the bicycle he was riding in rural Saline County was hit from behind by a pickup truck.  The accident happened a little before 1 p.m. on Hamburg Road.  The driver of the pickup truck was identified as Lee Roy McKinnies, 58 of Broughton.  Charges are pending.

The murder-for-hire trial of 21-year-old Tyler R. McQueen of Mt. Carmel continues in Lawrence County Circuit Court. McQueen faces first-degree murder charges for the March 25, 2012 stabbing death of 78-year-old Robert V. Westall.  On Wednesday, the prosecution played a portion of a videotaped interview with McQueen. In the interview, McQueen told investigators he never intended to harm Mr. Westall.  McQueen added that he felt like if he “didn’t do the job” – he would be next.  McQueen allegedly received $10,000 and a 1995 Olds Cutlass from the victim’s niece to carry out the killing.

Illinois House Republicans are pushing for a vote on a bill regulating high-volume high-pressure fracking in Illinois.  Some lawmakers are accusing the House Speaker of using the fracking bill as political leverage to gain pension reform.

Two Wayne County men face charges after they allegedly fled from Wayne County Sheriff’s police on their 4-wheelers.  Jake Wiggins and Connor Withrow, both 20 of Wayne City face charges of attempting to flee or elude, reckless driving and underage drinking.

A benefit gospel sing has been set for this Sunday in Albion to help the family of 18-month-old Jonah Goodman.  Jonah is being treated for Marfan’s Syndrome and will require multiple surgeries. The event will take place at the House of Prayer in Albion, featuring a number of singers and musicians.

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